How Boko Haram ‘Attempted’ To Infiltrate Dikwa Town – Army

 

The Nigerian Army on Tuesday explained how Boko Haram terrorists attempted to attack Dikwa town in the Dikwa Local Government Area of Borno State.

According to a statement issued by the Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, the terrorists stormed the town in an unconfirmed number of gun trucks and motorcycles.

The army spokesman said the military was able to repeal the attack with “heavy bombardment and overwhelming firepower  by troops of 81 Task Force Battalion with reinforcement from other formations of the Nigerian Army and aided by air support of Air Task Force Operation LAFIYA DOLE.”

The terrorists, Yerima said, had “attempted to invade the town to loot food items and other logistics having got wind of the recent food distribution to residents of the town by the state governor, Professor Babagana Zulum.”

They were said to have come through the Marte axis, adding that they could not gain access to the town due to the combat readiness of troops who were positioned there.

“The terrorists subsequently lost initiative as they were cut off completely following the recent successful recapture of Marte town by the gallant troops.

“In desperation and to scare off residents from returning to their homes, they planted series of landmines on the roads which were also detected and successfully detonated by troops,” he added.

The army spokesman decried some media reports suggesting that the terrorists attacked a United Nations base in the north-eastern state.

While noting that such reports were aimed at stirring up tension in the country, he said 25 aid workers were not trapped.

He also explained that the Chief of Army Staff, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru, has commended the efforts of the gallant troops’ and the prompt response of the Air Task Force in providing air interdictions throughout the operation.

Insurgency: Army Chief Gives Troops 48-Hour Ultimatum To Clear Marte

 

The Chief of Army Staff, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru has given a 48-hour marching order for the clearance of Marte and three other communities in Borno state.

Attahiru gave the order in Dikwa Local Government, the headquarters of the Super Camp 9 Operation Lafiya Dole.

“In the last few days we have had attacks in your Area of Responsibility: it is now high time we get back and fight through and support our forces ahead of you. Areas around Marte, Chukungudu, Krenoa and Kirta Wulgo must be cleared in the next 48 hours,” he said.

“You can rest assured of all the support required in this very onerous task. I have just spoken to your Theatre Commander, General Officer Commanding, you cannot let this nation down. Go there and do the needful and I will be right behind you. Ensure you do your job, and do your job well.

The Chief of Army Staff, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru addresses troops at in Dikwa Local Government, the headquarters of the Super Camp 9 Operation Lafiya Dole on February 21, 2021.

 

“They have presented certain issues that came up, sooner rather than later we would address; where there are no adequate A and B vehicles we would provide with these few remarks. I wish you well on the operation and I know the morale is high.”

The COAS’ visit is sequeĺ to attacks in the next town, Marte which filters to Dikwa causing panic among civilians.

Normalcy has since been restored in Dikwa and the army chief has addressed the people, seeking their cooperation and support.

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Attahiru directed the immediate clearance operations in Marte and other towns harbouring insurgents in the Super camp 9 Area of responsibility.

The order comes 24 hours after insurgents believed to be members of Boko Haram hoisted their flag in parts of Marte local government in Borno State, according to military sources.

The insurgents repeatedly attacked the local government within the week.

On Friday, the insurgents attacked neighbouring Dikwa local government.

But they were repelled by a combined effort of the air component and ground forces of Operation Lafiya Dole in a battle that lasted hours, sources said.

FG To Partner Cameroonian, Chadian Troops In Ending Insurgency, Says COAS

 

The Federal Government will partner Cameroonian and Chadian troops in ending the menace of insurgency in the northeast.

This was disclosed on Monday by the Chief of Army Staff, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru, who addressed journalists at the Army Super Camp 1 Ngamdu, Yobe State.

“We are bringing out things, you can see Operation Tura Takaibango in tandem with forces from the Republic of Cameroon. We shall be bringing in the Çhadians to ensure the annihilation of the Boko Haram in Nigeria,” he said.

“I have met commanders, I have received briefs and they have told me exactly what their critical requirements are. I want to bring this war to an end soonest.”

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Attahiru said the challenges confronting soldiers on the frontline were surmountable and would be addressed with military effectiveness.

The Chief of Army Staff, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru speaks reporters at the Army Super Camp 1 Ngamdu, Yobe State on February 8, 2021.

 

He also pledged to improve the welfare of the troops in the theatre of operations in the northeast, noting that efforts were ongoing to acquire boots, uniforms and protective gears in a couple of weeks.

