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April 5, 2020390
Buratai visits wounded soldiers in hospital, wishes quick recovery 
The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai on Sunday embarked on moral boosting visit to Borno State where he visited the Nigerian soldiers who were wounded during the army’s operation against insurgents in the North East recently.
Buratai visited and checked each wounded soldiers wishing them quick recovery.
A statement issued on Sunday evening by the Acting Director Army Public Relations, Sagir Musa, said the visit was sequel to earlier directive issued by the COAS instructing the Chief of Training and Operations (CTOP) Army Maj Gen EO Udo to move to the operational arena to see the wounded and convey his goodwill message to them.
The statement said the visit followed the “encounter in Gorgi, Borno State and the resultant various degrees of injuries sustained by some troops of Theatre Command Operation LAFIYA DOLE on 22 March 2020.
“The COAS Lt Gen TY Buratai has today Sunday 5 April 20 visited the wounded at the 7 Division Medical Services and Hospital at Maimalari Cantonment Maiduguri, where he went round the Hospital and  saw the injured  personnel and wish them quick recovery.”
It explained that some of the wounded have been evacuated to 44 Reference Hospital Kaduna  for more specialist treatment/management.
In today’s visit, “Buratai was accompanied by the CTOP Maj Gen EO Udo, Theatre Commander Operation LAFIYA DOLE Maj Gen Faruk Yahaya, Commander Engineer Corps Maj Gen JS Malu, Chief of Military Intelligence Maj Gen SA Adebayo and Acting Provost Marshal Army Brig Gen H Ahmed among other Senior Army Officers,” the statement said.

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March 3, 2020520

The Nigerian Army of Operation Lafiya Dole serving in the North East undertook more clearance action against Boko Haram terrorists, there many of the terrorists where killed and weapons recovered.

Some of the terrorists were taken into custody.

A statement from Colonel Aminu Iliyasu, Army’s Operations Media Coordinator, said

 

“on 25 February 2020, troops of 144 Battalion deployed in Madagali LGA of Adamawa State prevailed against and indeed decimates some Boko Haram criminals who attempted to infiltrate a defensive location occupied by the troops.

“In the aftermath of the encounter, the troops neutralised 3 of the maraudering criminals while many others are believed to have escaped with varying degrees of gunshot wounds.”

The troops of Strong Response Area Ngoshe in Gwoza LGA of Borno State on 25 February 2020 also “cleared Gava – Chinene Road and the surrounding Villages where they made contact with a pocket of Boko Haram” terrorists.

It noted that the terrorists “fled in disarray abandoning a woman and her daughter who were hitherto held captives by them.

“Preliminary investigation reveals that the rescued captives have been in the Boko Haram captivity for 2 years. Rescued captives were handed over to Internally Displaced Persons’ Camp officials for further management.

“Equally, on 27 February 2020, while acting on credible information from the locals, troops of 271 Tank Battalion deployed at Kopa Village in Madagali LGA of Adamawa State mobilized to Maikadiri Village where it was reported that some Boko Haram criminals had abducted 3 women.

“The troops pursued the fleeing insurgents and established contact thus forcing them to abandon their victims and escape in disarray. Thereafter, the 3 victims were successfully rescued unhurt and reunited with their families,” the statement said.

“The combined troops of 19 Brigade, 127 Battalion, 130 Battalion, 707 Special Forces Battalion, 101 Battalion, Army Headquarters Strike Group, 375 Artillery Regiment and elements of Headquarters Sector 3 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team under Operation AYISO TAMONUMA conducted a massive clearance operation to Baga and Doron Baga in Kukawa LGA of Borno State.

“During the operation, troops engaged some plundering Boko Haram criminals who evidently could not match the troops’ superior fire power but rather fled in disarray with possible gunshot wounds.

“Nevertheless, troops recovered 111 rounds of 7.62mm NATO ammunition at the location. Furthermore, an Improvised Explosive Device planted by the criminals along Mile 4 – Baga – Doron Baga Road was discovered and safely detonated by their Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team while troops also cleared Baga Town, Fish Dam and Doron Baga general area of any Boko Haram/Islamic State’s West Africa Province criminals’ presence.”

The Army during the clearance operation, rescued a septuagenarian and a mentally ill woman along their axis of advance.

“Troops also recovered one burnt G3 Rifle, 4 rounds of 7.62mm NATO ammunition, one cutlass, some pairs of military and Boko Haram criminals’ uniforms, one pair of desert boot, and 2 pairs of black military boots.

“Other items recovered include: one mobile phone, one bandolier, one water bladder, 2 damaged camp beds, 269 rounds of 7.62mm NATO ammunition, 2 Rocket Propelled Gun bombs, one 122mm Unexploded Ordnance, 3 Pressure Plates (vehicle borne Improvised Explosive Device) and a Boko Haram criminals’ flag.”

