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[Nigeria] 44 Suspected BOKO HARAM Member Dies In Prison.

44 suspected Boko Haram members were found dead in a prison in Chad’s capital city of N’Djamena on Saturday April 18.

Autopsies conducted on the late suspected terrorists revealed that they ingested a substance which caused heart and breathing complications, according to the Chadian government.

Chad’s chief prosecutor Yousssouf Tom who confirmed the death on national television, said the suspects were arrested during a recent operation against Boko Haram carried out near Lake Chad.

Tom said;

“Following the fighting around Lake Chad, 58 members of Boko Haram had been taken prisoner and sent to Ndjamena for the purposes of the investigation.

“On Thursday morning, their jailers told us that 44 prisoners had been found dead in their cell.

“We have buried 40 bodies and sent four bodies to the medical examiner for autopsy.”

A security source speaking on condition of anonymity countered the chadian government’s claim, accusing them of starving the prisoners.

“The 58 prisoners were placed in a single cell and were given nothing to eat or drink for two days.” The source said

Mahamat Nour Ahmed Ibedou, secretary general of the Chadian Convention for the Protection of Human Rights (CTDDH) made similar accusations.

He said;

Prison officials had locked the prisoners in a small cell and refusing them food and water for three days because they were accused of belonging to Boko Haram. It’s horrible what has happened.

The Chadian government has however denied the allegation. Chad Justice Minister, Djimet Arabi said;

There was no ill-treatment. Toxic substances were found in their stomachs. Was it collective suicide or something else? We’re still looking for answers and investigation is still ongoing.

Recall that the Chadian army carried out an offensive between March 31 and April 8 near Lake Chad, in response to a large-scale attack on an army base near the lake that left 100 soldiers dead. At least 52 soldiers and 1,000 jihadists were killed in the counter-operation


Another dies in captivity as bandit release Zamfara Councilor. [Nigeria]

Bandits have released the kidnapped councillor of the Gummi Local Government Area of Zamfara State, Alhaji Sahabi Abubakar, while the other councillor, Alhaji Lawal Gummi, has died in their hands.

Bandits abducted three councillors from the local government area of the state in March this year, demanding N40m ransom for their release. One of the councillors, Alhaji Murtala, Arzika escaped.

Abubakar, representing Birnin Tudu ward was let go after N7m ransom was allegedly paid.

A relation of the deceased councillor, Gummi, told our correspondent that his brother was a diabetic patient and lost his life due to lack of medication in the forest.

He said, “He was a diabetic patient and when he was kidnapped, he was not having any medicine with him.”

Confirming the incident, the spokesperson for the state police command, SP Mohammed Shehu, said he was aware of the issue.

He, however, stressed that he was not aware of the money paid to bandits.


[Nigeria] 150 suspected cultists in Ogun arrested over Ifo/Ota crisis.

The police in Ogun have arrested no fewer than 150 suspects following supremacy clashes between rival cult groups in Ifo and Sango- Ota axis of the state.

The Ogun Commissioner of Police, Kenneth Ebrimson, stated this on Sunday at the Ifo Divisional Police Station where he paraded the suspects. NobleReporters reports that the high point of the crisis occurred on April 4, as many residents fled for their lives and others lost possessions in the mayhem.

Ebrimson, however, refuted claims that armed robbers hijacked the crisis, adding that “there was no report or complaint of robbery made to the command by anyone from the troubled areas”

The CP described the incident as “a case of cult clashes among seven rival groups within the areas as a result of recent death of one of the members” .

He explained that the command swung into action immediately it received the information and had since effected arrests in connection with the incident.

“We deployed our men from the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Anti-Cultism unit, Anti-Kidnapping unit, the Special Forces and conventional policemen drawn from the Ifo and Ota area commands.

“Our men smoked the suspected criminals out of their hideouts and recovered various weapons.

“We recovered eight locally made guns, 52 live cartridges, eight knives, 12 handsets, two scissors, large quantity of weeds and several cutlasses,” he said.

“It all started on April 4 as a reprisal attack on other rival cult groups from a cult group which had earlier lost a member.

“I want to say that there was no single case of armed robbery or any case of kidnapping that has been reported to us.

“The basic issue is cultism that emanated from the killing of one of them in Ifo and spread to Sango, Ijoko and Agbado areas,” he said.

We will deal ruthlessly with arrested culprits – Dapo Abiodun

Gov. Dapo Abiodun of Ogun on Sunday vowed to deal ruthlessly with criminals terrorizing the people of the state.The governor said this in a statement issued in Abeokuta by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Kunle Somorin.

NobleReporters reports that the state police command had earlier on Sunday paraded 150 suspects in connection with recent series of harassments, robberies, burglaries and cult clashes that occured within the Agbado Ijaiye, Sango, Ijoko and Ifo axis of the state.

The governor said: “It has become expedient that we do not spare the rod and spoil the child. Anybody, no matter whose child he or she is, if found guilty of armed robbery, would be visited with the full weight of the law, including capital punishment.

Abiodun urged the police to intensify efforts at curbing the nefarious activities of criminals, asking them to smoke them out of their hideouts and promptly investigate those involved in the activities across the state.

He said the state would avail all other security outfits, including the Department of State Security Service and the armed forces, with necessary material and logistic support to end the reign of terror unleashed by armed robbers on the state.

“I will not hesitate to confirm sentences, even of capital punishment, if that will deter these social misfits. Ogun has zero- tolerance for criminals and we will deal with it with venomous measures,” he said.

The governor commended the state police command for its swiftness and prompt adherence to directive of the state government to flush out those turning the sit-at-home order to a criminal enterprise.

He enjoined all other relevant agencies to immediately up their intelligence gathering mechanisms to ensure that there was no reoccurrence of the criminal acts, especially as the state continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic.

