Army Repel Boko Haram Attack On Borno Town

The Nigerian Army and Police has repelled an attack by Boko-Haram insurgents who attempted to invade Jakana town in Kaga Local Government Area of Borno.

Reports say that dozens of the insurgents armed with sophisticated weapons stormed the town at about 5.30 pm.

Jakana is about 40km from Maiduguri, the Borno capital.

Brig-Gen Bulama Biu, GOC 7 Div, Maiduguri, who confirmed the incident to NAN, said the attack was promptly repelled.

“Yes, there was an attack and we are on top of the situational; I will get back to you for details,” he told NAN in a telephone interview on Thursday.

A policeman stationed in Jakana, who did not want his name mentioned, said the troops fought gallantly to repel the attackers.

Malam AdamuKemdi, a resident of Jakana who fled the town, told NAN that the insurgents came with sophisticated weapons mounted on more than 15 vehicles.

Kemdi said he was suspecting they stormed the town in search of food items, as Thursday is the market day in Jakana.

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Army Denies Report Of Missing Soldiers

The Nigerian Army said on Monday that about 22 Boko Haram members were killed during an attack on troops by the insurgents in Bama, Borno State.

The Army said this was contrary to reports in the media that some soldiers were missing after attacks on them by Boko Haram.

The spokesperson for the army, Brig Gen Texas Chukwu, in a statement said only an officer and a soldier were injured during the encounter.

“The Nigerian Army wishes to state categorically that the report is not only untrue but misleading as the said report is blown out of proportion by the media.

“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. Efforts are being intensified by the troops to get the fleeing members of the Boko Haram terrorists.

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, he added.

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Army Intercepts Trucks Loaded With Live Cartridges In Ogun

The Nigerian Army has intercepted three trucks fully loaded with thousands of live cartridges at a village located in Igbogila-Ilara area of Ogun State.

The live cartridges were carefully concealed and sealed in boxes made up of a wooden platform with metallic plates. The drivers of the trucks and passengers on sighting the troops abandoned the trucks and fled.

The Army in a statement signed on Friday by Acting Deputy Director, 81 Division Army Public Relations, Lieutenant Colonel Om Daudu, said the operation was carried out following a tip-off.

“Following a tip-off received from well-meaning Nigerians during anti-illegal bunkering, anti-pipeline vandalism and anti-smuggling patrols, on May 30, 2018 at about 2:58am, troops of 81 Division Nigerian Army in conjunction with The Nigeria Police, Department of State Security, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps intercepted three 5-ton trucks with vehicle registration numbers: ANAMBRA AAH 409 ZV, LAGOS BDG 782 XU and LAGOS GGF 88 XU loaded with thousands of live cartridges, at Balogun village, along Igbogila-Ilara road, Ogun State,” the statement read in part.

No arrest has been made, as the statement said further that, “the drivers and their crew on sighting troops abandoned their trucks and fled.”

The troops are however on the trail of the fleeing drivers, their crew, corroborators and sponsors.

An investigation is currently ongoing into the incident.

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Army kill 4, Arrest 9 Militiamen In Bauchi

The Nigerian Army said its troops killed four armed militiamen in Ningi Local Government Council of Bauchi State.

Brig.-Gen. Texas Chukwu, the Director, Army Public Relations, via a statement issued on Sunday, said that nine militiamen were also arrested.

Chukwu said that troops of 33 Artillery Brigade of Operation “Lafiya Dole”, on patrol on March 17, were attacked by the militia group at Burra Junction in Ningi.

He stated that the militiamen fired at the troops on patrol.

Ckukwu added that the troops, thereafter, engaged the militias, killing four of them.

He explained that the troops also recovered five dane guns, 38 motorcycles and nine bicycles.

The army spokesman said that one soldier was wounded in the attack and referred to a medical facility for treatment.

“Troops of 33 Artillery Brigade, in the ongoing operation Lafia Dole, on March 17 at about 12:30 p.m. encountered members of a militia group, massing up at Burra Junction in Ningi Local Government Area of Bauchi State.