The troop in another operation recovered 3 Boko Haram criminals’ dead bodies, 2 AK 47 Rifles, 2 AK 47 Rifle magazines loaded with 10 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition, 310 rounds of 7.62mm (PKT) ammunition, 173 rounds of 7.62mm (linked) NATO, 4 tails of exploded 60mm Mortar bombs, one Techno phone and 2 camel bags.

“Troops also observed blood stains, scattered human brains as well as signs that indicated dragging of several killed Boko Haram criminals’ bodies.”

The statement noted that, “2 soldiers were wounded in action during the encounter. The wounded soldiers were evacuated to a military medical facility and are positively responding to treatment.”

 

 


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February 18, 2020780
Nigeria and India have initiated moves to deepen their collaboration in the Defence sector.
This was made known on Tuesday during a courtesy visit to the Chief of Army Staff by a delegation from the Ordinance Factory Board, Ministry of Defence, India.
The delegation was led by Deputy Director General of the Board, Mr Prakash Agarwala at the Defence Headquarters, Abuja.
Speaking on the purpose of the visit, Mr Agarwala said there was the need for Nigeria to benefit from the quality military hardware being produced in the factory.
“The Ordinance Factory is the biggest producers of hardware in India and second largest in Asia.
“Nigeria is one of the friendly countries with special relationship with India.
“As part of the policies, There are many areas we can work together” to deepen the growth in the Defence area.
“We can offer the hardware directly from the factory,” he said.
Speaking, the Chief of Army Staff, ho was represented by the Chief of Policy and Plans, Lt General Lamidi Adeosun said Nigeria and India have good relationship that dates back several decades ago.
“Your visit is like cementing already established relationship.”
He said the two countries can collaborate to ensure that full benefits from the factory that are available could be realised.
He said “there are areas we can work together like inspecting arms and how to utilise other opportunities.”

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February 6, 2020450

 

The Nigerian Army has decimated the Boko Haram terrorists in a well planned clearance exercise that has seen to the recovery of weapons leading to the deaths of many terrorists.

Giving an insight into a well planned covert operation, the Army’s Operations Media Coordinator, Colonel Aminu Iliyasu revealed that on 20 January 2020, the troops of 156 Battalion deployed at Mainok in Kaga LGA decimated some Boko Haram criminal elements who laid ambush along Jakana – Mainok Road.

He revealed this in a press statement obtained by Daily Mail on Thursday morning, pointing out that several Boko Haram insurgents were neutralized while others escaped with gunshot wounds.

Furthermore, the Army captured two Boko Haram criminals’ Gun Trucks, one Browning Machine Gun, one DSHK Anti – Aircraft Gun, one AK 47 Rifle, one Rocket Propelled Gun bomb, 200 rounds of 12.7mm ammunition (Belted) and a box of 7.62mm Special ammunition.

“By late evening on 27 January 2020, troops of 121 Task Force Battalion deployed at Pulka in Gwoza LGA of Borno State successfully” ambushed “a group of Boko Haram criminals mounted on motorcycles at Sabon Garin Kirawa in the same LGA.

“In the encounter which ensued, 2 of the insurgents were neutralised and one of their motorcycles was destroyed. Additionally, one motorcycle, one Automatic Grenade Launcher, one Light Machine Gun, one 81mm Mortar tube, one Anti-Aircraft Gun, 5 rounds of 81mm Mortar bombs and 5 rounds of Automatic Grenade Launcher bombs were captured by the gallant troops.

“In the same vein, on 28 January 2020, troops of 159 Task Force Battalion deployed at Gubio LGA of Borno State in conjunction with elements of the Civilian Joint Task Force while on a fighting patrol had a meeting engagement with some Boko Haram criminal elements within the general area of Ngomolari Village.

“The valiant troops neutralized 2 of the insurgents forcing others to retreat in disarray albeit with gunshot wounds. Notwithstanding, the troops captured one AK 47 Rifle, 4 AK 47 Rifle magazines and 46 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition.

“Regrettably, one soldier and one member of the Civilian Joint Task Force were wounded in action.

“However, the wounded were immediately moved to a military medical facility and are currently responding positively to treatment.”

The statement also revealed that, on 28 January 2020, troops of 112 Task Force Battalion deployed at Mafa LGA of Borno State in conjunction with elements of Civilian Joint Task Force conducted a robust clearance operation to Talwari, Damjamari, Kajeri Mai Burem and Gana Villages.

Continuing the statement revealed that shortly after Gana Village, “troops made contact with some marauding Boko Haram criminals. After a brief fire fight, 2 Boko Haram insurgents were neutralized. Furthermore, it is heart-warming that troops rescued 2 women and 5 children from the captivity of the criminals.

