Troops Capture 10 Suspected High-Ranking Boko Haram Leaders

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The Nigerian Army has captured 10 suspected key Boko Haram members, one of which includes, Alhaji Bukar Modu, a high profile leader who is on the wanted list published by its authorities.

In a statement by the Operations Media Coordinator, Colonel Aminu Iliyasu, the suspects were apprehended while attempting to sneak into some communities around Bitta in Gwoza LGA of Borno State in a bid to escape.

He added that most of the suspects are known to have operated combat vehicles during the attack in Gwoza in 2014.

“For instance, during a successful sting operation conducted on 9 October 2019 by troops of the 26Task Force Brigade, 10 suspected key Boko Haram members were reportedly captured while attempting to sneak into some communities around Bitta in Gwoza LGA of Borno State in a bid to escape the troops’ sustained onslaught against them.

“Preliminary investigation reveals that the arrested criminals are ranked higher than the Amir in the criminals’ hierarchy. Many of them have been identified to have operated combat vehicles during the infamous Boko Haram attack on Gwoza in 2014. The arrested suspects include Shettima Mustapha Umar, Abba Buji, Alhaji Bukar Madu-(KAHID – a Boko Haram Terrorists’ equivalent of a Brigadier General), Ali Hassan (Boko Haram Terrorist Imam), Alkali Laminu, Bukur Mustapha, Buba Umaru (Alias Black Uhuru) also a KAHID, Madu Nosobe, Mustapha Hussaine and Umar Jeddum all from Bama LGA of Borno State.

“It is gratifying to note that one of the arrested suspects, Alhaji Bukar Modu is Serial 89 on the high profile Boko Haram leaders wanted list published by the authorities of the Nigerian Army,” the statement added.

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The statement also revealed that troops of 1 Division Garrison Tactical Headquarters responded to a reported cattle rustling incident in a community in Birnin Gwari LGA of Kaduna State.

It added that the bandits abandoned the 23 rustled cows and fled into the forest.

The capture is coming after the Theatre Commander of the Army’s Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Olusegun Adeniyi, said that if military helicopters are provided, the Boko Haram insurgency would be over in the next three months.

He stated this when a National Assembly Joint Committee on the Army operations paid a visit to the theatre in Borno recently.

Army Rescues Six Abducted Students In Kaduna

 

Troops of the Operation Thunder Strike of the Nigerian Army have rescued six abducted students of the Government Day Secondary School in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

Deputy Director Public Relations of 1Division of the Nigerian Army, Colonel Ezindu Idimah, confirmed this in a statement on Friday.

According to him, four suspected bandits were killed in the process while the rest of them ran into the forest with gunshot wounds.

He also said that three motor boys were rescued during the encounter.

Some of the items recovered from the operation, included one AK-47 rifle with seven rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition and a pump-action gun with 10 cartridges.

The students were said to have been abducted by kidnappers on their way to school on Thursday in Gwagwada village along the Kaduna-Abuja highway.

They have, however, all been re-united with their families.

Troops Rescue 27 Persons, Arrest Nine Suspected Boko Haram Spies

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Troops of the Nigerian Army have rescued 27 persons displaced by insurgents in multiple clearance operations in Borno state.

According to a statement by the Nigerian Army Operations Media Coordinator, Colonel Aminu Iliyasu, the first clearance was carried out by Operation Lafiya Dole Theatre, troops of 7 Division Garrison in conjunction with troops of Sector 1 Operation Lafiya Dole and elements of Nigerian Army Super Camp 4 along Goni Gambomi, Kadamari, Melim, Gondori and Jantilu in Kaga LGA of Borno State.

Colonel Iliyasu said that the troops rescued 15 persons, comprising eight adult males, one adult female, and six children, who after interrogation, revealed that they spent 3 days wandering in the bush trying to link up with any community where they could find succour.

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He added that they are currently undergoing profiling and subsequent integration into IDP Camps.

“Preliminary investigation reveals that they spent 3 days wandering in the bush trying to link up with any community where they could find succour.

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“They were promptly evacuated and the adult females and children were handed over to NYSC IDP Camp while the adult males were handed over to 7 Military Intelligence Brigade for profiling and subsequent integration into the IDP Camp.”

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Similarly, the statement added that another batch of 12 locals was rescued by troops of 82 Division Task Force Battalion at Strong Response Area while conducting clearance operations.

