One of Kenya’s most wanted terror suspects, Fatuma Mohamed Masou, who had a Sh2 million bounty on her head, was found dead in Kedong, Kenya. Read the rest of this entry »
According to sources in the Nigerian Airforce headquarters, Maryam Ali Maiynga, the recently rescued Chibok girl, along with her baby was flown to Maiduguri via the helicopter on Monday, November 7. Read the rest of this entry »
– Eighty-three soldiers, including a commanding officer, are still missing 4 days after the Nigerian army came under Boko Haram attack
– The details of the attack are still catchy as the troops went missing after the attack
– Hundreds of insurgents attacked the base of the Nigerian army on the border with Niger on Monday, October 17. Read the rest of this entry »
Troops belonging to the 113 Battalion of
the Nigerian Army yesterday killed 40
insurgents and destroyed a terrorist
camp run by members of the Islamist
terrorist group, Boko Haram, at Alajeri village in Guzamala local government area of Borno State.
In a statement, Nigerian Army spokesman, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, disclosed that the troops acted after receiving reliable information that Boko Haram terrorists were in the area
The statement disclosed that the troops also captured one General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG), one rocket-propelled grenade 7, six AK-47 rifles, two Fabrique Nationale rifles, 10 magazines, 188 rounds of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition and 64 rounds of 7.62mm (special) ammunition. The soldiers also recovered three mobile phones, six copies of Holy Quran and 20 motorcycles.
Colonel Usman described the soldiers as being “in high spirit” following the attack, adding that the troops suffered no casualty or injury. The spokesman stated that the military was
“committed to the clearance and apprehension
of the Boko Haram terrorists in the country.”
He also stated that soldiers attached to the 7th
Brigade Quick Reaction Force encountered and
killed Boko Haram fighters moving in three
motorcycles along the Kekeno Road that
connects to Dabam Masara.
Colonel Usman revealed that the troops not
only killed two Boko Haram terrorists but also
recovered two AK-47 rifles, three motorcycles
and one tear gas from the insurgents. In
addition, the troops also retrieved four mobile
telephone handsets, assorted sizes of bathroom
slippers, food flasks, and plastic cups.
Yesterday, the same troops also killed a Boko
Haram kingpin featured in the Nigerian Army’s
list of 100 most wanted Boko Haram terrorists
In a related development, soldiers of the 118
Task Force Battalion of the 7 Brigade killed one
Boko Haram terrorist and captured another
during a face-off at Ma’ala Village in Kukawa
local government area of Borno State. Colonel
Usman disclosed that the soldiers also rescued
a three-year old girl from the terrorists.
Among items seized from the terrorists were
one AK-47 rifle, three rifle magazines, one
Hewlett Packard laptop, two external hard
drives, a pair of military and Nigeria Police
camouflage uniforms, a camel bag, three mini
solar panels, assorted charms, fishing nets and
a soldering iron.
Yes This is a pro-ported photo of adead Abubakar Shekau, the ex boko haram leader, Authenticity ofthe photo cannot be confirmed at the time of this post.
Though yet unconfirmed, the reported death of Abubakar Shekau,leader of the blood-thirsty Boko Haram sect brings to focus the largely unacknowledged efforts of the immediate past Federal Government, led by Dr. Goodluck Jonathan.Shekau had been reported dead in battles with troops numerous times,only for him to resurface and taunt the government and wreak more havocs.However, towards the tail end of theJonathan administration, especially the six weeks of routing by the military shortly before the last general election, reports also filtered in that the cat with nine liveshad finally been killed.From that period to date, the leader of the insurgents is yet to make a public appearance.On Wednesday this week, the Chadian leader Idris Derby disclosed that Shekau may have indeed been killed and that the insurgents have already appointed a new leader, Mahamat Daoud, who he said is ready for talks with Nigeria.Even if he resurfaces, Shekau is already a damaged leader for the group – credit for which should richly go to the outgone Jonathan administration.This is because the outgone administration had accomplished almost 95 percent of the anti-terror job in the fight against the insurgents.It is on record that Jonathan’s administration spent a whopping N4.62 trillion on national security in five years.
