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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.

Amnesty Calls For Urgent Investigation Of Hundreds Of Deaths Of Boko Haram Suspects In Nigeria Custody, Over 950 In Six Months Alone.


 

By SaharaReporters, New York

The deaths of hundreds of people in detention facilities run by Nigeria’s military Joint Task Force (JTF) must be investigated as a matter of urgency, Amnesty International said today.

The group said it has received credible information from a senior officer in the Nigerian army that over 950 people died in military custody in the first six months of this year alone.

The report came on the same day that the 2013 Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG), reported the quality of governance in Nigeria to be deteriorating, Nigeria ranking 41st out of Africa’s 52 nations in safety and rule of law, participation and human rights, sustainable economic opportunity and human development.

Amnesty said that most of the reported deaths occurred in facilities used by the military to detain people suspected of being members of, or associated with, the armed Islamist group Boko Haram.

Lucy Freeman, Amnesty’s Deputy Director for Africa, said:

“The evidence we’ve gathered suggests that hundreds of people died in military custody in 2013 alone. This is a staggeringly high figure that requires urgent action by the Nigerian government.

“The details of what happens behind locked doors in these shadowy detention facilities must be exposed, and those responsible for any human rights violations brought to book.”

A large proportion of these deaths are reported to have happened in Giwa military barracks, in Maiduguri, Borno State; in Sector Alpha, commonly referred to as ‘Guantanamo’; and in Presidential Lodge (known as ‘Guardroom’) in Damaturu, Yobe State.

According to former detainees interviewed by Amnesty, people died on an almost daily basis in both Giwa and Sector Alpha from starvation, suffocation or other injuries associated with overcrowding. Some suffered serious injuries from severe beating and eventually died due to lack of medical attention and treatment.

The interviews also revealed that in some cases detainees may have been extra judicially executed. Some described soldiers taking prisoners from their cells threatening to shoot and kill them. In many cases the detainees never returned. Others were reportedly shot in the leg during interrogation, were not provided with medical care and were left to bleed to death.

Another senior officer in the Nigerian army who spoke on condition of anonymity told Amnesty:

“Hundreds have been killed in detention either by shooting them or by suffocation…There are times when people are brought out on a daily basis and killed. About five people, on average, are killed nearly on a daily basis.”

In April 2013 Amnesty International delegates counted 20 emaciated corpses lying on the ground in the compound of the State Specialist Hospital mortuary in Maiduguri. Eye witnesses said that the bodies had been deposited by the JTF.

Several other sources told Amnesty that the same mortuary received a daily delivery of bodies by the JTF. They reportedly remain there until the mortuary is full and are then taken away for burial by Borno State Environmental Protection Agency (BOSEPA). Information received by Amnesty indicates that post-mortem examinations are not carried out at the mortuary or elsewhere.

Lucy Freeman added:

“International standards, as well as Nigerian laws, require that deaths in custody must be investigated thoroughly and impartially.

Detainees have human rights and these must be respected in all instances.”

In many parts of northern Nigeria hundreds of people accused of having links to Boko Haram have been arbitrarily detained by the JTF. Many have been detained. incommunicado for lengthy periods without charge or trial, without being brought before any judicial authority, and without access to lawyers and families

Power Not Substitute For Blood, Gumi Warns Jonathan.


 

By SaharaReporters, New York

Sheik Ahmad Abubakar Gumi today in his comment marking Nigeria’s 53rd independence anniversary warned President Goodluck Jonathan that power is not a substitute for blood.

He also said that the best Jonathan can do in 2015 is to organize free and fair election and go in peace, rather than be deceive by power mongers at all cost.

Gumi in a statement said, “Today Tuesday is another milestone in the history of the nation Nigeria. The mere survival of Nigeria as a unified entity is the only successful story in the 53 years of its independence. Like Boko Haram, Nigeria can only boast of its success on its survival. We see despite heavy fatalities and injuries of thousands of people and the grounded economic life of the north east, the purported Boko Haram leader can only boast on his ability to prove he is still alive. Just like Boko Haram, Nigeria is real but unrealistic, naïve and self-annihilative. Why? Just because those that lead the two phenomena are dehumanized of all human sensibilities. They trade blood for power!

According to the fearless cleric, Jonathan is economical with truth regarding security issues, “Two years ago, regarding the 1st of October 2010 Abuja bombing that killed 12 innocent Nigerians, carried out by the terrorist organization M.E.N.D, President Jonathan exonerated them and tried to castigate the northern politicians inferring to IBB. A new strategy never known in Nigerian politics came in to play i.e. by calling a dog a bad name to hang it. Then IBB was foreseen as the most formidable obstacle to deny Goodluck power. They forgot IBB left the power to save Nigerian blood. This the best deed of IBB Nigerians should not betray.Yes, from the onset, Mr. Goodluck was apparently in a struggle to grab power and to cling to power even if that is at the cost of innocent Nigerian lives. Well it turned out that his people were the culprits.”