Also, on 29 January 2020, “troops of Sector 2 Operation LAFIYA DOLE in conjunction with elements of Chief of Army Staff Intervention Battalion and Theatre Special Forces conducted a massive clearance operation to Lambawa forest following an earlier encounter with Boko Haram criminals on 26 January 2020 in the general area. Although no contact was made with the criminal insurgents during the clearance operation, nevertheless the troops recovered one Anti-Aircraft Gun and 12.7mm ammunition metal links abandoned by the criminals as they were escaping in utter confusion during previous encounter.”

The statement continues below:

Also, on 30 January 2020, Boko Haram criminals mounted on 11 Gun Trucks met an uncommon resilience and debilitating blow by troops of Sector 3 Operation LAFIYA DOLE deployed at Damasak in Mobbar LGA of Borno State. After 3 unsuccessful waves of attacks on the battle tested troops, the troops unleashed a well-coordinated and overwhelming fire power with the support from Air Task Force Operation LAFIYA DOLE, Artillery and other support weapons to obliterate a large number of the insurgents while others were forced to flee in bewilderment. Consequently, on 31 January 2020, troops on exploitation along the Boko Haram criminals’ withdrawal route recovered 2 bodies of the criminal insurgents while traces of blood were also observed. Equally, troops recovered 2 AK 47 Rifles and another burnt AK 47 Rifle, one AK 47 Rifle magazine, 16 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition, 2 Rocket Propelled Gun 7 bombs, 3 rounds of 60mm Mortar bombs and 263 rounds of 7.62mm NATO ammunition.

Relatedly, in one of the most devastating defeats of Boko Haram criminals in recent times, on 5 February 2020, elite troops of 707 Special Forces Brigade under Operation SMOKEY THUNDER at blocking position of Boko Haram crossing points east of Gudumbali in Guzamala LGA of Borno State sighted some Boko Haram terrorists mounted on 9 Gun Trucks in the vicinity. Instinctively, the troops initiated a hot pursuit and made contact with the criminals. The resilience of the troopd and their superior fire power overwhelmed the criminals, forcing them to scamper in disarray. At the end of the encounter, 5 Boko Haram terrorists were neutralized and one of the Boko Haram criminals’ Gun Truck was destroyed. Additionally, one Dushka Anti-Aircraft Gun, one PKM Machine Gun Belt, 5 AK 47 Rifles, one Hand Held Radio, 2 Android phones and 3 Hand Grenades were captured by the troops. Regrettably, one gallant officer and one gallant soldier were wounded in action. However, the wounded personnel are currently responding positively to treatment in a military medical facility.

In another development, on 27 January 2020, Joint Tactical Team deployed to Borno and Yobe State arrested one Modu Gana, a high profile Boko Haram spy and logistics supplier at Airport Junction Bulunkutu Ngomari in Jere LGA of Borno State. Preliminary investigation revealed series of communication between the suspect and an Islamic State West Africa Province Commander – Bukar Fatumani requesting him to conduct surveillance on troops’ location at Benisheik, Jakana, Auno and Njimtilo.

In a separate incident, on 28 January 2020, the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team of Army Super Camp 6 deployed in Konduga LGA of Borno State in conjunction with troops of Quick Response Force recovered an Improvised Explosive Device planted by the evil insurgents along Konduga- Kawuri Road. The device was safely detonated by the expert team. Also, on 29 January 2020, Troops of Sector 3 Operation LAFIYA DOLE also discovered and safely detonated an Improvised Explosive Device also planted by the cowardly insurgents along Garin Giwa – Cross Kauwa Road. In the same vein, on 29 January 2020, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team attached to Army Super Camp Dikwa discovered and safely detonated 2 Improvised Devices shortly before Kaga Bridge along Dikwa – Marte road.

Elsewhere in the North West region, in the early hours of 29 January 2020, gallant troops of 1 Battalion under Operation MESA deployed at Shanga LGA of Kebbi State acting on credible information about an armed robbery incident along Tungan Noma Village Road swiftly mobilized to the scene and made contact with the criminals. During the encounter, one of the armed robbers was neutralized while others escaped with gunshot wounds. Troops restored normal vehicular traffic and continue to maintain vigilance along the route.
Relatedly, on 28 January 2020, troops of 1 Brigade successfully intercepted a group of bandits mounted on motorcycles who were heading towards Birnin Tsaha Village in Birnin Magaji LGA of Zamfara State for an impending attack on the community. On sighting the advancing troops, the criminals scampered in disarray into the bushes avoiding contact. Nevertheless, troops recovered one AK 47 Rifle, 2 AK 47 Rifle magazines and 46 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition abandoned by the escaping bandits.
Also, on 28 January 2020, troops of 35 Battalion deployed in Katsina raided a bandits’ hideout at Garu Village in Kaita LGA of Katsina State, neutralized one bandit and recovered 3 locally made pistols, some quantity of gun powder and a handset, sim card and memory card. Recovered items are being analysed for possible clue to arrest the gang members.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai wishes to reassure the general public of the resolve of the Nigerian Army to continue to execute our constitutional mandate professionally and responsively for a better and secured Nigeria. He also thanks all well-meaning Nigerians for their continued support, goodwill and understanding towards officers and men of the Nigerian Army.

