Nigerian Military Court-Martials General Blamed For Loss Of Baga To Boko Haram

The Nigerian military on Monday commenced the court martial of a Brigadier General, Enitan Ransome-Kuti, and four other senior officers, blamed for the loss of Baga in Borno State, to Boko Haram insurgents in January.

Mr. Ransome-Kuti, his Chief of Staff, Lieutenant Colonel G.A. Suru, and some other senior officers, were arrested for failing to repel Boko Haram attack on the headquarters of the Multinational Joint Task Force [MNJTF] in Baga.

Also arrested were the Commanding Officers of the 134 and 174 Battalions — Lieutenant Colonel Haruna and Major Aliyu. The two battalions are under the MNJTF.

Mr. Ransome-Kuti was the commander of the multinational force during the attack.

The commanders were detained shortly after they arrived Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, from Monguno, where they took refuge with troops after being dislodged from Baga.

Military sources told PREMIUM TIMES that authorities were especially angry with Mr. Ransome-Kuti for his inability to lead his troop to counter the onslaught in Baga, despite the high calibre weapons and ammunition available to his unit.

After their arrests, the senior officers were held at the officers’ mess of the 21 Armoured Brigade, and were asked to account for the weapons lost to the insurgents.

At the trial which took place at the Defence Headquarters garrison in Abuja, on Monday, the officers were represented by counsels from the Femi Falana chambers.

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Beware! Boko Haram Sympathizers Are Fabricating Stories To Encourage Them – Nigerian Military

Press statement by the Defence Headquarters

The reports by some media outfits claiming that terrorists are now in control of Mafa in Borno State are false. The truth is that an attempt by a group of fleeing terrorists who strayed towards the town and engaged in their typical suicide attack was duly repelled by troops. Similarly, the claim by some media organisations that terrorists chased out troops and took over Marte cannot be verified as troops were busy elsewhere during the said attack.

However, all efforts to track the terrorists who were reported to have attacked the town have not indicated their presence as claimed. Surveillance activities are however ongoing although there has been no indication of the large number of terrorists as being claimed in some reports attributed to anonymous sources. The terrorist are certainly no longer capable of that level of coordinated action by thousands of terrorists as reported.

 Also, troops have not retreated from Sambisa forest as claimed by same sources. Rather, the operation is progressing and gaining increasing momentum towards clearing all terrorists hideouts in the forest.

It is noteworthy that it is becoming common for stories of attacks on some remote settlements to be fabricated and attributed to anonymous or unidentifiable source in remote places. This is apparently the work of terrorists sympathisers or propagandists.

Military operations to eliminate all terrorists hideouts are going on well and the terrorists are being seriously decimated. They will continue to be pursued and prevented from constituting danger to civilian population in their desperation for survival, suicide or publicity.

The media is advised to ignore fabrication being churned out by some terrorists sympathizers trying to encourage the terrorists who are in disarray. The truth is that the operation to decimate them from Nigerian territories is progressing well. The military will not be dissuaded by the resurgence of false reports on the operations. The progress will be prosecuted as necessary.

Boko Haram Kill 2 Soldiers, Injure 7 In Baga

Two soldiers were killed in a Boko Haram rocket attack on a military vehicle in the northeast Nigerian town of Baga, residents told pressmen on Tuesday. Six other soldiers and a civilian vigilante were critically injured when their vehicle hit a mine planted by the Islamists just outside the town in Borno state on Sunday, they added.

Boko Haram seized the town on the shores of Lake Chad on January 3 and is suspected of killing hundreds in what was feared to have been the worst massacre in the six-year insurgency.

Nigeria’s military said it had recaptured the town in late February, as an operation also involving Chad, Niger and Cameroon stepped up to drive out the militants from occupied territory.

“Boko Haram fired a rocket-propelled grenade on a military van in an ambush in Baga which killed two soldiers and destroyed the vehicle,” said resident Karimbe Maina.

The soldiers were driving back to their base outside Baga to mobilise more troops to help drag an armoured vehicle stuck in the mud across town on the shores of Lake Chad, he added. “Following the attack which killed two soldiers there was a prolonged gun battle ?between soldiers and the Boko Haram gunmen, which forced the gunmen to flee,” said vigilante Haruna Shuaibu.

