U.S. Pledges Commitment In Fight Against Boko Haram Terrorists

The United States has pledged her commitment to support Nigeria in the fight against Boko Haram terrorists, the Department of State officials has said.

The officials stated the U.S. position yesterday during a background briefing ahead of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s first trip to Africa.

Tillerson is due to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari and leaders of Chad, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Kenya between today and March 13.

The officials described Nigeria as critical to the stability of West Africa and the future engagement of the U.S. in the subregion.

“We are following the recent kidnappings of 110 school girls, which really kind of follows up on several years ago of the Chibok girls.

“And those are horrendous, they’re unacceptable and terrible.”

It said another issue was enhancing the security, particularly in the North, saying  “it just can’t be constantly a kinetic strike operation or bring in U.S. military”.

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Boko Haram Insurgents Attack Adamawa Village, Abduct Two Children

Boko Haram insurgents on Thursday night and early Friday morning attacked Kaya village, Madagali Council of Adamawa State and Fulatari ward in Buni Yadi, Yobe State.

During the attack on Kaya community, the insurgents abducted two children, while a female suicide bomber died when a bomb wrapped on her exploded in the early hours of yesterday detonated an explosive device attached to her body, as she was stopped from entering a mosque in Fulatari ward in Buni Yadi, killing herself and injuring three others in the process.

The Adamawa State Police Command spokesman, Othman Abubakar, who confirmed the attack to pressmen in Yola, said two of the insurgents were killed by soldiers who repelled the attack.

“The Boko Haram members that carried out the attack abducted two children of age between 15 and 16 years.

“They also took away a Toyota Starlet car and shot an 80-year-old man during the attack,” he stated.

He said one rocket launcher missile was also recovered from the insurgents, while security operatives were on their trail.

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War Against Boko Haram Has Become Money Making Venture, Says Fayose

Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has alleged that the federal government’s war against Boko Haram, has been turned to a money making venture.

In a statement on Wednesday by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Fayose said the withdrawal of $1bn from the Excess Crude Account by the Federal Government was to fleece the country.

Fayose said, “Painfully, it appears we will have to live with Boko Haram for a very long time because waiting for President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government to save Nigerians is a waste of time.

“They boasted that Boko Haram will be defeated within three months; it is now more than 30 months. All that they have told Nigerians is grammar – Boko Haram technically defeated, Boko Haram completely defeated and now Boko Haram completely degraded.”

“As long as the fight against Boko Haram remains a business venture, providing cheap money for top officials of this government, the insurgency will continue.

“President Buhari must, therefore, look inwards and purge his government of those benefitting from the insurgency if indeed he desires that it should end.”

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US Imposes New Sanctions On Boko Haram Factional Leader Al-Barnawi

The United States of America has imposed new sanctions on Boko Haram and its factional leader Mus’ab al-Barnawi.

The new sanctions by the U.S. Treasury Department targets the Islamic State and its affiliate networks around the world.

The U.S. department added Boko Haram, also known as ISIS-West Africa, to the sanction list for global terrorism.

Al-Barnawi, who was the spokesperson for Boko Haram before the group pledged allegiance to ISIL, and Mahad Moalim from Somalia and seven organisations in Africa and Asia, linked to Islamic state (ISIS), were added to the list.

The Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control said the additions include ISIS-Philippines, ISIS-Bangladesh, ISIS-West Africa, ISIS-Egypt, ISIS-Somalia, Jund al-Khilafah-Tunisia, also known as ISIS-Tunisia, and the Philippines-based Maute Group, also known as Islamic State of Lanao.

Reuters reports that the U.S. State Department, in a separate statement, said that it had designated 40 Islamic State leaders and operatives dating back to 2011 under an order aimed at denying them access to the U.S. financial system, including the latest additions.

“These designations are part of a larger comprehensive plan to defeat ISIS that, in coordination with the 75-member Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, has made significant progress toward that goal.

“This effort is destroying ISIS in its safe havens, denying its ability to recruit foreign terrorist fighters, stifling its financial resources, negating the false propaganda it disseminates over the internet and social media, and helping to stabilise liberated areas in Iraq and Syria so the displaced can return to their homes and begin to rebuild their lives,” the statement added.

