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Yakubu Gowon, Nyako lead prayer for Buhari in Adamawa

On Monday, February 27, a former head of state Yakubu Gowon and a former governor of Adamawa state Murtala Nyako led many Nigerians in prayers for President Buhari

 The prayers – a Christian and Muslim session – took place in two different locations in the state

The groups during the prayers reaffirmed their confidence in the President Buhari/ All Progressives Congress administration

Yakubu Gowon, Nyako lead prayer for Buhari in Adamawa

As President Muhammadu Buhari continues his medical vacation in London, prayers for his quick recovery has seems endless.

On Monday, February 27, a former head of state Yakubu Gowon and a former governor of Adamawa state Murtala Nyako led many Nigerians in prayers for President Buhari.

The prayers – a Christian and Muslim session -occurred in two different locations in the state.

The groups during the prayers reaffirmed their confidence in the President Buhari/ All Progressives Congress administration

Punch reports that Adamawa state also witnessed various intercessory prayers for President Buhari and the acting president Yemi Osinbajo.

Leading the Christian group at the annual convention of the Diocesan Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria in Demsa Gowon prayed for a divine intervention in the health of President Buhari.

He said the survival of Nigeria as a nation lies in the tolerance by both religions.

Gowon said: “We are all God’s children; this is the time our unity as a people will also be put to test. For me, the survival of the nation lies in our tolerance. If it is well with President Muhammadu Buhari, it will be well with our nation.

“So, we all need to come together, irrespective of our religion, to ask for divine intervention in the health of the President as well as his speedy recovery,” Gowon said.

Also, the Adamawa state govenor Muhammad Jibrilla urged all Nigerians to join hands in praying for the president

Jibrilla said: “I beg all of you in the name of God to respect and honour your leaders. So, let us pray for the quick recovery of President Muhammadu Buhari because that is what God commanded us concerning our leaders. We all voted for Buhari; we will also pray for him together.”

In another session, the former governor of the state who was represented by his son, Abdul’Aziz Nyako said the people of the North-East would continue to pray for President Buhari’s quick recovery and return to Nigeria.

He also assured that no vacuum has been created by the president’s leave.

Nyako further commended the efforts made by the acting president in moving the nation forward.

source: naij.com

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Army Recovers Corpses Of Soldiers, Arrests, Kills Terrorists

Major General Leo Irabor, theatre commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, delivered a press briefing on Wednesday in which he updated the public on the Nigerian Army’s latest counter-terrorist activities.

He announced that over 50 Boko Haram terrorists have been killed since the start of the new year and several more have been arrested. The Major General also said that troops have been recovering the bodies of soldiers who lost their lives in the fight against Boko Haram.

Read the text of the press briefing below:

TEXT OF PRESS BRIEFING BY MAJOR GENERAL LEO IRABOR THEATRE  COMMANDER OPERATION LAFIYA DOLE AT MILITARY COMMAND AND CONTROL CENTRE, MAIDUGURI TODAY WEDNESDAY 11TH JANUARY 2017

It is in line with our resolve to keep you and the general public informed of our activities in Operation LAFIYA DOLE. Our gallant troops have continued exploitation and mop-up operations against fleeing Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs). The activities of the week under review show that the BHT are in disarray and are equally desperate. Therefore, this brief is intended to give update as follows:

a. Clearance Operations. Our gallant troops have conducted some clearance operations during the last one week:

(1) On 7 Jan 17 at about 1625hrs, following reports of BHT attempting to regroup, our troops embarked on clearance operation and established contact with BHT elements at WULGE village. Fire fight ensued which resulted to 11 BHT killed in action while 9 others were captured. However, one soldier was wounded in action. The captured BHT are undergoing interrogation.

(2) On 9 Jan 17 at about 0630hrs, own troops deployed between BANKI and DAREL JAMEL conducted clearance patrol towards BHT crossing site and encountered the insurgents at about 0715hrs. The insurgents fled on sighting own troops approaching and abandoned Honda motor cycle and 6 Jerry cans of 25 litre each containing AGO. The items were destroyed in situ.

