32 Boko Haram Terrorists Surrender To Nigerian Army

The Army has confirmed that 32 Boko Haram terrorists have willingly surrendered themselves to troops at different locations in Borno.

A statement by the Army Spokesman, Brig.-Gen Texas Chukwu, who confirmed this on Sunday, said that among them was one Ibrahim Lawal, who also surrendered one AK 47 rifle.

Brig- Gen. Chukwu said that Lawal also handed over two magazines containing 59 rounds of 7.62mm (special) ammunition.

He added that “The surrendered terrorists are currently undergoing interrogation and will be handed over to the appropriate authority on completion.”

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Troops Neutralise 4 Boko Haram Terrorists, Recover Other Items

Troops of the Operation Lafiya Dole have neutralised four Boko Haram terrorists at Gasawa Village in Guzamala Local Government Area of Borno during a clearance operation.

The army spokesman, Brig.-Gen. Texas Chukwu, confirmed the incident in a statement on Friday.

Over 2,000 Internally Displaced Persons recently returned to communities in the local government as army embark on Operation Last Hold to clear the area, particularly Borno North of remnant of terrorists.

The four-month operation which began on May 1 is aimed at facilitating the return of IDPs from the North of Borno and Lake Chad region to their ancestral home to restart their lives.

The army spokesman listed items recovered from the terrorists to include five motorcycles, 250 litres of premium spirit, two bags of flour, one bag of rice, 100 loaves of bread and 60 containers of five litre vegetable oil.

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No Part Of Borno Is Under ‘Boko Haram Occupation’ – Shettima

Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State has disclosed that ‘no part of the state is under ‘Boko Haram occupation.’

He made the clarification yesterday when the new General Officer Commanding (GOC), 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Maj-Gen. Abdulmalik Biu, visited him at the Government House.

He said the clarification became necessary to correct the insinuation by some enemies of
progress and development.

He said although there were pockets of attacks by insurgents on some soft targets, the military and other security agencies deserve commendations in restoring law and order in the state and the northeast.

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Nigerian Army Repels Boko Haram Attack On Maiduguri

A large number of Boko Haram insurgents were killed on Thursday when soldiers repelled an attempt by the terror Islamic sect to storm Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

The sect, armed with rocket-propelled grenades and artillery had attempted to infiltrate the city but troops of the Operation Lafiya Dole immediately intercepted the insurgents.

Ibrahim Liman and Babakura Kolo, from the Civilian Joint Task Force, said fighting broke out in the Jiddari Polo area of the city at about 6:00 pm (1700 GMT).

“From all indications they’re trying to reach Giwa Barracks, where many of their comrades are being held,” Liman told AFP.

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Army Kills 7 Boko Haram Insurgents In Borno

The Nigerian Army on Saturday said its troops killed seven Boko Haram insurgents in the ongoing clearance operation in separate ambushes in Borno.

Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, Operation LAFIYA DOLE, made the disclosure in a statement in Maiduguri.

Nwachukwu disclosed that the troops also arrested a suspected Boko Haram insurgents’ spy, Modu Chari, and recovered arms in multiple encounters with the fleeing terrorists on April 13.

He said that the troops killed two insurgents fleeing from military onslaught in Sambisa Forest at Kusheri-Ardodam along Magumeri in Borno, adding that the troops recovered two AK 47 rifles, three magazines and 18 rounds of 7.62 mm NATO type ammunition.

Nwachukwu revealed that troops also neutralized two insurgents in an ambush along a remote track in Mafa, recovering one AK 47 rifle, two magazines and a bicycle.

 

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Just In: Nigerian Army Rescues 33 Boko Haram Family Members

The Nigerian Army said it has rescued 33 Boko Haram family members, including wives and children, during an operation in northeast Borno State.

The operation conducted on Wednesday by military troops of counterinsurgency Operation LAFIYA DOLE at Jaje was done in conjunction with hunters and vigilantes, Army Spokesman Brig Gen. Texas Chukwu said in a statement Thursday morning.

“Troops rescued 33 family members of Boko Haram terrorists comprising 15 women, 6 boys and 12 girls. However, their houses and property were also destroyed,” he said.

He said troops of 28 Brigade on another “clearance patrol”, also with hunters and vigilantes, to Jaje “neutralised” three Boko Haram fighters during a gun battle.

“Three members of the Boko Haram terrorists were neutralized during the exchange of fire,” he said.

He advised people to be more vigilant and report any suspected movements to security operatives.

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Nigeria, Niger Republic Launches Airstrikes On Boko Haram

The Air Task Force of Operation LAFIYA DOLE, in a combined operation with the Nigerien Air Force have launched a coordinated air strike on boko haram Terrorists locations at Arege and Tumbun rago in Borno State, Northern Nigeria.

The Director Public Relations and Information, Nigeria Air Force, Air Vice Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya said that the successful attacks followed reports received sequel to an Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) mission conducted by an aircraft belonging to the Nigerien Air Force, which revealed boko haram Terrorists activities at Arege and Tumbun rago.

“The Air Task Force ,ATF detailed Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Alpha Jet and F-7Ni aircraft to conduct Air Interdiction strikes on the locations while the ISR aircraft from Niger provided necessary support and also conducted Battle Damage Assessment (BDA).

