Troops Kill Three Suspected Boko Haram Terrorists, Arrest 11 Others

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Troops have killed three suspected Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists and arrested 11 others as part of the counterterrorism operations in the northeast.

Army spokesman, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, who confirmed the incident in a statement issued on Monday, said troops ambushed the terrorists’ crossing point along Banki Junction-Miyanti road to prevent movement of terrorists’ logistics and replenishment.

The insurgents who were nabbed on July 15 were said to have “surrendered to troops along with their families, while fleeing their enclaves, following the continuous bombardment of their hideouts by troops of the Battalion.”

They were said to have been arrested at the outskirts of Aza and Bula Daloye villages in Bama Local Government Area of Borno State by troops at Miyanti and Darajamel areas of the northeastern state.

“The arrested suspects comprised of eleven adult male terrorists, five adult females and twelve children,” the statement partly read.

“The troops also recovered 27 rounds of 7.62 mm (Special) ammunition, 3 AK 47 rifle magazines and a black fragmental Jacket from the suspects. They are currently undergoing preliminary investigations.”

Similarly, on July 17, troops of 7 Division Garrison in conjunction with Civilian Joint Task Force; acting on credible intelligence tracked and arrested  Boko Haram informants and logistics suppliers, during a cordon and search operation in Lawanti and Gongolun Communities of Jere Local Government area of Borno State.

The army spokesman said during preliminary investigations, the suspects confessed to have been working as informants for the terrorists, whom they provide with  information on troops’ movements,  locations,  deployments,  strength, calibre of weapons and other activities.

He added, “They also admitted to having supplied the terrorists with basic logistics for their daily survival, ranging from Petroleum Oil and Lubricant (POL), drugs,  mosquito nets,  kolanuts, recharge cards and food stuff.

“The suspects also disclosed that they were remunerated by the terrorists with proceeds made from selling dismantled old motorcycle parts to dealers in order to fund their purchases.”

Reacting to the successes recorded, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya commended the troops for being proactive in the ongoing clearance operations.

He however charged them to maintain the tempo and ensure the terrorists are smoked out of their enclaves.

Troops Capture Boko Haram Logistics Suppliers, Recover Items

Joint troops of the Nigerian Army and Civilian Joint Task Force after the clearance operation.

 

Joint troops of the Nigerian Army and Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) have captured two logistics suppliers to Boko Haran terrorists in Borno State.

Items including one hand grenade, one axe, one vehicle, five bicycles,  two mobile phones, and some quantity of petroleum, oil, and lubricant were recovered in the process.

This was disclosed on Monday in a statement signed by the Army Director of Public Relations, Onyema Nwachukwu.

“Troops of 195 Battalion, Sector 1 Operation HADIN KAI (OPHK), in conjunction with Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) on a clearance operation within Muna general area of Borno state, have captured two Boko Haram Terrorists and recovered assorted items and utensils meant for BHT replenishment on 3 July 2021.

“Items recovered from the BHT logistics suppliers include one hand grenade,  one axe, one vehicle, five bicycles,  two mobile phones (Techno and Infinix) and some quantity of Petroleum, Oil, and Lubricant. The troops equally recovered a large quantity of psychedelic and sex enhancement drugs, pesticides and insecticides, as well as foodstuff, amongst others,” the statement read in part.

The suspected terrorists and items recovered from them.

 

According to the statement, the troops left no stone unturned during the clearance operation, combed the entire area, destroying several identified terrorist camps.

During the operation, troops however came in contact with terrorists at Labe Village, who attempted to flee but were swiftly intercepted by the troops.

The Chief of Army Staff, Major General Faruk Yahaya in response commended the alertness of the troops, urging them to sustain the aggressive posture of the operation, to ensure they clear terrorists’ enclaves and dominate the general area.

Kaduna Security: Troops Avert Bandits Attack In Zangon Kataf

Troops of the Defence Headquarters Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) stationed in the Southern part of Kaduna state have averted an attack by armed bandits that would have led to a loss of lives at Gidan Zaki, in Zangon Kataf local government area of the state.

According to a statement by the state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, the armed bandits invaded farmlands in the village and destroyed crops with cutlasses.

The bandits went on to vandalize the home of one Mr. Joseph Aboi, a resident of the village, and also damaged a nearby vehicle, before storming a phone charging shop belonging to another resident and carted away phones and chargers.

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Aruwan said that the swift response of the troops repelled the attack early, as the bandits retreated from the area in disarray.