He restated governments commitment to ensuring that the state remained conducive for living and businesses without fear of criminals and other unscrupulous elements.

Abiodun assured the people that he would not joke with the security of lives and property of citizens and residents alike.

The governor added that he would continue to give all necessary support to security agencies, as he had done by providing mobility and other working equipment for effective service delivery.

The governor enjoined all law-abiding citizens and residents to remain calm and continue to comply with the stay-at-home directive as the situation is now fully under control.


[Nigeria] Reisdents in Ogun, Lagos scare as hoodlums invade communities, break homes.

Residents in several communities in Ogun and Lagos are now living in fear following rising cases of robbery attacks during the ongoing Coronavirus lockdown imposed on both cities.

On Saturday, hoodlums in large numbers said to have emerged from the Agbado area all the way to Abule Egba in Lagos, wreaked havoc by breaking into shops and houses to loot various items and also rob residents of money and valuables.

Residents of the affected neighbourhoods in Ogun State like Ijoko, Sango Ota, Ayepe, Ilepa, Ibogun, Itori and Agbado say they now live in fear, while those in Ajao Estate, Abule Egba, Iju, Agege, Alimosho, Alagbado – all in Lagos – reckon that they no longer sleep well at night as a result of the threat posed by the hoodlums.

In fact it was gathered that residents of the affected communities have since formed vigilante groups to protect themselves against the miscreants.

“They came in about three buses, shot into the air and started looting. Shop owners had to run for their lives.

“Some houses were also attacked and were robbed of money and other valuables,” one resident in Agbado said.

Narrating his own experience, another resident of the area, who asked not to be named for safety reason, said, “The robbers, who have been attacking our neighbouring communities, wrote a letter to us on Wednesday to inform us that they were coming soon. As a result, we now make bonfires at night to keep vigil over our neighbourhood.”

Reacting to the issue, spokesperson for the police in Lagos, Bala Elkana, disclosed that some of the hoodlums responsible for terrorising these communities have been arrested.

He said, “The hoodlums stepped out in the name of attacking each other just to create a scene and using the opportunity to steal.

“We envisaged that they would attempt it so we had our deployment already. Our men were well prepared for them.

“We have a patrol team and rapid response squad were all over and we responded. We have a number of suspects already in custody.”


[Nigeria] Ogun residents fighting armed robbers themselves.

Some residents of Alakuko to Ijaiye axis of Sango-Otta in Ogun State, had to resort to self defense over the incessant robberies in the area since the lockdown started.

In a new report, it was gathered that the robbery incidents started on Thursday 9th of April, 2020, and happens intermittently during day and night.

According to sources, the robbers numbering over 50, raid the areas all at once, looting resident’s valuables, monies and allegedly raping some ladies.

A source reveals that the residents have reached out to the police all to no avail except for this afternoon when they showed up after the robbers had fled.

Some angry armed residents have now taken to the streets to defend themselves while also calling on the security operatives to come to their aid.


Boko Haram leader, Shekau send new threats to Chadian President

Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau has issued a threat to Chadian President Iddris Deby following the killing of his fighters in an offensive led by the Chadian leader.

In a 5 minutes audio message obtained by The Nation, Shekau said his fighters will be coming after President Deby.

The Boko Haram leader who insisted that the Chadian leader is fighting against the enthronement of Islam, claimed that Allah made his fighters kill over 90 soldiers from Chad in an ambush which led to declaration of war on the insurgents by President Deby.

Shekau said;

“Today is Monday, 6th in the month of, Insha Allahu, Shaaban, the Hijirah of the Prophet of Allah, from Meccah to Medinah, 1441.

“We believe after this introduction, we heard certain things from Chad from a certain individual named Idriss Deby.

“He came out fully dressed up with the ambition of fighting the religion of Islam, that is he wants to fight us because we said we will work for the enthronement of Islam, we are Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad.

“Our aim is to follow the tenet of the Koran; our aim is to follow the tenets of the prophet; our aim is to practice Islam the way the Prophet of Allah left instructions before dying and handing over to knowledgeable scholars, who have also passed it down to me.

“Idris Daby, I will address you now. I am insha Allahu taalla, Abubakar ibn Mohammed Shekau, the Imam of Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad.

“I decided to send you this message quickly. Don’t think because you’ve fought battles in ignorance not according to the tenet of Islam, and today, because we said we will work for Allah, you think you will triumph over us.

“First, even Pharaoh was frightened. Idriss Deby, fear Allah, repent and become a Muslim.

“Be careful, all these aggressions with weapons, insha Allah, you will not defeat us.

“Because of this, you can’t do anything to us. That area in which we were victorious, that Allah made us to kill you your men (killing of 90 Chadian soldiers), it is not that we are in enmity with human beings but anybody that is in enmity with Allah, is also our enemy. This is the summary.”

The Boko Haram leader also told his followers;

“My fellow brethren, take heart and endure. This kind of thing has happened to many. They endured and Allah gave then victory.

“We are together in the night and also at dawn; insha Allah we are together. Allah knows the servants that are working wholeheartedly and in sincerity, and he knows the kind of victory he will give to them. Allah will give us victory.

“My brethren, be consoled and stand firm; be full of prayers; continue with the work and may Allah help us and nobody will vanquish us since we said we will work for Allah.

“Idriss Deby you are in trouble. Idriss Deby you are in trouble; Idriss Deby you are in trouble. You made us to be calling your name because you are fighting Allah. People of Chad, rise up.

“The kind of life you are living is not according to the Koran, not from the hadiths of his prophet.

“But if you think you can do this, Allah is a helper and he is stronger than all. May Allah help us.”


