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Army to Boko Haram members surrender.


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Members of the Boko Haram sect who surrender will get free passage, the army said yesterday.

Acting Brigade Commander of the 21 Armoured Brigade in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, Col. Ibrahim Yusuf, also said that the army would do everything to protect residents from attacks. He spoke in Maiduguri.

He said: “I want to assure you that we will give a safe passage to members of the sect, including foot soldiers, ready to surrender. “Those involved can either surrender themselves at any military outpost or go to their ward or district head. “Let me say again that all those who surrender will not be killed, but will be given safe passage,” he said He added that new measures to counter Boko Haram attacks on civilians had been introduced but he did not state the measures.

 

“I want to assure you that the army is doing everything possible to ensure that no civilian is attacked by Boko Haram in the state because we are here to ensure the safety of all Nigerians,” Col. Yusuf said.

He linked the recent attacks on travellers and villagers by suspected Boko Haram militants on highways to frustration.

The acting commander said “most times, the Boko Haram members go to remote villages to kill innocent civilians in cold blood because they have been frustrated by the army”.

“They cannot operate in the open, so they vent their anger on innocent civilians.”

Col.Yusuf, who said the military was equal to the task, noted that “we cannot be taken by surprise by the Boko Haram; the recent attacks are nothing but signs of weakness.

“We are also evolving strategies to make sure that we prevent future attacks, no matter how small.”

The Army, also in Damaturu, denied that two of their VVL Armoured cars were taken away by Boko Haram invaders during the night attack on Damaturu.

It also denied reports that an ex-officer who was purported to have led the attack in Damaturu on Thursday night was arrested.

The spokesman of the 3 Division Special Operation Battalion, Damaturu Cpt. Eli Lazarus, in an sms, said: “The story that the Army arrested an ex-Colonel who led Yobe Boko Haram attacks is absolute falsehood. Also, the purported arrest of a truck containing uniforms and arms is also not true. ”

Capt. Eli said: “We did not lose any of our armoured vehicles to Boko Haram. All our machines are intact.”

Damaturu, the state capital, is bouncing back in the aftermath of the black Thursday.

Church services were successful in the metropolis, but with low turnout.

Normalcy has also returned to the metropolis as many shops were open, with residents making brisk purchase to beat the 4pm curfew dateline.

The Borno government is to re-build about 200 houses destroyed last week in Kawuri village of Konduga Local Government Area by suspected insurgents.

Deputy Governor Zannah Mustapha gave this indication yesterday when he visited the village. He said the government would compensate traders who lost their shops during the attack.

Mustapha directed the Konduga Local Government Caretaker Committee to prepare a list of all those affected.

He said that since attacks by insurgents had become a daily affair in remote areas, the affected communities must form vigilante groups to defend themselves.

“I am here to condole with the community over last week’s attack by suspected Boko Haram militants.

“I want to appeal to all those who suffered losses to take it as an act of God, because it is only Him who gives or takes away.

” Communities who are vulnerable to this kind of attack must begin to introduce a kind of community policing to prevent future attacks.

“What I am saying is that individuals must come out to form vigilante groups to defend themselves against attacks.

“The best form of security is community policing. People must be ready to fight and defend themselves against Boko Haram, through the formation of vigilante groups,” he said.

While promising that the government would collaborate with security agencies to strengthen security in the area, Mustapha urged the community to copy the experience of Maiduguri, the state capital, which used to be the stronhold of the insurgents.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that about 18 persons were injured after suspected insurgents attacked the community last week, destroying about 200 houses, 50 shops and many vehicles.

Source: Radio Biafra.

Army foils B’Haram attack on Yobe church.


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Special Forces from Division ‘3’ of the Nigerian Army foiled what would have been a devastating attack on a major new generation church situated in Jerusalem Area of Damaturu.

The suspect was said to have been driving towards the church from a bush path when he ran into a military blockade and was arrested.

It was learnt that the soldiers who arrested him recovered one AK 47 assault rifle, and three Improvised Explosive devices from him.

“The man tried to attack some churches at the Jerusalem area of the city where there are many churches.

“He thought he could drive straight from the bush into the church but couldn’t because of the many barricades.

“The soldiers on duty were able to stop him, searched him and arrested him when they found the explosives and the AK 47 in his Honda car.”