 


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February 2, 2020760
Nigeria Army has completed arrangement to reward and promote 37 of its officers for their bravery and gallantry in the war against terror in the North East.
A press statement received from the media coordinator of the Army in the North East, Colonel Aminu Iliyasu said the commendation and promotion was in line with the Army’s effort to free the country from insurgents.
The statement said this is coming aftermath of a successful assessment of greater of operations by the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai.
According to the statement, those to be awarded are:  Brigadier General  Olufemi Oluyede – Commander 27 Task Force Brigade, Brigadier General Ahmadu Mohammed –  the immediate past Commander 26 Task Force Brigade Gwoza,  Colonel Mohammed Babayo –  Commandant  Army Super Camp Benisheik, Lieutenant  Colonel Isah Yusuf – Commanding Officer 158 Task Force Battalion.
Others are Lieutenant Colonel Abayomi Biobaku – Commanding Officer 159 Battalion, Lieutenant Colonel  Jerry Maigari –  Commanding Officer 251 Task Force Battalion, Lieutenant  Colonel Tajudeen Lamidi –  Commanding Officer 192 Battalion, Major Micheal Ndubuisi – Army Headquarters Strike Group, Major Abdullahi Muhammad – 212 Battalion, Captain Emeka Chukwu – Headquarters Theatre Command.
Also, Captain Audu Kure – 192 Battalion, Captain Alhassan Abdulkadir – 192 Battalion, Captain Festus Fatunberu – 212 Battalion, Captain Haruna Dabai – Headquarter 7 Division, Lieutenant Baba Mala – 3 Battalion (Main), Lieutenant Osazee Asemota – 144 Battalion, Lieutenant Jeremiah Abomchi – 212 Battalion  and Lieutenant Suleiman Kirikpo – 231 Battalion would have new ranks.
The rest are Staff Sergeant Aminu Ashiru – Headquarter Sector 2, Staff Sergeant Isah Umar – 19 Battalion (Main), Corporal Udom Innocent – Headquarters Theatre Command, Corporal Tochukwu Okongwu – Mobile Strike Team 5, Corporal Kabiru Sule – Headquarter Sector 2, Corporal Bala Yahaya – Sector 3 Military Intelligent Brigade, Corporal Bello Yakubu – Army Special Forces Command, Bombadier Ayuba Nyajon – 376 Mixed Artillery Regiment.
 “Lance Corporal Marafa Mohammed- 212 Battalion, Lance Corporal Faruk Mohammed – 212 Battalion, Lance Corporal Ekiozgha Tobias – 115 Battalion, Private Hamisu Danbaba – 109 Special Forces Battalion, Private Adeyemo Tunde – 123 Special Forces Battalion , Private Yunusa Abdulazeez – 123 Special Forces Battalion.
“Private Akinpelu Babatunde – 123 Special Forces Battalion, Private Akinyemi Caleb – 123 Special Forces Battalion, Private Omilani Ojo – 123 Special Forces Battalion, Private Murtala Sani – 123 Special Forces Battalion and Private Enoch Stanley – 109 Special Forces Battalion,” are all beneficiaries.
The statement noted that, “It is pertinent to note that, while the distinguished officers are to be given Special Letters of Commendation, the soldiers on the other hand are each to be granted special promotions to their next higher ranks.
“The rewards are typical of the Nigerian Army’s usual practice of duly recognising unique acts of undeniable gallantry as well as commitment to the service of our fatherland.
“It is meant to inspire their colleagues to always strive for excellence in the discharge of their professional undertakings.”
Buratai “congratulates and commends the beneficiary officers and soldiers for their resilience, doggedness and patriotism in the fight against Boko Haram/Islamic State West Africa Province criminals and urges them to keep up with the good work as the Nigerian Army is committed to ending the insurgency and other security challenges confronting the cour”.

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January 28, 2020580

 

Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Tuesday stormed Maiduguri, Borno State, the epicentre of war against boko haram, commending the troops for their bravery and unrelenting war against insurgents.

Buratai who mixed nd mingled with troops of Operation Lafiya Dole (OPLD) freely, charged them not to relent in their onslaught against Boko Haram insurgents until they are completely defeated.

Speaking to the 156 Task Force Battalion, Buratai said recent succés against the terrorists and recovery of gun trucks and weapons from them on Sunday in the area was a boost to the ongoing counterinsurgency campaign.

