Dangote & Legendary British Singer, Bono, Visit Ex-wives Of Boko Haram Fighters In Maiduguri

Businessman Aliko Dangote spent Sunday in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, visiting several Internally Displaced Persons’ camp in the city.

Mr Dangote, who was accompanied by legendary British singer of the U2 fame, Sir Paul David Hewson, popularly known as Bono, also visited a rehabilitation centre where former wives of Boko Haram insurgents are being deradicalized.

The British singer is an ambassador of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).

Mr. Dangote, who arrived Maiduguri at about 11am was led to some of the major IDP camps by Borno State Governor, Kashim Shetima.

He also visited a site where his foundation is building 1000 homes for the displaced persons.

At the Centre where the former wives of Boko Haram insurgents are being rehabilitated, Messrs Dangote and Bono were informed by Mr. Shettima that most of the women and girls there were full-time wives of the insurgents before they were rescued by soldiers.

“When they were brought in initially they were very hostile and unfriendly,” Mr. Shettima said. “But now they have embraced us and they are about to complete the deradicalization programme. After that, we have to educate the kids because education is very key in the whole effort to deradicalize.

“For the parents, we are going to empower them by providing them with a lifeline like irrigation pumps, and we have also procured special breed of goats that will be given to them to rear as well as cows that will be artificially inseminated for them to start a new life,” the governor said.

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Multinational Military Task Force Arrests 24 Boko Haram Fighters

The Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) fighting Boko Haram, said it intercepted 24 fleeing insurgents along the Cameroonian borders.

The spokesman for the task force, Muhammed Dole, said the insurgents were among those trying to escape the combined onslaught of Nigerian troops and the MNJTF within and around Sambisa forest.

Mr. Dole said several arms cache were recovered in the operation that led to the clearance of six major enclaves of the outlawed group.

His statement reads:

“Clearing operation to flush out the fleeing Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) from the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) Area of Responsibility (AOR) continues to yield positive results. The troop of Sector 1 with its relocated Tactical Headquarters in Makary, Northern Cameroun intensifies clearance operations along the borders between Nigeria and Cameroun to block the fleeing terrorists. Recently, the terrorists in attempt to escape the firepower of MNJTF troops were migrating to some villages adjacent to the Sector 1 AOR.

“Acting on credible information, the troops successfully cleared the six villages occupied by the terrorists, seized some logistic equipment and apprehended Twenty Four suspected Boko Haram accomplices.

“The cleared villages are SAGUI, KIRTA-WOULGO, GORE MAHAMAT, GORE BLANGAFE, CHAUGRY and DAMBOURE. The recovered equipment are 20 x Outboat Engines, 2 x Motorcycles, 9 x Generating sets, 1 x Solar panel, 1 x Grinding machine, 1 x Handset, Flags and some Islamic religious books. However, one soldier was killed by Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and another fatally wounded and lost his one of his lower limbs during the operation.

“Addressing the troops during his operational assessment tour in Makary, the Commander, MNJTF, Major General Lamidi Adeosun commended their display of exceptional bravery and charged them to keep up the good work, while encouraging the traditional authorities in the area to set up vigilante groups to compliment the effort of the security forces.

“Equally, on a similar visit to Sector 2 troops (Chad) at their temporary Harbour Area in Littri, the Commander expressed delight for their initial operational exploits, which despite difficult terrains and other operational challenges were able to clear terrorists from some villages on the Lake Chad Islands. He couraged them to maintain their high fighting spirit and keep up the momentum of the operation despite the challenges of the slow go terrains”.

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Troops Kill More Boko Haram Fighters, Suicide Bomber

The Nigerian military has killed more Boko Haram Terrorist (BHT) fighters and intercepted a suicide bomber in parts of Borno State.

The Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Col. Sani Usman, said in a statement on Sunday that the troops of 7 Brigade ambushed and killed seven BHT at Dawashi early Sunday morning.

He said that the troops that laid in wait at the terrorists suspected crossing point engaged them on sight, “killed the seven terrorists and recovered a Peugeot station wagon loaded with 2,010 litres of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) packed in 67 Jerri cans, uniforms, some materiels and Improvised Explosive making Devices (IEDs).

He listed others items recovered to include, dry cell batteries, AK-47 rifle, tools and fish.

In a related development, Usman said that the troops of 25 Task Force Brigade ambushed and killed a BHT suicide bomber at Kumala and Musafanari villages general area last night effectively saving lives and properties of innocent citizens.

He said: “The troops who on receipt of information, laid an ambush for the terrorist at suspected BHT crossing point, engaged the terrorist who was obviously on suicide mission, from Sambisa general area.”

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80 Boko Haram Fighters Surrender In Bama

The Army yesterday announced that another batch of 80 Boko Haram fighters have surrendered in Bama, Borno state.

