Troops Kill Nine Suspected Boko Haram Terrorists In Borno

Military-Militants-ArepoTroops of Operation Lafiya Dole on patrol in Borno State engaged some suspected members of Boko Haram terrorist group in a gun battle in Bulabulin, killing nine of them.

A statement by a spokesman for the army, Colonel Sani Usman, said the attack occurred on Wednesday morning.

“They engaged them in a fire fight that lasted for an hour.

“The troops killed nine Boko Haram terrorists and wounded several others,” the statement read.

Colonel Usman further stated that the troops captured two AK-47 Rifles, two Hand Grenades, one Improvised Explosive Device, five Jerrycans of Premium Motor Spirit and nine motorcycles.

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Some of the items recovered from the suspected terrorists

He, however, said that troops hand-held radio was badly damaged during the encounter.

The spokesman for the army further reassured Nigerians that troops would continue the clearance operation of the remnants of the Boko Haram in all the nooks and crannies of their areas of operation with renewed vigour and determination.

This attack came a day after reports said at least eight people were killed after members of the terrorist group, Boko Haram, attacked three villages in Borno state, north-east Nigeria and hoisted their flag there.

According to the BBC, the villages which are said to be near Chibok town, from where the militants captured more than 200 schoolgirls in April 2014, are Kubirivour, Boftari and Kuburmbalah.

However, the Nigerian Army has debunked the report.

The Multi-National Joint Task Force had on September 24 said it was conducting series of military operations aimed at closing down the Boko Haram insurgents in the Lake Chad Basin.

Speaking to Channels Television in Abuja on Saturday, the force Commander, Major General Lamidi Adeosun, explained that the forces from the four states – Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and Niger Republic – were working together to ensure that peace returned to the region.

General Adeosun further stated that the force was fully equipped by the Lake Chad Basin countries, with Nigeria fulfilling her pledge of $100 million to the mission.

He said: “Multi-National Joint Task Force is conducting serious military operations in conjunction with all the countries that contributed troops for the force.

“Initially the operation has been on sectoral basis but now it is joint.

“The operation is a kind of final onslaught to actually clear the free corridor of movement of Boko Haram because initially there were not foothold in Damasak Gashiga and other areas.

“As it is now, troops are in Gudunbari”.


Military operations against Boko Haram terrorists received impetus few weeks before Nigeria’s 2015 general election, with the current administration sustaining the tempo to fulfil its campaign promise of ending the over six years insurgency.

Boko Haram terrorists have attacked communities in northeast Nigeria, as they push for an Islamic State and an end to Western education in the region.

Military onslaught against the group has forced them to fall back to suicide attacks on softspots in the area.

On Friday troops of the Joint Task Force clashed with suspected terrorists, killing 15 of the them.

Two soldiers died in that gun battle.

Chibok Girls’ Release: We Will Not Fall For Fraudsters, FG Says

chibok girlsThe Nigerian government says it will not fall for the antics of fraudsters asking the Federal Government for money to negotiate the release of the Chibok girls.

President Muhammadu Buhari made the statement on Friday while reiterating that the rescue and return of the remaining Chibok girls abducted on April 14, 2014, by members of the Boko Haram terrorist group remains a priority of his administration.

The girls were taken from their dormitory in Government Girls’ Secondary School in Chibok a community in Borno State in northeast Nigeria while they were preparing for their final year examinations.

Receiving the Primate and Archbishops of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) at the State House, President Buhari said that his administration would continue to insist on a thorough authentication of the identities of any persons or groups claiming to have custody of the girls before entering into negotiations with them.

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The bishops are optimistic that things will improve in Nigeria in the next one year

The President, however, assured the Anglican Bishops of his steadfast commitment to the rescuing of the Chibok girls, saying that their safe return will be one of his greatest fulfilments in office as President.

Clean-up Of Ogoniland

In a statement by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, President Buhari also assured the clerics that the Federal Government would give maximum attention to the clean-up of Ogoniland which was launched on Thursday.

“We inherited the United Nations Environmental Project report from the previous administration. We decided it needed urgent attention, in spite of the economic crunch because of our concern for the welfare and environmental comfort of the people of Ogoniland,” he said.

Earlier in his remarks, the Primate of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Reverend Nicholas Okoh, pledged the support of the church in helping the Federal Government achieve its objectives of improving security and the welfare of Nigerians.

Buhari Says Patriotism Will Encourage More Foreign Investments

Muhammadu-Buhari-in-Qatar on Foreign InvestmentsPresident Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday in Doha urged Nigerians to rekindle the spirit of patriotism and selfless service to encourage more foreign investments.

At a meeting with members of the Nigerian community in Doha, the President gave the assurance that the Federal Government would continue to create the enabling environment for investments in Nigeria. He said that most of the government efforts would be anchored on peace and security.

“We have abundant natural and human resources in the country, including huge oil and gas deposit.

“But the challenge is securing those installations and to persuade some of our countrymen to be more patriotic and stop sabotaging the installations.

“When people are being abducted and some are being murdered, when installations are being blown up now and then, the incentives for people to invest in our infrastructure is quite slim,” he told the gathering.

President Buhari also promised to look into the complaints of alleged blanket denial of visas to families and relatives of Nigerians intending to visit the State of Qatar.

“Like I tell other Nigerians living in other countries, you must be good ambassadors of the country because globally things are quite difficult in terms of security and the economy.

“If you have something doing, please hold it tight to your heart and try to improve on it because things are quite difficult all over.

“For us in Nigeria, we are trying to do our best to reduce unemployment and we realised this quite early enough, that is why we campaigned on the diversification of the economy.

“We have to go back to agriculture, like in the good old days of cocoa, palm oil, palm kernel, cottons, groundnuts, hides and skins,” he stressed.

On the fight against terrorism, the President told Nigerians living in Qatar that the military had made remarkable progress in dislodging Boko Haram terrorists from their previous strongholds in the North eastern part of Nigeria.

“When we came in May 2015, the Boko Haram were effectively holding 14 local governments out of 774 local governments in Nigeria but today they are not holding a single local government,” he stated.

He said the military and law enforcement agencies were working very hard to prevent and counter Boko Haram attacks on soft targets in the country.