He reassured them of  government’s commitment to providing adequate equipment to the troops so as to maintain the current tempo of operation with a view to ending insurgency in the shortest possible time.

“You have done and are still doing your job professionally and this must be maintained,” he praised the ttroops.

“We have a lot of individuals, a lot goodwill as well from across the country and a lot of distractions as well but these distractions must not hinder  your operations. We have a sacred responsibility to  our country.

“The military profession, the profession of arm is a noble profession and you are the only ones that can do this Job because you have signed to sacrifice your comfort, your time and if need be, pay the supreme price.

“You must remain focused, you must remain firm, you must maintain the determination to bring this madness by  criminal elements of Boko Haram or whatever they call themselves to an end.

“On this note, I must congratulate you on the feat you have done yesterday and you must continue to clear their doubt and deal with them decisively,” he said.

Buratai also reassured the troops of improved welfare package in 2020, as well as those of their families in their various barracks, urging them to be proud of serving their country.

Agency reported that he inspected the gun trucks sized from the terrorists by the troops on Sunday as well as the cache of weapons and ammunition and other items recovered from them during the encounter.

He also visited the wounded troops at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital where he went round the various wards to encourage the victims reports say.


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January 26, 2020610
Nigerian Army’s troops of 3rd Battalion of Operation LAFIYA DOLE deployed in Gamborou-Ngala LGA of Borno State over the weekend neutralized terrorists attacks in the state.
In a statement obtained by Daily Mail from the Nigerian Army Operations Media Coordinator, Colonel Aminu Iliyasu, “the insurgents sneaked into the peaceful community in five Gun Trucks, motorcycles and a number of foot soldiers through the rear of a humanitarian hub using a farm as cover with the heinous intent to unleash one of the most devastating terror attacks in recent times.
“Fortunately for the residents, the vigilant troops responded swiftly, engaging the criminals with overwhelmingly superior firepower, thereby forcing them to beat a hasty retreat in complete disarray.”
The statement noted that, “During the ensuing pursuit and exploitation embarked upon by the troops, one Boko Haram criminal suicide truck driver strapped with a suicide vest was neutralised.
“Items captured during the encounter include one AK 47 Rifle, one FN Rifle, one motorcycle and one heavily laden Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device with deadly explosive materials.” According to the statement, preliminary investigations revealed that the Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device and the suicide bomber were heading to the Internally Displaced Persons Camp in Gamborou-Ngala before the troops intercepted and foiled the plan of the insurgents.
Additionally, 5 Humanitarian workers who took refuge in a bunker during the attack were successfully rescued by the troops.
A day earlier, the same Battalion had repelled nother boko haram attack at Ngala bridge.
 The Army noted in the statement that the insurgents came in three Gun Trucks and a number of foot soldiers late afternoon but the troops “immediately swung into action, engaging and decimating the criminals and inflicting heavy casualty on both their men and equipment.”
This led to the capturing of two fun trucks from the terrorist.
Troops also captured two Anti-Aircraft guns, one General Purpose Machine Gun, 2 AK 47 Rifles, one General Purpose Machine Gun barrel, 688 rounds of 7.62mm NATO ammunition, 20 rounds of PKT ammunition, 63 rounds of 50 ammunition.
“One neutralized body of the criminal insurgents was recovered during exploitation while several other bodies and wounded were believed to be carted away as evident by the trails of blood found along their withdrawal route,” the statement further noted.
Also, troops of the 7 Division cleared a Boko Haram ambush while on clearance operations between Firgi and Bank Junction in Bama LGA of Borno State.
Two insurgents were neutralized while others were believed to have escaped with varying degrees of gunshot wounds.
Few days earlier, troops of 159 Battalion deployed at Geidam local government of Yobe State neutralized two terrorists. Several of the insurgents were believed to have escaped with gunshot wounds as indicated by traces of blood along their withdrawal route.
“Items recovered afterwards during mop-up operation include, 2 AK 47 Rifles, 5 AK 47 Rifle magazines and 45 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition.”
In a separate operation, troops of 21 Special Armoured Brigade deployed at Bama, Borno State in conjunction with elements of Headquarters 7 Division, Theatre Special Forces 1 and 2, Camerounian Defence Forces, Civilian Joint Task Force and Vigilantes conducted a robust clearance operation to suspected Boko Haram hideouts at Gabchari, Shuwarin, Maluborin, Gremari, and Kanari Villages.
During the operations, the Army noted troops made partial contact with some of the boko haram “terrorists at Shuwarin who realising that they could not withstand the superior firepower of the troops, abandoned the location and scampered into the nearby forest.” However, one of the terrorists was neutralized during the brief encounter. Items recovered from the fleeing criminals include one locally made pistol, one wooden AK 47 Rifle (used by Boko Haram terrorists for training) and one Boko Haram Terrorists’ flag.
“Boko Haram structures within the enclave including some food items, a makeshift Boko Haram market, thatched houses and locally made irrigation pumps, were destroyed,” the troops noted.
