Argentine researcher falls into Nicaragua volcano

An Argentine volcanologist and Nicaraguan guide who fell into an active volcano were in good health Wednesday after being rescued by firemen, officials in Nicaragua said.

The 60-year-old researcher, Rodolfo Alvarez, and his specialized guide, Adriac Valladares, 25, fell into the crater of Masaya Volcano just south of the capital on Tuesday.

The two slipped about 450 meters (1475 feet) down the inside the active volcano when their rope broke and reportedly suffered dehydration from the high temperatures.

They had been working just over the crater’s lip when the accident occurred, the government said on an official website.

Firemen used ropes and harnesses to climb down to save them.

Both men were in “good condition and stable,” the government said.

Masaya Volcano, located 20 kilometers (12 miles) south of Managua, features a lava lake and is a big draw for scientists and tourists alike.


Police Rescue 41 Kidnapped Persons In Zamfara

The police in Zamfara have announced the rescue of 41 persons kidnapped last week by armed bandits in Maru local government area of the state.

The Commissioner of Police, Mr Shaba Alkali, made the announcement on Wednesday in Gusau while addressing newsmen.

He said that the 41 kidnapped victims including a police inspector from the state command were returned in good condition of health, adding that no ransom was paid to facilitate their release.

He explained that `security strategic measures’ employed by joint security personnel who mounted pressure on the hoodlums facilitated the safe return of the victims.

Alkali warned armed bandits operating in the state to relocate or surrender, saying “very soon we are going to come out in full force to fight them.”

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the abductors had earlier told Gov. Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara to release 400 cows recovered from them by the joint security patrol before they would release the 41 victims.

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FCT Police Rescue 10 Kidnapped Victims In Kuje (See Names Of Victims)

The Police Command in FCT on Monday said it rescued 10 persons kidnapped by a gang of hoodlums in Darka village in Kuje Area Council of the FCT.

The victims are Fanus Emmanuel, Babangida Emmanuel, Akimmi Dauda, Japheth Kwasu, Dorcas Shuaibu, Kemuche IK, Hamza Yunusa, Umar Godiri, Ismaila Yusuf and Abubakar Gomo.

A statement issued by the Command’s Spokesman, ASP Anjugurin Manzah, stated that eight of the victims were rescued on Nov. 19, while the remaining two were rescued on Nov. 20 in Toto and Karu in Nasarawa State.

Manzah noted that the rescue was made possible by a joint operation by the Police Mobile Force Operatives of the command’s Special Anti-Kidnapping Squad, DSS, Nigerian Army and NSCDC.

The spokesman stated that the stronghold of the assailants who specialised in raiding remote villages at night and robbing the villagers of cash and other valuables and kidnapping was destroyed during the operation. He added that an operative of the NSCDC, ASC Anumudu Uche, who took ill, died during the operation.

He recalled that the FCT Commissioner of Police, Muhammadu Mustafa, had reassured residents and affected villages of the command’s massive deployment to forestall a recurrence. He said concerted efforts were in place to arrest the dislodged hoodlums.


N’Delta: Soldiers Rescue 12 Hostages, Bomb Illegal Refineries

Troops attached to the Joint Task Force, Operation Delta Safe, OPDS, Friday rescued 12 persons from sea robbers and suspected kidnappers in various operations in the Niger Delta.

Lt Col, Olaolu Daudu, the Joint Media Campaign Centre Coordinator of the task force fighting militancy and other crimes in the region, told journalists that the operations took place in Bayelsa, Delta and Rivers states.

He added that Troops of Sector one in Delta State foiled an attack on market women in Bomadi and rescued six civilians who were held hostage by the hoodlums.

Similarly, Daudu noted that troops rescued three indigenous staff of LEX Oil earlier kidnapped on November 3, 2016, at Ikuru town, Andoni Local Government Area, Rivers State.

“In addition, troops deployed at Koluama conducted a raid on Sea Pirates hideout in Kasabubou Forupa Waterways, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

“Troops rescued three persons namely; Peter Atijera, Lukeman Balogun and Pius John and recovered Speedboats mounted with Double Engine 115/80 Horse Power, two Binoculars and one Motorola radio.

“The Air Component of Operation DELTA SAFE while on patrol over Isaka town, Kidney Island, Alakiri and Bille in Degema Local Government Area of Rivers State sighted two barges loaded with illegally refined products which were incapacitated”, he said.

According to him, soldiers in conjunction with personnel of the Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) also conducted a raid on suspected criminal/illegal drug dealers hideout at Emu Obodeti Community in Ndokwa West Local Government Area, Delta State.

“The operation led to the arrest of one Mr. Moses Eni and Mrs. Boyi Kamanda and Fifty Five (55) bags of substance suspected to be Indian hemp were recovered. The items are in the custody of the NDLEA office in Kwale Delta State”, the JTF disclosed.

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Troops Rescue 85 Hostages Near Lake Chad

Troops of 7 Division of Operation LAFIYA DOLE, led by the General Officer Commanding (GOC), Brig-General Victor Ezugwu, have rescued 85 Boko Haram hostages, mostly women and children, in Chukungudu, on the fringe of Lake Chad.

The troops neutralised five insurgents in an encounter where several terrorists ran into the Lake Chad waters.

Four rounds of Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) bombs, double-barrel gun, 349 packets containing ammunition, three magazines, link belt of machine gun ammunition and AK-47 rifle were recovered.

