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  1. France says it has killed Adnan Abu Walid al Sahrawi, the terror group's leader in the Greater Sahara The US had offered a reward of up to $5m (£3.6m) for information leading to his location. An Islamic State leader in the Sahara has been killed by the French military. President Emmanuel Macron said Adnan Abu Walid al Sahrawi's death was "a major success". Al Sahrawi was the leader of IS in the Greater Sahara, and had previously claimed to be behind terror attacks in the region. The French-led Operation Barkhane is fighting insurgencies in the Sahel. Pic: AP The UK has provided assistance - including Chinook helicopters - to the French led mission in the area. Pic: Ministry of Defence The United State had previously offered a reward for information on al Sahrawi. Pic: AP Mr Macron said in a post on Twitter: "The nation is thinking tonight of all its heroes who died for France in the Sahel in the Serval and Barkhane operations, of the bereaved families, of all of its wounded. "Their sacrifice is not in vain. "With our African, European and American partners, we will continue this fight." France has been operating in the Sahel - the strip of Africa between the Sahara running east to west - since 2013. It is particularly active in the areas in which it was a colonial power. The UK has provided support to the French-led operation - including 300 troops being sent to Mali at the end of last year. There were concerns the withdrawal of Western powers from Afghanistan may lead to an emboldening of Islamists in Africa. Al Sahrawi had said he was behind a terror attack in 2017 in Niger that killed four US military members and four Niger service personnel. France said that, in August 2020, al Sahrawi ordered the execution of six French charity workers and their Nigerien driver. The US had offered a reward of up to $5m (£3.6m) for information leading to his location. Al Sahrawi was born in the disputed Western Sahara region, and later joined the Polisario Front before travelling to Algeria and Mali. He then joined a group called MUJAO, which worked for the local al Qaeda affiliate. In 2015, Al Sahrawi pledged allegiance to IS in Iraq and Syria. The death comes as Salah Abdeslam goes on trial in France for the 2015 Paris terror attacks. He said the killings were "nothing personal" and were carried out in response to French airstrikes in Syria and Iraq.
  2. Boko Haram insurgents on Thursday ambushed a Nigerian Army convoy in Borno, killing at least 12 soldiers before carting away cash and weapons. Military sources on the frontlines told Peoples Gazette that the insurgents attacked a convoy of armed soldiers travelling between Monguno and Maiduguri on Thursday morning. The identities of the soldiers were not immediately obtained by The Gazette, and a spokesman for the Nigerian Army was unavailable for comments about the incident. The Gazette saw the remains of two officers and 10 soldiers who lost their lives after the unexpected gun battle. The bodies were packed in pickup trucks bound for a medical centre in Maiduguri. Several soldiers were wounded and received first aid near the scene of the attack, according to sources and pictures shared with The Gazette. The insurgents also reportedly made away with three gun trucks and rifles seized from the soldiers, as well as millions of naira in cash. The Gazette could not immediately confirm the actual amount. But it is not unusual for violent criminals to attack an armed military convoy and seize cash and weapons. Gazette
  3. Leader of the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), Abu Musab Al-Barnawi has been reportedly killed since the month of August. According to a report by Daily Trust, the leader of the terrorist group was killed in the last week of August in Borno state. Al-Barnawi was the son of Boko Haram founder, Mohammed Yusuf who was also killed by security forces in 2009 when he launched a war against the Nigerian state. Al-Barnawi was announced as the leader of Islamic State (IS) militant group’s West African affiliate, Boko Haram in 2016. Prior to this, late Abubakar Shekau was Boko Haram’s leader following the death of Al-Barnawi’s father. His dislodgement in 2016 heralded the rise of the relatively young Al-Barnawi as ISWAP leader and at the same time, the split of the terrorist group into two factions. Al-Barnawi who was reportedly trained by ISIS for years ahead of his ascension to power, was also said to have been chosen as leader of the group to punish Shekau who reportedly “violated all known norms” and to also retain the confidence of Boko Haram fighters who were loyal to his father, Yusuf, amid threats from other factional groups. Al-Barnawi sustained vicious attacks especially on military facilities and troops in the Lake Chad region, plotted on how to subdue Shekau, controlled large swathes of territory in Northern Borno, imposed taxes on the local population and earned income from fishing asides from the financial and material support he got from ISIS. He also established many cells on the Lake Chad islands and surrounding villages from where his fighters launched attacks on Nigeria, Niger and Chad. The late ISWAP was also the person who confirmed Shekau’s death in an audio tape which went viral months ago. He said in the 28-minute audio; “He (Shekau) never thought this would happen to him even in his dream, but by the power of God, we destabilised him. “He became confused and fled to the forest where he spent five days, wandering and stranded. We followed him again where we faced him with heavy fire. He ran away. “Then our troops called on him to surrender so that he would be punished. We kept assuring him that we were not out to kill him but he was adamant and confused. As a cantankerous fellow, he believed it was better for him to die than to surrender.” It was reported at that time that Shekau killed himself with a bomb “when he observed that the ISWAP fighters wanted to capture him alive.” According to Daily Trust, there are two conflicting reports on how he was killed. While some said he was killed by Nigerian troops, others said he died during a rival war within the ISWAP camp. The first report claimed Al-Barnawi was ambushed by troops who also killed four or five top ISWAP leaders and many other foot soldiers. It was alleged that he was killed around Bula Yobe, a community near the Borno/Yobe states border along Mobbar and Abadam axis that leads to the Lake Chad area. Another source claimed the ambush took place at a place that could be accessed from Yale, Bama, Banki junction through the Kashimbri-Gulumba. The other report alleged that a leadership tussle led to the death of Al-Barnawi. Sources told the publication that the battle of supremacy climaxed between August 14 and 26, 2021, and it claimed the lives of many commanders on both sides. Another source said the other camp had mobilised some terrorists from Central Africa to overthrow Al-Barnawi and they succeeded.
