Troops Capture 14 Terrorists, Gun Trucks In Chikun Gudu

troopsTroops of Eight Task Force Division, Nigerian Army, on clearance operations under the auspices of Operation LAFIYA DOLE in Northeast Nigeria had an encounter with Boko Haram terrorists at Chikun Gudu.

During the encounter in northern part of Borno State, the gallant troops neutralised quite a number of the terrorists, while others escaped with gunshot wounds.

According to a statement issued on Saturday by spokesman for the Army, Brigadier General Sani Usman, the troops also captured gun trucks, arms and ammunition, as well as 14 terrorists.

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“The troops captured two Toyota Gun trucks stolen from Niger Republic Defence Forces, two Toyota Hilux Gun trucks, one of which was taken by the Boko Haram terrorists from 153 Task Force Battalion location sometime back, a 25 HP Yamaha Outboard Engine, two solar panels and five empty Belts of Anti-Aircraft Guns ammunition links.

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“Others include one Gun bipod, 12 pairs of Boko Haram fighters’ uniform, five flags, 37 rounds of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition, 84 copies of Holy Quran and 270 books on Islamic literature.

“The troops also recovered and destroyed over 70 motorcycles used by the terrorists to launch attacks, three shops stocked with medical supplies, three other shops with provisions and three wooden boats.

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“They also recovered two Niger Republic Drivers’ Licenses, two mobile telephone handsets and two Wooden Slates,” the statement read.

The statement also revealed that four of soldiers were wounded and have been evacuated to a medical facility where they are receiving treatment.

Troops Recover Shilka, Gun Truck From Fleeing Boko Haram Terrorists

Army, Terrorists Clash In Rann, Borno StateTroops had an encounter with fleeing Boko Haram terrorists and recovered armoured fighting vehicle, trucks, arms and ammunition from the insurgents.

The recovery was made on Wednesday morning by troops of 25 Task Force Brigade, Seven Division of the Nigerian Army on Operation Lafiya Dole, during a clearance operation at Dulsa and Buk in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State.

The spokesman for the Army, Brigadier General Sani Usman, said in a statement that the soldiers neutralised a large number of the terrorists and wounded several others.

“At Dulsa this morning, the troops cleared the hideout of the terrorists during which they neutralised six Boko Haram terrorists, recovered one light machine gun, two rocket propelled grenade tubes and one extra anti-aircraft gun barrel.

“The troops also encountered Boko Haram terrorists’ camp at Buk where they were engaged by the terrorists.

“During the encounter, the troops neutralised a large number of the Boko Haram terrorists and wounded several others. They also made an unprecedented recovery.

“The items recovered include nine AK-47 rifles, three Fabrique Nationale rifles, two rocket propelled grenade bombs, one mortar tube, one Shilka, one gun truck mounted with anti-aircraft gun and two Hilux vehicles,” he siad.

General Usman, however, said that three soldiers paid the supreme price while five others were wounded in the action.

He added that one Mine-Resistant, Ambush-Protected vehicle belonging to the Brigade was badly damaged.

The Army spokesman said that the bodies of the late soldiers and those that sustained injuries have since been evacuated.

He also noted that the wounded soldiers are in stable condition.

Exhibit More Diligence And Loyalty, Army Tells New Senior Officers

Nigerian Army officialsNewly decorated senior officers of the Eight Task Force Division of the Nigerian Army have been urged to exhibit more diligence, dedication and loyalty in their professional calling.

The General Officer commanding the division, Major General Ali Abdu Nani, who decorated senior officers of the division elevated in the recent promotion exercise conducted by the Nigerian Army, made the request.

Two senior officers, Colonels Francis Tunji Ojerinde and Tonye Thanks Numbere, who were elevated to the rank of Brigadier General, were decorated with their new badges of rank by the GOC and the Commander 48 Division Engineers, Major General Chukwuemeka Okonkwo respectively.

Two other senior officers Lieutenant Colonels Sebhil Adeyemo and Yunus Zubair, who were promoted to the higher rank of Colonel were equally decorated with their new ranks.

Addressing the newly promoted officers during the investiture ceremony, the General Officer Commanding urged all officers of the Division to renew and reinvigorate their zeal to put an end to the activities of insurgents in the fringes of border towns in northern Borno.

A statement by a spokesman for the Army, Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, said General Nani further urged those who did not benefit from the recent promotions not to lose hope but rather rededicate themselves and shore up their productivity.

The General Officer Commanding Eight Task Force Division had just been promoted to the rank of Major General and was decorated at the Army Headquarters by the Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai.

Brigadier General Francis Ojerinde, who spoke on behalf of the newly promoted officers, showered encomium on the authorities of the Nigerian Army, adding that their promotion was a call to higher responsibilities which must be assiduously pursued.