It was further gathered that three Boko Haram members were arrested in the evening of Saturday at Jango, a red light area of Damaturu.

It was learnt that the three terror suspects one of whom was injured were said to have been arrested with their AK 47.

A source said that their arrest and shootings in the area led to a stampede as the clients of the prostitutes and people fled in different direction.

When our correspondent contacted the spokesperson of the ‘3’ Division of the Nigerian Army Special Operation Battalion, Lt. Eli Lazarus, he said he was not aware of the developments.

Source: Radio Biafra.

How we get guns.


 
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A Boko Haram suspect (names withheld) in the custody of military forces in Maiduguri, Borno State has revealed how the insurgents source guns for their

nefarious operations including the recent attack in the neighboring Damaturu town of Yobe State.

The 22-year-old man told journalists in Maiduguri on Friday evening that guns used for attacks were often hidden in sacks and conveyed to members of the sect in the bush on motorcycles.

He recalled the October 6 episode that culminated in his present born-again posture, maintaining that he, like most young members of the sect, were forced into Boko Haram. The insurgents had attacked Damboa on Sunday, October 6, few days to Eid-el-Kabir but the attack was reportedly foiled by military troops and the insurgents fled the area with varying degrees of wounds. But the young man was abandoned by his colleagues-in-arm, believing that he was dead. He however, survived though with a leg injury, to tell his story. The story of blood-letting that has caused people pain and anguish for three years now.

“My brother and I were living in a house here in Maiduguri where he kept his AK47 rifle. He called me one day and said I would be held responsible should soldiers come to the house to retrieve the gun and he threatened to kill me,” he disclosed as he wobbled into a small room with his crutches to meet reporters.

His confessions

“I deliberately wanted to talk to journalists to help me tell youths not to join Boko Haram because it won’t do them any good. We carried out an attack recently on a Sunday at Damboa (Damboa Local Government) after the morning prayers but the operation was bad as I was shot in the leg by the security people. My colleagues attempted to carry me but left me and fled at a point because they thought I was dead. So they left me in the bush. I writhed in pains in the bush until a time by noon when I mustered all the remaining energy in me to crawl and got to a road. I saw some children and explained my situation to them. After sometime, some policemen came and took me to their station. I told them I wanted to confess even if they were going to kill me that I had wanted to leave Boko Haram sect but I was in a difficult situation. I couldn’t leave because they would kill me if I attempted to and if I continued, either the security or the Civilian JTF will still kill me. I asked for water and the police officer ordered food and some energy drinks. I opened up to the policemen at the station and I was later moved to a military barracks where the soldiers have kept me since. They took me to the hospital to treat my wound and they’ve been giving me good food since, compared to when I was in the bush.

How I Joined Boko Haram

I was forced to join the sect by my elder brother. We were living together in a house here in Maiduguri where he kept his AK47 rifle. He called me one day, sometime last year and said I would be held responsible should soldiers come to the house to retrieve the gun or arrest him since I was the only one (non-Boko Haram member) that knew he had a gun and knew where he kept it. He also threatened to kill me if I disclose his secret. I was afraid and decided to join Boko Haram so that I would not be killed. I have been a member for about a year now. I didn’t take any oath, I don’t even know about any oath taking. I was told I was working for God and that whatever happened to me was destined by God. “It’s Allah’s work”, so they told us. Our superiors usually counted us every week or at the end of every attack to know those killed or those who have fled the group. We had to seek permission if anyone of us wanted to go somewhere aside from our operations. Some of us ran away but were often located, brought back and slaughtered on the order of our superiors. I once ran away to Lagos and I was brought back but I’m lucky they didn’t kill me.

Is Boko Haram insurgence holy?

Well, they always tell us that we are doing God’s work and that Allah will reward us for our deeds. It’s now that I am not with them that I realize that what we were doing was evil but if you’re there, you will think what our leaders were saying was the truth. They were killing people, confiscating their property, forcibly collecting money from them especially traders. I have never slaughtered anybody but I have witnessed slaughtering by the sect.

How we got our guns

Our leaders are supplied different guns which I understand come through Sambisa area. When a new member comes, the superior will bring out an AK 47, dismantle it and assemble it again before the new member. The superior will repeat the same exercise again and give you the gun to do what he did earlier and then ask the person to pull the trigger. That’s all. They keep the guns in sacks and convey them on motorcycles to where we are going to attack for distribution among ourselves.