  4. The Federal Government has asked Nigerians not to take up arms to defend themselves against bandits, killer herdsmen or boko haram. Muhammed Dingyadi, minister of police affairs, said this on Tuesday during the second annual ministerial media briefing at the police headquarters in Abuja. “in as much as we shouldn’t expect the people to just be sleeping without taking measures to ensure that they secure themselves, their neighbours and their communities. That is the essence of community policing measures, report to the police. “So, we need to have the support and partnership of Nigerians in the efforts we are making towards fighting crimes and criminalities.
  5. The terrorist group Boko Haram/ISWAP has released photos of the two soldiers and a Yobe Liaison Officer they kidnapped on Saturday along the Damaturu-Maiduguri highway. The abductees’ identity cards were also released by the militants. Two of the ID cards on exhibit belong to Mai Lalle, one belongs to Mustapha, and the other belongs to Nigerian Army Lpcl Oyediran Adedotun. The ID card of the fourth abductee was not sighted from the list of the cards provided by the insurgents. The Nation reports all the four victims were abducted on Saturday along Maiduguri/Damaturu highway. While Mai Lalle and Mustapaha were travelling to Maiduguri, the two Army personnel were however traveling to Kano on a pass permit. The Nation gathered though the pictures of the victims have been released, no contact has been made with the families. SOURCE
  6. Press Statement PDP Insists APC is Responsible for Killings in Nigeria…Berates APC For Seeking To Politicize Gulak’s Murder The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stands by its findings and declaration that the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its leaders are responsible for the killings, bloodletting and acts of terrorism in our country. The PDP asserts that the resort to blackmail, threats and attack on the PDP and other well-meaning Nigerians as witnessed in APC’ statement today, in which it attempted to trivialize, politicize and dismiss the alarming violence in the country, cannot deter the PDP from further exposing the atrocities of the APC and its leaders. Our party insists that every material evidence shows that the APC and its leaders are implementing their supporter of APC agenda to balkanize and destroy our nation through their unholy body language, divisive policies, violent acts, abuse of human rights, disregard to our national sensibilities and shameful patronizing of terrorists and bandits, which have led to widespread killings, violence and dissonances across our nation. The APC and its administration have become sanctuaries of known and self-confessed terrorism apologists and individuals known to openly romance with bandits and terrorists. The APC and its government would rather blame victims of violence instead of going after the assailants and bringing them to book as witnessed in the case of the 43 rice farmer killed by terrorists in Borno as well as the murder of the former political adviser to erstwhile President Goodluck Joanthan, Barr. Ahmed Gulak. Our party sternly berates the national leadership of the APC for seeking, in its press statement today, to politicize the gruesome murder of a prominent Nigerian like Ahmed Gulak, an incident that happened in a state under its control, instead of forcefully condemning that act and giving its government a definite marching order to bring the culprits to book. Nigerians are still expecting some explanations from the APC and its government over that gruesome murder in Ngor Okpalla. It is rather absurd and a mark of leadership failure that the APC is attacking the PDP for exposing its failures and complicity in the violence and killings in our country but has failed to provide answers to revelations that many of the bandits, terrorists and kidnappers ravaging our nation are political mercenaries it imported, as criminal thugs, to assist it to unleash violence on Nigerians during elections. These APC mercenaries, having no stake in our national life, are now killing and maiming Nigerians and turning their evil enterprise, emboldened by the APC, into a lucrative venture by extorting money through huge ransoms. Of course, it is no longer news that parents of kidnapped students of Greenfield University Kaduna paid N180 million and motorcycles to the abductor to secure the release of their children and wards. Just on the heels of the release of the university students, over 200 students were abducted from another school in Tegina, Niger state. We challenge APC to come clean on the connection of its leaders with these bandits as well as why it has never raised a strong voice against the incessant mass abduction of students in various parts of the country. Our party wants the APC and its leaders to know that they must answer for their atrocities and that this resort to blackmails, threats and distortion of facts will not sway Nigerians. Let it be known to them that surely, they will account for all the blood they have spilled. Signed: Kola Ologbondiyan National Publicity Secretary https://www.facebook.com/333519270030012/posts/3944052542309982/
  7. Angry youths have staged a violent protest along the Gusau – Kaura Namoda Highway in Zamfara State. A source told SaharaReporters that the protesters occupied the road very early on Monday over the incessant attacks by bandits in their communities. According to him, the protest took a violent dimension when youths blocked the highway along Kurya junction and stopped over 500 public vehicles travelling along the road from continuing with their journey. He also stated that movement was hindered at the exact spot bandits normally pass through to invade the communities. The protesters condemned the unending insecurity and attacks which the people of the area have suffered at the hands of the bandits. They also claimed there are attacks by bandits in the area every day to kill and kidnap residents while some houses are burnt in the process.