The COAS also said plans would be made to replace soldiers who have served long in the northeast, vowing that the rotational policy would be made in a matter of months.

While charging the troops to put in greater efforts in the fight against the Boko Haram, said the army would provide support arms and logistics to the soldiers in order for them to fight efficiently.

Troops Arrest Three Kidnappers In Kaduna

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Troops of the Nigerian Navy have arrested three suspected kidnappers in the Kujama, Chikun local government area of Kaduna State.

According to a statement from the Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs,  Samuel Aruwan, the bandits, in a black Toyota Corolla, drove up to the shop of a POS  agent in the area and attempted to kidnap the operator and a customer who was there for a transaction.

He said that the people raised an alarm and immediately the Nigerian Navy troops from the Kujama checkpoint arrived at the scene and apprehended the suspects before they could escape with their captives.

The apprehended bandits, identified as Kabiru Yusuf, Salihu Ibrahim and Naziru Haruna, have been handed over to the police for further investigation and prosecution.

The rescued victims, Franklin Silas (the POS operator) and Blessing Fada, both residents of Kujama, are both safe and assisting security agencies with the investigations.

Governor Nasir El-Rufai commended the troops for their swift response leading to the arrest of the suspects and urged the police to ensure a diligent investigation to closure.

Troops Rescue Kidnap Victim, Arrest Suspects In Jos

 

Troops of Operation Safe Haven on Friday rescued a kidnap victim in Guratop area of Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State.

Addressing journalists in Jos on Friday, the Commander of Operation Safe Haven, Major General Chukwuemeka Okonkwo said that the victim, Zuwaria Mohammed was lured by the abductor on the pretext of a business deal only to abduct the woman and thereafter demanded a ransom of two million naira.

Okonkwo noted that based on the complaint lodged by the victim’s husband to the security operation, he was advised to agree in paying the ransom and a collection point was decided.

Troops of the operation stormed the location to rescue the victim and arrested the abductor who sustained injuries while attempting to escape.

In another development, some suspects were arrested during various operations carried out within the Jos Bukuru metropolis.

One of such was a suspected armed robber who was caught along Bidi-Zaria road of Jos North Local Government Area while others were killed during a gun duel.

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Some exhibits including a locally fabricated AK-47 rifle was recovered with two rounds of 7.62mm.

Other items recovered include a motorcycle and a tricycle.

Similarly, another set of armed robbers were arrested at Rayfield and Dung village with three locally fabricated pistols recovered from the criminals.

Some set of gunrunners were apprehended at Zolo junction, Zaria road and Agwan Rimi with locally fabricated pistols and one AK-47 rifle.

The suspects would be handed over to the police for prosecution while those apprehended earlier are currently facing trials in various courts.

Two Locals Die As Soldiers Kill Several Bandits In Kaduna

A file photo of soldiers on patrol in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

 

Two persons have been killed by bandits during an attack on Garawa village of Fatika District in Giwa Local Government Area (LGA) of Kaduna State.

The bandits were said to have killed one Alhaji Saadu at his residence and kidnapped some indigenes of the community during the attack.

This was confirmed by the Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr Samuel Aruwan, on Monday in Kaduna.

According to him, bandits killed another local, Suleiman Audu, in Angwan Dan Yaya village of the same district.

Aruwan noted that the assailants raided Doka village also in Fatika District and abducted some villagers in the process.

He disclosed that military personnel killed several bandits during air raids on communities in Giwa, Birnin Gwari, Igabi, and Chikun LGAs.

The commissioner confirmed that the raids were conducted in Sabon Birnin, Rikau, Kaya, Kerawa, Galadimawa, Fatika, Kidandan, Saulawa, Dogon Dawa, Ngade Allah, Kuduru, Yadi, Damari, and Takama villages.

Other villages include Sabuwa, Ungwar Yako, and its connecting track to Kuduru, as well as the Kaduna Birnin-Gwari Road, all in Birnin Gwari, Chikun, Igabi, and Giwa LGAs.

According to the operational feedback to the Kaduna State government, Rikau was observed to be active with bandits and the location was engaged accordingly, leading to the killing of several bandits.

About 3km south-east of Saulawa, the Commissioner said bandits were seen fleeing from an air raid with herds of cattle and were subsequently engaged and neutralised.

In another mission at Maganda village, two bandits were said to have been engaged and killed by the fighter jet crew as they made an attempt to escape.

On the other hand, ground troops reported bandits’ activities at Gatarawa, close to Rumana and while the crew did not establish clear contact, the commissioner explained that the location was strafed with probing shots into the dense vegetation.

