Boko Haram Invades Borno Village, Kills Community Chief, Five Others

Six men have been reported dead after the dreaded Boko Haram sect entered Kijimatari, a village in northeast Borno state, at about 2:00am on Tuesday.

The gruesome attack, according to a militia group was described as a “reprissal attack by the jihadists.

“The attackers evaded a nearby military checkpoint by entering the village through bush paths,” said Ibrahim Liman, the head of a local anti-jihadist militia force.

“The chief of the village was among the victims and it was clear the victims were deliberately targeted.”

Local resident Kulo Musa said that while the attackers had carried guns, they “chose to use knives” to avoid alerting soldiers manning a nearby checkpoint.

Musa said the killings were a reprisal for the arrest of two Boko Haram members who moved into the village claiming to have been displaced from their homes by the jihadists two months earlier.

“We believe the attackers suspected the six people they killed of tipping off the military which led to the arrest of the two Boko Haram fighters,” he said.

 

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Boko Haram: Sheriff’s Loyalists Behind Rumoured Arrest Of Shekau At UN Facility – APC

T?he All Progressives Congress, APC?,? in Borno State has alleged? that loyalists of former Governor Ali Modu Sheriff ?led by one Barrister Kolo Adam, ?were behind rumours claiming that Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau has been arrested at a UN rented facility in Maiduguri?.

Publicity Secretary, Makinta Zarami in a statement issued in Maiduguri on Friday, said t?hat Kolo Adam was the first to claim that he had information that Shekau had been captured with one of Shekau’s legs injured.

He said ?the APC in Borno State is worried that since former Governor Ali Modu Sheriff lost his case at the Supreme Court over the chairmanship of the PDP, his loyalists have redirected their mischief to spread different rumours.

?”?We were shocked that Kolo Adam, a known associate and one of the spokespersons of Sheriff’s group, pasted on his Facebook wall today, claiming that Abubakar Shekau was arrested by the Nigerian Military at a facility rented by agencies of the United Nations in a house belonging to late Governor Mala Kachalla.

?”?The same Kolo Adam claimed that abducted Lecturers of University of Maiduguri were rescued. Immediately after Kolo Adam pasted that, some loyalists of the former Governor began to share the information through different social media platforms.

?”?The aim was to achieve series of objectives. First, it was to incite youths in Maiduguri against hundreds of humanitarian workers in order to destabilize Borno State just to create a political atmosphere of failure on the part of the APC led Government in Borno State to keep the State stable. ?”?Secondly, the rumour was to link Boko Haram with the Mala Kachalla who was a known political opponent of Sheriff so as to cleverly distance Sheriff from issues relating to Boko Haram. It was also aimed at tarnishing the image of the Federal and State Government which deal with humanitarian agencies helping highly traumatized victims of the Boko Haram insurgency.

?”?The APC hereby demand for the immediate arrest of Kolo Adam and all those who worked with him in sharing this dangerous rumour that is capable of putting the lives of over two million IDPs at the risk of loosing food and medical support from agencies of the United Nations and other humanitarian workers.

?”?The APC also calls on security agencies to continue to do their job and take on anyone or institution with factual link with the Boko Haram so long as there proofs beyond reasonable doubt.

?”?The APC calls on the people of Borno State to dismiss this rumour while calling on all those carrying out humanitarian activities to remain calm and continue their works but with strict obedience to the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the laws of Borno State under the APC”?,? Zarami said.

culled from insidearewa.com.ng

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Stop Donating Your Daughters To Boko Haram, Military Tells North-East Parents

The Director of Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Sani Usman, has appealed to parents in the North-East region to desist from donating their wards and daughters as suicide bombers to the Boko Haram sect.

Usman stated, “The Nigerian Army wishes to appeal to religious, traditional and community leaders, as well as all well-meaning Nigerians especially in the North-east of our country, to help dissuade people from donating their daughters or wards, to Boko Haram terrorists for indoctrination and suicide bombing missions.

“This appeal became expedient in view of recent revelations by some intercepted female suicide bombers during interrogations. It was discovered that most of these hapless minors were ‘donated’ to the terrorist sect by their heartless and misguided parents and guardians, as part of their contribution to the perpetuation of the Boko Haram terrorists’ dastardly acts against the Nigerian society and humanity.”

