We will reopen Maiduguri orientation camp soon – NYSC DG

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) said on Tuesday that it was working towards re-opening its orientation camp in Maiduguri following the return of relative peace to the state.

Suleiman Kazaure, director-general of NYSC, gave the hint while speaking with journalists in Maiduguri.

Kazaure said NYSC was eager to re-open the camp following the return of peace to the state ravaged by the Boko Haram insurgency.

“There is relative peace now in the state, so we will like to come back as soon as possible. Remember, the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) are still occupying the Orientation Camp,” he said.

Kazaure said the camp would be re-opened once the IDPs were evacuated from it.

“It is only in Borno that our corps members have yet to have their orientation camp in place. We are ready to start our orientation the moment the State Government releases our camp to us,” he said.

Kazaure commended the corps members serving in the state for their dedication and resilience.

“If you notice, I asked them about their morale and they responded by saying morale high. That is how we measure the psychological frame of the corps members.

“Minus the camp, every other thing is in place for them. This means that they are in good spirit, they are doing well,” he said.

Kazaure thanked the state government for providing enhanced welfare and security for the corps members.

“I am happy that the state government has been assisting in ensuring the welfare of the corps members.

“I thank Gov. Kashim Shettima for that and implore other states to emulate the gesture by ensuring adequate welfare for corps members serving in their localities,” he said.

Kazaure said the NYSC was working toward setting up six skills acquisition centers across the country to empower corps members with necessary skills.

“We identified lack of trading skills as the major problem causing unemployment among NYSC members.

“So we embarked on establishment of six skills acquisition centers in all the geopolitical zones of the country to help in training these young graduates to become self-reliant.

“We have almost completed work on the center in Gombe which will serve states in the North East.

He said the NYSC authority was also working on five other centres which were near completion.

The director-general said the essence of the innovation was to produce corps members that would eventually become job creators rather than being job seekers.

 

Source: The Cable

Many feared dead as suicide bombers hit Maiduguri

Suicide bombers have hit Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

It was gathered that the attack occurred at the Muna garage in Maiduguri, which was just recently attacked by the insurgents.

The incident was confirmed by the spokesperson to the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, North-East, Abdulkadir Ibrahim in a chat with newsmen.

According to Ibrahim, “It’s true, the incident occurred.

“Four suicide bombers at about 1am struck and several people died. I will send you more details soon.”

In a statement Ibrahim sent to newsmen, NEMA said the suicide bombers comprised of four female teenagers.

According to the statement, 6 people were killed in the attack and several others injured.

The statement reads, “Four female teenage suicide bombers killed two other men; 6 people died when they detonated explosives at Usmanti, along muna Garage road at about 1. 15 am.

“16 people who got injured were administered with first aid by rescue workers before being transported to the state specialist hospital and the University Teaching hospital in Maiduguri Borno state.”

BREAKING: Female suicide bomber blows up NNPC depot in Maiduguri

A female suicide bomber, believed to be member of the dreaded Boko Haram sect, early hours of Friday, attacked oil deport belonging to the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

The bomber died immediately, while 3 tankers laden with Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) are currently on flames.

A source disclosed to DAILY POST that the NNPC depot, located along Damboa road, Maiduguri, was attacked by 6.05am on Friday.

The source also disclosed that the body of the female bomber and another burnt body (male) have been so far recovered.

As at the time of filing this report, the men of Federal Fire Service were battling to prevent the inferno from escalating to the main depot building.

More to come…

 

Source: Daily Post

Police, NEMA provide details of Maiduguri explosions

The police and the National Emergency Management Agency, have given official casualty figures from the attack by Boko Haram on Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, Thursday night.

According to official accounts, the insurgents attempted to enter the city but were spotted at the outskirts by soldiers on guard duty who opened fire and killed many of them.

But two of the suicide bombers, both teenage girls, were able to sneak into the city and blow themselves up near a popular bus station called Muna Garage.

Witnesses said two other persons were killed in the Muna Garage blast that occurred at about 11 p.m. The police and NEMA, however, said only the suicide bombers died.

The spokesperson of the police in the state, Victor Isukwu, in a statement said 13 pickup vans loaded with goods ahead of the next day’s journey to the border areas were burnt down at Muna Garage.

NEMA said 14 trucks were involved in the incident.

“Yesterday at about 2318hrs, a suicide bomber sneaked into the midst of 13 pickup trucks loaded with goods along Maiduguri/Mafa road, said to be awaiting departure to Gamboru Ngala early hours of today, and detonated IEDs strapped on self”, the police spokesman said.

“The resulting explosion razed down the parked vehicles beyond recognition. EOD/Police patrol team was promptly deployed to the scene to restore safety & normalcy”.

Witnesses had earlier informed that soldiers repelled another attack, three hours after the Muna park explosions, during which six suspected suicide bombers were reportedly killed.

Mr. Isukwu said soldiers had in the night spotted some persons suspected to be insurgents on motorcycles and opened fire in their direction.

The spokesperson of NEMA, Sani Datti, in a separate statement said seven persons died but all of them were Boko Haram suicide bombers.

“Yesterday (Thursday) at around 11:00pm, Boko Haram members attempted to attack Maiduguri”, he said.

“They came through Mafa- Dikwa road along Muna community. The suicide bombers came in a Volkswagen Golf carrying eight suicide bombers most of whom were female teenagers.

“The driver attempted to overrun the security post where the security personnel were stationed, but few of the personnel sustained minor injuries, while the remaining bombers detonated their IED in some of the communities in Muna Dalti settlement.

“Seven (7) Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) sustained minor injuries and were taken to University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH). Some of the suicide bombers found their way to a place where people gathered with their trucks loaded with goods for onward movement to Mafa, Dikwa and Ngala LGAs.

“Over 14 loaded trucks were burnt by the suicide bombers, though no casualty was recorded. The seven corpses of the suicide bombers were evacuated to the State Specialist Hospital by NEMA and Borno SEMA team”.

Maiduguri explosions: Governor Shettima visits victims in hospital.

Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno on Friday donated cash to the seven members of civilian JTF injured in a suicide bombing on Maiduguri-Gamboru road on Thursday.

Mr. Shettima made the donations when he visited them at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Maiduguri, where they are being treated.

He urged the hospital management to provide proper treatment to the victims to ensure their quick recovery.

Meanwhile, the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has confirmed that eight suspected female suicide bombers were involved in the attack on Maiduguri-Gamboru road.

The NEMA spokesman, Sani Datti, stated this in a statement in Maiduguri.

“On Thursday at around 11.00 p.m., suspected Boko Haram members attempted to attack Maiduguri. They came through Mafa- Dikwa road along Muna community,” Mr. Datti said.

“The suicide bombers came in a Volkswagen Golf, carrying eight suicide bombers most of whom were female teenagers.

“The driver attempted to overrun the security post where the security personnel were stationed, but few of the security operatives sustained minor injuries.

“A few bombers detonated their explosives around Muna Dalti community, injuring seven local vigilantes -Civilian Joint Task Force.”

Mr. Datti further said that some of the suicide bombers found their way to a place where people gathered with their trucks, loaded with goods, for onward movement to Mafa, Dikwa and Ngala Local Government Areas of the state.

He said that over 14 trucks were burnt by the bombers, adding that the injured were taken to University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, UMTH, for treatment.

He said that only the suicide bombers were killed in the attack.

 

Source: NAN

Suicide bombers attack Maiduguri, ’11 killed’.

At least 11 persons were killed as suicide bombers attacked Maiduguri, the Borno state capital on Thursday night, witnesses and security sources said.

Nine suicide bombers were among the dead, they said.

Multiple explosions echoed across the city at about 11 p.m. on Thursday as three female suicide bombers detonated their explosive belts near Muna Garage, a popular bus station that has suffered many of such attacks in recent times.

The explosions killed two residents, witnesses said. But police said only the suicide bombers were killed in the attack.

Several commercial vehicles that were on queue for a trip to the border areas the next day were also razed in the explosion.

A witness, who identified himself as Ayuba Ibrahim, told journalists that seven Civilian-JTF operatives were injured, while all the suicide bombers died.

“But most of the trucks that were loaded with goods for export to Chad and the border communities were destroyed and commodities worth millions of naira may have been destroyed,” said Mr. Ibrahim, a businessman from Taraba State.

Civilian-JTF operatives said few hours after the Muna explosions, soldiers at Muna Dalti, a location about 1 kilometre away from the first explosion, shot six suicide bombers who were attempting to sneak into town at about 2 a.m.

Some Boko Haram gunmen who were riding on motorcycles accompanied the six suicide bombers, they said.

The Borno State police command confirmed the Muna Garage attack.

The spokesman for the Borno command, Victor Isukwu, a deputy superintendent of police, said only the suicide bombers died in the attack.

“Yesterday at about 2318hrs, a suicide bomber sneaked into the midst of 13 pick up trucks loaded with goods along Maiduguri/Mafa road, said to be awaiting departure to Gamboru Ngala early hours of today and detonated IEDs strapped on self,” he said.

“The resulting Explosion razed down the parked vehicles beyond recognition. EOD/Police patrol team was promptly deployed to the scene to restore safety & normalcy.