An Improvised Explosive Device (IED) making factory was found at Geram, with several already-primed suicide vests.

A well-equipped vehicle and motorcycle workshop as well as spare parts warehouse were discovered at Chukungudu, with three vehicles and motorcycles found.

A soldier died during the encounter.

Acting Army Director of Public Relations Col. Sani Usman said in line with the Rules of Engagement, the IED factory, vehicles and motorcycles were destroyed.


Troops rescue 85 hostages near Lake Chad

Immigration officers rescue 11 from human traffickers

The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) command in Katsina state said it had rescued 11 youths trying to cross into Niger Republic through the state.

The command’s Comptroller, Mr Mohammed Yaro, made this known in a news briefing in Katsina on Monday.

Yaro said that the youths were rescued on Saturday in Babban-Mutum forest while trying to cross the border on their way to Niger Republic and Europe.

“Our intelligent officers on patrol arrested the victims one-after-the-other on the same day at different intervals inside the bush.

‘’They came differently on commercial motorcycles and begun to walk inside the forest to find their way to Agadez, Niger Republic.

‘’They are now giving us vital information on how to arrest their traffickers,’’ he said.

According to him, five of the victims are females, while the remaining six are males between the ages of 19 and 38.

Yaro said that none of the victims was in possession of any travel document or any means of livelihood.

He said that the victims were misled by some traffickers whose business was to ferry persons across the border through illegal routes.

The comptroller urged parents and other stakeholders to intensify efforts toward curtailing the menace of illegal migration among youths in the country.

He also explained that the service would collaborate with National Orientation Agency (NOA) to enlighten the public on the dangers associated with the illegal act.

Nigeria Police Rescue 14 Kidnapped Oil Workers After Gun Battle

The Rivers Police Command said it has rescued 14 oil workers abducted by unknown gunmen on Sept. 2 along Elele-Omoku road.

The command`s spokesman, Nnamdi Omoni, a DSP, said in a statement in Port Harcourt that the workers were freed in the early hours of Sunday.

Mr. Omoni said the Command`s Tactical Units, engaged the kidnappers in a gun battle, which lasted for one and half hours, to rescue the victims.

“The Oil Workers were rescued unhurt due largely to the efforts of the Command’s Tactical Units, who, at the early hours of Sept. 18,engaged the hoodlums, in a fierce gun battle which lasted for one and half hours, leading to the rescue of the victims.

“The hoodlums took to flight abandoning their hostages. Efforts are on to arrest and bring them to justice,” he said.

Mr. Omoni said no ransom was paid to rescue the workers.

“They have been debriefed and are receiving medical attention in the hospital.

“Investigation is on-going at the Command’s Anti-Kidnapping Unit,” he said.

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BBOG Group Welcomes FG’s Feedback On Chibok Girls’ Rescue Operation

It seems the series of activities the #BringBringBackOurGirls group has embarked on in order to re-engage the government on the issue of the abducted Chibok girls have yielded fruit as government finally broke it’s silence.

The Buhari administration has announced a fresh bid to rescue the abducted Chibok schoolgirls from Boko Haram.

Recall that the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Friday has addressed Journalists on the issue.

Lai had said that previous efforts to bring back the girls were frustrated by in-fighting among the insurgents and middle men, who exploited the process for pecuniary gains.

Reacting to the minister’s  briefing, the spokesperson of the group , Abubakar Abdullahi stated that it was a welcome development adding that it hoped the feedback on the rescue operation of the girls will be a continuous process.

“It’s a start. We have been asking for feedback on the rescue efforts. We welcome factual communication and hope this signals a period of continuous feedback. We will monitor progress and act accordingly, “ he said.

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Police Arrest 6 Human Trafficking Syndicate, Rescue 12 Kids In Delta

Police detectives attached to the Delta State Police Command, Asaba yesterday arrested six human trafficking syndicate who had been operating in Asaba and Okpanam communities, and rescued 12 out of the 15 children unharmed.

Police image maker in the state, Mrs. Celestina Kalu who confirmed the arrest of the suspects, said three others were on the run, adding that the suspects detained at the Police State CID were currently helping the police with further investigation.

She said that the leader of the syndicates, “Madam Cash” had been operating under cover up in a restaurant around Umuaji “Stop abortion”Quarters in Asaba where allegedly, she would often hoodwink unsuspecting parents of the kids to do business with her, before she ferries them out of the state.

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Police Rescue Two Kidnapped Chinese In Ogun

The Police have rescued two Chinese Nationals – Shen Ximing and Wei Futang – from kidnappers in Ogun State.

Shen and Wei, who were last week kidnapped in Odeda in Odeda Local Government Area, regained their freedom after exchange of gunfire between the abductors and Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) operatives.

They were kidnapped while working on a quarry site at Odeda, but were rescued about a week later.

They are recuperating at an undisclosed hospital

Acting police spokesman Abimbola Oyeyemi told reporters at the command’s headquarters at Eleweran, Abeokuta, that the expatriates were rescued on Wednesday.

Oyeyemi, an Assistance Superintendent of Police, said a police team, comprising men of the Anti-Kidnapping Unit and FSARS, were deployed to combat the abductors.

He added that the kidnappers  abandoned the victims and took to their heels, following pressure piled up on them during a gun-battle at their hideout.

The police spokesman added that the expatriates, who were rescued unhurt, have also been handed over to their company.

