22 Boko Haram Insurgents Nabbed In Borno

At least 22 suspected Boko Haram members have been arrested by the Borno State Police command.

According to reports, amongst those arrested were members responsible for the kidnapping of the Chibok girls in 2014. Recall that the insurgents had in 2014 abducted over 200 students of the Government Secondary School, Chibok in Borno.

The Commissioner of Police, Mr Damian Chukwu, disclosed this while presenting the suspects to Journalists on Wednesday in Maiduguri. Chukwu disclosed that 8 of the suspects were Boko Haram members and top commanders responsible for the Kidnapping of Chibok School Girls, and over 50 suicide bomb attacks in Maiduguri and parts of Adamawa.

He added that some of the suspects participated in the invasion of Bama and Gwoza and carried out various attacks on security agencies and civilians in the North-East.

He said that the arrests were made in the past two weeks in Borno and Yobe sequel to the deployment of the IGP’s Intelligence Response Team (IRT) under the command of DCP Abba Kyari.

According to him, the suspects included eight insurgents who participated in the abduction of the schools girls; three top commanders, two logistic suppliers and 17 fighters.

He listed those who participated in the abduction of the school girls as a 23-year old Mayinta Modu, aka Abor, Adam Mohammed, 20; Gujja Jidda, 21 and Mamman Wardi, 25.

Others suspects were: Modu Jidda, 29; Ajiri Bulama Dungus, 22; Mohammed Abba, 20; and Fannami Mustapha, 22.

Chukwu said that the suspects had confessed to have participated in the Chibok School Girls abduction and coordinated various suicide bomb attacks.

He identified one Adam Mustapha, 20, as the mastermind behind series of suicide bomb attacks in Maiduguri and Adamawa.

He explained that the suspects conveyed female and male suicide bombers from Sambisa forest to different locations in Maiduguri and Adamawa to carry out the attack.

“The suspect confessed to be the mastermind of the suicide bomb attack in Baga road, Bulunkutu, Custom, Post Office, 3-3 housing and Muna area of Maiduguri. The attack led to the destruction of lives and property.

“One Mustapha Kanimbu, aka Aaramma, 20 years old; native of Mobbar Borno, is one of the Boko Haram Terrorists commanders, who supplies logistics to the group members in Sambisa and also confessed to have participated in several attacks and killing of hundreds of people in Maiduguri.

“While, Ibrarahim Mala, 48 years old; native of Gwoza local government area of Borno, is one of the insurgents’ commanders, who lives in Dalori karekere area of Maiduguri, supplied food and logistics to his members in the Sambisa Forrest,” he said.

Chukwu revealed that other members of the insurgents group were: Abdullahi Mohammed Gawi, 23; Maina Adam, 35; Wano Musa, 27; Ishaka Musa, 26; Abubakar Mohammed, 28; Usman Umar, 28; Maina Abba, 27; Maina Gambo, 24; Abubakar Kori, 25; and Bukar Abatcha, 39.

He disclosed that a 35-year-old; Muhammad Bashir, aka Kalijango, who hails from Gambaru Ngala and a member of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF), was also arrested for aiding the insurgents’ logistics supply.

According to him, the suspects were helping the police with useful information to arrest other fleeing insurgents and their commanders.

Army Denies Attack On Soldiers By Boko Haram

The Nigerian Army has refuted news making the rounds that soldiers were attacked by Boko Haram and military vehicles were captured.

The army debunked the news via its Twitter handle through a thread to address the news which it categorically said: “it is not only untrue but misleading as the said report is blown out of proportion by the media.”

The news of Boko Haram overrunning the Nigerian Army was reported (not Nigerian Tribune), the report also claimed that the exercise had been ongoing for about two consecutive days.

In its reaction, the Army gave a detailed account of the event: “Contrary to the report, the Nigerian Army wishes to put the record straight on the issue and assure members of the public particularly residents of the North East to disregard the report as their safety is guaranteed.