(3) On 5 Jan 17 at about 0745hrs, own troops in conjunction with CJTF conducted clearance operation along DAMASAK – GASHIGAR road. The troops successfully cleared DUOMA, ASAGA, GASHIGAR and other surrounding villages. At ASAGA village, our troops encountered and dislodged some BHT elements. Subsequently, the troops recovered corpses of one officer and 15 soldiers earlier declared Missing in Action during their dislodgment from GASHIGAR on 16 Oct 16. The corpses were recovered along Kamadugou River line. Among the recovered corpses was that of Lt Col K Yusuf, the former Commanding Officer of 223 Tank Battalion. They have since been buried in Maimalari Cantonment Cemetery with full military honours.

(4) On 8 Jan 17 at about 1125hrs, own troops in conjunction with CJTF conducted clearance operation to METELE village and encountered pockets of BHT which were successfully cleared. The troops also cleared all identified BHT hideouts from DOGON CHUKU toward TUMBUN RAGO. During the  operation, 6 BHT were killed in action while 2 of our soldiers were wounded in action. The wounded soldiers are currently receiving treatment in our medical facility in Baga.

(5) On 8 Jan 17 at 0830hrs, own troops conducted clearance operation in MANAWASI and GAREL villages. The troops encountered BHT at BULAKESA village. The troops successfully cleared the BHT with support from Air Component and dominated the village. Sadly, an officer and 4 soldiers were killed in action while 3 other soldiers were wounded. A total of 50 BHT were killed in action while 3 AK47 rifles and several weapons and grenade were recovered from the BHT. Also, 9 BHT adults and 18 minors were arrested during the operation.

b. Arrests. Own troops have arrested some BHT suspects as follows:

(1) On 3 Jan 17 at about 1240hrs, 4 women and 13 children were apprehended by vigilantes at BUNI YADI and were later handed over to our troops. Preliminary investigation revealed that the women were wives of BHTs who fled from Sambisa Forest as a result of our operations. All suspects are in our custody undergoing investigation.

(2) On 9 Jan 17, a surrendered BHT identified a male sympathiser as BHT spy to MONGUNO and identified 2 wives of BHT Amir from the arrested BHT members.

(3) On 4 Jan 17 at about 1300hrs, own troops at KATARKO while on patrol along GUJBA-NANAMAJI road arrested 4 BHT suspects fleeing TALALA. Their names are Babagana Mohammedu from HONG in MICHIKA LGA, Usman Usman from FUNTUA Katsitna State, Murtala Dan-azimi from KOFAR GOMBE Bauchi State and Sanusi Dahiru from SAKWAYA in Jigawa State. Arrested suspects are in own custody undergoing further interrogation.

(4) On 5 Jan 17 at about 1030hrs, own troops and CJTF arrested 4 BHT suspects at SHUWARI village ahead of own checkpoint following a tip off that there were some BHT amirs lurking around. The suspects are Modu Auwami, Mamye Modu, Usman Kachanawa and Mallum Maji. During preliminary investigation, some local witnesses identified Modo Auwami as the one who used to provide medical treatment to injured BHT and had been seen wielding AK47 rifle on several occasions. The other 3 suspects claimed they were abducted by the BHT but only spent few days in their camps. The suspects are all from DAGUMBA and GUMSHE in MAFA and DIKWA LGA respectively. The suspects are in custody undergoing further interrogation.

(5) On 3 Jan 17 at about 1430hrs, own troops in conjunction with CJTF arrested 4 BHT suspects namely: Usman Alhaji Karama, Wakil Aga, Biye Kunti and Maimusa Khadi at SHUARI village close to custom house. The suspects were from DAGUMBA village in MAFA LGA and they all confessed to be BHT members. They claimed to have come to town to buy Tramadol tablets as they were arrested with 27 sachets of Tramadol tablets, 3 sachets of Cowbel chocolate and the sum of N5,040.00 only. They are all undergoing further interrogation.

(6) On 8 Jan 17 at about 2317hrs, following a tip-off a suspected BHT member one Abubakar Babagana Tijani (also known as Mafiyo) was arrested at GONGE area of MAIDUGURI. The suspect is believed to be among those at the top hierarchy of the BHT sect as he is especially known for his cross border activities. He has been to Chad, Cameroun and Republic of Niger at various times. The suspect has been undergoing interrogation.

(7) On 6 Jan 17 at about 1140hrs, our troops while on patrol at AWTI village general area arrested one Alhaji Muhammed with gunshot wounds on his left leg. The suspect confessed to be among the BHT that were ambushed by own troops around RANN on 30 Dec 16. The suspect is currently undergoing medical treatment in one of our medical facilities while interrogation also is ongoing.

