Adamawa Governor Kicks Against Withdrawal Of Troops

Army-Troops-The Governor of Adamawa State, Muhammad Umaru Jibrilla, has kicked against the complete withdrawal of the military in the areas recovered from the Boko Haram Sect.

He insisted that military presence should still remain in the state.

The Governor made the comment on Saturday when the Ministerial Committee on the Restoration of Civil Authority, led by Major General Fatai Oladipo of the Nigerian Army, met in his office in Yola.

Speaking to Channels Television after the meeting, Governor Jibrilla appealed for a gradual withdrawal of the military.

After the meeting with the Governor, the committee scheduled a meeting with representatives of communities in the state.

At the meeting, talks will focus on what their problems are and how to restore normalcy in the areas, the withdrawal of the military and the establishment of civil authorities in recovered territories from insurgents in the state.

Other members of the committee are drawn from the Nigerian Air force, Directorate of Secret Services, Serving and retired, the Nigeria Police Force and the Human rights Commission.

FG To Deploy Authorities To Liberated Communities In Northeast

ekiti driversThe Federal Government is mapping out ways to deploy civil authorities to liberated communities in northeast Nigeria.

Ahead of the planned deployment, the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazzau, is leading the Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase and the Heads of all paramilitary forces on an assessment tour of affected states.

Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, is the first to host the team.

Adamawa, Borno and Yobe are the most affected states in the over six years insurgency carried out by the outlawed Boko Haram terrorists attempting to establish an Islamic State and end Western education in the region.

Borno State has, however, lost more territories than its sister states with the bandits sacking locals from 20 out of the 27 local councils in the state.

The result is the displacement of nearly two million persons, with many forced to live in makeshift camps within Maiduguri, the capital city.

The Nigerian Armed Forces said troops of the Operation Lafiya Dole had recaptured all lost territories. A mandate of December had been given to the military by President Muhammadu Buhari to end the activities of Boko Haram in the region.

The Minister of Interior’s mission in the state is to liaise with relevant stakeholders and obtain first-hand information on the state of affairs with a view to deploying civil authorities to the liberated towns.

The state government believes that the deployment of civil authorities in abandoned towns would complement the efforts of the Nigerian Army.

The Shehu of Borno, custodian of traditional institution in the state also shared his opinion over plans to open up abandoned communities for civilian habitation.

The team has also been interacting with the internally displaced and inspecting facilities and personnel on ground.

Issues of poor welfare and incentives are some of the concerns the personnel on ground are not excited about, as deployment to the ghost towns stares them in the face.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Yusuf Buratai, said the Nigerian Army was planning to create two new divisions.

He said that the two divisions would be Division 8 in the northeast and Division 6 in the south-south to boost security in the regions.

North-East Commission Bill Passes Second Reading In House Of Reps

House-of-Representatives-Nigeria on north-east development CommissionA bill calling for the establishment of a North-East Development Commission has passed second reading in the House of Representatives in Nigeria.

The commission, if established, would manage funds for the rehabilitation of the north-eastern part of Nigeria ravaged by insurgency.

The bill, which is sponsored by the speaker of the House, Honourable Yakubu Dogara, will receive and manage the funds from the Federation Account and international donors for the settlement of victims of insurgency.

It will also take care of the rehabilitation and reconstruction of roads, houses and businesses in the north-east region.

The motion was unanimously supported by lawmakers in the House, who said the commission would help the region just as the Niger Delta Development Commission had helped the Niger Delta region.

Communities in the north-east have been devastated by Boko Haram pushing for the establishment of an Islamic State and an end to western education in the region.

Over 1.5 million persons have been displaced from the north-east region, according to the United Nations High Commission For Refugees.

Nigeria, Cameroon Strengthen Border Patrol

Muhammadu-Buhari-of-Nigeria-and-Paul-Biya-of-CameroonNigeria and Cameroon on Wednesday agreed to strengthen Border patrol and open communication among Border States to make more information available to both nations, as they tackle the Boko Haram Terrorists in Nigeria’s north-east region and northern Cameroon.

The agreement was reached at a meeting between the Nigerian President, Mr Muhammadu Buharia and his Cameroonian counterpart, Mr Paul Biya in Yaounde, the Capital of Cameroon.

President Buhari arrived at Yaounde at about 11:00 local time and held talks with the Mr Biya, with both leaders seeking ways of strengthening the counter-terrorism operations in their common border.