“The Nigeria Army wishes to state that there was an attempted attack on troops at Kwakwa and Chingori communities in Bama area of Borno State by suspected Boko Haram Terrorists as a result of difficult terrain where our vehicles bugged down.

“The terrorists also attempted to cart away troops operational vehicles but were successfully repelled by our gallant troops with the support of the Nigerian Air Force. About 22 members of Boko Haram terrorists were neutralised while several others escaped with gunshot wounds.”

The army also hinted that “Efforts are being intensified by the troops to get the fleeing members of the Boko Haram terrorists. Unfortunately, one officer and a soldier sustained injuries and are currently receiving medical attention at the military medical facility.

“While the Nigerian Army would not join issues with the media, certain facts must be reported with caution particularly now that numerous successes have been recorded by the troops in the fight against insurgency.

“Members of the public are hereby advised to disregard the report and go about their legitimate businesses as the Nigerian Army is on top of the situation,” it said.

The attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to news making the round alleging attack on soldiers and capturing of military vehicles by Boko Haram in Bama Local Government Area of Borno State.

— Nigerian Army (@HQNigerianArmy) July 16, 2018

Shekau is Healthy; Goni, Ex Boko Haram Commander Reveals to Military

A 32 year-old former Boko Haram Commander, Rawana Goni, has appealed to the Nigerian military authorities to allow him make a phone call to the elusive leader, Abubakar Shekau and at least 137 other terrorists to make them surrender.

Goni, who is undergoing rehabilitation at a military detention camp in Maiduguri, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

The former Boko Haram commander is an indigene of Bama in Borno state. He surrendered to the military in Cameroon after escaping from Sambisa Forest eight months ago.

He claimed to have held several positions in ten different cells of Boko Haram in Sambisa. He said the last position he held was as the Chief officer of Dispute Resolution for the group. He explained that many militants came to him to settle problems ranging from family matters. He also reconciled Boko Haram factions.

“I rescued people sentenced to death and minimised punishment of those who committed crimes. I am one of the most influential persons in the group and they always listened and abided by what I said.

“I joined Boko Haram because of the condition I found myself in the last five years. When the insurgents invaded Bama town, I ran with my family to Cameroon thinking I was in a safe destination. But on reaching Cameroon, I was shocked to realise that I brought myself into another Boko Haram camp. By that time, I knew I would not survive without joining the group.

“Days after my induction, we opened a permanent camp at the Cameroon border and named the forest “Aluska”. It was in that camp that I learnt all types of trainings including handling weapons.

“After the training, we embarked on our first mission.We invaded a military formation in Cameroon, dislodged the soldiers and took many weapons from their armoury. We couldn’t take any vehicle because the area was surrounded by river.

“We took the weapons we recovered to our leader Abubakar Shekau and briefed him on our success. He was happy that five of us could dislodge a military formation. After congratulating us, he appointed me to lead the group and returned our weapons to us.

“Few days later, I recruited many fighters, because as a commander, you are expected to have no fewer than 250 fighting troops.

“With the new fighting force, we invaded Waza village, Damaga and Banki. We also invaded Bama which is my hometown.

“I was touched to see my people being tortured and killed, while many women and children were living in excruciating hardship. So I decided to pass a message to my fellow insurgents from Bama and we formed a group comprising of about 137 persons to help our people in prison to escape.

“I was able to rescue about 300 hostages at the prison facility in Bama. I usually lied to the guards at the prison that I was going to kill the inmates. But I would take them to a safe place in Konduga and ask them to run to a safer destination.

“Many of the prisoners were exposed to hard labour while some were used as guinea-pigs at shooting range by new arms handlers among Boko Haram,”he said.

On Abubakar Shekau’s health status, Goni told NAN that the insurgents’ leader was healthy as against a report that he was ill.

