Category Archives: Boko Haram

Scores killed as NAF fighter jet bombs insurgents’ stronghold in Zamfara

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) said its personnel on internal security operations in Zamfara State have killed scores of bandits terrorising the people of the state.

The bandits were killed in Sububu Forest, Birni Magaji and Rugu Forest following air strikes and helicopter gunship attacks on the stronghold of the terrorists.

NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, who made this known in a statement, said that the air interdictions and reconnaissance missions against the bandits were carried out in quick succession between August 9 and 11.

Daramola, in the statement, said: “The Nigerian Air Force Air Task Force (ATF) for Operation Diran Mikiya has notched up another series of successful operations against armed bandits in the northwest of the country.

“The successes were recorded in recent air interdiction and armed reconnaissance missions conducted from 9 to 11 August, 2018, resulting in the neutralisation of armed bandits in Sububu Forest, Birnin Magaji and Rugu Forest in Zamfara State.

“The attack at Sububu Forestwas executed in the afternoon of August 9, 2018, following the discovery of a bandits’ hideout within the forest. Earlier in the morning on the same day, the ATF had conducted a coordinated clearance operation involving NAF Special Forces at a suspected armed bandits’ camp on the outskirts of Galadi in the northwest of Zamfara State. During this operation, the bandits were discovered to have vacated the camp and dispersed into the nearby Sububu Forest.

“Consequently, the ATF dispatched a combat aircraft for armed reconnaissance to seek out and destroy the bandits. The aircraft subsequently spotted a large number of bandits within the forest and neutralized them.

“Similarly, on August 10, 2018, a combat helicopter on a reconnaissance mission spotted a group of bandits, armed with automatic weapons and mounted on motorcycles, at a location about 6km northeast of Birnin Magaji in the eastern part of Zamfara State.

“From all indications, the bandits were advancing for an attack on Birnin Magaji. Accordingly, another helicopter gunship was scrambled to provide additional combat support. Both helicopters effectively engaged the bandits and neutralised many of them.

“Furthermore, on August 11, 2018, the ATF conducted another successful attack that neutralised bandits at RuguForest. The mission was initiated based on credible intelligence that a location on the fringes of Rugu Forestnear Ajia, in the eastern part of Zamfara State, was being used by the bandits as a logistics staging area for the supply of arms and ammunition. Accordingly, a fighter aircraft and helicopter gunship were dispatched to attack the location within the forest. Upon arrival over the objective, several bandits were seen on motorcycles. They were attacked and neutralised in successive strikes by the two aircraft.

“Operation Diran Mikiya, which commenced on July 31, 2018, is an intensive air operation aimed at locating and neutralising armed bandits with a view to stopping killings, cattle rustling and other criminal activities in the North-West. The NAF continues to solicit useful information from the general populace to facilitate the success of the operation.”

We Will Lock Down Sambisa, Capture Shekau Like A Rabbit – Borno Hunters

Dozens of Borno state hunters have disclosed their willingness to lock down Sambisa forest and capture the leader of the Boko Haram terrorist group, Abubakar Shekau.
The development was made public by the organizing secretary of the hunters, Bukar Mustapha, in a chat with The Cable.

We gathered that Mustapha said that the hunters had 30 years of experience hunting in the forest; and as such, were familiar with its nooks and crannies.
He said they were ready to hunt down Shekau and eliminate his fighters hiding in various places within the forest, and even in areas of Lake Chad.

He said: “We have our diabolical spiritual charms that can send havoc into the camps of the terrorist group. This unique talent and spiritual gifts were some of the things we inherited from our fore fathers.
“For example, we can lock down the forest and everything that moves in it. This will enable us to catch Boko Haram leaders, even Shekau, like rabbits.

“We have our hunters scattered across the 27 local governments in Borno state. These sets of hunters are fully armed with their bows and arrows, local guns and charms.
“All they need from the military is a motorcycle that would enable them access all the nooks and crannies. Many of our members know exactly where the Boko Haram members are hiding, but were not given the go ahead to fish them out.

“I will suggest that the military should take some of our men in all their operations, so that we can take them to some of the hiding enclaves of the insurgents.
“The war against Boko Haram is not just a military war; it is a war of every meaningful citizen in the country. Christians, Muslims, traders, farmers, other religious bodies as well as stakeholders in the education sectors must complement the effort of the military in fighting terrorism.”

Meanwhile, it was previously reported about a video which featured Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau. In the video, Shekau was seen, threatening world leaders and disputing claims of being defeated by the Cameroonian government.

Speaking Hausa, the Boko Haram leader ordered his fighters to remain steadfast, adding that the sect will not back down until Sharia is established in Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Niger, Nigeria and Mali.