He continued that “after his ascension to power and the affect of strategic replacements in the Nigerian security apparatus that favored the South South and South East regions, the ‘Boko Haram’ bombings became incessant, powerful and more sophisticated. Bombings in Sokoto, Daura, Kano, Kaduna, Zaria, Maiduguri, Abuja, Damaturu, Bauchi, etc. in fact the whole northern region was virtually on fire. ‘Boko Haram’ a ragtag group of peasant al-majiris were then abruptly well-equipped to carry out highly sophisticated military like -clandestine operations. It is to insinuate that they were triggered as a reaction of the northern region to reject Jonathan’s rule. This is the calling a dog a bad name to hang him strategy again. This time not against individuals but a whole region and religion. Then Azazi and Yakowa died abruptly. The bombings also suddenly abated to a halt.”

Gumi, who also argued that recent killings are new tactics, said, “gradually a new strategy sets in. Massive killings of civilians in villages, schools and road sides by unidentified people or recently workers squatting in uncompleted buildings by security agents. All happening in states supposed to be either under state of emergencies or the capital city where security alert is at the optimum. Gen. Shuwa was gunned down and murdered under the very eyes of his army guards that didn’t react. And no military panel to investigate the killing of such a national hero that fought to keep Nigeria one was officiated. And you dare say the military now is demoralized and also paralyzed by its own mechanism. In brief, these killings in Nigeria from the 1st October 2010 to date are largely a script play and a plot unfolding. In it, even some of the active accomplices like the naïve almajiris are not aware they are pawns. “In Nigeria today nobody is safe. Anybody can be attacked and killed, or framed up and arrested.

You see or hear of law and order is only in books and the compromised newspapers and media. Journalism is dead, justice in the court of law is absent, intellectuals are neutralized, and the populace is largely left poor and uneducated. Mr. Jonathan has only one option left for him. Let him conduct a free and fair election in 2015. From PDP primary elections to the national elections. Let him not be deceived by those wolves that want to push him to his expiration for their corrupt lifestyles. Mr. Jonathan should know that power is no substitute for blood i.e. you cannot spill other people’s blood to stay in power and remain flourishing. You should ask Assad about that. You can call Sisi in Egypt and ask him about that. The psycho-trauma is enough to finish one’s life. “Please Mr. Jonathan, if Nigerians don’t want you please go in peace.

My advice to Nigerians is that the struggle in Nigeria is wrongly termed religious or ethnic. It is all about a clique who wants to monopolize money and power. The day Nigerians reclaim their government, military and resources, that day they will realized that boko haram, MEND, OPC and also the so called ‘influential’ religious organizations are all hijacked for the same goal by this clique to perpetuate the status quo. As for Islam, I can speak for. Islam calls for peaceful co-existence, progress, mercy and compassion on all humanity. “And We have not sent you but as a mercy to the world.” Q21/107

Northern Govs Urge Security Agencies To End Boko Haram Violence.


The Northern States Governors Forum has urged security agencies to halt the senseless killing of defenceless citizens and attacks on places of worship and educational facilities especially in the North East where the dreaded Boko Haram group has killed many innocent people since 2009.

The chairman of the forum and Governor of Niger State, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu gave the charge on Sunday while expressing serious concern at the renewed attacks on citizens, following the gruesome murder on Saturday of 38 students of the College of Agriculture, Gujba, Yobe State, and of 15 persons in Zangang community in Kaura Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

“The forum is particularly alarmed that the shooting dead of 38 students of the College of Education; Gujba, Yobe State followed the same pattern as the killing of 22 students and a teacher at Government Secondary School, Mamudo in the same state last July,” said a statement signed by Governor Aliyu’s Chief Press Secretary, Danladi Ndayebo.

The forum described the fresh attacks as horrendous, callous and devoid of any shred of humanity.

It commiserated with the families of the victims and prayed God to grant eternal rest to the deceased and quick recovery to those who sustained injuries.

The forum called on security agencies to do more to protect the lives and property of citizens and also ensure that those behind the violence in the region are brought to justice.

It also reiterated its pledge to continue to work with other tiers of government to bring an end to the security challenges confronting the nation.

Source: SAHARA REPORTERS.

Boko Haram shoot dead 40 students in night attack.