“In the same vein, troops of 82 Div Task Force Battalion at Strong Response Area Ngoshe while conducting clearance operations in Ngoshe and Pulka general area in Gwoza LGA of Borno State also rescued 12 locals. Among them were 2 female adults and 10 children.

“They were later screened, documented and handed over to officials of the International Organization for Migrants at Pulka IDP Camp,” the statement added.

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The Army spokesman further revealed that troops conducted a Positive Identification operation at various Check Points and Crossing Points and arrested 9 male suspected spies.

“Similarly, troops while acting on information arrested 9 male suspects in a hamlet in Mainok general area. A preliminary investigation indicates that suspects are Boko Haram criminals’ spies. Suspects are currently undergoing further interrogation.”

Army Arrests Chikwedum, Alleged Boko Haram Logistics Supplier

The Nigerian Army’s counter-insurgency operation, Lafiya Dole Theatre Command has arrested a middle-aged man, Samuel Chikwedum, who is alleged to be the supplier of logistics for Boko Haram terrorists in Borno State.

Army operatives caught Chikwedum while travelling to Baga town, heading towards the Lake Chad region with contraband goods.

After he was paraded before journalists, his goods and vehicle were destroyed.

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The GOC 7 division, Brigadier General Aliyu Ibrahim says the suspect had also attempted to bribe personnel at the point of arrest and during interrogation.

Chikwedum however denied the accusations, insisting that his business is legitimate and that he never attempted to bribe his way out of the arrest.

He demanded a fair hearing from the law.

“There is nobody that I have attempted to bribe. What I told about them is the condition of this nation where the judiciary judgement are disobeyed,” he said.

Army Dismisses Three Soldiers Over Alleged Kidnapping, Armed Robbery

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The Nigerian Army has dismissed three soldiers for their alleged involvement in kidnapping, armed robbery and cultism in Borno State.

Theatre Commander of the Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Olusegun Adeniyi, announced the dismissal on Sunday at the headquarters in Maimalari cantonment.

According to him, the three dismissed soldiers were arrested in a hotel in Maiduguri alongside 25 others, also alleged to be members of a notorious cult group terrorizing the state capital.

Adeniyi further explained that the arrest was made possible by a Joint Task Force including local hunters, the police, the NSCDC, DSS and the Army following a tip off.


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Also speaking on the matter, the state Commissioner of Police, Aliyu Ndatsu, said the Force has found the suspects guilty of criminal conspiracy and unlawful assembly.

Some of the items recovered from them include mobile sets, ID cards, calabashes, water pots containing red contents believed to be human blood and a sticker with an inscription that suggests a cult group affiliation.

Boko Haram Terrorists Seeking Refuge In Homes Of Some Unscrupulous Individuals – Army

 

The Nigerian Army says some Boko Haram Terrorists are currently seeking refuge in the homes of some individuals in parts of Borno and Yobe State.

According to a statement issued on Saturday by the Acting Director Army Public Relations Operation Lafiya Dole, Colonel Ado Isa, the development is a result of the military’s unrelenting onslaught on the BHT/ISWAP hideouts, along the Lake Chad region and Northern Borno.

Consequently, the command says it received information that the fleeing criminals are seeking refuge in homes of “some unscrupulous individuals”.

“These fugitives have been escaping and taking refuge in the residence of some persons in Maiduguri, Damboa, Gajiram, Monguno, Damasak, Biu, Gwoza Dikwa, Benisheikh, Ngamdu, Bama, Gamboru, Konduga, Gajigana and other smaller towns all in Borno State. Others, have also run to Damaturu, Gujba, Buni Yadi, Buni Gari, Gashua, Kanamma, Yususufari, Goniri and Kukareta towns in Yobe State, among others,” the statement read in part.

Colonel Isa, therefore, called on those who are said to be harbouring the criminals to report them to the army.

“While we are making concerted efforts to trace and fish out the fleeing criminals, it is important to inform and warn all those harbouring the fleeing fugitives to report or hand them to the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole immediately.

“Failure to do that would attract severe consequences.

“The Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole wishes to enjoin all well-meaning Nigerians, especially those residing in aforementioned areas, to report any suspicious and strange faces in their communities,” the statement read.