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Police Rescue Kidnapped Indian National

The police in Lagos State has foiled a kidnap-attempt and rescued an Indian national from suspected kidnappers in Ikorodu area of the state.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Fatai Owoseni, confirmed this on Thursday to newsmen at his weekly news briefing.

Owoseni said the Indian was working at a construction site when the incident happened.

According to him, the suspected kidnappers were leading him (victim) to their boat in the creeks when they engaged a team of policemen in a gun battle.

“Our men were able to rescue the Indian national before the kidnappers could take him into the creeks. The suspects, however, escaped in their boat,’’ he said.

Owoseni, however, said five robbery and one kidnap suspects were arrested in the last one week in different parts of the state.

He said four guns, five cars and other items were recovered from them.

Meanwhile, the commissioner had appealed to the residents of the state to be alert and report any strange movements to the police station nearest to them.

He said they could also report such other security agencies following threats of possible attacks by suspected militants.

Owoseni recalled that some militants attacked Monkey Village, behind Iba Housing Estate in Lagos last Wednesday.

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Buhari Lacks Political Will To Rescue Chibokgirls – BBOG

The #BringBackOurGirls (BBOG) movement, yesterday, took a swipe at President Muhammadu Buhari for lacking the political will to rescue 218 Chibok girls.

BBOG said as opposed to the President’s excuse that he lacked “credible intelligence” to rescue the girls, what he actually required was the political will to take decisive action in the present circumstance.

The group stated this in an address jointly signed by its leaders, Oby Ezekwesili and Aisha Yesufu, which was read during its protest march on the Presidential Villa.

“Mr. President must now exercise firm and dedicated leadership on rescuing our #ChibokGirls just as he would do, were the girls his daughters,” the group demanded.

“As was the case on Monday, security operatives also barred the protesters from accessing the villa, stopping them short at the Bullet Junction near the Head of Service building.

“Reports from former Head of State, Yakubu Gowon, after a meeting with Mr. President, suggested that the Federal Government’s position remains a ‘lack of credible intelligence.

“Coming over seven months since our engagement with Mr. President on January 14, and considering the lack of feedback on rescue efforts, this strengthens the position that there has been no focused, coherent and consistent operation to rescue our #Chibokgirls.”

“Having submitted four cogent reasons, it could not be said that there is a ‘lack of credible intelligence’ during our meeting in January and three further reasons just three days ago, the discussion must shift from ‘credible intelligence’ to ‘political will’ to decide on a line of action, and act!.

‘’This is especially so because Mr. President acknowledged the level of first-person intelligence that was to be obtained from the debrief of our #Chibokgirl, Amina Ali, while receiving her in May. Mr. President: No More Delays. The Time to Decide and Act is Now,” the statement read.

The BBOG regretted reports showing that Nigerian troops at the frontlines complained about their salaries and emoluments, urging the federal government to launch an investigation into the welfare of troops.

It quoted the reports as saying that the developmentwass weakening their morale in the fight against insurgency as the food they were fed was in no way better than that served prisoners.

“This is unacceptable and we call for an investigation. At this time of immense sacrifice from our troops on the frontline, it is important to prioritise their welfare and needs, ensuring that they have no cause to complain or worry about basic needs as they serve their nation to rout out the insurgents,” BBOG stated.

Shekau killled for the fourth time?

The BBOG also questioned military reports that the leader of the Boko Haram sect, Abubakar Shekau was fatally wounded in a recent aerial bombardment of the sect’s stronghold in Sambisa Forest.

The group said the government had on several occasions announced the killing Mr Shekau.

“Another key issue in the last seventy two hours is the military’s announcement that Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau was fatally wounded during air raids. We want it on record that this is at least the fourth time the Nigerian state has triumphantly announced killing this fellow.

“Mr. President should swiftly make a firm decision for their immediate rescue based on the three available options. Military operation, Negotiation with the terrorists or a Combination of the two.

“Mr. President must assess the wealth of information and state resources available to pursue a lowest risk option of these three.

“That Mr. President addresses Nigerians on his rescue plan and timelines of our #ChibokGirls. That Mr. President immediately constitutes a #ChibokGirls Rescue Operation Monitoring Team made up of representatives of Federal Government, parents of #ChibokGirls, KADA (the Chibok community), and #BringBackOurGirls.

‘’ This multi-stakeholders platform should act as a transparent mechanism for feedback on evidence of Mr. President’s sustained action towards bringing back our #Chibokgirls.

“Mr. President should immediately preside over National Emergency in the North East Conference to articulate a cohesive response plan to the Humanitarian Crisis and designate a ‘Special Envoy’ responsible for the inter-agency collaborative work required, as well as mobilize the private sector, Nigerian public, and the international community,” the BBOG demanded.

President Buhari says the Govt needs Credible Information in Order to Rescue Abducted Chibok Girls

President Buhari during a meeting  with the former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon at the Presidential villa, Abuja on Tuesday, said that in order for the government to successfully rescue the abducted Chibok girls, they need credible information on their exact location and the cooperation of the relevant persons.
General Gown said he talked about various issues with the country including the governments efforts at fighting corruption in the country. He said:

“We discussed the general affairs of the country, the problems of the country, his fight against corruption, and all the efforts that he is making to deal with it and of course, the impatience of the public to see results of the fight which have yet to be found, since people have not been prosecuted yet, that would soon begin. 

“These are some of the issues we talked about.

One appreciates his efforts and determination to rid the country of corruption, which is one of the problems that have held the country down and has created serious set backs to the country both nationally and internationally and then, of course, the current situation about the Chibok girls and the efforts the government is making to rescue them.

