Insurgents Attack Gujba Town In Yobe

13 Soldiers, Police Officer Killed In Boko Haram Ambush
File photo of insurgents in the northeast

 

Boko Haram terrorists on Saturday attacked the Gujba town of Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe State.

This attack comes two days after suspected Boko haram insurgents attacked the Geidam community in the state where they burnt down shops and carted away drugs in the hospital.

Speaking to Channels Television, a local source, Adamu Bura, said the terrorists first laid ambush to a military patrol vehicle on the highway and later stormed the village setting some structures ablaze.

“They laid ambush to a military vehicle then later proceeded to the Gujba town.  We have fled to the bush but we can see smoke everywhere,” he said.

The Yobe State Police Command also confirmed the attack to Channels Television via a telephone conversation.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, ASP Dungus Abdulkarim, however, said that the information on the casualties is still sketchy.

But efforts made to reach the acting Assistant Director of Public Relations Sector 2 Operation Lafiya Dole, Lieutenant Kennedy Anyanwu, proved abortive as his line was busy.

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The recent attack has created fear among the residents considering the fact that where the attack took place is just 30 kilometres away from Damaturu, the state capital and 24 kilometres south where the Tactical headquarters of 27 Taskforce Brigade of the Nigeria Army, Bunigari is located.

Although relative calm has returned to the area, authorities are yet to disclose the number of casualties and properties damaged.

Just last week Thursday, the Army Chief of Training and Operation, Major General Nuhu Angbazo launched operation “Tura Takai Bango” at Bunigari to deal with the recent upsurge of the insurgents’ raid.

Toddler Hit By Stray Bullet During Boko Haram Attack In Yobe

Yobe is situated in North-East Nigeria
A map of Yobe, a state in north-east Nigeria.

 

A toddler was hit by a stray bullet on Wednesday when Boko Haram insurgents attacked Geidam town in Yobe State.

During the attack, the insurgents burned the residence of the former chairman of Geidam Local Government Area, Mulima Mato, as well as some shops in the central city.

Channels Television had reported the incident shortly after it occurred, as the attackers also carted a large number of drugs at the General Hospital in Geidam.

Although nobody was reported to have been killed, the toddler hit by a stray bullet was taken to the hospital for medical attention.

In his reaction, Governor Mai Mala Buni commiserated with the people of Geidam, saying the attack was most unfortunate.

“The attack came at a time when there is a general improvement in peace and security across the state.

“The general improvement in security and support provided by the government has given our people the opportunity to gradually resettle and reclaim their means of livelihood,” he was quoted as saying in a statement on Thursday by his spokesperson, Mamman Mohammed.

According to the governor, the attack will not, however, deter the state government in its efforts to rebuild, reconstruct, and rehabilitate communities initially destroyed by the insurgents.

He commended the people of the state for their resilience and determination to rebuild their lives and move forward.

Governor Buni stated, “The government and people of Yobe State will continue to partner with the security agencies for the full return of peace and security across the state.”

He, therefore, directed the Yobe State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to provide emergency support to the residents and take stock of the destructions resulting from the attack.

On his part, the SEMA Executive Secretary, Dr Mohammed Goje, revealed that the agency had already begun taking stock of the damages caused by the attack.

He said he led the team to Geidam to assess the situation and identify the areas where immediate intervention to provide succour to the people were needed.

Suspected Boko Haram Terrorists Attack Geidam Community In Yobe

Yobe is situated in North-East Nigeria
A map of Yobe, a state in north-east Nigeria.

 

Suspected Boko Haram insurgents on Wednesday attacked Geidam, the headquarters of Geidam Local Government Council in Yobe State, 185 kilometers away from Damaturu.

Sources told Channels Television that the members of the community earlier had the rumour of the attack at 1 pm in which most of them fled their homes to the bush for safety.

However, the insurgents succeeded in attacking the community at 5 pm this evening.

