Bala Mohammed Calls For An End Of Insurgency In North-East

Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed has asked the Federal Government to end the ravaging insurgency in the north-east region.

He made this call on Wednesday during a fourth meeting of the North-East Governors’ Forum in Bauchi State.

“The recent escalation in the activities of terrorists despite the exploits and sacrifices by members of our gallant armed forces is thus worrisome and challenging,” he said.

“The mindless massacre of 100 farmers in the Zambari village of Borno State, the spate of attacks and kidnappings in various states of the zone, particularly Taraba State all points to the need to rejig the security architecture deployed to counter the criminals.

“While the sanctity of human lives is universally acknowledged, as you have seen, terrorism, insurgency, banditry, etc are an ill-wind that blows nobody any good. Insecurity is like a virus, more often than not, it does not recognise ethnic, religious, gender, age, or other diversities,” he said.

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He also called for the resettlement of the displaced persons in the Internally Displaced People’s (IDP) camp, noting that the move is necessary to ameliorate their pains and restore hope to them that has been shattered.

File photo of Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed


The governor wants the Nigerian government to revamp agricultural activities that have been greatly affected by the insurgency in the north-east to avoid famine in the region.

To Governor Mohammed, regardless of the security challenges in the region, governors of the zone have the “political will to not only restore hope but the future of our traumatised children and generations unborn.”

The Bauchi governor also reiterated a call made by his Kaduna State counterpart, Nasir El-Rufai, and other Nigerians for the creation of state police to tackle the myriad of security challenges in the country.

Speaking further, Mohammed said leaders have failed to tackle insecurity, adding that many Nigerians have resorted to self-help.

FG To Begin Oil Production In Northeast, Says Petroleum Minister


The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, has revealed plans by the Federal Government to begin oil production in the northeast.

Sylva stated this during a recent interview on Channels Television’s Newsnight in Abuja, which aired on Monday.

“I have said it a few times that we have found oil in the northeast and we have started drilling activities in the Lake Chad Basin,” he said.

“I don’t know how the discovery of oil in the area will impact all the issues there but on our side, we believe that in a very short time, we will start production.”

The Minister also lamented that the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world’s narrative, including the oil and gas industry.

He recalled that the recent meeting held by the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in which Nigeria is a member was held virtually, noting that such meetings were not envisaged before the COVID-19 era.

File photo of the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva


Sylva also reacted to the piracy, oil bunkering and illegal refining in the oil-producing region, saying such activities had reduced when compared to what was obtained in the past.

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“Pipeline vandalisation is less than it used to be. Before now, we had less than 50 per cent production, I can assure you that pipeline vandalisation is less than it used to be. If you compare what happens now with what obtains in the past, I think it is less now.

“There is still a lot of piracy I understand, but the law enforcement agencies are dealing with it. We are looking at other ways of dealing with it and believe that in a very short time, we will be able to get the full handle on it,” he added.

Speaking on the gas conversion, the Minister explained that the policy was necessitated by the Federal Government issuing an alternative to Nigeria following the deregulation of oil that will lead to the rise in oil prices.

While noting that gas is a cleaner and more efficient fuel, the Minister regretted previous administrations had not developed the nation’s gas, stressing that Nigeria’s gas penetration is the lowest in Africa.

Insecurity: Army Reads Riot Act To Borno Communities, Alleges Sabotage


The Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Faruk Yahaya, has issued a strong warning to Borno communities collaborating with Boko Haram terrorists to desist from it.

In a statement issued on Friday by the spokesperson for the Theatre Command, Colonel Ado Isa, the warning followed a meeting with components of the Multi-National Joint Task Force.

“We also wish to warn all groups or communities hobnobbing with Boko Haram/ISWAP to sever such relations or the military takes drastic action against such defaulters,” the Commander was quoted as saying.

According to the military authorities, the level of collaboration and support ranged from providing information and intelligence on troops and law-abiding citizens to logistics supply and trading with the terrorists.

The theatre commander observed that there are “obvious implications and the dangers of collaborating with Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists and other criminal elements in the society.”

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Benisheik, Jakana, Mainok, Magumeri, Gajiram and Gubio, all in Borno State were indicted in the statement for allegedly harbouring “unpatriotic and heartless criminal elements.”

The theatre commander attributed this to what he described as the high level of terrorist activities and general insecurity that results in casualties in those areas.

“Anyone caught will face the full wrath of the law as we will not tolerate anyone sabotaging our concerted counterterrorism and counterinsurgency efforts through collaboration with the Boko Haram terrorists,” he added.

The army authorities also warned to come out hard on any community or groups that support the terrorists in any way or act as harbour zone for them.

