UPDATE: Nine Civilians Killed, 23 Injured In NAF Airstrike On Yobe Community – SEMA

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A map of Yobe, a state in north-east Nigeria.

 

Nine civilians were killed on Wednesday following an airstrike on Buwari community in Yunusari Local Government Area of Yobe State, authorities have said.

The airstrike which locals and the government believe was an accidental fire by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), also left 23 people injured.

Confirming the development, Secretary to the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Mohammed Goje, said two of the victims who were critically injured have been transferred to the Yobe State University Teaching Hospital for further treatment.

Goje, who spoke to journalists on Thursday in Damaturu shortly after visiting the victims in Geidam, said all medical expenses have been taken care of by the state government.

He also revealed that the administration has provided food items for the victims’ families and has taken an inventory of the affected households for further necessary actions.

 

‘We Will Work Closely With NAF’

Earlier, Governor Mai Mala Buni commiserated with the families of those who lost their lives and pledged to join hands with the security agencies to unravel the root cause of the incident.

According to him, the government is prepared to work with all security forces to ensure the safety of the residents and to provide a conducive atmosphere for economic activities.

“The government will work closely with the security forces, especially the Nigerian Air Force to establish what actually happened,” the governor promised.

He explained that such a move was important, to forestall future occurrences.

 

NAF Makes U-Turn

When initial reports emerged on Wednesday, suggesting that a fighter jet belonging to NAF had attacked civilians in Yobe State, military authorities denied the claims.

But NAF spokesman, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, later affirmed that a fighter jet had been deployed to the region, following intelligence regarding terrorists’ movements along the Kamadougou Yobe River line.

These movements, Commodore Gabkwet said, were consistent with what is obtainable when terrorists sight a jet aircraft overhead.

Gabkwet added that accordingly, “the pilot fired some probing shots”, adding that “the area is well known for continuous Boko Haram /ISWAP activities”.

While describing the reported civilian casualty as unfortunate, he explained that the previous reports were denied because the incident was tagged ‘bombardment’.

According to the commodore, the aircraft detailed for the mission was not carrying bombs and a board of inquiry has been set up to thoroughly investigate the circumstances of the incident.

Army Confirms Insurgent Attack On Town In Yobe

A photo released by the Nigerian on August 25, 2021, shows some of the arms and ammunition recovered from the insurgents in Yobe State.

 

The Nigerian Army has confirmed the attack on Babangida town in Yobe State by Boko Haram and Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists.

Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, who disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday said the insurgents were prowling for logistics replenishment.

“The criminals made futile effort to infiltrate the town but were met with a fierce counter-attack from the vigilant troops, forcing them to retreat in disarray,” he said. “Further exploitation by the troops is still ongoing.”

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According to the army spokesman, the insurgents were repelled by troops attached to Sector 2 Joint Task Force of Operation Hadin Kai.

A photo released by the Nigerian on August 25, 2021, shows some of the arms and ammunition recovered from the insurgents in Yobe State.

 

He stated that during the counter-attack, the troops captured one gun truck, one Dushka anti-aircraft gun, two AK 47 rifles, and unprimed Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) from the fleeing terrorists.

“The dogged troops have been commended by the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya, for their vigilance and swiftness in countering the attack.

“He also encouraged them to remain focused and avoid any form of distraction from the terrorists, who are desperate to make face saving moves, having suffered enormous depletion in their ranks,” said Brigadier General Nwachukwu.

He assured the people of Yobe and the North East that the army was determined to rout completely Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists from their hideouts.

The army spokesman also urged them not to relent in supporting troops with actionable information that would enhance the speedy execution of ongoing counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations in the region.

Channels Television had reported the attack on Babangida town on Wednesday evening during which troops engage the insurgents in a firefight, leaving a soldier injured.

A photo released by the Nigerian on August 25, 2021, shows some of the weapons recovered from the insurgents in Yobe State.

 

It is not clear if any of the insurgents was injured or killed, and Brigadier General Nwachukwu did not confirm this.

Babbangida is located 50 kilometres away from Dapchi where 110 students of the Government Girls Science Technical College were abducted in February 2018.

Soldier Injured As Troops Repel Boko Haram Attack On Yobe Community

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A file photo of soldiers.

 

Troops of the Nigerian Army on Wednesday repelled an attack by suspected Boko Haram terrorists in Yobe State.