A resident of the area, Idris Garba, said that although fighter jets have arrived, the suspected insurgents were still inside the town shooting sporadically.

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When contacted to comment on the attack, the spokesman of Sector 2, Operation Lafiya Dole, Lieutenant Kennedy Anyanwu, didn’t pick up nor reply to the text message sent to him.

PHOTOS: 36 Shops, Stalls Razed In Yobe Market Fire

A combination of photos of scenes from the Potiskum Central Market in Yobe State gutted by fire on December 28, 2020.

 

An early morning fire outbreak has destroyed 36 shops and stalls at Potiskum Central Market in Yobe State, north-east Nigeria.

The cause of the inferno which broke out on Monday has yet to be ascertained and it was said to have lasted about two and a half hours.

In an interview with Channels Television, the Chairman of the United Marketers’ Association at the market disclosed that the fire started around 2:30am and could not be put out until 5am.

An eyewitness explained that there was a power outage at the time when the incident happened.

Officials of the Yobe State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) had visited the scene to ascertain the level of destruction caused by the fire.

The state governor, Mai Mala Buni, in a statement by his media aide commiserated with the victims of the inferno.

He asked firefighters in the state to be proactive in discharging their duties, especially during the harmattan season.

Governor Buni also directed SEMA to provide immediate support to the victims as they take stock of the damages.

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Insurgency: Buratai Visits Yobe, Asks Troops To Pray For Fallen Soldiers

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai receives a salute from the troops deployed to 27 Special Taskforce Brigade in Buniyadi, Yobe State on December 25, 2020.

 

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai has visited troops deployed to 27 Special Taskforce Brigade in Buniyadi, Yobe State asking them to pray for the fallen soldiers.

Buratai’s visit to the north-eastern state on Friday is to boost the morale of troops fighting the Boko Haram insurgency where he also has a special Christmas luncheon with the troops.

The army chief brought a message of hope to the troops, re-assuring them of necessary support to successfully conduct their operations.

“As we mark this year’s Christmas, I want to encourage you to always remember and pray for the souls of our gallant departed colleagues who paid the supreme price in the course of their duties,” he said.

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“We shall continue to do all that is necessary to provide the enabling environment for the effective and successful conduct of our operations.

“Let me reassure you of our commitment to the welfare of all officers and men of the Nigerian army. We will continue to re-evaluate the welfare packages of the Nigerian army to ensure they meet the best standards and practices internationally.”

According to Buratai, the officers have demonstrated professionalism, courage and determination in the discharge of their constitutional duties in tackling the numerous security threats in the country.

Pray For Troops – Defence Minister

Earlier, the Minister of Defence, Maj Gen Bashir Salihi Magashi, asked Christians to pray for the country to overcome its security challenges as they celebrate the birth of Christ.

Magashi gave the charge via a statement issued on December 24 to felicitate with Christians on the special Christmas occasion.

“The least appreciation Nigerians can show to the nation’s gallant soldiers who are fighting patriotically so that the citizens can sleep with their eyes closed is to pray for them and be security conscious at this auspicious time,” he said.

The minister noted the need for peaceful co-existence especially as the country faces the challenges of insurgency, banditry, kidnapping, among other crimes.

Magashi also commended the military and other security agencies as well as the civil authorities for the recent feat attained in the timely rescue of the abducted students of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina State.

Policeman, Six Boko Haram Insurgents Killed In Yobe Fire Exchange

Yobe is situated in North-East Nigeria
A map of Yobe, a state in north-east Nigeria.

 

A policeman and six members of the Boko Haram terrorist group have been killed in a gunfight in Yobe State.

The spokesman for the State Police Command, Dungus Abdulkarim, confirmed the incident and those killed to Channels Television on Saturday, hours after it occurred.

He, however, said the police were gathering more information (at the time of this report) to give a definite number of casualties.