The Army spokesman explained, “The acts of these parents and guardians are not only barbaric, but condemnable and unacceptable. Nigerians have a responsibility and obligation to collectively mould our children and wards and define a better future for them rather than condemning them to death by the criminal Boko Haram terrorists and their sympathisers through suicide bombings.

“Consequently, the public are kindly requested to be more vigilant, security conscious and report any suspicious persons or those whose daughters or female wards are missing or have not been seen recently. You can report by calling 193 on any network. The public is also, please, reminded that the Nigerian Army’s offer and reward of the sum of N500,000 to anybody that brought information about suicide bombing, is still available.”

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Boko Haram: Trump Okays Sale Of High-Tech Attack Planes To Nigeria

The Trump administration is greenlighting a nearly $600 million sale of high-tech attack planes to Nigeria, officials said Thursday.

This is to help the nation fight the dreaded Boko Haram sect and other extremists.

The sale will let Nigeria buy up to 12 Embraer A-29 Super Tucano aircraft from Colorado-based Sierra Nevada Corp. The aircraft come with sophisticated targeting equipment that the U.S says will help Nigeria fight terrorism, trafficking, insurgency and illicit trade.

Recall that former President Barack Obama put the planned sale on hold after a Nigerian fighter jet repeatedly bombed a camp near the Cameroon border housing civilians who had fled Boko Haram. Local officials have said more than 230 people were killed, in an incident that brought new attention to alleged abuses by Nigeria’s forces.

AP

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Boko Haram Releases Video Of Abducted UNIMAID Workers

The dreaded Boko Haram sect, has released a video of the abducted workers of the University of Maiduguri workers two lecturers and a driver.

In a video released to Channels Television, two of the men shown in the video said they were lecturers in the Geology Department of the University and gave their names as Yusuf Ibrahim and Dr Solomon N. Yusuf, while the third man identified himself as Haruna, adding that he was a driver with the university.

The men claimed that they are part of oil workers and academics ambushed and abducted by the Abu Musab al-Barnawi faction of Boko Haram on Tuesday.

Yusuf, who spoke on behalf of the trio, called on Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, UNIMAID Vice Chancellor, Professor Ibrahim Njodi, and the NNPC among others to come to their aid.

He also called on the Federal Government to stop the excessive use of force against Boko Haram.

Yusuf said, “I want to call on the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, to come to our rescue, to meet the demands of Soldiers of Calipha Abu Musab al-Barnawi. They have promised us that if their demands are met, they will release us immediately to go back to the work we were caught doing.

“I want to call the attention of the entire country; we were captured doing the work of exploration – of acquiring gravity, magnetic and soil geochemistry for exploration in the Nigerian sector of the Chad Basin, which will boost the economy of the nation. We were caught in the line of our service.

“I want to call the attention of the Acting President that we have seen the route we took up to this position where we are recording this video right now. I want to advise that the use of excessive force is not the solution. We want to call on the Federal Government to meet these demands and as promised, they will release us immediately.”

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Oil Exploration In Lake Chad Suffers Setback As Boko Haram Kidnaps Nigerian Scientists

Some suspected members of the dreaded Boko Haram sect, on Tuesday, abducted scientists and engineers searching for crude in Lake Chad. The workers were reportedly ambushed near a village called Jibi in Gubio Local Government Area of Borno State.

According to a report in The Nation, security personal providing protection and security to the workers including geologists from the University of Maiduguri were badly affected in the ambush. Another source speculated that out of the ten vehicles that conveyed the oil workers including security, only one ten seater bus returned to Maiduguri with five wounded people hospitalized at the State Specialist Hospital Maiduguri.

The source added that many have been feared dead or taken alive as no contact has so far been made by some of the members of the team during the attack.

A credible military source also informed our correspondent that some students of the Geology Department of the University, members of the Civilian Joint Task Force and other security personnel were victims of the attack

The Military source regretted that a conspiracy by head of the securities in trying to shield the information from the public.

His words: “As at 9:00 today Wednesday, no rescue plan has been put in place as far as I am aware from either the Nigeria Airforce component from the Theatre.