However, one female resident of the village was injured by a bullet during the sporadic shooting by the bandits and was evacuated to a nearby medical facility for treatment.

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Troops Foil Boko Haram Attack In Borno Town, Kill Six

Borno is situated in northeast Nigeria.
A map of Borno, a state in north-east Nigeria.

 

Troops of the Joint Task Force North East Operation Hadin Kai (OPHK) deployed at the Forward Operational Base (FOB) of 152 Battalion, Kumshe in Borno State have on Sunday, foiled an attempted attack by of Boko Haram terrorists.

The terrorists mounted on four gun trucks and several motorcycles attempted to infiltrate and attack the camp through the northern part of the troops’ deployment but were met with fierce fire by the highly alert troops, resulting in the instant killing of six terrorists.

Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier-General Onyema Nwachukwu disclosed this in a statement on Sunday.

According to Nwachukwu, the troops, who remained dogged and sustained heavy gunfire on the terrorists during the encounter, routed and forced the terrorists to flee in total disarray, leading to the capture of six AK 47 Rifles, one handheld grenade, assorted drugs and other first aid items.

The Chief of Army Staff, Major General Faruk Yahaya has lauded the troops’ high level of alertness and fighting spirit, urging them to sustain the momentum and ensure that the remnants of terrorists hibernating in the area are completely cleared.

Security Operatives Foil Fresh Kidnap Attempt On Another Kaduna School

A file photo of Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai.

Troops of the Nigerian Army on Friday foiled a planned abduction on Prelude Comprehensive College, Kujama area of Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

The bandit attack was foiled following receipt of credible intelligence by the troops and Police operatives who mobilized to the targeted school.

Confirming the incident, the Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan said in a statement that the bandits were alerted of the presence of security operatives, and abandoned their plans to attack the school.

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The bandits were reported to have changed their plans at the last minute and left through Kaduna-Kachia Road between Kafari and Tashan Ice.

He explained that the bandits barricaded the road and abducted two persons, who were later rescued after troops and police heard gunshots and gave the bandits a hot chase.

Sadly, three travelers were shot and injured by the bandits during the operation.

In another development, troops foiled an attack along the Zaria-Kano road in Makarfi Local Government Area of the state.

One of the bandits, dressed in military camouflage was neutralized, while one pump action gun was recovered from him.

These attacks come barely 24 hours after eight students and two lecturers were kidnapped after gunmen invaded Nuhu Bamali Polytechnic in the Zaria Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

The bandits attacked the school located along the Kaduna- Zaria road last night, shooting at students and leaving several others injured on Friday.

 

Troops Kill Three Suspected Gunrunners, Recover Weapons In Sokoto

Sokoto, usually referred to as Sokoto State to distinguish it from the city of Sokoto, is located in the extreme northwest of Nigeria, near to the confluence of the Sokoto River and the Rima River
Sokoto, usually referred to as Sokoto State to distinguish it from the city of Sokoto, is located in the extreme northwest of Nigeria, near to the confluence of the Sokoto River and the Rima River

 

Three suspected gunrunners have been killed with their weapons recovered in a border town in Sokoto State.

Confirming the incident on Wednesday via a statement, Army spokesman, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, said the suspects who operated around the Sabo Birni area of the state were neutralised on Tuesday.

The operation followed credible information of gunrunners moving weapons on foot from the Niger Republic into Nigeria around 11 pm.

“The highly vigilant troops mounted a successful ambush along the suspected route close to Garin Naimaimai Village and neutralised the three gunrunners,” the statement partly read.

Items recovered include RPG bombs and RPG chargers, machine gun, AK-47 assault rifles and other accessories as well as the different caliber of assorted ammunition.

On his part, the Chief of Army Staff, Major General Faruk Yahaya commended the efforts of the troops.

He also asked them to “sustain operational in dominating all the illegal routes around the border areas with the Niger Republic to frustrate any movement of weapons and ammunition into the country.”

Troops Rescue Scores Of Victims Kidnapped By Bandits In Kaduna

A map showing Kaduna, a state in Nigeria's North-Central region.
A map showing Kaduna, a state in Nigeria’s north-west region.

 

Troops of the Nigerian Air Force have rescued scores of kidnap victims in the Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

Confirming this in a statement, the Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, said the bandits invaded Najaja and Kerawa villages in Igabi Local Government and abducted several people mostly women.