A reliable military source confirmed to Channels Television that the troops succeeded in recovering one Toyota van out of the three the attackers came with.

However, a soldier was injured and is receiving treatment after the insurgents stormed Babbangida, the headquarters of Tarmuwa Local Government Area of the north-eastern state.

Speaking to Channels Television via the telephone conversation, a resident Audu Yakubu, said that the attackers came in three Toyota vans and drove straight to the military base.

“Some villagers had earlier alerted us that they saw strange faces around the Babbangida axis,” he said. “So on sighting them coming, we all ran into the bush for safety.”

Another resident who craved anonymity said the attackers invaded the community at about 6.15pm and started shooting sporadically.

He, however, noted that the military engaged them in a gun battle.

Babbangida is located 50 kilometres away from Dapchi, where 110 students of the Government Girls Science Technical College were abducted in February 2018.

UPDATED: Over 450 Households Affected, Seven Killed As Flood Ravages Yobe Communities

A combination of screenshots of the communities ravaged by flood in Yobe State.

 

No fewer than 450 households were affected by a recent flood that ravaged several communities in Yobe State, authorities have said.

The flooding was triggered by a downpour that lasted several hours on Sunday.

At least seven persons died from the incident.

Among those who suffered heavy losses was Falmata Ali, whose two children drowned while sleeping.

The sobbing mother called on the relevant authorities to provide a permanent solution to the flood that has become an annual episode in the state.

A screenshot taken on August 20, 2021, shows one of the communities ravaged by flood in Yobe State.

 

Some of the communities worst hit by the flood are Tandari, Yindiski, Dadin Kowa, Gadan Talaka, Maisandari, Usmanti, Gaurawa, Kasaisa, Abari, and Nayinawa.

All persons killed by the flood were residents of Potiskum Local Government Area (LGA) where at least 250 households were affected.

While about 249 households were also affected in Nguru LGA, authorities have yet to ascertain the number of those affected in communities in Damaturu, the state capital.

According to the Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs in Yobe, Garba Iliya, the state government has directed the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to assess and respond to the plight of the victims.

 

An Annual Crisis

The Executive Secretary of Yobe SEMA, Mohammed Goje, explained that the emergency agency had already dispatched a search and rescue team to the affected communities to assess the level of damages caused by the flood.

A screenshot taken on August 20, 2021, shows a woman carrying a load in one of the communities ravaged by flood in Yobe State.

 

Goje added that the team has been working hard to ensure those affected were properly taken care of while several affected households have been provided food and temporary shelter.

He also confirmed the number of households affected in the various communities.

Just like Faltama, residents of the communities have appealed to the government to provide a lasting solution to the issue of flooding in the state.

Some of them told reporters in Damaturu that the issue of perennial flood has become an annual crisis as they asked the government to proffer short and long-term measures to address the crisis.

A screenshot taken on August 20, 2021, shows residents leaving one of the communities ravaged by flood in Yobe State.

 

“It rained heavily on Sunday,” said Adamu Ibrahim who spoke in Hausa. “It started around 12 midnight to 3am, and suddenly in the morning, the flood came from the South.

“About 150 households were affected in this area. We want the government to evacuate the water channel because we are approaching the peak of the (rainy) season.”

Meanwhile, the North East Development Commission (NEDC) has distributed food and non-food items to the victims.

The NEDC Acting Coordinator in Yobe, Garba Ajiyabo, revealed that the commission was targeting 3,516 victims for a start.

As the rainy season nears its peak, the residents are hopeful that the government will take proactive measures to prevent a reoccurrence.

Flooding: Bodies Of Two Missing Victims Recovered In Yobe

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

 

 

 The bodies of two missing persons who drowned in a flood in the Potiskum community of Yobe State have been recovered on Friday.

This is according to the Executive Secretary, Yobe State Emergency Management Agency, Dr. Mohammed Goje.

The corpses were retrieved in Dawasa Community, 40 kilometers away from the flood scene which took place on Sunday.

He said the development followed search and rescue efforts by the agency.

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According to him, the flood affected about 250 households in Potiskum and 249 in Nguru local government councils of the state.

Dr Goje said the affected households have been given temporary shelter and food.

Channels Television had earlier reported that five persons were killed in the flood incident.