He added that ground troops at Dogon Dawa and Sabon Birni reported a calm situation while other areas covered were the same with no suspicious activity observed.

In his reaction, Governor Nasir El-Rufai mourned the residents killed by the bandits and condoled with their families.

He also prayed for the speedy recovery of the injured and urged the security agencies to step up responses in the area towards curbing such attacks.

Troops Arrest Gunman Linked With Attacks In Kaduna Community

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 Operation Safe Haven have arrested a suspected gunman in Kaduna state who is linked with some of the deadly attacks in Zango Kataf local government area of the state.

The Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, in a statement on Tuesday, said the suspect, Shehu Musa was arrested in a neighbouring state.

The suspect

 

He explained that the successful arrest of the suspect was based on a tip-off, following careful investigations into last December’s deadly attack in Gora Gan of Zangon Kataf local government area, in which seven persons were killed, 13 houses burnt and several properties destroyed.

The commissioner noted that the suspect was trailed to a village in a neighboring state, where he was arrested in an undisclosed hospital while receiving treatment for gunshot wounds.

Expressing satisfaction at the report of the arrest, Governor Nasir El-Rufai thanked the troops and security agencies for sustaining diligent investigations and urged them to pursue all relevant leads to closure.

He added that the suspect remains in the troops’ custody as investigations continue.

Troops Kill Five Boko Haram Terrorists In Borno – DHQ

 

Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole has killed five Boko Haram terrorists and injured others at Abbagajiri and Dusula towns in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State.

In a statement issued on Friday, the acting Director of Defence Media Operations, Brigadier General Benard Onyeuko, said the latest encounter with the terrorists occurred on Wednesday at Abbagajiri.

“The troops of 402 Special Forces Task Force Brigade led by the Commander engaged them with superior firepower resulting in high casualty on the terrorists,” the statement partly read.

“In the aftermath of the decisive encounter, five Boko Haram terrorists were neutralized while few others are believed to have escaped with gunshot wounds.”

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Equipment recovered from the insurgents included one Pulemyot Kalashnikova Tankovyy(PKT) Gun, three AK-47 Rifles, four extra AK-47 Rifle magazines and a Vulcanizing Machine.

Other items captured and destroyed included foodstuffs, some Improvised Explosive Device (IED) making materials including the criminals’ hideouts, clothings among others.

“The renewed onslaught against the remnants of Boko Haram/Islamic State’s West Africa Province criminals by the dogged troops of Operation TURA TAKAIBANGO is indicative of the end of all criminal elements within the North East,” he added.

The defence spokesman reiterated the army’s determination to crushing the remnants of Boko Haram/Islamic State’s West Africa Province criminals from their enclaves in the northeast.

 

Troops Arrest Two Bandits In Zango Kataf LGA, Kaduna

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Troops of Operation Safe Haven, in conjunction with the Defence Headquarters Special Forces, have arrested two suspected bandits in Zango Kataf local government area of Kaduna state.

The Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs,  Samuel Aruwan,  disclosed this to Channels Television via a statement issued on Friday.

He said the suspects, Abdulhameed Abubakar Bala and Abubakar Abdulhameed Garba were arrested by the troops at Ungwan Wakili and Zango Urban in Zango Kataf Local Government, following a tip-off, in connection with their alleged involvement in a series of attacks on Gora Gan, Damkasuwa, Zonzon and Kwaku in December 2020.

The commissioner explained that the suspects are in the troops’ custody undergoing preliminary investigation.

Meanwhile, Governor Nasir El-Rufai has received the report of the arrest of the bandits with gratitude, and commended the troops for their relentless work in apprehending the suspects.

The governor also urged them to ensure a comprehensive investigation.

Kaduna Security: Troops Neutralise Several Bandits In Birnin Gwari

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

 

Troops of the Nigerian Military have killed several bandits during an operation in Birnin Gwari local government area of Kaduna State.

The State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, who confirmed this to Channels Television, said the aircrew of the Nigerian Air Force sighted several bandits on Motorcycles at Saulawa, Kuduru and Farin Ruwa communities where scores of them were duly engaged and neutralised by the fighter jet crew.

He said that more bandits were sighted with herds of cattle along the track from Ungwan Yako to Kuduru and were also engaged and neutralised by the troops.

According to the operational feedback to the Kaduna State Government, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) flights were conducted over the Kaduna-Abuja highway, Akilbu and Barebari, where normal activities were observed.

Similarly, a night patrol mission was also carried out covering the Kaduna-Abuja highway, Olam Farms, Rijana, Polewire, Kateri, Jere and parts of Kaduna metropolis, while no suspicious activities were reported.

