Nigerien Troops Withdraw From Damasak In Nigeria’s Borno State

Nigerian Troops withdraw from Damasak after clearing Boko HaramSoldiers from Niger Republic have withdrawn from Damasak, a boundary town in northern Borno State, one of the states lately terrorised by Boko Haram.

The withdrawal of soldiers followed recent recapture of the town, considered one of the last strongholds of the outlawed terrorist group by troops of the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF).

Troops of the Sector 4 of the MNJTF, with headquarters in Diffa of Niger Republic had successfully cleared and occupied Dutse Village last month.

Theatre Commander of the Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Lucky Irabor, visited the recovered town enroute Mobbar to congratulate and address troops of the 145 battalion for their exploits.

Irabor said the retreating Niger Troops would continue operation on their own side of the border.

“Where is left is only Abadam and Malanfatori.

“We are going there already the troops in Kangarwa are warming up. If not for the rain they would have been in Malanfatori.

“Very soon this operation would be over. All you need to do is keep the instructions we are giving to you,” Major General Irabor told the troops.

Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole first captured Kareto, another stronghold and thereafter linked up with troops of the MNJTF that captured Damasak which has now been occupied by the Operation Lafiya Dole Troops.

Troops Rescue 26 Persons From Boko Haram In Adamawa

Abducted-persons-Rescued-from-BHThe Nigerian Army has rescued about 10 women and 16 children abducted by suspected members of the Boko Haram sect in Adamawa State, north-east Nigeria.

The rescue was made on Tuesday, few days after two female suicide bombers detonated their explosives in Dar village near Hymbula town of Madagli Local Government of Adamawa State.

Five persons were killed along with the suicide bombers in that attack.

The rescue is an outcome of a military pursuit operation, conducted by the 143 Battalion of the 28 Task Force Brigade of the Nigerian Army after the suicide attack. The operation, which lasted for three hours, started on Tuesday morning.

The villages of Jaje, Madaka, Chakawa and Gori were combed by the military, where it engaged the insurgent and most of them escaped with gunshot wounds while unconfirmed number of the insurgents were killed, the military sources said.

About 70 cows rustled by the insurgents were also recovered while fifteen motorcycles were also recovered and burnt by the military.

‘Surrender Or Face Full Defeat’

The abducted children and women have been conveyed to the IDP Camp in Mubi were they will be profiled before taken to Yola, the military said.

Meanwhile, Military sources of the 28 Task Force Battalion in Mubi, who spoke to Channels Television, said normalcy had been restored to the area and that everything was calm.

On Tuesday, the military issued what it called a ‘final warning’ to Boko Haram terrorists, asking them to surrender or face full defeat by December 2015.

In August, President Muhammadu Buhari mandated the military to end the activities of the Boko Haram in the north-east within three months.

Buhari Meets Service Chiefs Ahead Of Lake Chad Summit 

Muhammadu-Buhari-and-Service-Chiefs2President Muhammadu Buhari has held a closed-door meeting with Service Chiefs and the National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki, at the Defence House in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

The meeting held on Wednesday ahead of the Lake Chad Basin Commission Meeting scheduled for Thursday is a follow up to the meeting between Ministers of Defence of the Lake Chad Basin which held on Tuesday in Abuja.

For about an hour and half, President Buhari held talks with the Service Chiefs and Col. Dasuki.

At the end of the meeting the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Defence, Mr Aliyu Isamila, told reporters that talks were centred on the ongoing counter-terrorism operations in the north-east.

Mr Isamila said the meeting was also held to assess the security situation and the oparationalisation of the Multi-National Joint Task Force against the backdrop of attacks by the Boko Haram sect.

President Buhari has expressed his commitment to ending the insurgency in the oil-rich nation’s north-east.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army has announced the establishment of a Command and Control Centre in Maiduguri, the Borno State’s capital in line with the President’s directive in his inaugural address last month.

He expressed the belief that the relocation of the command centre to the north-east would give needed boost to the war on terror that had been on for over five years.

Also, during a G7 summit held in Germany earlier this week, the president received the support of the group’s members in his effort to end the Boko Haram Insurgency.

Boko Haram Leader, Shekau Claims Baga Massacre

ShekauThe leader of the terrorist group, Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, in a new video has claimed responsibility for the Baga massacre, which claimed several lives earlier this month.

The man claiming to be Abubakar Shekau said people were killed “as our Lord instructed us”, threatening more raids. He mocked nearby countries’ leaders.

Reports have it that as many as 2,000 people died in the raid but Nigeria’s government has disputed, putting the toll at just 150 people.

Shekau says “We killed the people of Baga,” in the 35-minute video, quoted by AFP news agency. He also challenged the Armed Forces to attack his group.

The video displayed an array of weapons believed to have been taken from a military base in Doron Baga, a neighboring town, believed to have been attacked by the group as well.

Boko Haram have seized control of towns and villages in north-east Nigeria and has begun threatening neighboring countries.

The video not yet verified, but correspondents say it was in typical boko haram style, with the group’s leader in combat uniforms and surrounded by masked fighters

A businessman from Baga told the BBC that people were killed like animals. He also said he fled the town along with 5,000 others.

Women and children were said to have been taken captive.