He also confirmed that soldiers had in the night spotted some persons on motorcycle and opened fire in their direction.

One Suspected Suicide Bomber Killed, Another Arrested In Maiduguri.

Security Operatives have arrested one suicide bomber and killed another, in a foiled attempt to attack the Molai area of  Maiduguri, according to the Borno State Police Command.

The security operatives sighted the suicide bombers behind the NNPC Mega filling station in the area,  while attempting to infiltrate Maiduguri town.

A statement by the Police Public Relations Officer DSP Victor Isuku revealed that the girls, estimated to be about 18 years of age, were intercepted by security personnel on duty.

“One was arrested and the other one was shot dead.

“The EOD personnel were quickly drafted to the scene and rendered the area safe.” Isuku stated.

 

Suicide Bomber Detonates IED

 

It appears insurgents are focused on Maiduguri relating to their heinous operations with recent incidents of explosions.

A week ago, a suicide bomber detonated an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) at the Dalori quarters in Maiduguri, Borno State, an incident that was confirmed by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

Similarly, the Civilian Joint Task Force reported that the explosion occurred after a suicide bomber stormed the Dalori quarters mosque in the early hours of Tuesday, during the morning prayers, killing one of their members and a male suicide bomber.

 

Source: Channels TV

Boko Haram: Maiduguri residents celebrate ‘return of peace’

Residents of Maiduguri, capital of Borno, converged on Ramat Square, on Wednesday, to celebrate the momentary return of peace to their locality.

 

The event had in attendance officials of the state government in attendance as well as top military commanders.

 

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Speaking at the occasion, Leo Irabor, theater commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, assured the people of the continuous support of the military.

 

He said security operatives would put in their best to rout insurgency from not just the state, but the entire region.

 

Borno is the worst hit state in the violent campaign of Boko Haram.

REPORT: Homosexuals ‘rampantly molesting’ children in Maiduguri.

Several residents of Maiduguri, in Borno state, have lamented the increasing rate of children being molested by homosexuals.

 

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday reported that homosexuality had become rampant in Maiduguri.

 

Bashir Shuwa, a resident of 707 quarters in Maiduguri, said that anal sex had taken centre stage in the town.

 

“Recent events in Maiduguri have brought to the fore some disturbing trends that is afflicting several neighbourhoods, who helplessly watch their wards being lured into anal sex.

 

“This unpleasant tendency should not be allowed to remain unchecked if we want to live in a decent and tolerable society, where standard ethical norms are being obeyed by all.”

 

Mubarak Pate, another resident, said it was embarrassing that highly respected members of the society were engaging the young male children in sexual intercourse.

 

“Even in countries where Sodomy has been legalised, they descend heavily against those who do it to minors or under aged children. We should ensure that all those with such dirty habits are punished for their crimes.

 

“Accordingly, they should not be placed in positions of responsibility so as not to make their criminal activities look attractive to innocent people.”

 

Similarly, Salamatu Abdulkadir, a politician, said there were many unreported cases of homosexuals abusing children.

 

“The victims of the abuse are being subjected to mockery, while the perpetrators walk with pride and haughtiness as they continue with their unimpeded misdemeanour,” Abdulkadir said.

 

Abdullahi Ibrahim, the Borno commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), said the trend was true and very disturbing.

 

According to Ibrahim, only two weeks ago, the command arrested a man who used an electric heater to burn his son’s anus because he was engaging in a homosexual act.

 

“The command discovered that the youth between eight years and 13 years old were being lured by their partners. We, therefore, urged parents to ensure proper upbringing of their children and wards to checking the trend of homosexuality in our society,” Ibrahim said.

 

Source: The Cable

Two dead as suicide bomber attacks mosque at Dalori Quarters near UNIMAID

Less than a month after a suicide bomber attacked a mosque inside the University of Maiduguri, another suicide bomber attempted an attack on another mosque on Tuesday morning at Dalori quarters.

 

Dalori quarters is close to the University of Maiduguri, Borno State.

 

The bomber detonated the explosive at the fence to the mosque because there were security vigilantes at the entrance to the worship centre.

 

PRNigeria gathered that the bomber was a young person said to be between the age of 8 and 10 years.

 

One person was also killed from the explosion apart from the suicide bomber.

 

When contacted on the identity of the suicide bomber, the spokesperson of National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, North-East zone, Abdulkadir Ibrahim, said: “The body of the bomber was so mangled and shredded that only health personnel or experts could determine whether it is that of a boy or a girl. Our role is to evacuate the bodies from the scene which we have done.”

 

Suicide bombings at vulnerable places like worship centres, markets, and bus parks is one of the strategies of Boko Haram whose insurgency has caused the death of over 20,000 people since 2009.

 

Source: Premium Times

Femi Kuti visits IDPs in Maiduguri, urges artistes to extend help victims.

Renowned Afrobeat musician, Femi Kuti, has urged celebrities and their fans to work with the government to help millions of people struggling to survive in Boko Haram-hit northeast Nigeria.

The Lagos-based Afrobeat star said he wanted to raise awareness among young Nigerians and encourage them to demand a greater humanitarian response, having visited Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, on Monday. “People need to have a sense of the reality in the northeast – from people walking around hungry to mothers with malnourished children,” Kuti said, during his visit.

“I hope more celebrities will visit and engage with their fans,” Kuti told the Thomson Reuters Foundation after accompanying the International Rescue Committee (IRC) on visits to local communities hosting the displaced and a health clinic.

Yet the jihadist group has stepped up attacks and suicide bombings in the past few weeks as the end of the rainy season facilitates movements in the bush.

While calling on more support and aid for people in the northeast, Kuti said he was struck by the generosity of local communities towards those uprooted by the insurgency. “It is heartening to see so many displaced people welcomed into the homes of local families … and community elders offering to give up land to displaced for farming,” Kuti said.

In Maiduguri, which has seen its population almost triple to five million in recent years, there are signs a sense of normality is gradually returning to the city.

The curfew has been pushed back to 10p.m. from 6p.m. and clubs are packed and pulsating as DJs play the tunes of artists like Kuti and his late father Fela, the 1970s Afrobeat pioneer.

BREAKING: Suicide Bomber Blows Himself Up In Maiduguri

A male suicide bomber has blown himself up in Kaleri, a satellite community in Maiduguri.

 

The Borno State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Victor Isuku said the explosion occurred on Wednesday morning at about 5:30am.

 

The suicide bomber responsible for the attack and other foiled attempts is believed to have infiltrated the town through the Kaleri-Muna axis.

 

The Kaleri/Muna axis has become notorious as most of the explosions that have occurred in Maiduguri in recent times are either around the place or linked to the area.

 

The suicide bomber was the only one killed in the blast.

 

A week ago, four people including a Professor of Veterinary Medicine were killed in a suicide attack that occurred in the early hours of the morning at the University of Maiduguri.

 

Survivors say the attack was carried out by a seven year old boy who detonated his bomb while Muslim worshippers were praying at the junior staff quarters mosque.

 

Borno State Police Commissioner, Damian Chukwu, told journalists at the scene of the incident that four people had died in the attack.

 

Source: Channels TV

Rann Bombing: 54 victims stabilized in 3 Maiduguri hospitals

At least 54 victims of the military bomb misfire in Rann, headquarters of Kala-Balge are hospitalized in three hospitals located in Maiduguri with all of them in stable conditions, the Borno State Commissioner for Health, Haruna Mshelia, said in an update released on Wednesday.

Mr. Mshelia said of the 54 victims, 32 persons are receiving treatment at the State Specialist Hospital; 16 victims are being treated at 7th Division Military Hospital in Maimalari Barack while 6 persons are hospitalised at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital.

The Commissioner said that all the 54 hospitalised victims are in stable conditions with medical experts from the state, humanitarian partners and the military attending to their health needs.

The Commissioner said it was still too early to give an accurate number of deaths because as at the time of issuing the update, evacuation of survivors was still ongoing using four helicopters provided by the United Nations and the Nigerian Air Force.

Mr. Mshelia also said that bodies were being recovered.

The Commissioner said humanitarian partners like the MSF, International Committee of the Red Cross and Red Crescent, the United Nations and different stakeholders have been extremely dedicated to the emergency evacuation and medical response.

He also said Governor Kashim Shettima has since morning deployed his Deputy, Usman Mamman Durkwa, and the House of Representatives member, representing Kala-Balge, Bama, Dikwa and Ngala federal constituency of Borno State, Mamman Nur Sheriff, and the Assembly member among other officials to scene of the incident at Rann, headquarters of Kala-Balge local government area in order to assess the situation and supervise evacuation of victims to Maiduguri.

While the Deputy Governor was at Rann, Governor Shettima was scheduled to meet officials of the Nigerian Air Force to get formal brief on the incident. The Governor was also remained in Maiduguri to coordinate responses from different quarters and ensure all appropriate steps were being taken.

While in Maiduguri, Governor Shettima received a Presidential delegation led by the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, who came alongside the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan Ali, Minister of information, Lai Mohammed, Chief of Defence Staff, Gabriel Olanishakin, Chief Army Staff, Lt-Gen TY Buratai, and other military officers operating within and outside Borno State.

