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Nigerian soldiers kill 105 Boko Haram members

Nigerian soldiers kill 105 Boko Haram members
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The Nigerian Army has announced that troops of Operation Lafiya Dole killed 105 Boko Haram members in a recent offensive that was carried out against the insurgents. 

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In a statement released by the Nigerian Army spokesman Col. Sagir Musa on Sunday April 19, it was gathered that the terrorists were killed in northeastern Yobe state on the outskirts of Buni Gari village after Brigadier General Lawrence Araba “followed a credible lead”. 

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Two soldiers were injured in the operations and a large amount of ammunition was seized. Chief of Army Staff, Yusuf Buratai reportedly felt elated after being briefed by the commander during his visit to the Field Abulance Logistic Base 3 and Special Forces’ School on Sunday. 

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The statement reads; 

“The Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Yusufu Buratai, applauded the troops for their gallantry and resilience that led to the killing of the 105 terrorists at Buni Gari in Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe state on Saturday the 18th of April 2020.

“Gen Buratai visited two officers that were wounded in action during the Buni Gari encounter and other soldiers already on admission at the medical facility in Damaturu before proceeding to the Special Forces’ School in Buni Yadi where he and his entourage were briefed on the incident by the Commander, Sector 2 OPLD, Brig Gen Lawrence Araba.

“Araba informed Buratai that the recent success was as a result of intelligence report which revealed a plan by Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists to attack the village. 

“Based on intelligence received about the plan by the terrorists to attack Buni Gari, our troops swiftly intercepted and engaged the criminals in fierce battle that led to the killing of 105 Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists as well as the capture of several arms and ammunition from the criminals.

“Initial situation reports that 10 terrorists were neutralised. However, following exploitation by our troops, a total of 105 Boko Haram/ISWAP criminals are confirmed to have met their waterloo as a result of the encounter and some of the pictures are here for you to see sir.”

Ammunitions recovered from the terrorists include “five (5) AK-47 rifles, three (3) GPMG, one (1) Duska anti aircraft gun, one (1) PKT Gun, two (2) handheld radios, two hand grenades, two magazines with ammunition and hard drugs were reportedly captured.” One (1) gun truck was destroyed in the offensive.

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Boko Haram top commander arrested and their warehouse discovered

Nigerian Soldiers have hailed their Chadian counterparts as the Chadian army launched an assault on boko haram. The assault took place around lake chad, led by Chadian president, Idris Deby and resulted in the arrest of Boko Haram top commander and a weapons warehouse. 

The Nigeria Army are also described as a formidable force just like the Chadian soldiers, and strongly depends on military hierarchy that issues command which mean they cannot advance without authorization and clearance.

But the chad president led by example by leading the squad that initiated the assault, which boosted their morale to conquer the terrorist group.

Also, it is rumored that the implications of this success recorded by Chad are that the terrorists will flee to Nigeria since she’s considered their safe haven and the remnants of the terrorist will strive to survive by looking for weak villages to loot and also kidnap young people as recruits.

The international community will also likely see this Chadian success as an indication that Nigeria may not have been honest in the fight against this terrorist group and may shift their support towards Chad.

But this is goodnews, given that this terrorists have made the North of Nigeria a living hell and would be a respite for Northerners go about their activities without fear any longer.

Is this the beginning of the end of Boko Haram in Nigeria?

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President Buhari expresses grief over killing of 47 soldiers in Boko Haram ambush

President Buhari expresses grief over killing of 47 soldiers in Boko Haram ambush

President Buhari has reacted to the killing of 47 soldiers in an ambush launched by Boko Haram insurgents in Gorigi near Allargano Forest general area of Borno State.

LIB reported earlier that the soldiers who were conveying bombs in a convoy during an ongoing operation, died after the insurgents fired shots at the convoy. 

In a statement released by President Buhari’s media aide Garba Shehu, the Nigerian leader expressed “profound grief and sorrow’’ over the incident. 

Buhari who appealed to the military “not to allow the incident to affect their morale’’, stated that the death of every soldier causes deep pain because he knows what it means to be a soldier. He also disclosed that the Nigerian Army has dispatched a team to assess the situation and report back to the government.

The statement reads; 

President Buhari  has expressed “profound grief and sorrow’’ over loss of soldiers who were ambushed by terrorists in Gorgi Village, Borno State.

He said “sacrifices of our gallant patriots cannot be quantified, and their sacrifices cannot go in vain,’’ while commiserating with their families and those that sustained injuries.

The President said the death of every soldier causes deep pains because he knows what it means to be a soldier, and fully understands the extreme risks associated with the profession.

President Buhari said “despite the tragedies and incidents, we cannot allow anarchists and mass murderers to hold the country hostage.’’

The President appealed to the military “not to allow the incident to affect their morale’’. He assured that his administration will continue to motivate and equip them adequately in order to cope with the complex challenges of unconventional warfare.

The Nigerian Army has dispatched a team to assess the situation and report back to the government.

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Boko Haram kills 47 soldiers in Borno – Military

Boko Haram kills 47 soldiers in Borno - Military

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) on Tuesday March 24, confirmed that Boko Haram insurgents killed at least 47 soldiers in a recent attack. 

Director of Defence Information, Major General John Enenche disclosed this in a session with journalists in Abuja. He revealed that  troops of Operation Lafiya Dole were on clearance and fighting patrol operation to Gorgi in Borno between March 21 and 23, when they were ambushed by the insurgents. 