“Between Wednesday and today, only ten of the victims can be confirmed to be alive. The five oil workers that escaped the attack Wednesday were hospitalized at the Borno State Specialist Hospital.

“Also this morning around 5:00 precisely five others who escaped also called and told us their location.

“The five victims at the state specialist told us that out of the ten vehicles conveying the team from magumeri, only their vehicle escaped the attack with bullets shots, flat tyres and smashed wind screen.

“They said the insurgents had chased them for more than ten kilometers adding that most of the vehicle and the persons involved did not make it out of Magumeri,” the source disclosed.

 

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Abuja Police Command Arrests Suspected Boko Haram Deputy Commander

The Abuja Police Command, on Sunday, arrested a 20-year-old Seth Yakubu, who is believed to be a deputy commander of the dreaded Boko Haram group.

Yakubu, who hailed from Obi Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, was arrested at Gwako Village in Gwagwalada area of the Federal Capital Territory.

In a chat with pressmen in Abuja on Monday, the FCT Police Commissioner, Musa Kimo, said the suspect confessed to investigators that he escaped to the village from Sambisa Forest after their hideout was bombed by the Nigeria Air Force about a week ago.

He said, “Yakubu further stated that he left Maiduguri on Friday, July 21, 2017 and arrived Gwako village on Saturday at about 10pm, to conceal his identity and seek refuge.

“The suspect said he was lured to join the Boko Haram terrorists group by a young man who approached him with a promise of an automatic employment into the Nigerian Army, only to end up with the sect.

“He said he was given a form to fill and, thinking the job was real, he completed the form, but was taken to an unknown depot where he and some others received training.”

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Kano Police Command Arrest Five Suspected Boko Haram Terrorists, Recovers Ammunition

The Commissioner of Police in Kano State, Mr Rabi’u Yusuf, has confirmed the arrest of five suspected Boko Haram terrorists in Gayawa village of Ungoggo Local Government Area of the state.

Yusuf said they were apprehended in the early hours of Sunday during a shoot-out between the police and the suspects who had planned to attack Kano.

According to him, the five suspected members of the sect, comprising two women and three men, were apprehended during the incident.

He said the raid was successfully carried out after obtaining a credible intelligence report which led to the arrest of the suspects.

“The hide-out of the suspected terrorists was raided by a combined team of the Police Anti Robbery Squad, the Special Tactical Force and undercover operatives of the Command at Gayawa Village in Ungogo Local Government Area of the state.

Items recovered in possession of the terrorists included military uniforms, AK-47 Rifle, portraits bearing their faces and operational black masks.

He called on members of the public to be vigilant and report to the police any suspicious characters for appropriate action.

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FG Replies Dasuki, Says Jonathan Failed To Defeat Boko Haram

The Senior Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, has denied claims made by former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki that boko haram insurgents were defeated by former president Goodluck Jonathan.

In a statement signed by him, he stated that the claims was not true and urged Nigerians to disregard it.

The part statement reads:

“The superlative claims by the former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki that the Goodluck Jonathan administration cleared the Northeast of boko haram terrorists to make elections possible in 2015 are untrue and should be dismissed as an attempt to deceive Nigerians with blatant lies.

“The claim as contained in a new book by a journalist is just another unfortunate attempt by inglorious Nigerians to rewrite the history of our country in such a way as to cover the sins of the past.

“The residents of areas such as Gwoza, Banki, Kukawa, Monguno, Bulumba, Baga, Gamboru Ngala, Dikwa, Mafa, etc., were able to vote, not in their hometowns but in refugee camps in other parts of Borno State, under special arrangements made by INEC.

“Since the Buhari administration came into power, however, many of those residents have returned to their homes and Boko Haram eradicated from their areas. In many of these areas, institutions such as schools, police stations, markets and courts have been re-established or are in the process of being re-established.

“Nigerians will not forget when unserviceable weapons, expired ammunition and fake armoured vehicles caused untold grief to our valiant armed forces on the battlefield, with arms exploding willy-nilly and guns failing to fire. It is for trespasses like these that the Buhari administration is determined to get to the bottom of the 2.1 billion Dollars arms procurement scandal and ensure that no single one of the culprits goes scot free.”