Another “troops of 29 Task Force Brigade deployed at Benishiek in Kaga local government of Borno State, in conjunction with elements of Civilian Joint Task Force and Vigilantes  launched Operation QUICK BLOW aimed at denying the insurgents freedom of action, opening and securing the major road between Benishiek – Adamamti – Bulamari – Abuja – Ari Dumbari – Jauri  Usmanti – Warsala – Borgozo, for safe and seamless commuting.
Relatedly, “troops of Headquarters 7 Division deployed in Maiduguri, Borno State in conjunction with elements of Civilian Joint Task Force and Vigilantes under Operation QUICK BLOW also commenced aggressive clearance operations at Bulabulin, Kirkashima and Ariwuzumari in order to maintain the existing safe conditions for commuters on Maiduguri – Damboa corridor.”
In a separate incident, “troops of 121 Battalion deployed at Pulka in Gwoza LGA of Borno State successfully cleared an ambush laid by Boko Haram criminals on 18 January 2020 at Warabe, Borno State.  In the aftermath of the encounter, 2 Boko Haram criminals were neutralized while several others fled with gunshot wounds under the cloak of darkness. The troops also captured 2 AK 47 Rifles and 3 refilled rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition among other items.
In another development, “the Joint Tactical Team deployed to Borno and Yobe States apprehended a Boko Haram female recruiter, one Zainab Usman at Modu Sulemri area of Abujan Talakawa Ward of Maiduguri Metropolitan Council in Borno State.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect is a wife of Alai Usman, a high profile Islamic State West Africa Province logistics supplier. The suspect is believed to be in contact with other high profile Boko Haram/Islamic State West Africa Province Commanders, helping them to recruit young fighters.
Also, “on 20 January 2020, troops of 212 Battalion deployed in Auno, Kaga LGA of Borno State in conjunction with elements of Civilian Joint Task Force arrested one Mallam Ahmed Yakuba, a high profile Islamic State West Africa Province informant at a location south of Auno Village. Preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect was born in Niger Republic, grew up in Sudan and has been in Nigeria for the past 15 years.”
 However, “during interrogation, the suspect confessed to being a spy for the Islamic State’s West Africa Province criminals on a mission to spy on troops’ location in Auno and other locations along the Maiduguri – Damaturu road.
In another development, “on 22 January 2020, troops of 212 Battalion deployed at Gajigana in Magumeri LGA of Borno State arrested a Boko Haram criminal, one Bukar Goni Sanda in Gajigana Village.
“During preliminary interrogation, the suspect confessed to having left the Village 2 years ago and joined the Islamic State’s West Africa Province insurgent group where he was trained on weapon handling particularly in pistol, AK 47 Rifle, Rocket Propelled Gun 7 and Anti-Aircraft Guns, at Kangarwa and Damasak forests.
“He further confessed to have returned to the community in order to spy on troops’ location.
In a similar vein, “on 20 January 2020, troops of 21 Special Armoured Brigade deployed at Bama in Borno State, in conjunction with elements of Cameroonian Defence Forces and Civilian Joint Task Force in the ongoing Operation RUFE KOFA, had meeting engagements with Boko Haram criminals during clearance operations conducted to identified insurgents’ hideouts at Abbaram, Nguzuwa 1, Cina and Nguzuwa 2.”
Consequently, “troops destroyed all the criminals’ hideouts along the axis, neutralized 5 Boko Haram criminals and recovered one motorcycle, 2 mobile phones, 2 Dane guns, 2 wooden guns, 8 refilled rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition, one AK 47 Rifle magazine and 2 locally fabricated magazines. Furthermore, 2 women and 4 children hostages were rescued.
“The rescued children were instantly administered with the Oral Polio Vaccine by the Army Medical Team in line with the Buratai Intervention Initiative.”
Elsewhere in the North West region, on 20 January 2020, the combined troops of 2 Battalion, Forward Operating Bases at Kushaka, Birnin Gwari and Pandogari in Kaduna and Niger States while on Operation MESA, conducted a robust clearance operation against suspected bandits and kidnappers’ hideouts at Dogon Gona in Shiroro LGA of Niger State. During the operation, troops made contact with a pocket of bandits on motorcycles at Ushana Village.
“The gallant troops unleashed their superior firepower on them, forcing them to retreat in disarray. Following the encounter, troops neutralized one bandit, recovered one AK 47 Rifle, 3 AK 47 Rifle magazines, 10 round of 7.62mm Special ammunition, 2 mobile hand sets and one motorcycle.”
Similarly, “on 22 January 2020, troops of 8 Division responded to a distress call about kidnappers holding some victims within the fringes of Zugu forest in Kebbe LGA of Sokoto State.  Troops swiftly mobilized to the area.
“After a brief fire fight, the kidnappers abandoned the 2 kidnapped victims and fled.
“The rescued victims have since been reunited with their families. Relatedly, on 21 January 2020, troops of 31 Artillery Brigade under Operation MESA while on clearance operations had meeting engagement with bandits at Dogon Gona in Shiroro LGA of Niger State.
“The bandits fled due to the superior firepower of the troops. Nevertheless, troops rescued the 5 kidnapped victims, administered them with First Aid after which they were released to reunite with their families.”
The Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai wishes to reassure the general public of the Nigerian Armys’ unwavering commitment to ensuring adequate security and enabling environment for a peaceful and prosperous nation, the Army stated in the statement.