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Full Report of President Jonathan’s Visit to North East

President Goodluck Jonathan Thursday in Mubi, Adamawa State and Baga, Borno State applauded Nigerian troops for proving their mettle once again through the rapid recapture of territories formerly held by insurgents in the country’s North-Eastern states.

He assured the soldiers that they wouldl be duly rewarded for their bravery and patriotic service to the nation at the successful conclusion of ongoing operations against Boko Haram.

Addressing officers and men of the Nigerian Army in both towns, which were recently recaptured from Boko Haram, President Jonathan declared that he and all Nigerians were very proud of the bravery, competence and patriotism with which they were now undertaking operations to expel the insurgents from all parts of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states.

The President said that with their recent successes, which have overwhelmingly turned the tide against Boko Haram, the Nigerian military has proven beyond any doubt that it remains fully capable of defending the territorial integrity of Nigeria.

The military’s recent victories against Boko Haram, President Jonathan told the troops, have also proven conclusively that all those, within and outside the country, who cast aspersions on Nigerian soldiers and questioned their ability and willingness to overcome the insurgents were misinformed and wrong.

Mr. Jonathan, who was accompanied on the trip by the National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki and all the Service Chiefs, assured the troops that the Federal Government would ensure they received all the equipment and logistics they require to complete the ongoing mission to reassert government’s effective control over all areas formerly held by Boko Haram.

The President promised the soldiers that all issues pertaining to their welfare will be properly and expeditiously addressed.

Families of soldiers who had sadly lost their lives in battles against Boko Haram would also be well provided for, the President further assured the troops.

The soldiers responded to the President’s address with chants of “Never Again” and assured him that insurgents and terrorists will never again be allowed to take and hold any Nigerian territory.

While in Mubi, President Jonathan, accompanied by the Governor of Adamawa State, Bala Ngilari and the Minister of Youth Development, Bonnie Haruna, paid a courtesy call on the Emir, Isa Ahmadu.

He assured the Emir that the Federal Government would do all within its powers to ensure that normalcy was speedily returned to Mubi and other towns and settlements recently recaptured from Boko Haram to enable displaced persons return to their homes in the shortest possible time.

President Jonathan also undertook an aerial inspection of other towns and areas recently recaptured from Boko Haram including Monguno.

Before returning to Abuja, the President met and conferred with the Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, in Maiduguri.

Reuben Abati
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)

Jonathan Heads To Baga After Mubi Visit

President Goodluck Jonathan has visited Mubi in Adamawa State, more than three months after Nigerian troops recaptured the town from the insurgent group, Boko Haram.

The president arrived Yola international airport at about 10.45a.m. Thursday, accompanied by the Chief of Defence staff and all the service chiefs and the inspector general of police. He later travelled by helicopter to Mubi. At Mubi, Mr. Jonathan met with the Emir of Mubi, Isa Ahamadu, and the people of the area. There were unconfirmed reports that the president visited Vintim village in Mubi, the home town of Nigeria’s Defence Chief, Alex Badeh.

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Boko Haram: Army Chief Says ‘War is Almost Ended’ After Baga Visit

The head of the Nigerian Army has visited soldiers in Baga, telling troops that the conflict against Boko Haram will soon be over. Lieutenant General Kenneth Minimah flew by helicopter to the town and spent about 30 minutes on the ground, an AFP correspondent accompanying him said. “The war is almost ended. We will liberate Dikwa, Bama, Gwoza, Marte and other places in a few days’ time,” Minimah told troops on the brief visit.

Boko Haram fighters overran Baga on January 3 and are thought to have killed hundreds, if not more, in what is feared to be the worst massacre in their six-year insurgency.

The military said on Saturday that the town was retaken after two days of fighting, killing “a large number of terrorists”. Defence chiefs have published dozens of photographs purporting to show vehicles, arms and ammunition used by the Islamists that were destroyed in the fighting.

The offensive is part of a fight-back by the country and regional powers against Boko Haram to secure and stabilise the restive region to make voting possible at the general election on March 28. The vote was initially scheduled for February 14 but delayed by six weeks because military top brass claimed that troops would be unavailable to provide security on polling day.

President Goodluck Jonathan and his ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) have been accused of playing for time to revive their election campaign in the face of a strong opposition challenge.