  8. The Federal Capital Territory Administration(FCTA) has debunked rumours that Terror Sect, Boko Haram launched an attack in Abuja recently. The FCTA, in a statement shared via its Twitter handle, described the report as a “mischievous publication targeted at creating tension among residents” of the capital territory. “The attention of the FCT Joint Security Team has been drawn to a viral publication in the social media purporting that the ‘Federal Capital Territory is under the attack of Boko Haram Terrorists’. The Joint Security Team of the FCT wishes to refute the mischievous publication targeted at creating palpable tension amongst the weil-spirited residents of the FCT.” “Contrary to the speculation, the Heads of Security Agencies (HOSA) in the Federal Capital Territory in the bid to address security concerns within the FCT, held a strategic meeting on Thursday 29th April,2021, where the team resolved to deploy alternative proactive crime-fighting measures within the FCT particularly in areas with challenging terrain including aggressive motorized/foot patrols.” “However, the patrols will be conducted in line with the peculiarities of every terrain within the territory, in other words, the team has adopted the use of motorcycles, horses and other technical means of gathering intelligence to checkmate criminality within the Federal Capital Territory.” “In view of the above, the Joint Security Team chaired by the Commissioner of Police CP. Bala Ciroma enjoins residents to remain calm, law-abiding and verify information before circulating such information to avoid creating panic amongst members of the public.”
  9. Abubakar Bello, governor of Niger state, has travelled out of the country. TheCable has not independently confirm the mission of the trip but the development comes less than 24 hours after bandits abducted some schoolchildren from Salihu Tanko Islamic School in Rafi LGA of Niger state. The bandits invaded the school on Sunday evening. They were said to have arrived in their numbers on motorcycles and started shooting sporadically into the air. The incident is the second in the state this year and among the series of abductions of schoolchildren by bandits in the northern part of the country. They had abducted dozens of children from Government Science College (GSC) Kagara and released them a few weeks after. Read Also: In a statement on Monday, Mary Noel-Berje, chief press secretary to Bello, said the governor assured the state of the rescue and safe return of the students. She added that the governor is expected back in the country “within the shortest period”. “Governor Sani Bello also assured all Nigerlites that Government will continue to do all it can to protect the lives and property of its citizens while guaranteeing the continued peace and stability of the state,” she said. “While assuring the parents of the abducted children of their safe return as the security agencies have been directed to do all it can to bring back the children as soon as possible, the Governor also urged the citizens to cooperate and share intelligence and information that will help in the quick rescue of the children.”
  10. Armed Bandits in the troubled Northern region of Nigeria are not only smiling to the bank with money collected as ransom from their Kidnap victims, they are also getting hooked and married. This video shows a newly married bandit couple observing the marriage rites while fellow bandits celebrate and applaud them. Check it out. The country needs a leadership that is firm and decisive in dealing with the threat these bandits and terrorists have become to the continued existence of Nigeria. So many people are killed on a daily basis as a result of the activities of the bandits and terrorists. And here they are celebrating, smiling and laughing with guns and weapons all around. What a pitiable sight. The country's security forces should step up and nab this act in the jugular now.
  11. Boko Haram commander gets married to the daughter of a Fulani herdsman in Sambisa forest, and the video was shared by Femi Fani Kayode via Twitter, IgbereTV reports. The video was captioned; See video below.