He said the government needed to get credible information about the whereabouts of the girls and also those that would assist the government achieve that.

“I believe that the government is certainly determined to ensure that a number of these girls are brought back home safely as soon as possible. To achieve that, certain credibility must be established of our sources on information on their location, but as at now, no one knows where these girls are, and all this information that you have been getting, I don’t know their sources, but all efforts at engaging the international media and sources are necessary so that this matter can be resolved once and for all”, he said.

Police Rescues 13 Children, 15 Adults Chained In House In Lagos

The Lagos State Police Command at the weekend rescued 13 children and 15 adults chained and locked up by one Emmanuel Adeyemi at the Oke-ira area of Ojodu, Lagos.

The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Police Command, CP Fatai Owoseni, acting on a tip-off, had deployed operatives from the Area G Command Headquarters to the scene.

Although the initial intelligence report was that a teenager was chained in the house at Oyinbo Unity Estate, Olamidun Close, Yakoyo, Oke-Ira, Ojodu, subsequent search of the residence by the police revealed 27 others apart from the 17-year-old Toba Adedoyin the Police had gone to rescue.

Confirming the incident, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Dolapo Badmos, a Superintendent of Police, said, “The command received a report through Area ‘G’ Command Headquarters, Ogba, that a child was chained in a house at Oyinbo Unity Estate, Olamidun Close, Yakoyo, Oke-Ira, Ojodu.

“Consequently, a team of policemen was mobilized to the location where a teenager named Toba Adedoyin ‘m’, aged 17, was found in a room with a chain on his legs.

“The victim was allegedly chained by one Emmanuel Adeyemi ‘m’ who claimed to be his father, in order to restrain him from going out.

” Further search of the premises led to the discovery of other people chained by the suspect.

“A total number of 28 persons, comprising six adult males, nine adult females, seven female children and six male children were rescued and taken to protective custody.

“A suspect has been arrested and is currently undergoing interrogation as the command is working assiduously to get to the root of the occurrence.”

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Ezekwelli Celebrates Rescue Of Chibok Girl, Prays For Others


A former Minister of Education and leader of the Bring Back Our Girls Group, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, has reacted to news of the rescue of one of the abducted Chibok girls by giving thanks to God.

Earlier in the day, the Nigerian Army confirmed the rescue of Amina Ali who was abducted along with over 200 other girls from school in 2014 by Boko Haram.

In reaction to the news, the former minister who has been one of the arrowheads in the campaign for the rescue of the girls, gave thanks to God while praising the Nigerian Army and the Civilian Joint Task Force in Borno.

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Army Confirms Rescue Of One Of Chibok Girls

The Nigerian Army on Wednesday confirmed the rescue of one of the Chibok school girls abducted in 2014 by the Boko Haram insurgents in Borno.

This is contained in a statement issued by the acting Army spokesman, Col. Sani Usman.

According to Usman, the girl, Falmata Mbalala, is among other persons rescued by troops at Baale community near Damboa in Borno.

He, however, did not state when the girl and other hostages were rescued by the troops.

“This is to confirm that one of the abducted chibok school girls, Falmata Mbalala, was among the rescued persons by our troops at Baale near Damboa,’’ the statement quoted Usman as saying.

On the ongoing special operation inside the Sambisa forest, Usman said troops of 7 Division on Tuesday cleared Boko Haram terrorists out of their Njimia camp in Sambisa.

He said the troops had earlier on the same day killed 15 insurgents during an operation to clear their camp located at Alafa area of the forest.

According to Usman, the troops continued their advance through Alafa main, Alafa extension and Alafa Yaga-yaga and cleared Boko Haram terrorists hiding in the area.

He said apart from destroying the camps, the troops rescued 41 hostages who were mostly women and children.

Usman added that the troops also recovered two Dane guns, several vehicles, motorcycles and bicycles belonging to the terrorists.

“One significant aspect of this feat today was the combination of ground forces assault, Nigerian Air Force Jets provision for combat air support and monitoring of the operation.

“The operation was directly supervised by the Acting General Officer Commanding 7 Division, Brig.-Gen. Victor Ezugwu on board Air Force reconnaissance aircraft.

“It is gratifying to note that no casualty was recorded by own troops through the conduct of this operation,’’ the statement said.



Buhari Losing Track Of Promises To Rescue Chibok Girls- BBOG

Conveners of the Bring Back Our Girls campaign group have accused President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration of losing sight of promises it made to rescue over 219 Chibok girls who are still in Boko Haram’s captivity.

In a press statement co-signed by Oby Ezekwesili and Aisha Yesufu over the weekend, they said it is unfortunate that the Chibok Girls, their parents and communities, Nigeria and the rest of the world are still awaiting a successful rescue mission 762 days after the Chibok abduction.

According to them, recent developments seem to suggest that officials of the present administration may have lost track of many promises of the government.

“With the disgraceful and unpalatable shoddiness that characterized the handling of the abduction and counter-insurgency war by the Goodluck Jonathan-led administration still fresh in mind, President Buhari’s team cannot afford to drop the ball again,” the statement read in part.

The group urged the Federal Government to initiate a fresh investigation into the abduction as promised by President Muhammadu Buhari.

It also called for the release of the Sabo report, which is expected to hold the keys to unlocking the mystery of the abduction.