On arrival, President Buhari was welcomed by the 82-year-old Cameroonian President at the airport in Yaounde.

The Special Adviser to President Buhari on Media, Mr Femi Adeshina, told Channels Television, that both leaders met and agreed that there was the need to strengthen the countries’ borders and contribute troops for the Multi-National Joint Task Force, expected to begin operations next month.

Six Nigerian governors, also met with five of their counterparts in Cameroon, where they agreed to open communication among Border States, build more infrastructure to secure the borders, operate common border patrols and share intelligence and surveillance.

The Cameroonian government has scheduled a state banquet on Wednesday evening for the visiting Nigerian government officials.

President Buhari is on a two-day visit to Cameroon for talks with the officials of the Cameroonian government, aimed at deepening cooperation between both countries in the counter-terrorism operations.

He will also meet with Nigerians in Cameroon before he ends his visit.

Boko Haram Attack Babbangida Town Of Yobe State

Babbangida There may have been carnage in Babbangida town of Yobe State, northeast Nigeria as members of the Boko Haram militants in the early hours of Sunday invaded the town in what is being termed a reprisal attack.

A fleeing resident told our Damaturu correspondent, “Yesterday (Saturday) being the market day, there were apprehensions of possible attack on the town but security forces were fully aware and such purported attack was thwarted.”

Residents according to him ran out of their homes and took refuge in the bushes for fear of the attack as the militants reorganised at night and launched attack on the town around 6:40 AM on Sunday.

“As we were hidden in bushes like many other residents in the early hours of today (Sunday) we then heard several gunshots and chanting of war songs around the troubled Babbangida town, confirming the earlier apprehensions and not quite long we saw thick smoke around the town which is given a strong signal that houses and other structures were being burnt,” he said.

Shortly after, he said there was no more GSM network as no resident could be reached on their mobile phone again which further confirmed the destruction of communication facilities in the town.

Although security forces are yet to comment on the attack, a top security officer told Channels Television that a team of combined security forces had on Saturday launched an offensive attack on the insurgents at their hideout around Sasawa, a border town between Damaturu and Babbangida town, which may have triggered the reprisal attack.

“We carried out an offensive attack on the militants as a result of tip off.

“We gathered that they were preparing to attack Damaturu the state capital and the attack on Tarmuwa may have being carried out as a reprisal to our earlier assaults,” the source said.

According to the source, Sunday’s attack on Babbangida is unprecedented as damage to property may be huge while extent of destruction is yet to be determined because GSM services are completely down in the town while thick smoke are being sighted from a far.

Babbangida is the headquarters of Tarmuwa Local Government Area of the state and shares boarder with Damaturu the Yobe State capital.

Babbangida is 50 KMs north of Damaturu and has experienced several cases of Boko Haram invasion in the past.

Sunday’s attack is the second in the state since President Muhammadu Buhari took over as President and Commander In Chief of the Armed Forces.

During his inaugural address, President Buhari had vowed to work out ways to subdue the militants within a very short time for the restoration of peace in the troubled northeast geopolitical zone of the country.

The insurgents had earlier attacked Fika and Ngalda towns of Yobe State, located west of Damaturu the state capital.

Amnesty International Should Do More To Support War On Terror – Onyekwelu

Vince-Onyekwelu on Amnesty International reportA report of Amnesty International indicting Nigerian Armed Forces of war crime has continued to draw reactions, with an ex-British police officer and a security consultant, Vince Onyekwelu, stressing the need for Amnesty International to show more support to the war against terror.

The rights group had in a recent report alleged that the Nigerian military had engaged in violation of human rights in form of extra-judicial killings in the fight against insurgents in Nigeria’s north-east, calling for the investigation of some top military officials, both serving and retired.

But the military denied the allegations saying it was a blackmail against Nigeria and its armed forces.

Giving his opinion about the report the ex-British police officer said Amnesty International had not showed much concern for the innocent Nigerians killed by the Boko Haram terrorists.

He urged the rights group to equally carry out more social responsibilities to ensure that Nigerians see the group as not being against the government of Nigeria and fight against the insurgents.

“We have not felt their Corporate Social Responsibility in Nigeria. A lot of Nigerians are asking about what the Amnesty International had done to remedy the situation in Nigeria.

“They have not reported much around the issues of local and national security. They have not reported the killings in Benue State.

“We still need to look into their allegation but we need to encourage Amnesty to talk about the issue of the killing of Nigerians everyday by terrorists. So it would not sound like Amnesty international is against Nigeria,” he said.