On Monday, Jonathan said that “the tide has now definitely turned against Boko Haram”, despite two bombings earlier that day that killed at least 27 in the north. Minimah said the six-week deadline was “achievable”, adding: “We are still within the timeframe. But six weeks should not be taken that everything must be attained because this is war.” He added: “Never again will Nigerians suffer this kind of large-scale destruction in the name of insurgency.”

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Baga: Army Discovers Terrorists Disguised As Women

The Nigerian Army has disclosed the cordon and search operations in Baga, Borno State which has revealed some terrorists disguised as women.

“The searches are also yielding more discoveries of arms especially bombs hidden in various locations, especially Baga town.  Apart from those captured in the course of fighting, many arrests of terrorists hiding in the town are being made and troops are still busy interrogating the suspects,” Major General Chris Olukalade, the Director Defence Information, said.

Having successfully liberated Baga where the terrorists have been marauding, the troops’ attention has now been focused on consolidation of the security of the area to pave way for return of citizens, Olukalade stated.

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Baga: Army Investigates Villagers

The Nigerian military, which reported success in the fight against terrorists in Baga this past weekend, is probing if some women claiming to be villagers are linked to the Boko Haram terror group.

This follows the stabbing of a soldier while another was shot during a close quarter battle which ensued  as troops involved in cordon and search caught up with some of the fleeing terrorists on Saturday evening. “A number of individuals who claimed to be residents are also being interrogated in order to ascertain their identity and motive,” said Chris Olukolade, Major General: Director Defence Information

“The group consisting mostly women continued to hail and cheer the troops as they conduct thorough search in the area. Wanting to be sure the group was not working for the terrorists despite the excitement, they had to be placed under watch.”

Meanwhile, Olukolade said troops engaged in cordon and search in Baga continue to discover more arms “of various background and shapes” abandoned in some houses and the surrounding areas by fleeing terrorists.

“Heaps of weapons most of which were strange looking or destroyed are still being gathered. Many abandoned or destroyed motorcycles have also been discovered.”

He said the cordon and search as well as patrol of the localities continue while the offensive on terrorists was progressing in other areas of the theatre of the counter terrorist campaign.

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Nigeria Army Relocates Female Soldiers From Maiduguri In Anticipation Of Boko Haram Attack

Sources reveal that Nigerian military authorities are moving female soldiers based in various army formations in Maiduguri and other parts of Borno State to Abuja as the army anticipates a massive attack on Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, by terrorists belonging to Islamist group, Boko Haram.

The sources said there was heightened apprehension about an impending attack, hence the decision to reassign female soldiers to Nigeria’s capital.

The military action also stemmed from the death of five female soldiers and the abduction of another four by Boko Haram militants when they attacked a military base in Baga a few weeks ago.

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#PhotoNews: Into the Lives of Baga Survivors

Lying on his side, Moussa Zira shows the gaping wound where the bullet entered his thigh the night Boko Haram came to his village near the now devastated northern Nigerian town of Baga.


He pretended to be dead before escaping in a dug-out canoe across Lake Chad to a refugee camp. He is still in terrible pain and has a limp, but Moussa Zira knows it is a miracle he survived what many fear was the worst massacre of the Islamists’ bloody insurgency. “Boko Haram arrived at four in the morning and entered every hut, looking for the men. They greeted us and told us to follow them into the bush, where they would explain everything,” he said.

The fighters took 14 men — “one per house” — from his village near Baga. “There was an old man with us and they told him to leave. We walked to a field and they told everyone to lie face down on the ground.

“After firing in the air once, they started shooting us” at point-blank range. Moussa Zira thought it was all over, that he was dead. “Then I realised that the bullet had missed my head and had gone through my arm and the back of my thigh. But around me everyone was dead.”

He lay still among the bodies so that the fighters “would not finish me off” until the gunmen left, before crawling through the tall grass for hours before coming across a motorcyclist who helped him get to the lake and away to Chad.


Shekau Burns Nigerian Flag, Calls Buhari an Infidel (Watch Video)

In a full 35:59 minutes video, self acclaimed leader of Boko haram, burnt the Nigerian flag and hoisted the black boko haram flag.