The converners also want the Presidency to strengthen the office of the Special Adviser on Social Investments to cover humanitarian interventions and development programs in the Northeast and the country at large.

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Troops Rescue 14 Women, Children In Terrorist Camp

Troops of the Nigerian Army yesterday in yet another raid  on  another Boko Haram camp rescued 14 women and children held under captivity in a village in Borno state.

Cache of arms and ammunitions were also recovered as soldiers under the 155 Task Force Battalion conducted a patrol to Nimila village yesterday.

Spokesman of the Nigerian Army, Col Sani Kukasheka Usman, said the troops had “rescued 14 persons from the clutches of Boko Haram terrorists  and recovered weapons. The rescued persons were mostly women and children.

He said the troops also recovered 3 guns; a single barrel and two double barrels, three motor cycles  in addition to two mobile telephone handsets.

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FCT Police Rescue Kidnapped Boy, Arrest Suspects

The FCT Police Command said it had rescued an eight-year-old boy, Prosper Arinze, who was kidnapped recently.

This is contained in statement issued by the command’s Public Relations Officer, Anjuguri Manzah, in Abuja on Tuesday.

It said the suspected kidnappers of the boy had also been arrested.

Arinze, a primary two pupil of China Assisted School, Nyanya, FCT, was kidnapped on March 11 after closing at school by two suspects aged 24 and 23.

The statement said the kidnappers had contacted the father and demanded for a ransom of about N1 million before the victim would be released.

It said on receipt of the complaint, the FCT Commissioner of Police set up a Joint Rescue and Investigation Team headed by the Deputy Commissioner in charge of Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (CIID).

It said for the safety of the victim, the police couldn’t arrest the suspects until the victim was released.

“Working on clues and other intelligent leads gathered during the cause of investigation into the matter, the two suspects mentioned above were trailed and arrested in Masaka and Auta Balefi in Nasarawa State,” it said.

The statement further said that during interrogation, both suspects confessed to the offence.

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Troops Kill Five Terrorists, Rescue 180 Hostages In Borno

Troops of 7 Division Garrison and 112 Battalion of Nigerian Army have on Wednesday killed five Boko Haram terrorists; with the rescue of 180 hostages held in five communities during a six-hour clearance military operations in Borno state.

The cleared communities include Menari, Bulamari, Baale, Maafa, Zangebe and Kaltaram of Mafa Local Government Area of the state.

The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman in the statement issued Thursday in Maiduguri, said that the successful clearance of Boko Haram remnants in Mafa, was assisted by some Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) in the Mafa-Dikwa axis.

Usman in the statement also said that during the six-hour clearance operations, five terrorists were gunned down, before the cattle of the rescued hostages were retrieved in Giltimari and Baale villages.

The statement reads in part: “During troops operations yesterday, five terrorists were killed. They also rescued 180 persons and their cattle held hostages by the terrorists in Giltimari and Baale communities of Mafa.”

He said the rescued captives, are undergoing military screening, before they are moved to undisclosed resettlement camp in the state.

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NAPTIP Rescues 50 Victims Of Human Trafficking In Kano

The Kano Zonal Command of National Agency for the prohibition of Trafficking in Persons and other Related Matters (NAPTIP) on Sunday said it had rescued no fewer than 50 victims of human trafficking within two months.


The NAPTIP Zonal Commander, Mr Shehu Umar said in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kano that the victims were rescued from February to date.


He said the victims who comprised males and females, had since been reunited with their respective families.


He disclosed that the command had recorded 23 cases of trafficking, child labour, sexual exploitation and other related cases within the period under review.

He said out of the cases, 11 female suspects were involved while the remaining suspects were males.


“The cases have been investigated and one was on sexual abuse, two on child labour, one on abduction and another one on stolen baby.

“Among the cases, some do not fall within our jurisdiction so were transferred them to police for proper prosecution “, he said.


Umar said the command had within the period secured two convictions at the Federal High Court, Kano pointing out that the remaining cases were still pending in the court.

He called on the Federal Government to come to the aid of the agency by allocating more funds to enable it carry out its activities effectively.


“Our activities require a lot of funding if we are to carry out investigation, rescued victims have to be transported to their states and some times we have to take care of them.

“We also conduct counselling exercise for the rescued victims, identify their needs and even rehabilitate them”, he said.


He called on the people particularly parents to support the agency in the fight against human trafficking and other related offences.




Senator Insists Chibok Girls Are “Alive”, Explains How To Rescue Them

The Senator representing Kaduna Central senatorial district, Shehu Sani, has assured that the missing Chibok girls will be found, but counseled that the Federal Government must negotiate with some persons to “extract” the girls from their current danger.

He also said that current events in the country had revealed that the reign of bloodshed by Boko Haram in the last seven years was sustained by the greed of a few who profited from the situation.

Mr. Sani spoke in Akure on Wednesday as a discussant at a symposium held as part of the 40thAnniversary of Ondo State and the seventh anniversary of the Olusegun Mimiko-led administration.

“Something that has bothered some of us here in line with the insurgency is, when will the Chibok girls be freed,” he asked.

“Someone said the Chibok girls will never be free, but I can tell you that they will be free and they are alive.”

Mr. Sani had in the past been named as a contact person through which the Nigerian government sought to negotiate with Boko Haram.

A civil society leader at the time, Mr. Sani later accused the former Goodluck Jonathan government of not showing sufficient commitment to the proposed talks.

