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

New Salary Scale Has Not Been Approved For Armed Forces – DHQ
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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

New Salary Scale Has Not Been Approved For Armed Forces – DHQ
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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

File photo of Burkinabe soldiers patrol near the Presidental Security Regiment (RSP) military barracks in Ouagadougou.  Sia KAMBOU / AFP

 

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.

Banditry: Security Operatives Foil Attack In Zamfara, Recover 300 Cows

Security operatives in the early hours of May 2, 2021 foiled an attack by bandits in Zamfara State. Credit: Zamfara State Govt

 

Security operatives have foiled an attack by bandits by killing an unspecified number of them and recovering 300 cattle in Zamfara State.

Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle disclosed this on Sunday via Twitter, adding that the operation was led by the state Commissioner for Security and Internal Affairs.

Matawalle also shared photos showing the cattle recovered which were rustled by the bandits at Kuraje near Rijiyar Tsakar Dawa in Guasau Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

“A moment ago, I was informed about an operational success recorded by the Hon. Commissioner for Security & Internal affairs. He led a team of security forces on a joint patrol and neutralised a gang of bandits who rustled a herd of over 300 cattle at Kuraje near Rijiyar Tsakar Dawa in Gusau LG,” his tweet read.

“After accomplishing the mission, the rustled cattle have been recovered for an immediate return to their rightful owners.

“We are pleased with the commitment of our appointees and equally grateful for the dedication & gallantry of our Security Forces towards restoring peace in Zamfara State and Nigeria at large.”

 

Zamfara has been experiencing series of attacks recently by bandits who have been killing people and abducting schoolchildren in the state.

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As part of measures to arrest the situation, President Muhammadu Buhari had on March 2 banned mining activities in the north-western state.

The President also declared the state no-fly zone, designating Zamfara a territory or area established by a military power over which certain aircraft are not permitted to fly.

Just a few days ago, officials of the Zamfara State Government confirmed the killing of a notorious bandit leader, Auwalun Daudawa, to Channels Television.

Daudawa, who led the abduction of over 300 students of Government Science Secondary School Kankara, Katsina state was killed on April 30.

Although the notorious bandit had laid down his arms and accepted Governor Bello Matawalle’s peace initiative on February 8, he however returned to the forest to continue his banditry a few days ago.

Abducted Mission School Student Regains Freedom In Plateau

A signboard of The Kings School in Barkin Ladin Local Government Are of Plateau State.

 

The abducted student of Kings School, otherwise known as Capro Secondary Mission School located at Gana Ropp in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State has regained freedom, the military authorities have confirmed.

Gunmen had in the early hours of April 29 kidnapped the students in Capro, which is few kilometres away from the Yakubu Gowon airport and about 60 kilometres from Jos, the state capital.

However, three of the students escaped while one remained in captivity.

But in a statement issued on Sunday, the spokesman of Operation Safe Haven, Major Ibrahim Shittu, said troops rescued the remaining student in captivity on Saturday.

He said the rescue operation was achieved through the sustained search and rescue efforts of the troops, adding that no ransom was paid to secure the student’s release.

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According to the military spokesman, the rescued student is in good health condition and has since been reunited with other students in the college.

Spate of Abductions

The Plateau abduction comes as the country continues to battle several security challenges, including but not limited to an insurgency in the North-East, banditry in the North-West, secessionist agitations in the South-East and Fulani-Herdsmen crises across the Middle-Belt and several South-West states.

Bandits have, in recent times, targeted schools for mass abductions.

Several students of Greenfield University in Kaduna are still in captivity after they were abducted on April 20.

Bandits who abducted 39 students from the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, in the Igabi local government area of Kaduna state recently released a video of the students, including a pregnant female student, calling for help.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday sought the assistance of the United States in fighting insecurity across the country.

The House of Representatives on Wednesday inaugurated a 40-man committee to find a solution to the country’s security challenges. The Committee is set to hold a four-day security summit in May.

 

 

 

Troops Kill 21 Boko Haram Terrorists In Geidam, Recover Anti-Aircraft Gun

A combination of photos showing weapons and a truck recovered from Boko Haram terrorists by the Nigerian Army on April 23, 2021.
A combination of photos showing weapons and a truck recovered from Boko Haram terrorists by the Nigerian Military on April 23, 2021.

 

At least 21 Boko Haram terrorists were killed on Friday after the insurgents attacked Geidam, a border town in Yobe State, according to an army spokesman.

The terrorists, in their assault, destroyed three communications masts and looted some shops in the town.

However, troops stationed at the town, supported by the Air Component of Operation Lafia Dole, mounted a hot pursuit and closed up with the terrorists, killing 21 of them in the process, Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier-General Mohammed Yerima, said in a signed statement on Saturday.

“The gallant troops successfully recovered a gun truck with an anti aircraft gun mounted on it, eight AK 47 rifles with ten magazines as well as two Rocket Propelled Grenade Bombs and five chargers,” the statement added.

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“Other items recovered are: over a thousand rounds of different calibres of ammunition, one Commando Mortar Tube, 3 IED blasting devices, tool boxes, communication radios and cell phones among several other items of value.

“The troops are still combing the area for possible discoveries as most of the terrorists escaped with various degrees of injuries from the resultant encounter. The only setbacks on the side of the troops were the injuries sustained by 3 soldiers who were in stable conditions and receiving medical attention in a military facility.

“The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru congratulated the Theatre Commander and troops of OPLD including the Air Component for this great achievement.

“The COAS restated the commitment of the Nigerian Army under his leadership to ending terrorism and all violent crimes in the North East and other parts of the country.