In the video, Shekau predominately spoke in Arabic but revealed in Hausa that the massacre in Baga is just the tip of the iceberg. He mocked president Jonathan and called APC presidential candidate, General Buhari, an infidel. He also threatened the President of Niger Republic and insulted the government of France over a french news report he (Shekau) read, claiming the French government is not just at war with terrorists, but with all Muslims.

The group also flaunted sophisticated weapons they claim can destroy Nigeria and said they seized them from the raid in Baga. Watch video below and hear from the horses mouth.

I Followed God’s Instruction, Shekau Claims Baga Massacre

Boko Haram has claimed a massive attack feared to be the worst in its six-year insurgency and threatened Nigeria’s neighbours, as talks began for a regional response to the militants and fears grew of further violence.

The confirmation from Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau came as no surprise after multiple eye-witness accounts of the attack on Baga, which is thought to have killed hundreds, if not more.

But Shekau claimed that the January 3 attack, in which large parts of Baga were burnt to the ground and at least 16 surrounding settlements were razed, was only a prelude to further attacks.

“We killed the people of Baga. We indeed killed them, as our Lord instructed us in His Book,” Shekau said in the 35-minute message, which was posted on YouTube. He added: “We will not stop. This is not much. You’ll see.”

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Satellite Images of Baga Attacked by Boko Haram

Satellite images of Nigerian towns attacked by Boko Haram show widespread destruction and suggest a high death toll, Amnesty International says. The images show some 3,700 structures damaged or destroyed in Baga and Doron Baga this month, Amnesty said.

Nigeria’s government has disputed reports that as many as 2,000 were killed, putting the toll at just 150. Amnesty cited witnesses saying that militants had killed indiscriminately. It said the damage was “catastrophic”.

There has been a surge in violence linked to Boko Haram. In the past week there have been several attacks, including by suspected child suicide bombers. Nigeria is to hold elections next month, amid growing doubts whether they can successfully go ahead in all parts of the country.

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Baga Update: NEMA Registers 3200 Internally Displaced Persons

Baga Update: NEMA registers 3200 IDPs, strengthens supports

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has dispatched a team from Abuja to strengthen the provision of humanitarian supports to the displaced persons from Baga, Borno State that have fled from the recent insurgency attacks in the town.

The Agency, at the weekend registered 3200 of the IDPs from Baga that are now in Maiduguri and accommodated at the Teachers Village estate where NEMA is providing them with basic supports in collaboration with the Borno State Government. The creation of the new camp brings to 11 where NEMA has been supporting the IDPs with food and non-food items.  The other IDPs in the camps are from towns and villages in the state which had been previously displaced by the insurgency.

The NEMA special intervention team is led by the Director of Search and Rescue to join the staff at its zonal office in Maiduguri to strengthen the humanitarian intervention of the Agency in the state.

Manzo Ezekiel
Press Officer


Number Of Deaths In Baga Were 150 People And Not 2000 As Reported – Maj. Gen. Chris Olukolade

The Defence authorities have faulted the claim that over 2,000 people were killed in the Boko Haram attack on Baga, the headquarters of the Multi-National Joint Task Force on January 3.

The Director of Defence Information, Maj. Gen. Chris Olukolade, said this during a press briefing in Abuja on Monday. He said that 150 people including a large number of members of the Boko Haram sect were killed in the confrontation.

Olukolade explained that many of the residents of Baga and the nearby communities had fled the area because of incessant attacks on their towns by the Boko Haram sect.

He added that many of the residents of the community were able to flee the area while the battle between the soldiers and the insurgents lasted.

Olukolade said that the figures being reported and attributed to eyewitnesses were exaggerated.

“…It is however necessary to inform Nigerians in the interim that the exercise so far has not corroborated the report on the casualty rate which was put at 2,000.

“From all available evidences, the number of people who lost their lives during that attack has so far not exceeded about 150 in the interim. This figure includes many of the terrorists who were bearing arms and got killed in the course of their attack and battle with troops.

“It should be noted that Baga and the neighbouring towns have been under a series of attacks and harassment by the terrorists. In the course of this, many residents have left, leaving the population in the town almost seriously depleted. Many were also able to escape while the terrorists’ battle with troops lasted.