  12. RIP Major Lawal A Hayat, ADC to the Chief of Army Staff. He was one of those killed in the ill-fated crash in Kaduna 1. LT GEN I ATTAHIRU 2. BRIG GEN MI ABDULRAHMAN 3. BRIG GEN OLAYINKA 4. BRIG GEN KULIYA 5. MAJ LA HAYATU 6. MAJ HAMZA 7. SGT UMAR CREW 8. FLT LT TO ASANIYI. 9. FLT LT AA OLUFADE. 10. SGT ADESINA. 11. ACM OYEDEPO. Flt Lt A A Olufade was one of the crew members. (Co-Pilot) Rest easy soldier... Married two months ago Flight lieutenant Asaniyi T.O, he flew the plane. (Pilot) We were planning his wedding, I was going to be his best man Brig Gen O L Olayinka Acting Provost-Marshal of the Nigerian Army Former Directing Staff at Nigerian Defence College Brig Gen A U Kuliya Acting Chief of Military Intelligence Brig Gen M I Abdulkadir Chief of Staff to the COAS Aircraftman Olamide Oyedepo Major Nura Hamza Chief Security Officer to the COAS Sgt Adesina Sgt Umar Sa'idu Orderly to the COAS
  13. 12-Year-Olds Among 300 Libya-Trained ISWAP Fighters Who ‘Conquered’ Boko Haram Leader, Shekau Over 300 fighters loyal to the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) trained in Libya and other countries joined their colleagues in a long battle that led to the final fall of Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau on Wednesday. According to a report by Daily Trust, a fierce battle that lasted several days between the two factions led to the death of dozens of vicious commanders and hundreds of foot soldiers from both sides, with multiple sources saying Shekau has killed himself or fatally injured himself to the extent that he might not survive. It was gathered that most of the fighters that fought for the defeat of Shekau on Wednesday were aged between 12 and 30. “They are actually children of some ISWAP members killed over time,” a security source said. According to him, “Others are youths sourced during raids on multiple islands around the Lake Chad. The ISWAP carefully selected the youths. It was therefore much easier for recruitment as some of the youths willingly joined the group and others were forcefully conscripted. “Some of them were born during the wartime and others were very young when their parents joined the group around 2002. After their parents died because of illness or confrontation with Nigerian troops, the children naturally took over and when the group split into two in 2016, those that moved on their own or forcefully taken to the shores of Lake Chad under the umbrella of ISWAP had an upper hand in terms of training because they were taken to Libya for training in guerrilla warfare and other purposes. “Others were sent to Syria and Somalia… They were taken to many countries abroad for training. However, those that came back especially between March and April this year took an active part in confronting Shekau in the last few days. They launched a serious offensive alongside other top commanders and fighters already on ground and they succeeded in taking over,” he said. Another credible source said some of the 300 youths were trained as “medical doctors, paramedics, engineers, IT specialists, bomb specialists and mechanics.” He added that among them were women “who serve as nurses or cooks while others have gun-handling skills, meaning they can partake in combat operations.” He said after their return from abroad, they were camped at a village called Shuwaram in Kukawa Local Government Area of Borno State. It had been reported that ISWAP fighters, armed with sophisticated weapons had penetrated the infamous Sambisa Forest from different fronts and surrounded the place Shekau used as a safe sanctuary for years. They reportedly killed many of his fighters and forced him to surrender. A signal from security sources indicated that when Shekau discovered that it was the end of the road for him, and ISWAP fighters had directed him to relinquish his position as the grand amir and successor to the founder of the group Mohammed Yusuf, he opted for suicide by detonating the explosives he strapped to his body. However, the AFP news agency reported that when Shekau reached the point of no return as he was surrounded by ISWAP fighters, he shot himself in the chest, fell on the ground while bleeding profusely but was whisked away to an unknown destination by some of his surviving loyal fighters. Another source said ahead of the invasion of Sambisa by the factional group, one of the top commanders of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and his lieutenants had visited the shores of the Lake Chad in the company with ISWAP leader Goni Mustafa. “The entourage were seen on two boats with ISIS flag. Some of those in the entourage were light-skinned people possibly from Libya or Syria. It was only Mustafa that was black. They first visited Marte before they proceeded to Sabon Tumbu. “They also visited Kirta, Kusuma and Kwallaram where they held meetings with commanders and other fighters,” the source said. The source said after the strategy meeting, the visiting terrorists left and from that time, the ISWAP fighters started mobilising ahead of launching attacks on Sambisa Forest. “Some of them gathered at Kurnuwa, Kayuwa and Tumbin Jaki before they launched the offensive. They had RPGs, GPMGs and AA guns on some vehicles,” he said. He added that the attackers also moved their “vulnerable women and children” from the Marte area to some locations around Kukawa. Another source said before they aimed at Sambisa Forest, the ISWAP fighters were responsible for the recent attacks in Damasak, Marte, Mainok, Dikwa and Maiduguri towns in Borno as well as in Geidam in Yobe State. “They did not target civilians in most of their attacks; rather, they launched attacks against constituted authorities including security forces. The group handpicked and killed people perceived as enemies such as members of a volunteer security group, CJTF. “On the other side, Shekau and his followers