FINALLY !!!!Boko Haram surrender in Cameroon

About 60 members of the  Boko Haram Islamist group and have surrendered to authorities in northern Cameroon.

After spending two years with Boko Haram, the men decided to flee with their families and hand themselves in, according to several men who had surrendered and spoke to journalists at a ceremony in the town of Mozogo on Friday.

A total of nearly 400 people originally from Cameroon — 58 men, 86 women and 244 children — said they had been taken hostage by Boko Haram fighters during attacks on their villages and taken to Nigeria, where they were forced to join the jihadist group.

The men told reporters they had fought for Boko Haram and were laying down their arms of their own will.

They surrendered at the border with Nigeria to a village vigilante group formed to combat the jihadists. The vigilantes then handed them over to the authorities.

Ousmane Kouila, head of the group, said they had been out on patrol in the border area when they met the fleeing Boko Haram fighters. “They said they were returning, and that they were surrendering,” he said.

The local governor went to meet them and ordered them to be moved away from the border to avoid any reprisals by Boko Haram.

“We are counting on them to also convince others who are hesitating (to surrender) and there are a lot of them they tell us,” said Midjiyawa Bakari, governor of the Far North region.

Authorities would provide the escapees with psychological help, he said.

“They have been through brainwashing, perhaps also having taken an oath on the Koran or made a blood pact,” the governor said, adding they needed help with “all they must have endured” in the hands of Boko Haram.

Boko Haram’s Islamist insurgency began in 2009 and has claimed at least 20,000 lives and forced more than 2.6 million from their homes.

The violence has largely been concentrated in northeast Nigeria but there have also been repeated attacks in Cameroon, as well as Chad and Niger.

Source: ( AFP )

Lake Chad withdraws troops fighting against Boko Haram

Lake Chad has withdrawn its troops from neighbouring Niger, where they were helping local forces fight Boko Haram Islamist militants, humanitarian sources and officials said.

The pull-out over the past two weeks could weaken a region-wide struggle against the militants who have killed tens of thousands of people, forced many more to flee and triggered a humanitarian crisis.

There was no immediate explanation or comment from defense officials in Chad.

The move came a month after the vast central African country complained about an unexpected U.S. travel ban imposed on its nationals.

Chad warned at the time the order could affect its security commitments, which include its involvement in the U.S.-backed fight against Boko Haram.

Residents said the withdrawal had already had an impact on Niger’s Diffa region, which has seen a string of attacks by Boko Haram militants crossing over from their base in neighbouring Nigeria.

Ibrahim Arimi from the border village of Bosso said banditry had increased since the Chadian troops started leaving and he had been temporarily moved to another village for safety.

Diffa parliamentarian Lamido Moumouni said residents had started complaining.

“They have come to rely on the forces so there is a perception that security will be lacking,” he said by telephone.

At its peak in 2016 after an attack in Bosso, Chad had 2,000 troops in Niger to help counter Boko Haram although security sources said this has fallen since.

Boko Haram has attacked Chad, Niger and Cameroon from its base in northeast Nigeria.

Its eight-year bid to carve out an Islamist caliphate has driven millions from their homes, no fewer than 200,000 of them are now based in Diffa, with little prospect of returning home.

Thousands of them are camped alongside an unfinished highway in the middle of a barren savannah with few resources.

Chad’s soldiers also occupy front-line positions in a peacekeeping force in northern Mali.

Analysts say falling oil revenues after the price crash in 2014 has also sapped Chad’s appetite for expensive regional security commitments.

Source.: ( NAN )

Boko Haram sect kill five persons in Borno

Five people were killed in a suicide bomb attack when Boko Haram raided a remote village in northeast Nigeria, a civilian militia member and the emergency services said Thursday.

Ibrahim Liman, from the Civilian Joint Taskforce, said the attack happened at Belbelu village, near Kayamla, in the Konduga area of Borno state, at about 10:00 am.

Gunmen stormed the village and one of the jihadists broke off and headed towards a grain silo, forcing members of the CJTF to open fire.

“They kept firing at them with their muskets from behind the fence while he kept advancing and also firing back with his AK-47,” Liman told AFP.

“When he got closer, he detonated the explosives wrapped around his body, killing four CJTF and wounding two others.

“A woman nearby was also killed. The attack forced the vigilantes to flee back to the village. That led to panic among villagers who began to flee.

“The attackers then moved in and broke into the silos and took grain, mostly millet, sorghum and maize. They took what they could and vandalised the rest.”

The account was supported by a member of the emergency services in Borno, who asked not to be identified for security reasons.

