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Top Story: Buhari send threat to ‘Terrorists’

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday warned bandits terrorizing states in the North West to surrender their weapons or face “disgraceful and violent ends.

The president, according to a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, made the call when he met with Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He also assured the people of Katsina State of the government’s renewed efforts to improve the security of lives and property in the state and other parts of the country.

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President Buhari vowed that the bandits who had committed crimes against innocent citizens in the state and across the country would not be spared by the government.

He assured that the federal government would take more decisive military actions against bandits in Zamfara, Sokoto, Niger, Katsina and Kaduna States.


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HK in crackdown as security chief warn against terrorism rise

Pro-Beijing officials expect no delays to the passage of new law amid signs the annual June 4 vigil will be banned.


Hong Kong’s security chief on Monday warned “terrorism” was growing in the city as the local government rallied behind Beijing’s plan to impose national security laws on the restive territory and police fired tear gas and pepper spray at thousands of people who took to the streets to protest.

“Terrorism is growing in the city and activities which harm national security, such as ‘Hong Kong independence’, become more rampant,” Secretary for Security John Lee said in a statement.

“In just a few months, Hong Kong has changed from one of the safest cities in the world to a city shrouded in the shadow of violence,” he said, adding that national security laws were needed to safeguard the city’s prosperity and stability.

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Tam Yiu-chung, Hong Kong’s sole delegate to China’s National People’s Congress Standing Committee, told the public broadcaster RTHK on Monday that said he did not expect any delay in the drafting of the national security law.

Tam said members would start work on it soon after the NPC votes on the resolution on Thursday, adding that the standing committee would hold a meeting at the end of June to discuss the matter.

Earlier, Ray Chan, a pro-democracy member of Hong Kong’s Legislative Council, wrote on social media: “Call us terrorists, whatever you want, after the Wuhan Virus outbreak, China has no more credibility in the world.”

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Growing calls for independence
On Monday, police said they arrested more than 180 people during protests on Sunday.

Authorities had fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse anti-government protesters who accused the police of using excessive force.

In a return of the unrest that roiled Hong Kong last year, crowds thronged the streets of the city in defiance of curbs imposed to contain the coronavirus.

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In contrast with previous rallies, however, there were louder calls for independence with chants of “Hong Kong independence, the only way out,” echoing through the streets.

Calls for independence are disliked by Beijing, which considers Hong Kong an inalienable part of the country.

The proposed new national security framework stresses Beijing’s intent “to prevent, stop and punish” such acts.

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Hong Kong government agencies issuing statements in support of the legislation included the Commissioner of Correctional Services and Hong Kong Customs.

Financial Secretary Paul Chan wrote on his blog on Sunday the national security law “itself” does not affect investor confidence, only the “misunderstanding” of it does.

“The central government has already said the law is targeted at the minority of people who are suspected of threatening national security and will not affect the rights of the general public.”

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Turning point for Hong Kong
Lee’s comments came amid growing signs that the June 4 candlelight vigil organised annually by civil society groups to commemorate the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing could be banned.

While declining to go into specifics, former Hong Kong Chief Executive CY Leung told public broadcaster, RTHK, that anything that involves activities said to be “separatist in nature” may well be banned.

He explained that the purpose of the legislation was not to deter people from holding protests but to combat “terrorism”, and stamp out the activities of people who advocate independence for Hong Kong.

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Leung is a vice chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.

RTHK quoted him as saying that whether the vigil itself could fall foul of the law could depend on what participants do even after the gathering is over.

The United States, Australia, Britain, Canada and others have expressed concerns about the national security legislation, widely seen as a potential turning point for the city, which was guaranteed rights and freedoms unknown on the mainland when it was returned to Chinese rule in 1997.

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On Sunday, the US said the new legislation could lead to sanctions that would threaten the city’s status as a financial hub.

“It looks like with this national security law they’re going to basically take over Hong Kong and if they do … Secretary [of State Mike] Pompeo will likely be unable to certify that Hong Kong maintains a high degree of autonomy,” National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien said in an interview with NBC.