“The militiamen on sighting the troops, opened fire on them while the troops reacted immediately by engaging them.

“At the end of the encounter, four militias were killed, troops recovered five dane guns; 38 motorcycles, nine bicycles and nine militiamen arrested.

“One soldier, who sustained gunshot wounds is stable, having been evacuated to the hospital and receiving treatment,’’ Chukwu said.

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Army Acquires Technologies To Intensify Battle Against Boko Haram

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt. General Tukur Buratai has on Tuesday reveal plans to acquire, install, and apply modern technologies in the fight against the Boko Haram terrorist group in the country.

Buratai made the remarks at the opening ceremony of a Four-Day International Seminar on Managing Asymmetric Security Challenges in the 21st Century at the Nigerian Army Resource Centre, Abuja.

He said the development was made possible through the federal government collaboration with the United States of America, Isreal, United Kingdom, Jordan and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He added that these countries are also helping regarding capacity building for personnel of the Armed Forces.

The Army Chief did not, however, disclose the categories of technologies that are being acquired to defeat insurgency in the Northeast of the country.

According to Gen. Buratai the armed forces would continue to invest in capacity building for its personnel to enable them update their skills and fine tune their knowledge particularly as the world is currently challenged by emerging security threats.

Buratai said: “ Let me observe that the array of participants in this seminar which cuts across members of of the academia, military and other security actors both from within and outside Nigeria clearly shows the seriousness and concern we accord the issue of managing asymmetric security challenges in particular and world peace in general.

“Let me at this point commend the Nigerian Army Resource Centre for taking this bold step to translate an idea earlier conceived by me into reality.

“This forum is important as it will accord our nations the opportunity to re-think and re-strategize on the best approach from shared experiences to confront the challenges posed by asymmetric warfare in the 21st century as exemplified by insurgency, terrorism and other strategies used by adversaries to undermine constituted authorities”.

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Army Offers Free Medical Aid To 7000 People In Calabar

More than 7,000 people including women and children have benefited from the Nigerian Army’s free medical services in ten villages across Cross River State of the southern region of the country.

Spokesman for the 13 Brigade Nigerian Army, Calabar, Captain Kayode Owolabi said the medical outreach was in continuation of Operation Crocodile smile 2, which was flagged off in Bakassi Local Government Area by the General Officer Commanding 82 Division, Major General Adamu Abubakar.

In a statement signed by the Nigerian Army spokesperson, Captain Kayode indicated that the Nigerian Army also offered free medical services under Exercise Egwu Eke – Python Dance 2 – to survivors of a deadly communal crisis at Ogurude clan in Obubra Local Government Area of central Cross River State.

According to Owolabi, “The launch of operation crocodile smile 2 is sequel to the successes of the first one, which was flagged off here in Calabar by the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai”.

“In Obubra, the medical outreach was in support of Exercise Egwu Eke 2, which was flagged off early October at Ogurude by the Brigade Commander, Brigadier General Ismaila Isa”, he stated.

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Army Kills 40 Boko Haram Members In One Month

The Nigerian Army said it had killed a total of 40 Boko Haram insurgents, arrested 18 and rescued about 230 victims during combat in Sambisa forest in the last one month.

The Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, on Wednesday, told a press conference at the Command Control Center, Maiduguri that ten insurgents surrendered within the period under review. He said that the Theatre had recorded many successes against the insurgents following concerted efforts of troops in the newly-launched Operation DEEP PUNCH 2 and Operation RUWAN WUTA in Sambisa forest.

He explained that the two operations focused on coordinated aerial bombardments by the air and artillery platforms supported by land operations to decimate the insurgents. The commander said that the Mobile Strike Teams inaugurated in August had steadily gained momentum and had continued to ensure that the Main Supply Routes were adequately patrolled and secured on a daily basis. He said the operations had enhanced safety of commuters as well as ensured the gradual return of economic activities in some affected rural communities.