15-Year-Old Girl Escape From Boko Haram Camp In Adamawa. Photos

Troops of 28 Task Force Brigade deployed in operation LAFIYA DOLE on 29 July 2018 intercepted one Zainab Mohammed-15 years, at Gubla who escaped from Boko Haram terrorists camp.

Troops also successfully repelled an attack by the terrorists.

Items recovered include:

a. One AK 47 rifle.

b. One Magazine containing four rounds of 7.62 mm special ammunition.

The hostage will be handed over to the appropriate authority on completion of investigation

Boko Haram Leader Shekau Reappears In New Video After A Long Absence,See The Sickness He Is Suffering From In Sambisa Forest

Boko Haram’s factional leader Abubakar Shekau has re-emerged in a new video after a long absence that fuelled speculation about his health and ability to lead the Islamist militants.

In a 36-minute message, seen by AFP on Tuesday, Shekau wore a white robe and skull cap and held an assault rifle as he sat in front of a military camouflage canvas.

He appeared unwell but made no direct mention of his health or reports from last month that he had high blood pressure, failing eyesight and diabetes-related complications.

The jihadist leader used to appear frequently on camera but was last seen in a 14-minute video message on February 6, in which he claimed responsibility for attacks in the northeast region.

He is widely believed to be aged in his late 40s. The US justice department lists 1965, 1969 and 1975 as possible years of his birth

He said the latest message was recorded on July 12 at the request of his supporters “as a kind of Eid greetings… to show that their brethren are well, in view of all sorts of things infidels are saying (about us) which we have ignored”.

The end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan was celebrated in Nigeria on June 15. It was not possible to obtain independent verification of the claimed date, and there was no explanation about the apparent delay in recording or publishing the message.

In May 2017, Shekau looked frail and appeared to have difficulty reading from a prepared speech, which he held close to his face in an apparent indication of vision problems.

Two well-placed sources told AFP last month that Shekau’s health was failing and he was “too weak to be in charge” of the jihadists.

His lieutenants were said to be in talks about the situation.

Boko Haram, whose insurgency has left at least 20,000 dead since 2009, split in mid-2016 over ideological differences about the targeting of civilians in the conflict.

One faction, headed by Abu-Mus’ab Al-Barnawi, whose father Mohammed Yusuf founded Boko Haram, won the support of the Islamic State group.

The Barnawi faction has been blamed for a spate of attacks in recent days against the military.

Eight people were killed in a suicide bombing at a mosque in Borno state on Monday, in an attack that bore the hallmarks of the Shekau faction.

AFP

JUST IN!! Borno Suicide Bomb: Police Confirm 8 killed(Photo)

Photos Of Soldier Killed During Boko Haram Ambush Yesterday In Yobe.

A gallant soldier identified as Julius was among the casualties killed during a Boko Haram ambush yesterday in Yobe state. According to the Nigerian army in a press statement issued by Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, the deputy director public relations (Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole), the troops encountered the ambush yesterday at about 12.30 noon, along Sasawa Road in Babbangida, Tarmuwa Local Government Area of Yobe state.

The attack occurred during a fighting patrol to clear the general area of fleeing elements of Boko Haram insurgents who have been on rampage for food and logistics.

The gallant troops overpowered and neutralized the insurgents in the fire fight that ensued and successfully extricated themselves from the ambush.

Information have so far confirmed that the insurgents whose original mission was to attack and loot the near by Babangida market for food and other logistics, aborted the mission to stage the ambush on getting wind of the troops patrol. Sadly, while fighting through the ambush, the troops recorded some casualties.

Boko Haram Releases Footage Of Attacks On Military Men In The North

The Boko Haram terror group has released a footage showing attacks on troops in the north eastern part of the country. Last week, Boko Haram insurgents ambushed a convoy in Balagallaye village in the Boboshe area

outside Bama in Borno state.

An officer said that the soldiers had received a report that “around 100 terrorists” had gathered in Boboshe and that the “troops mobilised to fight them” with the army suffering casualties as many soldiers were reported missing.

The Boko Harm terrorists attacked and overran a military base in Yobe state in the second major assault on the armed forces in two days.

The militants invaded the base holding more than 700 soldiers in Yobe State.

Fewer than 100 soldiers returned following the attack, which took place just 24 hours after Boko Haram fighters ambushed a military convoy in neighbouring Borno State…

Troops Encounter Boko Haram Ambush In Yobe, Kill Scores Of Insurgents.

Troops of 233 Battalion deployed in Operation Lafiya Dole have killed scores of Boko Haram insurgents while countering an ambush staged by elements of Boko Haram Insurgents along Sasawa Road in Babbangida Local Government Area of Yobe state. The troops encountered the ambush yesterday at about 12.30 noon, during a fighting patrol to clear the general area of fleeing elements of Boko Haram insurgents who have been on rampage for food and logistics.

