REVEALED: How corruption caused Boko Haram uprise in Nigeria – Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said corruption led to the rise of Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria.

He stated this at the OECD global forum in France on Thursday.

Osinbajo said there was no way one could ignore the link between corruption and insurgency.

“Besides, we have seen in Nigeria, in recent years, how corruption directly fueled the terrorist insurgency in the North-East. And how in turn that has led to one of gravest humanitarian disasters in the world.

“Also the adverse implications for education, healthcare, social services, infrastructure and indeed the quality of life no longer requires making a case .

“Corruption and illicit financial flows are different. But they really must be twinned. This is because for practical purposes it is an eminently more sensible approach to treat most of the sources of illicit financial flows as corrupt activity, within a broader use of the term,” he said.

[Daily Post]

Troops invade Boko Haram cell in Borno [Photos]

Troops of 112 Task Force Battalion, 22 Brigade, Nigerian Army, on Wednesday carried out a fighting patrol towards Boskoro, Dikwa Local Government Area of Borno State.

Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman, Director Army Public Relations, in a statement said during the raid, a sleeper cell where Boko Haram terrorists were hibernating, was discovered.

“While advancing, the troops came in contact with some elements of the terrorists suspected to be in staging area to lay ambush for troops along Ajiri-Dikwa road.

“The patrol team engaged the terrorists and neutralized one of them and recovered an AK-47 rifle, 1 Magazine, 47 rounds of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition and belt links.

“Unfortunately one soldier sustained injury during the operation.

“The gallant soldier has been evacuated to military hospital and he is responding to treatment,” he said.

[Daily Post]

Nigerian soldiers rescue 211 villagers from Boko Haram terrorists in Northern Borno

The Nigerian Army has rescued 211 civilians held captive by the Boko Haram terrorists at Cingal Murye and Maja villages in Northern Borno on Saturday.

Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman, the Director Army Public Relations, said in a statement on Sunday that troops of 22 Brigade Garrison, Operation Lafiya Dole, rescued the villagers during an operation in the villages.

The statement said that one terrorist was neutralised while 11 bicycles were recovered from the fleeing terrorists.

In addition, the patrol team escorted two heavy duty trucks and 18 pickup vans to recover Internally Displaced Persons’ food stuff from Mala Maja,’’ it added.

[Pulse]

Nigerian Army and DSS nab Boko Haram terrorists with explosives in Gombe [Photos]

On Sunday, the Nigerian Army troops in conjunction with elements of Department of State Services (DSS) arrested 3 suspected Chadian Boko Haram terrorists that belonged to al-Barnawi faction, in Gombe State.

The 3 Chadian terrorists suspects, Bilal Muhammed Umar, Bashir Muhammed and Muhammed Maigari Abubakar were arrested at Arawa and Mallam Inna Areas of Gombe metropolis. They were reported to be members of al-Barnawi faction of the Boko Haram that operates in Chad and mostly northern part of Borno State but came to Gombe State for another heinous assignment.
During the operation, one of them, Bilal Muhammed Umar attempted to escape and was shot on the leg. He was however apprehended and is receiving medical treatment.
The terrorists were also arrested with Improvised Explosive Device (IED), materials that they could have coupled and attack parts of the State. They are now in custody undergoing preliminary investigation.
[Linda Ikeji]

Boko Haram terrorists attack military base in Maiduguri, kill seven soldiers

Some Boko Haram insurgents have reportedly attacked a military base in Gajiram, near Maiduguri in Borno State.

Our correspondent learnt that the attack, which occurred on Wednesday and lingered till Friday, resulted in a fierce clash that led to the death of scores of the terrorists as well.

A lieutenant, whose name has yet to be ascertained, was among the slain soldiers in the military base.

A member of the vigilance group, who identified himself only as Kabiru, said, “The bodies of three soldiers were recovered on Thursday, but by Friday, the toll had increased to seven. The attack lasted for hours and the troops also shot dead a large number of the insurgents.”

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Air Force said on Friday that it had shot dead dozens of Boko Haram members sighted at a location in the Tagoshe area of Borno.

The NAF Alpha fighter jet reportedly bombed Tagoshe and Mandara Mountain general areas, which are about 10km south-west of Gwoza in the northern part of Borno.

The NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa, who confirmed the attack on Friday, said there was an intelligence report by the surface forces that remnants of the fleeing terrorists were gathered at the location.

He said, “We confirmed from the NAF Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance aircraft, before combat platforms were called in to strike the location.

“A follow-up battle damage assessment confirmed that the air attack was successful as shown by the enclosed declassified footage of the operation.”

The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Sani Usman, and the 7 Division, Maiduguri, Spokesman, Lt. Col Kingsley Samuel, could not be reached for comment as of press time.