Life in Boko Haram camp

Life is very bad and excruciating. It’s like hell. We were about 150 in each camp with our commanders. We drink contaminated water, eat poor food and had no clothes. Also we hardly take our bath or have time for ourselves. Sometimes we don’t even eat and that is why we often break shops and houses and steal food available whenever we attack since we cannot come to the town to buy food. I was fair in complexion before I went into the bush with the Boko Haram sect, but I’m now very dark because of the hardship at the camp.

We have doctors who administer treatment to wounded members as well as mechanics who repair our vehicles and motorcycles. We also have different people who are skilled in various professions and trade. Everybody has one thing or the other which he does. We often steal medicines from patient medicine shops or pharmaceutical shops anytime we go for attack. We replenish our supplies with different drugs confiscated either from hospitals or medicine stores. We don’t take drugs in our camp and honestly I don’t know anything about kidnapping of women or people. Our targets are only policemen and soldiers but we started killing people on the road because of activities of Civilian JTF. That was why we carried out the Beneisheik attack. Our leaders said we should kill any passenger who comes from Maiduguri because Boko Haram believes Maiduguri people are their enemies. We perceive everybody in Maiduguri as Civilian JTF.

My advise to youths

I urge youths not to join Boko Haram because they’ll regret it. You can leave once you join and you won’t live a normal life once you’re there with them. Life there is dehumanizing and very bad. It’s worse than the life of a refugee because we sleep in open places, suffering and alone in the bush. It’s hellish. If I am given the opportunity, I will assist security agencies in bringing this problem of insurgency to an end. I plead with the government to forgive me and understand my predicament,because I did not join Boko Haram willingly. My brother forced me into it when he threatened to kill me if I expose him and today he is no more. He has been killed during one of our attacks. I wish I could go to school and do something positive for the society.

Source: Radio Biafra.

Many killed as Boko Haram attack military post in Yobe.


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The radical Islamic sect, suspected to be Boko Haram members yesterday had access to Damaturu, the Yobe state capital and launched a coordinated attacks using Rocket Propelled Launchers and Improvised Explosive Devices (EIDs) on different military checkpoints within the metropolis, killing quiet a number of people, with the torching of some security formations.

Witnesses said the attackers first launched attack around the NNPC Mega station, a suburb of Damaturu which have been a GSM Call centre for Maiduguri residents who on daily basis travel from Maiduguri due to lack of telecommunication network to make calls.

The NNPC Mega Station is about 2 kilometres away to the City of Damaturu where military operatives have one of their checkpoints few metres away from the station, and because of the presence of the security checkpoint, many phone callers from Maiduguri turned the place as a call centre with adequate security cover, but luck run out of those patronizing the place as the gunmen launched their deadly attack on the area before moving to other places in the city

Source: Radio Biafra.

Boko Haram Damaturu under siege.


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Members of the dreaded sect, Boko Haram, unleashed terror in Damaturu, the Yobo State capital on Thursday and Friday morning, killing people and torching some security formations.

The casualty figure is yet unknown, but an hospital source said it is high. The attacks, according to information gathered, were carried out with the use of rocket propeller an improvised explosive devices on military checkpoints, among others, within the metropolis. Eye witnesses said the first attack was carried out around the NNPC mega station located at suburb of Damaturu.

The area has been GSM call centre for Maiduguri residents who, on daily basis, throng it in order to benefit from telecommunication network available there. It would be recalled that telecommunication network has been cut in the states where a state of emergency

has been declared. The NNPC mega station is about two kilometres away to the City of Damaturu where military operatives have one of their checkpoints few metres away.

Because of the presence of the security checkpoint, many phone callers from Maiduguri turned the place to a call centre with adequate security cover. However, luck run out of people in the area as gunmen launched a deadly attack on them, before moving to other places in the city.

The attack which signaled their presence before penetrating the town a little later started around 5:30PM and lasted till midnight as security operatives responded promptly. Although, the number of casualties is still sketchy, sources said several number of the terrorists were killed. Security operatives were said to have been lost in the battle too. Residents said sounds of gun shots and Improvise Explosive Devices (IED) were heard all over the place.