He said while they were trying to escape with their victims, a Nigerian Airforce fighter jet on aerial patrol quickly spotted their location and were able to rescue the kidnap victims.

The armed bandits according to the Commissioner were moving with the large number of women kidnapped from Ungwan Najaja when the air platforms traced them to the outskirts of the village.

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On sighting the air platforms and conscious of air interdictions following warning shots, the bandits scampered into the forest and abandoned the women.

The bandits had earlier injured one Hamza Ibrahim while moving out of the village with the kidnapped women, many of whom were housewives.

In another sad case, bandits have killed the personal driver of the Emir of Birnin Gwari, one Nasiru Muhammad.

Security agencies reported that the armed bandits attacked the Buruku-Birnin Gwari road and Nasiru Muhammad was shot dead around Ungwan Yako forest along the route.

Reacting to the incident, Governor Nasir El-Rufai expressed sadness at the killing of the Emir’s driver and sent condolences to the royal father and the family of the deceased, while praying for the repose of his soul.

Insecurity: FG Has Capacity To Crush Terrorists, Bandits – Lai Mohammed

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The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed on Tuesday said the Federal Government has the capacity to crush Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists in the northeast and bandits in the north western parts of the country.

This comes as security forces grapple with the activities of terrorists and bandits who have killed thousands, displaces hundreds of thousands and abducted several people for ransom.

Mohammed who spoke during a press conference in Lagos said contrary to the beliefs that the Federal Government is overwhelmed and lacks capacity to tackle the security threats, President Muhammadu Buhari administration is committed to restoring law and order, peace and security in the country.

“I have read comments saying the Federal Government is overwhelmed and doesn’t have a clue as to how to tackle the challenges. Some have even gone as far as suggesting a truncation of the democratic order, a clearly treasonable stance,” he said.

While noting that the Federal Government “acknowledges the security challenges we face at this time, from terrorism to kidnaping, banditry and farmer-herder conflict, it is definitely not overwhelmed and indeed it has the wherewithal, as you will see in the days ahead, to confront the challenges headlong and restore law and order, peace and security.

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“One of the most difficult things to do, for a democratically elected government, is to use the instruments of coercion against its own people. For example, while the nation’s military have superior firepower over the rag tag band of Boko Haram and ISWA, the terrorists most often than not operate among the populace, either in our villages or towns, hence the military, in tackling them, is usually careful to avoid collateral damage.

“The same applies to the kidnappers who abduct our school children. Usually, the location of the kidnappers is not unknown to the security forces, but they still must exercise caution in order not to hurt the same children they are trying to rescue. Despite these inhibitions, the security forces have the wherewithal to decisively tackle the challenges.”

The Minister also reacted to attacks on security attacks in the country, describing assault on security operatives as a declaration of war against the country.

While condemning the attacks, the government’s spokesperson warned that such attacks will be countered with overwhelming force.

He added, “There is a growing dangerous trend which I will like to comment on. It is the practice of launching deadly attacks against the nation’s security personnel. Soldiers as well as police, customs, and other security agents have been killed and maimed in some parts of the country in this growing trend of targeting security forces.

“I want to say, unequivocally, that any attack on our security men and women is an attack on the state and a declaration of war against the nation. It follows, therefore, that this will be countered with overwhelming force.”

Troops Neutralise 48 Bandits, Recover Rounds Of Ammunition – Army Spokesperson

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Troops of 8 Division, Nigerian Army operating in Zamfara and adjoining States say they have made tremendous progress in the ongoing fight against banditry and other violent crimes in the North West.

The troops in a statement signed by Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, the Director Army Public Relations said they successfully cleared many bandits’ camps in Jaya, Kadaya, and Bayan Ruwa amongst several others and successfully neutralised 48 bandits.

They added that the bandits’ leader in the area Jummo sustained a gunshot wound to his leg and the troops rescued 18 kidnap victims from the bandits’ enclave.

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Moreover, eight AK-47 rifles and one G3 rifle, as well as one PKT and a Machine Gun were recovered from the Bandits.

The Division had earlier launched Operation Tsare Mutane following the directives of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru for the Division to stabilise the area in order to facilitate the return of socio-economic activities.

The General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the Division, Maj Gen Usman Yusuf launched the first phase of Operation Tsare Mutane which lasted from 23 March to 2 April 2021 in Maradun LGA of Zamfara State.