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Buratai Vows To Rescue Chibok Girls

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has vowed to ensure that all the Chibok girls are rescued along with all other hostages held by the Boko Haram terrorists, with the freedom of the school girls to be treated as top priority.

He also declared that the war against Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) in the North-east has now entered into the mop-up phase of the operation.

To this end, Buratai stated that their target of defeating Boko Haram has been achieved except for a few setbacks and assured that the military is determined to complete the clearance of the remnants of the terrorists.

He disclosed this on Wednesday at the maiden meeting with the Borno Elders Forum (BEF), at the Military Command and Control Centre (MCCC), Maiduguri, Borno State.

According to him, two out of the three targets set by the military in the quest for successful Counter-Terrorism and Counter-Insurgency (CT COIN) operations in the north-east have been achieved. He listed the targets achieved as military defeat of Boko Haram, and the ongoing rescue of all terrorists’ hostages with Chibok girls as the top priority.

He said: “The three things we promised you, two have been carried out. The first task is to defeat Boko Haram and I want to tell you that as at today Boko Haram has been defeated. When I said defeat it doesn’t mean that there won’t be hick ups here and there but we are doing the mop up operations. So we are at the mop up phase of the operation. We are also making efforts to rescue those who are being held hostage at some marked locations. We hope to rescue the Chibok girls but our target is not just limited to the Chibok girls but all the hostages

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Army Kills 23 Boko Haram Members, Rescue 150 Hostages

The Nigerian Army has disclosed that 23 Boko Haram terrorists have been killed, while 150 hostages rescued as Nigeria/Cameroon troops continue to clear out terrorists’ hideouts.

The Nigerian Army says that in line with the Chief of Army Staff’s directive for troops to maintain the momentum, troops of 7 Division carried out major operations against the Boko Haram terrorist’s locations in Talala and Kumshe axis of Borno State.

According to a statement issued by the acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman, during the joint operation between elements of 7 division and the Cameroonian forces along Banki-Kumshe axis, 20 Boko Haram terrorists were killed.

He also revealed that the troops destroyed 4 AK 47 rifles and captured a gun truck mounted with an anti-aircraft gun (AA gun) and 2 AK 47 rifles, as well as a 60mm mortar and a Dane gun.

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Boko Haram Market Uncovered As Nigerian Troops Rescue 195 Captives

The Nigerian troops on Wednesday destroyed patent medicine outlet and major market operated by Boko Haram insurgents and rescued 195 captives at various locations of Borno State.

A statement by the spokesman of Nigerian Army, Sani Usman, said “quite a number” of insurgents were killed and a lot of items were recovered during the raid.

“The Nigerian troops of 7 Division Garrison comprising 112 Battalion and Armed Forces Special Forces yesterday carried out a joint clearance patrol on suspected Boko Haram terrorists locations at Kwaptara, Mijigete, Garin Boka, Mosole, Ngubdori, Ma’asa, Dukje and Gulumba in Dikwa and Bama Local Government Areas of Borno State.

“The troops discovered Boko Haram terrorists camp, patent medicine outfit and major market at Gulumba.

“Quite a number of Boko Haram terrorists were killed and several items were recovered. This includes two logistic trucks, 180 motorcycles, 750 bicycles and various perishable and non-perishable items such as a 100 KVA Mikano generator and grinding machine.

“In addition, they also rescued 195 persons held hostage, recovered 300 cows, 200 sheep and 130 goats rustled by the insurgents.

“The troops also recovered military items such as camouflage uniforms as well as rifle magazines and grenades…”

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Troops Rescue 103 Hostages From Boko Haram Terrorists (SEE PHOTOS)

Troops of 151 Task Force Battalion of 21 Brigade rescued 103 civilians held hostage by Boko Haram terrorists.

Also, troops of AHQ Special Forces on patrol to Yole came across Boko Haram Terrorist’s camp at Bulagana, cleared it and rescued 40 more civilians.

The Nigerian Army disclosed this via its Twitter handle. See photos below:

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How Troops Killed 20 Suspected Terrorists, Rescue 370

The Nigerian Army says troops fighting Boko Haram militants in Borno have killed over 20 terrorists and freed 370 persons held hostage by the sect members.

The Deputy Theatre Commander of the ‘Operation Lafiya Dole’, Major General Leo Irabor, told reporters in Maiduguri on Friday that the soldiers also intercepted suicide bombers who attempted to infiltrate the state capital.

He added that two of the alleged suicide bombers blew themselves up while the third, who targeted soldiers at the checkpoint, was gunned down.

Major General Irabor also said that three rifles and 41 motorcycles were destroyed in Dikwa a town in Borno State.

“Terrorists sighted troops and abandoned their families behind and those that they abandoned behind include five women and three children. The women are currently undergoing interrogation.

“In all these encounters, the Nigerian Air Force provided close air support and surveillance cover to the ground troops, he told reporters.

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Troops Kill 49 Insurgents, Rescue 150 Captives

The Nigerian Army on Thurday said its troops, deployed for the counter-insurgency in the troubled North-east, killed 49 Boko Haram insurgents within the last one week in a series of assaults in Borno State.

Also during the same period, the army said 150 persons who were being held by the insurgents as human shields in confrontation with them were rescued.

It also revealed that several arms, ammunition and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were recovered in the battle with the insurgents.
Addressing a press conference in Maiduguri, the Theatre Commander of the military counter-insurgency operation in the North-east, Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj. Gen. Yusha’u Abubakar, said the operation was carried out in various hideouts of the Islamists in the Bama-Fulka and Alagarno axis of Borno.