“And if that happens, there will be sanctions that will be imposed on Hong Kong and China.”

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Beijing, meanwhile, has warned of a “new Cold War” with the US, saying the country has been infected by a “political virus” compelling people to continually attack China.

Taiwan, which has become a refuge for a small but growing number of pro-democracy protesters fleeing Hong Kong, said on Monday it would provide the people of Hong Kong with “necessary assistance”.


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Bandits kill 8 Muslims in Afghanistan Mosque attack.


Gunmen opened fire in a mosque in central Afghanistan on Tuesday evening, killing eight worshippers, who are breaking their Ramadan fast, wounding five others, officials said.

“Unknown gunmen fired on people praying inside a mosque during iftar (referring to the meal eaten to break daytime fasting) time,’’ said Wahida Shahkar, spokeswoman for the Governor of Parwan province, during the Islamic holy month.

The Ministry of Interior confirmed the attack in Parwan’s provincial capital Charekar, blaming it on the insurgent Taliban.

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The Taliban denied responsibility and said Afghan security forces were to blame.

The United Nations has warned of an alarming uptick in violence against civilians in Afghanistan.

A shocking attack on a Kabul maternity ward last week killed 24 people, including newborn babies.

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Violence increased around the country even after a Feb. 29 U.S.-Taliban pact on the withdrawal of U.S.-led foreign forces in exchange for Taliban security guarantees.

Afghan security forces, on Tuesday, clashed with Taliban fighters around the city of Kunduz, a strategically important centre that has been one of the Taliban’s main targets and which the group has briefly captured twice in recent years.

Security forces largely repelled the Taliban offensive with the help of air support.

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Assadullah Khalid, acting Minister of Defence, said during a visit to the city that more than 50 insurgents and eight security force members had been killed.

The Taliban have rejected repeated calls for a ceasefire by the Afghan government.

They deny any involvement in the maternity ward attack and the U.S. believes the Islamic State was responsible.

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The U.S. has sent special envoy, Zalmay Khalilzad, to Doha and Kabul to press the Afghan government and the Taliban to start stalled peace talks.

Khalilzad has said he will push for a reduction in violence during the trip.


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PMB assure action against bandits in katsina. [Nigeria]


President Muhammadu Buhari has authorised the commencement of a major military operation to sweep bandits and kidnappers out of Katsina State.

A major proactive operation by Special Forces, which details are being kept secret, is now in progress to replace the reactive strikes against insurgent camps.

To give a full effect to the exercise, a planning team is already in the State selecting targets and making preparations for the execution of the “unprecedented” operation.

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The Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, who has been measured in issuing official statements on the oncoming exercise, briefed the President on the plan he intends to flag off shortly.

President Buhari who expressed sadness over the recent attacks in the State extended his condolences to the families of those killed and prayed for the recovery of the injured.


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Militias arrested in Nasarawa – Criminals neutralised in Benue. [Nigeria]


The Defence Headquarters says troops of Operation Whirl Stroke have succeeded in killing two gang members of Gana led criminal elements in Benue arresting members of militia group in Nasarawa state.

The Coordinator, Defence Media Operation, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.

Enenche said the success was recorded when combined troops of Sector 2 deployed in Gbise and Zaki Biam in Benue and Sector 4 from Taraba State raided the hideout of Gana in Mtan village in Utenge Council Ward of Katsina-Ala Local Government Area (LGA) on Saturday.

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He added that while two members of the gang were killed in the encounter, others fled with various degrees of gunshot wounds.

According to him, exploitation operation revealed that Gana narrowly escaped death with gunshot wounds.

“Items recovered include: one locally fabricated machine gun, six locally made rifles, two locally fabricated cartridge guns and one dane gun.

“Other items recovered are two revolver pistols, two cartridge pistols, 27 rounds of 9mm ammunition two motorcycles, one camouflage shirt, one generator set, one bag of gun powder and assorted charms.

“Gana’s personal belongings, other items and thatched houses were destroyed,” he said.