Nigeria: Army commander who complained of Boko Haram’s attacks removed.

The Nigerian Army has removed a senior commander who appeared in a video complaining about poor equipping of troops after an attack by Boko Haram left dozens of soldiers dead.

Olusegun Adeniyi, a major-general and commander of operation lafiya dole, Nigeria’s counter-terrorism headquarters in Maiduguri, was removed on Monday, according to a military press statement published by PRNigeria, a platform that publicises statements for security agencies.

Dozens of top generals were asked to switch positions effectively April 1 in a circular that went out on Monday, NobleReporters gathered

Although the army’s redeployments appeared routine, its timing has fuelled insinuations that Mr Adeniyi was the main target.

It came barely a few days after Mr Adeniyi was seen in a video complaining about the brazen nature of Boko Haram attacks on troops. He also complained that insurgents were outgunning troops and an intelligence failure was responsible for an attack that left dozens of soldiers killed last week.

The video became an instant hit on social media, sparking outrage and a relentless torrent of abuses against President Muhammadu Buhari and other senior military and government officials overseeing the war efforts. The military did not publicly comment on the video.

Sagir Musa, chief army spokesperson, did not immediately return a message from media seeking comments about whether or not Mr Adeniyi’s removal from the frontlines was informed by his video last week.

Mr Adeniyi was moved to the Nigerian Army Resource Centre, a military facility for strategy and innovation based in Abuja, as “a research fellow.”

The new commander of the army’s operation against Boko Haram is F. Yahaya, a major general, drafted from Headquarters 1 Division in Kaduna.

PRNigeria listed all the army officers affected as follows:

Maj Gen ACC Agundu from Special Task Force (STF) Operation SAFE HAVEN Jos to Nigerian Army Resource Centre (NARC) Abuja as Senior Research Fellow, Major General HI Bature from Defence Headquarters (DHQ) Defence Liaison Office National Assembly Abuja to Army Headquarters Department of Civil Military Affairs and appointed Chief of Civil-Military Affairs, Maj Gen UM Mohammed from Nigerian Army Property Limited (NAPL) to the Office of the Chief of Army Staff and appointed Special Adviser Nigerian Army University Biu/Deputy Chairman Board of Trustees NAPL.

Special Adviser Nigerian Army University Biu Maj Gen CC Okonkwo now redeployed to STF Operation SAFE HAVEN Jos and appointed Commander, Maj Gen F Yahaya from Headquarters 1 Division Kaduna to Headquarters Theatre Command Operation LAFIYA DOLE (OPLD) Maiduguri and appointed Commander, while Maj Gen OG Adeniyi is redeployed from Headquarters Theatre Command OPLD Maiduguri to NARC as Senior Research Fellow, Maj Gen S Idris from Sector 2 OPLD Damaturu- Yobe State redeployed to DHQ Abuja and appointed Director Liaison.

Others affected include – Maj General AA Adesope from Office of the Chief of Army Staff Directorate of Audit and Financial Management to NAPL and appointed Group Managing Director, Maj Gen MG Ali from Headquarters Theatre Command OPLD Maiduguri to Headquarters 4 Special Forces Command Doma, Nasarawa State as Commander while the erstwhile Chief of Civil-Military Affairs AHQ Abuja Maj Gen US Mohammed has been redeployed to 1 Division Kaduna and appointed General Officer Commanding. Similarly, Brig Gen HI Daniel from the Defunct Army Special Forces Command Maiduguri to Headquarters Training and Doctrine Command Minna and appointed Director Army Training Support, Brig Gen BE Onyeuko is to remain in DHQ Abuja as Acting Director Defence Media Operation.

Brig Gen NM Jega from Training and Doctrine Command Minna to Infantry Corps Centre Jaji and appointed Chief of Staff, Brig Gen LA Araba from Nigerian Army Welfare Limited by Guaranty Abuja now redeployed to Sector 2 OPLD Damaturu, Yobe State as Ag Commander, Brig Gen VO Ita from DHQ, Abuja to Headquarters 402 Special Forces Brigade Azare and appointed Commander while Brig Gen JAL Jimoh from Sector 3 Artillery Brigade OPLD Monguno to Headquarters 31 Brigade Minna and appointed Commander and Brig Gen GTO Ajetunmobi has been redeployed from 31 Brigade Minna to Nigeria Army Welfare Limited by Guaranty, Abuja as Executive Director Operation.

Others are – Brig Gen LG Lepdung from Headquarters Infantry Corps Centre Jaji to DHQ Abuja and appointed Deputy Director Procurement (Logistics), Brig Gen MO Ihanuwaze to remain in Office of the Chief of Army Staff Directorate of Audit and Financial Management as Acting Director, Brig Gen EC Obi – Osang from the defunct Headquarters 707 Special Forces’ Brigade Makurdi to Headquarters 401 Special Forces’ Brigade Makurdi as Commander while Brig Gen GM Mutkut is redeployed from the Defunct Nigerian Army Amphibious Command OPLD Baga to Headquarters 403 Amphibious Brigade Baga and appointed Commander and Brig Gen JR Lar from Nigerian Army School of Artillery Kachia to Sector 3 Artillery Brigade OPLD Monguno as Commander.

Also, Colonel DJ Abdullahi from the defunct Headquarters Nigerian Army Special Forces’ Command Maiduguri to Headquarters 4 Special Forces’ Command Doma Nasarawa State and appointed Acting Chief of Staff, Colonel EC Emere from Nigerian Army Archives to Nigerian Military School Zaria as Deputy Commandant and Col MO Agi is to remain in Headquarters Nigerian Army Armour Corps Bauchi as Acting Chief of Staff among others.