?”The President and C-in-C is very distressed about the incident, and has instructed us to embark on this condolence visit. This kind of incident happens occasionally in war, especially when dealing with terrorists like Boko Haram who arbitrarily and in cowardly fashion hide among civilians. The President deeply regrets the incident. The Armed forces will take extra care to ensure this doesn’t happen again. The Federal Government is working with the State, Local, and International partners to ensure speedy resettlement of IDPs” the Chief of Staff said.

Governor Shettima said the incident was an unfortunate tragedy and a painful price of war.

“It is most unfortunate and wasn’t meant to happen. Nothing can justify this tragedy but going memory lane, incidents of friendly fire is unfortunately as old as history of wars in the world. There are many incidents of friendly fires since the 1st and 2nd World Wars down to ongoing conflicts in Afghanistan, Syria and other parts of the world.

“It is gratifying that nobody made any effort to hide anything or sweep things under carpet. In years gone by, people would have resorted to blame games. I am happy that rather than blame game, information was made public with sincerity, mistakes were accepted and focus was channelled into evacuation and rehabilitation of victims. ?War comes with different kinds of very terrible prizes and this is one of such painful prizes. We pray this crisis ends and we shall remain forever grateful to all stakeholders for their support,” Mr. Shettima said.

?Our correspondent reports that following the unfortunate situation at Rann in Kala-Balge local government area of ?Borno State, Governor Kashim Shettima had ordered the State Ministry of Health to set up medical emergency response units and coordinate rehabilitation of victims.

Governor Shettima had received the news with shock and very deep concern. The Governor had particularly commended the MSF for its rapid response in providing first aide treatment to victims at the scene while also thanking the ICRC and the UN.

 

Source: Premium Times

Shekau: My people attacked UNIMAID mosque because of its ‘ungodly’ acts

Abubakar Shekau, leader of the Boko Haram group, has taken responsibility for the bomb blasts that occurred at the University of Maiduguri, Borno state, on Monday.

 

On Monday, suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers attacked a mosque and another location within the university.

 

The blasts killed four people and injured 17 others, as of first count.

 

In a audio recording published on YouTube, Shekau said the mosque was attacked because it was “ungodly”.

 

He reiterated that the Nigerian army did not kill any of his members in the Sambisa forest.

 

“The bomb that happened this morning, it’s my people. Don’t deceive people that it’s a mosque, how would you build a mosque and do ungodly things in it,” Shekau said in the recording.

 

“We are not angry with Nigeria. You didn’t kill anyone in Sambisa. We are praying that we don’t change; Koran is our teacher; this is the message we are sending to you. Are you [Buhari] as powerful as God?

 

“You should know it’s Shekau talking and I’m alive and it’s we that did it, even if King Pharaoh repents, we will not accept it.”

 

Source: The Cable

Boko Haram Claims Responsibility For Attack On Nigerian University Of Maiduguri

The leader of Boko Haram Islamist terrorist group, Abubakar Shekau has claimed responsibility for the dawn attack on a mosque at the University of Maiduguri. The attack carried out by a 7-year old suicide bomber killed a university professor and 3 others.  Security forces said they foiled a third attack near the university by killing another suicide bomber strapped with a suicide vest.

 

Shekau released an audio in Hausa last night claiming they carried out the attack because the university was mixing “Islam with democracy.”

 

He said “we carried out the University of Maiduguri Bomb at the mosque.

 

“We did it because they are mixing Islam with democracy.”

 

“We carried out the attack in the morning and I am speaking to you this evening.”

 

“Here in Maiduguri and you will see more of this attacks.”

“We will not shut UNIMAID despite bomb explosions” – Vice Chancellor

The Vice Chancellor, University of Maiduguri, UNIMAID, Abubakar Njodi, says the university will not close in spite Monday’s bomb blasts by Boko Haram insurgents that killed a professor and at least three others.

Mr. Njodi spoke on Monday in Maiduguri, when Lucky Irabor, the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole of the Nigerian Army paid him a sympathy visit.

“I can convince the senate, the management and the university community to close the school to save lives,” the don said.

“But if we do that, we are not helping because we have to give the security our maximum support and our support is not to join them in the battle field.

“If we run away, that means there is nobody they should be fighting for. We should stay and resolve it, after all the war is about us, western education.

“If we stay, the terrorists will be frustrated because that is their aim.

“What is the point of fighting for us if we run? We should stand our ground so that the military will be proud that the people they are fighting for are on ground.

“Therefore, our decision is not to close the university. We want to assure you our theatre commander, the university remains open and we will continue with our examinations tomorrow.

“We suspended the exams for today because we want the military to come and access what happened,” the professor said.

Mr. Njodi, however, appealed to the military to beef up security in the outskirts of the university to forestall future occurrence.

Earlier, Mr. Irabor said he came to the sympathise with the UNIMAID community on death of a professor, Aliyu Mani, and others who died as a result of the suicide bomb attack.

“As we have already said and will continue to say that there is frustration in the Boko Haram camp,” the major general said.

“They have tried severally to bring sorrows and pain to the university and the rest of the communities and have failed.

“We, therefore, enjoin you not to be deterred. This is a clear sign that the end of Boko Haram has come.

“The people should, therefore, continue with their normal life to let the Boko Haram know they have failed.

“We should let them know that the extent of their stupidity and callousness do not have any impact on us anymore, ”Mr. Irabor said.

 

Source: NAN

JUST IN: Villagers “Catch” Third Suicide Bomber Near UNIMAID

The Borno State Police Command says a third suicide bomber was caught by villagers while trying to make her way towards the University of Maiduguri.

 

This is according to the Borno State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Victor Isuku in a statement released to journalists.

 

According to Isuku, “At about 0800hrs a third female suicide bomber of about 12yrs with IED strapped to her body, was intercepted at Bara Karaya village behind University of Maiduguri, in Muna Garage general area.”

 

The suicide bomber was sighted by villagers who promptly alerted the military, the statement said.

 

The statement said she was gunned down, while EOD personnel of the Borno State Police Command secured and rendered safe the unexploded IED vest.

 

Four people, including a professor of Veterinary Medicine identified as Aliyu Mani, were killed in a suicide attack that occurred on Monday morning at the University of Maiduguri.

Survivors say the attack was carried out by a seven-year-old boy who detonated his bomb while Muslim worshippers were praying at the junior staff quarters mosque.

 

Source: Channels TV

BREAKING: 12-year-old female bomber killed behind UNIMAID

A 12-year-old female suicide bomber has been killed at the University of Maiduguri, Punch reports.

 

This comes after two suicide bomber detonated their bombs earlier today at the institution killing 5 and injuring many others.

 

Spokesman of the Nigerian Police Force in Maiduguri, Victor Isuku: “At about 08:000hrs, a third suicide bomber, female, of about 12 years with IED strapped to her body, was intercepted at Bara Karaya village behind University of Maiduguri, in Muna Garage general area.

 

“The suicide bomber was sighted by villagers who promptly alerted the military. She was gunned down, while the EOD personnel of the command secured and rendered safe her unexploded IED vest.”

 

Source: YNaija

UPDATE: University Of Maiduguri Management Postpones Examination after Bomb Attack

The University of Maiduguri, has announced the postponement of all examinations originally scheduled to take place on Monday, following the suicide bombing attack that rocked the institution in the early hours of the day.

The postponement was revealed in a statement signed by the Director, Senate and Academic matters of the university, Filibus Yamta Mshelia.

Mshelia said the management’s action, followed the prevailing security situation in the campus.

According to the notice, examinations are however expected to resume on Tuesday, January 17.

“The University management has directed that all examinations scheduled to hold on Monday 16th January 2017, has been postponed to a later date.

“Examinations will resume as scheduled on Tuesday 17th January 2017,” the statement said.

Meanwhile, the management has also urged students to remain calm and vigilant.

A suicide bomber had found his way to a mosque in the University staff quarters, killing himself, a veterinary medicine professor and two others in the process.

Police has also foiled another attempt by a suicide bomber at Gate 5 of the university.

According to the Police Commissioner, Damian Chukwu, the bomb vest detonated, killing only the bearer.

 

Source: Channels TV

JUST IN: University Professor Killed By Suicide Bombers At The University Of Maiduguri

Aliyu Mani, a professor of veterinary medicine, and a child are among those killed in the suicide attack on University of Maiduguri.

Mani died after a male suicide bomber detonated a bomb at the senior staff quarters of (UNIMAID) early on Monday morning

Damian Chukwu, commissioner of police(CP), confirmed the incident to reporters in Maiduguri.

Chukwu said 15 persons sustained various degrees of injuries, and had been rushed to hospital.

“At about 5:45am a mobile police officer who is on duty sighted a suicide bomber who was trying to scale the fence at Gate Five of the university,” he said.

“Suspicious of his movement, the mobile police officer instantly gunned him down and his bomb exploded and killed him instantly.

“The second suicide bomber, a seven year-old, detonated the second explosive at the senior staff quarters mosque in the university where a professor and four persons were killed, and 15 persons sustained various degrees of injuries and were rushed to the hospital.”