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FG Begins Trial Of 1,000 Boko Haram Suspects Today

The federal government will on Monday (today), resume the trial of suspected Boko Haram insurgents detained in various locations of the country.

A press statement by the Special Adviser to the AGF on Media and Publicity, Mr. Salihu Isah, said on Sunday that the second phase of the trial at the Kainji detention facility in Niger State would begin on Monday (today).

The statement reads in part:

“Recall, this exercise which is a concerted effort of the Federal Ministry of Justice and the Office of the National Security Adviser kicked off in Kainji, Niger State on Monday, October 9, 2017.

“Four judges were allocated to four dedicated courts to handle the trial located in a military facility in Kainji while defence counsel were provided for those suspects without capacity to hire private legal practitioners to defend them.

“Unlike the first phase which was restricted, this phase is opened with some civil society groups, including human rights organisation and journalists invited to witness the proceedings.

“Already, about 82 Boko Haram detainees have so far benefitted from the Federal Government’s window to plead guilty to secure low jail terms or unconditional release which is part of President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s concerted effort to boost its human right records and decongest the nation’s prisons.

“As a result, about 45 convictions have also been pronounced by the trial judges in the four syndicated courts established by then acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Abuja, Justice Abdu Kafarati. The various Boko Haram suspects were sentenced to jail terms ranging from two years to 15 years and with most of them backdated to the date of their detention.

“There are four categories of suspects at the Kainji detention facility who are classified as Boko Haram suspects who were hitherto investigated by the Joint Investigation Team set up by the Defence Headquarters otherwise known as DHQ/JIT.

“The case files of the suspected insurgents were then transmitted to the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation and after a careful review of the cases based on their individual merit, it was discovered that they have no prima facie cases that will sustain a charge against them in any court of law.

“As a result, they were recommended for release and hand over to the Office of the National Security Adviser for rehabilitation and/or de-radicalisation.

“The second category is the set of suspects that the Honourable Attorney General established prima facie cases against and charges already filed at the Federal High Court, Abuja Division who are also mostly in the detention facility under reference and may be willing to plead guilty for a lesser sentences.

“The third category are the suspects whose case files are either recommended for further investigation or that have no investigation conducted on them at all hence they do not have case files that will warrant the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation to form any opinion in respect of their case.

“Also, the fourth category is that of the suspects whose cases were reviewed and a prima facie were found and may be willing to opt for a full trial.”

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Boko Haram Storms Borno Village, kills Two

Boko Haram fighters on Sunday evening, stormed a village in Borno State and killed two people.

The attack happened at Alau-Kofa village, some 12 kilometres from the Borno state capital, Maiduguri.

“Boko Haram came to our village last night at about 8:00 pm (1900 GMT) firing guns and RPGs (rocket-propelled grenades),” Bulama Bukar, who lives in Alau-Kofa, reportedly told AFP.

“Two people were burnt alive and the whole village was burnt, along with our food.”

Bukar, whose father was shot in the leg during the attack, said the jihadists “specifically came to steal our cattle” but were forced to abandon the herds when soldiers arrived.

“Last Wednesday they attacked the village, killed three people and took away 50 cattle. And now they came back,” he added.

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Boko Haram Chief Physician’s Spouse Surrenders To Nigerian Army

Rabi Abu-Yasir, wife of Boko Haram’s chief physician on Saturday surrendered to the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole, in the ongoing clearance operation to root out remnants of the insurgents.

Maj.-Gen. Rogers Nicholas, the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, made the disclosure while handing over 82 women and children rescued from the insurgents’ captivity, to the Borno State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), in Maiduguri.

Recounting her ordeal, Rabi said that unlike her peers, she enjoyed preferential treatment and privileges in view of her position as a wife to the physician.

My husband, Abu-Yasir, is Shekau’s physician, he also treat patients and conduct surgical operation.

“My type of food and other consumables are better from what they gave out to other women and children in the camps.

“We suffered in their hands and they warned us that Nigerian troops will kill anybody who surrenders to them.

“They always told us to stay with them and encouraged us not to submit to the troops.

“The military are taking care of us, as against the wrong notion the insurgents made us to believe, she said.

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Suicide Bomber Attacks Dalori IDPs Camp, Kills Five

A suspected Boko Haram suicide bomber on Wednesday attacked an Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Dalori, Borno State.