(8) On 6 Jan 16 at about 2120hrs, own troops deployed at BUNI YADI arrested 2 men who were wandering forward of own troops location. On challenge, one of them identified himself as an ex-soldier. Troops arrested them and preliminary investigation revealed that the ex-slodier was dismissed from the military in Jan 16 at NASI while the other suspect was his friend. The suspects are undergoing interrogation.

c. Discovery of CHIBOK School Girl. On 5 Jan 17 at about 1900hrs during profiling of some rescued persons from BHT at AJIGIN-TALALA general area, our troops discovered one of the CHIBOK School girls abducted by the BHT in 2014. Her name is Rakiya Abubakar and was with her 6 months old baby boy named Abdullahi, I handed them over to the Borno State Governor same day at about 1900hrs at the Borno State Government House here in MAIDUGURI.

d. Handover of IDPs. On 5 Jan 17 at about 1130hrs, a total of 119 Nigerian IDPs were handed over to our troops at BANKI by the Cameroonian forces. The IDPs comprised 20 male adults, 25 female adults and 74 children. They were screened and moved to the IDP camp.

e. Surrendering of BHT in Limankara. On 9 Jan 17 at           about 1250hrs, one Alhaji Njida, a BHT member surrendered to our troops deployed at LIMANKARA. One AK 47 rifle loaded with 9 rounds with 7.62mm special ammunition was recovered from him. He is currently in custody undergoing interrogation.

f. Person Borne Improvised Explosive Device Explosions. During the period under review, there were recorded incidences of PBIED:

(1) On 8 Jan 17 at about 2015hrs, civilians within MUNA DALTI sighted 2 suicide bombers trying to infiltrate the metropolis through MUNA DALTI. When challenged, the armed suicide bombers opened fire and killed a member of CJTF and injured a little girl. The suicide bombers thereafter ran into Muna Park where one of them detonated his suicide vest killing himself, and a Motor Boy. The other suicide bomber was shot by the CJTF. However, suicide vest strapped on him did not detonate. Quantity 2 AK47 was recovered at the scene. The injured girl was evacuated to hospital while Nigeria Police EOD Team disposed the suicide vest and NEMA staff evacuated the body parts and disinfected the area.

(2) On 8 Jan 17 at about 2230hrs, 2 female suicide bombers detonated their suicide vests at KALARI general area. The first suicide bomber knocked at the door of one Wakili Bulama’s house, the daughter came out to check on who was at the door and the suicide bomber detonated the suicide vest and killing herself and the little girl. The explosion also destroyed part of the building. The second suicide bomber also knocked on the door of one Usman Wule about 200m away from the first scene and the owner of the house came to open the door. She detonated the suicide vest at about 2240hrs, killing herself and the owner of the house.

g. BHT Attack. On 7 Jan 17 at about 1740hrs, some BHT elements attacked our troops location through the Range Area during stand-to. The troops repelled the attack. Sadly, an officer and 3 soldiers were killed in action. By first light the following day, own troops went pursuit of the attackers by trailing their tracks. The tracks led the troops through GOLGORE up to BULAISARI village, where own troops discovered a camp observed to have been their staging area. Apart from one dead BHT discovered at the camp, a camel bag and several jackets all soaked in blood were discovered. The troops also found a pair of forceps, disposable hand gloves and cotton wool all stained in blood suspected to be as a result of the heavy casualty inflicted on BHT during the attack. The camp which was deserted had a workshop, grinding mill, scattered settlements and livestock. Own troops also recovered 2 dane guns and a motorola GP 340 hand held set. Thereafter, troops cleared the camp and exploited further to AJIGIN and TALALA general area.

h. Recovery of BHT Items. On 5 Jan 17 at about 1000hrs, own troops conducted a mop-up operations around CAMP ZAIRO general area and recovered additional BHT items. They included a pair of black uniform with camouflage design on the edges, a précis on motar operation written in Arabic, one big size Quran, 4 notebooks containing names of BHTs, a list of BHT locs, a list of IED materials and method of preparation, breakdown of quantities of arms and ammunition issued to BHT members, some instructions written in Arabic and a small BHT flag with Arabic inscription.

i. Display of BHT Doctor and Amir.
Summary of Arrested/Surrendered BHT Suspects and Other Rescued Persons.  A total of 963 civilians were arrested as BHT suspects while 2 BHT members surrendered to our troops during our operations conducted between 4 – 11 Jan 17.

