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Army kill three Boko Haram militants in Borno

The Nigerian Army says it’s troops killed three Boko Haram cattle rustlers at Mairari village in Monguno Local Government Area of Borno.

Col. Timothy Antigha, the Deputy Director Army Public Relations, 8 Task Force Division, disclosed this in a statement on Monday in Maiduguri.

Antigha said that the troops on Sunday ambushed the insurgents cattle rustling syndicate while trying to cross into Maiduguri.

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Army kills 2 Boko Haram insurgents in Bama

The Nigerian Army on Saturday said its troops had killed two Boko Haram insurgents at Mayanti village of Bama Local Government Council of Borno State.

Lt. Col. Kingsley Samuel, the Deputy Director Army wasPublic Rations, 7 Division, said in Maiguri the troops had ambushed a group of insurgents while trying to cross into the Sambisa Forest.

He explained that the troops neutralised two insurgents while many others escaped with gunshot wounds, adding that some food items were also recovered from the insurgents.

“The Mobile Strike Teams (MSTs) of Operation LAFIYA DOLE resolve to rout out the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists.

“MST yielded yet another result with the troops successfully ambushed unsuspecting terrorists at about 10: 45 p.m. on Friday, 6th October 2017.

“The insurgents were attempting to cross into Sambisa Forest from Mayanti village in Bama Local Government Area of Borno State.

“The troops sprung the ambush on the terrorists and neutralised two of them, while several others escaped with gunshot wounds. The troops also recovered two bags of maize from the ambush site.

“The MST has been a potent deadly mobile lethal force engaging and neutralising the insurgents in several staging areas”.

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Group demands relocation of IDPs to Bama

The Bama Initiative for Human Development, an NGO, on Sunday in Maiduguri staged a peaceful demonstration demanding the return of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to their respective communities in Bama.

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The group’s Chairman, Alhaji Muhammad Hassan, said that the IDPs would want to return and continue their normal activities in view of the prevailing peace in the state.

Hassan noted that about 70 per cent of the reconstruction and rehabilitation projects had been completed in the area, saying that they were tired of living as displaced persons.

“We are in Maiduguri for more than three years without meaningful means of livelihoods. The condition of our people is pathetic.

“The elongation in the process of returning displaced persons to their homes is moving at a snail pace and exposed them to unbearable conditions.

“We could no longer send our children to school; many have died of hunger and starvation. Most of us live in host communities and no one is supporting us,” Hassan stated.

He said that most of them were traumatised, coupled with serious neglect and poor living condition, adding that they are ready to trek back to Bama.

The Police, however, stopped the demonstrators from embarking on the trek and urged them to drop the idea because of safety.

Mr Damian Chukwu, the Police Commissioner in the state, said that the group had not notified the command over their planned return to Bama.

He advised the IDPs to dialogue with the state government and other stakeholders over their demand so that adequate preparations would be made.

“The police have a duty to protect you and we will not allow you to gather people and expose them to danger in the name of home return.

“Also, there is massive reconstruction and rehabilitation works going on in the town, executed by the Federal and State Government under the Bama Initiative.

“We will not allow you to go because of your safety, you better go back and wait for the time when government will permit your return to the town,” he said.

In his reaction, Gov. Kashim Shettima urged the IDPs to cooperate with government to fast-track the completion of rehabilitation projects in the town.

Malam Isa Gusau, the Special Adviser to the governor, Communication and Media Strategy made this known in a statement issued in Maiduguri.

“It is to the government’s advantage if IDPs return home because their return will lessen economic burden of supporting them as displaced persons.

“The greatest wish of the governor is the safe and dignified return of all IDPs to their communities. Much as he wants the IDPs to return, he is also concerned about their safety.

“Gov. Shettima is consistently committed to the ongoing rebuilding of private homes, police stations, hospitals, schools, water facilities, markets, council secretariats and other essential services in communities across 15 local government areas of the state,’’ he said.

Gusau explained that government had constructed 20,000 housing units in Bama and provided modern health facilities, schools and police stations in the area.

He added that the Federal Government was currently training a special Anti-Terrorism Squad and Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) to be deployed to the town under the Bama Initiative.

The spokesman added that the special squad and the agro-rangers, specifically trained to secure farmers in their farmlands would replace the military.

“We have to ensure that there is full return of civil security before IDPs can return.

“The governor encourages safe and dignified return only after putting the right things in place,” Gusau said.

According to him, the state government had re-built houses and re-settled displaced persons in parts of Kaga, Konduga and Gwoza Local Government Areas of the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that thousands of persons were forced to flee their homes when the Boko Haram insurgents sacked Bama town in 2014.

Hundreds of people were killed, maimed or abducted while the entire structures in the town were razed by the insurgents.

 

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INFORMATION TO COUNTER-INSURGENCY

The Service Chiefs after a meeting in Maiduguri on Tuesday, calling on Nigerians to volunteer information to assist the military succeed in the counter-insurgency campaign.

A statement issued by Maj. Gen. John Eneche, the Director Defence information, at the end of the meeting, said that the army needed information to fast track counter-insurgency in northeast.

Eneche stressed that such information is imperative to identify insurgents ‘sleeper cell’ locations, concentration camps and out-post locations.

The army also called on members of the public to expose insurgents’ collaborators and informants as well as suspicious habitation in urban and rural areas.

He reiterated the commitment of the military to end insurgency and ensure return of peace to the troubled North-East region.

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Nigerian Army Frees 257 Boko Haram Detainees

Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima, who received the rescued persons from the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj. Gen. Leo Irabor, during Armed Forces Remembrance Day in Maiduguri, said the military has made this year’s occasion unique after the fall of Sambisa Forest.


The Nigerian Army on Thursday freed 257 suspected Boko Haram detainees, according to an announcement made by the military at the 2017 Armed Forces Remembrance Day in Maiduguri on Sunday.

Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima, who received the rescued persons from the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj. Gen. Leo Irabor, during Armed Forces Remembrance Day in Maiduguri, said the military has made this year’s occasion unique after the fall of Sambisa Forest.

Mr. Irabor said the freed detainees have no links with Boko Haram after several investigations were carried out by security agencies.

“The 257 Boko Haram detainees have been screened and found to be innocent. The Army Day celebrations have afforded us the opportunity to free them to mark the occasion,” Mr. Irabor said.

While responding, Mr. Shettima, represented by his deputy , Mamman Durkwa, paid tribute to the fallen heroes, who he said paid the supreme price for the unity of the nation.

“We must be committed to ensure that the labors of our heroes past are not in vain. I commend the Nigerian military and other security agencies for wiping out terrorists from Sambisa Forest. In fact, it makes this year’s remembrance ceremony unique,” Mr. Durkwa said.

Nigerian troops and Commander visit Kuda community in Adamawa after Boko Haram attack

 

 

 

 

 

Source: Sahara Reporters, New York

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