The Coordinator further disclosed that the troops of Sector 3 deployed at Ondori in Doma LGA of Nasarawa State raided the Bassa Militia camp at Kpelebewa village in Rukubi area and arrested seven gang members.
He added that the raid followed a credible information that the militia group were planning to attack a Tiv community over land dispute.

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According to him, the troops apprehended seven members of the militia dressed in red shirts in the camp.

“Items recovered include one locally fabricated machine gun, six locally fabricated rifles, two locally fabricated cartridge guns, one Dane gun, two revolver pistols, two cartridge firing pistols, 57 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, 29 rounds of 9mm ammunition, and 22 cartridges of ammunition.

“Other items are one dagger, poisoned bows and arrows, desert camouflage head gears and pouch, six phone handsets and some charms.

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“The suspects are currently undergoing interrogation to be handed over to the police.

“The Military High Command congratulates the Troops and requests the general public to continue to provide the Armed Forces with credible information to facilitate its operations in the Country,” he said.


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Boko Haram insurgents killed, facilities destroyed in sambisa forest amid military airstrikes. [Nigeria]


The Nigerian Defence Headquarters says Boko Haram terrorists in the Sambisa Forest of Borno have been set in disarray, following massive airstrikes conducted by the Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole (OPLD) on Friday.

The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche disclosed this in a statement on Saturday in Abuja.

Enenche said the operation was executed based on credible intelligence reports as well as series of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions.

He added that the reports revealed that the terrorists were importing additional fighters as well as increasing their logistics stocks preparatory to launching attacks on troops’ locations and surrounding civilian settlements.

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According to him, the air task force dispatched an enhanced force package of attack aircraft and a surveillance platform to engage the location.

“Overhead the target area, the significant activity of the terrorists was observed in different parts of the settlement.

“The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) fighter jets took turns in attacking the target area, neutralising many BHTs as well as destroying their logistics facilities and other structures in successive passes, thereby further degrading their will to fight.

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“The armed forces of Nigeria, operating in concert with other security agencies and stakeholders, will sustain the offensive against the enemies of our great nation.

“We shall not relent until peace and normalcy are restored not only in the Northeast but also in every other troubled region of our beloved country,” he said.


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Troops kill 500 bandits, several others severely wounded. [Nigeria]

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The Defence Headquarters said the Nigerian Armed Forces have neutralised over 500 Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists and bandits.

The operations were carried out between March 18 and May 5.

The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, stated this in an update on Wednesday.

Enenche said that several other terrorists suffered various degrees of gunshot wounds with narrow chances of survival.

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He said Boko Haram’s logistics installations and networks were being destroyed, while 16 of their informants and logistics suppliers were arrested.

Enenche confirmed that some troops paid the supreme prize and others were wounded in action.

“Some villages attacked during the period were rescued by our gallant troops and normalcy was returned to the affected areas. A number of Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance missions conducted revealed criminal hideouts and their activities.

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“Consequently, air interdictions were conducted, which led to the destruction of several BHT logistics facilities and compounds, housing some of their leaders including Abu Usamah and a number of their fighters who were eliminated,” he said.

Under Operation Hadarin Daji, combined troops comprising Land and Air Components, as well as other security operatives, recorded successes in Katsina and Zamfara States.

A total of 17 kidnapped victims were rescued and united with their families while several arms and ammunition among other equipment were recovered.

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The military spokesman said troops also rescued 922 rustled cattle and 446 sheep.

The coordinator noted that there was a clampdown on armed militia and bandits in Benue and Taraba States.

Troops successfully rescued seven kidnapped victims and recovered large caches of ammunition and other items.

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Also, seven bandits were killed by troops from contacts made at Toto in Nasarawa State and Anku Mbagen in Atera-Jange Torov Council Ward of Ukum Local Government Area of Benue.

In Maritime operations, 61 illegal refining sites were discovered during Anti-Crude Oil/Anti-Illegal Bunkering Operations in the Niger Delta region.

“In all, a total of 4,464.8 and 1,781,000 litres of crude oil were recovered as well as 1,756,900 litres of AGO; 116,000 litres of DPK; and 11,750 litres of PMS.