They however could not give details of the number of people killed. A source said, “I saw dead bodies on the streets near my house, but could not ascertain whether the dead bodies are those of Boko Haram members, innocent civilian or security operatives”. An attendant at the General Sani Abacha Specialists Hospital, Damaturu, who did not want his name mentioned, told journalists that they have received many dead bodies, and more are still coming.

The spokesman of the Special Operation Battalion in Yobe State, Capt. Eli Lazarus, who confirmed the attack said “security forces in the state capital are still in a gun battle with the insurgents.” Shortly after the confirmation of the attack, Captain Eli Lazarus in a statement says, “the Special operation Battalion Damaturu hereby imposed a 24 hours curfew across Yobe State with immediate effect, as the battalion steps up its operation to rid the state of insurgents.”

The statement urges law abiding citizens to remain calm and to accord the security operatives the usual cooperation. Lazarus however confirmed the level of casualties and destruction caused by the attack which lasted for over eight hours. He said, “21 of the insurgents were killed during the encounter, while 3 of their vehicles were recovered. Other items recovered include 4 AK47 Rifles, 1FN rifle, 1 rocket propelled grenade, and several arms and ammunitions.”

The insurgents, according to Lazarus, torched some security formations including the Area Police Command among others. He did not say the casualty figure on the part of the security agencies, however. Yesterday’s attack is a serious setback to the relative peace being enjoyed across the state and Damaturu the state capital in particular. As at the time of filing in this report, there was no official statement from the state government on the unfortunate incident.

74 insurgents killed in Borno renewed military offensive

In continuation of its fight against Boko Haram insurgents in the North-East, the troops of the 7 Division of the Nigerian Army has destroyed Boko Haram camp, killing 74 insurgents in Galangi and Limanti villages of Kaga local government area of Borno State.

The killing of the insurgents is coming barely some hours after the attack in Damaturu the capital of Yobe State which has witnessed relative peace before the recent attack.

The Army, in a press statement signed by its spokesman, Lt. Col. Muhammad Dole, stated that the operations which involved ground and aerial assault supported by the Nigerian Airforce led to the destruction of the terrorist camp, killing 74 insurgents, while several others escaped with gunshot wounds. Items recovered from the terrorist’s camp, according to the release, include two Isuzu Tiger pick-up vans and five Hilux belonging to the terrorists were destroyed, while two soldiers were wounded during the operation.

The General Officer Commanding 7 Division Nigerian Army, Major General Obidah Ethan, said he appreciated the general public for their resilience and cooperation with security agencies for providing timely and credible information to security agencies. General Ethan also reiterated the commitment of the Nigerian Army 7 Division to ensuring safety of lives and property of all citizens within its area of operations.

Source: Radio Biafra.

Army arrests ex-colonel who led Yobe B’Haram attacks.


 

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A retired lieutenant colonel, who was said to have led the Boko Haram attacks on Damaturu, Yobe State, on Thursday was arrested by security forces during the encounter.

The retired army officer is being detained at a military facility. It could not be ascertained as of the time of filing this report if he has been moved to Abuja for interrogation or not.

The Director of Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Ibrahim, had put the casualty figure on the part of the insurgents at 70 in a statement that was silent on the number of soldiers killed in the attack.

It was however, learnt that nine soldiers including a lieutenant and four policemen lost their lives in the attack.

 

“The retired lieutenant colonel was properly discharged from the Army and it was a big surprise when he was arrested and identified by those who knew him as a former officer,” an Army source said.

It was further learnt that the attack on security formations in Damaturu was to avenge the seizure of a truck containing military uniforms and arms by security forces.

The truck was seized last week when the driver objected to a search of the vehicle and he tendered a memo purportedly from the Defence Headquarters directing that the truck should not be searched.

The driver and other passengers were detained and the truck was impounded and parked at the Police Area Command, Guija Road, Damaturu, when the army camouflage and weapons were found inside it.

SUNDAY PUNCH further gathered that members of the sect are holding a medical doctor who was abducted while on duty at the Sani Abacha Hospital during the Thursday attack.

They also carted away drugs that were in the pharmacy of the medical facility and took away two ambulances belonging to the Damaturu General Hospital.

Security operatives are said to be looking for the doctor who is feared to have been taken to one of the enclaves of the sect in the North-East.