In continuation with the second phase of Operation Tsare Mutane, troops sacked several other bandits’ camps around Gabiya, Bozaya, and Mereri and the adjoining forests in Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State from 19 April to 3 May 2021.

“The areas which were heavily infested by bandits were successfully cleared by the highly spirited troops.

“Key bandits’ leaders including Yellow Mai-Bille, Sani Meli, Dan-Katsina, and Sama’ila Bakajin Bari were neutralised in the process while the main leader Nasanda narrowly escaped with fatal injuries.

“Equally neutralised in the operation was one Isan Heshi who is a close ally of a notorious bandit called Nagala. Isan Heshi was the second in command to Heshi before he joined Nagala following Heshi’s death in an earlier operation,” the statement read in part.

Items recovered in the second phase of Operation Tsare Mutane include 4,600 rounds of ammunition, two AK-103 rifles, eight AK-47 magazines, 1,628 rounds of AK-47 ammunition, fifty-four rounds of PKM as well as one motorcycle and five Techno mobile phones.

Troops Rescue 13 Kidnap Victims As Bandits Kill Two In Kaduna

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Two people have been killed by bandits in the Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

This is according to a statement issued on Wednesday by the Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, who said the bandits invaded Gwagwada District in the local government,  shot two community volunteers to death and also burnt a local church and looted some houses in the area during the operation.

However, troops of the Nigerian military successfully rescued 13 people who were abducted by the bandits.

The kidnap victims, according to the Commissioner, went to work at a farm located around Bakin Kasuwa in the Gwagwada general area of Chikun local government when they were attacked by the armed bandits in the process.

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Troops on receiving credible intelligence of the abduction trailed the bandits to a forest near Bana village and engaged them in a gun duel.

This led to the rescue of the 13 people.

Receiving the report, Governor Nasir El-Rufai thanked the troops and commended them warmly for the successful rescue operation.

He also commiserated with the families of the deceased volunteers and prayed for the repose of their souls.

While sympathising with the leadership and members of the razed church over the unfortunate attack, El-Rufai directed the State Emergency Management Agency to conduct an immediate assessment of the damage.

25 Killed In Burkina Faso Attack

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A jihadist attack on a village in eastern Burkina Faso this week killed 25 people, while 11 assailants were “neutralised,” according to an official provisional toll released on Wednesday.

Two of the 25 were members of the Volunteers for the Defence of the Motherland (VDP), an anti-jihadist civilian defence force, Communications Minister Ousseni Tamboura said in a statement.

The volunteers “put up heroic resistance to the enemy, enabling 11 terrorists to be neutralised,” the statement said of Monday’s attack.

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The raid, targeting the village of Kodyel was one of the deadliest to hit the country in its more-than five-year-old battle with jihadists.

More than 1,300 people have been killed and one million have fled the violence since 2015.

Tamboura said that “sweep operations” were still under way.

The VDP was set up in December 2019 to help Burkina’s poorly-equipped military fight jihadists but it has suffered more than 200 fatalities, according to an AFP tally.

The volunteers are given two weeks’ military training, and then work alongside the security forces, typically carrying out surveillance, information-gathering or escort duties.

The latest attack came just a week after three Europeans — two Spanish journalists and an Irish wildlife activist — were killed in an ambush against an anti-poaching patrol.

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Troops Neutralise Several Bandits In Kaduna

Troops on patrol

 

 

Troops of the Nigerian Airforce have killed several bandits during an operation in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna state.

The bandits were killed while they were gathering at a location following credible intelligence about their movement.

The Kaduna state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, says in a statement that the ministry had on Sunday, May 2, 2021, received intelligence of bandits congregating at the outskirts of Kugu in Birnin Gwari LGA, which is also proximal to some villages in Shiroro Local Government of Niger State.

He said that on receipt of the intelligence – which was dispatched to the military and other security agencies for further confirmation and action – the Nigerian Airforce component of Operation Thunder Strike (OPTS) mobilized for armed reconnaissance.

“The first mission was conducted over the Kaduna-Birnin Gwari road, Koriga, Polewire, Gagafada, Manini, Udawa, Labi, Buruku, and adjoining settlements.

“The target location was acquired, and the bandits were engaged and neutralised accordingly at the outskirts of Kugu village.

“In a second mission, armed reconnaissance was carried out over the Kaduna-Abuja road, Olam Company, Rugu, Akilbu, Polewire, Rijana, Kateri, and Jere.

“Normal human and vehicular movements were observed”, the statement added.