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January 22, 2020560

 

The Nigerians Army has moved swiftly to thwart any attempts to set up check points across Borneo State.

It therefore advised motorists against stopping at irregular security check points on the Maiduguri-Damaturu road.

This was revealed on Tuesday by Maj. Gen. Olusegun Adeniyi, Theater Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, in Maiduguri.

He said that intelligence reports indicates that Boko Haram were mounting road blocks and attacking motorist on the road.

Agency reports day Adeniyi listed the designated check points to include Njimtilo, Auno, Jakana, Ngamdu and Kukareta.

Adeniyi however assured motorists that the road was secure as the military intensified patrol and deployed additional personnel to guarantee safety of road users.

Agency reports said the new measures had denied the insurgents freedom to attack commuters as well as villages along the highway.

“The problem is that Boko Haram dressed in Nigeria army stolen uniforms, having painted Hilux in Nigeria army special camouflage colours, stop some vehicles and abduct innocent Nigerian,” he revealed amid warning for motorists to exercise caution.

“So between Maiduguri and Damaturu, I have ordered that no checking of persons except at recognized checkpoint inside Auno, Jakana, Minok, Banishaik, Ngamdu, Kukareta” he pointed out.

He added, “Those check points have been there for years and they do not even check individuals, they just make sure Boko Haram do not sneak terrorists and IED-laden vehicles into the two cities.

“So if anybody is being asked to stop in between this towns, he should be very wary,” eh advised assuring that, “A lot of soldiers and other security personnel are on that road 24 hours.”

Adeniyi said that the command had launched several military operations along the road to route out the insurgents hibernating around the highway to cause havoc.

“Other military operations were carried out on the road and several kilometers away from the road. More resources are being put on that road because we realized how vital that road is to all Nigerians,” he said.

The theatre commander said that the insurgents had adopted the ISIS style of winning the minds and heart of the civil populace by not attacking them in most cases with a view to set up a caliphate.

“When they enter villages, they will tell them (people) not to run, that they should cool down that they are not there to harm them. They are doing this in hope that they are going to form whatever geographical entity that also run a fake state like ISIS.”

Adeniyi said massive operations were currently ongoing across the northeast to decimate the terrorist and rescue captured victims.

“Everyday, there are military operations throughout the Northeast. Except Boko Haram will take these people out of Nigeria, our military operations will surely reach wherever they are and by God’s grace, we will rescue them.

“I am assuring Nigerians that we will not relent in our effort to make sure we get to everywhere. We just left Mandara mountains and we know the number we rescued.”

Daily Mail reports that the Army has expanded its scope of intelligence gathering to meet renewed challenges posed by Boko Haram and other insurgent groups, which continue to morph their method of operations.


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January 22, 2020570

Troops of Nigerian Navy have arrested a kidnapping and armed robbery gang who have been terrorising  Southern Kaduna, Benue and Niger states.

The troops which carried out this harvest f arrests are from the Nigerian Navy School of Armament Technology (NNSAT), Kachi, Kaduna state.

The gang of these kidnappers and armed robbers have been responsible for many untold stories of people being kidnapped for ransom while citizens of these States fell under the spell of serious robberies.

Confirming the development on Tuesday in Kaduna State, the Commandant of the Nigerian Navy School of Armament Technology, Kachia, Rear Admiral Tanko Yakubu Pani, said it took serious four months of surveillance to undertake the successful arrests.

Pani, who handed the suspects to the Department of State Security (DSS) in Kaduna said the Naval operatives rescued 28 kidnapped victims from kidnappers dens while arresting some of the suspected kidnappers and others who involve in crimes of cattle rustling and banditry in Kaduna State and environs.

“Some of them were caught in isolated forests where they were hibernating, while others were caught in hotels and their houses,” Pani revealed.