A source from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) confirmed this to pressmen.

According to the source, five persons – including the assailant – were killed during the attack while the number of injured victims has yet to be ascertained.

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Boko Haram Kills Five In Adamawa

The dreaded Boko Haram jihadists have killed five people in an attack on a village in Adamawa state, northeast Nigeria, a community leader and a local resident said on Friday.

A group of 10 militants stormed Kaya village at about 9:00 pm (2000 GMT) in the Madagali area late on Thursday and broke into two homes, killing four people.

Another resident was shot dead when he tried to come to the rescue of the victims, Maina Ularama, a former Madagali local government chairman, told AFP.

“Five people were shot dead last night by Boko Haram in Kaya village, three of them brothers living in the same house,” he said.

“They killed another person in a house close by. The fifth victim was killed when he rush towards the area to rescue the victims after hearing their cries for help.”

Samson Lawan, who lives in Kaya, gave a similar account. He said the gunmen looted medical supplies at the village clinic before fleeing into the bush.

“They were overheard saying telling one of them who wanted to set fire to homes that they were not in the village for arson,” Lawan said.


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Troops Kill 100 Boko Haram Terrorists In Borno

Troops conducting intensive clearance operations along the northern Borno and Lake Chad Basin region have neutralized over 100 terrorists

The troops engaged the insurgents in Tumbon-Ndjamena and Metele villages, where high caliber arms and ammunitions were recovered along with stockpiles of foodstuff

Three soldiers however died in the long drawn encounter

Army spokesman, brigadier General Sani Usman said the insurgents rammed a vehicle laden into a car conveying troops, killing the three soldiers, one vigilante injuring others

Nigerian troops and forces from the multinational joint task force have been conducting an operation named deep punch, aimed at addressing the resurgence of Boko Haram activities in North East Nigeria and the lake chad region

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Army Warns Residents Against Harboring Fleeing Terrorists

The Nigerian army has warned residents in the north east against habouring fleeing members of the boko haram terrorists group.

It says anyone found to be providing any form of assistance to the terrorists would be treated as an accomplice and given same treatment as a terrorist.

The director army public relations Brigadier-General Sani Usman, who gave the warning in a statement, said “This is to warn all residents in the North East not to harbour the remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists who are trying to flee from their waterloo. “Credible intelligence  has  revealed  that several  of the criminal  Boko Haram terrorists have resorted to taking refuge in dry wells and other hideouts in some communities along their escape routes from the Sambisa forest in order  to evade the sustained  bombardments from air and ground troops of Operation LAFIYA  DOLE.

“No one should shield  these blood thirsty terrorists. Any unpatriotic and unscrupulous persons especially in the North Eastern states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe found providing safe sanctuaries or any assistance to the criminals will be treated as an accomplice and given same treatment as a terrorist.

“All are advised to take the patriotic path by calling the Nigerian Army Information and Call Centre Number 193 to report any fleeing terrorists or report immediately to the nearest security agency. You are warned. Do not be an accomplice of the terrorists”.

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Your Days Are Numbered, Buratai Tells Boko Haram Terrorists

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has said the military is at its best to neutralize remnants of Boko Haram terrorists launching attacks in the North-East region.

Buratai gave the assurance while addressing troops of the 8 Division at Monguno, headquarters of Monguno Local Government Area of Borno.

“We must remain here to stabilise it.

“You all know that we have some few attacks here and there by the same elements – Boko Haram, but I assured you that their days are numbered.

“With your efforts, with your determination, we will finally overcome the Boko Haram challenge,’’ he said.

The chief of army staff noted that the creation of the 8 Division was a “major strategic decision’’ which had helped in addressing the challenge of Boko Haram terrorism in Borno north.

“I want to say that this division has lived up to its expectation of containing the Boko Haram challenge in this part of the country.

“What remains is for us to continue to stabilise and continue to operate, to prevent any element that may raise their heads in the future.

“This part of the country or this part of the region, especially the Lake Chad region has always been volatile.

“That is why members of the Lake Chad Commission created the Multinational Joint Task Force.

“So, we will see ourselves performing similar duties even after the final clearance of the Boko Hartam terrorists,’’ Buratai added.

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