“Nothing happened to him. He broke his leg five years ago while riding on a horse. But he had since recovered. Any one saying Shekau is sick is only deceiving himself. We used to communicate through radiophone but not any more,”he said.

Goni who believed that the war was coming to an end, urged the military to let him tell Shekau and other insurgents that he is still alive.

“My 137 boys are on standby to hear I am still alive and I can assure you they will run out of Sambisa Forest and surrender to the military. I once told them to surrender and they said we shall all get killed.But I told them that I will surrender and they said if nothing happened to me, they will all come out,” he said.

Goni commended the military for the special treatment given to inmates who surrendered.

“They received us with joy and interact with us at all time. They feed us well and always want to know our problems. If other Boko Haram members knew how we are being treated, they will never want to remain where they are,”he said.

NAN

Boko Haram Recruited 1,092 Children In 2017 – UN

The United Nations has revealed that 1,092 children were recruited and used by the terrorist sect Boko Haram in 2017.

The number was given in the annual report of the secretary-general on Children and Armed Conflict, which covered 20 countries including Nigeria, Syria, Yemen, and India.

The report, according to The Cable, said the terrorist group intensified attacks on civilians through suicide bombings and ground attacks.

There were 146 cases of children being used as carriers of person-borne improvised explosive devices, the report also said.

It read in part:

In north-east Nigeria, as well as in neighbouring countries, Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati Wal-Jihad, commonly known as Boko Haram, intensified attacks on civilians, including through suicide bombings and ground attacks.

A worrying trend is the continued use of children by Boko Haram as carriers of person-borne improvised explosive devices, with 146 cases documented in Nigeria.

The UN verified 45 incidents of rape and other forms of sexual violence, affecting 131 children, including nine boys and 125 cases – nine boys and 116 girls – were attributed to Boko Haram. All child victims attributed to Boko Haram were abducted, raped or forcibly married to members of the group.

In addition, 1,456 children in north-east Nigeria were verified as having been abducted by Boko Haram during previous years.

The continued number of violations remains gravely disturbing, in particular, the use of children as carriers of person-borne improvised explosive devices and the number of abductions.

7 Boko Haram Men Killed, Weapons Recovered by Army

The Nigerian Army says its men killed seven Boko Haram terrorists and recovered weapons in Azaya Kalmari village in Mafa local government area of Borno state on Friday.

Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, Deputy Director Public Relations, Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole, disclosed this in Maiduguri.

Nwachukwu said that the troops encountered the insurgents at about 12.00 noon. while conducting clearance operation at remote villages around Mafa town.

“The gallant troops overpowered the insurgents in the ensuing firefight, killing seven of them. The troops also recovered two AK 47 rifles , one Ak 56 rifle and 7 rounds of 7.62 mm (special) ammunition.

“Troops also successfully cleared Moduhum, Njimtulur, Hayaba Gana, and Hayaba Kura, Hashime, Azaya Kura and Azaya villages. All located in the outskirts of Mafa.

“After clearing the initial resistance posed by the insurgents, the troops proceeded to further clear other surrounding villages including, Koshebe Kanuri, Buramburi Gana, Kashakasha, Ngudda, Kezamari, Kellori, koshiri and Ngwon villages, all located in the remote parts of Mafa Local Government Area.

“The troops remain resilient as they continue the fighting patrol and taking the battle to the insurgents in their hideouts,”said Nwachukwu.

Nigeria And The ISIS Threat Alert By Tayo Ogunbiyi

Recent reports by a United Kingdom newspaper, The Sun, that leaders of the terrorist group, Islamic State, are sneaking battle-hardened jihadists from Syria into Nigeria to train terrorists for possible attacks in Britain, should be a source of great concerns to all well meaning Nigerians. According to The Sun, “fanatics including Boko Haram insurgents were also being sent to the Middle East for training in a chilling “exchange programme”. The report further claimed that there were fears that strong links between Nigeria and the UK would make it easier for ISIS to send its killers to Britain to orchestrate terror attacks, death and destruction. It is feared ISIS would exploit regular flights between Lagos and London to export more evil to the UK.