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“During the Swamp Boogie Operations, several refining ovens, receivers, surface metal storage tanks/drums, coolers and dugout pits were deactivated and immobilised. Fishing trawlers were also arrested and handed over to NIMASA.”

Enenche added that 15 hostages were rescued, a barge and some weapons were recovered and 3 pipeline vandals arrested.


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Just in: Police sends patrol to terrorised areas in Lagos. [Nigeria]


The Lagos State Police Command has asked residents of certain communities in Lagos to be calm, adding that police patrol teams have been employed to beef up security.

Areas such as Iyana-Ipaja, Igando, Ikotun, Idimu, and others have complained about incessant attacks from the robbery gang known as “One Million Boys”.

Also, Surulere residents expressed concern after they received a letter from the robbery gang to inform them that they were coming and to also warn residents of a bloody outcome if they do not prepare for them by having money ready

The Lagos State police took the threats seriously and have now disclosed measures they are taking to ensure the safety of residents.

The Lagos State Police Command wrote on Twitter: “The Police have received series of calls from residents in Idimu, Igando, Ikotun, etc, that the “one million boys” are planning to attack the communities. The Police responded with massive deployment of Police patrol teams to beef up security of the area.”

Lagos police deploys police patrol teams to beef up security in areas where “One Million Boys” threatened to attack

They added: “The IG of Police has also deployed DIG Peter Ogunyanwo to Lagos in order to have a clear assessment of the situation in Lagos and Ogun and also coordinate the the operations against such criminal elements. Special forces have also been deployed to support tactical units present.

“Members of the public, especially residents of the aforementioned communities are enjoined to remain calm and support the ongoing efforts of the Police.”

The statement adds: “For information and complaints call the following 09010512385 09010512286. 09010512287 and 09010512288.”


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Update: 130 Hoodlums arrested in Lagos amid attacks.


The Lagos State Police Command has arrested no fewer than 130 suspects in connection with the unrest and attacks by hoodlums in various parts of the state during the lockdown.

This comes after NobleReporters story that residents of some communities in Ogun and Lagos states had turned themselves into vigilantes to resist attacks by hoodlums, including the Awawa Boys and One Million Boys, among others.


The hoodlums had taken advantage of the lockdown occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic to dispossess unsuspecting members of the public of their valuables.

Areas affected by the onslaught launched by the hoodlums in Lagos are Capitol Road, Amowo, Dopemu, Oko-Oba, Maroko, Abule-Egba, Ogba, Ejigbo and Agege.


In a bid to curb the attacks, youths formed themselves into vigilante groups and reportedly clashed with some of the hoodlums, creating tension in some of the affected areas.

An injured resident of Abule-Egba, Abass Babatunde, told our correspondent on Monday that about 20 hoodlums were about to attack the Baale of Olota around 2am when the vigilantes intercepted them, adding that he was injured in the process.


Babatunde stated, “We were attacked in Ekoro, Abule-Egba; we were on guard duty when one Ibrahim and Ajongolo mobilised about 20 hoodlums to attack the Baale of Olota. So, we went to defend him and in the process, I was attacked with cutlass and received machete blows in the head, hands and other parts of my body.”

The Baale of Olota in Agbado Oke-Odo, Daniel Ajibose, said, “I was in my palace around 2am, because we had constituted ourselves into a vigilante group to prevent the hoodlums from attacking us. All of a sudden, I saw about 20 hoodlums moving to the front of my palace and they started attacking us with cutlasses. But the residents came to my rescue and the hoodlums injured about eight of them.


“I had to call the DPO, Oke-Odo Police Station, who sent policemen to rescue us. I don’t know why the hoodlums decided to attack me in my palace.”

However, the suspects, made up of 123 males and seven females, who were arrested by police personnel from the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, Panti, Yaba, and the New Oko-Oba, Oke-Odo, Abattoir and Maroko divisions, were paraded at the command headquarters, Ikeja.


The state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, said the suspects took advantage of the border towns connecting Lagos and Ogun states, adding that they were arrested in connection with the unrest in the state and for violating the lockdown order.