The Konduga district to the southeast of Maiduguri has been a known hotbed of Boko Haram activity despite government and military claims the group is a spent force.

In August, four members of the CJTF were among five people killed in a Boko Haram ambush on a convoy of trucks under armed escort at Meleri village.

In June, Boko Haram gunmen hid in trees and killed eight members of the CJTF outside Kayamla. Eight loggers were killed and their bodies burnt near the village in April.

Militant fighters killed four traders at the weekly market in the village in April 2015 before looting food and taking away livestock.

In March 2014, five people were killed and several others wounded when the Nigerian Air Force bombed Kayamla in the mistaken belief it was a Boko Haram camp.

The latest attacks underline the continued threat from the Islamist rebels, particularly against vulnerable communities in hard-to-reach rural areas.

On Wednesday, the Norwegian Refugee Council published new research that indicated most of the 1.8 million people still displaced by the conflict would not return home because of fears about security.

The biggest threat to civilians has been suicide bombers.

Borno state police said three women strapped with explosives tried to get into Molai General Hospital, on the outskirts of Maiduguri, at about 8:30 pm on Wednesday.

They blew themselves up but there were no other injuries. About two hours later, a fourth bomber blew up in a nearby village.

Source ( AFP )

Nigerian Army take over Borno State from Boko Haram

The Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, a counter insurgency operation in North-east Nigeria, Ibrahim Attahiru has confirmed that the Nigerian Army have taken over every local government area in Borno State.

Mr. Attahiru, a major general, said the activities of the troops under his command have brought “despondency” on the outlawed Boko Haram group.

“This is official and emphatic; there is no local government area in Borno state that is under Boko Haram control”, said Mr. Attahiru.

He said Boko Haram insurgency would soon be phased out “in no distant time.”

According to him, the land and air components of the Operation Lafiya Dole have sustained the onslaught on Boko Haram under the two sub-operations tagged “Deep Punch” and “Ruwan Wuta (Rain of fire).”

The theatre commander said over 230 captives held by Boko Haram have been rescued within the period under review.

He said dozens of Boko Haram fighters, including key commanders have been killed while several others arrested and are currently being investigated.

Mr. Attahiru said 15 of the Boko Haram fighters, who launched an attack on the rocky town of Gwoza on Tuesday night, were killed after a gun battle. He said a large cache of arms was also recovered.

He said the Boko Haram fighters’ ranks have been depleted due to the sustained troops’ patrols and onslaughts; hence they resort to suicide bombing on vulnerable soft targets.

On the return of the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs to their liberated communities, the theatre commander said the military command and control centre is working hard to see that IDPs return to their homes once confirmed to be safe.

“It is the wish and desire of the military to see that IDPs return home as soon as possible. That is why we commend the Borno State government for setting up the Bama initiative which if it succeeds will be lead to other local government areas to follow”, he said.

The theatre commander explained why the ongoing trial of 1600 Boko Haram suspects, scheduled to hold in Kainji, Niger State and Borno has not commenced.

“This is not a military trial, the suspects are being tried by the federal ministry of justice under the office of the Attorney General and Minister of Justice.

“The minister of justice made it clear that the trial will take place in Kainji in Niger State and Maiduguri here in Borno State. So people should be patient and wait till the turn of Borno state comes.

Mr. Attahiru said the military is exploring two options towards rescuing the University of Maiduguri geologists, who were abducted by Boko Haram in July this year.

PREMIUM TIMES reported how a team of geologists who were helping the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC to carry out a survey were attacked by the Boko Haram. Five of the geologists, and military escorts, including a younger brother of the University’s Vice-Chancellor, were killed.

The theatre commander explained that “in a hostage situation, you have several options open to you to explore to rescue the hostages; you can either use force or you can use explore the approach of negotiation. And for both options, we will explore them to the best level.”

He called on the general public especially the IDPs to be more patient and offer the military all the needed assistance and support so that the Boko Haram “madness” would be brought to an end.

Source: ( Premium Times )

Nigerian Army crush down 40 Boko Haram members

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.

“In another encounter, our troops had repelled an attack on IDPs camp at Banki. The attack followed discreet insurgents’ infiltration into the area through the Nigeria – Cameroun border.

“The fire fight between our troops and the insurgents resulted in the death of two insurgents and caused others to flee. Unfortunately, eleven IDPs were killed and two others were wounded in the process,” Attahiru said

He said that in the chaos that ensued, four IDPs were also reported missing.

“Search and rescue teams were immediately dispatched in a concerted effort to locate the missing IDPs while the wounded civilians were evacuated for medical treatment,”he said.