Maritime Operation. The update for Op LAFIYA DOLE Maritime Component will be delivered by the Maritime Component Commander.

Air Operations. The clips of Air ops conducted during the period is as shown.

Going Forward. While we await other stakeholders to undertake repairs of broken down infrastructures, we have reconstructed many bridges and a bridge currently constructing one as could be seen among other construction works. I am hopeful that my earlier call to well-meaning Nigerians and corporate bodies for equipment support for construction and rebuilding of infrastructures will be fruitful.

At this stage of our fight against terrorism, I urge you and members of the general public to continue to be more security conscious. Given the apparent end of BHT, they are changing their modus operandi. As you go about your normal activities, be careful to know who is knocking at your door before opening.

We shall continue to inform the public of these developments. Your continued support would be highly appreciated as we Work to Win the Peace. Winning the peace is a process. Accordingly, What value are you adding? I urge you to leave the ranks of noise and distraction. Join to add value qualitatively. Thank you and God bless.

Major General LEO IRABOR
Theatre Commander
Operation LAFIYA DOLE

Nigerian troops in action

 

Source: saharareporters

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

On National Peace Committee’s Intended Visit To Southern Kaduna By Dr. John Danfulani

Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai and President Muhammadu Buhari have woefully failed to secure the people of Southern Kaduna in what is obviously appearing to be a genocidal scheme locally hatched, and commissioned to foreign barbarians to execute it.


by Dr. John Danfulani


On 13 January 2017 Gen. Abdulsalami Alhaji Abubakar and members of his National Peace Committee were in Sir Kashim Ibrahim House Kaduna. His team comprised eminent Nigerians like Cardinal John Onaiyekan, Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah, Commodore Ebitu Ikiwe, and the Sultan of Sokoto. The peacemakers had a three-hour closed door interface with Governor Nasir El-Rufai, Deputy Governor Barnabas Yusuf Bala and other top government functionaries.

The former Head of Nigeria junta stated their mission to Sir Kashim Ibrahim House thus: “We are here due to the recent happenings in Southern Kaduna. And from here within the week, we are going to meet with other stakeholders, religious leaders, the Chiefs in the area and also visit the site where these problems are and discuss with the people. After which we will now sit  down and see what we think should be done”.

After their almost late visitation to Southern Kaduna, and after listening to tribulations of victims, and tour of the genocide spots, the head of the self-appointed National Peace Committee informed the world of their next line of action in this fashion: “…after which we will now sit down and see what we think should be done. Then we come back to the governor and if necessary to the Federal Government”.

From their mission statement, it’s clear that they are going to Southern Kaduna to see political, spiritual and feudal lords of victims. Except they are telling us that they are living in some far off planets, they know what has happened and is still happening in Southern Kaduna. Sequel to that, why go to Southern Kaduna? The committee knows who has failed in protecting lives and property of indigenous people of Southern Kaduna via their actions, inactions, and pronouncements. Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai and President Muhammadu Buhari have woefully failed to secure the people of Southern Kaduna in what is obviously appearing to be a genocidal scheme locally hatched, and commissioned to foreign barbarians to execute it.

Wait a minute, are they going to Southern Kaduna to make peace or just see the scale of inhumanity and barbarism perpetrated by some hell-bound territorial expansionists?  Let’s yield to the temptation that they are going to talk and promote peace. Now, let me ask: is Southern Kaduna at war within itself or other communities in Nigeria? No. If it’s incontrovertible and irrefutable that Southern Kaduna people are not at war with any local or external community, why waste time visiting them and seeing Nigeria version of Sabibo?

Gen. Abdulsalami’s team are mere attention seekers whose interest is not to see to the end of the genocide in Southern Kaduna but instead to gain national prominence. Come on, is this mixed grill team ignorant of Governor El-Rufai’s statement of 2nd December 2016 and his chat claims of 21st December 2016?  Governor El-Rufai claimed he knows the barbarians and vandals killing people, burning houses and running over farmlands in Southern Kaduna. He said they are foreigners living in Niger, Cameroon, Mali, Chad and Senegal. The chief occupant of Sir Kashim Ibrahim House went further by telling us that he has paid some of them compensation to cease the killings in Southern Kaduna.