A thorough understanding of ISIS bloody profile would reveal that any threat whatsoever from the organization should not be treated with kid gloves. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, popularly referred to as ISIS, is a Salafi jihadist terrorist organisation and former unrecognized proto-state that follows a fundamentalist, Salafi/Wahhabi doctrine of Sunni Islam. The organization gained international prominence in early 2014 when it drove Iraqi government forces out of key cities in its Western Iraq offensive, followed by its capture of Mosul and the Sinjar massacre.

The group has been designated a terrorist organisation by the United Nations and numerous other countries. ISIS is broadly known for its history of beheading and other types of gruesome executions of both soldiers and civilians, including journalists and aid workers, as well as its destruction of cultural heritage sites. ISIS also committed ethnic cleansing on an historic scale in northern Iraq.

ISIL originated as Jama’at al-Tawhid wal-Jihad in 1999, which pledged allegiance to al-Qaeda and participated in the Iraqi insurgency following the 2003 invasion of Iraq by Western forces at the behest of the United States. The group declared itself a global caliphate and began referring to itself as the Islamic State (IS) in June 2014. As a caliphate, it claims religious, political and military authority over all Muslims worldwide. Its adoption of the name Islamic State and its idea of a caliphate have been extensively criticized, with the United Nations, various governments and mainstream Muslim groups rejecting its statehood.

ISIS is believed to be operational in 18 countries across the world, including Afghanistan and Pakistan, with thriving camps in Mali, Egypt, Somalia, Bangladesh, Indonesia and the Philippines. In 2015, ISIS was estimated to have an annual budget of more than US$1 billion and a force of more than 30,000 fighters.

In 2015, 2016 and 2017, ISIS claimed responsibility over a number of high-profile terrorist attacks outside Iraq and Syria, including a mass shooting at a Tunisian tourist resort (38 European tourists killed), the Suruç bombing in Turkey (33 leftist and pro-Kurdish activists killed), the Tunisian National Museum attack (24 foreign tourists and Tunisians killed), the Sana’a mosque bombings (142 Shia civilians killed), the crash of Metrojet Flight 9268 (224 killed, mostly Russian tourists) and the bombings in Ankara (102 pro-Kurdish and leftist activists killed).

Others include the bombings in Beirut (43 Shia civilians killed), the November 2015 Paris attacks (130 civilians killed), the killing of Jaafar Mohammed Saad, the governor of Aden, the January 2016 Istanbul bombing (11 foreign tourists killed), the 2016 Brussels bombings (32 civilians killed), the 2016 Nice attack (86 civilians killed), the July 2016 Kabul bombing (at least 80 civilians killed, mostly Shia Hazaras), the 2016 Berlin attack (12 civilians killed), the 2017 Istanbul nightclub shooting (39 foreigners and Turks killed), the 2017 Saint Petersburg Metro bombing (15 civilians killed), the 2017 Manchester Arena bombing (22 civilians killed) and the 2017 Tehran attacks (18 civilians killed).

Without a doubt, ISIS is a vicious organization that has audacious capacity to carry out high profile cruel attacks in any part of the world. It is, thus, crucial that concerned authorities in the country take any threat from this organization very sincerely. It is commendable that the federal government has ordered an intensified screening of passengers and luggage on commercial flights across the country. This must be complemented with rigorous vetting of airline personnel and screening of passengers as well as increased vigilance on restricted areas at all airports in the country.

Relevant security agencies must do all it takes to strengthen our borders to ensure that no evil group is given the latitude to gain undue access into the country and perpetrate wickedness. Security operatives should be more proactive in dealing with the alleged ISIS threat and other such dangers that could threaten the country’s peace and security. In as much as it is true that terrorism is becoming a global challenge, our security agencies need to exhibit more decisiveness and professionalism in dealing with any threat against the country.