The event was graced by all officers of the Division Headquarters.

BBOG Identifies Latest Rescued Chibok Girl As School Prefect

released-chibok-girlThe Bring Back Our Girls campaign group has identified the latest Chibok girl, Maryam Ali Maiyanga, found by the military as a school prefect.

“She is from Askira Uba and was abducted along with her twin, Halima Ali (Number 197), who is yet to return,” a statement on Saturday by the spokesperson of the group, Sesugh Akume, read.

The group welcomed the news of the return of the abducted girl taken with some other girls from their schools’ dormitory in Chibok community in Borno State on April 14, 2014.

It said that preliminary investigations on their part, showed that Maryam was the number 198 on their list of the over 200 abducted girls.

“We applaud the Federal Government under President Muhammadu Buhari, the military and other security formations working day and night to rout the terrorists and rescue all Nigerians in captivity.

“The news of the death of the Commanding Officer of the 272 Task Force Tank Battalion, Lieutenant Colonel Muhammed Abu Ali, a highly-rated, young officer and four other members of his team, in a separate incident at Mallam Fatori, is unfortunate and saddening.

“We send our heartfelt condolences especially to their families, and the Nigerian military,” the statement further read.

The group also said it would update the public with more details in relation to the girl as necessary.

Reports from the spokesman for the army, Colonel Sani Usman, state that Maryam was found amongst a group of fellow escapees by troops of 121 Battalion, Nigerian Army, deployed at Pulka, Gwoza Local Government Area, Borno State.

Since the abduction of the girls by member of the Boko Haram terrorist group less than 50 of them had been rescued.

Last month, the release of 21 of the girls was secured by the Federal Government after negotiation with the terrorist group that had requested for prisoners swap.

The government said it secured the release of the girls based on trust and that no member of the terrorist group held was released  in exchange.

President Muhammadu Buhari had expressed his readiness to release the girls in a swap deal that the group had asked for.

Police Arrest Ahmed Salkida Declared Wanted By Military

Ahmed-SalkidaOne of the individuals placed on wanted list by the Nigerian Army for alleged link with Boko Haram terrorist group, Ahmed Salkida, has been arrested in Abuja, security source said on Monday.

The journalist, who released a Boko Haram video showing abducted Chibok girls from Nigeria’s northeast, was arrested at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport in Abuja, the nation’s capital city.

A source at the Airport told Channels Television that Nigeria secret police officials, who arrested him were aware of his arrival from Dubai through the passengers’ manifest usually sent by airlines to their destinations.

The source said he was arrested at about 4:30p.m. local time by operatives at the tarmac of the airport and had been taken into custody by the security agency.

After the video of the abducted girls was made public, the Nigerian army declared Salkida and two others wanted in connection with the video.

Spokesman for the Army, Colonel Sani Usman, said that the suspects, Salkida, (Ambassador) Ahmed Bolori and Aisha Wakil had information on the conditions and the exact location of these girls.

The girls were abducted on April 14, 2014 from their school’s dormitory in Chibok, while they were preparing for their Secondary School Certificate examinations.

Their abduction triggered wide protests across nations, with a slogan, “Bring Back Our Girls”.

Giving reasons for declaring them wanted, Colonel Usman said that two recent incidents had pointed to the fact that the suspects were connected to the terrorist group.

In his reaction to the declaration by the army, Mr Salkida, who was not in Nigeria at that time, said that he was prepared to return to Nigeria and had indeed kick started the process to honour the invitation.

Carrying Out Professional Duties

In a statement issued days after he was declared wanted, Mr Salkida said that the army knew he was not in Nigeria prior to being declared wanted.

He pointed out that his return home would be quickened if the government could fund his trip.

Salkida added that the army was declaring him wanted for simply carrying out his professional duties as a journalist, stressing that he does most of his work with ‘total allegiance and sacrifice to the Federal Republic of Nigeria’.

“Clearly, my status as a Nigerian journalist, who has reported extensively, painstakingly and consistently on the Boko Haram menace in the country since 2006 is an open book known to Nigerians and the international community,” he said.

The other persons that were declared wanted had turned themselves in for questioning.

 

Army Kills Three Armed Suspected Kidnappers In Bauchi State

Nigerian Army kills suspected kidnappers Officials of the Nigerian Army have killed three armed suspected kidnappers in Bauchi State.

The suspects were killed by troops of 33 Brigade during fighting patrols to clear the State of such criminals.

A statement by the spokesman for the Army, Colonel Sani Usman, said that the operation was carried out to end incessant cases of armed robberies and kidnappings in some parts of Bauchi State.

The suspected kidnappers were killed during fighting patrol on Sunday at Dutsen Mairama and around Dogon Ruwa settlement within Lame/Burra forest of Toro and Ningi Local Government Areas of the State.