The gallant troops overpowered and neutralized the insurgents in the fire fight that ensued and successfully extricated themselves from the ambush.

Information have so far confirmed that the insurgents whose original mission was to attack and loot the near by Babangida market for food and other logistics, aborted the mission to stage the ambush on getting wind of the troops patrol. Sadly, while fighting through the ambush, the troops recorded some casualties.

The situation has been brought under firm control by troops of Operation Lafiya Dole and additional troops have been drafted to the area to reinforce the patrol troops, while the Air Task Force is on aerial surveillance of the area to track down fleeing insurgent survivors .

Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu
Deputy Director Public Relations
Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole

4yrs After Police Finally Arrest Suspected Kidnappers Of Chibok Girls (photos

4yrs After Police Finally Arrest Suspected Kidnappers Of Chibok Girls (photos

The Borno state Police command has arrested 8 persons suspected to have taken part in the April 14, 2014, kidnap of the 276 Chibok schoolgirls in Maiduguri, the state Capital.

The eight suspected Boko Haram terrorists who are among 22 persons paraded, were said to have been arrested by operatives of the Inspector General’s Intelligence Response Team (IGP’s IRT) in Borno, Adamawa and other adjoining communities.

The suspects are alleged to have masterminded over 50 suicide bomb attacks within Maiduguri and Adamawa.

They (suspects) also launched several other attacks leading to the death of thousands of Nigerians.

The students of the Government Girls Secondary school in Chibok were captured by the members of the terrorist group on April 14, 2014, an incident that triggered international outrage and campaign for the rescue of the schoolgirls.

BREAKING!! Nigerian Army Suffers Heavy Casualty, 62 Soldiers Killed

BREAKING!!! 23 Soldiers Nowhere To be Found After Boko Haram Attack

JUST IN!! Boko Haram Fuel Suppliers Arrested At A Filling Station Owned By Lawmaker (Photos)

Former teenage Boko Haram member makes shocking revelation

A 15 year-old former Boko Haram bomb maker has made a confession about how he made over 500 underwears Improvised Explosive Devices(IEDs) used by insurgents for suicide missions on soft targets in the last five years.

Ali Goni was only ten years old and in primary six when he was kidnapped in Bama.

The military authorities described the teenager as the most deadly Boko Haram member, who had mastered various techniques that can cause maximum destruction of lives.

Army intelligence sources told NAN that the suspect is the most innovative bomb maker to emerge in recent years. The military did not allow NAN to photograph him because of his age.

Goni, who is undergoing rehabilitation at a military detention camp in Maiduguri, told NAN recently that he assembled IEDs with fragmented materials and configure them for suicide missions.

He said he introduced the use of padlock to IEDs strapped on bombers that can hardly be demobilised or detected by bomb detectors.

“I was kidnapped along with my mother in Bama’s Kawuri Street by Baba Kaka, a dreaded Boko Haram commander. They took us to Sambisa and kept us in a camp called, “Kwalfata”.

“We underwent various trainings in the camp. During the course of our induction training, I was selected to be trained on bomb making technique, bomb detection as well as identifying and demobilising explosives.

“I refused initially, but they said they would kill my mother just like the way they killed my father when they stormed Bama. So I eventually agreed. During the training, many of my colleagues died while trying to make bombs. At the end I emerged the best among all.

“My job was to make many bombs that would be used for suicide missions. I was working under the supervision of Baba Musa, a 70 year-old. Musa also thought me the new technique of making underwear IED with padlock.

“At some point, I was the only bomb maker when all those I was trained with were killed by the military during several attacks. So they took me from camp to camps to make IEDs for suicide missions.

“I was in Kangarwa, Pulka, Banki and other camps. I managed to escape when the military bombed our camp in Baga. I ran to Cameroon where I surrendered to the Cameroonian forces. I was later handed over to the Nigerian military.”

Goni hoped to be a soldier in the future to help the military in identifying IEDs.

Drugs, Other Items Recovered As Soldiers Neutralize Boko Haram Terrorists. Photos

Troops of operation LAFIYA DOLE while on clearance operation at Gawasa village in Guzamala Local Government Area of Borno State on 27 June 2018 neutralized suspected Boko Haram terrorists terrorizing the area.Four members of the terrorists were neutralised during the operation.

Items recovered include:

a. 5 Motorcycles.

b. 3 Motorcycle engines.

C. 5 Motorcycle tubes.

d. 2 Motorcycle tyres.

e. 250 litres of premium spirit.

f. 2 Bags of flour.

g. One bag of rice.

h. 100 loaves of bread.

I. 60 Containers of 5 litre vegetable oil.

j. 4 Cartons of klin detergent.