This followed an evening attack by the insurgents on Babban Gida community – the headquarters of Tarmuwa Local Government Area of Yobe State.

Local sources told Channels Television that the assailants drove into the community in four Toyota Hilux vehicles around 4pm and started shooting sporadically.

Although the military has yet to speak about the incident, Channels Television reporter sighted the mobilisation of heavy military hardware towards the community.

Despite the aerial support by fighter jets, the insurgents were reported to have overpowered the ground troops.

The military base and Divisional Police Headquarters in the area, as well as parts of the Local Government secretariat, were set ablaze by the assailants, sources claimed.

Babban Gida is 50 kilometres from Damaturu, the state capital.

It is also about 50 kilometres from Dapchi where over 100 students of the Government Girls Science and Technical College were abducted in February 2018.

Soldier Fighting Boko Haram Commits Suicide

Yobe is situated in North-East Nigeria
A map of Yobe, a state in north-east Nigeria.

 

A Nigerian soldier serving with 27 Taskforce Brigade Buni-Yadi in Yobe State has reportedly committed suicide.

A source from the military, who spoke under the condition of anonymity, told Channels Television that the soldier, a Lance Corporal committed suicide on Thursday, September 17 at his duty post in Buni-Yadi.

The corpse of the late soldier has been deposited at Specialist Hospital in Damaturu the state capital.

When contacted, the Acting Assistant Director Army Public Relation, Sector 2 Operation Lafiya Dole Damaturu, Lieutenant Chinonso Polycarp Oteh promised to get back to Channels Television.

He however failed to return the call as at the time of filing this report.

Vigilante Group Ambushes Suspected Kidnappers, Kills Three In Yobe

Yobe is situated in North-East Nigeria
A map of Yobe, a state in north-east Nigeria.

 

Police authorities in Yobe State say they have received the bodies of three suspected kidnappers killed by vigilante groups during an ambush.

The Police Public Relations Officer in Yobe, Dungus Abdulkarim, who confirmed the incident told Channels Television that the suspects were killed on Sunday morning.

He stated that while information on the attack was unclear at the time of this report, the police command was making efforts to get full details.

Abdulkarim said, “It was this morning (Sunday) we received information about an attack on a community under Murfa Kalam village where three suspected kidnappers were killed following an ambush by a vigilante group.

“Presently, the corpses have been deposited at a morgue in the Specialist Hospital in Damaturu while investigations are ongoing.”

A photo taken on August 30, 2020, shows the slain suspected kidnappers and others arrested by a vigilante group in Yobe State.

 

According to local sources, a group of armed men believed to be kidnappers had stormed Dungurum community in Murfa Kalam village.

During the attack on the community in Damaturu Local Government Area of the state, the assailants reportedly kidnapped one person.

On getting the information, the vigilante group in the area laid an ambush on the attackers, killing three of them in the process while others escaped.

Another source told Channels Television that three other suspects were arrested and have been handed over to the Nigerian Army.

However, the military authorities have yet to make any comment on the matter.

Abducted Yobe Village Head Regains Freedom

Yobe is situated in North-East Nigeria
Yobe is situated in North-East Nigeria

 

The abducted village head of Mashio in Fune Local Government Council, Yobe State has regained his freedom.

The Police Public Relations Officer, (ASP) Dungus Abdulkarim told Channels Television that the victim, Isa Mai Buba, was released by his captors in the early hours of Tuesday along Damaturu-Babbangida road.

The Police spokesman noted that no ransom was paid adding that the gunmen abandoned the victim due to the security beefed up at all the border communities.

Yobe District Head Isa Mai Buba

 

He further added that the victim will be taken to the hospital for examination before handing him over to his family.

Mr. Buba was abducted alongside his son when the insurgents attacked his community last Saturday.

The attackers went into Mashio community in Fune Local Government Council and started shooting sporadically.

DSP Abdulkarim disclosed that the son of the village head escaped in the early hours of Sunday while his father was still in captivity.