The commander said that the the troops also nabbed 18 Boko Haram terrorists and their collaborators after they infiltrated into IDPs camp and that the suspects were currently undergoing investigation.

He also said that six members of the Civiliam Joint Task Force were killed in a bomb attack on IDPs camp in Ngala.

Attahiru further said that during the period under review, troops foiled several suicide and other forms of Improvised Explosive Device attacks, “thereby causing the adversary to drown in its own blood”.

“I want to reassure you that Boko Haram will finally be brought to its knees in no distant time as troops had conducted precursor operations and other offensives geared toward their final defeat.

On ambush operations, The Theartre Commander said troops had denied the insurgents any freedom of action through its ambushes along Road Ngurosoye – Bama near Borno State College of Basic Studies and Mararaba Kirawa.

“Also, on Sept. 12, 17 own troops successfully sprung an ambush against insurgents using the Firgi crossing point in Bama Local Government Area to access the Sambisa forest.

“The ambush was extended to Mallam Gonare where 2 Boko Haram terrorists were killed. Troops also recovered unexploded ordnance and 7.62 mm ammunition during the operation.

“In the same vein, on Sept. 12, 17, troops ambushed fleeing elements along Road Ngoshe – Bokko Kugile and killed one of the insurgents.

“Troops also recovered 3 bicycles, 2 wrist watches, 2 SIM cards and the sum of N1, 140.

“Similarly, on Sep.14 17, our troops in conjunction with vigilantes sprung ambush against insurgents around Lokodisa in Gwoza Local Government Area.

“One terrorist was killed while others fled with gunshot wounds. Troops also recovered one AK 47 rifle, 117 rounds of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition, 14 rounds of 21mm, 7 bicycles, one trolley, a machete and 2 jerry cans.

Source: ( NAN )

Brief history of Boko Haram

Nigeria’s Boko Haram started as an Islamic anti-corruption group that became a violent, IS-affiliated movement whose insurgency has threatened stability in the Lake Chad region.

But the Nigerian authorities say they are now rolling back the group and thousands of suspected members of the group were due to go on trial from Monday.

Boko Haram, whose name loosely translates from the Hausa language as “Western education is forbidden”, aims to create a hardline Islamic state in northeast Nigeria.

Its revolt has cost at least 20,000 lives since 2009.

 

Mohammed Yusuf, the group’s founder, blamed Western values left by Nigeria’s British former for the country’s ills and advocated a return to more fundamentalist Islam.

He attracted many disaffected youths in Maiduguri, capital of Borno state, with criticism of a corrupt secular regime that neglected development in the mainly Muslim region.

Boko Haram was broadly peaceful before Yusuf was killed in custody in 2009 after an uprising in Maiduguri, which prompted a military assault which killed some 700 and left the group’s mosque and headquarters in ruins.

Abubakar Shekau, Yusuf’s right-hand man, replaced him as leader, going on to wage dozens of deadly attacks on schools, churches, mosques, state entities and security forces.

Some Boko Haram members are thought to have trained with Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in northern Mali in 2012 and 2013. Washington has said the two groups have ties.

Among the group’s most notorious acts was the April 2014 kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls from the remote town of Chibok.

A total of 106 have since been released, found or escaped: 113 remain captive.

The mass abduction brought world attention to the insurgency at a time when Boko Haram was seizing territory across the northeast, threatening Nigerian sovereignty.

In August 2014, Shekau proclaimed a “caliphate” in the Borno town of Gwoza and in March 2015 pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.

Muhammadu Buhari, who took office as elected president in May 2015, made crushing the group one of his top priorities and transferred the command centre from Abuja to Maiduguri.

The Nigerian military has since claimed to have reduced Boko Haram to a spent and divided force. But bloody raids and suicide bomb attacks continue.

Eight years of violence have forced 2.6 million from their homes, destroying property and farmland in the mainly rural northeast, sparking a humanitarian crisis and acute food shortages.

Hundreds of thousands of people have lived under the threat of famine and are dependent on aid agencies for food, water, shelter and healthcare.

Source: ( AFP )

 

2300 Boko Haram members to face trial behind closed doors on Monday

At least 2,300 suspected Boko Haram members are expected to appear in court from Monday in unprecedented mass trials to be held behind closed doors.

The defendants have all been picked up and held in detention since the start of the conflict eight years ago, which has left at least 20,000 dead in the country’s remote northeast.

To date, just 13 people have been put on trial and only nine convicted for their links to the Islamist insurgency, according to official figures.