Special attention must especially be given to some of the nation’s ever busy airports such as the Lagos, Abuja, Kano, Enugu and Port Harcourt airports which are major gateways into the country. Since terrorist groups have perfected the art of networking among themselves to carry out dastardly acts, security agencies in the country must also work together as a unit to thwart every evil plot against our country’s corporate existence.

Thus, all security agencies must work together to maintain surveillance on the perimeter fence, the cargo area, the runway and other restricted areas in all our international airports. Aviation security at the airports must ensure that they improve on security, especially as it bothers on screening of passengers to make sure unauthorised persons don’t gain access into our terminals. Airside patrol must be done round the clock. Modern technology must be deployed to screen passengers and baggage before entering the terminal. Airports’ authorities must ensure that Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) Cameras in the terminals and the airside are all functional.

Similarly, the anti-bomb squad must be deployed behind the screening machines at the terminal alongside to carry out further checks on any suspicious baggage. Also, regular simulation exercises to sensitize passengers and other airport users on how to manage emergency situations at the airports should be conducted.

A major primary duty of government all over the world is the protection of the citizenry. The present trend that exposes Nigerians to horrid attacks and premature deaths is, to say the least, painful. We have had more than enough of bloodletting in the country, especially due to the dastardly acts of insurgents that has led to the death of more than 20,000 people in the North-East in the past four years.

Therefore, we must do all it takes to make our nation inaccessible to ISIS and other similar terrorist groups across the world.

Ogunbiyi is of the Lagos State Ministry of Information & Strategy, Alausa, Ikeja

Returnees Embark On Massive Farming In Yobe

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that residents who returned to communities in Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe have embarked on massive farming with the favourable rainy season years after they were sent away from their homes by Boko Haram isurgents and their farm lands getting destroyed.

Correspondents who visited the area on Wednesday reports that many farmlands abandoned for several years were being cultivated by the returnees. Mallum Bukar, a displaced person who recently returned to Buni Yadi, said he was cultivating his farm after six years since he fled the area.

He said “though some returnees cultivated their farms last season, the number of people returning to the farms this year is higher.

“Some returnees have even expanded their farms: some of the farmlands abandoned several years ago even before the insurgency have been reclaimed and planted this year.”

Umar Ali, a resident of Gujba village told NAN that the increased engagement of returnees in farming activities this year was encouraging.

He said “if the yields are good, the people will no longer look for food support from humanitarian organisations.

“Farming is our major occupation: we are now back fully prepared to reclaim our economic lives destroyed by the insurgency.”

Muhammadu Bakoro of Sabon Gari village also in Yobe said what the returnees needed now were improved seedlings, herbicides and pesticides “with just a little quantity of fertiliser.

“We are optimistic we can cultivate our food needs this year and sell the excess in view of the massive agricultural activities going on in communities.”

Improved security in Yobe facilitated the return of Internally Displaced Persons to almost all the communities destroyed by insurgency in the state.

ISIS Not Sending Its Members To Nigeria To Train The Boko Haram Terrorists- Defence Headquarters

Brig.-Gen. John Agim, the Acting Director Defence Information said on Wednesday in Abuja that there is no concrete evidence to support the claim that the Islamic State – ISIS was sending its members to Nigeria to train the Boko Haram terrorists. Agim recalled that the Barnawi faction of Boko HaraM terrorists in 2016 pledged alliance to the ISIS after troops dislodged them from Sambisa forest.

“It is pertinent to state categorically that there is no concrete evidence on the ground to back the claim,”

“The Armed Forces of Nigeria is aware that there is collaboration between terrorist groups, thus, it is important to note that the activity of one group in a country influences other groups in other countries and because of this knowledge, activities of other terrorist groups usually affect our own military strategy.

“The Nigeria military will continue to condemn all tactics by terrorist groups of isolating the Armed Forces of Nigeria, from any foreign collaboration,” Agim said.