Odumosu stated, “This thing started about three days ago, when miscreants in Ogun State decided to act above the law. They tried to push their luck into Lagos State through the border towns, but we got the information early enough and deployed sufficient personnel of the command in the border towns and that made them not to infiltrate Lagos.


“In the past, whenever these miscreants came to Lagos to attack residents, they go back through the border towns and this had always created tension. So, people living in Agege, Alakuko, Meiran, Alagbado, Iju and Iyana Ipaja areas that are close to Ogun State started panicking and a lot of posts were circulated on the social media that were purely fabricated lies and that generated a lot of tension.

“So, since they feel that the miscreants were coming to attack them, they took the law into their own hands to defend themselves by mobilising themselves and this created more tension. Up till this moment, there has not been any report of anybody being robbed, or raped, or houses and vehicles being burnt or vandalised.”


Odumosu added that he had gone round to restore confidence in the affected areas, but urged the residents not to take the law into their own hands.

He stated that all the suspects would be charged on Tuesday.


Reacting to allegations by residents of the affected areas that Divisional Police Officers failed to respond to their distress calls, Odumosu stated, “They are allegations, but when we went out, some people actually said they called one or two DPOs, who did not respond, but that might just be an excuse by them, because there have not been reports or complaints to me that any DPO did not respond.

“However, there may be an element of truth in the allegations. All the DPOs have been seriously warned and to complement that, I have actually given out my own numbers so that if there is any complaint from any quarter, they should call me directly.

“But, the DPOs have also been warned and very soon, we are going to give out the numbers of all the DPOs in the command to the media so that if any of them is called and the person refuses to take action, necessary disciplinary action will be taken against them.”


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[Nigeria] 92 suspected cultists arrested in Lagos.


Lagos Police have arrested no fewer than 92 suspected cultists in different parts of the state.

The arrest came as residents in parts of the state rallied to stem robbery attacks in their communities during the lockdown.


They keep vigil at night, make bonfires and engage the services of hunters to ward off the hoodlums.

On Sunday, operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) arrested two men after a foiled robbery in Ikorodu, Lagos.

The suspects Toheeb Sanusi, 21, and Adewale Adeshina, 24 , were arrested with a locally-made revolver pistol and cutlass.

Police spokesman Bala Elkana said the Commissioner of Police Hakeem Odumosu has given commanders of tactical units in the state a clear instruction to deal decisively with armed hoodlums in any part of the state during the lockdown.


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Borno: Soldiers kills more Boko Haram, seize gun trucks.


The Defence Media Operations, said military operations in the ongoing counter insurgency war has killed scores of terrorists and recovered several weapons including gun trucks at Gorigi in the Allagarno Forest area of Borno State.

The soldiers sent the terrorists to their graves during a clearance operation conducted along the Allagarno Forest axis, as part of the ongoing subsidiary Operation, ‘Operation AYISO TAMONUMA’.


Acting Director Defence Media Operations Brigadier General Bernard Onyeuko made this known in a statement.

“Troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE have dealt another crippling blow on Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) in the North East part of the Country. This was achieved at Gorigi in the Allagarno Forest general area of Borno State on 23 March 2020.


“The routing occurred when the Land Component of Operation LAFIYA DOLE conducting clearance operations along the Allagarno Forest axis, as part of the ongoing subsidiary Operation, ‘Operation AYISO TAMONUMA’, came into contact with mounted BHTs. Accordingly, air assets, including an Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) platform and fighter jets, were immediately scrambled to provide Close Air Support to the troops.

While the ISR platform provided situational awareness to the troops, the fighter jets engaged the BHTs, immobilizing a gun truck and neutralizing some of the terrorists. Some others, who attempted to beat a hasty retreat, were mopped up by the jets in follow-on attacks.

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


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Update: Babagana visits victims of fresh Boko Haram attack in borno


Borno state Governor, Prof Babagana Umara Zulum, last night paid a visit to the victims of the fresh Boko Haram attacks in Maiduguri, Borno state.

Shortly after President Buhari left the state after his sympathy visit, suspected Boko Haram members launched fresh attack on residents of Damboa road around Maiduguri NNPC depot.