Six days ago, the Army said 200 terrorists surrendered and turned in their weapons.

In a statement, Army spokesman Col. Sani Usman, said among those who surrendered yesterday were commanders, suppliers and foot soldiers.

“In a landmark event today, 80 Boko Haram terrorists have surrendered en mass to troops of Operation Lafiya Dole in Bama, Borno State.

“The terrorists among whom were commanders, suppliers and foot soldiers confirmed to have partook in several terrorists attacks especially on Bama town, Borno State, surrendered as a result of the intense heat and continuous offensive action embarked by troops…”

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Many Chibok Girls Now Boko Haram Fighters, Says Rescued Girl (Must Read)

Many among the abducted girls from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, have turned into Boko Haram fighters, 21-year-old Tabitha Adamu, one of the women freed from the Boko Haram insurgents and handed over to the Borno State government, has said.

Tabitha, who was pregnant for one of the commanders of the Boko Haram sect  killed during the raid that bought her freedom said that she was not one of the abducted Chibok girls, but had mingled with them at various times in many camps of the Boko Haram before the raid that eventually led to her freedom.

According to Tabitha, she was taken from Bayan Dutse, in Gwoza Local Government Area, when the insurgents invaded her village.

“They killed my father and brother. They took me along with my mother but, at some point, we were separated. Since then, I never set my eyes on my mother. When he (Abu Kabir, her Boko Haram husband), wanted to marry me, he gave the women who were  taking care of us N5,000 as my bride price.

“Before the marriage, I was asked to convert to Islam. I did so because many who refused were killed. They gave me a name (Samira) I always answer the name, but I know my true name is my real name. When we were rescued, I told the soldiers that my name is Tabitha. They asked me if I am one of the wives of the Boko Haram and I told them my story. They felt for me and they treated me well.

“Many people asked me about the pregnancy in particular. I don’t know the right answer to give, because I actually do not know what to do. It has happened, I don’t know what the authorities would do about it, but I think it is too late to abort it. My prayer, however, is that I give birth safely.”

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Troops Bombard Fleeing Boko Haram Fighters

Troops of 26 Task Force Brigade in Gwoza, Borno State, on Wednesday evening, engaged Boko Haram terrorists fleeing Sambisa forest following continued aerial bombardment by the Nigerian Air Force.

The fleeing terrorists in seven pick-up vans and some motorcycles mounted with assorted weapons such as rocket propelled grenades and anti-aircraft guns were decisively dealt with, killing quite a number of them.

The troops also destroyed their vehicles, weapons and motorcycles. They also recovered a vehicle, one motorcycle and two AK47 rifles and large quantities of 7.62mm NATO and 12.7mm ammunitions.

ISIS Executes 19 Girls For Refusing To Have Sex With Fighters

ISIS fanatics have executed 19 women for refusing to have sex with its fighters, a Kurdish official has said.

He claimed the women were being held hostage in Islamic State’s stronghold of Mosul, Iraq, which the terror group seized in June last year.

Meanwhile a UN envoy investigating Islamic State’s vile sex trade has said ‘girls get peddled like barrels of petrol’ and one can be bought by six different men.

She also verified a disturbing ISIS document which suggested the extremists sell the Yazidi and Christian women and children they have abducted, with girls aged just one to nine-years-old fetching the most money.

ISIS stormed the Sinjar district in northern Iraq last year and captured hundreds of women belonging to the Yazidi community, who the Islamists view as heretics.

Barbaric: ISIS fanatics have reportedly executed 19 women (file photo) for refusing to have sex with its fighters

Barbaric: ISIS fanatics have reportedly executed 19 women (file photo) for refusing to have sex with its fighters

Enslaved: A UN envoy investigating Islamic State's vile sex trade says 'girls get peddled like barrels of petrol' (file photo purports to show captured girls in ISIS territory)

Enslaved: A UN envoy investigating Islamic State’s vile sex trade says ‘girls get peddled like barrels of petrol’ (file photo purports to show captured girls in ISIS territory)

Syrian Rebel Group Executes 18 ISIS Fighters In New Video

A Syrian rebel group operating around Damascus has executed 18 alleged members of the Islamic State group in a video mimicking the extremist organisation’s own productions.

The video, which emerged overnight, shows fighters from Jaysh al-Islam (Army of Islam) wearing the orange prison clothes that ISIS victims often sport.

The ISIS prisoners however are wearing black clothes and chained together wearing ankle and hand shackles with metal balls attached.

The nearly 20-minute production mimics many aspects of IS’s own execution videos, with similar sound effects and visuals.

Jaysh al-Islam fighters in the video say the IS forces are being executed in part as revenge for the deaths of at least three of the rebel group’s members who were beheaded by ISIS.

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