operated from the southern parts of Borno State, mostly around the Mandara Mountains, Sambisa National Park and the Alagarno forest. The group had carried out several deadly attacks on its targets including civilians. Shekau was strict on his followers and did not tolerate rebellious behaviour…He had killed several of his renegade commanders and that was why many of those alive ditched him,” he said. Daily Trust also reported that before the ISWAP fighters moved en masse to Sambisa, military operatives had launched several attacks on their hideouts in the northern parts of Borno State while air raids continued unabated. “The military had sustained onslaught against the group which has its hideouts in the semi-arid landscape with sparse vegetation. Their enclaves are being decimated and with time they will have no hiding place,” he said. A source said the group allegedly resolved to dislodge Shekau with the intent of relocating to Sambisa and the mountainous areas to evade air attacks by the military jets. “It was not difficult for the group to locate and launch an attack on the Shekau-led base in Sambisa. There was fierce confrontation before Shekau succumbed and agreed to negotiate with ISWAP commanders. It was during the meeting that an explosion occurred and it was not clear whether or not Shekau was among those killed in the scene,” the source said. He said it was likely that Shekau had survived the offensive and fled to another hideout. “He had survived several attacks in which he was proclaimed dead,” he said. The source said some of the followers of Shekau who were forced to flee the violent confrontation had sought refuge in different locations in the forest and were ready to pay “deep allegiance” to anybody declared as overall leader. A security situation report trending on social media said Shekau must have been killed during the struggle. The reports stated that: “On 19th May 2021, about 1829hours, ISWAP top fighter Baana Duguri-on this selector – geolocated around Sambisa Forest, Pulka, Gwoza LGA, BRS, informed ISWAP logistics commander Modu-Sulum- geolocated opposite General Hospital Konduga LGA Borno State that they killed Abubakar Shekau, overall BH leader in Sambisa Forest. “Duguri disclosed that the ISWAP fighters’ team surrounded the BH leader with his team and shooting ensued between the 2 factions. Duguri further added that Shekau detonated a bomb and killed himself when he observed that the ISWAP fighters wanted to capture him alive. “Furthermore, Duguri informed Sulum that the two sides also lost some fighters during the shooting…” Meanwhile, the Nigerian military had reportedly placed all Borno State commands of the Nigerian Army and Air Force on alert.
  14. Adamu Garba writes on the death of Chief of Army Staff General Ibrahim Attahiru:
  15. -China is set to play a big role in helping Nigeria solve insecurity - This follows the decision of the federal government to partner with the country - Meanwhile, Mohammad Maigari Dingyadi, assured the Chinese that the government is doing everything possible to make life easy of Nigerians The federal government of Nigeria has reached out to China over the insecurity situation in the country. According to the minister of police Affairs, Mohammad Maigari Dingyadi, Nigeria is ready to partner with China to enhance the security of the country. He stated this during a courtesy visit by the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, His Excellency, Cui Jianchun to the Ministry Headquarters in Abuja. In a statement made available to Legit.ng, the minister said as a result of Nigeria's security situation, there is a need to work with the Asian country. The minister said with the support of international communities, Nigeria should be able to solve these problems. Meanwhile, the minister lamented the poverty and unemployment situation facing the country. He said the FG is doing everything to solve them. According to him, the government has initiated several initiatives for the youths to create opportunities for youths.
  16. Militants belonging to the Islamic State-backed faction of Boko Haram, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), formerly known as Jamā'at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da'wah wa'l-Jihād, have displayed different models of armoured tanks and operational hilux vehicles the group captured from Nigerian soldiers. According to ISWAP in a statement sighted by SaharaReporters, the vehicles were captured on Sunday when the group attacked a Nigerian Army location at 156 Battalion in Mainok area, Borno state. The group also claimed to have killed many soldiers. SaharaReporters had reported how the gunmen attacked the military camp. The terrorists who came in no fewer than 15 gun trucks also burnt down the military base. The insurgents on the statement displayed photographs of two brand new Isotrex Legion MRAP captured from the convoy delivering them to the Nigerian Army Base at ‪Mai‬nok. Also displayed were T-55 tank, Ukrainian BTR-4EN, motorcycles and different hilux operational vehicles. Boko Haram and its offshoot, Islamic State West Africa Province, have killed thousands and displaced millions in Northeastern Nigeria. In the past months, soldiers have been targeted by the insurgents, who waylay them. Hundreds of soldiers and officers have been reportedly killed since January 2021. At least 33 soldiers were recently killed when two explosive-laden vehicles rammed into a military convoy in Wulgo. The suicide bombers were identified as Abu Bakr al-Siddiq and Bana Jundullah. The group also claimed four military vehicles were destroyed. In February, about 20 soldiers were also killed in Malari, Borno State by the insurgents. SaharaReporters gathered that the soldiers were on patrol to clear some Boko Haram elements in the area following credible intelligence when they were ambushed by the group.