The warning comes six days after Boko Haram terrorists attacked Zabarmari community in Koshobe village area of Borno State and killed at least 43 rice farmers, a situation that renewed calls for the immediate sack of the service chiefs.

Insurgency: Military Needs Intelligence, Not Weapons – Prof Alemikha

Professor Etannibi Alemikha has disagreed with the governors of the North-East over the deployment of more heavy artillery to the region.

Speaking during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Monday, Alemikha said the Nigerian military needs more intelligence.

The criminologist explained that for the war against insurgency to be won in the region, security operatives need to have information beforehand on the activities of the Boko Haram terrorists.

“From the military or security point of view, what is required is actually not weapons. It is intelligence. At that point, they need to know when insurgents are planning to attack, where they are supposed to be attacking and what is the capacity or force that will be deployed there,” he said.

According to him, the war against terrorism and issues bordering on security globally are technologically driven.

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While insisting that the troubled northeast region lacks the intelligence-approach in prosecuting terrorism war, the criminologist said the military personnel has been provided with the required weapons.

North-East Governors during a security meeting at the Government House in Maiduguri on August 9, 2020 called for the deployment of heavy artillery to the region in the war against insurgency.


He explained that even if more weapons are provided for them, the intelligence-capacity is far more important.

A criminologist, Professor Etannibi Alemikha, during an appearance on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on August 10, 2020 said for the war against insurgency to be won, the military should deploy more of intelligence and not weapons.


“It is not so much the weapons that are required that is more important than the intelligence. I would have expected that they will ask indeed that there is the need for the deployment or greater capacity of intelligence-gathering through the various media.

“You could have the highest weapons; you will still be taken unawares. I think what is largely missing in the northeast situation has been intelligence.

“Why are they always caught unawares? I think that should be the response rather than the weapons they carry,” he said.

Professor Alemikha’s remarks come 24 hours after the Chairman of the North-East Governors’ Forum, Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State asked the Federal Government to provide the region with more weapons to tackle terrorism decisively.

The governor who made this call during a meeting at the Borno Government House in Maiduguri on Saturday, advocated the use of heavy artillery for the Nigerian police to bridge the manpower deficit in the Armed Forces.

Army Remains Committed To Winning Insurgency War – Buratai


The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai speaks at the newly established Special Army Super Camp IV in Faskari, Katsina State on July 11, 2020.


The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai has reiterated the commitment of the Nigerian Army in winning the insurgency war in the northeastern part of the country.

Buratai made the announcement during the 157th anniversary of the Nigerian Army at the newly established Special Army Super Camp IV in Faskari, Katsina State.

Buratai noted that the country had witnessed difficult and escalating security challenges with Boko Haram insurgency being at its peak upon assuming office in 2015.

“The Nigerian Army has been at the forefront of combatting these threats of insecurity to our dear nation. From 2015 when I assumed office, my immediate priority centred on modernising the Nigerian Army by addressing the major challenges and fundamental areas

“The measures put in place in the last five years have no doubt contributed immensely towards enhancing the efficiency of the Nigerian Army resulting in improved security across the country,” Buratai said.

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Meanwhile, the Federal Government has renewed its support to help the military overcome several myriads of challenges in parts of the country.

The Defence Minister, Major General Bashir Salihi Magashi, who represented President Muhammadu Buhari thanked members of the Armed Forces and other law enforcement agencies for their efforts over the years.

Troops Kill 75 Boko Haram Terrorists, Recover Weapons


Troops of the Operation Lafiya Dole have killed 75 Boko Haram terrorists and recovered weapons in the northeast.

The Coordinator Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, confirmed this in a statement issued on Sunday.

According to him, the terrorists were killed in an ongoing offensive in the region that resulted in casualties on Boko Haram fighters and equipment.

Enenche noted that the Boko Haram fighters met their death during 17 separate encounters with the troops from June 1 to June 30, 2020.

“It is evident from recent encounters with Boko Haram/ISWAP that the resilience of the troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE is being sustained across the North-East Theatre of operation resulting to high BHT/ISWAP casualties on men and equipment as well as capture or surrendering of some of their fighters.

“In their resolve to end BHT/ISWAP menace in the North-East region, from 1 – 30 June 2020, the gallant troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE had a total of 17 encounters with the marauding criminals, neutralizing 75 of them in the process,” the statement partly read.

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Weapons recovered from the insurgents include one Anti-Aircraft Gun, 13 AK 47 Rifles, one Sniper Rifle, 21 locally made guns, 2 Dane guns and one Rocket Propelled Gun.

Others are three hand grenades, five Rocket Propelled Gun bombs, 205 rounds of Anti-Aircraft ammunition, 1018 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition and two Boko Haram flags.