“Some of the operations led to the killing of two key Boko Haram commanders, Abdu Kawuri and Abubakar Benishek, in a successful operation on Sept. 1 at Alafa in Bama Local Government Area. “Additionally, a prominent Commander, Ba’abba Ibrahim, and two other commanders died after sustaining injuries during their last encounter with our Special Forces in an ambush at Magumeri council.

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Court Orders Army To Pay N85m Damages For Man’s Death

The Federal High Court in Lagos on Friday ordered the Nigerian Army to pay the family of the late Mr. Olajide Enilari N85million for causing his death.

The family sued the Chief of Army Staff, the Chief of Naval Staff, Attorney-General of the Federation, Commandant, Nigerian Army School of Finance and Administration, Private Friday Ameh and one Nimmack Nappon.

The family claimed Ameh and Nappon assaulted the deceased on January 29, 2009, which resulted in his death.

Justice Ibrahim Buba, in his verdict, agreed that the defendants “behaved in a most irresponsible, unaccountable, insensitive and callous way.”

A copy of the judgment, delivered on March 30, was made available to journalists on Friday.

The suit was filed by a human rights group, the Access to Justice (A2Justice) on April 28, 2009, on behalf of the deceased’s family.

Justice Buba held that the principle underlying the award of exemplary damages is that it would deter others from infringing similar rights.

“There is no case of some animals are more equal that the others in the eyes of the law and rule of law.

“If our courts do not through bold judicial activism say what the law is, and that men in uniform have no right to be assaulting innocent citizens and even cause their death, then there will be anarchy.

“In the circumstances of this case and having regards to the pleadings and evidence – both documentary and oral – the case of the plaintiffs has merit and this court upon a calm reflection upholds the case of the plaintiffs and hereby enter judgment for them,” Justice Idris held.

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Army Begins 30-Day Awareness Campaign Against Religious Extremism

Nigerian Army has started a 30-day public awareness against violent religious extremism in the North East, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt.-Gen. Tukur Burutai, says.

Buratai made this known at the launch of the sensitization campaign in Maiduguri on Monday.

Represented by Maj.-Gen. David Ahmadu, the Chief of Training and Operations, Nigerian Army, Buratai said the sensitisation was to counter extremist ideologies and orientation in the society.

He said the exercise would majorly focus on clerics and dangers associated with religious extremism and how the clerics could help to address the menace.

He explained that the sensitisation was imperative to disprove the false teachings, misleading and fabricated ideologies of insurgents.

Buratai said that the exercise was part of efforts to contain the spread of negative ideologies and bring about ideologies that promote love, peace and unity in the society.

He added that the Nigeria Army had initiated a deradicalisation programme to facilitate rehabilitation and reintegration into the society of surrendered boko haram insurgents.

“The Nigerian Army also engaged in various operations to ensure security, peace and unity in country.

“Operation Python Dance II is one of them and it is ongoing and reports indicated that a lot has been achieved toward enhancing peace in many parts of the country.”

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Shekau “Mentally Sick And Unstable”, Army Says After Sect Leader Appears In New Video

The Nigeria army says Abubakar Shekau’s latest video has confirmed its suspicion that the Boko Haram leader is “mentally sick and unstable”.

Earlier on Sunday, Shekau released a new video claiming he was “fine now” after being struck by the Nigerian army in an air raid.

“People of Nigeria, Buhari and his wife, Idris Derby who has a goat eye, and people of Niger and the whole world. I’m fine now but once my time is up, you won’t see me again,” he had said.

“You should all prepare with all your armed forces, even with our own John Kerry of US. They should all prepare with Ban Ki-moon also.”

Responding to the video via a statement by Sani Usman, its spokesman, the army said Shekau had derailed and no longer believes and practises the Islam he professes to follow.

“The attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to a video clip released by the so-called Abubakar Shekau faction of the remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists group this morning,” read the statement.