Report Requires A Response

Asked if there was a need for investigation into the report, Mr Onyekwelu sid it was necessary that the report should be looked into to ascertain the truth about the claims.

The rights group claimed it got evidences from non-members of the terrorist group who had been accused of being members of Boko Haram.

But Mr Onyekwelu faulted the claims, questioning how the rights group verified the identity of the whistle blowers.

“How are we sure that the persons giving Amnesty International evidence are not members of the Boko Haram.

“We have basic security issues that start from identification of who is a Nigerian to who is a member of the Boko Haram.

“The Nigerian government and the National Assembly have to respond to the report. They can decide if the content of the report is what should be considered.

“The rights group’s report requires a response,” he said.

On the action that should be taken, the security consultant said “If the Nigerian Army had done anything wrong, they should be investigated and the right decisions taken. We should not allow the report to affect the activities of the military in the war against terror.

“It there are credible evidences, the people responsible should be asked to come and defend themselves and give their own account.

“The Amnesty International is a respected and credible organisation across the world, so their report should be looked into and investigated”.

Mr Onyekwelu commended the military for its response to the allegations but advised that a research institution should be set up to look into such crisis and react proactively.

He stressed that every human being, including the criminal arrested, had a right that the military and other security agencies must respect in the course of providing security.

Asked if the report would affect the morale of the military in the counter-terrorism operation in the north-east, Mr Onyekwelu said the allegations were not expected to affect the morale of the troops, urging them to carry out their duty with respect for human rights.

Suspected Terrorists Kill 24 In Adamawa State

Boko HaramSuspected Boko Haram terrorists have attacked communities in Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa State, killing about 24 persons.

The attack occurred on Monday night, two days after a suicide bomber carried out an attack at a market in Damaturu, Yobe State.

Eyewitness said the insurgents killed about 24 people in the attack on communities in Madagali local council before taking away women and children.

The residents of Sabogari area fled for safety, as the terrorist shot sporadically, wreaking havoc in the area.

Nigeria military had in March said terrorists have been cleared from Adamawa and Yobe State, but the terrorists have attack communities in the states recently.

Counter-terrorism operations aimed at clearing terrorists from their Sambisa Forest stronghold have forced the terrorists to mass in communities in the three north-east states – Adamawa, Borno and Yobe.

Over 800 women and children had been rescued in the operations, but the terrorists are taking more as hostages despite heightened assaults by Multi-National Joint Task Force.

Terrorism in the north-east is one of the problems the incoming government will have to handle, as the terrorists have threatened to sustain the attacks even after the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration takes over governance on May 29.

The President-elect had promised to tackle the Boko Haram terrorist group and force them out of the communities in the oil-reach nation’s north-east states.

Suicide Bomber Dies, 7 Injured In Yobe Attack

bomb yobe Potiskum suicide bomberA suicide bomber suspected to be a member of the Boko Haram terrorist group has died in an attack on the College of Administrative and Business Studies in Potiskum, Yobe State.

The attack in the north-east Nigerian state also left seven persons injured.
Eyewitness said the suicide bomber, armed with Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) and AK47 rifle, launched an attack on the College.

The information department of the institution told Channels Television that the bomber attacked the college around 8:00am local time.

According to the school authority, the suicide bomber started shooting sporadically at the gate before entering the school, where he shot at students and teachers.

Reports say efforts were made to subdue the bomber when it was noticed that his ammunition was running out.

After apparently realising that he would be apprehended, the attacker triggered the IED he was carrying, killing himself in the process and injuring seven others.

Hospital sources said the seven persons, brought in with various degrees of gunshot injuries, have been hospitalised at the Potiskum General Hospital located just beside the  school and are currently being treated.

The spokesman for the Police in the state command, Mr Toyin Gbadegesin, said that the situation had been brought under control and that security forces were working round the area to ensure the restoration of normalcy.

The entire school and other surrounding environment, covering the general hospital and the science school Potiskum have been condoned.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but Boko Haram terrorists have carried out series of similar attacks in the past in the volatile north-east region.

Military assaults against the terrorists have increased after Nigeria postponed its election to enable the military reclaim communities that the Boko Haram terrorists were occupying in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States. The electoral body said it was need to enable residents take part in the elections held on March 28 and April 11.

The military said it had reclaimed all communities in Yobe State under the control of the Boko Haram sect which had in the last five years tried to establish an Islamic caliphate in the region and also end western education.