A rocket propelled grenade was believed to have been launched by boko haram insurgent from an unknown distance and it fell on a house in Jiddari injuring occupants.

The governor visited the state Specialist Hospital, Maiduguri, where those injured were admitted. He directed the settlement of their medical bills.


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Boko Haram: Shekau warns Buhari not to visit borno again

gives updates about abducted chibok girls


Abubakar Shekau, the factional leader of Boko Haram sect, has given a condition under which the remaining Chibok school girls that are being held in captivity, would be released.


In a video released, Shekau said the schoolgirls would be set free if the federal government let go of the sect members currently in detention.

In the video, Shekau warned President Buhari not to return to Borno as his members are fully on ground in the north-east and would attack the president if he ever returns to Borno.

President Buhari was in Borno state on Wednesday February 12th on a condolence visit to the government and people of the state following last Sunday’s attack by the sect members in Aonu community that left over 30 travelers dead while many others were abducted.

Recall that the sects abducted about 276 female students from Chibok girls Secondary School. Over 100 of them are still in Boko Haram captivity while others have been released by the sect.


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Change all strategies – Babagana tell Army


Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno has urged the Nigerian Armed Forces to change strategies in the ongoing fight against Boko Haram.

The governor made the call when President Muhammadu Buhari paid a sympathy visit to the Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar El-Kanemi, after the killings caused by the insurgents in Auno community.

An estimated 30 people died. Eighteen vehicles and several homes were razed in the fire triggered by the insurgents after they torched a military fuel tanker stranded amidst other vehicles. No fewer than nine people, among them two female students of UNIMAID were burned alive.

Zulum acknowledged the successes recorded by the military in the past three years but called for new tactics to check the resurgence of insurgency activities in the state.

“Your Excellency; between March 2019 to date, we have started witnessing horrific and spontaneous attacks by the insurgents which have resulted into the loss of lives and properties of our people.


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Insecurities: Buratai’s reaction to ‘sack service chiefs’


Nigeria’s Chief of army staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai has stated that the sack of service chiefs over the recent escalation of Boko Haram attacks would not end insurgency in the country.

In an interview in Lagos on Tuesday, Buratai averred that President Muhammadu Buhari should not be pushed into sacking his service chiefs “because he knows where the problems are”.

He said; “I am tempted not to comment on this particular issue because I am directly involved. However, I want to believe that whatever happens, the commander-in-chief is the right arbiter, and he knows where it pinches, he knows where the problems are. I think the decision should be left to him. He should not be pushed or prompted in this regard


“We are into a very serious issue which should not be taken lightly. This is why when you say a particular crop of leaders in the military should be removed for whatever reason, it sounds very odd because we are not addressing the issues. I am not saying this because I am the chief of army staff and I do not want to leave. No, that is not the issue. It is beyond that because this is a national issue, an issue of national pride and national interest. Those who would cry loudly against the service chiefs are within, and they are the ones who should be more vocal in the things that are not going right.”

The Army Chief also dispelled claims of Boko Haram starting off in 2009. He stated that it’s been difficult to wipe out Boko Haram because the “brainwashing and indoctrination” that created the group started off over 30 years.


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Buhari visits Maiduguri after insurgence attack


Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari has arrived Maiduguri, Borno State on a solidarity visit after Boko Haram terrorists killed 30 people few days ago.

Bashir Ahmad, Personal Assistant on New Media to the President, on his twitter, said the visit was sympathise with the government and people of Borno State.

Buhari arrived Nigeria today after spending five days in Ethiopia, where he paid a state visit and also attended the 33rd Ordinary summit of African Union in Addis Ababa.

While in Ethiopia, he condemned the Boko Haram killings in Auno and promised to free the fresh dozens of abducted women and children.


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I will end the existence of Boko Haram – Buhari


President Muhammadu Buhari expressed confidence in ending the Boko Haram insurgency and other forms of terrorism in Nigeria.
While speaking at the commissioning of two Nigeria Air Force Agusta 109 Power Helicopters and Mi-17 E Helicopters at the Eagle Square, Abuja, the president promised that his administration will re-equip the military to meet the growing exigencies of security in the country.