Other locations covered include Riyawa Sarki, Sabon Gida Riyawa, Bunu, Hayin Maidawa, Buruku, Ungwan Yako and adjoining settlements, as well as Kidandan, Dogon Dawa areas.

Regular ground and air patrols according to the commissioner will continue in identified areas of security interest.

Meanwhile, Governor Nasir El-Rufai has praised the pro-active efforts of the troops and personnel, commending their determination to remain on top of the situation.

Troops Rescue Three Abducted Victims, Kill Bandit, Several Insurgents

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Troops of Operation Whirl Stroke have rescued three persons kidnapped by bandits in Nasarawa State.

The Coordinator of Defence Media Operations, John Enenche Major General, disclosed this in a statement on Friday.

He explained that the rescue operation was conducted on Thursday at Mararaba Udege general area in Nasarawa Local Government Area.

Enenche noted that the soldiers killed one bandit in the ensuing firefight while the kidnapped victims were subsequently reunited with their respective families.

“The Armed Forces of Nigeria will not relent until all enemies of the country are neutralised and normalcy is restored to all troubled zones,” he said.

 

Several Terrorists Killed

Elsewhere, the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole inflicted heavy casualties on Boko Haram terrorists in the Sambisa Forest area of Borno State.

The military spokesman noted that the troops took out the terrorists’ hideouts in Alagarno, including a compound housing some high-value Boko Haram leaders.

“The compound, concealed under thick vegetation and located 2.3Km North East of KAFA, was being used by the terrorists to coordinate their nefarious activities.

“The destruction of the locations was achieved through multiple air strikes executed on 6 January 2021 as the ATF dispatched appropriate force packages of Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets and attack helicopters to engage the target areas in day and night raids,” he stated.

Enenche noted that the insurgents were spotted under the dense vegetation of the locations and the NAF attack aircraft took turns to engage the targets, killing several of them in the process.

Five Bandits Killed, 12 Arrested, 13 Victims Rescued In One Week – Military

Army Speaks About Recent Attacks On Military Bases In North East
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At least five bandits have been killed and 13 kidnapped victims rescued by troops in the last one week, the military has said.

Major General John Enenche, who is the Coordinator of Defence Media Operations, stated this at a news conference on Thursday in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

He said the military would continue to step up efforts aimed at decimating the Boko Haram terrorists and Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP) elements in the North East, as well as bandits and other criminals in other parts of the country.

Enenche revealed that during the operations, several Boko Haram and ISWAP members were killed, and their camps destroyed.

He noted that the operations were conducted across all regions of the country, except in the South East and South West.

According to the major general, the military remains committed to its untiring dedication towards securing the nation.

He, however, stressed the need for regular provision of timely information on the activities of criminals operating in the country.

Read the full text of Enenche’s briefing below:

 PRESS BRIEFING           

GENERAL UPDATE ON ARMED FORCES OF NIGERIA OPERATIONS FROM 31 DECEMBER 2020 TO 6 JANUARY 2021

The Armed Forces of Nigeria and other security agencies have continued their major operations across the country with renewed vigor.

I will be updating you on the operations in line with our weekly schedule. This briefing covers from 31 December 2020 to 6 January 2021.

NORTH-WEST ZONE

Troops of Operation HADARIN DAJI and other subsidiary operations have sustained their operations in the North-West Zone of the country progressively. The gallant troops within the period carried out several operations including rescue operations as well as clearance, ambushes and aerial patrols.

These operations led to the rescue of abducted persons, neutralisation of criminal elements and recovery of arms and ammunition. Within the period in focus, troops of Operation HADARIN DAJI while on routine patrol around Gidan Dan Nunu and Dutsi villages of Zurmi Local Government Area of Zamfara State made contact with bandits.

In the course of the encounter, the gallant troops rescued 7 kidnapped victims. Relatedly, on 31 December 2020, troops acting on credible intelligence rescued two women and a child kidnapped at Kimbisawa village of Batsari Local Government Area of Katsina State. Rescued victims were immediately reunited with their families.

In a related development, troops of Operation ACCORD rescued 3 kidnapped victims on New Year day following credible intelligence that armed bandits stormed Tungar Ruwa village in Anka Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

Rescued victims have been reunited with their families. Equally, troops of Operation SAHEL SANITY arrested two suspected armed bandits on New Year day following a tip off at Maraban Maigora in Faskari Local Government Area. Preliminary investigation revealed that suspects had connection with a notorious armed bandit leader in Madachi village of Sabuwa Local Government Area.