 

 

 

Five Killed, Two Missing In Yobe Flood

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

 

 

Five persons have been killed while two others missing as a result of a heavy downpour that occurred on Sunday in Potiskum, the Yobe State capital.

The affected areas according to a resident of the area, Adamu Yunusa include Tandari, Yindiski, Dadin Kowa, Gadan Talaka, and Jigawa wards.

Confirming the incident, The Executive Secretary of the Yobe State Emergency Management Agency, Mohammed Goje says a search and rescue team has been dispatched to the area to assess the level of the damages.

A resident, Falmata Ali, whose two children were killed in the incident while sleeping, called on the relevant authorities to provide a permanent solution to the flood that has become an annual episode.

Cholera Outbreak: At Least 33 Persons Killed In Yobe, Jigawa

PHOTO USED TO ILLUSTRATE STORY: Medical staff give treatment to people suffering from cholera at a medical camp. PHOTO: AFP

 

The outbreak of Cholera has claimed no fewer than 33 persons in both Yobe and Jigawa states.

In Yobe State, three deaths have been recorded with two others hospitalised at Girgir Community in Jakusko Local Government Area of the state.

This comes less than three days after 30 persons were reported killed in Jigawa State following the outbreak of Cholera across nine local government areas of the state.

The Executive Secretary, Yobe State Primary Health Care Management Agency, Babagana Kundi Machina told Channels Television on Thursday that the index case in Yobe came from neighbouring state Jigawa.

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The Jigawa casualties add to the increasing death toll from the disease across Nigeria. Other states that have reported deaths from cholera in the past few weeks include Enugu, Benue, Plateau, and Bayelsa.

Over 2,000 cases have been recorded in Jigawa with the state Capital, Dutse, and Hadejia local government areas the worst affected.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health in Jigawa, Salisu Mu’azu on Wednesday, during a press briefing blamed open defecation for the spread of the disease.

Jakusko local government area in Yobe State shares border with Jigawa and Bauchi states which have recently witnessed the outbreak.

Earlier in May, at least 20 persons died in a cholera outbreak in Bauchi.

The outbreak of the disease in the state hit the capital, Bauchi the most with 147 cases recorded there, out of the 322 cases confirmed cases in nine local government areas.

We Want To Conclude North-East Insurgency – Army Chief

Musa Mingyi in Damaturu and Blessing Tunoh in Maiduguri

 

The Chief of Army Staff, Major-General Farouk Yahaya on Saturday said the army is committed to ending the insurgency in the North-East.

The army chief made the comment while on an operation visit to frontline troops of Sector 2, Joint Taskforce of the Nigeria Army ‘Operation Hadin Kai’ in Damaturu, Yobe State.

Major-General Yahaya said ending the insurgency will allow the army move on to other things.

The North-East insurgency has roiled on for over a decade, spearheaded by terrorist groups such as Boko Haram and now ISWAP.

“We want to conclude this operation in the North-East,” Major-General Yahaya said, “so that we can do other things; and that is the drive now.”

Working Together

After inspecting the Quarter Guard in his honour, the Chief of Army Staff was received by the Commander of the Sector 2, Brigadier-General Adamu Nura, alongside other senior officers of the command.

Addressing the troops, the Chief of Army Staff said the purpose of his visit was to familiarise himself with the challenges faced by the troops and ensure those challenges are tackled.

The Chief of Army Staff, Major-General Farouk Yahaya addressed reporters in Damaturu, Yobe state on June 26, 2021.
The Chief of Army Staff, Major-General Farouk Yahaya addressed reporters in Damaturu, Yobe state on June 26, 2021.

 

He pledged to work with other military branches, host communities, and sister agencies to restore peace in the region.

“We have been recording some modest success in all areas and we intend to sustain that drive,” he said.

Major-General Yahaya was last at the command on the entourage of the immediate past late Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Ibrahim Attahiru on March 14.

Seeking support

Earlier on Friday, Major-General Yahaya had visited the Shehu of Borno, HRH Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai Elkanemi to seek the collaboration of the traditional institution, as part of strategies to end the insurgency.

The army chief, at the meeting, said such collaborations have paid off in the past.

The Shehu said his institution was committed to supporting the military in the area of intel gathering but warned military authorities against revealing the source of their information like they did in the past.

