Troops Kill Shekau’s Second In-Command In Faceoff

The Islamic Terrorist group, Boko Haram has suffered a major loss as Momodu Bama, who is said to be the second in-command to the group’s leader Abubakar Shekau, was killed in a faceoff while the troops were in pursuit of the terrorists who have been unleashing mayhem in Borno and Yobe communities.

According to a press statement signed by the Director Defence Information Brigadier General Chris Olukolade,other terrorists arrested by the troops in an encounter that took place around the Bama corridor confirmed that it was indeed the second in-command to the Boko Haram leader.

Momodu Bama has been personally leading the attacks against troops and innocent citizens in the communities of Yobe and Adamawa.

Bama known to be a specialist in manning the anti-aircraft guns of the group was a vicious and heartless fellow, with a penchant for personally slaughtering and executing his victims.  Momodu Bama has been a most wanted terrorist with a bounty of N25million already placed on his head.

Others that died in the operation include Bama’s father, Alhaji Abatcha Flatari, who is also one of the spiritual guiding lights of the outlawed terrorists group.  17 other terrorists also lost their lives in the encounter, while 24 were arrested.

The troops are continuing the pursuit of the terrorists while intensifying aggressive aerial and land patrols to ensure better security cover for the communities especially in the two states.

Yobe Residents Ask Reconciliation Cmte’ To Unveil Sponsors Of Boko Haram

Residents in Yobe state at an interactive session with the presidential committee on dialogue and peaceful resolution of security challenges in the north have asked the committee to identify and unveil sponsors of Boko Haram.

An elder statesman, Khalifa Hassan Yusuf, who made the call for unveiling sponsors of the group asked why Nigerians “are still in the dark” on sponsors of the group.

According to him, apart from revealing who the sponsors are, Nigerians and the whole world are keen to know where and how sophisticated firearms are in circulation or in use by various hoodlums for their various operations across the country.

“Several arrests have been made since the commencement of the insurgency, lots of revelations have been uncovered, caches of arms have been recovered, yet Nigerians and the whole world are yet to know those behind the Boko Haram insurgency” he lamented.

The elder statesman also challenged the committee to verify and tell Nigerians which countries, groups or individuals are supplying AK47, Rapid Propel Grenade (RPG) among other weapons to the group.

Another Damaturu elder, Alhaji Mohammadu Gombe, lamented on the colossal loss of lives and property since the attacks on people in Damaturu and Maiduguri.

He process solicited assistance for groups and individuals who suffered losses as a result of the attack, while urging the federal government to bring culprits to book. He also alleged that some highly placed individuals must be involved in the dastard act.

Other speakers called on parents, religious groups and organisations to preach and inculcate good morals in the minds of their followers, warning that without it religious tolerance will continue to deteriorate and have adverse effects on the peace and progress of the country.

While commending the President for constituting the committee, participants at the session also called on the committee to be objective and to ensure that lasting peace is achieved at the end of their assignment.

The Committee Chairman and Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs; Kabiru Tanimu Turaki assured participants that the committee will be fair and diligent in the course of its assignment pointing out that tremendous progress is being made in the quest for peace.

Stakeholders and participants were drawn from the Jamatul Nasir Islam (JNI) the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) traditional rulers, various political, tribal, religious and social groups as well as trade unions among other interest groups.

 

Troops Overrun 3 Sect Camps, Rescue Women, Children In Borno

Soldiers in Borno state have dislodged three camps belonging to suspected members of Boko Haram in Sambisa forest, rescuing three women and six children  during the operation.

This was made known by the Director Defence Information;  Brigadier General Chris Olukolade in a statement on Friday.

The women and children, he said were kidnapped from the police barracks and its environs during the 7th of May attack in Bama by members of the Islamic sect.

He however said the troops are still on the look out for one woman and two of her children who are thought to be held in the forest.

General Olukolade added that the focus of the troops at the moment is to ensure that all camps and enclaves are dismantled and destroyed.