Court dismiss case filed by former Boko Haram spokesperson

A Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed the application filed by former spokesperson of the Boko Haram sect, Ali Sanda Koduga, for lacking in merit.

Konduga, who was convicted for terrorism and sentenced to three years imprisonment by a magistrate court in 2011, alleged that he was unlawfully detained by the Department of State Service (DSS), after serving his jail term.

He approached the court to enforce his fundamental human rights, demanding N500 million as compensation for the alleged breach of his fundamental human rights.

According to his counsel, Emmanuel Edu, the applicant was seeking his fundamental rights after what he described ‘illegal detention’.

“He was supposed to be released after three years because if you have served your sentence as stipulated by the court, you were supposed to be released, but he was further detained for another three years before he was released.

“So the applicant was seeking for his fundamental right; in an egalitarian society like Nigeria, all we need to do is for a wrongdoer to get justice; there is a proportionate amount of sentence that is required for any crime.

“So if that person has served that, he shouldn’t be subjected to any other sentence or illegal detention and that’s what we were trying to seek that justice should be done.”

However, his appeal did not scale through as Justice Anwuli Chikere dismissed his application.


Boko Haram shows Buhari no respect, hit borno again after his visit

…President blames community leaders for attacks

Suspected Boko Haram insurgents attacked Alikaramchi village, close to Giwa Barracks in Maiduguri, Borno State, a few hours after President Muhammadu Buhari visit, yesterday.

Bamus Garba, a resident of the area who confirmed the fresh attack, said twin suicide bombers struck around 9:10pm. He said the attack happened some meters away from his home.

“We heard loud explosions close to my neighbour’s house. I cannot confirm the casualty because we cannot go out at this time of the day,” he said.

Ali Dusuman, a member of civilian JTF, a vigilante group, said eight persons sustained injuries in the attack while two suicide bombers were killed.

Dustman said a team from the explosive ordinance department of the police has visited the scene alongside some security personnel.

During his visit, Buhari had blamed community leaders in Borno State for recent terrorist attacks, saying they could not have happened without their knowledge.

In the latest attack, terrorists targeted the village of Auno, killed at least 30, burnt property, looted valuables and abducted women and children.

Buhari, who visited the Shehu of Borno, Abubakar Garbai El-Kanemi, and the governor, but avoinded the troubled Auno town, said the fight against insurgency could not be executed without good intelligence and support from the people.

“Boko Haram or whatever they are cannot come up to Maiduguri or its environs without the local leadership knowing; traditionally, the local leadership is in charge of security in their own respective areas.

“With my understanding of our culture, I wonder how Boko Haram survives up to this end.

“As the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, I campaigned in 2015 and last year on three fundamental issues, which include security, you cannot preside over an institution or a country if it is not secure.

“This is just common sense, everybody knows this, even those that have not gone to school know this.

“On the issue of economy, the Nigerian youths are over 60 per cent of our population, with many of them below 30 years. We have to remind them that they must help us to stabilise the country so that they can have a better future.

“If they do not cooperate with government, they are endangering their future; I am already 77 now, how many years do I expect under normal circumstances?”

He reiterated his commitment to work with the security agencies to enhance security and protect life and property in the country.

“We are working for you in this country; as Commander-in-Chief, I am dealing with the security institutions and I believe there is improvement in security.

“I urge the people of the state to cooperate with the law enforcement agencies; let us deny Boko Haram access to our loyal citizens and encourage displaced people to go back to their land,” he said.

The President noted that his visit to the state was to sympathise and show his respect to the governor and the people of the state.

The President lauded Governor Babagana Zulum for providing quality leadership in the state.

He called on the military to take the fight to the insurgents on the fringes of Sambisa Forest, the Lake Chad Basin and other hideouts.

He tasked the military to repeat their successes of 2015 and 2017, take the battle to the insurgents and push them to the fringes of Lake Chad.

He also urged the security agencies to be patient with the civilian populace and give opportunities to internally displaced persons to access their communities in order to return to their occupations.

Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has challenged President to go beyond his sympathy visit and take decisive steps to end the killings in state and other parts of the country.

The PDP charged the President to also visit other parts of the country, including Kaduna, Kano, Benue, Plateau, Yobe, Adamawa, Zamfara, Kogi, Niger and Taraba, among others, to “face the feelings of Nigerians as well as view the national devastation his poor handling of security and infrastructure has caused our nation.”

It charged President Buhari to ensure he undertook subsequent visits by road so that he could feel the agony Nigerians are being subjected to with the parlous state of road infrastructure and security in the country.

The PDP, in a statement by its national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said the Borno booing was a clear message to President Buhari that Nigerians hold him responsible for rising insecurity in the country.

PDP expressed the hopes that President Buhari’s visit to Borno State “which came only after the PDP and Nigerians criticised Mr. President for his aloofness, particularly over the Auno killing on Sunday, is not part of the usual presidential media stunt that will not be followed with a corresponding action to track down killers and end terrorism.”

“Our party holds that Nigerians do not deserve a distant President, who sits in the comfort of the Presidential Villa and luxury jets, remaining indifferent to the pains, anguish and torments that compatriots suffer on daily basis.

“The PDP hereby calls on Mr. President to quickly embark on these visits and monitor, on first-hand basis, the damage, which his administration has caused and for which Nigerians are demanding that he resigns and allow more competent hands to manage the affairs of our nation.

“It is only after these visits that the Buhari presidency will appreciate that those calling on him to rejig the nation’s security architecture mean well for our dear country.”

In the aftermath of last Sunday’s killings in Auno, the House of Representatives, yesterday, charged the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency to contain rising insecurity across the country.

The House directed the military to stop keeping commuters overnight at a particular spot along the Maiduguri-Damaturu Road and allow them continue on their journey after 6pm.