President Muhammadu Buhari said on Wednesday in Washington that the leaders of Boko Haram could help the Nigerian Government reclaim the abducted Chibok girls through negotiations.Mr. Buhari, however, said that the government would have to establish who the real leaders of the sect were before it could enter into negotiations with thegroup.The President, who was answering questions from Nigerians in the diaspora in Washington, described the situation as “very sensitive” and said that the government would need to find out the condition the girls were, in viewof reports that some of them had been “sold and married off”.“There are people who are claiming to be leaders of Boko Haram. They will help us to recover the Chibok girls.“But this is a very sensitive situation. Firstly, government has to establish that those claiming to be leaders of Boko Haram are indeed the leaders of Boko Haram. How do we do it – it is quite difficult.“In what conditions are they? Are they alive? Have they been kept as students? – because they are between the ages of 14 and 18.“They are 220 (in number) and they have been in captivity for 18 months. There are rumours that some of them have been sold and married off.“There are rumours that the leadership of Boko Haram had married some of them and theyhave already had children with them.“But, the objective of the Federal Government is clear.“We want them back alive, so that we can return them to theirparents; rehabilitate them psychologically and if possible facilitate their continuing education. This is the objectiveof the Federal Government.“And if we can get a confirmed Boko Haram leadership, we willnegotiate with them.”The President said the sect is plotting to exchange some of their leaders currently being held by the government in different security prisons in thecountry.He said the government was working closely with the neighbouring countries of Cameroun, Chad, and Niger toward securing the release of the girls.He applauded the Nigeria Police for their efforts at checking violent crimes such as robbery and kidnapping and praised the Anambra government for demolishing the properties of anyone found to be involved in the kidnap of innocent citizens.The President earlier met with a group of young professionalsin the United States at the same venue and assured them of his government’s resolve to fight corruption, remain steadfast, and invest heavily in education.According to him, education is the panacea to poverty and ignorance among the youth.The youth in their huge numbers took turns to express their best wishes for the President and the country.(NAN)
The death toll in Wednesday’s multiple bomb attack in GombeState has risen to 36, health officials.Local authorities had said 30 people died in three explosionsthat occurred at two motor parks.But the Chief Medical Director of the Specialist Hospital in Gombe, Reuben Ardo, said on Thursday that 86 people were taken to the hospital, out of which 15 died.A pregnant woman was among the injured.Mr. Ardo said the injured woman underwent an emergency caesarian section and was delivered of a baby girlahead of her due month.Of the 71 injured people, 56 were discharged and 15 admitted in the hospital, he said.At the Federal Teaching Hospital, the Deputy Director Public Relation, Haruna El-Rasheed, said 66 people were taken to the hospital, out of which 21 died. Thirty six were admitted and nine discharged. Two explosions occurred at Dadin/Kowa Wednesday night, followed by third blast at Dukku motor parks, all in Gombe town. Fwaje Atajiri, the Police Public Relation Officer, said that the Dadin/Kowa park blast occurred around 7:50 p.m.The Dukku motor park blast occurred nearly two hours after.A witness, Suleman Isa, told PREMIUM TIMES that the Dadin/kowa park bomb exploded between a Mosque and the motor park, as people were filing out from the Mosque.
This month, the world moved a step closer to the defeat of Boko Haram, the jihadist group that has terrorized hundreds of thousands in the northern states of Nigeria.In one of my first acts since taking office as president six weeks ago, I have replaced the heads of Nigeria’s army, navy and air force.Our new military leadership has not been chosen because of their familiarity with those in government, as was too often the case in the past, but on their track records and qualifications alone.These new military leaders will be based in Borno State in northern Nigeria, where the headquarters of the armed services has been relocated.This shift of resources and command directly to the front line, inaddition to the replacement of the head of the State Security Service, Nigeria’s intelligence organization, and a new emphasis on working in partnership with our neighbors, has equipped us to take the fight directly to Boko Haram.Already we are beginning to see a degrading of Boko Haram’s capabilities as a fighting force. In recent weeks, it appears to have shifted away from confronting the military directly to an increase in attacks on civilian areas, as we saw only last week when an elderly woman and 10-year-old girl blew themselves up at a Muslim prayer gathering in northeastern Nigeria. We should not be confused by this change, hateful as it is: It does not mean that Boko Haram is succeeding in its aims — it shows that it is losing.While we work to defeat the terrorists, I ask the people of Nigeria and the world for resolve and fortitude. The campaign we will wage will not be easy; it may not be swift. We should expect stages of success and also moments when it may appear that our advances have been checked. But no one should have any doubt as to the strength of