K. Some quantity of nail.

l. Phone chargers.

m. Extension box.

n. Stabiliser.

o. Some quantity of drugs.

JUST IN!! Boko Haram Terrorists Celebrate Sallah In Sambisa, Say Infidels Are In Trouble(Photos)

Nig Soldiers From Anambra Arrive Sambisa To Fight B’Haram (SEE What Happened Next) PHOTOS + VIDEO

Nigerian Soldiers From Anambra Fighting Boko Haram in Sambisa Forest…

SAD!! Gallant Nigerian Soldier Killed In An Ambush While Fighting Boko Haram(Photos)

We Surrender Due To Buhari’s Offer Of Amnesty – Boko Haram Suspects

JUST IN!!! Dapchi: How I Reunited With Leah – Mother

Mrs Rabecca Sharibu, mother of the only Dapchi schoolgirl under Boko haram captivity said she has reunited with her beloved daughter, Leah, four months after.

The mother, said, her brave Leah appeared to her midnight in red dress and hugged her with a broad smile, “I finally got my freedom Mama” she said.

Herdsmen Attack Passengers Going To Kaduna; Rob, Rape Women (Disturbing Photos)

A Nigerian pastor Chima Lawrence has taken to Facebook to share the story of how herdsmen attacked and robbed them on their way way to Kaduna last week.According to him,they took away their valuables and also raped women. Below is what he wrote…

BREAKING!!! Over 45 Killed as Suspected Herdsmen Attack Kaduna Village (Graphic Photos)

Armed hoodlums suspected to Fulani Herdsmen have again attacked  Gwaska in Birnin-Gwair Local Government Area of Kaduna State killing many. Fresh reports indicate that the death of the Saturday afternoon raid by the bandits at Gwaska  has risen from 27 to 45 on Sunday…

My Sons In The Bush Will Surrender – Mama Boko Haram Reveals

Boko Haram Bombers ‘Caught Praying Ahead Of Suicide Mission’

Solider Shares Photos Of What They Pass Through In Maiduguri

SEE Before & After Photos of Adamawa Suicide Bomber that Killed Over 60 Worshipers (Graphic)

How Generals In Army Handed Over An Entire City To Boko Haram

In Retrospect:

At first, Nigerian soldiers were in good spirits. Shells could be seen hitting Boko Haram insurgents. Soldiers seemed to be in high spirits, dancing traditional dances. Then a couple of Toyota Hilux trucks were spotted. When artillery struck something that created a huge explosion, the soldiers shouted with joy. They thought maybe they’d hit another suicide bomber.

Afenifere Reacts To President Buhari’s ‘Herdsmen Don’t Carry AK-47’ Comment

Popular Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere has reacted to President Buhari’s comment on herdsmen killings at the White House during a recent visit to President Donald Trump. Buhari made headlines when he told Trump that herdsmen only carry sticks and occasionally machetes adding that they did not carry AK-47 rifles.

BREAKING!!! Herdsmen Strike in Benue After Trump’s Warning (SEE How Many they Killed)

Very disturbing report reaching IGBERE TV newsdesk indicates that no fewer than 10 persons have been killed and scores injured after suspected Fulani herdsmen attacked Tse Iortyer, near Yelewata community in Guma LGA of Benue State.

BREAKING!!! New Disturbing Details Emerge As Over 60 Die In Twin Suicide Bombings

More than 60 people were killed in twin suicide bombings in Mubi, Adamawa state on Tuesday. Two local residents who attended funerals of the victims revealed this to AFP. Suicide bombers killed dozens of people at a mosque and a market in northeast Nigeria on Tuesday, in a twin attack bearing the hallmarks of Islamist insurgents Boko Haram.

I regret not interviewing Boko Haram leader, Shekau – Salkida

Ahmad Salkida, a journalist known to have access to Boko Haram’s leadership has admitted his only regret in reporting the insurgency is that he turned down several requests to interview its leader, Abubakar Shekau.

 

Salkida disclosed this while engaging his followers in a question and answer session on Twitter.

He added that if the opportunity comes again, he would not hesitate to accept it.

“My only regret today is turning down several requests to interview #AbubakarShekau between 2011 to 2016 and I doubt if such an opportunity will come my way again, if it does, I will not hesitate to risk it, like any other serious-minded reporter would.

 

The sole reason I turned it down was, I am Nigerian and live in Nigeria. Reckon I have not interviewed a Shekau, yet went through a lot for mere scoops. But a lot has changed today, I guess.

“No doubt, Nigeria is one of the most difficult places to be a journalist and the biggest threat to journalists are journalists, before anything else. I am stating this from experience of working as a journalist in Nigeria in the last 18 years,” Salkida wrote.