  17. Prominent Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi has stated that the nation will regret it if minister of communications and digital economy is removed from office. Several Nigerians including pressure groups have requested for the sacking of Isa Pantami after videos from the 2000s resurfaced wherein the minister was seen supporting Al-Qaeda and the Taliban. However, the communication minister, Pantami has recanted his past views on the terror groups, saying his position at the time was based on his understanding as a teenager. Speaking on the development via an interview with Roots TV, Sheikh Gumi said the allegations against the minister are unfounded and should be discarded. “You cannot Islamise the whole world. Jesus Christ came; he could not Christianise the whole world. Nobody can Islamise or Christianise Nigeria,” “All his actions, one hundred percent, shows he is not a terrorist. Those who are terrorists are after his life. The minister should continue. His presence there is fighting the terrorist ideology. “Show me one person he has killed. He has not killed anybody. He has not ordered the killing of anybody. Discard the fake news. The man is stabilising a government among a section of youths, which we want them to come and join in nation-building. They should not throw him away. Leave him. He is not a terrorist sympathiser. “And you people are fighting them. No. You should get more people like Pantami and put them in power. It will stabilise. Don’t remove him. You’ll regret.” Recall that the presidency has also defended Pantami, alleging that information and communications technology (ICT) companies are the ones behind calls for the minister’s removal. Follow us on Facebook – ; Twitter – for updates
  18. Militants from the Islamic State-backed faction of Boko Haram, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), formerly known as Jamā'at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da'wah wa'l-Jihād on Sunday attacked a Nigerian Army location at 156 Battalion in Mainok area, Borno State, killing over 30 soldiers, military sources told SaharaReporters. Mainok is the headquarters of the Kaga Local Government Area of Borno state. SaharaReporters gathered that the terrorists who came in no fewer than 15 gun trucks also burnt down the military base. A source said the gunmen came in different groups and could not be counted. He added that about 30 Nigerian soldiers were killed while others fled into the bush. ‪The insurgents also set ablaze a Nigerian army tanker and some buildings in the military base. “The military super camp in Borno was attacked today by Boko Haram members with our men putting up a strong fight to defend base and ward off the insurgents. “But despite their gallant efforts, the soldiers were overwhelmed because they could not withstand the superior firepower of the terrorists. So far, we have recovered over 30 bodies of dead soldiers,” a source told SaharaReporters. Boko Haram and its offshoot, Islamic State West Africa Province, have killed thousands and displaced millions in North-Eastern Nigeria. The Nigerian military has repeatedly claimed that the insurgency had been largely defeated and frequently underplays any losses. In the past months, soldiers have been targeted by the insurgents, who lay ambush on their path. Hundreds of soldiers and officers have been reportedly killed since January 2021. At least 33 soldiers were recently killed when two explosive-laden vehicles rammed into a military convoy in Wulgo. The suicide bombers were identified as Abu Bakr al-Siddiq and Bana Jundullah. The group also claimed four military vehicles were destroyed. In February, about 20 soldiers were also killed in Malari, Borno State by the insurgents. SaharaReporters gathered that the soldiers were on patrol to clear some Boko Haram elements in the area following credible intelligence when they were ambushed by the group. http://saharareporters.com/2021/04/25/exclusive-30-nigerian-soldiers-killed-boko-haram-sacks-military-base-borno
  19. The Executive Chairman, Geidam Local Government Area of Yobe State, Hon Ali Kolo, exclusively said, 72 hours when armed group of Boko Haram invaded the town, thousands of his people are still trapped and mingling with the sect members, even as he said, the terrorists slaughtered two people on Sunday morning including Kawuri Primary School Teacher, Mallam Baba Tazira. This is even as over 2,000 people who were displaced by the invasion are currently taking refuge in neighbouring Yunusari Local Government Area. Kolo said since the Boko Haram invasion three days ago when he was away for official engagement, he couldn’t find his way to Geidam as the town is under the total control of Boko Haram. He, however, denied military reports claiming that the attack have been repelled, insisting that, the insurgents are the ones in charge of Geidam as at the time of filling in this report. “As we speak, two of my people including a teacher at Kawuri Primary school, Mallam Baba Tazira, a Babur/Bura man have been slaughtered this morning. The teacher who has been a very dedicated staff was slaughtered in his official staff quarters behind the school, and this is in addition to dozens of my people who were killed, injured, displaced and missing since the three days invasion.” Kolo stated. He, however, expressed shock over the military’s statement yesterday (Saturday) which was signed by the Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier Mohammed Yerima that ‘the attack has been repelled with 21 casualties from the side of the terrorists’. On the situational update about the plights of the 2,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Yunusari, the Director General of Yobe State Emergency Management Agency (YOSEMA), Dr Mohammed Goje told our Correspondent that the situation is pathetic, but the state Governor, Hon Mai Mala Buni has directed his agency to take an immediate action to provide relief items. “At this challenging time, as directed by His Excellency, Governor Mai Mala Buni, we deeply extended our sympathy and Commiserate with the good people of Geidam community over the unfortunate reported incidences. “As an agency of government, we pray for continuous success of security agencies, the victims of the attack and restoration of peace to the affected community. “Among the responsibility of YOSEMA is to ensure all emergency victims and survivors of conflict who need emergency attention are attended to and those displaced from their homes are provided with immediate succor.