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No fewer than 40 students were shot dead yesterday by men believed to be Boko Haram terrorists in an attack on a school hostel in Yobe State.

The students of College of Agriculture, Gujba, 40 kilometres from Damaturu the state capital, were asleep when the agents of death stole into their hostel. It was one of the most horrific attacks ever carried out on defenceless people by the insurgents.

The gunmen also set the school buildings on fire as they retreated after the attack.

The Nation gathered that the attackers numbering about 30 drove into the school around 1:30am and moved straight to the students hostel where they assembled them in various groups and opened fire on them.

“They arrived at the school around 1:00am.

We thought they were security personnel on surveillance, but they later invaded Admin Hostel and beat up the victims outside the hostel and opened fire on them,” Ibrahim, a survivor, said.

An employee of the College, Musa Amadu, said the gunmen stormed the college in Toyota Hilux trucks, Volkswagen Golf cars and motorcycles, killing the students, after closing all the gates to prevent them from escaping.

He said about 18 students were abducted by the attackers. Others hid in the ceilings, Amadu said. He said the gunmen ordered the students not to flee before shooting them in the three-hour attack.

Governor Ibrahim Gaidam wept on seeing the bodies of the slain students with gun shot wounds on various parts of their bodies at mortuary. There was also a picture of the victims packed in a truck, their bodies drenched in blood.

Damaturu Specialist Hospital Medical Director Dr Garba Fika confirmed that 40 students were killed.

He told the governor who visited the hospital that five students, including three with fractures, one with bullet wound and another with abdominal injury, were at the hospital.

The governor, who was in tears, urged security operatives to intensify aerial surveillance of the area.

Gaidam added: “On our way from Maiduguri to Damaturu this afternoon (Sunday), we saw a trailer and bus that were burnt, with the occupants slaughtered and their corpses littering the highway.

“Government should rise up to its responsibilities to save the lives and properties of its citizens.”

The governor said that anyone travelling on the Damaturu to Maiduguri highway was taking a huge risk.

Deputy Governor Abubakar Aliyu, the Provost of the College, Mulima Mato and other dignitaries also shed tears at the mortuary when they saw the bodies of the students.

More than a thousand students fled the institution, military spokesman Capt. Lazarus Eli said.

Yesterday’s attack was not the fist on a school in Yobe. Schools in the state re-opened only 13 days ago after 10 weeks of forced closure following attacks.

Those attacks resulted in the death of 29 pupils and three teachers.

In June, seven pupils and two teachers were killed at the Government Secondary School, Damaturu.

In July, 22 pupils and two teachers were killed at the Government Secondary School, Mamudo.

Parents were seen in groups discussing the fate of their children, in view of the serial attacks on schools by suspected Boko Haram militants who came disguised as soldiers, set up checkpoints and fired on motorists and bystanders.

A parent who requested anonymity told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that he and others were scared of sending their children and wards to school.

“We are shocked, saddened and scared of sending our wards back to school with these ugly incidents of attack on schools in Damaturu, Mamudo and now, Gujba,” he said

A statement by the state government said 40 students were killed while four injured had been transferred to Sani Abatcha Specialist Hospital in Damaturu.

Gaidam said although there was increase in troops movement and the deployment of more military hardware in the Northeast, the people of the state were yet to see the kind of action that could effectively nip criminal and terrorist activities in the bud.

He urged the people to pray for divine intervention.

The statement by the Special Adviser on Press Affairs and Information to the Governor, Abdullahi Bego, said: “His Excellency Governor Ibrahim Gaidam strongly condemns Saturday’s attack on students of the State College of Agriculture, Gujba. The governor describes the attack as devastating, heinous and barbaric.

“Forty students were killed by criminals and terrorists while four others were injured during the attack.

“On a visit Sunday to the injured who were hospitalized at the Sani Abatcha Specialist Hospital Damaturu, Governor Gaidam commiserated with families of the victims and prayed Almighty Allah (SWT) to make the injured recover quickly.

“The governor also said the Yobe State Government will foot the bill for medical treatment for the injured.

“His Excellency Governor Gaidam calls on the military and other law enforcement operatives in the State to intensify surveillance and patrols to deal more effectively with the prevailing security challenges.

“The governor noted that although there is increase in troop movement and the deployment of more military hardware in the northeast, people were yet to see the kind of action on the ground that effectively nips criminal and terrorist activities in the bud.

“The governor pledged to continue to support security agencies in every way possible to restore peace and security.

“He also called for regular aerial reconnaissance and more intrusive patrols along the Maiduguri-Damaturu-Potiskum highway where many heinous attacks have taken place in the recent past.