The most high-profile current case is that of Khalid Al-Barnawi, a leader of the Boko Haram offshoot Ansaru, who is charged with the abduction and murder of 10 foreign nationals.

Nigeria’s justice ministry announced the start of the trials at the end of last month, saying four judges had been assigned and that defendants would have legal representation.

Some 1,670 detainees at a military base in Kainji, in the central state of Niger, will be tried first followed by 651 others held at the Giwa barracks in the capital of the northeastern state of Borno state, Maiduguri.

“It’s the first significant trial of Boko Haram suspects,” said Matthew Page, a former US State Department analyst and a specialist on Nigeria.

But he told AFP that while “positive” it was still a “very small step”, as many of the detainees had been held in custody for years, without access to a lawyer or ever having appeared before a judge.

Source: ( Punch Newspaper )

Judge withdraws from the case of Boko Haram suspects

A Federal High Court Judge, John Tsoho, on Tuesday withdrew from the trial of eight Boko Haram terror suspects charged to his court.

The judge made the decision following an application by six of the defendants asking that their case be transferred from his court.

The defendants are facing trial at an Abuja Division of the court for the alleged murder of five foreigners who were abducted from a construction site in Kebbi State in 2011.

The defendants are also accused of alleged culpability in the murder of seven other foreigners in Borno State. The seven were abducted from another construction site in Bauchi State in February 2013, and taken to the Sambisa forest, as spelt out by the charge.

Source:( PM News )

UNIMAID lecturers in Boko Haram captivity for 69 days

Four lecturers of the University of Maiduguri, Borno State, who were abducted by Boko Haram in the Magumeri area of Borno State during an oil exploration have spent 69 days in captivity.

This is just as the Defence Heaquarters, Abuja, said the military was still making efforts to rescue the lecturers.

The Director, Defence Information, Maj. Gen. John Enenche, said on Sunday that “intelligence was still being processed to bring the victims back and alive.”

The lecturers had been abducted on Tuesday, July 25.

No fewer than 48 persons were killed by Boko Haram during the exploration to the Lake Chad Basin area on that Tuesday.

Sources at the University of Maiduguri, Borno State, where the corpses were brought, had revealed that the deceased included 18 soldiers, 15 civilian Joint Task Force members, five workers of the university and four drivers with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.

One of the abducted lecturers, identified as Dr Solomon Yusuf, had on September 5, reportedly written a letter to his wife, Hannatu, from the terrorists’ den which was obtained by an online medium, Sahara Reporters. He lamented their anguish in captivity and urged the Federal Government to free them from the terrorists.

But the DHQ spokesman, Enenche, said the military was being careful, saying Boko Haram might use the lecturers as human shields.

He said, “Efforts are on. When we get information, we convert it to intelligence. The ultimate is that the Federal Government and the military are doing as much as possible to ensure that these people come out alive.”

Source: ( Punch Newspaper)

BREAKING !!! Top Boko Haram leader arrested in Ondo State

Another Boko Haram leader, identified as Mohammed Basha, was arrested by the Ondo State Police Command in the Isua Akoko area of the Akoko South-East Local Government Area of Ondo State on Sunday.

This came six days after one of the leaders of the deadly sect, Idris Babawo, aka Dikko, was arrested in the same location by the state police command.

The Public Relations Officer of the command, Mr Femi Joseph, said the suspect was arrested by the men of the Anti-Crime Unit of the command while loitering along the Isua-Ifira Akoko Road.

He said, “When the suspect was interrogated, he confessed that he was a member of Boko Haram. He said his father is from the Niger Republic, while his mother is from Maiduguri in Borno State.

“He said when Maiduguri was hot for him, he ran to Nasarawa State last month and he left Nasarawa yesterday (Saturday) and came down to the South-West to hide here.

“He also confessed that one Daffo is his team leader, while Shekau is still the overall leader of the group.”

Joseph said some items suspected to charm were recovered from the suspect, adding that Basha was still in the protective custody of the command.

Source: (  Punch Newspaper )

OFFICIAL:Wanted Boko Haram official arrested

The military authorities announced on Tuesday that a high-value target in the Boko Haram war has been captured by the police in Ondo State.

The Director of Army Public Relations, Sani Usman, made the announcement in a statement in Maiduguri.

According to the spokesperson, Idris Ibrahim Babawo, a top Boko Haram commander, is identified as number 156 in the Boko Haram wanted list.

Mr. Babawo, 42, who also goes by the name Idoko or Nagada, was captured while trying to evade arrest.