Troops Crack Down On Terrorists’ Attempt To Infiltrate Maiduguri

The Special Forces deployed to rid the nation of any act of terrorism that has been rocking the northern region of the country has apprehended 65 persons confirmed to be terrorists, attempting to infiltrate Maiduguri while fleeing from various camps now under attack by the Special Forces deployed after President Goodluck Jonathan declared State of Emergency on three northern States that were fast becoming the sect’s stronghold.

A total of 11 vehicles, 4 tricycles and 24 handsets were also seized in the process and the suspects are in custody of Joint Task Force and are currently being interrogated, according to the press release by the Director of Defence Information; Brigadier General Chris Olukolade.

In what is looking like a sure victory against terrorism, the troops claim that camps of these terrorists have been found deserted in several locations and they immediately take possession of the facilities.

The Director of Defence Information; Brigadier General Chris Olukolade has however advised Nigerians to report to the JTF, any group of persons roaming around the local communities with large quantities of containers in search of fuel as some of the fleeing insurgents from various camps have been noted to be in search of fuel from neighbouring communities..

In another development, troops have engaged and dislodged elements of insurgents groups who carried out attacks on citizens in localities such as Gamboru ward and at the end of the encounter, a total of 10 suspected terrorists were confirmed dead while weapons such as Rocket Propelled Grenade launchers, assorted ammunition and rifle magazines were recovered.

The area is being combed to fish out any of the surviving insurgents.

JTF Imposes 24-Hour Curfew In Parts Of Maiduguri Metropolis

In order to sustain special operations in the face of the recent Boko Haram attack in some areas in the Maiduguri metropolis, the Military Joint Task Force (JTF) in Borno State has imposed an indefinite 24-hour curfew in 12 wards of Maiduguri metropolis, according to a statement issued today by the spokesman of the JTF; Lieutenant Sagir Musa.

The affected wards are:  Gamboru, Mairi Kuwait, Bakin Kogi, Kasuwan Shanu, Ruwan Zafi, 202 Quarters, Dikwa Quarters, Low-cost Sinimari, 505 Housing Estate, Chad Basin Area, 303 Housing Estate and Baga road.

Lieutenant Sagir Musa further appealed to the public to continue to cooperate with the security agencies by providing credible and timely information which can assist in bringing lasting peace to the state and the country at large.

The imposition of the 24- hour curfew comes five days after the president Dr Good luck Jonathan declared state of emergency in three north-east states of the country.

Since the declaration, the troops has made sure that the sect members have no resting place as they have been forced to abandon their hideouts located in some forest areas in Gwoza, Bama and other areas of Borno and the other two states.

GSM Network Breaks Down In Yobe, Borno

Three days after the declaration of state of emergency in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States, residents of Yobe and Borno States have continued to live without network on all the GSM Mobile Services in operation in the two states.

In the early hours of Thursday, the residents thought network services would be restored shortly but the situation continued into Friday, causing serious communication problems.

The residents, however, attributed the lack of network services to the activities of security operatives who have been carrying out operations against the dreaded Boko Haram sect, and because there has been no attack on the facilities by the sect members since the pronouncement of the state of emergency in the three states.

 

Boko Haram: Irish Ambassador Says Cease Fire Condition For Negotiation

The ambassador of Ireland to Nigeria, Patrick Fay has said that there is a need for cease fire between the Boko Haram fundamentalist sect and Nigerian security forces for any meaningful negotiation to commence between the Federal Government and the sect members.

Addressing the national executive members of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) in Kaduna, the Irish envoy noted that the security challenges facing the north is not a religious problem but one that was caused by political differences.

He said that the application of force by the Nigerian government to tackle the situation has not yielded any meaningful result hence dialogue remains the only option to address the problem.

National publicity secretary of the Arewa Consultative Forum, Anthony Sani however told the visiting ambassador that the north is in full support of the proposed amnesty for the Boko Haram sect and urged the federal government to continue with the plan in spite of the rejection of the amnesty offer by a faction of the Islamist group.

Explosion Claims Bombers’ Lives In Kano

Two separate bomb attacks targeted at the Joint Task Force checkpoint at Maiduguri road and police check point at eastern bypass, both in Kano metropolis have claimed the lives of two of the suspected bombers.

According to the State police commissioner, Musa Daura, the explosive which targeted the JTF checkpoint was remote controlled and buried in the ground very close to the checkpoint.