“During the encounter, three armed kidnappers were killed and their camps were destroyed.

“The troops also recovered arms and ammunitions including empty shell,” a statement by Colonel Usman read.

Kidnapping is increasing in Nigeria’s northern region, where a dissident group had terrorised its eastern part for over six years.

The crime, seen as a means of livelihood by criminals, used to be more prominent in the south-south region, where several expatriates had been taken hostage in the past.

Huge amount of money is usually requested for as ransom for persons kidnapped.

In the heightened operations against kidnappers, the army said the troops would continue to carry out clearance operations in all known hideouts of kidnappers and armed bandits within Bauchi and other States to deny criminal elements freedom of action.

Army Declares Journalist, Others Wanted Over Links With Boko Haram Video

Army, Nigeria, Boko Haram chibok girlsThe Nigerian Army has declared three persons wanted in connection with the latest video of the abducted Chibok girls released by Boko Haram on Sunday.

Spokesman for the Army, Colonel Sani Usman, said that the suspects, Ahmed Salkida, (Ambassador) Ahmed Bolori and Aisha Wakil had information on the conditions and the exact location of these girls.

They were abducted on April 14, 2014 from their school’s dormitory in Chibok, while they were preparing for their Secondary School Certificate examinations.

Colonel Usman said that two recent incidents had pointed to the fact that the suspects were connected to the terrorist group.

He said: “The Nigerian Army hereby declare the two gentlemen and the lady wanted for interrogation.

“We are relying on the relevant laws of the land and in particular the Terrorism Prevention Act 2011 (as amended) where Nigerians could be punished for failure to disclose information about terrorists or terrorists’ activities.

“This become necessary as a result of their link with the last two videos released by Boko Haram Terrorists and other findings of our preliminary investigations”.

Ahmed Salkida is a journalist and the member of the Boko Haram that spoke in the video said they do not speak with the government except journalists. His inclusion in the list of the wanted persons is not unconnected with the statement.

New Video Of Chibok Girls

The army also urged Nigerians to provide useful information on their whereabouts.

Colonel Usman said that the military was also liaising with other security agencies for their arrest if they failed to turn up.

The Boko Haram had earlier on Sunday released a new video of the Chibok Girls.

It showed some girls they claimed were the schoolgirls they abducted from Government Secondary School, Chibok in Borno State, Northeast Nigeria.

News of the video release first emerged on Twitter, with Nigerian Blogger, Ahmed Salkida, claiming it was sent to him by the Abubakar Shekau faction of the Boko Haram.

Since the abduction of the over 200 girls, the Nigerian government has appealed for their unconditional release but the terrorists group said they had been married off.

The military has also made concerted efforts to rescue them, with several appeals made to Nigerians with any information to volunteer to the military or security agencies to enable them rescue the girls.

After their abduction in April 2014, several protests were launched in different countries, with a ‘Bring Back Our Girl’ demand.

Less than 10 of the girls have been rescued since their abduction.

Burundi President Condemns Killing Of General

Pierre-NkurunzizaThe President of Burundi, Pierre Nkurunziza, has condemned the killing of a senior army officer shot along with his wife and bodyguard in an attack that also wounded their child.

The attack is the latest in an expanding wave of violence in the central African nation that heightened after Nkurunziza declared his interest in a third term in office.

A spokesman for the Army, Gaspard Baratuza, told reporters that Brigadier General Athanase Kararuza, who was a military adviser in the office of the vice president, was dropping his child off at a school in the capital Bujumbura on Monday when his car was attacked by rocket and gun fire.

Kararuza had previously worked as a deputy commander of an international peace force in the Central African Republic (CAR).

“He energetically fought against the coup plotters last year and exceptionally contributed in strengthening peace and security during and after elections,” Nkurunziza said in a statement late on Monday.

“We humbly pray that, with the help of God, perpetrators of the shameful acts are arrested and quickly punished according to the law.”

Reuters reports that tit-for-tat attacks between Nkurunziza’s security forces and his opponents have escalated since April 2015 when he announced a disputed bid for a third term as president. He won re-election in July.

The United Nations says more than 400 people have been killed and more than 250,000 have fled the country.

Burundi and neighbouring Rwanda, which both have an ethnic Hutu majority and Tutsi minority, have been torn apart by ethnic conflict in the past. Experts fear the recent violence during the political crisis in Burundi may reopen old ethnic wounds and risk causing civil war.

Clearance Operations Against Boko Haram Terrorists Heat Up

Troops-clear-Boko-HaramThe clearance operations of the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists is gaining momentum in the various axis of the theatre especially in Seven Division area of responsibility, the military said on Saturday.