It mandated the House committees on Defence and Army to probe why the military has checkpoints in the area.

This followed the adoption of a motion on the “Recent Attack by the Boko Haram Insurgents at Auno Village, Borno State,” sponsored the Chief Whip, Tahir Monguno, at yesterday’s plenary.

Monguno, in his lead debate, informed the House about the killing of travellers at Auno village, located on the Damaturu-Maiduguri road in Borno State.

The lawmaker explained that owing to the security challenges in the North-East, commuters on the Damaturu-Maiduguri Road are compelled to suspend their journeys once it is 6pm.

However, he stated that it is now dangerous to keep commuters waiting in the night, as a result of the prevailing security situation in the zone.

According to him, “aware the Auno Village is one of the spots where the Nigeria Army forces instruct the commuters on the Damaturu-Maiduguri road to spend the night before proceeding their journeys the next morning.

“Again aware that on Sunday 9 February, 2020, while commuters in their hundreds were waiting in the Auno Village the Military men left them to their fate or at best abandoned them.

“Disturbed while the commuters were waiting to spend the night, Boko Haram insurgents attacked, kidnapped and burnt some of their Vehicles: Concerned that the occupants of two Hummer Buses and one Sharon Bus were Kidnapped, 18 vehicles burnt and 30 people killed, including an infant.

“Also concerned that no super military camp exists on the Damanturu-Maiduguri Road, hence exposing the commuters to the danger of being killed, maimed or kidnaped.”

Contributing to the debate, the minority leader, Ndudi Elumelu, said with the spate of insecurity in the country, there is no doubt that the service chiefs have “outlived their usefulness”, and should go.

“I still insist that the service chiefs have over lived their usefulness. The service chiefs have outlived their usefulness and they should go. Every now and then we keep coming here discussing this matter.

Our brothers and sisters who voted us in must be protected. Mr. Speaker, if care is not taken, one day our brothers will match in here and ask us to leave due to what is currently going on in the country.


I did not say Buhari, El Rufai sponsor Northern bandits – Ex EFCC chairman

The former Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Nuhu Ribadu, has denied reports that he said President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State are the chief sponsors of bandits in the North.
Mr. Ribadu, Thursday, described the statement being circulated on social media as “devilish insinuations.”

The said statement quoted Mr Ribadu to have said: “Bandits were created by Gen Muhammadu Buhari(rtd) to oust Jonathan.”

He allegedly said Buhari “assembled his ardent supporters, promoters and strategists in April 2014 to determine how to remove President Goodluck. Prominent amongst them were El-Rufai, Gen Danbazo (Rtd).

“Specifically, Gen Buhari, in his address, told the fighters that ‘the British handed Nigeria over to us, the Fulanis, at independence. The land (Nigeria) belongs to us. We must reclaim what belongs to us’.
Ribadu’s denial

However, Mr. Ribadu, in a statement on Thursday, disowned the viral message and appealed to security agencies to investigate the genesis of the ‘fake message’ and fish out the perpetrators of “the statement shared around social media platforms attributed to me (giving) devilish insinuations on alleged origin of banditry in parts of Nigeria.”

The former EFCC boss said he initially “ignored what was clear inanity and cheap blackmail, as I thought no right-thinking person will fall for such mischief. I have never, at any time, wrote or said those words being attributed to me.

“I have no knowledge contained in the disjointed propaganda message in circulation and I urge the public to disregard it.”

He said purveyors of fake news, more so, one that is clearly a threat to national security, should not be allowed to thrive.


Female bombers killed 2 persons, 5 others injured ..

Two female bombers have detonated explosives in a crowded area in Maiduguri, killing no fewer than two persons. Five others were also injured.

The two bombers were targeting a populated area of Muna Galti on the outskirts of Maiduguri on Thursday night but hurriedly detonated the explosives after sighting some security operatives.

Borno police command Public Relations Officer (PRO), Edet Okon in a statement said five other persons were injured in the blast.

“At about 7.45pm, two female suicide bombers who attempted to infiltrate a crowd at Muna Galti, Jere Local Governmenr Area, on sighting security operatives, hurriedly detonated their improvised explosive devices killing themselves and two other people,” he said.

He said the injured persons were taken to the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH) for treatment treatment.

He also disclosed that the scene of the blast had been cordoned off by the Police Explosives Ordinance Department (EOD).

The bomb explosion was the first this year in the city, the birthplace of Boko Haram


What more to expect? – Leah Sharibu’s father react to pregnancy ..

Leah Sharibu’s father Nathan Sharibu has said he is unsure his daughter recently had a baby for a Boko Haram commander.

Nathan was reacting to the report published on Saturday in some Nigerian newspapers that the Leah got pregnant by a Boko Haram commander who had married her and lived outside Nigeria.

Ahmed Salkilda, a Nigerian journalist known to have links with the terror, also claimed Leah is now a “mother”.

“Why I wonder, do we pretend that leaving Leah behind won’t result in pregnancy?” he tweeted on Sunday.

“Since the terror group announced condemning her to slavery, is there any step or collective focus on preventing similar occurrences? She’s a mother, but I don’t know about the gender of the baby,” Salkida said.

But Leah’s father in an interview with the Hausa Service of the Voice of America said that so far, no authorities have contacted him about Leah, so he has no information on the report he read online.

Leah’s mother also shared similar fate. She, in an interview session with BBC Pidgin, said she could not confirm the news because no one had told her anything like that, she only read on the internet on Saturday.

“Whether it’s true or not I have nothing to say,” she told BBC pidgin in a phone conversation.

“Since the kidnapping of my daughter no government official has told us this,” she added.