With Mr. El-Rufai’s shameful and felonious revelation, are the National Peace Committee not to head to the countries Mr. El-Rufai enumerated and sue for peace? Heading to the direction of victims of the mindless killings and arsons amounts to wobbling effort and charting a wrong directions. Let them get the contact of the killers from Mr. El-Rufai and head to their foreign climes and import them from their countries for a peace conference. It will be easy for them to achieve that because the compensator of killers, Mr. El-Rufai, knows their whereabouts.

If the gerontocratic clustered in the National Peace Committee are serious, let them head to Aso Rock and report Mr. El-Rufai’s foreign policy action of linking and negotiating with terrorists. If they want us to take them seriously, let them openly condemned Mr. El-Rufai’s action of compensating foreign killers of Southern Kaduna people because there is no local and global tradition that purified compensation of terrorists. Terrorists are killed and in milder cases arrested and prosecuted. But Mr. El-Rufai has introduced a boomeranging angle into the way terrorists are handled.

Do Gen. Abdulsalami and his team members desire we take them serious? Let them insist that victims of known foreign killers be compensated. Let them insist that Mr. El-Rufai should explain why the village of Goska in Kaninkon Chiefdom of Jema’a Local Government that was under 24-hour curfew was attacked on 24th December 2016 with impunity. Let them, if they are sincere, inquire reasons why Governor El-Rufai and President Muhammadu Buhari have not created an Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Southern Kaduna. Or direct them to set-go the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) moving with relief materials to Southern Kaduna.

Are members of the National Peace Committee saying they are unaware of Governor El-Rufai’s tweet in 2012 that told people that whosoever kills a Fulani man takes a repayable loan? On 2nd and 21st December 2016 he told us that he is Fulani. A simple linking of the dots and reading the thin blue lines in between his 2012 tweet and what is happening today will revile that when he used the word “We put it to whosoever…” he told us the resolve of his genocidal and barbaric groups. This is logic. No special wisdom is needed to connect the dots.

Gen. Abdulsalami must have heard of the imperial decree of an aspiring maximum leader Governor El-Rufai that anybody that counsels victims of genocide in Southern Kaduna to defend themselves is hate speech. And, that he would arrest and prosecute such people or person. His tantrum and megalomaniac resolve contracted provisos of the country’s 1999 constitution and Geneva convention of peoples’ rights that clearly stated that self-defense is a human right to a person or people under assaults, specially in a situation where government has vividly demonstrated its incapability in safeguarding them from reckless terminators. From this, it’s clear that Mr. El-Rufai is telling the people of Southern Kaduna to hold their hands while janjaweeds he knows and have been communing with commit dastardly acts.

Some of us are outrageously elated that patriotic citizens like Governors Ishaku Darius of Taraba, Ayo Fayose of Ekiti, Nyeson Wike of Rivers, Bishop Oyedepo of Winners Chapel, Sen. Danjuma Tella Laah, Chief Femi Fani Kayode and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) advanced the position of self-defense. We live to see how Mr. El-Rufai will walk his threats by arresting and prosecuting these people that directly challenged his wicked and satanic philosophy. Let him demonstrate to Nigerians his awesome power by arresting these men of timber and caliber and men he can’t even stand in their front and talk. Preying on people like Dr. John Danfulani of Centrum Initiative for Development and Fundamental Rights Advocacy (CEDRA) and Jacob Dickson of Authentic News Daily is not the best way of showcasing his executive recklessness and dictatorial disposition. History has it that bullies are cowards.

I counsel that Southern Kaduna groups this National Peace Committee intends to see should distance themselves from this time wasting and energy consuming scheme of elites that are malnourished of the capacity to call a spade by its name; people who hardly look the powers that be in the eye and tell them some quinine taste truth. Should the targeted groups ignore this divine advice of steering clear and rejecting the invitation, they will sooner or later be confronted with the repercussions of their intransigence because nothing good will come from their interface. Let them invest the time they will waste meeting these people who don’t share their aspirations or feel their pains in prayers and designing of strategy of how to defend their lands from unabashed land grabbers and 21st century inquisitors. Going will be like singing the lord’s song by the river of Babylon.
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