He assured that proactive measures were being taken to nip any such development (ISIS training terrorists in Nigeria) “if it exists in the bud”.

The DDI assured Nigerians that the armed forces was capable of defending the country and its citizens from every attempt to infiltrate it by criminals.

“Hence, the ill motivated stories, clips and their claims should be disregarded,” he said.

Nigerian Army Kills 23 Boko Haram Members In Chad

Nigerian Army has claimed to have nutrailised 23 Boko Haram and recovered weapons during its clearance operation in villages in the Lake Chad region.

According to Brig.-Gen. Texas Chukwu, the Director, Army Public Relations, many terrorists escaped with gunshot injuries during the encounter with troops on Monday.

He stated that the operation was conducted by troops of 153 Task Force Battalion in conjunction with the support of its Cameroonian Defence Forces counterpart.

He listed items recovered during the operation to include six AK 47 rifles, two FN rifles, eight AK 47 rifle magazines, 33 rounds of 7.62 mm NATO ammunition, one link of 7.62mm NATO and two motorcycles.

He added that the troops had earlier cleared numerous villages in the Lake Chad region, including Bulakeisa, Tumbuma Babba, Abbaganaram and Dan Baure, among others.

‘Three Killed, Four Injured’ In Midnight Bomb Blast

Reports have revealed that at least three persons were killed and four others injured when a suspected Boko Haram suicide bomber struck in Maiduguri very early on Monday morning, security and resident sources have confirmed.

“Another male suicide bomb today 11-06-2018 at about 0135 hrs in baga road at Barka Da Zuwa junction in Maiduguri,” said Modu Baba, a resident, in a text message to Saharareporters

“Three persons dead, including the suicide bomber, while four others were injured.”

The blast occurred at popular Baga Road area, precisely at Barka Da Zuwa junctions in Maiduguri about 01:35 hours when a male suicide bomber blew himself up and killed two civilians while injuring four.  Security sources also confirmed that there was blast in Baga Road area but they didn’t state the casualty toll.

It would be recalled that two days ago, a lone bomber killed self at the crowded post office area in heart of Maiduguri city.

58 Boko Haram’s Sex Slaves Rescued

The Nigerian army through Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, Deputy Director Public Relations Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole, on Monday says it rescued 58 women used as sex slaves, by Boko Haram in Modu Kimeri, in Bama local government area of Borno state. Also rescued were 75 children and 15 men.

Nwachukwu said that the women were rescued by troops of 21 Brigade supported and members of the Civilian Joint Task Force deployed in Operation Lafiya Dole.

“The troops rescued the hostages during an extensive Clearance Operation on Sunday 3 June, 2018, to rid the general area of Bama, Modu Kimeri and Gulumba Gana of fleeing elements of Boko Haram terrorists who had escaped from the ongoing troops’ onslaught in the Lake Chad Islands and fringes of the northern borders of Borno State.

“The rescued hostages, comprising 15 men, 58 Women and 75 Children revealed during a joint profiling and interrogations by troops of Operation Lafiya Dole and other security agencies, that the Boko Haram terrorists had sexually violated the females and used them as sex slaves,”he said.

He said that two pregnant teenage girls were among the rescued persons.
“The rescued persons further disclosed that the men were not spared, as they were regularly engaged in forced labour while in the captivity of the terrorists.

“They will be promptly handed over to officials of Bama Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camp for welfare and administration,”he said.

According to him, troops have also successfully cleared adjoining villages including China, Sabon Gari-1, Sabon Gari-2, Sabon Gari-3 and Sabon Gari-4 villages. Other areas cleared by troops along the axis of operation are
Nguzoduwa, Falla, Bulangala, Botori and Bula Matawa villages.

“Additionally, troops recovered 22 Dane Guns, one tool box used for fabricating local firearms, four Boko Haram flags, a motorcycle and one bow and 20 arrows.