[Punch]

Garba Shehu: Boko Haram would’ve captured Aso Rock if not for Buhari

Garba Shehu, the Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity has said if not for the Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, Boko Haram would have taken over Aso Rock in 2015.
Garba said this while speaking at a special interactive session with students of various tertiary institutions, in Abuja, on Saturday. He also said that Nigeria now ranks as the world’s second largest producer of rice.
The event was organised by a group, Pro-Buhari Support for Good Governance in Nigeria.
“Look at all the efforts that have been put in place to roll back Boko Haram; there are many people who believe that if not for President Muhammadu Buhari, had PDP continued in this country in 2015, they would have taken over the Aso Rock Villa by now.” Shehu said.
While speaking on the economy, he said, “The President is working hard to restructure the economy. This is very much misunderstood by Nigerians. Unfortunately, it is easier to destroy than to build.
 
“We met a situation in which the economy had been ravaged and people were used to lifestyles that can no longer be sustained. No country will develop when you have to import everything, including toothpick and tissue paper.
 
“All of the money earned was just going to buy food. As I speak to you now, Nigeria just achieved the record of (being) the second largest producer of rice in Africa.
 
“The rice revolution just started a year ago. A newspaper did an investigation in Kebbi and they found out that there are 48,000 new millionaires in Kebbi State alone — for growing rice. Over reliance on oil has killed this country and we cannot continue like this.”
However, Shehu admitted that President Muhammadu Buhari has failed to meet its promise of creating half a million jobs in 2016, explained that it was because the economy could not support it.
He assured that by the end of the year, the administration had created more than 300,000 jobs with the balance being carried into the New Year.
Garba added that the government will continue to wage war against corruption.
“People were stealing money, huge amounts of money, the kind of money that they don’t need, what do you need that kind of money for? Look at the one from Kaduna. Yesterday, I was at another event and they said the man’s aunt said she wanted food, he said there was no money.
 
“Look at the huge amount of money in a neighbourhood that had no electricity, no road, no water. In the same compound, you had low-level working Nigerians. They didn’t know they resided in a compound billions of naira was kept.” Shehu said.
[Tori]

Boko Haram unleashes eight suicide bombers on Maiduguri

Several persons were killed in Maiduguri, Borno State, on Thursday night as Boko Haram insurgents unleashed eight suicide bombers and several fighters on the troubled town.

Eyewitnesses said many of the insurgents and civilians lost their lives in the attack which took place at about 11:20pm.

Some of the insurgents were said to have tried to gain access into the town after infiltrating a newly constructed Customs House where IDPs from Mafa, another community in the state, are currently camped.

It was learnt that they were repelled by troops and members of the youth vigilance group after several hours of battle.

District head of Anadua in Mafa Local Government Area, Zanna Lawan, told journalists that scores of civilians including all the Boko Haram fighters that carried out the attack were killed during the encounter.

He said, “Boko Haram fighters tried to storm Maiduguri but were defeated by troops. They tried to storm Yerwa (Maiduguri metropolis) through the newly constructed Customs House where IDPs from Ajiri and Anadua in Mafa Local Government Area are being accommodated.

“All the insurgents were killed by soldiers including eight suicide bombers that accompanied them.”

Lawan, who spoke to journalists on Friday morning, said, “However, many civilians lost their lives as many also got serious injuries.”

Confirming the attack, the Borno State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Victor Isuku, said the incident occurred on Thursday night.

The National Emergency Management Authority while confirming the attack, said the suicide bombers came in a Volkswagen Golf car carrying mostly teenage girls.

[Punch]

Boko Haram terrorists who killed 10-year-old boy in Maiduguri nabbed [Photo]

Two suspected Boko Haram members who abducted and killed a little 10-year-old boy in Maiduguri, Borno State have been arrested. They were arrested by the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris’ Special Intelligence Response Team (IRT) after they had stabbed the boy to death.
The victim, Baa Goni Maina, was abducted on January 14 by 18-year-old Adam Bakura and his brother, Modu Bakura.
He was killed three days later after his father couldn’t cough up the N10 million ransom the brothers demanded. It was learnt that although Maina’s father was comfortable, he was not rich enough to have N10 million. The suspect and deceased lived in the same community.
When Maina was abducted, nobody bargained that Adam and his brother were behind it. Police said that the 10-year-old boy was tricked away from his street, down to a river bank. Police said that after he was killed, the gang carried his body to a place called Gwange graveyard in Maiduguri town and dumped it there. It was said that investigation revealed that the brothers were Boko Haram members.
A police source said: “Adam has confessed to the killing of Maina. He said he killed the boy because the father couldn’t raise the N10 million ransom the gang demanded. The boy’s father begged them to collect N500,000.
 