“The figure given by sources who claim to be eyewitnesses must be an extremely exaggerated estimate. Unfortunately, this figure is now being bandied about in a section of the media as if it has been authenticated. It cannot be true,” he said

10 Things You Need To Know This Morning #NewsBits

Good morning! Here are 10 things you need to know this morning:

1. Former leader of the Niger Delta militant, Chief Government Ekpemupolo, AKA Tompolo, held a secret meeting with other former militants yesterday, in Asaba, Delta State. Report says the meeting also had in attendance former top commanders of the defunct Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, MEND, from Bayelsa, Delta and Rivers states. It was further revealed that one of the meeting’s agenda was how to mobilize for President Jonathan in next month’s election.

2. Defence Headquarters has faulted a report that over 2000 people were killed by terrorists in Baga, Borno state. The Army in a release on Monday put the death toll from Baga attack at 150, saying majority of the victims were terrorists. This was contained in a statement issued by the Director of Defence Information, Major General Chris Olukolade.

3. There was a mild drama in Abeokuta yesterday during the campaign rally of President Goodluck Jonathan as both , Obasanjo and President Jonathan avoided themselves. An unconfirmed report however said that both leaders met in the night to address their aged long squabble.

4. President Goodluck Jonathan has said that those in different offices of the First Lady across the country were not spending government money, saying the platform has become an effective meas to mobilize women for national development. The President was defending the offices in a tweet by his Special Assistant on New Media, Reno Omokri.

5. Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State has appealed to the Nigerian Military authorities to withdraw the death sentence passed on the 54 soldiers as disciplinary measure for misconduct in the ongoing fight against insurgency in the country. While addressing the soldiers during the Armed Force Remembrance Day, held at The Chapel of Christ The Light, Alausa, Ikeja, the Governor urged the military to convert the death sentence to jail terms.

6. Report says suspected gunmen on Sunday night stormed the Abuja residence of the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, John Odigie-Oyegun. Police reports showed that the armed men met Odigie-Oyegun’s wife at home and snatched N200,000 from her. The Chairman was however not at home when the incident happened.

7. The Peoples Democratic Party has said that it will be in the interest of Nigerians for President Goodluck Jonathan to return after the February’s presidential poll because Nigeria will not be safe in the hands of the Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.). This was contained in a press statement issued by the National Secretary of the PDP, Prof. Wale Oladipo, in Osogbo on Monday.

8. Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, General Muhammadu Buhari has promised that his government will bring to an end all kinds of threats against Nigerians if voted into office. He also vowed to end all kinds of impunity by public officers in the country. He said this while commissioning his campaign office in Abuja on Monday.

9. A candidate of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly on the platform of National Conscience Party, NPC, Mr. Lucky Ogbazi, was yesterday abducted by gunmen from his home town in Azikoro, Yenagoa. His wife Grace, who confirmed the report said about four gunmen in two Hilux trucks, broke into their house about 12 midnight and took her husband away.

10. Some youths from Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State yesterday embarked on a protest against the continued attack on members of the All Progressives Congress in the state. The protesters stormed the state Police Command in Port Harcourt on Monday to register their grievances.

Source – Daily Post Ng

Baga: Survivors Tell Their Story

Some of the Baga survivors have arrived the Borno State capital, Maiduguri, and are currently in a displaced persons camp, which is a newly completed housing estate built by the state government and named after Shettima Ali Monguno, Nigeria’s former Minister of Mines and Power.

While narrating his ordeal, Yahaya Takakumi, a 55-year-old farmer who lived in Doro-Baga for over 25 years, said he escaped with one of his wives when the insurgents attacked.

“I and one of my wives, who was able to escape with me, spent four days in the bush running for dear life and safety,” the farmer said. “I thank God I have arrived here safely but I still have not seen four of my children, my second wife and my elder brother who is a blacksmith in Baga.”

Mr. Takakumi said he fears for the life of his brother after hearing of other attacks.

“Some people said they saw my brother near Daban-Shata some days ago but everyone from that area said the Boko Haram gunmen had carried out a massive massacre of people in Daban-Shata and I fear for his life because only God can say the number of persons that got killed in that part of Baga district.

The survivor said the insurgents “would lay in ambush on the water path and once a boat on canoe comes with fleeing residents, they attack and shoot them all.

“The killings were not done in a day, but that of the first day was massive, both soldiers and our local people were killed; even after they had taking over Baga they kept on attacking other neighbouring villages in the following days.”