Army Accuses Action Against Hunger Of Aiding, Abetting Terrorists

 

The Nigerian Army has accused a non-governmental organisation, Action Against Hunger (AAH), of aiding and abetting terrorists.

In a statement issued on Friday, the Deputy Director Army Public Relations, Operation Lafiya Dole, Colonel, Ado Isa stated that the actions of the NGO persisted despite several warnings.

Consequently, the army declared persona non grata for aiding Boko Haram Terrorists/Islamic State West Africa by supplying them food and drugs despite several warnings from the Theatre Command Operation LAFIYA DOLE (TC – OPLD).

Read the full statement below.

SABOTAGE OF THE COUNTER INSURGENCY OPERATIONS IN THE NORTHEAST

The Theatre Command Operation LAFIYA DOLE (TC – OPLD)) has observed with utter disappointment and concern the notorious activities of some Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) working in the North East (NE) Nigeria.

The subversive and actions of the NGO Action Against Hunger (AAH) persisted despite several warnings to desist from aiding and abetting terrorists and their atrocities The TC – OPLD has on many occasions raised alarm over this unwholesome practices of some NGOs and expressed same position during meetings with the NGOs operating in the NE Theater of Operation.

Consequently, the AAH has been declared persona non grata for aiding Boko Haram Terrorists/Islamic State West Africa by supplying them food and drugs despite warning from the TC – OPLD.

The Command has obtained several credible intelligence indicating AAH as one of those NGOs operating in the NE that is notorious in supplying food and drugs to the criminals in the area.

Members of the public are enjoined to continue to give credible information on the activities of the marauders/criminals and their supporters in the NE Theatre of operation.

The OPLD wishes to assure the public of its resolve and determination to always partner with credible NGOs and CSOs to cushion the impact of humanitarian crisis generated by the criminals in the NE in line with the international best standards

ADO ISA
Colonel
Deputy Director Army Public Relations Operation LAFIYA DOLE
19 September 2019

Action Against Hunger Calls On Authorities To Allow Continuation Of Humanitarian Work

File Photo: IDPs in the northeast.

 

Global humanitarian aid provider, Action Against Hunger has called on relevant authorities to allow them to continue their humanitarian work in the northeast.

The Nigerian Army had accused the group of aiding and abetting terrorists despite several warnings to desist from the act.

In a statement issued by the Deputy Director Army Public relations of Operation Lafia Dole, Col. Ado Isa, the Force claimed that the command had obtained several credible intelligence, indicting the group as one of those NGOs operating in the northeast, notorious for supplying food and drugs to criminals in the area.

Consequently, the army declared the group a persona non grata.

In response, the AAH said it did not receive prior notice or explanation for the action and therefore, it had to halt the assistance it provides to millions of people in Maiduguri, Monguno and Damasak with immediate effect.

It, however, maintained that it delivers neutral, impartial and independent humanitarian aid to millions of people in Borno State by providing basic services to the most vulnerable people, especially women and children.

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On July 25, a video surfaced on the social media showing four aid workers with Action Against Hunger who said they had been kidnapped by ISWAP terrorists since July 18.

One of the victims who identified herself as Grace pleaded with the government and the Christian Association of Nigeria to come to their aid and secure their release from their captors.

Since then, nothing has been heard about the whereabouts of the said aid workers, neither has anyone confirmed their release or spoken about any form of negotiation.

Nigerian Army Court-Martial Major General Otiki Over Alleged N400m Theft

 

 

Welcome to our live updates on Nigerian Army Court-Martial of Major General Hakeem Otiki over alleged N400million theft ongoing in the nation’s capital, Abuja.

Major General Hakeem Otiki is a former General Officer Commanding (GOC) 8 division.



12:45pm

Major-General Otiki is wheeled into the command officer’s mess. This is premises of the court marshal.

Journalists were prevented from taking close shots of him.


12:49 pm

The general is undergoing medical examination but it is not clear why.


12:56pm

The panel of the court-martial arrives at the venue.


01:01pm

Okechukwu Adinu appears for General Otiki. He asked that the General be allowed to sit throughout the trial.


01:10pm

Lieutenant General Lamidi Adeosun is the President of the tribunal.

More photos from the trial

01:20pm

Five soldiers were confirmed to have stolen the money while on escort duty from Sokoto to Kaduna State in the first week of July.