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Boko Haram: Buratai Calls For Patience, Vows To Arrest Shekau

The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, has vowed not to relent in his effort to nail and arrest the leader of the insurgent Boko Haram sect, Abubakar Shekau.

The army chief, who spoke with the BBC Hausa service in London and monitored in Abuja, revealed that the Nigerian Army is leaving no stone unturned in seeing that it arrest the Boko Haram leader, Shekau.

In his words: “It needs patience and requires us to continue to advance to their strongholds.

“I don’t need to reveal what we are doing towards that. People should be patient. It does not only involves the army alone. Other security outfits equally have roles. And we have been discussing with the police to return to the towns where residents have already returned. That will give our personnel the chance to further pursue the insurgents,” he said.

Buratai further noted that there are about 2,500 soldiers that are about to be taken out of the northeast and  to be replaced with others.

“If you look at the landmass of northeast, compare it with when we fought civil war in southeast, all the states that make southeast, the old states, not the present states, if you put them together they cannot match Borno and Yobe landmass.

“At that time, they fought with about 250,000 soldiers, but now we are not even up to 50,000 in Borno and Yobe. We need more personnel,” he said.

Asked whether the inadequate number of the personnel was the reason behind the dragging on of the fight, Mr Buratai said “we have recorded a lot of success. What happens now is not based on the number of soldiers or hardware but the tactic and strategy of the operations.

 

 

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Boko Haram: Court Grants Another Defendant Bail

Justice Gabriel Kolawole of an Abuja Federal High Court has granted bail to one Musa Umar,  who is standing trial alongside Mohammed Yunus, a lecturer at the Kogi state University and Abdullahi Salami over allegations of having links with the terrorist group,  Boko Haram has also been granted bail.

The other two defendants had earlier been granted bail by the trial judge.

The prosecuting counsel,  A.  Adewunmi had informed the court at the resumption of trial of the application by the third defendant, seeking for bail on health grounds.

The prosecution however,  did not oppose the bail on the grounds that it is only someone who is alive that would be able to stand trial.

In view of the prosecution’s disposition,  the court granted the defendant bail with two sureties with a bail bond of N10million each.

One of which must be a civil servant of not less than grade level 14, and the other most be a owner of landed property within Abuja worth not less than N50million and must posses a 3 year tax clearance certificate.

The matter was adjourned to September 28, October 10, 12, 18 and 24, 2017 at 11:45am for continuation of the trial within trial.

The Federal Government had arraigned the defendants on an eight count criminal charge, on offences committed between May and October 2013 contravening the terrorism act.

According to the charge sheet, the suspects are standing trial for being in possession of two AK47 rifles, two magazines and sixty rounds of ammunitions which were buried with the intention of harming and intimidating Kogi State populace, organising meetings and recruiting members for the proscribed Boko Haram sect and also using various properties in their possession for the propagation of the activities of the proscribed sect including being “directly or indirectly” in possession of funds meant for activities of the sect.

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Nigerian Army Arrest Boko Haram Militant Aliyu Ahmed

The Nigerian Army has on Saturday, confirmed the arrest of a suspected Boko Haram militant, Aliyu Ahmed, alias “Aliko.”

In a statement by the army spokesman, Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman, he said that “Aliko” was arrested on Friday by troops of 33 Brigade following a tip off in Yuga village, Toro local government area of Bauchi State, where he has been hiding.

The army also said it intercepted four child traffickers and 19 under aged children in Yobe.

Usman said, “He was found to be in possession of one single barrel gun and one Dane gun.

“During preliminary interrogation, he confessed that he actively participated in several Boko Haram terrorists’ attacks and also owned an AK-47 rifle which lost during one of the attacks they carried out in 2016.

“His interrogation continued.”

He said the four traffickers, who were arrested by of troops of Bravo Company, 120 Battalion at Katarko, were conveying the 19 children from Potiskum to Garin Tuwo, Bungai and Buni Yadi in Gujba local government area of Yobe and Galarabala in Biu local government area of Borno.

“Both the suspected traffickers and their victims have been moved to the Brigade Headquarters for transfer to National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons,” the army spokesman said.

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