In the same vein, troops of Operation SAHEL SANITY on 2 January 2021, based on credible intelligence neutralized five armed bandits at Garin Garus. Items recovered include, 2 AK 47 rifles, 2 magazines and 18 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition.

Troops have continued to dominate the North West theatre of operation with aggressive fighting and aerial patrols to deny the criminal elements freedom of action.

NORTH-EAST ZONE

Troops of the Armed Forces of Nigeria and other security agencies have not relented in their efforts to decimate the BHT/ISWAP elements operating in the North East Zone of the Country.

Between 31 December 2020 and 6 January 2021, troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE sustained their ground and air operations by adopting continuous vigilance and offensive postures.

Within the period in focus, the Air Task Force of Operation LAFIYA DOLE neutralised several ISWAP terrorist elements and destroyed their structures alongside some logistics items in air strikes conducted at Tumbun Gini general area of Borno State.

This was achieved after series of aerial surveillance missions indicated that the structures and logistics items, camouflaged under dense vegetation was used as staging area for the criminals and their leaders to meet, from where they plan and launch attacks on troops and civilians.

Similarly, on 1 January 2021, the Air Task Force destroyed new BHT’s settlement and neutralised some of their fighters at Mana Waji in Borno State. In another development on 2 January 2021, the Air Task Force took out some BHT criminal elements’ hideouts and eliminated some of their fighters during air strikes at Kote Kura and Bulama Isamari within the Timbuktu Triangle in Borno State.

The air strikes were executed based on credible intelligence report indicating that the terrorists had established camps at the two settlements, where they stored their logistics items as well as plan and launch attacks on civilians and troops.

Subsequently, series of air patrols and Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance missions as well air cover for surface troops have been continuously conducted across the Zone.

NORTH-CENTRAL ZONE 

In the North Central zone, troops of the Armed Forces of Nigeria have continued to intensify ongoing kinetic operations to decisively stamp out armed banditry and other criminalities.

Notably, on 31 December 2020, troops of Operation SAFE HAVEN, in collaboration with personnel of the Department of State Services (DSS), arrested three suspected gun runners Yahaya Aliyu, Maiwada Idris and Ishaq Mohammed at Kafanchan in Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State. The suspects were handed over to the DSS for further investigation.

Similarly, on 2 January 2021, troops of Operation SAFE HAVEN, in collaboration with the DSS, arrested a suspected member of a notorious kidnap gang, one Suleiman Tanko.

The suspect was picked up at a clinic at Ungwan Carpenter village in Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State where he was receiving treatment for gunshot wounds sustained during a recent kidnap operation foiled by troops.

Tanko’s arrest was followed by the arrest of another wanted kidnap kingpin, one Mallam Abdulmuminu Nuhu at Fobur village in Jos East Local Government Area of Plateau State on 3 January 2021.

Same day, troops of Operation SAFE HAVEN apprehended 3 suspects, Messrs David Kure, Peter Adamu, and Bulus Duniya, in connection with the alleged murder of a Fulani herder at Matyeu village of Zonzon district in Zangon Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

Two other suspects, messrs Mathew Peter (the prime suspect) and Dakachi Yohanna Chawei, were arrested in connection with the murder, on 4 January 2021. All suspects are presently undergoing preliminary investigation.

SOUTH-SOUTH ZONE

Troops of Operation DELTA SAFE have continued with the aggressive fight against economic sabotage in the zone progressively.

Within the period under review, acting on credible intelligence, Nigerian Navy Ship DELTA Patrol team located a wooden boat laden with about 200,000 litres of product suspected to be crude oil. Accordingly, the boats along with the product were handled appropriately.

Equally, Nigerian Navy Ship DELTA patrol team discovered and immobilised an illegal refining site with 9 storage tanks and 4 ovens containing crude oil estimated to be about 150,000 litres at Olaipase Creek in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State.

The patrol team proceeded further within the same community and located another illegal refinery site with 15 storage tanks and 8 ovens laden with substance suspected to be illegally refined AGO estimated to be about 250,000 litres.

The Military High Command encourages the troops and personnel of other security agencies to remain resolute and to sustain the tempo in all the Joint Operations Areas. The High Command also reassures the general public of its untiring dedication towards securing the country.

Members of the general public are enjoined to continue providing timely information on the activities of criminals in their various localities to the military and other security agencies for prompt and effective action. Thank you.

JOHN ENENCHE

Major General

Coordinator

Defence Media Operations

Defence Headquarters

7 January 2021