A security source said on Saturday that the Boko Haram members might have taken away the drugs for the purpose of giving medication to injured fighters of the group while the medical doctor might have been seized for the purpose of rendering medication to their injured members.

Meanwhile, the military on Saturday relaxed the 24 hours curfew imposed on Yobe State to nine hours.

When our correspondent contacted the Director of Defence Information, Brig. Gen. Chris Olukolade, he said, “Whatever you call it, we are capable of dealing with it decisively.

“We will continue to do the required adjustment both in approach and structure to respond appropriately and ensure that our duty to defend the country and the citizenry is discharged effectively.”

Source: Radio Biafra.

Terror: Army kills over 95 insurgents in Borno.


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In continuation of its fight against Boko Haram Insurgents in the North-East, the troops of 7 Division of the Nigerian Army have destroyed Boko Haram camp, killing over 95 insurgents in Galangi and Limanti villages of Kaga local government area of Borno state.

The invasion came barely some hours after attack on military and police locations in Damaturu the capital of Yobe State by gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram members yesterday. The gunmen had access and launched coordinated attacks using Rocket Propelled Launchers and Improvised Explosive Devices (EIDs) on different military checkpoints within the metropolis killing several people.

Mallam Abdulwasiu Akinsanya, a staff of Media Trust, publishers of Daily Trust, Weekly Trust and Sunday Trust was among several civilians that were killed in Damaturu when the gunmen launched multiple attacks on military and police locations as well as public

and private buildings on Thursday. His Wife, Bilkisu A. Akinsanya confirmed that her husband was killed around 5.30pm when their vehicle broke down in Damaturu shortly before the Boko Haram insurgents launched the attacks.

Explaining the military invasion, the insurgents, the Army in a Press release signed by its spokesman LT Col Muhammad Dole stated that the operations which involved ground and aerial assault supported by the Nigerian Airforce led to the destruction of the terrorist camp, killing of over 95 insurgents, while several others escaped with gunshot wounds.

Items recovered from the terrorist’s camp, according to the release includes two Isuzu Tiger Pick-up Vans and five Hilux belonging to the terrorists were destroyed, while two soldiers were wounded during the operation.

General Ethan also reiterated the commitment of the Nigerian Army 7 Division to ensuring safety of lives and property of all citizens within its area of operations.

Witnesses of the Damaturu onslaught said the gunmen first launched attack around the NNPC Mega station, a suburb of Damaturu which had been a GSM Call centre for Maiduguri residents who on daily basis travel from Maiduguri due to lack of telecommunication network to make calls.

The NNPC Mega Station is about 2 kilometres away to the City of Damaturu where military operatives have one of their checkpoints, a few metres away from the station, and because of the presence of the security checkpoint, many phone callers from Maiduguri turned the place to a call centre with adequate security cover; but the gunmen launched their deadly attack on the area before moving to other places in the city.

The attack which signaled their presence before penetrating the town after a while started around 5:30pm and lasted till midnight as security operatives responded promptly.

Although, the number of casualties was sketchy at press time, sources said, several terrorists were killed including security operatives.

Residents said sound of gun shots and Improvise Explosive Devices (IED) were heard across all the nook and crannies of the town, but could not give further details as to how many people were affected in the attacks.

A source said, “I saw dead bodies on the streets near my house, but could not ascertain whether the dead bodies are that of Boko Haram members, innocent civilians or security operatives”.

The spokesman of the Special Operation Battalion in Yobe state, captain Eli Lazarus who confirmed the attack said “security forces in the state capital are in a gun battle with the insurgents.”

Shortly after the confirmation of the attack, Captain Eli Lazarus in a statement said “the Special operation Battalion Damaturu hereby imposed a 24 hours curfew across Yobe state with immediate effect, as the battalion steps up its operation to rid the state of insurgents”.

The statement urged law abiding citizens to remain calm and to accord the security operatives the usual cooperation.

Security forces are yet to confirm the level of casualties or destruction caused by the attack which lasted for over eight hours.

The Special Operation Battalion Damaturu had early yesterday reviewed the curfew time in Potiskum town between the hours of 10PM – 6:00 AM to 9: PM – 6: 00 AM.

Yesterday’s attack was a serious setback to the relative peace being enjoyed across the state and Damaturu the state capital in particular.

Source: Radio Biafra.

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