“His Excellency Governor Gaidam also called on all residents of the state to continue to pray for divine intervention for the resolution of the security challenges that the state faces, remain calm, go about their normal businesses and cooperate and assist the security agents working to protect life and property.

“The governor urged residents to continue to use the telephone numbers provided by the military to report any suspicious persons or movement in their neighbourhoods.”

No fewer than 143 people have been killed this month in neighboring Borno State, which along with Yobe and Adamawa states are under a state of emergency declared by President Goodluck Jonathan last May.

Many militants fled their bases in the Northeast, the insurgents’ traditional stronghold, and violence initially fell, but revenge attacks quickly followed.

Boko Haram regards schools as a symbol of Western culture. The group’s name translates to “Western education is forbidden”.

Source: Radio Biafra.

Seven beheaded on Maiduguri/Damaturu road.


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Seven people were killed in Makintamari village in Kaga Local Government in Borno state along the Damaturu/Maiduguri road.

Eyewitnesses said the travellers were beheaded with their heads placed on their lifeless bodies on the main road.

At the Makintafamari village, in a separate incident, gunmen also cut the throats of four persons on Saturday. They were returning to Maiduguri in the evening.

Borno Police chief Lawal Tanko confirmed the attacks .

Makintamari is a few kilometers from Benishek where over 100 travelers were murdered a week ago by suspected Boko Haram sect members.

Yobe State Governor Ibrahim Gaidam said: “We call on Mr. President and all the security chiefs, to intensify security operations through aerial surveillance, to contain the situation before it consumes the region and country.

“On our way from Maiduguri to Damaturu this afternoon (Sunday), we saw a trailer and bus that were burnt, with the occupants slaughtered and their corpses littering the highway.

“Government should rise up to its responsibilities to save the lives and properties of its citizens,” he pleaded15.

The governor said that anyone travelling on the Damaturu to Maiduguri highway, was taking a huge risk.

He urged the newly established Seven Division of the Nigerian Army, to intensify surveillance of all flash points in the two states, to flush out the insurgents.

Source: Radio Biafra.

Boko Haram kills 159 in Borno roadside attacks.


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No fewer than 159 people have been killed by suspected members of Boko Haram in three roadside attacks this week along Maiduguri– Biu federal highway, officials have said.

This is as seven people were feared killed as security operatives bombard a hideout of suspected sect members in Abuja. In the first attack, on Tuesday, Boko Haram guerrillas wearing army uniforms stopped traffic on a highway between the cities of Maiduguri and Damaturu, dragging people out of their vehicles and killing them, with 143 bodies recovered so far.

Violence in the North- East area of the country has intensified over the past two months, as the sect fight back against a military operation that started in May to try to crush their four-year-old rebellion.

 

Tuesday’s toll was initially given as “more than 20”, but information often takes days to trickle out of the remote and sparsely populated region, where roads are bad, curfews are in force and the military has cut the phone network since May. “We have been picking corpses off the roadsides all day, there are more in the bush,” said Abdulazeez Kolomi, an Environmental Protection Agency official in Benisheik village. “They are all travellers slaughtered by Boko Haram gunmen. We have so far picked up 143 corpses.”

On Thursday, following a similar pattern, Boko Haram insurgents killed at least 16 people in an attack on travellers plying a highway from Maiduguri to Bamboa, a police source collecting bodies on the scene told Reuters.

This is even as our correspondent observed that there was a heavy concentration of Vigilante Youths (a.k.a Civilian JTF) on the streets of Maiduguri metropolis following intelligence report that the terrorists had issued letters of threat to attack some of the communities at the weekend. It was gathered that the terrorists numbering over 50 with sophisticated weapons barricaded the Maiduguri -Damaturu highway on the two occasions stopping motorists and passengers, particularly those they believed were heading to Maiduguri for international flight to Saudi Arabia for the 2013 Hajj exercise which was launched by the Vice President Mohammed Namadi Sambo in Maiduguri last Saturday.

An unconfirmed report revealed that following the incident, Yobe State government had suspended its earlier plan to airlift its pilgrims from Maiduguri International Airport. It therefore resolved to use Kano International Airport.

It was also gathered from a reliable source that the same group of gunmen that unleashed terror in some parts of the state were those who intercepted motorists and a commercial bank bullion van with security escorts along Maiduguri- Damboa Road killing eight people on Thursday before killing 26 other people on Friday some few metres away from Bulabulin Ngaura Village. Mallam Musa Ali, a members of vigilante youths who also accompanied some of the security operatives to Limanti said, “we were able to convey over 30 corpses from the scene of the incident, including some women who were lucky to have not been killed by the terrorists, but we found them in traumatic condition, which I believe will be attended to by medical personnel.”