Leah Sharibu, who turns 17 in May, is one of the kidnapped 110 girls and one boy from the girls’ school in Dapchi, in February 2018.

After negotiations with the Nigerian government, Boko Haram freed many of her schoolmates but denied her freedom because she failed to renounce her faith.


See facts before Boko Haram behead CAN chairman

Facts have emerged on how Boko Haram terrorists rejected a N50m ransom and went ahead to behead Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria in Michika, Adamawa State, Rev. Lawan Andimi on Monday.

The insurgents had demanded for £2m (N946m) but was only offered N50m, infuriating the terrorists, who soon turned their anger on the victim, according to CAN chairman in the state, Stephen Dami Mamza.

He said, “Pastor Lawan was beheaded yesterday.

“Negations were still ongoing when they stopped calling. They were offered N50m but they rejected it.

“They called his wife last week, informing her that they will be beheading him on Saturday but somehow they waited till Monday.

“Also yesterday, Pastor Dennis Bagauri of the Lutheran Church was killed in Jereng, Mayo-Belwa area of Adamawa State.

“It is now clear that Christians are not protected by the government; we don’t feel like we have a government.”

Reacting to the incident, the Adamawa State Government described the action of the terror group as barbaric.

Director-General, Media and Communication to Governor Ahmadu Fintiri, Solomon Kumangar, said, “The governor is saddened by the gruesome execution of the pastor.”

Andimi was abducted two weeks ago when Boko Haram fighters stormed Michika town in search of foodstuff and other basic items.

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Boko Haram, ISWAP in trouble as Nigeria receive fighters jet

Nigeria has taken delivery of two fighter helicopters to bolster its campaign against , terrorists in Boko Haram and ISWAP, chief of air staff, AVM Sadique Abubakar said today.

He spoke after a meeting between President Buhari and all the security chiefs, before his departure to London for an investment summit.

Abubakar also announced that additional fighter helicopters and other military hardware would be supplied to the nation’s armed forces to enhance their capacity in the battle fields.

“In terms of procurement of platforms, substantial number of these equipment are expected by the end of February, some of the equipment we are acquiring have started arriving.

“For the Nigerian Air Force, two helicopter gunships arrived on the Jan. 15 and we are now in the process of putting them together to add to whatever we have already.

“I am sure you are also familiar with the equipment acquisition by the Nigeria Police Force; I am sure you are also familiar with the policy on community policing that was approved by the President.

“It is going to be funded and the whole idea is to ensure that Nigeria is secured and citizens can go about pursuing their legitimate aspirations without any hindrance.’’

According to Abubakar, Nigeria is collaborating with its neighbours to completely end the Boko Haram insurgency.

“We are doing everything with other sister countries in the Lake Chad basin, working together to ensure that Boko Haram terrorism is brought substantially to an end as much and as quickly as possible,” he said.


Serial Killer, Gracious David West Points 7 people he killed out of 19

Accused serial killer of women in Port Harcourt, Gracious David West was dragged to mortuaries to identify the bodies of seven out the 19 people he killed while on the prowl.

This came to light on Friday at his trial when one of investigating police officers of SARS Port Harcourt, presented West’s statement affirming the morbid visits.

The IPO Sergeant Ogbomudia Timi Engbokuru presented the statement and two others to the court.

David-West admitted the statements belonged to him.

And as Engbokuru told the court, he made them at the Special Anti-Robbery Squad Office , Police Headquarters and Elekahia Police Station.

Engbokuru said Mr David-West after confessing to the crime ,took the Police on 20 September to all the hotels rooms where he killed the women.

The trial before Justice Adolphus Enebeli and Justice Mark Chukwu continues.

David-West was arrested on 19 September, 2019.


Insurgents abduct 7 travellers in Damaturu highway

Boko Haram terrorists have abducted seven travellers in Auno along the Maiduguri-Damaturu Highway, NobleReporters culled

On December 31, 2019, NobleReporters culled that the extremist group was planning to abduct travellers in Benishiek, Ngala, Auno, Mainok, Dikwa-monguno and Biu.

Despite the alert issued to the Nigerian Government, a source said the attack took place close to a military checkpoint in the area.

The gunmen, who were reportedly dressed in military uniform, ambushed a Volkswagen golf car and a Toyota Hiace bus belonging to the Adamawa Sunshine Transport Company.

There is no word yet on the whereabouts of the abducted persons.


Presidency frowns at plateau gunmen attack

President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned in strong terms the gunmen attack on Mangu Local Government Area in Plateau State.

In a statement, Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media and Publicity), Garba Shehu, said, Buhari was expecting to be fully briefed by the governor, Simon Lalong, the military, police and other security agencies in the state to ascertain details of what happened and what can be done to forestall a future occurrence.

President Buhari said he was shocked and grieved by the incident, even as he urged security agencies in the state to increase vigilance to stop further attacks on innocent communities.


Abia: Wanted terrorist in Aba arrested – CP

The Abia Police Command says it has arrested an alleged member of a kidnap/armed robbery gang, said to be terrorising the residents of Aba.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Ene Okon, confirmed the arrest in Aba, yesterday. NobleReporters learnt

He said that a reliable police source identified the suspect as Darlington Olewumbu from Obazu Mbieri in Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo.

He said that the suspect was residing at No. 20 Christ Street, off Ibere Road, Aba.

Okon said that the suspect was a member of a three-man kidnap/robbery gang on the wanted list of the Intelligent Response Team.

Olewumbu was arrested at Agu Street, off Elvina Road by a team of detectives led by SP Alphonsus Ayang, the Divisional Police Officer, Ndiegoro in Aba, following a tip off. He was allegedly arrested while in possession of one locally-made revolver pistol with one live ammunition, one locally-made double barrel short gun and six rounds of live cartridge.