Gunmen Attack Yobe Community, Abduct Village Head And Son

Chief Imam’s Son, Two Others Kidnapped In Ogun Community
File photo of a gunman wearing several bullets on his body

 

 

Gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram insurgents have attacked a community in Yobe State.

The attackers went into Mashio community in Fune Local Government Council and started shooting sporadically, abducting the village head, Isa Mai Buba, and his son.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the State, ASP Dungus Abdulkarim, and Acting Chairman of the affected Local Government, Abubakar Kolere confirmed the incident to Channels Television.

They explained that the incident occurred on Saturday night, noting that the son of the village head escaped in the early hours of Sunday but his father is still in captivity.

Yobe is situated in North-East Nigeria
Yobe is situated in North-East Nigeria

 

 

The attack comes a few days after 14 people were recently killed by gunmen at Ukuru village in Mariga Local Government Area of Niger State.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abiodun Wasiu, confirmed the attack and casualty figure in a statement.

But a resident of the community, Musa Audu, who witnessed the attack, narrated what transpired to Channels Television in a phone conversation.

He explained that the gunmen invaded the community at a time when members of the vigilante were out of the community to patrol some of the forests in the area.

Audu, whose cousin was among those killed by the gunmen, stated that the attack took place during the popular Mariga market which had many traders from various locations.

He said bodies of 15 persons have been found, adding that many people who sustained injuries ran into a nearby bush and they were still being searched for.

Meanwhile, the PPRO has disclosed that the state command is making efforts to rescue the traditional ruler unhurt.

Father Allegedly Impregnates 16-Year-Old Daughter In Yobe

Yobe is situated in North-East Nigeria
Yobe is situated in North-East Nigeria

 

The Yobe State Command of the Nigeria Police Force has paraded a 43-year-old man and a father of eight for allegedly impregnating his 16-year-old daughter in Damaturu, the state capital.

Speaking to journalists on Friday, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Dungus Abdulkarim said the suspect had earlier divorced his wife five years ago and did not re-marry.

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The victim, whose pregnancy is said to be six-month-old noted that her father had been molesting her since 2015.

In another sad incident, a suspect who is said to be a deaf man had allegedly molested an 8-year-old boy.

The father of the victim said the act happened in Damaturu where the suspect lured his son into a mosque and, when he was caught, he pretended to be praying.

Yobe Governor Chairs APC Caretaker Committee

The Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, swears in Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, as the Chairman of the APC Caretaker Committee during a virtual meeting of the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) at the Council Chambers of the State House Abuja on June 25, 2020. Photo: Sunday Aghaeze.

 

 

Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, has been appointed as the chairman of the Caretaker Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

This followed the dissolution of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) by the APC National Executive Committee (NEC) on Thursday.

The council took the decision at a virtual emergency meeting, based on the recommendations of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Thereafter, Governor Buni was sworn in by the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) Abubakar Malami.

Similarly, Senator John Akpan Udo-Edehe was appointed as the secretary of the caretaker committee.

Briefing State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, Governor Buni clarified that all the decisions made regarding the governorship primary election in Edo State have been ratified.

He gave an assurance that he would not allow any crisis in the party to fester, adding that the NEC meeting convened in continuation of the last adjourned meeting where all notices were served appropriately.

The governor stressed that nobody was targeted with the meeting and that the party still respects and recognises Mr Bola Tinubu as a member and founding father of the APC.

He disclosed that the committee has a six-month lifespan within which it would conduct the election of the new NWC members.

Earlier, President Buhari told party chieftains at the meeting that mutating disagreements could lead to the self-destruction of the party with dire consequences.

He also urged all members to withdraw all pending litigations against one another and settle for internal conciliation

The President warned that the gains of the APC could be reversed as conflicts overshadow the primary objective of service to the people.

He, therefore, appealed to party members to refocus on the larger picture and place more emphasis on uniting the APC.