“He further enjoined the troops to sustain the ongoing offensive under Operation Tura Takaibango until this noble goal is attained.”

‘Don’t Fear Any Bullet’, Defence Minister Tells Troops Fighting Insurgency

New Salary Scale Has Not Been Approved For Armed Forces – DHQ
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As the country battles the Boko Haram terrorists in the northeast, the Defence Minister, Magashi Bashir, has asked the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole not to fear any bullet from the terrorists.

He gave the charge on Sunday during a visit to the Theatre Command in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, in the company of the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor and other service chiefs.

“Don’t fear any bullet, the bullet will come and it will go,” he said. “If you are not meant to die by a bullet you will never die but if you are meant to die by a bullet, even in your bedroom bullet will come and reach you, which is what I experienced during service.”

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According to the Minister, the motive of the visit was to assess the fighting spirit of the troops of operation Lafiya Dole and also to motivate them.

He also intimated the troops of the Federal Government’s plan to recruit more hands to relieve battle fatigued soldiers.

Magashi added, “Very soon we will embark on the recruitment of other soldiers and officers so that we improve the manpower holding of our armed forces.

“We will bring new equipment, new skills in which I will like all of you to benefit from to enable you to be more proficient, more effective in this assignment you’re doing. We have lost time; we are now almost ten years in this operation.

“There are many other operations that we are doing in terms of banditry and other things in this country and I am sure that given the right tools, you will do this country proud. We believe in you, your training, professionalism and we believe you can do the country the requirements of beating the Boko haram as we have it now.”

FG To Recruit Fresh Soldiers Soon Over Insurgency, Banditry

 

The Defence Minister, Magashi Bashir, has said that Federal Government will soon commence recruitment of officers and soldiers across the country.

Speaking at the headquarters of the Theatre Command in Maiduguri when he led The Chief of Defense Staff, General Lucky Irabor and other service chiefs on an operational visit, the Magashi said the move is part of the government’s strategy to meet up manpower shortfalls as the country battles insurgency and banditry.

The Minister said the motive of the visit was to assess the fighting spirit of the troops of operation Lafiya Dole and also to motivate them.

While addressing the troops, Magashi intimated them of the government’s plan to recruit more hands to relieve battle fatigued soldiers.

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“Very soon we will embark on the recruitment of other soldiers and officers so that we improve the manpower holding of our armed forces,” he said.

File photo of the Minister of Defence, Major-General Bashir Magashi (rtd).

 

“We will bring new equipment, new skills in which I will like all of you to benefit from to enable you to be more proficient, more effective in this assignment you’re doing. We have lost time; we are now almost ten years in this operation.

“There are many other operations that we are doing in terms of banditry and other things in this country and I am sure that given the right tools, you will do this country proud. We believe in you, your training, professionalism and we believe you can do the country the requirements of beating the Boko haram as we have it now.

“There are a lot of you outside in other places both in the northwest, northcentral and even in the southwest and south-east. Please see this as a sacrifice, see this profession as the profession that it only God you should fear.”

Speaking further, the Defence Minister told journalists that the government takes the welfare of the troops serious, hence the directive for proper documentation of all issues.

He added, “We have already directed that all their problems be put on the paper to enable us to study it and come up with a plan.

“We have also studied their requirements and we have come here to verify and see how best we can proceed so that we can end this war.”

Troops Arrest Suspected Boko Haram Informant In Yobe

Army Speaks About Recent Attacks On Military Bases In North East
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Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole have arrested a suspected Boko Haram informant in Kamuya, Yobe State.

According to a statement issued on Sunday by the Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, the suspect was identified as Modu Ari.

The army spokesman said the informant whose spying activities and that of his accomplices were responsible for the attacks on troops position by terrorists in the state.

“On interrogation, he confessed to having revealed troops’ movements and position to his Boko Haram collaborators,” the statement partly read.

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“Investigation is however ongoing to unravel the network of local informants whose nefarious activities have endangered troops on clearance operations around the fringes of Timbuktu Triangle.”

The army spokesman said the unfortunate sabotage of troops movement by Ari and his accomplices made it possible for the terrorists to attack the rear element of troops on patrol.

He stated that troops from the Tactical Headquarters of 27 Task Force Brigade and Army Super Camp 3 Buratai repelled the attack, stressing that their own troops suffered some casualties.

Meanwhile, the Chief of Army Staff has encouraged troops of Operation Tura Takaibango to keep their fighting spirit up and to remain dedicated in the effort to flush out the remnants of the terrorists as quickly as possible.

He charged them not to relent even in the face of gross unpatriotic acts of some locals who are snitching on their movements and positions.

The COAS also admonished citizens to as a matter of patriotic duty, avail the troops of credible and timely information that will help them flush out the adversaries.

Troops Parade Suspected Kidnappers In Jos

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Troops of Operation Safe Haven have arrested and paraded suspected kidnappers in an attempt to abduct a resident of Lishin village in Jengere Pengana chiefdom in Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State.

Parading the suspects at the headquarters of Operation Safe Haven in Jos, commander of the operation, Major General Dominic Onyemulu states that a distress call by residents of the community was responded to by troops within the area of operation and with the assistance of members of the community the kidnappers were apprehended.

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17 suspects belonging to the gang were arrested by the troops.

 

The suspects include 11 from kaduna state, four from Bauchi, one from Kano, and another from Plateau.

Items recovered from the suspects include dangerous weapons ranging from fabricated rifle, two live cartridges, cutlasses, daggers as well as cell phones, assorted charms, and motorcycles for the operation.

Similarly, a gang of armed robbery syndicates specialised in dispossesing passengers boarding tricycles was arrested during an operation in the Lamingo area of Jos North Local Government Area of the state.