Mr. Usman, a brigadier general, said that the jihadist had since been handed over to the military.

“The Ondo State Command of the Nigeria Police on Sept. 24 at about 2: 00 p.m., arrested a wanted Boko Haram terrorist, Idris Ibrahim Babawo, believed to be number 156 on the wanted Boko Haram terrorists list.

“He was handed over to the 32 Brigade, 2 Division, Nigerian Army at about 2:00 p.m. on Sept. 25 by the Ondo State Police Command.”

Mr. Usman said that preliminary investigations showed that the suspect hailed from Chinade village in the Katagum Local Government Area of Bauchi State.

He said that Mr. Babawo escaped from the North-east because of what he described as sustained military onslaught on the insurgents.

Boko Haram staged a bloody insurgency in northern Nigeria in 2009 in a bid to establish an Islamic Caliphate.

But the military has decimated the group, forcing the insurgents to resort to attacking mainly soft targets in parts of northern Nigeria.

At least 2.7 million people have been displaced by the insurgency, especially in Borno and Adamawa States, the epicentre of the bloody campaign.

Source: (NAN)

Trial of over 1, 600 alleged Boko Haram members begins October 9 – Nigerian Govt.

The trial of suspected terrorists in Nigeria will continue  in October, trial of various cases of alleged terrorism were suspended since the annual vacation of judges across the country began in July.

The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Shehu Malami, said the trials will now begin on October 9.

“All is now set to begin the arraignment of suspected Boko Haram suspects in various detention facilities in the country,” he said through a statement by his media aide, Salihu Isa.

“It is slated to kick-start tentatively on Monday, October 9, 2017.”

According to the statement, Mr. Malami has approved a list of prosecutors to handle the cases, while the Legal Aid Council has also released a list of defence counsel to stand in for the detainees/defendants.

“The proposed prosecutions of over One Thousand, Six Hundred (1600) detainees held in Kainji will commence by early October, 2017 after the opening of the new legal year.

“Currently, four (4) judges have been deputed by the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court to sit on the cases at Kainji and dispose of them expeditiously.

“It is expected that the special prosecutions will start with the detainees in Kainji followed closely by the disposal of the cases of the detainees in Giwa Barracks, Maiduguri until the cases are exhausted”.

The statement added that 13 terrorism cases had so far been concluded, from which nine convictions were secured.

The statement said there were 33 terrorism cases already taking place in courts across the country.

The statement said 33 cases are ongoing trials at various Federal High Court divisions, while 116 charges had been filed and are awaiting trial in Kainji.

It said 220 detainees had been recommended for release and deradicalisation for want of evidence.

“Detainees profiled at the Kainji detention facility awaiting judicial proceedings and deradicalisation programme are 1,670.

“Detainees remanded at the Federal High Court, Maiduguri and transferred from Giwa Barracks to Maiduguri Prisons are 651.”

The statement highlighted the challenges of the trial to include poorly investigated case files due to pressure during the peak of conflict at the theatre, over reliance on confession-based evidence, lack of forensic evidence, and absence of cooperation between investigators and prosecutors at pre-investigation stages.

Other challenges mentioned were “poor logistical facilities to transport defendants from detention facility to court fortrial, scarcity of skilled/trained forensic personnel to handle investigation of complex cases, inadequate security for counsel handling terrorism cases and converting military intelligence to admissible evidence.”

According to the statement, the Office of the National Security Adviser is expected to help by providing the deradicalisation programmes where necessary.

“This is the report of the on-the-spot assessment of the facilities and other incidentals preparatory to the commencement of trial of the over 1600 suspected Boko Haram terrorists detained in a military detention facility located in Wawa Barracks, Kainji, New Bussa, Niger State following successes recorded by the Nigeria Army and other security agencies in the fight against terrorism in Nigeria.

“A team comprising representatives of the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), Federal High Court and the Office of the Honourable Attorney-General of the Federation were dispatched to Kainji from the 12th to 14th of September, 2017 to carry out the assessment and to discuss with relevant authorities and organisation in final preparation of the all-important national assignment.”

According to the statement, the various suspects have been categorised into four different groups.

“Boko Haram suspects who were hitherto investigated by the Joint Investigation Team set up by the Defence Headquarters otherwise known as DHQ/JIT and case files 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, hence were recommended for release and handed over to the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) for rehabilitation and/or de-radicalisation.

“The second category is the set of suspects that the Honourable Attorney-General found prima facie cases against them 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 other 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.