A police source said that during interrogation, it was discovered that the suspect and his gang were getting set for a kidnap operation, before he was arrested.

The source said the command had intensified search for the two other members of the gang, who were on the run, following Olewumbu’s arrest.


FG, not different from terrorists – Rev Matthew Kukah

..says, their only difference is bomb

Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Rt. Rev. Mathew Hassan Kukah, has accused the Federal Government of being sympathetic to Islamist insurgents.

He alleged that the government, by allocating key positions to hardline Muslims, gave tacit approval to insurgent to reign.

This is as the outspoken cleric condemned the beheading of 10 persons believed to be Christians by members of the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP).

In a statement through the Diocese’s Communications Office, Kukah accused the Federal Government of using different methods to achieve the same goal of Islamic dominance in Nigeria.

“The only difference between the government and Boko Haram is that Boko Haram is holding a bomb.

“They are using the levers of power to secure the supremacy of Islam, which then gives more weight to the idea that it can be achieved by violence.

“With the situation in Nigeria, it is hard to see the moral basis they have to defeat Boko Haram. They have created the conditions to make it possible for Boko Haram to behave the way they are behaving.” he added.

Bishop Kukah said the only thing preventing Nigeria from being engulfed in civil war was the peaceful tenets of Christianity.

“Christians have every reason to feel insecure and also there is a general feeling of their marginalisation from the political process. If the principles of our religion were different, there would be a civil war by now.

“It is the glory of our religion that this hasn’t happened. It is difficult to preach peace in this context. Any resolution depends on how Christians decide to react. They won’t use violence, but what will they do?” he queried. .

“If the people in power don’t do enough to integrate Christians then they give oxygen to Islamism. If they have countries where everybody is Muslim in power then you give vent to the idea that Islam should be supreme,” he said.

He also criticised western nations for being preoccupied with mining resources in Africa, and not committed to defending the people.

“Western nations are not doing enough. They have shown that the resources of Africa are more important than the ordinary people.

“Clearly, the Western nations could have reduced the influence of Boko Haram by 80 or 90 percent but they have deliberately not done enough,” he said.

Meanwhile, the military has overpowered Boko Haram insurgents who attacked Monguno sector 3 base in Borno State.

Sources said troops battled for several hours to repel the attack which happened late Tuesday.

Suspected members of the ISWAP faction of Boko Haram had attempted to invade the community which serves as a mega camp for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

Some of the 1,200 Chadian troops who pulled out of Nigeria during the weekend made use of the base.

The insurgents were said to have stormed the base around 7pm after which a gun battle ensued.

Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Rt. Rev. Mathew Hassan Kukah

The Air Force was said to have joined the Army in the battle forcing the insurgent to beat a retreat.

Since the withdrawal of the Chadian troops from the Multinational Joint Task Force operation, there have been rumours of planned attacks by insurgents on key locations of Borno.


Adamawa youths block federal highway in Girei

…says they need security

Hundreds of Adamawa youths on Tuesday, blocked the federal highway passing through Girei community to Yola, the state capital, and other parts of the state to protest against incessant kidnappings in the area.

The youths, who are from Girei Local Government Area, rendered many travelers and motorists stranded. They vowed that they would not open the road until the authorities, particularly the Governor or Commissioner of Police, address them and commit to addressing the menace.

Saidu Hamman-Girei, spokesman of the youth, also the Youth leader, (Sarkin Matasa) of Girei District, said recently about 10 persons in the community lost their lives to kidnappers.

“But what we are hearing now is that, there is an order from the police headquarters that the suspects be released,” he alleged.

He said that between N60 million to N70 million had also been paid as ransom to kidnappers.

“We mobilised and supported the security in arresting about 11 suspects with pieces of incriminating evidence. We want the Commissioner of Police to come and tell us why, because serious tension is brewing here. I had to intervene yesterday to stop youths from burning down Girei Police Station,’’ Mr Hamman-Girei said.

Angry youths block highway in Adamawa over incessant kidnappings, accuse police of complicity (photos)

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, for Police Command in the state, DSP Suleiman Yahaya, said the Commissioner of Police had sent an Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of operations to Girei to handle the situation.


Report – United States denied chibok girls of rescue

… influenced Muhammadu Buhari

A mercenary and chairman of a private army, Specialised Tasks, Training, Equipment and Protection International, Eeben Barlow, has alleged that the United States influenced the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to terminate the contract to rescue the abducted Chibok schoolgirls.

Barlow, who sponsored a similar private army, Executive Outcomes, which was shut down in 1998, said Buhari had no choice but to succumb to pressure from the US because his election campaign was sponsored by the American government in 2015.

Boko Haram abducted 276 girls from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State, in April 2014.

While 57 escaped, 107 were released through negotiations. But 112 girls are still being held by the insurgents.

Speaking in an interview with Al Jazeera, Barlow claimed the momentum recorded against Boko Haram by the Goodluck Jonathan government was slowed down by the Buhari regime after the contract awarded to his company was terminated.

Barlow said his army was initially engaged to rescue the girls but that changed to combating Boko Haram, noting that Jonathan saw it as a last gasp opportunity to gain popularity and win the 2015 presidential election.

He said, “Our initial aim was not Boko Haram per se, it was to rescue the Chibok girls. They were the girls that were kidnapped and the Western response was #Savethegirls (#BringBackOurGirls). That type of nonsense does not save girls.

“Unfortunately, these girls became victims of a situation where the security had broken down in a specific area, they were kidnapped and that was the first mission – rescue the Chibok girls.”

To carry out the mission, Barlow said he had to train some Nigerian soldiers to conduct a hostage rescue operation, noting that a strike force was eventually set up to spearhead the mission.