Buhari said, “We promise to re-professionalize and re-equip the Armed Forces and security agencies to effectively discharge their duties to our nation.


“Professionalism, capacity building and adequately equipping the Armed Forces and other security agencies are a major policy thrust of the Administration.’’

The president appreciated Nigerians for their support of the military and other security agencies against terrorism, banditry, and kidnapping.


Emphasizing that the security challenges would be collectively won, Buhari said Boko Haram and other forms of terrorism will soon be a thing of the past in the country.

“I promised to put an end to Boko Haram insurgency, kidnapping and other forms of criminalities that have bedeviled our country during my inaugural speech as President.

“You will all agree with me that the successes we have achieved so far have restored our pride and honor the world over.

Consequently, I want to sincerely thank Nigerians for believing in our government in spite of occasional outrages, coming together as a nation, irrespective of political, religious and ethnic affiliations, in our strive to bring this menace to an end,” he was quoted as saying.


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NAHCO chairman’s mother abducted in Ondo ..


Suspected gunmen have abducted the mother of a popular businessman and Chairman of the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company, Mr Sehinde Fadeni, in Ondo State.

Madam Alice Fadeni was kidnapped on Tuesday evening at her residence in Ode Aye town in Okitipupa Local Government Area of the state.


NobleReporters learnt that the hoodlums numbering about four stormed the town around 5:30pm before seizing Madam Fadeni at her home.

A source, who confirmed the abduction, told our correspondent that the woman was driven out her compound in a Sienna vehicle.


According to the source, the whereabouts of Mrs Fadeni was not yet known as the case had already been reported to the police.

“She was kidnapped yesterday (Tuesday) evening at her house and we have reported the case to the police immediately but we still don’t know her locations,” the source said.


Also, Mr Nicholas Tofowomo, lawmaker representing Ondo South Senatorial discrict at the National Assembly, confirmed the abduction, describing it as “evil”.

He said, “We urge security agencies to secure her unconditional release and bring the perpetrators to book.”

Spokesperson for the Ondo State Police Command, Femi Joseph, confirmed the abduction on Wednesday when contacted. NobleReporters confirmed

He said the police had already begun investigation into the case and would ensure the aged woman was rescued alive.


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Execution of CAN chairman: Buhari mourns


President Buhari has condemned the execution of Rev. Lawan Andimi, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) chairman, who was abducted by Boko Haram insurgents during an attack in Michika, Adamawa State.

In a statement released by his media aide Garba Shehu, the President described the execution as cruel, inhuman and deliberately provocative. He also disclosed that the insurgents expressed willingness to release the abducted CAN President to a third party before the execution.


The statement read in parts;

“President Buhari consoles the Christian community all over Nigeria, the government and people of Adamawa state and the Bishop’s family over the sad loss of the man of God and assures that terrorists will continue to pay a heavy price for their actions and would comprehensively be defeated by our determined armed forces.

“President urged nations of the world to end all support provided to Boko Haram and Islam in West Africa, ISWA terrorist groups whose only goal is to sow death, violence and destruction in the sub-region.”


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CAN Chairman executed by Boko Haram


Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Michika Local Government Area of Adamawa State, Lawan Andimi has reportedly been executed by Boko Haram insurgents.

Ahmed Salkida, a journalist known to have access to Boko Haram and who was once a mediator between the insurgents and the Nigerian government confirmed the report.


According to him, the Pastor who was declared missing after a foiled attack on Michika Local Government Area in Adamawa by Boko Haram, was executed yesterday January 20.

Salkida wrote;


To break some news items can traumatize. I’m battling with one of such. Reverend Andimi, abducted by #BokoHaram was executed yesterday. Rev. Andimi was a church leader, a father to his children and the community he served. My condolences go to his family.

Reverend Lawan Andimi was beheaded yesterday afternoon, the video of the appalling executions with that of a soldier was obtained at 2:42pm. I made sure that the family, the authorities and the church were duly informed before the news was put out to the public this morning.