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

Source: ( Premium Times )

1,670 Boko Haram suspects to be prosecuted in Niger

The Federal Government on Sunday rolled out its plans on how to handle the cases suspected  Boko Haram terror group members, totaling 2,541, currently detained at  Wawa Barracks in Kainji, Niger State, and Maiduguri prison in Borno State.
The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, said in a statement that a special prosecution arrangement already put it in place would commence the trial of   1,670  of the detainees in Wawa Barracks, Kainji,  Niger State,  in October.
‎The statement signed by the AGF’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Salihu Isah, ‎ stated that after exhausting the cases in Kainji, the cases of  651 suspects currently detained at Maiduguri prison, would be taken up by the special arrangement.
It added that due to lack of evidence for any successful prosecution, 220 other suspects detained in the Kainji detention facility would be released and subjected to “de-radicalisation programme”.
The AGF’s spokesperson stated that the 220 suspects constituted one of the four categories of terrorist suspects detained in the Kainji facility.
According to Isah, they were “Boko Haram suspects who were hitherto investigated by the Joint Investigation Team set up by the Defence Headquarters otherwise known as DHQ/JIT and case files 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 hence were recommended for release and handed over to the Office of the National Security Adviser  for rehabilitation and/or de-radicalisation.”
Source: ( Punch Newspaper )

We will destroy Boko Haram completely – Nigerian Army

The Nigerian Army has debunked the news that  Boko Haram is still holding seven local governments in Borno State, as not only an attempt to propagate falsehood but a futile effort to give a wrong information members of the public.

The army in a statement by Onyema Nwachukwu, said contrary to the opinion of one Buba Galadima in an interview that Boko Haram is still in control of seven local governments in Borno, the reality on ground belie this as the terrorist group does not hold or control any local government area in the state.

Read the full army statement on the issue below:

The attention of the Headquarters Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole has been drawn to a publication in The Guardian newspaper of 21 September 2017 where one Buba Galadima in an interview claimed that ‘Seven Local Governments of Borno State were still under control of Boko Haram terrorists’; even though he failed to furnish members of the public with the names of those Local Government Areas.

Obviously, this sweeping statement is not only an attempt to propagate falsehood but a futile effort to disinform members of the public on the true security situation in the north east from a perspective of one who is evidently detached from the realities of the counter terrorism c*m counter insurgency operations in the north east. It is very crucial to set the record straight by making it crystal clear that contrary to his opinions, the Boko Haram Terrorists group does not hold or control any Local Government Area in Borno state or in the north east as claimed in the interview. These Local Government Areas have been liberated by troops of operation Lafiya Dole and the troops have continued to ensure security in these areas after routing out the insurgents. As a matter of fact, locals have been encouraged to return to their communities to resume their vocations and normal life.

It may perhaps be needful to refresh memories by recalling that prior to the inauguration of Operations Lafiya Dole, the entire north east was infested with Boko Haram Terrorists, who became emboldened to the extent of declaring a caliphate with headquarters in Gwoza town. All that became history as the gallant troops of Operation Lafiya Dole came into the theatre, gradually but steadily decimating the insurgents and liberating held territories in a series of well-planned and coordinated joint ground and air operations. One of such major operations was the Operation RESCUE FINALE, which routed the insurgents out of its tactical headquarters in Camp Zeiro in Sambisa forest and out of its so called spiritual headquarters in Alargarno.

Ever since, Operation Lafiya Dole has continued to relentlessly conduct several other operations such as Operation DEEP PUNCH, CHIKIN GUDU Operation and Operation RAWAN KADA alongside the Multinational Joint Task Force. These and many other operations have culminated in the degradation and incapacitation of the insurgent group. Apparently, this is the reason, the terrorist group is striving to remain relevant by resorting to callously use women and children to carry out suicide bomb attacks on soft and vulnerable targets.

Currently, Operation Lafiya Dole in its resoluteness, is carrying out precursor operations that will lead to a final assault to decisively and finally put an end to the insurgency in the north east.

Talking about logistical supplies, Operation Lafiya Dole regularly provides logistical support and replenishment to own troops deployed in all locations and Forward Operational Bases through the normal channels, using our main supply routes.

More also, Theatre and formation Commanders routinely conduct working visits to troops in their formations and units within the theatre of operation. Hence, the question of troops been inaccessible as portrayed in the said article, is an irredeemable fallacy. Perhaps it is necessary to note that considering the vastness of the north east, Operation Lafiya Dole, aside holding tactical defensive positions to block the insurgents from access to logistics, has also gone ahead to insert Mobile Strike Teams in the theatre of operations to effectively patrol localities as well as seek out and neutralize the insurgents from their hideouts.