our collective will or my commitmentto rid this nation of terror and bring back peace and normalcy to all affected areas.Similarly, my determination should not be underestimated in other matters. This includes instilling good governance and tackling the scourge of corruption that has held Nigeria back for too long.As I meet with President Obama today — the first time a president of the United States will encounter a Nigerian counterpart following the peaceful transfer of power in a contested election in our history — I will be discussing my plans for critical reforms. So, too, will I discuss why the formation of my administration is taking time and, crucially, why it must. Already there are voices saying these changes are taking too long — even though only six weeks have passed since my inauguration. I hear such calls, but this task cannot and should not be rushed.When cabinet ministers are appointed in September, it will be some months after I took the oath of office. It is worth noting that Obama himself did not have his full Cabinet in place for several months after firsttaking office; the United States did not cease to function in the interim. In Nigeria’s case, it would neither be prudent nor serve the interests of sound government to have made these appointments immediately on my elevation to the presidency; instead, Nigeria must first put new rules of conduct and good governance in place.I cannot stress how important it is toensure that this process is carried out correctly, just as it has been crucial to first install the correct leadership of the military and security services before we fully takethe fight to Boko Haram.There are too few examples in the history of Nigeria since independence where it can be said that good management and governance were instituted at a national level. This lack of a governance framework has allowed many of those in charge, devoid of any real checks and balances, to plunder. The fact that I now seek Obama’s assistance in locating and returning $150 billion in funds stolenin the past decade and held in foreign bank accounts on behalf of former, corrupt officials is testamentto how badly Nigeria has been run. This way of conducting our affairs cannot continue.Indeed, the failure of governance, it can be argued, has been as much a factor in Nigeria’s inability thus far todefeat Boko Haram as have been issues with the military campaign itself.So the path we must take is simple, even if it is not easy: First, instill rules and good governance; second, install officials who are experienced and capable of managing state agencies and ministries; and third, seek to recover funds stolen under previous regimes so that this money can be invested in Nigeria for the benefit of all of our citizens.We seek the support and partnershipof the United States in these tasks. The importance of the fight against terrorism and corruption in Nigeria, Africa’s most powerful economy andlargest populace, cannot be underestimated. Our allies can provide much-needed military training and intelligence as our soldiers take the war effort to Boko Haram. Similarly, we look to U.S. businesses as well as the Obama administration to help develop governance initiatives that can ensure that Nigeria’s wealth benefitsall its people, not just a few. By taking these steps, we will be positioned to benefit from increased investment — particularly in energy and electricity — from the United States.I was elected on a platform of change. I know this is what the people of Nigeria desire more than anything else. I know they are impatient for action. I realize the world waits to see evidence that my administration will be different from all those that came before. Yet reforming my country after so many years of abuse cannot be achieved overnight. In our campaigns against both Boko Haram and corruption, weshould remain steadfast and remember, as it is said: “Have patience. All things become difficult before they become easy.”
A Security Expert, Mr. Jackson Olalekan-Ojo, on Wednesday in Osogbo has called the attention of President Muhammadu Buhari to the numerous failure of the service chiefs. He strongly advised President Buhari to sack the service chiefs as their incompetency will drag the Presidents good image into the mud.Mr. Jackson Olalekan-Ojo explained that the terror activities of the Boko Haram in the North-East as continued to worsen as the insurgents continues to unleash terror and mayhem in the North-Eastern Nigeria. But the service chiefs are said to have been at theirbest, however, it is obvious that their best wasn’t good enough. Failure to tackle the incessant bombings by the Boko Haram sect is one of the facts that prove their incompetence.In a statement credited to Mr. Jackson Olalekan-Ojo, he was quoted saying, ” Having ordered the military to relocate their central command to Maiduguri which is where the fight is, Mr. President should also relieve the current service chiefs of their appointments and appoint new ones that will bring in new initiativeand tactics to combat these Boko Haram members.He then added that, ” These terrorists have now resorted into suicide bombing and these people do twosome, threesome or solo. I think we need fresh officers with fresh ideas and strategies to stop this bloodletting.And finally Mr. Jackson Olalekan-Ojo stated clearly that, ” Human lives are sacrosanct and the President should stop the mindlesskillings by the group and he shouldsack the service chiefs to be able to achieve this.”Mr. Jackson Olalekan-Ojo strongly urged Nigerians to be patient, saying he strongly believe in Mr President, and he is sure Buhari will deliver.