“In it, the purported leader of the group in his usual insane manner made all sorts of assertions to the point of threatening various towns, groups and individuals. He also tried, albeit failingly, to deny the air raid by the Nigerian Air Force in which he was wounded.

“The video has shown beyond all reasonable doubt the earlier suspicion that the purported factional terrorists group leader is mentally sick and unstable. The ranting is also another sign that the end is near for him which is part of the signs of all wicked people.

“The Nigerian Army wishes to assure the public that they should not be bothered by the contents of the video clip. This is because the facts on the ground speak for themselves.

“It is public knowledge that the military has been making concerted efforts to clear the remnants of the terrorists and rescue all persons held hostage by them especially the abducted Chibok Secondary School girls. This is a task that will be accomplished, no matter how long it takes. We are determined in this regards. Already thousands of persons have been rescued by troops from the terrorists.

“The video has further shown that he has derailed and no longer believes and practices the Islam he professes to follow; as he was absent at the last Eid prayers video. It is equally reported that he could not even lead prayers. The public should not be fooled by this individual.”

“No nation or society would believe him or any Boko Haram terrorist based on antecedent and as he has shown over times to be irrational and therefore unreliable especially when it comes to negotiations on the release of the abducted girls. Therefore he must release them unconditionally.

“We want to assure Nigerians especially the residents of Maiduguri, Kano, Kaduna and Zaria not to panic as we have more than what it takes to defend them and deal decisively with the remnants of the terrorists group.

“We would like to reiterate that Boko Haram terrorism as it was known, is gone for good. We are just counting down to the day when all the few remnants will be totally wiped out or brought to justice. However, a window still exists for the repentant ones among them to lay down their arms and surrender to justice.

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DSS Arrests Boko Haram Bomb Maker Who “Plans To Join The Nigerian Army”

The Department of State Services (DSS) has announced the arrest of a suspected bomb making specialist for the Boko Haram insurgents group, Idris Audu, who had “perfected plans to join the Nigeria army”.

This was contained in a statement signed by Tony Opuiyo, an agent of the secret police on Sunday.

“In response to the regrouping of Boko Haram elements in Kano state, the service in concert with the military, carried out coordinated operations in the state which led to the apprehension of two high profile members of the sect, namely; Ibrahim Ustaz Abubakar and Idris Audu (aka Aya),” the DSS said.

“Audu is an IED specialist who was being groomed to penetrate security agencies in the country. Audu had already perfected plans to seek for recruitment into the next recruitment scheme of the Nigeria army, before his arrest.”

The service also said that it arrested some gangs of kidnappers and armed robbers across the country.

“On 22 August, 2016, one Samuel Asuquo, a kidnap kingpin, was arrested by the service at Nasarawa Bakoko village in Cross River state,” it said.

“Asuquo was the mastermind of the kidnap of three Australian staff of Lafarge Cement Company, for which his gang received ransom of 150m.

“Similarly, on 30 August, 2016, the trio of Bamaiyi Mustapha (aka Dan Borno), Aminu Isa and Hassan Shehu, members of a notorious kidnap gang operating around the Abuja-Kaduna axis, were arrested at Lafia, Nasarawa state.

“The gang had earlier kidnapped five Igbo women and collected the sum of N13m as ransom. They were subsequently arrested by the service while planning a high profile kidnap in Abuja.”

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Army Chief Declares Abubakar Shekau Dead

The Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Lucky Irabor haas said that the leader of the Boko Haram insurgents, Abubakar Shekau is dead.

Speaking yesterday in Adamawa State during a tour of formations under his command, Irabor said the individual originally identified as Shekau had been killed, adding that the person injured during an air raid last month is the latest person claiming the name.

Gen. Irabor said: “I can confirm to you that the original Shekau was killed, the second Shekau was killed, and the man presenting himself as Shekau, I can also confirm to you that few days ago, he was wounded. We are yet to confirm whether he is dead or not”.

He said Boko Haram “released videos to prove that they are still active, but that’s just a façade.”

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