This unprofessional conduct of early commanders of the counter insurgency war had endangered many leading to mistrust for the military, the traditional ruler said.

The Shehu also said the COAS should prioritize building on past successes by keeping remote roads safe for farmers’ ease of passage.

Troops overpower bandits in Zamfara

Meanwhile, in a statement signed on Saturday, army spokesman, Brigadier-General Onyema Nwachukwu said troops of 8 Division have neutralised bandits operating around Mayanchi-Dogo Karfe and Fagantama villages in Talata Marafa local government area of Zamfara State.

The troops were said to have come under fire from the bandits but were able to overwhelm the gunmen and recovered one PKT rifle, a large cache of ammunition, and a motorcycle.

Elsewhere in the state, troops were also said to have overpowered five more bandits in Bingi village, Bungudu local government area.

Reacting to the feat, Major-General Farouk Yahaya encouraged the troops to sustain the aggressive posture in order to defeat all criminal elements operating in the North-West and other parts of the country.

He also appealed to communities in the North-West to support the soldiers with useful information to help them in their operations.

Report Your Children, Relatives If They Aid Terrorism, Buni Tells Yobe Residents

A file photo of Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni.

 

Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, has condemned the recent attack on the Geidam community by Boko Haram insurgents in the state.

He appealed to all residents in the state to expose every bad egg in the communities, even if they were their relations.

Governor Buni made the plea at a special security meeting with government officials, traditional rulers, and security agencies on Tuesday at Government House in Damaturu, the state capital.

“As leaders and citizens in our respective communities, we must volunteer credible and timely information to the security agencies to enhance proactive action in curbing the menace and havoc caused by the terrorists.

“We must expose every bad egg in our communities even if they are our relations or biological children,” the governor told the meeting.

He noted that the attack on Geidam community has left thousands of people displaced and properties worth millions of naira destroyed.

Governor Buni blamed the influx of insurgents on the geographical location of Geidam, sitting close to the fringes of Lake Chad and bordering the Niger Republic and Damasak, a town in Borno State.

He, however, assured the residents of the security of their lives and properties, and urged them to collaborate with the government by providing credible information for the security agencies to curb imminent attacks by the insurgents.

“The sad resurgence of Boko Haram attacks on Geidam, in which some lives were lost with men, women, children, young and old forced out of their homes and displaced in this holy month of Ramadan, is condemnable, crude and grossly inhumane,” the governor decried.

Geidam community was attacked on Friday last week by the suspected Boko Haram insurgents who later hoisted their flags in some parts of the community.

Although the Nigerian Army insisted that it had killed many of the insurgents and recovered weapons from them, many residents have deserted the community.

VIDEO: Residents Flee Yobe Community Over Boko Haram Invasion

 

The video above shows the mass exodus of residents of Geidam, a community in Yobe State following an attack by Boko Haram insurgents last week.

The military had said that it repelled the attack, killing over 20 insurgents and recovered a vehicle and arms.

But the residents told Channels Television that the insurgents hoisted their flags in parts of the community, engaging in house-to-house preaching of their ideologies.

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After being under Boko Haram siege for over 48 hours, scores of residents, including women and children fled the community on Sunday.

Among the fleeing residents were Hassana Adamu and Idris Abubakar, who left for Yunusari – a nearby village.

They called on the Federal Government to urgently deploy more troops to recapture the community, saying the lives of the remaining residents in the community were at risk.

Boko Haram Hoists Flag In Some Parts Of Yobe Community

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

 

Boko Haram has hoisted its flag in some parts of the Geidam community, in Yobe state.

This comes two days after the terrorists reportedly attacked Geidam local government area of the state.

Geidam is the hometown of the acting Inspector General of Police, Mr. Usman Alkali Baba.

Some of the residents confirmed to Channels Television that, the insurgents have hoisted their flags in some parts of their community, moving from house to house preaching to them to accept their ideology.

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Although the Army battalion in Geidam is still present in the community, it has not stopped the insurgents from propagating their missions.

Already, some telecommunication networks have been tempered, thereby hampering communication.

Many families have been thrown into panic as they are unable to communicate with their relatives in the community.

Troops Arrest Suspected Boko Haram Informant In Yobe

Army Speaks About Recent Attacks On Military Bases In North East
A file photo of troops. Source: [email protected]

 

 

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.