Adam further confessed that he had to stab Maina several times in the stomach to ensure he dies because the boy knew him and would disclose his identity to police if released. He said that he and the boy lived in the same area.”
It was learnt that after Maina was kidnapped, all efforts to find him failed. When efforts to find the boy and tracked his kidnappers failed, Idris ordered operatives of IRT to move down to Borno State and launch a massive manhunt for the kidnappers and to rescue Maina.
It was also learnt that IRT operatives, with assistance from the Technical Intelligence Unit (TIU), in January, tracked and first arrested Modu. Modu was arrested at Customs area of Maiduguri. He fingered his brother, who had escaped to Monguno town. Monguno town is 200km from Maiduguri. Operatives of IRT and other policemen from Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) Borno State Command immediately proceeded to Monguno. Adam was arrested.
[Tori]

7 Nigerian soldiers killed as army guns down 30 Boko Haram terrorists in Borno

7 Nigerian Soldiers were killed and over 30 Boko Haram terrorists were sent to the great beyond in a bloody clash in Borno yesterday (Feb. 10).

Sources gathered that the terrorists were armed by AA weapons and rocket propelled grenades with which the havoc was created during the ambush on the unsuspecting soldiers.

Spokesman of 7th Division, Nigerian Army, Lt. Col Kingsley Samuel confirmed the death of the 7 Nigerian soldiers even as he said 19 soldiers injured have been evacuated to hospital.

The statement he issued reads, “Troops of Operation Lafiya Dole gallantly fought their way through Boko Haram Terrorists ambush along Ajiri-Dikwa road, Borno State.

“The troops affected encountered the ambush while conducting routine rotation of troops last night.

“The gallant troops fought their way through, killing many of the terrorists.

“Unfortunately 7 soldiers paid the supreme price in the incident while 19 soldiers sustained various degree of injuries.

“The soldiers who sustained injuries during the fierce encounter have been evacuated and are currently receiving treatment at Military hospital in Maiduguri.

“The troops recovered an AK-47 rifle and ammunitions from the insurgents.

“Additional troops have been mobilized and are still on aggressive pursuit of the fleeing Boko Haram terrorists.”

[Vanguard]

Boko Haram suicide bomber, Amina, confesses: I was paid N200 to detonate bomb

An 18-year-old Boko Haram suicide bomber, Amina, who was intercepted by men of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) on Tuesday in Maiduguri, said she was given N200 for the mission.

She told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri that she was abducted two years ago by the sect members in Madagali, Adamawa, and taken to Sambisa forest and was paid N200 to detonate bomb.

“They gave us N200 each which they said we should use to buy food for ourselves.

“It took us three days to come to Maiduguri on a motorcycle. We were directed by the sect members to detonate our explosives any where we saw any form of gathering.

“They said if we press the button, the bomb would explode and we will automatically go to heaven.

“I was scared, so, I told them that I could not detonate any explosive. So, they said if Zainab detonated her own, it would serve the purpose.

“On our way to Maiduguri, we encountered the military and they were shooting. I was very scared and the people that brought us ran away.

“I am from Imam Shekau’s faction of Boko Haram, even though I have never seen Shekau. But I hear about him in Gobarawa,” Amina said.

She said that her father, mother and younger brother, Umar, were all killed when they tried to escape from the Boko Haram enclave where they were held hostage.

“We came from Gobarawa along Damboa, Madagali and Algarno axis, in a community where a lot of us were held hostage and married off by the sect members.

“I also am married to a Boko Haram Commander known as “Amir”.

The NSCDC Commandant in Borno, Abdullahi Ibrahim, said the command had handed over the suspect to the Garrison Commander, 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Maiduguri, “for proper investigation’’.

The Theater Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Maiduguri, Maj.- Gen. Lucky Irabor, confirmed that the suspect was in custody of the Army, and that she would undergo investigation.

“We are going to profile her as she would give us the lead to get to other insurgents,” Irabor said.

NAN reports that personnel of the NSCDC had earlier intercepted two female suicide bombers, who tried to ram into motorists at the NNPC Mega Station along Damboa Road, Maiduguri.

The Commandant of the corps, Ibrahim Abdullahi, told NAN that the incident occurred at about 6.45 a.m.

“Our personnel at the NNPC station intercepted two female suicide bombers who were targeting motorists on the long queue at the NNPC mega petrol station at about 6.45 a.m.

“One of the bombers got scared and threw away her bomb and was instantly arrested, while the other one began to run after people with her explosive but luckily, she was shot on the leg by our personnel after he chased her to a safe place,’’ Ibrahim said.

[NAN]

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