Commenting on the incident, Satomi Ahmed, chairman of State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), said: “All I can say is to appeal to the people to be vigilant and ensure proper watch because, like we have said, the insurgents are in disarray and employing any tactic to cause havoc.

“The people must be vigilant at all time.”

Emergency workers have evacuated the body of the victims and the suicide bombers to a mortuary.

The attack happened after morning Islamic prayers, Subhi.

The attacks were recorded at a mosque near Gate 1, and Gate 5 of the university.

Rescue and security officials have cordoned the areas, while evacuation have been concluded.

Ibrahim Umar, a student of the institution, told TheCable that the attack took people unawares.

“This is the first time that we would experience this kind of thing on this campus,” he said.

“As I speak to you now, there is confusion. No movement within and outside the school. Those inside are trapped, while those outside cannot go in. Security personnel have taken over strategic places.

“We are really worried, and there are fears that ongoing examination will be rescheduled.”

 

Source: The Cable

Boko Haram’s bomb timers discovered in Maiduguri

The Borno state command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) says it has discovered “Count down timers” which Boko Haram insurgents use to detonate explosives.

 

Ibrahim Abdullahi, commandant of the corps, disclosed this in Maiduguri, the state capital, during an interview with NAN.

 

Abdullahi said the instruments were discovered in Kalari area of Maiduguri, scene of Sunday’s bomb blast.

 

“The digital timer countdown displayed served the purpose of allowing the planter of bomb or suicide bomber to know the time to explode his improvised explosive device,” he said.

 

“Since we now know what they are using; the security agencies would trace the roots of where these gadgets are coming from.

 

“To this end, we appeal to people to be vigilant and proactive in their respective environment.

 

“They should also assist the security agencies with relevant information to nip Boko Haram activities and other crimes in the bud.”

Maiduguri blasts: Suicide bombers ‘hugged victims before explosion’ – Witness

Witnesses in Kaleri suburb of Maiduguri, Borno State, where two female suicide bombers attacked and killed two persons on Sunday, said the attackers hugged the victims first before the bombs went off.

Sources in the community, said the suicide bombers knocked on several doors begging for hot food or a place to sleep due to the extreme cold weather.

One of the sources who did not want to be quoted for her own safety, said, “They came to knock on my door at about 10p.m. And when I asked who was at the gate, a female voice said she was an IDP and that she needed shelter for the night because the outside was very cold. My daughter wanted to go and open the gate; but I had to stop her because it was an odd time for such visit and request”.

She said the unwelcomed visitor moved on to other houses and kept on knocking on doors.

“Some minutes later, we heard a female voice and some screaming asking to be let go, then suddenly we heard a deafening explosion,” she said.

“It was much later that we realised that it was the daughter of one of our neighbours that was hugged by the woman pretending to be IDP after the girl had opened the door for her.”

The second explosion in Kaleri occurred minutes later when a man, head of a household, was said to have fallen for the deceit of the Boko Haram female suicide bomber, who immediately hugged him as soon as he opened his gate to attend to her.

The doors and roofs of the attacked houses were all blown off due to the impact of the blasts.

Maiduguri residents are currently agitated by Boko Haram’s changing tactics.

JUST IN: Three killed as 5 suicide bombers hit Maiduguri in 3 hours

Five suicide bombers hit Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, on Sunday night, killing three people in two separate attacks separated by less than three hours.

 

The attacks, which happened at Garki Muna Village and Kaleri Area of Gwange, were confirmed on Monday morning by Victor Isuku, public relations officer of the police in the state.

 

“At about 2020hrs of yesterday 8/1/2017, three male suicide bombers shot sporadically and attempted to infiltrate Maiduguri via Garki Muna village close to a military checkpoint,” ISuku said in a statement.

 

“The IED strapped to their bodies exploded, killing all of them and a civilian JTF member. Two Ak47 rifles were recovered, while one was completely destroyed as a result of the explosion.

 

“Then about 2230hrs same date, there were two suicide bombers attack at Kaleri area of Gwange. Four persons, including two female suicide bombers, died in the explosion.

 

“Both scenes were swept and rendered safe for public access by personnel from EOD, FSARS and patrol teams of the command at the wee hours of today. Normalcy has since returned to these areas.”

 

The federal government and the Nigerian army had declared victory of Boko Haram in Sambisa.

 

The latest attacks  coincided with the 1,000th-day anniversary of the kidnap of schoolgirls from Chibok.

Suicide bombers killed in Maiduguri after blasts

Maiduguri, Borno state capital, was last night rocked by multiple blasts as two suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers made yet another futile attempt to assault residents near a popular motor park.

Only the two male bombers died.

One of the suicide bombers detonated his device at Gariki near Muna Park.

The second attacker was shot dead by soldiers before his explosive device went off.

Police and officials of the Civilian-JTF confirmed the blasts.

Police Public Relations Officer, Victor Isuku, wrote on WhatsApp that “preliminary information available is that the explosion occurred at Gariki Muna, which I understand is at the outskirts of town. But details will follow soonest”.

A leader of the Civilian-JTF, Danbatta Bello, said, “The situation has been put under (control) since last night. They were two suicide bombers, who came around Muna, one of them detonated his self; but no one except him was killed. But the second one was shot dead and the explosives on him later detonated”.

Muna Garage has since October, 2016 been attacked seven times by Boko Haram suicide bombers, who succeeded in killing some residents.

The park, mostly used by haulage trucks and by travelers heading for the border areas, is located along the Maiduguri-Gamboru-Ngala Road.

The park is also not far from the home of a local government chairman who was last week arrested, and is still detained by the military for alleged harbouring a suspected Boko Haram kingpin in his home.

Two female suicide bombers killed in Maiduguri

Two female suicide bombers were on Sunday night killed as their weapon went off as they attempted to invade Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, officials said.

The incident happened at about 10.30p.m., near Muna Garage, one of the most attacked motor parks in recent times.

Two young girls, with explosives on their bodies, made their ways to a suburb village called Geleri, about 5km away from Muna park.

One of the suicide bombers detonated her device in the village, which also killed her partner whose device failed to explode.

Police spokesman, Victor Isuku, who confirmed the incident to journalists, said three villagers were injured in the explosion.

“At About 2030hrs yesterday, two female suicide bombers were halted to stop for routine check at Geleri village which is about 5km to Muna Garage, an outskirt of Maiduguri,” he said.

“One of the suicide bombers detonated IED strapped to her body killing her and her accomplice whose IED vest did not explode.

“Three residents of the area were however injured. The command’s EOD unit rushed to the scene to render the unexploded IED safe. The area has been secured and normalcy restored.”

Actor, Djimon Honsou, visits Maiduguri to bring attention to malnutrition crisis

 

“I’m a son of the continent [so] it’s my inherent obligation to care for my own people,” he said. “I also came upon an amazing quote which said: ‘We should all be ashamed to die unless we have made some major contribution to human society.’ I’m looking to make a social impact here.”

 

Oxfam, who have been assisting the region since 2014, have observed the evolution of the situation in the Northeast. Although there has been progress made, things remain “fluid”. The army has reclaimed territory from Boko Haram but there are still areas under the group’s control, resulting in an unknown number of people who are trapped.

 

“We don’t know how many there are, we don’t know how hungry they are, we don’t know anything about their situation,” said Kathryn Achilles, Humanitarian Campaign Manager at Oxfam. “The security situation also remains very fluid and quite unpredictable,” Achilles continued. “So even in Maiduguri now we are seeing attempted or actual suicide attacks, a lot of the time horrifically carried out by young children.”

 

“We need to be mindful of the fact that just because people have fled from Boko Haram, it doesn’t mean they’re safe.”

 

As for the staggeringly high estimates of those in need, Achilles said that she suspects the true number of those in need is “slightly higher.”

 

“In any humanitarian crisis you never really have precise numbers,” she said. “It’s a very difficult process especially when you’re working in a place like north-east Nigeria where we don’t have access to everyone that might need our support.”

 

“Debates about whether numbers are true or not can risk delaying our response, and the slower we are to respond the more people can get sick or people die,” she continued.

 

Raising awareness and galvanising the international community are key in mounting an adequate response to the crisis according to Achilles. “This is one of the biggest crises in Africa and yet you talk to people in Nigeria and the rest of the world and it’s barely known,” she said. “It’s barely a blip on the international agenda.”

 

While the government continues to make progress made she said there’s more that can be done. “We need the government to be doing much more in terms of strengthening humanitarian coordination, to really work with us to identify where there are gaps and meet those needs,” she said.

 

The most pressing need however is food. The UN estimates more than 4.4 million people are in urgent need of food assistance. They predict 400,000 children in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe will suffer severe acute malnutrition over the next year if urgent measures aren’t taken.

 

“We need to get enough food into north-east Nigeria to meet the needs,” she said. These people are going to need food assistance of some sort for probably the next year.

 

Government intervention and NGO action aside, ordinary Nigerians also have a pivotal role to play. “It’s very important for the Nigerian people to remember that this is happening to Nigerians,” she said. “Ordinary Nigerians [need to] reach out to the government and demand of them the type of response they’d want if it was happening to them, to their families, their communities, what would they want the government to do?”