He said: “It is important to announce that our gallant troops conducted various operations along Bama-Fulka and Alagarno areas of Borno State, which yielded fruitful results in the ongoing fight against Boko Haram elements.

“During the episode, the troops had an encounter with some terrorists, who suffered serious casualties.
“In the Alagarno axis, 15 insurgents were gunned down, while 34 others were killed along Bama-Fulka Road. The troops have also rescued 150 people, mostly old men and women, as well as children.

“The captives who were abducted from their homes by the terrorists, were being held as human shields.”
He added that recent successes recorded by the troops followed the serious setback suffered by the terrorists after losing their major enclaves.

“Let me make it clear that Boko Haram has been degraded and weakened by the military after a series of assaults, and the morale of our troops has been very high.

“Nigerians are very impressed by the performance of the task force in recent times. The military has no time to waste but to crush the remnants of the terrorists and move forward,” Abubakar said.

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Troops Clear More Boko Haram Camps, Kill 30, Rescue 338 Captives (Viewer Discretion)

Troops of 28 Task Force Brigade Nigerian Army deployed at Bitta and Pridang carried out a successful raid on suspected Boko Haram terrorists camps at Bulajilin and Manawashe villages along Bita and Damboa road at the fringes of Sambisa forest yesterday. The troops were able to killed 30 Boko Haram terrorists.

The unit also rescued 338 persons that were held captive by the terrorists in the enclaves. The rescued persons which comprised of male 8, female 138 and children 192, have since been evacuated to Mubi. Troops also recovered arms and ammunitions during the raid operation which include 1 General Purpose Machine Gun and 2 Dane Guns, 150 rounds of 7.62mm (NATO), 6 boxes of 7.62mm (NATO) and 3 cutlasses.

Reps Seek Crack Team On Rescue Of Chibok Girls

House of Representatives yesterday disclosed that about 45,000 Nigerians have so far been kidnapped by Boko Haram since 2012.

In considering a motion on the kidnap of 219 girls in Chibok, Borno State, the House sought a crack team comprising all security agencies to rescue the girls and the 45,000 kidnapped Nigerians.

A motion, which called on the Federal Government to intensify efforts to rescue the abducted Chibok girls, sponsored by Hon. Asabe Vilita Bashir, who represents Chibok/Damboa//Gwoza Federal Constituency of Borno State, was debated by the lawmakers.

In amending the motion, Hon. Nasir Ali Ahmad (Kano-APC), informed the House that about 45,000 Nigerians were at the moment being held hostage by the sect.

His amendment was adopted and passed along.

While presenting her motion, Bashir regretted that the parents and guardians of the abducted girls were not being briefed on developments in the efforts to rescue them.

“Families of the missing Chibok girls and Nigerians are not being informed of any rescue plan and are consequently living in unimaginable agony, not being sure if any efforts are being made to rescue the girls,” she said.

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Buhari Tasks IG To Rescue Falae

Following a briefing on the abduction of elder statesman, Chief Olu Falae, President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Inspector-General of Police and other security agencies to take all necessary action to ensure the safe and speedy rescue of the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation.

Falae was abducted from his farm on Monday by suspected Fulani herdsmen who are demanding N100m ransom for his release.

Buhari according to a statement on Wednesday by his spokesman, Femi Adesina condemned the “callous and reprehensible kidnapping of the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation and elder statesman.”

The President assured Falae’s family, friends and other concerned Nigerians that the Federal Government would do all within its powers to ensure his swift release.

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Chibok girls’ rescue: We want Information to produce result – Ezekwesili

Dr Oby Ezekwesili, a leader of the #BringBackOurGirls (BBOG) group, has called on the federal government to back up the statement on the abducted 219 Chibok School girls with result which is the rescue of the girls.


Speaking during the normal sit-out of the group, Ezekwesili stated that many information has emanated about the abducted girls and expressed hope that those information will produce the desired result of the girls returning back to their families.


“There is so much news of our Chibok girls. Sometimes we think it is so much information that sometimes it makes us scared but we welcome the communication and want the information about the girls to translate into result. It will translate into result when the girls are back. That is what we want to get . We pray it is sooner. Our girls have stayed for so long. Our girls should have been back as soon as we knew they were taken,” she said.


Ezekwesili stated that the families and parents of the abducted girls, the BBOG group and other Nigerians cannot afford to have their hopes dashed yet again as they have been so many times by the past administration.


“We can’t afford another disappointment like we did last year. I remember in September, when they said that the girls have been rescued and were being transported in buses to the barracks. It turned out not to be so, my heart was broken. We can’t afford that again. Whatever is being said that is being done, must produce result because we can’t be fooled by the savages holding our girls again,” she said.


Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari told members of the Nigerian community in France under the aegis of Nigerian in Diaspora Organisation that his administration is negotiating with insurgent group Boko Haram for the release of the over 200 school girls kidnapped in Chibok, Borno State.


The president explained that the government has to first establish the genuineness of members of the sect putting themselves forward for negotiations to avoid the mistake of engaging the wrong persons.


Buhari stated that the continued stay of the girls in the hands of their captors was worrisome.



Buhari, APC Must Rescue Chibok Girls, Provide Uninterrupted Electricity, Others- Ekweremadu

The Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, has tasked the Peoples Democratic Party National Assembly Members-elect on being a credible opposition. Mr. Ekweremadu said “being in opposition is not a life sentence for any party.”