Suffice to mention that in the month of August alone, a total of 82 Boko Haram insurgents have been killed in combat and 630 remote settlements were cleared by own troops.

Our troops are tirelessly on the trail of the fleeing insurgents as devastating coordinated aerial and artillery bombardments are being unleashed on the terrorist group. Our troops are therefore not waiting only to repel BHT attacks as erroneously painted in the article, but are rather tactically deployed to deny the adversary freedom of action and access to logistics.

Needless to add, that a group of insurgents on the run cannot hold or control any territory. Boko Haram lacks the capability to hold any territory in the north east, hence its mindless attack on innocent and vulnerable civilians with suicide bombings, most of which were made unsuccessful by our vigilant troops.

While not attempting to dismiss the fact that as the fleeing faceless insurgents rummage for logistical replenishment, they occasionally mix up with unsuspecting locals and thereafter attack them. This definitely cannot be described as holding territory, rather, it only simply underscores the need for other relevant agencies to do more to ensure progressive reintegration of the locals into their various communities.

Without sounding immodest, it is worthy to note that the counter terrorism and counter insurgency operations of Operation Lafiya Dole in the north east, has been commended within Nigeria and in the international community, resulting in several high level official visits to the north east by national and international bodies.

While assuring that our focus in Operation Lafiya Dole remains clear and will not be derailed, the general public is urged not be misguided by the insinuations and disinformation contained in the said article as they are devoid of the true and realistic impressions of the security situation in the north east.

Source: ( PM News )

Boko Haram sect kills Islamic cleric in Borno

An Islamic cleric at Kurumari village in Magumeri Local Government Area of the state was killed by members of the Boko Haram sect among 16 other persons, this was confirmed by the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Victor, said this in a statement issued in Maiduguri.

He said, “On September 17, at about 22:30 hours, some suspects reasonably believed to be Boko Haram terrorists attacked Kurumari village, about 14 kilometres east of Magumeri town, in Magumeri Local Government Area.

“Four persons including the Imam of the village were reportedly killed during the attack.”

Mr. Isuku also  disclosed that 13 other persons were also killed in multiple suicide bomb attacks at Mashemeri village in Konduga Local Government Area of the state.

“On Monday September 18, at about 10:50 hours, two male and a female suicide bomber carried out coordinated attacks at different locations at Mashemari village in konduga Local Government Area.

“The first explosion occurred when there was echo of sporadic shooting in a farm. In the ensuing stampede, the first suicide bomber detonated the Improvised Explosive Device (IEDs).

“The other two suicide bombers detonated their explosives inside the village close to the house of the village head.

“Thirteen persons including the three suicide bombers died while sixteen other persons sustained various degrees of injuries,” he said.

Mr. Isuku said that the victims were referred to the General Hospital, Konduga for treatment.

He added that Police EOD team and Special Anti Robbery Squad were deployed; adding that normalcy had been restored to the area.

Source: (NAN)

Top Boko Haram commander turns himself in to Borno Police

A top Boko Haram commander together with other members of the group had surrendered to the the Borno State Police command.

This was confirmed in  a statement made by, DSP Victor Isuku, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO),in Maiduguri that the insurgents unconditionally surrendered to men of the command.

“The counter terrorism effort of the Nigerian military, code named “Operation Safe Corridor” recorded another victory with the unconditional surrender to the police by high profile repentant Boko Haram terrorists.

“On September 10, at about 21: 00 hours, the intelligence arm of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) of the command, were able to negotiate a peaceful surrender of repentant Boko Haram terrorists with their families.

“One Ibrahim Dala (alias Abu Ali), formerly of Kawar Mela ward, Maiduguri, an Amir (commander) of the Mamman Nur faction, along with Audu Mustapha Bukar, 20; and Laminu Mustapha Modu, 25.

“They are all residing at Talala insurgents camp in Sambisa Forest, surrendered themselves unconditionally to Borno State Police Command”.

Isuku said Bukar and Modu were from Ngallamari village and claimed to have been held hostage by the sect sometimes ago and were conscripted.

He listed other surrendered insurgents as Alhaji Ali, 25; Abubakar Mele, 30; Modu Umar, 20; Modu Maina, 15; Ali Kolo, 20; Bintu Abukar, 14; Falmata Abukar, 15; Hauwa Ali, 15; Husam Ali, 14, and Mallam Modu, 16.

Isuku disclosed that there were five children among members of the families of the repented insurgents, explaining that the children aged between one and eight years.