Three Confirmed Dead, Many Injured In Maiduguri Twin Explosions

Three people have been confirmed dead in Sunday’s bomb explosion in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

An official of the local vigilante called Civilian-JTF, involved in the rescue and evacuation of victims of the blasts, confirmed the death to journalists.

“So far, three persons are dead,” Bello Danbatta told journalists on phone.

“It was a suicide bomb attack, we are trying to ascertain the actual number of those injured in the hospital now,” he added.

An official of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, also confirmed the casualty.

NEMA’s national spokesman, Sani Datti, said “three of the dead persons are female bombers, while 17 persons that were injured have been evacuated to hospitals in Maiduguri.”

PREMIUM TIMES earlier reported the two explosions on Sunday morning which occurred in a crowded area near Maiduguri’s main market.

The two blasts occurred in quick succession at about 8:48 a.m.

The police spokesperson, Victor Isuku, earlier said the explosions occurred near Old NEPA office, not far from the Monday market.

Nigerians living in communities liberated from Boko Haram are suffering terribly, UN warns

The United Nations on Tuesday confirmed that at least 16 local governments initially occupied by the Boko Haram in north-east Nigeria have been liberated by Nigerian forces.

The immediate past UN Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Mohamed Safieldin, said he made on-the-spot assessment of some of the liberated local governments including Bama, Damboa, Monguno, Konduga, Dikwa, Gwoza, Pulka, and Banki .

Speaking to the New York correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria, the official lamented the level of destruction on the communities by Boko Haram, saying there is real humanitarian crisis in the liberated areas.

“You can’t imagine the level of physical destruction of all the basic facilities such as hospitals, water supply system, the schools and the homes of the individual poor people.

“So it is a real humanitarian crisis in terms of the number. It is a real humanitarian crisis in terms of availability of humanitarian aid at the moment,” he said.

Mr. Safieldin’s comment confirms various statements by Nigerian officials that most of the territory initially occupied by the terror group have been reclaimed.

Despite the successes of the soldiers, however, attacks on soldiers and civilians still continue leading to hundreds of deaths.

On Tuesday, Mr. Safieldin also said that no fewer than 30,000 metric tonnes of food is required monthly to feed the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, caused by the Boko Haram insurgency.

He lamented that the monthly requirement was currently not being met.

“The available humanitarian aid at the moment is inadequate. Whether it is the aid coming from the government or aid coming from the international community; it is inadequate.

“Many people either don’t have any food or they have less than what is sufficient for one meal a day; we are talking of at least 1.8 million displaced people.

“To feed these people, you need an estimated 30,000 metric tonnes of food every month and this amount of food is not available from the government and it is not available from the international community.”

According to him, the liberation of more communities previously under the control of Boko Haram by the Nigerian military has meant more mouths to feed.

According to him, at least 800,000 people currently need urgent humanitarian assistance.

“Since March, the Federal Government and Nigerian Army have gained full control of at least 16 LGAs in the north-east; many cities and villages have become accessible.

“Many civilians have been relocated by the army from remote villages in which they (were) living under Boko Haram to the capital of the LGAs and 16 satellite camps have been established.

“There is a minimum of 300,000 civilians living in these satellite camps in addition to an estimated 500,000 people who are living in these liberated areas outside the satellite camps.

“So all together, we are talking of about 800,000 people at least, who are accessible, who need humanitarian assistance urgently because I have visited many of these places.”

He said IDPs living in formal camps in Maiduguri represented only 10 per cent of the population adding, 90 per cent of them live in host communities.

“The 90 per cent of the IDPs live in the host communities in Maiduguri and other urban and rural areas and they have been suffering, they don’t have enough food, medical care and shelter.

“The major problem at the moment, the 800,000 people who are in the very remote LGAs recovered by the army from Boko Haram, are the people that are suffering continuously for a long time.

“The humanitarian aid that is reaching them is insufficient and yet their voices are not heard and I would love to see the media from Nigeria reaching out to these people to see their suffering.

“So the good news of the victory of the army to recover these areas has meant an additional challenge on the humanitarian community to be able to provide more aid.

“However, at the moment, the humanitarian aid that is available is insufficient,” he said.

Suicide Bomb Attack Kills 2 At Motorpark In Maiduguri

 

An electronic message sent to newsmen by the Police Public Relations Officer of the Borno State Command, Assistant Superintendent of Police Victor Isuku, said the attack occurred at Muna Garage.

 

“About 2106hrs of 23/11/2016, an explosion occurred at Muna Garage along Gamboru-Ngala Road, Maiduguri. Two persons including the suicide bomber died on the spot,” the message stated.

 

It added that a Mercedes-Benz car with registration number AX 571 ABJ, which was parked by the roadside, was damaged by the impact of the explosion.

 

Omojuwa.Com learnt that, on Wednesday, a loud explosion was heard around Muna Garage area, which has become the epicentre of bombing.

 

The area has recorded a series of bomb blasts in the last month.

Suicide Bombers Detonate Explosives At Federal High Court In Maiduguri.

Three suicide bombers stormed the Federal High Court in Jidari Polo area of Maiduguri at 3.50 a.m. Friday morning, but the bombers could not do much damage as Nigerian mobile police officers stationed nearby were able to contain them, ensuring that their explosives had minimal impact.

A police statement disclosed that the bombers, two females and one male, had apparently planned to inflict death on the police and other security agents guarding the court. “By 3:50 a.m. today, mobile police personnel on guard duty opposite the Federal High Court sighted three suspected suicide bombers (two females and a male) running towards their sandbag,” said the statement. It added that the police ordered the suicide bombers to halt for interrogation. “In the process, one of them detonated the [improvised explosive device] strapped to her body, killing herself and one other male accomplice,” said the police, adding that the other female survivor “was arrested alive and subsequently handed over to the military for further exploitation and necessary follow-up actions.”

Following the incident, police bomb disposal experts arrived at the scene and detonated unexploded IEDs on the bodies of the deceased suicide bombers. The police statement disclosed that the second set of explosions “was as a result of the demolition of the remaining IEDs by [the] police.”

According to the police, normalcy had been restored around the area.

Three suicide bombers stormed the  Federal High Court in Jidari Polo area of Maiduguri early morning on Friday.

The  bombers, however, could not do much damage as Nigerian police contingent stationed in a Catholic church nearby neutralized the bombers made up of a male and two females before they could inflict damage on the court.

Saharareporters  sources stated that one of the bombers, a female removed her suicide vest and ran towards the police with her hands raised and was captured alive.

A female bomber then detonated her bomb which killed her male accomplice.

Security sources in the stated told our reporter that only the suicide bombers died in the attack. The female bomber on the team who surrendered has been arrested and taken into custody by Nigerian troops.

Suicide Bombers Strike In Maiduguri

Three suicide bombers, two females and a male, on Friday struck in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, with one detonating a bomb when intercepted by security personnel.

The spokesman of the police, Victor Isuku, said that the incident happened at 3:50am at Jiddari Polo area of the troubled town.

He said: “By 3:50am today, mobile police personnel on guard duty opposite the Federal High Court, Jiddari Polo area of Maiduguri, sighted three suspected suicide bombers (two females & a male) running towards their sandbag. They ordered them to a halt for questioning. In the process, one of them detonated the IED strapped to her body, killing herself and one other male accomplice.

“The other female survivor was arrested alive and subsequently handed over to the military for further explanation and necessary follow-up actions.”

He added: “Police bomb disposal unit also mobilized to the scene to (defuse) unexploded IEDs on the bodies of the deceased suicide bombers.”

Isuku who revealed that there were two explosions, stated: “The second bang was as a result of the demolition of the remaining IEDs by police EOD units.”

He however said: “Normalcy has already been restored.”

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UPDATE: Police confirm six dead in Maiduguri suicide bombing.

The Commissioner of Police, Mr. Damian Chukwu, has confirmed to newsmen in Maiduguri that six people have been declared dead following some suicide bombings in the town on Friday.

 

He said, “side from the explosion near a mobile Police location in Jiddari, we had two other suicide bombings along Maiduguri-Gamboru road.

 

“In the first case, a suspected male suicide bomber detonated his explosives after he was stopped at the entrance of the Muna Garage, killing himself instantly,” Chukwu said.

 

He said that another suspected male suicide bomber detonated his explosives on the same road a few meters away, killing himself and two local vigilantes called Civilian JTF.

 

”In all, we recorded six deaths, comprising four suspected bombers and two vigilantes.

 

“This is about the sixth or seventh suspected suicide attack in the last couple of days. The Police and other security agents are working hard to stop the ugly trend,” Chukwu said.

At least 2 dead as suicide bombers attack Maiduguri – Police

Suicide bombers attacked a checkpoint in Nigeria’s northeastern city of Maiduguri, killing two of themselves before dawn Friday. Two other explosions occurred hours later.

 

It was the fifth attack in three weeks on the city that is the birthplace of Nigeria’s homegrown Islamic extremist group, Boko Haram.