Another survivor, Ibrahim Gambo, told PREMIUM TIMES that he was still searching for his wife and daughter at the camp.

According to him, he was part of the vigilante, called Civilian-JTF, in Baga that initially confronted the Boko Haram gunmen before they were over powered.

“In Baga, almost every able-bodied male who is grown up and matured is a member of the vigilante; and most of us have charms that defy guns and bullet”, the 25-year-old truck driver said.

“That was why when the fighting started we were able to arrest many Boko Haram gunmen who we disarmed and even killed some that tried to resist us violently.”

Mr. Gambo said it was the intervention of the soldiers that made them withdraw their onslaught on the insurgents.

“We were actually making great inroad in dealing with the insurgents when the soldiers of the Multi-National Joint Task Force asked us to withdraw that an Air Force fighter jet would soon come,” he said. “Shortly after that, the Boko Haram stormed into Baga almost from all directions; shooting, killing at will. We had no choice than to join others to run.”

The survivor also narrated what he witnessed while escaping.

“We came across many dead bodies, some in groups and others by themselves in the bush; I saw dead children and women – and even a pregnant woman with her stomach slit open.

“We saw a large boat carrying over 25 persons and all of them shot dead; those whose bodies defy guns or bullets, would be tied up and dipped into the Lake water until they die”.

While speaking on the death toll, Mr. Gambo said he could not ascertain the casualty figure.

“All I know is that the death toll is well over 500 because I have seen several groups of killed villagers and the least of such group were five persons,” he said. “The number could be more because it was not all that fled from Baga that was able to make it to Maiduguri.”

Also speaking on the massacre, the District Head of Baga, Baba Abba Hassan, said the casualty was much but not up to 2000.

“Killing 2000 people is not a small number…2000 it is a very large number,” he said from the displaced persons camp.

“All I know as the District Head of Baga to whom most of my people report, hundreds of our people have killed by the Boko Haram and most of our communities on the island of the Lake (Chad) have been attacked and completely destroyed.

“But I cannot tell you the actual number of people killed because many were pursued to the bushes and killed…I can say hundreds have been killed so far. They include women and children,” he said.

He added that the terrorists, who have since taken over Baga and other nearby communities, were well prepared when they came attacking.

”They came with dozens of vehicles and first attacked the Multi-National Joint Task Force location,” he said. “There was resistance initially, especially by the Civilian-JTF but later, the insurgents had upper hand, especially when the armed soldiers had to start fleeing when there was not reinforcement.”

Mr. Hassan added that “hundreds of people are now taking refuge in Maiduguri while the Borno State government had been sending buses to the bushes to rescue the displaced that were trying to get to the city by foot.”


We Lost 14 Soldiers In The Boko Haram Attack On Baga Town – Defense Headquarters


The Nigerian Defense Headquarters has released a statement saying a total of 14 soldiers died during gun battle between members of terror group Boko Haram in Baga, Borno state over the weekend.

The statement released yesterday January 11th by Gen Chris Olukolade below…

“A total of 14 soldiers were killed in action during the attack, while over 30 who were wounded are now receiving medical attention. Most of those declared missing in action have also rejoined their unit in the ongoing reorganisation for further operations. Although several of the terrorists died in the course of the attack and efforts at repelling the assailants, the actual figure of civilian casualties is yet to be creditably determined as is being propagated in certain quarters.

The Nigerian military has not given up on Baga and other localities where terrorists’ activities are now prevalent. Appropriate plans, men and resources are presently being mobilised to address the situation.

The Nigerian component of the Multinational Joint Task Force which retreated from its Baga Headquarters last weekend and more of the troops are regrouping for necessary debriefing and briefing for subsequent missions. It is necessary to reassure Nigerians that the Nigerian Armed Forces and security agencies are capable of flushing out the terrorists from Baga and all parts of the nation’s territory where their activities are prevalent. No portion of Nigeria’s territory has been or will be conceded to terrorists. The use of all available resources within the armed forces will continue to be maximised to sustain the tempo of the counter-terrorism campaign towards containing and eradicating terrorism in the nation’s territory. The support and understanding of all partners and neighbouring countries will however continue to be utilised where available and relevant in the conduct of the mission and in line with existing agreement and understanding.”