He added that the surrendered insurgents had made useful statement that would assist in the counter-insurgency campaign.

“Presently, they are undergoing preliminary profiling preparatory to transfer to the military”.

Source: ( PM News )

Boko Haram sect hoist flags in Borno

Two flags have been hoisted by the Boko Haram terrorists on some buildings in the Zanari area of Borno State, which borders the Lake Chad, according to the Nigerian Air Force.

NAF added that its fighter aircraft – the F-7Ni and the Alpha Jet – thereafter struck the buildings and killed an undisclosed number of the insurgents, who held meetings at the location.

The NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Olatokunbo Adesanya, who said the Boko Haram flags were sighted on Thursday, September 7, noted that the air strike was part of the Operation Ruwan Wuta launched by the military.

Adesanya said that the objective of the operation was to “further degrade the terrorists from regrouping to cause havoc for our surface forces.”

He said, “We conducted an air interdiction on Boko Haram buildings with two hoisted flags in Zanari. Quite a number of them were earlier spotted from a NAF Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance platform. They were entering the buildings apparently for meetings. The F-7Ni and the Alpha Jet aircraft were detailed to attack the target.

“Our subsequent battle damage assessment revealed that the targeted structures went up in flames, killing its occupants. The operation is aimed at softening the ground for our surface forces to subsequently move in and conduct mop-up operations.”

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army said its troops had killed some Boko Haram terrorists in an ambush and recovered some weapons.

Source: ( Punch Newspaper )

Boko Haram insurgents surrender to NSCDC

The Borno Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), on Monday said six Boko Haram insurgents had surrendered to the corps.

The Spokesperson for the command, Mr Bulus James, made the disclosure in a statement in Maiduguri.

James further disclosed that the repented insurgents surrendered to the corps under the Operation Safe Corridor initiated by the Federal Government.

He said that a large number of demoralised insurgents had also indicated their willingness to renounce their crime and join the society.

James reiterated the command’s commitment to support the military to ensure successful implementation of the counter-insurgency campaign.

According to him, the command also conducts sensitisation activities with a view to exposing the personnel to the best practices in peace building and conflict resolution.

“The campaign seeks to promote good understanding with sister security agencies as well as enhance mutual relations with society, “he said.

“On Sept. 9, the command graduated sets of trainees who were exposed to modern security services.

‘’The trainees were drawn from a security client of the University of Maiduguri.

“Private security firms are also encouraged to provide useful information to the military and police to end insurgency and stimulate peace building process.”

James warned that the command would de-list unregistered security firms and those that failed to renew their operational licenses in the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Operation Safe Corridor is a critical component of the counter-insurgency operation.

It was designed to encourage Boko Haram insurgents to surrender, facilitate their deradicalisation and rehabilitation for reintegration into the society.

Hundreds of repented Boko Haram insurgents are undergoing three-month deradicalisation process at a military facility in Gombe.

Source: ( NAN )

MNJTF Commander appreciates Nigeria troops effort in fighting Boko Haram

The Force Commander, Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF),Maj.-Gen. Lucky Irabor has commended troops of sector 1 Task Force in Cameroon for their relentless effort in fighting the Boko Haram terrorists.

He said this when he paid an operational visit on the troops in Mora in Cameroon Republic.

Col. Mustapha Anka the MNJTF Information Officer stated this in a statement in Maiduguri on Monday.

Anka quoted the commander as promising additional support for the troops to enhance their operations.

“On arrival, the commander and his entourage were received by the Commander Sector 1 Brig.-Gen. Dobekreo who presented a detailed brief on the activities, achievements and prospects of the formation in the fight against terrorism and insurgency.

“In his response, Irabor thanked Dobekreo and his troop for the warm reception and detailed brief.

“He expressed happiness at the achievements and successes recorded by the formation and promised to give necessary support to the command.

“Irabor used the medium to appreciate the President of the Republic of Cameroon Paul Biya and other Presidents of the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) countries and Benin for their commitment, determination and purposeful leadership towards ensuring peace and security in the region”.

He said that the commander also commiserated with the Sector for the souls of those that paid the supreme sacrifice and wounded during the fight against terrorism.

“Irabor also visited the Senior Divisional Officer Mora and was received by the Secretary General on behalf of the Divisional Officer.

“Irabor reiterated that terrorism required contributions of other agencies in order to maintain peace, security and harmony in the area.

“He also visited Maroua and paid a courtesy visit on the governor of the Far North Region.

“While at the Governor’s office, he was received by the Secretary General of the service of the governor of the region who welcomed him on behalf of the governor.”

Source: ( PM News )