Eneche said some of the terrorists were killed and their gun truck was immobilized after the Air Component of Operation Lafiya Dole scrambled immediately to the scene and provided close air support to the ground troops.

The DHQ Spokesperson said; 

 “We are in a fluid conflict situation between March 23 to 24, troops who were on a clearance and consolidation operation which was successful were ambushed and we suffered some casualties.

“After the successful operation, the troops were heading to Buk when the Boko Haram insurgents shot at the last vehicle conveying supplies and the bombs exploded in the process killing some of the soldiers and all the insurgents that mounted the ambush. 

“Accordingly, air assets, including an Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) platform and fighter jets, were immediately scrambled to provide Close Air Support to the troops. While the ISR platform provided situational awareness to the troops, the fighter jets engaged the BHTs, immobilizing a gun truck and neutralizing some of the terrorists. Some others, who attempted to beat a hasty retreat, were mopped up by the jets in follow-on attacks.

“The Armed Forces of Nigeria, in furtherance of the objective of restoring peace and security in the Northeast, will continue to sustain the offensive against the enemies of our Nation. 

“The Defence Headquarters commiserate with the families of our fallen gallant heroes who paid the supreme price in the course of defending our fatherland.”

Eneche who assurred Nigerians that the military and other security agencies would continue to sustain the offensive against the enemies of the nation, added that this would be done in furtherance of the objective of restoring peace and security in the North East and other parts of the country.

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Boko Haram: Zulum commends Nigerians for special prayer for peace

Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno, has commended Nigerians for observing special prayers and fast to end insurgency and restore peace to the war-tone state.

Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno and heads of security agencies during the formal handing over of 983 detainees cleared of links with Boko Haram. [NAN]
Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno and heads of security agencies during the formal handing over of 983 detainees cleared of links with Boko Haram. [NAN]
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Zulum had on Feb. 19, requested people of the state and Nigerians to pray and fast on Monday Feb. 24, to seek divine intervention for intensify military offensive against the insurgent to achieve lasting peace in the state and the country.

In a message on his verified twitter handles on Monday, Zulum thanked Nigerians for observing special prayers and fast to facilitate successful implementation of counter insurgency campaign and peace restoration process..

Zulum said: “Today’s fast; which sought and still seeks Allah’s merciful intervention for an end to the Boko Haram insurgency, was largely carried out by many Nigerians out of empathy for the people of Borno state in particular, and for other parts of our dear country.

“In worship to Allah and for Borno’s sake; many Nigerians throughout the day, voluntarily abstained from food, water, and other personal affairs with abiding faith and hope that we regain enduring peace.

“Nothing I write or say can adequately convey the debt of our profound gratitude to all Nigerians.

“To the good people of Borno State, I am grateful to God for having you all by my side. Today, I saw firsthand, how majority of citizens, Muslims and Christians, devoted themselves to fast and prayers in mosques and churches.

“I monitored many acts of worship and charity. We did all of these for our sake and the sake of our brothers and sisters more directly affected by the insurgency.

“I am proud of all of you who joined in our collective acts today. I do solemnly reaffirm the pledge I made on May 29, 2019 that by the grace of God, I will, together with all stakeholders, continue to give more than my very best in our shared and determined effort to overcome the Boko Haram challenge and put our state on the path of sustainable recovery, growth and development.

“May the gracious and merciful Allah accept our acts of worship; May He answer our supplications which should not end with today’s fast, and may He answer the supplications being offered on our behalf by many Nigerians”.

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Bandits commanders agree to suspend attacks in Zamfara after a meeting with state government and security officials

Bandits commanders agree to suspend attacks in Zamfara after a?meeting with?state government and security officials

Bandits commanders in Birnin-Magaji Local Government Area of Zamfara, on Friday agreed to suspend attacks on the people at a dialogue meeting with the state government and security officials.  

The bandits also said that the coast is now clear for all those displaced by the attacks to return home. The agreement was reached at the palace of the Emir of Birnin-Magaji.  

Present at the meeting were the state Commissioner of Police, bandits commanders, leaders of Fulani, Civilian Joint Task Force and local vigilantes known as “Yansakai”.  

The meeting, chaired by Police Commissioner Usman Nagogo, was also attended by Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Security Matters, Abubakar Dauran and National leaders of Miyetti-Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN). The bandits’ commanders at the meeting were: Ardo Nashawari, Audu Karki and Muhammad Bello, while the leaders of civilian JTF and vigilantes were Malam Garba Nasarawa-Godal and Alhaji Shuaibu Aliyu.  

Speaking on behalf of the bandits, Nashawari, said with the suspension of the attacks, farmers were now free to return to their farms and other residents free to go about their normal businessess. Nashawari added, “We believe with this dialogue,the Fulani can now go to markets, they can move freely without any hitch.”  

The Civilian JTF leader, Alhaji Shuaibu Aliyu, urged the government to ensure immediate disarming of the bandits.  “On behalf of the entire members of Civilian JTF and Vigilance Group Birnin-Magaji Local Government Area, we commend the state government for this dialogue, we abide by it,” he said.  

On his part, the commissioner of police described the meeting as “fruitful” and restated the commitment of the command to rid the state of  banditry, kidnapping and other crimes.  “We are impressed with the comments of the warring factions, both of them have accepted the dialogue”, Nagogo said.