The defence spokesman explained that one Gun Truck, one Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device, one Toyota Starlet car and several makeshift structures belonging to the terrorists were also destroyed by the gallant troops within the period.

He, however, regretted that during the period, one of their officers was killed and another injured in the process with 35 people rescued. Amongst those rescued are 18 women, 16 children and one adult male.

Speaking further, Enenche said four insurgents including two women were captured and later identified to be the wives of the local Boko Haram commander at Gajingi in Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa State.

Redouble Efforts To Rid Northeast Of Terrorists, Air Chief Tasks Troops


The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Sadique Abubakar, has called on troops of the Air Component of Operation Lafiya Dole to redouble their efforts to completely rid the northeast of terrorists so as to restore total peace in the region.

The Air Chief who was represented by the Air Task Force Commander Air Commodore Precious Amadi, made the remarks while addressing troops in Yola the Adamawa state capital.

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While appreciating efforts of the troops, he said the military remains committed in the fight against insurgency especially with the support and enabling environment provided by President Muhammadu Buhari.

“Nigerian Airforce and the country at large appreciate your efforts in restoring normalcy and peaceful coexistence in the Northeast.

“Always remember that it is not over until it is over, there is still a lot to be done.

“We must redouble our efforts to completely rid the Northeast of the terrorists to enable people to go about their business in peace and harmony,” he added.

Air Marshal Abubakar implored the troops to remain committed to the objectives of the operations.

“So much is at stake and a lot is expected from us; we cannot allow ourselves to be taken unaware.

“I implore you to remain committed and focused on the objectives of the operations, while you remain vigilant to protect property and equipment under your care.”

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 Trains 259 Officers On Counter-Terrorism Operations


The Nigerian Army has trained a fresh set of 259 officers on counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations for onward deployment to the northeast and other troubled parts of the country.

During the six-month training, they were exposed to academic and field exercises such as tactical combat shooting, unarmed combat and water exercises, stop and search techniques on roadblocks and checkpoints, rescue missions, identification of Improvised Explosive Devices among other things.

At their passing out ceremony at the Nigerian Army School of Infantry, Jaji, Kaduna State, the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin, said the new officers are joining the force at a critical time when the military is doing everything possible to tackle the security challenges in the country.

He, therefore, stated that much is expected from them in terms of keeping the country together and tackling the rising security challenges especially by Boko Haram insurgents, among others.

Saraki Asks Northern Leaders To Help FG End Killings


The Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, has challenged northern leaders to support the Federal Government in finding lasting solutions to the incessant killings in the region.

Senator Saraki made the call on Wednesday while addressing a delegation of the Northern Leaders and Stakeholders Assembly who visited him at the National Assembly.

He explained that peace and unity are essential to achieving the overall development of the country, and wants political leaders to consider dialogue as an option to solving the country’s security challenges.

“It is clear that this country now needs us to really address some of these issues. There’s no society that can be waking up every day with the kind of killings that we are seeing going on. There must be something wrong somewhere, that we must have to address.

“There must be things that we must also do to bring co-existence and to bring unity,” he stressed.

The chairman of the group and leader of the delegation, Tanko Yakasai, however, noted that the northern leaders are working to formulate methods of preventing and resolving conflicts in the region.

He said: “The main objective of the organisation is to promote the well-being of our people and together with other patriotic Nigerians to evolve a national blueprint that will address various problems confronting our nation.”

He also noted that “members of this organisation like other Nigerians are free to hold different opinions or make their preferred choices without hindrance from the Assembly.

“Although the Assembly is politically initiated, it has decided to be non-partisan. The Assembly is not a prelude to the formation of a political party,” he stated.

Ondo CAN Protest Christians Abduction, Killings In Northeast

Christians in Ondo State under on Sunday trooped to the streets of Akure, the state capital in protest.

The members of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) said they are protesting the killing and kidnapping of Christians in some states in the northern region of the country.

Carrying placards with various inscriptions, the protesters trekked from the city centre to the Government House.

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They sang solidarity songs and lamented over alleged murder of Christians in the northern part of the country by suspected herdsmen and Boko Haram terrorists.

The group called on the Federal Government to shift its focus from the 2019 elections and address the incessant killing of Christians in Benue State and some other states in the north region of the country.

W.H.O Commends FG Over Emergency Responses In Northeast

The World Health Organization (W.H.O) has expressed satisfaction over the Federal Government’s health emergency responses in the northeast, describing the conditions in the region as that which has transited from emergency to a development phase.

Addressing journalists in Abuja, after her visit to Borno State, the W.H.O regional director for Africa, Mrs Matshidiso Moeti, urged the government to leverage on the progress made and mobilize development partners to rebuild the health system in the northeast.

She, however, advised the Federal Government to step up its responses to malarial as it remains a major killer disease in Nigeria.