Speaking further, he said, “The arrested criminals include Abubakar Duguri alias Kure, Saleh Magaji alias Bodori, Idris Iliyasu, Auwal Yahyah, Monore Abu. Others are Mohammed Wakili, Tanimu Ibrahim alias Sambo, Abdullahi Adamu alias Yellow and Umar Alhassan.

“These criminals are responsible for various criminal activities such as kidnapping, armed banditry and cattle rustling in Kachia and other parts of the State.

“Various items were recovered from them which include weapons, motorbikes and military camouflage uniforms, amongst others, which they use for their operations.

“Some of the victims of the criminals who were unable to meet their demands were instantly killed while others were either maimed or injured.

“Also, some of the female victims were raped.”

Continuing Rear Admiral Pani said, “In line with the mandate of ‘Operation Yaki’, the Kaduna State Internal Security Operations, this morning, we are handing over the criminals to the Department of State Services for profiling and further investigation.

“We want to assure Nigerians that the Nigerian Navy will continue to do her best in collaboration with other security agencies to protect lives and properties of citizens of this nation.”

Daily Mail reports that these gang of robbers and kidnappers often killed their victims if they were unable to pay ransom. In some instances they were killed despite collecting ransom.


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January 21, 2020520
The Nigerian Army on Tuesday frowned at false news, which it referee to as fake on the deaths of 17 Nigerian soldiers at waging war against insurgents in the North East.
In a press released obtained by Daily Mail, signed by Nigerian Army Operations Media Coordinator, Colonel Aminu Iliyasu, the Army said no 17 soldiers were killed by Boko Haram that has been defeated, branding the news as “fictitious news report.”
It further described  It as a “malicious reports” quoting the reports which appeared in some sections of the media saying, ‘not less than 17 soldiers were killed in confrontations between the military and Boko Haram insurgents along Bama – Gwoza road weekend,’ a claim the Army vehemently said was not only false but fallacious and imaginary.
“It is pertinent to categorically state that the said news  reports are not true but are simply the figments of the imaginations of their authors,,” the statement said.
The army stressed that, while the Nigerian Army recognizes the role of the media in nation building and indeed considers them as partners in progress, “she however frowns at some of the unprofessional conducts and activities of a few enemies of our great nation who, by their false, speculative and sensational reportage, continue to undermine national security either wittingly or unwittingly, and in so doing, they are not only soiling the good reputation of some media professionals,  but are indeed undermining the sacrificial efforts of the troops fighting the insurgents.
“This is clearly demonstrated in the fabricated or unsubstantiated reports under reference.
“The false reports, which could best be described as Yellow Journalism, have exposed the ignorance and the  desperation of its authors and their unscrupulous but failed attempt at creating  unnecessary security concerns where there is none.
“It is indeed unfortunate that, while Nigerian Army troops have been doing their best to ensure that there is a safe and secure environment for our people, there are a few people within the media world who, perhaps for percuniary reasons, are determined to thwart such sacrificial efforts of the troops through such mischievous and completely false publications.”
The Nigerian Army also “wonders who were the alleged 17 casualties and would indeed be glad if those behind” the news “and some social media publications could tell their audience precisely where the said casualties are and where such imaginary fight actually took place.
“It is a well known fact that sensational headlines and reports attract bumper sells. However, it should be noted particularly by the observed unpatriotic reporters that, such bumper sells should not be at the expense of their reputation and the precious lives of our gallant troops.
“It is quite disappointing to also observe that, some international organizations have equally fallen prey to the Boko Haram/Islamic State West Africa Province propaganda antics.
It is pertinent to add that the Army Headquarters has keenly observed that fake news, particularly on security-related issues have become rampant from the inception of the New Year, 2020.
“It is therefore necessary to warn the perpetrators to desist from unnecessarily peddling false reports that are capable of undermining the counter terrorism and counter insurgency efforts in the North East.
“Contrary to some false insinuations making the rounds, the Maiduguri – Damaturu road as well as Bama – Gwoza road are some of the safest commuter roads with over 5000 vehicles plying them daily.”
To this end, “the Nigerian Army wishes to unequivocally state that the claims contained in the disjointed reports under reference and indeed any recent claims of heavy casualties on Nigerian Army troops are nothing but fake, malicious and frivolous news reports. We therefore request the general public to disregard them in their entirety.
“The Nigerian Army also wishes to call on the good people of the entire North East to go about their legitimate businesses without any fear.
“We wish to state unequivocally that the worst days of Boko Haram and Islamic State’s West Africa Province
are completely over.
“Our gallant troops have successfully reduced them to mere common criminals who are now fighting themselves for a hiding space as our troops continue to step up their onslaught against remnants of the criminal insurgent groups.
“Our troops’ efforts will not be deterred by sponsored false reports and insurgents’ propaganda being spread ostensibly by some unpatriotic elements through fabricated media publications,” the statement added.