The Borno State Assembly member representing Damboa constituency, Alhaji Lawan Ayamu Gwasha, confirmed the attack to newsmen in Maiduguri saying “my people reported to me from the village that many people were killed on Thursday and Friday by gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram sect members.”

Owing to lack of communication network which was closed down for the past four months, both the Police Commissioner, Lawal Tanko and the acting spokesman of the newly established 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Maiduguri, Sagir Musa, could not be reached for confirmation.

Meanwhile, seven persons suspected to be members of the Boko Haram terrorist group were yesterday feared killed when a full complement of security operatives stormed an uncompleted building located behind Apo Legislators Quarters in Abuja.

The incident happened at Zone E, just 100 metres behind the mosque of the Apo Legislators Quarters, just as members of the sect were reported to have killed no fewer than 34 in persons made up of motorists and passengers plying Maiduguri-Biu federal highway in Limanti Village of Konduga Local Government Area of Borno State on Thursday and Friday.

The Abuja operation which occurred at about 12:30am yesterday reportedly saw 17 suspects injured and the arrest of 200 others, some of who were said to have been rounded up at different locations in the territory.

Earlier reports placed casualty figures at between nine and 12, however, a visit to the Asokoro General Hospital revealed that seven bodies had been deposited in the morgue. In a swift reaction, Deputy Director, Public Relations in the Department of State Service, Marilyn Ogar, who was at the scene denied knowledge of any deaths, but said while several persons were injured, 12 were arrested.

According to her, the incident occurred in the early hours of the day when a combined team of security operatives went for an operation behind the Apo Legislators’ Quarters. She said the operation was sequel to information obtained from two Boko Haram elements Kamal Abdullahi and Mohammed Adamu, who had earlier been arrested by the DSS for terrorist activities.

They led the security team to uncompleted buildings where arms were purported to have been buried underground. Ogar added that the two suspects had forewarned security operatives that they were most likely to come under fierce resistance by their members in the building.

She denied allegations of extra-judicial killings, saying security operatives came under gun attack when they attempted to exhume the buried weapons and so they had to use their firepower to rein the hoodlums.

“No sooner had the team commenced digging for the arms, than they came under heavy gunfire attack by other Boko Haram elements within the area, which prompted immediate response from the security team. “As a result, some persons were injured and 12 others have been arrested in connection with the incident, and are making useful statements”, she said.

While reiterating the need for Nigerians to be more aware of their immediate environment and promptly report suspicious activities to security agencies, the DSS spokesperson said the place had been rendered safe and normalcy had returned to the area. “Members of the public are advised to go about their normal businesses, as appropriate security measures have been emplaced to ensure the safety of citizens in the FCT”, she added.

Both Abdullahi and Adamu told Saturday Mirror in an interview that they belonged to an armed group known as “Youth Forum” and that they often hid their weapons in the building and as well carry out their meetings within the premises.

They said the building belonged to an army general who had earlier given a quit notice to the illegal occupants, some of who were Rickshaw (Keke NAPEP) operators.

“But our colleagues decided that since there was no better place to stay within the city, they would approach the security guard in the compound for assistance.

The plan worked because it was agreed that each night, everyone would pay N200 to the guard in order to sleep there,” said Abdullahi. According to the Department of Development Control in the Federal Capital Territory FCT Administration, there are currently 480 uncompleted buildings within the city centre -a situation which poses a lot of security risk to the nation’s capital.

A resident of the area who did not want his name mentioned, told our correspondent that the position of the security operatives was a complete baloney. He said: “It happened at about 12 midnight. Some armed soldiers came. There are some uncompleted buildings in the area.

The area is Apo Zone E in Legislative Quarters. It is not far from the mosque. “It’s just about 100 meters from the mosque. As I’m speaking to you right now, the policemen there are more than 40. They’ve gathered over 200 Hausa boys.

They killed over 12 unarmed people. There are still some magazines of soldiers littered everywhere. “Maybe the police have carried the 12 corpses to the morgue. Maybe somebody alerted the security guys that the boys are suspected Boko Haram members. They’ve never harmed anybody since we started staying there. They’re not even stolen anything from anyone.

“What we just learnt is that the owner of the uncompleted building has been warning them not to live in that house. He has been threatening them. “The policemen arrived there around 7.15 this morning after the soldiers raided the place.

Those soldiers came around 12 midnight and were just shooting sporadically till 2 am. We couldn’t sleep.”

Source: Radio Biafra.

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