He spoke at a retreat organised by the Forum of PDP National Assembly members-elect for its members in Port Harcourt on Monday. The retreat was themed, The Role of the Opposition in Facilitating Development and Good Governance.

In a press statement, Mr Ekweremadu said that being in opposition is an opportunity for soul-searching and self-reconstruction. “It is also for providing healthy, robust, vigilant, and responsible opposition, which is critical to democratic growth and good governance,” he said.

“The PDP lawmakers in the 8th National Assembly should not only hold the APC accountable in terms of their list of promises, but also in accordance with the timeline they gave in the course of the campaigns.

“They should be able to bring exchange rates down to one naira to one US dollar, bring back the Chibok Girls, eradicate terrorism and insurgency, stamp out corruption, create two million jobs every year, provide uninterrupted electricity supply, and fulfill other campaign promises or prepare to hand over power to the PDP in 2019…”


Agency Cautions Complacency After Rescue In Sambisa

A United Nations entity said while the rescue of women and children from the Boko Haram was welcome, this should not get the country carried away to the extent of the ongoing violations against these vulnerable members of the community.

“The release of women and children held captive by Boko Haram in Nigeria is welcome news, yet we mustn’t forget that women and children bear the brunt of this relentless violence in neighbouring countries as well,” said Denise Brown, WFP Regional Director for West Africa.

She said the women and children were vulnerable to impending hunger. “Women displaced by conflict have lost their husbands, walked for days to safety and rely on the support of already vulnerable communities. The lean season is upon us, and as local granaries are emptying, women tell of their families going hungry,” Brown added.

Brown’s sentiments come in the wake of the military rescuing hundreds of women and children from the Sambisa Forest, a stronghold of the Boko Haram terrorists.

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Boko Haram Stone Girls To Death, Crush Others With Armoured Tankers To Avert Rescue

Even with the crackle of gunfire signaling rescuers were near, the horrors did not end: Boko Haram fighters stoned captives to death, some girls and women were crushed by an armored car and three died when a land mine exploded as they walked to freedom.

Through tears, smiles and eyes filled with pain, the survivors of months in the hands of the Islamic extremists told their tragic stories to The Associated Press on Sunday, their first day out of the war zone.

“We just have to give praise to God that we are alive, those of us who have survived,” said 27-year-old Lami Musa as she cradled her 5-day-old baby girl.

She was among 275 girls, women and their young children, many bewildered and traumatized, who were getting medical care and being registered a day after making it to safety.

Nigeria’s military said it has freed nearly 700 Boko Haram captives in the past week. It is still unclear if any of them were among the so-called “Chibok girls,” whose mass abduction from their school a year ago sparked outrage worldwide and a campaign for their freedom under the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls.

Musa was in the first group of rescued women and girls to be transported by road over three days to the safety of the Malkohi refugee camp, a dust-blown deserted school set among baobab trees opposite a military barracks on the outskirts of Yola, the capital of northeastern Adamawa state.

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Nepal Steps Up Rescue Effort Amid Global Aid Rush

Tonnes of aid material reaches Kathmandu airport as relief and rescue operation under way as death toll crosses 3,700.  Rescue efforts have intensified in Nepal amid a stream of foreign aid reaching the capital Kathmandu in the wake of the devastating earthquake that has claimed more than 3,700 lives and injured up to 6,500 others.

Police said on Monday that the death toll may go further up as rescuers struggle to reach remote regions in the mountainous country of 28 million people and as bodies buried under rubble are recovered. Aid effort is being stepped up, Al Jazeera’s Sohail Rahman reported from Kathmandu’s Durbar Square, one of the worst affected areas in the capital.

The first nations to respond were Nepal’s neighbours – India, China, and Pakistan, all of which have been jockeying for influence over the landlocked nation. Nepal remains closest to India, with which it shares deep political, cultural and religious ties.

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Soldiers rescue 14 pregnant teenagers, 8 children in Abia- Vanguard

Soldiers from 144 Battalion, Asa, in Ukwa West Local Government Area of Abia State have rescued 14 pregnant teenagers and eight children from a motherless babies’ home at Umunkpeyi Nvosi in Isiala Ngwa South Local Government Area.

Also arrested by the soldiers were six young men, who claimed to be staff of the home, and two girls, aged 16 and 25. However, the proprietress of the home, Mrs. Nma Charity, is still at large.

It was gathered that Mrs. Charity claimed to be running a government-approved home, but engages in child trafficking and hiring of men who impregnates the teenage girls.

Sources told Vanguard that on delivery, each girl got N20,000, while their babies were sold for between N80,000 and N150,000 for females and males, respectively.

One of the suspects, who was caught at Eke-Akpara in Osisioma Ngwa Local Government Area, while trying to steal a baby, confessed that he had been in the business with Mrs. Charity for a long period, stating that his role was to steal a child and deliver it to the her, who in turn sold it to her customers.

Acting on the confession of the suspect, the Commanding Officer 144 Battalion, Lt. Col. Omolori Rasheed, ordered his men to raid the home where about 14 pregnant teenagers and six young men were arrested, while the proprietress of the home was away at the time of the raid.

A soldier, who declined to have his name in print, told Vanguard that the babies, between the ages of one and six, and the pregnant teenagers, would be handed over to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and Other Related Matters, NAPTIP, while the other persons would be handed over to the police for prosecution.