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Boko haram, not a joke – Army tell foreign agencies


The Nigerian army has warned foreign agencies and countries against interfering in the fight against Boko Haram and the Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP).

In a statement released on Monday January 20 by the Nigerian Army Operations Media Coordinator Colonel Aminu Iliyasu, the largest component of the Nigerian Armed Forces insisted that its fight against insurgency has recorded significant success.

Though no name was mentioned in the statement, foreign agencies, countries and individuals were warned against actions and utterances which will not restore peace in the country.


The statement read;

“The Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai has reassured Nigerians that the Counter Insurgency operations in the North East and indeed other ongoing operations against our common enemies across the country are still on course with current indicators revealing tremendous successes across the various theatres of operation.


“After a careful review of the Nigerian Army operations in the North East, it is pertinent to state that Headquarters Nigerian Army has gladly observed the renewed zeal and determination by troops to take the counter-insurgency operations to its logical conclusion with outcomes favourable to Nigeria and Nigerians as evident in the recent decimation of many Boko Haram/Islamic State West Africa Province criminals, including some of their top commanders amidst several arrests of the insurgents’ logistic suppliers and collaborators, numerous capture of the criminals’ arms and ammunition as well as rescue of many captives from the bondage of the insurgents.

“To this end, all local and foreign interests are advised to exhibit more commitment and restraint on issues of our national security and avoid taking sides. Furthermore, all actions and utterances must be tailored towards supporting the national cause with a view to restoring peace and tranquillity to our beloved country.

“Additionally, the Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai unequivocally assures troops that their sacrifices and that of our fallen colleagues will never be in vain as he reiterates the unreserved commitment of the Nigerian Army to defend our country and her citizens no matter the prize or odds. The recent moribund activity of Boko Haram/Islamic State West Africa Province insurgents is synonymous with the kicks of a dying horse gasping for the last breath.

“The Chief of Army Staff also warned all enemies of Nigeria and Nigerians who take delight in the sufferings of our innocent citizens that the day of reckoning is at their door steps. All well-meaning Nigerians especially those in the North East and friends of Nigeria elsewhere are enjoined to fully support the counter insurgency operations as well as the fight against all forms of criminality across the nation”.


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Borno: Zulum released 70 new surveillance vehicles to support Army, police

…to fight Boko Haram insurgents


Borno State governor, Babagana Zulum, has released 70 new surveillance vehicles to support the Nigerian Army, police and volunteers in the civilian Joint Task Force and hunters involved in fighting Boko Haram terrorists in the region.

The vehicles were released on Friday at the launch of a rapid response squad.

Governor Zulum directed that parts of the vehicles should be used by hunters and civilian JTF to patrol the Maiduguri-Damboa Road.


The governor assured citizens of his administration’s commitment to security of lives and property.

He also warned citizens to stop harbouring and shielding insurgents and members of any criminal gang in the state.


He said, “I have said a number of times that this administration will not hesitate to take any measure or make any sacrifice in order to ensure peace and security returns to our state.

“As chief security officer of Borno State, it is my constitutional and moral responsibility to do whatever possibly in trying to secure the lives of citizens and doing that is the whole essence of government in the first place.

“We cannot succeed in bringing lasting peace if we do not give maximum support to our security operatives by giving them information about the identities of culprits and their hideouts.

“On no account should we protect or hide anybody with the evil intention of destroying our state.”


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Boko Haram insurgents, Armies killed during battle in katsina


Troops of the 17 Brigade of the Nigerian Army on Tuesday killed some Boko Haram terrorists in Magama Jibia Local Government Area of Kastina State.

The army personnel came across the insurgents while they tried to kidnap residents along Mallamawa in Jibia.

A shootout soon ensued, leading to the killing of many of the hoodlums and injuries to scores more.


Two soldiers were also injured in the exchange of fire.

In a statement by the army spokesperson, Captain Kayode Owolabi, troops have dominated the area.

He however, revealed that two customs officers had been kidnapped prior to the encounter and invasion of some of the bandits’ hideouts.

According to him, troops are in pursuit of the fleeing bandits, with a view to rescuing the two customs officers.


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