Counter-terrorism efforts are now centred on the major stronghold of the terrorists, Sambisa Forest in Borno State, with the Army rescuing some women and children from the camps of the dissident group.

Military Set To Wipe Out Boko Haram – Olukolade

Vehicle recovered from Boko HaramThe military in Nigeria says it is on the verge of totally wiping out the Boko Haram terrorist group from the nation’s north-east.

A spokesman for the Defence Headquarters, Major General Chris Olukolade, gave the assurance on Thursday after touring more of the recovered territories, including Gwoza, said to be the last bastion of the Boko Haram to be recaptured.

Major General Olukolade, said that troops are currently making sure that the recovered territories were stabilised and life in those areas returns to normal.

“The area left to be captured are very minimal and what is important now is the stabilisation of the territories taken back and the mopping up operations,” Major General Olukolade said.

He explained that the media tour was organised to make public the level of atrocities committed by the terrorists before they vacated those places.

The defence spokesman also allayed fears of the possibility of the terrorists regrouping, saying that “the presence of the Multi-National Joint Task Force would prevent that”.

Counter-terrorism operations against the Boko Haram had heightened after the Nigerian government took delivery of some military equipment from South Africa and Russia.

After Nigeria’s election was postponed by six weeks on February 7, the military cleared terrorists from Adamawa and Yobe States.

The military is pushing to clear Borno State of terrorists in the next few weeks, according to the military spokesman.

Chad, Niger Troops Retake Gasheger From Boko Haram

Soldiers relciam Goniri in Yobe StateTroops from Chad and Niger on Thursday pursued Boko Haram fighters across a northern Nigeria border area, retaking Gasheger from the terrorist group.

Some of the terrorist that escaped from the town flee into Niger, two senior Niger military officers said.

Troops from Chad, Cameroon and Niger are participating in a joint offensive along with Nigeria aimed at ending the Islamist group’s six-year insurgency in north-east Nigeria.

The insurgency had spilled across Nigeria’s borders to threaten regional stability.

“Took Back Gasheger”

A column of troops left the Nigerian town of Damasak, which was retaken from the militants earlier this month, in the morning to capture the Boko Haram-occupied village of Gasheger, the sources said.

According to Reuters, a witness across the border in the nearby Nigerien town of Diffa, which has served as a staging area for the operations, heard explosions around midday as the sources said the coalition troops met resistance from the Islamists.

“We took back Gasheger,” one of the officers told Reuters.

During the clashes, Boko Haram fighters fired a mortar that landed in the village of Kalgueri, killing one woman, the sources said.

After being driven from Gasheger, some Boko Haram fighters fled across the Komadougou River into the town of Guesseri in Niger where soldiers from Niger’s elite American-trained anti-terrorist unit pursued them.

“More than 100 fighters were in Gasheger. They’re now in an area with a lot of trees,” the second source said.

The regional offensive launched this year comes as Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country and biggest economy, prepares to hold elections on Saturday. Nigeria’s elections commission postponed the polls to allow the renewed counter-terrorism operation to go forward and make room for Nigerians in the region to participate in the exercise.

The offensive has succeeded in driving Boko Haram from Yobe and Adamawa State.

Suspected Boko Haram Members Abduct 200 School Girls In Chibok

boko-haram-2Suspected members of the Boko Haram sect have abducted 200 students in a raid at a Girls Secondary School in Chibok, a town on the border between Borno and Adamawa States. 

The assault on the all-female high school took place on Monday night.

Witnesses said the gunmen, who came in Toyota Hilux vehicles and motorcycles, stormed the town and kept firing sporadic gunshots before setting ablaze several houses and shops.

It was also disclosed that the hoodlums carted away several bags of grains and other food items into waiting trucks and buses as residents fled into bushes and farmlands.

Residents also confirmed that the insurgents did not kill any resident or leaders in the town, but the female students were abducted and taken to unknown destination in the forest.

Report says members of the terrorist group killed a soldier guarding the school and inflicted injuries on several villagers before the heavily armed insurgents ordered the girls into a truck and took them away.

“The raid, which started at about 9:00pm, lasted for six hours.

The Police Commissioner in Borno State, Lawan Tanko, confirmed the kidnapping of the students and told the reporters that additional security agencies had been deployed to the area.

Residents of the area also told reporters that the militants burnt down 100 homes after some residents had tried to resist the raid.