 

Before 4 a.m. Friday, police challenged two women and a man running toward the checkpoint opposite the Federal High Court, deputy police superintendent Victor Isuku said. One woman detonated, killing herself and the male accomplice. The other woman has been arrested and is being interrogated, he said.

 

No details were immediately available about two blasts that rang out around 8 a.m. (0700 GMT).

 

Boko Haram has recently stepped up attacks after a months-long lull in their Islamic uprising that has killed more than 20,000 people over seven years.

 

Security forces have managed to foil most of the attacks.

 

On Oct. 29, two women suicide bombers blew up outside a refugee camp, killing five people. The next day, troops shot and killed a man with explosives strapped to his torso as he ran toward the same camp. On Nov. 1, a car bomb targeting a military checkpoint leading to Maiduguri exploded, killing all nine people in the vehicle. Last week, soldiers shot at three female suicide bombers, detonating some of their explosives and killing all three.

 

Nigerian troops this year have driven the insurgents out of most towns in the northeast. But now the insurgents are fleeing south into the central-eastern state of Taraba, the state director for Nigeria’s secret intelligence agency, Shehu Saulawa, told senators there on Thursday.

 

The insurgency has spread across Nigeria’s borders, forced some 2.6 million people, mainly farmers, from their homes and created a massive humanitarian crisis in which the United Nations says 14 million people face starvation.

Army kill 3 female suicide bombers in Maiduguri.

The Nigerian Army has neutralised three female suicide bombers in the early hours of Friday in Maiduguri, Channels Television reports.

 

The suicide bombers were spotted by the military patrol team along Maiduguri/Damboa road, near Mulai, by the military patrol team at about 5:30am, according to the Police Public Relations Officer in Borno, Victor Isuku.

 

The women who were sighted in Umulari village strapped Improvised Explosive Device (IEDs) to their bodies.

 

The patrol team shot at the women as two of the IEDs exploded, killing all three of them.

 

The unexploded IED was detonated by the Police bomb disposal unit who were promptly mobilised to the scene.

BREAKING: Bomb explosion rocks Maiduguri.

Reports reaching DAILY POST have it that an improvised explosive Device, IED, exploded this morning behind the Maimalari Barracks in Maiduguri, Borno State.

 

As at the time of filing this report, information on the attack is sketchy and there have been no reactions from both the Army and the camp of Boko Haram insurgents.

 

It is, however, not clear if any causality was recorded.

 

Army Spokesman, Sani Usman, has not been briefed yet on the attack, but will get back to our reporter with details.

 

Details later…

Trump’s Win: Maiduguri Residents Say Days Of Boko Haram Numbered

Some residents of Maiduguri on Wednesday said that with the election of Donald Trump as the new U.S. President , the days of the Boko Haram insurgents were numbered. The respondents disclosed this in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri.

Malam Muhammad Ibrahim, a civil servant, said that the emergence of Trump as the American President did not come as a surprise.

He said that the Trump agenda of fighting terrorism would benefit Nigeria, especially regarding the fight against Boko Haram. ” I think Nigeria is going to gain a lot from the new president, especially in the fight against terrorism.

“Going by his words, it will be safe to say that the days of Boko Haram are numbered because he is going to kick out their main sponsors, the Islamic State Militants,” he said. Malam Abba Kali, a journalist, also said that the emergence of Trump presidency would also help in ending the country’s economic recession.

“I think Nigeria is going to be better for it, the new president will help a great deal in ending our current recession. ” I believe his policies will help revive the world crude oil prices as well as end the current global recession, ” he said. Mr Patrick James, another journalist, said that the election of Trump will give Africa the chance to use its human and material resources for development.

“Mr Trump has made it clear that he was going to send home Africans staying in America illegally. ” This is good news to us, let them come back and develop their continent instead of developing America, ” he said.

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Car bomb kills 8 suspected Boko Haram in Maiduguri

A truck conveying eight suspected Boko Haram Islamists exploded near a military checkpoint in Maiduguri on Tuesday, killing the occupants, an army spokesman said.

The open truck burst into flames when the explosives concealed in it went off as the insurgents were trying to escape from a military checkpoint, Colonel Sani Usman said.

“They attempted to detonate at a checkpoint but were denied access by troops and as they turned back, it exploded killing all the eight occupants,” he said.

The checkpoint was the last security post leading out of Maiduguri towards the town of Gubio which was liberated from Boko Haram fighters last year.

A police spokesman put the death toll in Tuesday’s blast at nine.

“A van with nine persons on board emerged from a bush path to join the road to Gubio town.

It exploded killing all the persons on board,” Victor Isuku told reporters in Maiduguri.

Maiduguri, the epicentre of Boko Haram insurgency, has recently seen an upsurge in suicide attacks and bombings.

On Saturday, nine people were killed in twin suicide attacks, targeting an internally displaced persons camp and a fuel depot near the city.

Last month, five occupants of a car were killed outside a garage on the outskirts of the city in what authorities said was a suicide attack.

Boko Haram’s seven-year insurgency has left at least 20,000 people dead in Nigeria and the border areas of neighbouring Niger, Chad and Cameroon, and has made more than 2.6 million homeless.

A sustained counter-offensive has seen the military retake swathes of territory from the insurgents, but the jihadist group still poses a security threat to civilians.

Explosion Kills Nine In Maiduguri

Police in Borno said nine persons were killed on Tuesday in Maiduguri in a vehicle explosion.

Spokesman of the command, Mr. Victor Isuku, said in a statement that the dead were all in the vehicle when it exploded.

Isuku said the incident occurred at about 10.30a.m. near a military checkpoint along Gubio road in the metropolis.

“There was an explosion today along Gubio road, just before the military check point. The incident occurred at abolut 10.30a.m.

“According to preliminary report, a pick-up van with nine persons on board emerged from a bush path to join the road to Gubio town, when it exploded, killing all the persons,” Isuku said.

He added that details of the incident would be released after due investigation.

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JUST IN: Suicide bomber targeting Maiduguri IDP camp neutralized by soldiers.

Soldiers on Sunday shot dead a suspected male suicide bomber trying to attack an IDP camp which nearly came under attack in Maiduguri, Borno State capital on Saturday, Premium Times reports.

One of bombs strapped to the suicide bomber immediately went off after he was shot by vigilant soldiers.

A leader of the civilian JTF, Alhaji Dan-Batta said the bomber was lurking around the camp fence when he was spotted.

He said,“The male suicide bomber was seen loitering around the back perimeter fence of Bakassi camp at about 9 a.m. He was shot down before he could advance closer to the camp. One of the bombs he was carrying exploded, but another is still strapped on his body did not explode. The anti-bomb squad operatives are trying to defuse that one”.

There has however not been reports of any other injured or dead person from the botched attack.

Recall that two bombs went off in Maiduguri on Saturday, including one in front of the same IDP camp.

Bomb Blast Hits Maiduguri, Many Feared Dead

Many traders and travellers were feared killed on Wednesday as an improvised explosive suspected to have been planted by Boko Haram insurgents went off outside a car park in Maiduguri, Borno state.

The explosion went off at a park popularly called Mun Garage at about 9a.m. in the capital city of the north-east Nigerian state.

A witness who said he was lucky to survive the incident said he saw about a dozen bodies covered with blood littering the scene.

“I thank God for sparing my life,,” said Usman Kachalla, a local trader. “I don’t know if it is a suicide bomber, we just heard the blast and I saw my self covered with dust.”

An official of the Civilian-JTF, Alhaji Khalil, confirmed the incident.

“Yes there was a blast early this morning outside Muna Garage along Mafa road. We have sent our operatives down there; but we have not confirmed the casualty,” said the Civilian-JTF official.

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Army Wants ATM For Frontline Soldiers In Maiduguri

The Nigerian Army on Sunday called on commercial banks to deploy Automated Teller Machines (ATM) to the military barracks in Maiduguri for the use of front line soldiers involved in the ongoing counter-insurgency operation in Borno.

 

Brig.Gen. Victor Ezugwu, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 7 Division, made the call while speaking at a Civil-Military Forum organised by the Nigerian Army in Maiduguri.

 

Ezugwu was reacting to criticisms by residents that soldiers often refused to join queues at the ATM points in the town.

 

He said that the army had written several letters to the banks for the deployment of ATM machines to the barracks without much success.

 

“We have been battling with the issue of lack of ATM in the barracks for the use of soldiers in the front line zone.

 

“I wrote letters to the banks over seven months ago for them to deploy the ATM at the Maimalari Cantonment for soldiers use, but there is no response yet,” he said.

 

Ezugwu said that the military was concerned about the development and urged the residents to intervene.
“I want to urge everybody here, especially traditional rulers, to help put pressure on the banks so that they can give us ATM at the barracks and allow you to use the ones in town.

 

“We are aware of the fact that everybody needs the ATM at one point or another,” he said.

 

“ A soldier carrying 12 ATM cards at a time must have brought his colleagues’ cards from the frontline to take money and send to their families all over Nigeria.

 

“We have areas where there is no network, it is only through the ATM that the soldiers can send money home to their families’ he said.

 

Ezugwu appealed for more understanding from the residents pending when the ATM would be provided by the banks at the barracks.