He said, “We ended a selection process of the Nigerian soldiers, the soldiers were retained after a selection process, they were trained in a specific way to conduct a hostage rescue operation.

“The operation was in three phases; the first phase was to cut a dividing line across the North-East and isolate Boko Haram into two isolated areas and mop up. One area in the South was the start and after that then mop up in the North. The division will follow behind and occupy terrain.

“But we were never allowed to execute the entire operation. In one month, we took back terrain larger than the terrain of Belgium from Boko Haram. We were not allowed to finish because it came at a time that governments were in the process of changing.”

He added, “President Jonathan’s government saw the entire Boko Haram contract, if we call it that, as a last-grasp to regain popularity. Buhari was heavily supported by a foreign government and one of the first missions was to terminate our contract.

“We were told it was the US and they had actually funded President Buhari’s campaign and his campaign manager from the US.

“I’m not saying the US is bad, I understand foreign interests but I’d have thought that a threat like Boko Haram on the integrity of Nigeria ought to be a priority but it wasn’t.”

When asked why the US allegedly aborted the mission, he said, “I think the US can answer that, I have come to realise that when a foreign interest clashes with a state’s interest and domestic interest, conflict is bound to ensue and those conflicts continue with no end.”

The US Mission in Nigeria had yet to respond to the allegations by the mercenary as of the time of filing this report. An email sent to the embassy in Abuja on the allegations by Barlow was not replied to.


Borno: Two police officers killed in Boko Haram attack

…Many stranded as insurgents attack communities

…Zulum accuses soldiers, policemen of extortion

At least two policemen have been reportedly shot by Boko Haram insurgents in Yobe State.

An witness reported seeing two officers on the ground as security forces ordered all travellers to Damaturu, Yobe State capital, back to Maiduguri, yesterday.

“I think they may have been dead from the attack,” a commercial driver who gave his name as Bukar Modu, said. “We were all asked to turn back to Maiduguri. No vehicle was allowed to pass.”

Governor Babagana Zulum was area yesterday, where he met thousands of travellers stranded because security officials manning the highway had locked it down.

Zulum during the visit accused policemen and soldiers of collecting monies from travellers along the road. Some commuters had alleged the military and police personnel were collecting bribes of at least N1,000 from motorists and travellers who did not have the National Identity Cards after blocking the road.

“This is unacceptable. How can you subject people to this kind of torture all in the name of National ID card? And you are all here collecting N500 and N1000 from poor travellers who don’t have national ID card,” an apparently angry Zulum lamented.

A military personnel had attempted offering some explanation to the governor who had earlier listened to some commuters expressing their frustrations.

“No this is not right. The Federal Government has not created an enabling environment for our people to get their national ID cards and you are here collecting N500 and N1,000 as a fine for not having what the federal government has not provided for all,” he told the soldiers at the checkpoint.

The Maiduguri-Damaturu road which also leads to Kano and Plateau is a safer road in Borno compared to other roads in the state. Dozens of travellers usually travel on the road but with condition that they show their National ID to comply with the military procedure for self-identification at the several security check points on the road.

Some travellers have since mid last year alleged military troops do demand for between N500 to N1,500 from anyone who did not have the National ID while travelling on the road, an allegation which finally got the attention of the governor yesterday.

The military is yet to react to the issue as at press time.

Some of the commuters said they had been held for several hours without any explanation.

Army Brigade in Bogozo has relocated to Jakana as part of measures to safeguard travelers on the Damaturu/Maiduguri highway.

Commissioner of Police in charge of Borno State, Mohammed Aliyu, confirmed the attack, which occurred along Maiduguri-Damaturu highway, but said no officer died.

“As I speak to you now, my men are in the location. I don’t have the information concerning any death. But what I know is that one of them was shot on his hand. I will give you the details as soon as I get.”

Another driver vehicles coming from Damaturu were being allowed to enter Maiduguri while those travelling out of Maiduguri could not be allowed to pass through.

Many people have been stranded since Sunday when suspected Boko Haram insurgents launched attacks on communities along Damaturu-Maiduguri road.

Damaturu is Yobe state capital, and Maiduguri, Borno state capital. The distance between both towns is about 130 kilometres, and there are a number of villages along the axis.

Resident said the road had been shut since Sunday morning and that many people have been unable to return to their stations.

“We were supposed to return to Maiduguri but we’ve been stranded here in Damaturu, because no vehicle is allowed to use that road now,” the source said.

“In fact, the time we left Maiduguri for Damaturu, we could feel the presence of the insurgents as we heard that some motorists have been earlier attacked. Although the military has marched into this area, we believe hundreds of the insurgents are still within the bushy villages along this axis, hiding.”

Another source in Damaturu said transport workers in the areas affected have moved their vehicles from the park for fear of attacks.

Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, had asked Nigerians not to panic over the withdrawal of Chadian troops from the Lake Chad region.

About 1200 Chadian troops deployed in the Lake Chad area in the north-east to combat the Boko Haram insurgency alongside Nigerian troops withdrew from the area on Friday.


Just in – 30 dead in borno bridge bomb

No fewer than 30 people were reportedly killed in Gamboru, Borno state on Monday January 6th after an improvised explosive device detonated on the bridge.

According to Reuters, the bomb detonated at about 5 p.m. on the crowded bridge in the market town of Gamboru that leads into neighbouring Cameroon. Witnesses in the market town said more than 35 persons were injured and rushed to the local hospital following the attack.

“It is an unfortunate day for us to witness this frustrating and devastating incident in our community. I just heard a loud sound of explosions, before I realized I saw many of our friends and colleagues were killed,” an eyewitness told Reuters

Boko Haram nor the regional offshoot of Islamic State, known as ISWAP, have taken responsibility for the attack.