The former GOC had reportedly asked the soldiers to escort the money and deliver it to a Very Important Personality (VIP) in Kaduna.


01:23 pm

The defendant objected to General Adeosun as President of the Tribunal because he feels he will not get a fair trial under the leadership of General Adeosun.

According to him, the President of the Court Martial and the defendant have a long-standing grudge.


01:26 pm

Lawyer to the defendant says it’s a fact that the defendant conducted several operations that were directly under the office of the President of the Court Marshal, General Adeosun which are operations that will come up during the trial making the president an interested party.

He also says that the defendant inherited the soldiers that were under the command of the President when he was in charge of division 8.


01:27 pm

The lawyer added that as such, there is no way the soldiers and the operations and their days in the Nigeria Defence Academy (NDA) will not come up in the trial.

He, therefore, asked the president to recuse himself from the trial.


01:28pm

Journalists were sent out from continued hearing of the trial.

As at this time, it is not clear yet whether the President of the court marshal, Adeosun will recuse himself or continue presiding over the trial.




 

Three Killed As Troops Rid Borno Village Of Terrorists

 

Troops of the Special Response Area Pulka, Operation HALAKA Dodo, Theatre Command Operation LAFIYA DOLE in collaboration with Civilian Joint Task Force, have conducted a successful raid operation at Kirawa community in Borno State where crouching terrorists were reportedly hibernating. 

This is according to a statement by Army Spokesman, Colonel Sagir Musa.

In his communique on Wednesday, Colonel Musa said the raid was carried in continuation of the clearance operations to get rid of the remnants of terrorists in line with the newly introduced Super Camp Concept of Operation.

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He revealed that the troops came in contact with terrorists which led to a serious engagement forcing the criminals to flee in disarray as a result of superior fire power from the troops.

He also stated that three terrorists lost their lives during the operation and an unconfirmed number of insurgents were wounded.

Colonel Musa said a cordon and search mission was conducted in the area, leading to the recovery of six bicycles and some quantity of food items.

According to the Army spokesman, investigation revealed that the eliminated terrorists are members of the terrorists’ logistic cell.

He also noted that no soldier was killed, wounded or missing in action during the encounter.

“Troops will continue to deny the terrorists freedom of action. Morale and fighting spirit of the soldiers remain high,” Colonel Musa assured.

Many Terrorists Reportedly Killed As Troops Rid Borno Village Of Insurgents

 

Many terrorists have reportedly met their waterloo following a raid by troops of the Nigerian Army in Gworege village within Dikwa Local Government Area of Borno State. 

This is according to Army Spokesman, Colonel Sagir Musa.

In his communique on Sunday, Colonel Musa stated that troops of 22 Brigade/Super Camp Dikwa in conjunction with the Civilian Joint Task Force, local Vigilantes and Hunters, conducted a successful raid and clearance operations to Gworege community where crouching terrorists were reportedly hibernating.

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Colonel Musa said the raid was carried out following credible information received from well meaning Nigerians about the presence of terrorists at Gworege village.

“The terrorists engaged the troops in a fire fight but had to flee as a result of superior fire power from the troops.

“Consequently, troops cordoned and searched the village and recovered the following: Six AK 47 Rifles and Sixty-six 7.62 MM ammunition.

“No soldier was killed, wounded or missing in action. Unfortunately, a hunter was wounded, is receiving treatment at the 22 Brigade medical Centre in Dikwa, he has been stabilized and is fast recovering,” Colonel Sagir stated.

The army spokesman further revealed that many terrorists reportedly met their waterloo during the encounter, while others escaped with various degrees of injuries.

Army Burns Vehicles Containing Fish Allegedly Belonging To Boko Haram

 

The army has intercepted and burnt down four vehicles conveying smoked fish allegedly belonging to Boko Haram insurgents on the outskirt of Maiduguri, Borno State.

Theatre Commander of the Operation Lafiya Dole, Major-General Olusegun Adeniyi, who confirmed the report, said the insurgents are making money from the sale of fish.

 

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Having discovered that they use proceeds from the sale of fish to sustain their activities, Adeniyi said one of the military’s strategies for fighting the insurgents is to cripple their economy.

The Borno State government and the military had banned fishing activities around the Lake Chad, based on the intelligence that the business has been hijacked by the insurgents.