Maiduguri Now More Secured Than Lagos, Abuja – Governor Shettima

Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, has commended the military for the security situation in the state, saying Maiduguri, capital of Borno is now more secured than Lagos and Abuja. The governor said this today in an interview with NAN.

He said with the return of peace, his administration would unfold a developmental agenda in the next few months.

“Maiduguri is more secured than even Lagos or Abuja. There are 2 million people living in Maiduguri; we celebrated Sallah without any incident,” he said.

“By the grace of God, we are poised for a great change. Believe me, in the next couple of months,
you will see changes in the fortunes of the people of the state.”

Shettima also said that he had abandoned his bulletproof cars, and that only his guests who are afraid to move around without such vehicles, make use of them.

He said that the action was also aimed at showing that Boko Haram members had no super natural powers.

“We have to dare the terrorists; I have bullet proof cars, but I do not use them; I want to be exposed to the elements as the ordinary people do,” Shettima said.

“We have so many bullet proof cars but we only use them for our guests.

“Sometimes I drive myself round the town to see things for myself.”

On his achievements in office, the governor said: “There is no magic in our achievements, except that where there is will, there is the way; like I always say, there is no politics better than the contentment of the people.

`You are there not because you are the best among the people of the state; I am the governor not because of my political sagacity, intellectual prowess, parental back ground or physical strength.

“This is because even within my cabinet, there are many people who supersede me in all these attributes.

“Power to me is a very humble experience; it is about what you can do to a great number of people within the time allotted to you to pilot the affairs of the state,” he said.

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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Suicide Bombers Killed By Own Bombs In Maiduguri

At about midnight on Sunday when Muslim faithfuls were performing the vigil prayers associated with the last ten days of the holy month of Ramadan, two deafening blasts echoed all over Maiduguri as two suicide bombers on a mission to attack innocent persons got killed by the explosives they wore on their bodies.

It did not occur to many that the blast was from an improvised bomb until much later on Monday when their corpses were found shredded by the bombs they coupled with their hands.

Residents close to the spot where the explosion occurred said they had earlier in the night noticed two strange persons lurking around under the dark shadows of some trees but could not sense that they had sinister motive.

“People thought they were probably going to the mosques nearby for prayers until a heavy sound came some minutes after 1 am,”, Aji Hassan told journalists who visited the neighbourhood to enquire about the blast.

Although the military has yet to issue any statement to that effect, the area has been cordoned off by uniformed personnel.

The incident has created fear in the minds of many residents of the city especially those temporarily residing in the mosque to perform the late night vigil that will continue to hold till the end of the Ramadan.

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Shootout In Maiduguri Government House Over Rice Distribution

There was shootout between policemen and soldiers in Maiduguri Government  House Thursday afternoon when soldiers in a truck attempted to forcefully get a share of the rice being distributed to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) not living in camps.

Reporters gathered that the distribution of rice for the IDPs had started from about a week ago under the watch of policemen in the Government House who are to ensure that the rice is given only to people with the required documentation.

It was alleged that the soldiers who wanted to get from the rice today had been coming to get from the rice since the distribution started without appropriate documentation.

When the policemen refused to allow them to get from the rice today, shootout ensued leaving at least one policeman injured.

Currently, the policemen are holding two soldiers at the second gate of the government house, while their soldier colleagues are at the first trying to get them back.

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Civil Defence Uncovers 2 Bomb-Making Factories In Maiduguri

The Borno State Command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) on Sunday discovered two bomb-making factories in Dikwa. The NSCDC Commandant in the state, Mr Ibrahim Abdullahi, made the disclosure in an interview in Maiduguri.

Abdullahi said that the factories were discovered during a patrol by men of the command in collaboration with the troops of the 22 Armoured Brigade of the Nigerian Army. “In an effort to comply with the directives of the Ministerial Committee on Resettlement of Liberated Towns by the military, NSCDC had deployed its personnel to Dikwa and are working hand in hand with the military.

“This collective effort has therefore, led to the discovery of two major bomb making factories in two abandoned houses. “Our Detection and Bomb Disposal Unit, Intelligence and Detective Operation Unit in collaboration with the troops of 22 Armoured Brigade of the Nigerian Army have since neutralized some of the live IEDs.

“Some IEDs making equipment, gas cylinders and a jet bomb propeller were discovered and handed over to the brigade command.

“Men of the command also discovered 114 live machine gun ammunition along Dikwa-Mafa road just after Shehuri Village that was abandoned by the insurgents,’’ Abdullahi said.

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Alafin Of Oyo Receives His Investiture As The Chancellor Of University of Maiduguri

The Alafin of Oyo, Oba (Dr) Lamidi Olayiwole Adeyemi received his investiture as the chancellor of University of Maiduguri at a special convocation ceremony on Friday, April 15 ahead of the university’s 40th Anniversary and convocation ceremony held on Saturday. The Alaafin was also conferred with an Honorary Degree.
Also pictured is the Alafin of Oyo, his wifes and the Council Chairman Alhaji Lawan Bukar Marguba, the Vice-Chancellor Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi, Council members, and Principal Officers at commemoration of  the tree planting at the University Date Palm Orchard near Vice-Chancellor’s complex.

See more photos of the Alaafin of Oyo and his Oloris arriving Maiduguri International Airport. He was received by Pro Chancellor and the Council Chairman Alhaji Lawan Bukar Marguba, Vice-Chancellor Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi, Council members, Senate members, Principal Officers and their entourage.

Why Borno Gov. Ban Sale Of Dried Meat In Maiduguri

he Borno Government on Friday banned the sale of dried meat in order to curtail the activities of Boko Haram terrorists currently engaged in cattle rusting to fund their operations.

Gov. Kashim Shettima of Borno announced the ban at the inauguration of a committee for the management of the Maiduguri Cattle Market in Maiduguri.

Mr. Shettima, represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Jidda Shuwa, said the government had also suspended importation of cattle to the state capital for the next two weeks.

Mr. Shettima said only the Butchers Association and Cattle Traders Association were permitted to slaughter and sell cattle in the market.

“Importation of cattle to the state capital through all routes and all sources other than the cattle traders association is hereby suspended for two weeks.

“In the same vein, the sale of dried meat is hereby banned, as it had been observed that criminal elements resort to this measure to legitimize their dubious activities ultimately aimed at funding activities of Boko Haram”, he said.

Mr. Shettima said the government had also suspended trading in four livestock markets – Gamboru, Dusuman, Shuwarin and Ngom to further ensure that only legitimate cattle were sold at the market.

“All trading activities in Gamboru Cattle Market, Dusuman, Shuwari and Ngom have been suspended till further notice in line with government’s commitment to ensure that no public place is turned to avenue for funding activities of the terrorists”, he said.

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Bomb Scare In Maiduguri

Residents of Maiduguri were gripped with fear yesterday following heavy sounds suspected to be from bombs by insurgents. A deafening sound reverberated across the western axis of the city in the early hours of yesterday. Residents said the first, which sounded like a bomb blast came at about 9.43am while the second was heard a minute later, causing anxiety among the people.

Ishaya Adamu, a resident said he called his two sons who had gone to schools after hearing the sound.

“I was scared because I thought it was a bomb blast especially when my neighbour shouted and started reciting Islamic verses for prayers when there is bad occurrence,” he said. The situation was also heightened with social media reports, claiming bomb explosion occurred in the city barely 24 hours after Boko Haram bombers killed 85 at Dalorii attack at the weekend.

However, the military said it was merely testing arms to ensure effectiveness in its ongoing counter-insurgency operation. It announced on local radio and television stations on Sunday night, urging residents not to panic when it commences its testing exercise in the early hours of Monday, an exercise it described as normal. In Abuja, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) disclosed that 65 died, with 136 persons injured following a weekend attack on Dalori village by insurgents.

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Security Operatives Avert Another Bomb Blast In Maiduguri

Security operatives have demobilized materials suspected to be Improvised Explosive Devises (IED) planted near the office of the Borno State Pilgrims Welfare Board in Maiduguri

The Public Relations Officer of the Borno State Police Command, Mr Victor Isuku, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri on Monday.

He said that the IEDs, which were planted by people suspected to be members of the Boko Haram terror group were demobilized by a joint security team.

“I can confirm that it was a joint police/military operation that demobilized the IEDs but thank God, no live was lost or injuries recorded, “Isuku said.

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Nigerian Army Reveals How 14 Female Suicide Bombers Were Unleashed On Maiduguri

Fourteen female suicide bombers descended on Borno State on Sunday, killing 25 people and injuring at least, 85, the Nigerian Army has said.

Yushau Abubakar, a Major-General, said during a press briefing in Mai?duguri, Monday, said the suicide bombers blowing themselves into bits as they attempted to invade the city.

“The 14 female suicide bombers, who were between the ages of 12 and 18, attempted to entered Maiduguri with the intent to cause mayhem, confusion, and panic,” said Mr. Abubakar, the Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, who represented the GOC, 7 Division, Major-General Lamidi Adeosun.

The attack, one among a recent wave of violent assaults by the Boko Haram terrorists, came days after the Nigerian government claimed it had met its December deadline of defeating the insurgents.