  20. A fresh attack has been carried out by gunmen on a security formation in Rivers State and five soldiers have been reported killed. The gunmen on Monday morning attacked the camp at Abua, in Abua/Odual Local Government Area, killing the officers. Although the six Division of the Nigerian Army in Port Harcourt is yet to release an official statement, two top security personnel in Rivers State confirmed the attack and killings to Channels Television. Meanwhile, all heads of security agencies in Rivers State are currently at a meeting at the headquarters of the Rivers State Police Command, ostensibly to re-strategise ahead of the new scale of insecurity in the state. This attack comes barely 24 hours after gunmen killed some police and customs officers at their patrol base in Isiokpo, the Headquarters of Ikwerre Local Government, which is along the Port Harcourt-Owerri road. While the Police are yet to reveal the casualty figure for Saturday night’s attack in Isiokpo, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) had said three of its personnel were killed by the gunmen. The spokesperson for Zone C, Custom’s Federal Operations Unit, Mr Jerry Atta, told Channels Television on Sunday that the gunmen also went away with an AK-47 rifle and two Toyota Hilux vans belonging to the service. He said a thorough investigation would be carried out to unravel the circumstances that led to the attack and to unravel the motive of the assailants. Atta blamed the killing of the security operatives on armed smugglers whose businesses have been frustrated by the customs in recent times. https://www.channelstv.com/2021/04/26/another-security-formation-attacked-in-rivers-soldiers-feared-killed/
  21. Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has expressed that no group or ideology can defeat God’s plan’s for Nigeria. He stated this on Sunday at the ongoing 108th annual convention of the Nigerian Baptist Convention (NBC). The convention has as its theme: “Moving Forward: Finishing the Race with Joy.” In a statement by Laolu Akande, his spokesperson, Osinbajo stated that the country’s security challenges are a path to peace and prosperity. He added that from God’s promises concerning Nigeria, the country is set to become a haven of economic and scientific excellence. “There is a promise of God for this nation; that this nation will prosper; that this nation will be the epicentre of the astounding economic and scientific developments of the 21st century; that we will create here in Nigeria an oasis of peace, security, and prosperity such as has never been seen before on this continent and beyond,” the vice-president said. “This is the promise of God. But today the clouds are overcast. The promise seems impossible, as it was with the children of Israel after leaving Egypt on the way to the promised land. The journey to the promise of God for Nigeria is going through storms and adversity, but the end will be better than the beginning; weeping may endure for the night but joy comes in the morning. “I am completely convinced that nobody, no group, no ideology, can defeat the promise of God for the greatness of Nigeria. I see it clearly; I know it like my own face.”
  22. The United States government has advised its citizens to reconsider travel to Nigeria as a result of the security threats in some parts of the country. In its latest travel advisory, the government decried the spate of crime, terrorism, civil unrest, kidnapping, and maritime crime, stressing that some areas have increased risk. “Violent crime – such as armed robbery, assault, carjacking, kidnapping, hostage-taking, banditry, and rape – is common throughout the country. Read Also: Politicians Are Sponsors Of Banditry, Says Uzodinma “Kidnappings for ransom occur frequently, often targeting dual national citizens who have returned to Nigeria for a visit, as well as U.S. citizens with perceived wealth. Kidnapping gangs have also stopped victims on interstate roads,” the U.S. government said. It was worried that terrorists have continued to plot and carry out attacks in Nigeria, especially in the North East. According to the government, terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting shopping centres, malls, markets, hotels, places of worship, restaurants, bars, schools, government installations, transportation hubs, and other places where crowds gather.
  23. Boko Haram terrorists reportedly attacked Geidam local government area of Yobe State on Friday. Geidam is the hometown of the acting Inspector General of Police, Mr. Usman Alkali Baba. According to sources, a military jet has been deployed to the town to dislodge the insurgents. Geidam previously came under attack on February 9, barely after newly appointed Chief of Army Staff, Ibrahim Attahiru visited troops Information on the number of casualties involved in Friday’s attack was unavailable as of publication time. Meanwhile, the terrorists circulated a pamphlet during the attack, urging residents to support their cause to establish a Muslim caliphate or be killed. The pamphlet states “Our major aim: to uplift the word of Allah, protect the religion of Islam and the wealth of the followers. “Our target: those who do not believe in our ideology, Christians and even Muslims who do not believe in our teachings. “Any Muslim who is not supporting the empire of Islam is our target. “Anyone who comes to us for forgiveness, and stop fighting us will be exempted from attacks.”