Mr Daura added that the person that targeted the police checkpoint disguised as a water truck seller pushing a truck towards the checkpoint with one other person giving him cover on a motorcycle. However, on throwing the explosive, it hit the motorcycle rider and killed both of them on the spot.

The commissioner further disclosed that no police officer was killed or injured from the attacks, adding that four other people were arrested while attempting to attack the police after the explosion.

Meanwhile, three police officers and one local security officer attached to a local government secretariat were killed during an attack at Ganye local government area of Adamawa state.

Residents told Channels Television that gun men on a motorcycle numbering about ten staged a prison break, and set ablaze the local government police divisional headquarters and the local government secretariat, killing the four people in the two separate locations.

Security Challenge: Govt. Has Lost Control – Police Historian

Looking at the security challenges plaguing the nation, Police historian and Scholar Kemi Rotimi said the Federal Government has lost control of the war against the insurgencies that has reshaped the country’s history as he is very worried about the Northern region and the inter-group relations.

Referring to Monday’s blast which took place at a luxury bus motor park in Kano, where over 60 people were confirmed dead, the scholar, who was a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast show Sunrise Daily, said that the Federal Government has definitely lost grip of how to tackle the security challenges facing the country and how to take down the Islamic Boko Haram sect.

Rotimi equally implored Nigerians who can help the Federal Government in the war against terrorism in the country to do so.

Meanwhile, in swift response the Senior Special Adviser on Public Affairs; Dr Doyin Okupe responded to the statement of the police historian saying it is very wrong for him to make such a statement as the Federal Government is matching up to level with the sect and is doing all it can to avert these insurgencies.

Watch the rest of the interview for more details.

Blasts Rock Maiduguri After President Jonathan’s Visit

Barely hours after President Goodluck Jonathan left the Borno State capital; multiple explosions were reported to have hit the city of Maiduguri.

Witnesses say they heard loud blasts, in Jajeri ward of Budum town, the heart of the insurgency shortly after President Goodluck Jonathan ended his trip there to try to galvanize support for his battle against terror.

Our correspondent in Borno Jonathan Gopep reports that the explosions, seven in all occurred within minutes of each other.

No casualties were reported in the incident.

It will be recalled that President Jonathan visited Maiduguri, the borno State capital to salute the courage of men of the Joint Task Force (JTF) in tackling the Boko Haram sect, could not hold his enthusiasm as to the level patriotism demonstrated by the JTF, by way of leaving their various families to come and stay under the scorching sun of Borno State in a bid to rid the state of insecurity.

He commended the officers for their patriotism since the violence began, while insisting that the JTF will not be pulled out of the state unless peace returns and called on the elders who asked for their withdrawal to sign a pact with him which will guaranty security of lives and property.

NBC Closes Down Wazobia FM Kano

Broadcasting license of the Wazobia FM in Kano State North West Nigeria has been revoked with immediate effect.

According a source working with the station in Kano, at about 4:45PM on Friday they received a circular from the Nigerian broadcasting commission banning all broadcasting operation of the station in Kano.

“Although NBC has not given us any reason for revoking our license but am sure this may not be unconnected with the recent controversy regarding our Hausa programme Sandar Girma which was said to have incited the killing of nine female health workers in the state.”

All effort to get in touch with the representatives of NBC in Kano was not successful, however all broadcasting operations in Wazobia FM has been interrupted.

The newly established station came with a critical analysis of political activities in the politically sensitive Kano state which many politicians especially the ruling class frown at.

Unknown Gunmen Toss Bomb At Police Station In Bauchi

A police officer sustained injuries during an attack on a divisional police station in Dass local government area of Bauchi State, north east Nigeria as unknown attackers threw improvised explosive device at the police station on Friday night causing panic amongst residents.

Public Relations Officer of Bauchi Police Command, Assistant Superintendent of Police Hassan Mohammed confirmed the attack in which a police officer was injured while repelling the attackers from gaining entrance into the police station.

The Police Spokesman explained that the attackers did not succeed in destroying the police station as they were not able to steal arms and the injured police officer who is currently receiving treatment at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University teaching hospital, Bauchi also escaped with his weapon.