“The subsequent BDA revealed that during the first wave of attacks at Arege, several vehicles belonging to boko haram terrorists  were totally destroyed, killing all the occupants in the process,” Air Vice Marshal  Adesanya stated  .

According to him,  the NAF fighter aircraft neutralised fleeing terrorists in subsequent waves of attack.

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Army Rescues 149 Women And Children From Boko Haram

The Nigerian Army says it has rescued 149 women and children abducted by Boko Haram.

Onyema Nwachuku, Army Spokesman, said on Sunday the freed captives included 54 women and 95 children.

The rescues took place during a raid on a Boko Haram hideout in the community of Yerimari Kura on Saturday.

Soldiers killed three fighters during the operation and captured five others suspected of belonging to the group, Nwachuku said.

“The rescued hostages are currently receiving medical attention,” he said in a statement, adding that they would be “profiled after the medical screening”.

 

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Amnesty: Ultimate Means To End Boko Haram Insurgency, Says Bishop Kukah

The Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Matthew Kukah, has commended the federal government for yielding to his call to to grant amnesty to repentant Boko Haram members.

The Bishop, in a chat during a Channels TV programme, ‘Hard Copy’ on Sunday, noted that such move was the ultimate means to end the insurgency.

Kukah said he suggested that amnesty be granted to Boko Haram about five years ago, but he was vilified, adding that the majority of Nigerians misconstrued the concept.
He said, “Why do we assume that security is just about guns and bullets? When Boko Haram started, I published an article titled ‘Breath not Bullets.’ I made a point that we would probably spill into a time when we would not be able to contain ourselves when those conflicts become a military operation.

“The first problem is that it is becoming capital intensive. The second problem is the human angle to the conflict. What is it that has made a decent human being to take up arm against his country?

“The problem we have is that the government has turned the Boko Haram war into military operations and turning the concept of security into guns and bullets. The question is that what is it that has been producing this discontentment? Why has the northern Nigerian become the centre of fire? We have failed to ask the right questions

“I have said it several times, we could close the window on Boko Haram today, but what is going to happen next we don’t know. The point I am making is that a country has to have high quality of listening device about the voices of the weakest; about how people are hurt and what people are interested in.”

“When it comes to closing a conversation of that nature, you have to have a screening system. There are people who will tell you people found themselves in Boko Haram by all kinds of means; some voluntarily went there while some were compelled to go there. There are criminals who got into the game and there are some of them who have done terrible and horrible things. Their numbers, leaders and so on, have to be taken together.

“There is no way we can end the conflict without carrot; it is not possible,” Kukah added.

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Army Neutralise Boko Haram Insurgents In Adamawa

The Nigerian Army on Saturday said its troops killed five boko haram insurgents in a gun battle at Barkin-Dutse Area in Adamawa State.

The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.General Texas Chukwu said that the troops engaged and killed the insurgents following a distressed call by hunters on Friday.

“Troops of operation LAFIYA DOLE on April 6, neutralised suspected boko haram terrorists in Barkin Dutse Area of Adamawa State following  a distress call from hunters.

“The terrorists on sighting the troops opened fire which resulted in exchange of fire.

“Five boko haram terrorists were neutralised while some of them escaped into nearby caves during the encounter.

“Also, one hunter lost his life during the operation,” he explained.

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15 killed In Fresh Boko Haram Attack

No fewer than 15 persons are feared  dead and  55 others sustained injuries in a Sunday night attack by Boko Haram insurgents at Bale Galtimari village in Jere Local government area of the Borno state, residents said.

The News Agency of Nigeria  (NAN) reports that echoes from sporadic gunshots and multiple explosions which lasted for hours on Sunday evening, were heard from the  outskirts of the city. Bale community is about 20 kilometres away from Maiduguri.

Competent security sources told NAN that a number of insurgents attacked Bale-Shuwa and Bale-Kura communities near Maiduguri in an attempt to infiltrate the town at about 8: 00 p.m.

Some residents claimed the insurgents came on a convoy of utility vehicles, motorcycles and suicide bombers as well as armed gunmen.

The source, according to NAN’s report, also disclosed that the insurgents parked their vehicles few meters away from a security check point and sneaked into the community.

The source  added that the security operatives engaged in fierce gun battle with the insurgents who detonated Improvised Explosive Devices  (IEDs) and shot sporadically.

“Dozens of people including women and children were wounded from the explosion and gun shots.

“Due to darkness dead bodies were not evacuated immediately  because there were suicide bombers among the attackers,” the added.

However, the  Commander of the Theatre Command of Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj-Gen. Rogers  Nicholas, denied any death on the side of his soldiers or civilians  in the attack.

Reacting to NAN inquiry in a text message he said, however, that some of the Boko Haram insurgents were killed.

“That’s not correct.  There was an attack which was repelled and some Boko Haram insurgents were killed by gallant soldiers.

“However,  Boko Haram came with suicide bombers who denoted their vests while running from the troops fire in a nearby community and that led to 14 civilians being injured from the blasts.”

NAN

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Boko Haram Members Willing To Drop Arms Will Receive Amnesty, Says President Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday has said the federal government will offer amnesty to members of the Boko Haram sect that are willing to drop their arms.

Buhari said this at a meeting he had with schoolgirls abducted from their school in Dapchi, Yobe State and were released on Wednesday.

Details later…

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