A spokesman for the Army, Colonel Sani Usman, said within the last 48 hours, the troops were able to clear Boko Haram camps, killed several of the terrorists, recovered vehicles, weapons, equipment and also rescued some persons.

The troops of 151 Task Force Battalion cleared terrorists hideouts in Izza and eight surrounding other villages while troops of 121 Task Force Battalion deployed at Pulka came under attack from suspected Boko Haram terrorists fanning out of Sambisa forest to escape sustained aerial bombardment by the Nigerian Air Force pilots.

The troops successfully repelled the attack, killing 17 suspected Boko Haram terrorists.

They also recovered 12 AK-47 rifles, six AK-47 rifle magazines, one General Purpose Machine Gun, one Browning Machine Gun, one Toyota Hilux vehicle, a 60mm mortar tube, six pieces of 60mm mortar bombs, one belt of 12.5mm ammunition and nine belts of 12.7mm (NATO) ammunition.

Others were three hand grenades and seven boxes of .50mm ammunition.

Troops of 114 Task Force Battalion while on patrol along Bitta-Pridang-Manawashe axis rescued 95 persons suspected to have escaped from Madube and Shuwari general area.

The rescued persons are being screened and profiled.

Also, troops of 115 Task Force Battalion accompanied by some members of the vigilante group in their area also conducted patrol to Dogwaba, Dutse, Mayolarde, Musa A, B and C villages without any contact with terrorists. They have, however, continued to dominate the area and make it secure.

Colonel Usman also said that troops of 117 Task Force Battalion also conducted another patrol around Mildo, Vapura, Mildo, Shelmi, Gubla, Dar and Hyambula settlements in

In the process, 27 persons, who escaped from Mayo Ali village, were also rescued. One of the female rescued persons gave birth to a baby boy few minutes after the rescue.

Both mother and child are being cared for at the unit’s Regimental Aid Post and are doing fine.

On their part, Seven Division Garrison in conjunction with Civilian Joint Task Force, arrested one Mallam Ashiru Zarami at Mainok, a suspected Boko Haram terrorists logistic officer at Mainok with food items.

The suspect has been handed over to the Joint Intelligence Processing Centre.

In a related development, another suspected Boko Haram terrorist, Mallam Abubakar Kime voluntarily handed over himself to troops and Civilian JTF at Benisheikh, Borno State. On interrogation, he claimed to have escaped from Kalmari village close to Alagarno forest.

The troops of 81 Battalion also laid an ambush for Boko Haram terrorists at their crossing point from Sambisa forest near Komala and Musafanari villages.

Sensing danger, the approaching terrorists disembarked, abandoned their vehicles and fled into the bush leading back to Sambisa forest shortly before approaching the killing zone.

Nevertheless, the troops opened fire and wounded several of the terrorists.

The troops recovered the abandoned Toyota pickup vehicle and 28 Bags of groundnuts.

The Seven Division Strike Group also encountered an ambush by suspected Boko Haram terrorists on their way to Banki.

Colonel Usman said they successfully fought it out, killed four terrorists and recovered AK-47 rifles, two mobile telephone handsets and a Shilka shell loaded with explosives.

Army Asks EFCC To Investigate 12 Officers

Nigerian ArmyThe Nigerian Army has forwarded the names of 12 officers to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for investigation.

A statement by a spokesman for the Army, Colonel Sani Usman, said three serving and one retired Major Generals, three Brigadier Generals, four Colonels and one Lieutenant Colonel were in the list.

The Army stated that at the end of the Commission’s investigations those found culpable would be tried by a military Court Martial.

No reason was given for the submission of the officers’ names to the anti-graft agency, but the agency has of late heightened the fight against corruption, taking top government officials of the past administration to court for money laundering and other related charges.

Army Denies Redeploying Pardoned Soldier To Northeast

soldiers and officersThe Nigerian Army has denied allegations made by the reinstated soldiers that they have been deployed back to the northeast to fight Biko Haram following their pardon.

In a statement, a spokesman for the Army, Colonel Sani Usman, said that on the contrary the soldiers have not been fully pardoned.

Colonel Usman reiterated that the Nigerian Army had been tolerant and patient with their acts of indiscipline and unprofessional conducts.

“Free To Leave”

“Efforts have been made to retrain them, integrate and give them a sense of belonging, but the attitude of some of them has left so much to be desired and would not be tolerated anymore.

“The Nigerian Army thrives on discipline, loyalty and good conduct and if anyone of them cannot measure up to expectation or live by those tenets, such a person is free to leave the army,” Colonel Sani said.

Over 3,000 soldiers, who were pardoned last year for various offenses said to have been committed while fighting Biko Haram terrorists in the northeast, are reported to have refused their redeployment on the grounds that they have not been giving their reinstatement letters.

According to reports, attempts to make them report at their various units have been rejected.