  24. ISWAP insurgents have staged an attack in the garrison town of Dikwa in central Borno, Northeast Nigeria. Islamic State West Africa (ISWAP) insurgents are currently attacking Dikwa town about 90 km east of Maiduguri, Borno State capital, Northeast Nigeria. HumAngle learned that ISWAP fighters have taken control of major access roads into Dikwa. The security situation in the garrison town is fluid and developing. This is at least the fourth attack by ISWAP targeting Dikwa town since January 2021. During the previous attack in March, insurgents dislodged troops, overran the town and destroyed parts of the United Nations humanitarian hub after a siege that trapped aid workers in a bunker. On Saturday, the UN announced the suspension of humanitarian operations in Dikwa and Damasak.
  25. Aisha was married off to her abductor Mohammed Samaila by the monarch despite police efforts and a petition by a law firm. The Emir of Katsina, Abdulmumini Kabir, has illegally married off Aisha Mani, a Christian teenager, to her abductor, Mohammed Samaila, without her family's consent, Hausa Christian Foundation (HACFO) has alleged. In a Facebook post, the foundation narrated how the Emir, in cahoots with the District Head of Kafur Local Government Area (LGA), Abdulrahman Rabe, conspired to perpetrate the unlawful act. The report said Aisha Mani was married off to her abductor Mohammed Samaila by the monarch despite police efforts and a petition by a law firm. Aisha's family was said to have relocated her from Gidan Dandada, Rafin Iyaka, to another relative in Funtua after they suspected romantic advances from Samaila. However, the teenage girl was said to have gone missing from Funtua and after long hours of searching, the case was reported to the police. "Two days later, on February 12, 2021, Aisha's parents received a call from the District Head of Kafur telling them to stop searching for Aisha because she is safe with him in his house. He claimed that one Idris Shehu brought her to his house," HACFO said. Rabe was said to have disregarded her family's plea that she be returned and refused them access to see Aisha "on the ground that she wanted to convert to Islam." The traditional ruler reportedly called Aisha's parents after ten days, stating that her abductor wanted to marry Aisha, but they refused, insisting that due process must be followed. Subsequently, Rabe "went ahead to arrange a marriage between Aisha and Mohammed Samaila without the consent and approval of Aisha's Family." "The Area Commander told the District Head not to go ahead with their marriage plans between Aisha and Mohammed Samaila, but the district head ignored it," the NGO said in its report, adding that the agreement was that Aisha be brought to the police station, one which the District Head ignored. HACFO said the girl was instead taken to the Emir of Katsina the same day the district head was supposed to take her to the police station, adding that "on reaching there, the Emir of Katsina joined Aisha and Mohammed in marriage without the consent of her parents." The group highlights that the incident was not the first time the predominantly Muslim community would be oppressing native Christian Hausas, forcefully abducting their daughters for marriage without parental or family consent. According to the NGO, a total of nine girls have been abducted and forced into marriage. One of such ladies was said to have been returned after she ran mad, another returned dead, while another was returned to her parents with pregnancy. Names of other abductees, according to the NGO, are Jamima Solomon, Christiana Mamman, Deborah Habila, Phoebe Dankano, Rifkatu Markus, Saratu Isah (Returned her when she went mad after two years), Dije Yakubu Nalami (Abducted as a married woman, and returned when she died), Rebeccah Ado (Returned Pregnant) and Aisha Mani (Currently in captivity). The foundation alleged that crimes against Christians "are always swept under the carpet" in Rafin Iyaka Sabuwar Kasa, Kafur Local Government Area of Katsina. It noted that despite a petition filed by lawyers to Aisha's parents to the police through the Malumfashi Area Command, demanding the arrest, investigation and prosecution of Rabe and Samaila, the police had done nothing to secure the release of Aisha. HACFO claimed that Kabir and Rabe, on several occasions, abuse human rights and "do everything possible to stop the constitutionally recognised law enforcement agencies like the police from rightly carrying out their statutory duties." The NGO claimed that Mr Rabe had been involved in supporting similar acts right from the time of his father, who died years ago and "is also backed by the Emir of Katsina." When contacted on the telephone by Peoples Gazette, the state's police spokesperson, Gambo Isa, claimed he was not aware of the incident. "I'm not aware of the matter; I don't know because it was reported by an NGO if it is something reported by a tabloid…, but I cannot confirm the NGO's report," Mr Isa said. Efforts to reach the HACFO proved abortive. Ibrahim Bindawa, the spokesman to the Emir of Katsina, promised to get back to The Gazette when reached for comments on the matter Saturday morning. "I am reciting the holy Quran, please. I will get back to you in the next one hour," he said. Bindawa did not revert as promised, hours later.
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