Mr. Abubakar said the girls, who planned to carry out coordinated suicide missions through Asmari, Damboa checkpoint, Ali Dawari, Molai Kura, Baderi, and Jumari villages, were intercepted by soldiers on patrol.

Three of the terrorists, according to the army officer, detonated their Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) while seven others were shot dead by soldiers.

One of the bombers was arrested while three others escaped.

“I believe this development has averted what would have been a major disaster if they had gained entrance into Maiduguri,” Mr. Abubakar said.

“One of the girls went into a nearby house and requested for water to perform ablution but instead prepared herself and came to a nearby mosque, killing herself and one other person while 13 others sustained injuries.”

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More Explosions In Borno Capital After Morning Mosque Attack

Another attack has been launched in Maiduguri, the insurgency-ravaged capital of Borno State, witnesses and security sources say.

They said the latest explosions were detonated by suspected teenage girls. Many people are feared dead, and several others injured, witnesses said.

Yunusa Abdullahi, a civil servant who live in Jiddari Polo area of the city, said aside the mosque attack, two girls detonated explosives at a neighbourhood called Buraburin.

“A man saw two girls walking around and he tried to caution them to be careful as it was dangerous for them to be wandering when the two girls detonated themselves, killing the man and some other persons,” Mr. Abdullahi said.

“Since last night, residents have been finding undetonated bombs believed to have been abandoned by Boko Haram gunmen.

“We are under siege and we don’t know how many of these bombs or these female suicide bombers were sneaked into Maiduguri.”

The Borno State Police Command could not be reached at this time to comment for this story.

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Army Foils Fresh Boko Haram Attack On Maiduguri

The Nigerian Army has said that it has foiled a planned Boko Haram attack on Maiduguri, using powerful assault rifles and home-made bombs.

Army spokesman Colonel Sani Usman, stated this in a statement made available yesterday.

He said, “Nine terrorists sneaked into Maiduguri armed with AK-47 assault rifles and (a) Hilux vehicle laden with 20 improvised explosive devices”.

According to him, the IEDs were “meant to be detonated at some selected targets in the city”.

But Usman did not elaborate in the statement about potential targets and refused to comment further when contacted by AFP to ask whether the nine suspects had been arrested.

But he added: “We will let you know at the conclusion (of a preliminary investigation) what exactly they wanted to do.”

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Death Toll In Maiduguri Mosque Bombing Rises To 28

At least 28 people were killed in a suicide bombing at a mosque in Maiduguri, northeast Nigeria, on Friday, raising fresh security concerns after a wave of similar attacks.

The attack happened shortly after 5:00 am (0400 GMT) in the Jidari area of the Borno state capital, which has previously been targeted by Boko Haram militants.

Maiduguri has now been hit six times this month, killing a total of 76 people, according to an AFP tally, underscoring an increased risk to civilians after similar strikes in neighbouring states and near the capital, Abuja.

Umar Sani, a civilian vigilante assisting the military in the counter-insurgency, and local resident Musa Sheriff both told AFP there were two blasts at the mosque.

“People from various mosques nearby rushed to the scene to assist the victims,” said Sani.

“I was involved in the evacuation. We counted 28 dead bodies apart from the two bombers, who were identifiable by the mutilation of their bodies.

“Over 20 other people were injured.”

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Maiduguri Bombed Again In Friday Morning Attack

Three female suicide bombers on Friday, attacked the Umarari Bayan Waya area of Mulai Village in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital with Improvised Explosive Devices (IED), leaving at least seven people feared killed and 17 others injured.

The blast was reported to have occurred around a few minutes past 5am when Muslim faithful were getting ready for the early morning prayer, reports Channels TV.

The explosion claimed the lives of the suicide bombers and four others while 17 injured are currently receiving treatment at the Specialist Hospital.

This is coming barely 24 hours after many worshippers were feared dead in a bomb explosion in a mosque around Mulai area of Maiduguri.

The bomb went off when worshippers were observing their Magrib prayers.

Dozens of worshippers were killed when two suicide bombers blew themselves up in the mosque, witnesses said.

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Nigerian Army Gives Details Into How Kogi Attack, Maiduguri Bomb Blasts Happened

The Nigerian Army has confirmed that a bomb explosion killed seven people in Maiduguri Tuesday evening.

The army said three blasts detonated by suicide bombers occurred at three minutes intervals at Ajilari, Maiduguri Metropolitan Council, Borno State.

Eleven people were injured and three suicide bombers were among the dead, the army said.

The army also gave details of the attack at a Mosque, Okene, where soldiers clashed with militants on Tuesday.

“Our troops on cordon and search operations at the general area of Enike Mosque, Okene town, Kogi State were attacked by some suspected terrorists at about 5.30am Tuesday. The troops responded and 2(two) of the attackers were killed. In addition, a Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) bomb and empty cases of expended ammunition were recovered,” it said.

One soldier also died in the attack and another was wounded.

Army spokesperson, Sani Usman, said the situation had been brought under control.

He said troops of 5 Brigade also ambushed suspected Boko Haram terrorists that attacked a military location and Geidam town last week.

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Another Boko Haram Fuel Dump Busted In Maiduguri

Following a tip-off by well-meaning citizens, troops on Wednesday discovered and raided yet another Boko Haram fuel dump at Abbaganaram in Maiduguri, Borno State, the Army has reported.

“During the operation, one person, Musa Abba, was arrested and the following items were discovered and confiscated: 11 drums of AGO, 1 empty drum, 192 of 25 litres jerrycans (out of which 70 were loaded with AGO, PMS and DPK), a Toyota bus and 1 Peugeot car. Others include a motorcycle and an air conditioner.

“The fuel depot was used to stockpile Petroleum, Oil and Lubricants by Boko Haram terrorists and their equally heartless collaborators for onward movement to the terrorists’ camps in Sambisa Forest.

“Over time, we have been exhorting the public especially the residents of the North-eastern part of the country which has been mostly affected by the acts of the Boko Haram terrorists to cooperate fully with the military and the security agencies”, a statement signed by Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, the acting director, Army Public Relations revealed.

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Female Suicide Bombers Attack Maiduguri

Multiple female suicide bombers, yesterday evening, sneaked into Sageri, Ajilari and other communities on the outskirts of Maiduguri, Borno State capital, and detonated bombs which left scores dead and many injured.

Ajilari ward, which is on outskirt of Maiduguri, had two days to Sallah, witnessed a suicide bomb attack which left over 100 people dead with 97 seriously injured.

The multiple explosions in Sageri and Ajilari occurred simultaneously at about 7:30p.m., after which men of the 7 Division, Nigerian Army, responded with their artillery fire power.

A source close to the scene at Sageri said that the female suicide bombers who sneaked into the area on tricycles, detonated their explosives at a popular public gathering near at tea seller joint (Mai Shai).

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Multiple Bomb Blasts In Maiduguri Signifies Desperation Of Boko Haram – Military

Press statement from Nigeria military on yesterday’s multiple bomb attacks in Maiduguri, Borno state

 This is to inform the public that there were three improvised explosive devices explosions at Gomari and Ajilari general area in Maiduguri at about 7.21pm today evening. Although details are not clear, it is important to note the attacks signify high level of desperation on the part of the Boko Haram terrorists.
Security personnel and emergency management teams have been drafted to the area and appropriate security measures being taken. We would like to state that the Nigerian military would not be deterred in its determined efforts of defeating Boko Haram terrorists in the shortest possible time. We would like to assure the public also that now the terrorists have shown their ugly presence in such areas, there is need for more vigilance, security consciousness and prompt reporting of suspicious persons or group of persons in their midst. This would enable the security take appropriate measures against them.The Department of State Services is also on the trail of the perpetrators of this heinous and dastardly act. It would be recalled that their previous attempts to attack and blow up Allau dam was thwarted. Please disseminate this information to the public through your medium. Thank you for your kind cooperation. Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman Acting Director Army Public Relations.

Two Suicide Bombers Strike Maiduguri Checkpoint, Kill Soldier

Two male suicide bombers creeping around a military checkpoint at about mid night Tuesday in Maiduguri, Borno state capital, set off the bombs they wore killing a soldier and injuring a young woman, security sources said.

The attack came after nearly four weeks of respite for the troubled city.

Speaking under the condition of anonymity, a witness, who is also commander of the youth vigilante, Civilian-JTF, in Ngomari Area of the city, told journalists that the two suicide bombers were killed instantly, alongside one of the airforce personnel on duty at the checkpoint.

“I was there on duty with the soldiers when the incident happened at about 11 p.m. At that time the curfew hours was getting serious and movements of both vehicles and pedestrians have begun to reduce,” said the Civilian-JTF Commander.

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Saraki’s Visit To Maiduguri Not For 2019- Senate

The Senate yesterday dispelled report that the visit of the Senate President, Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki, to Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, was an underground launch of his 2019 presidential campaign.

A national daily yesterday reported that the Senate President visited Maiduguri as part of his plans for the presidency in 2019.

Reports provides that Saraki  had on Monday led senators to Maiduguri, the Borno State capital where he met the Shehu of Borno, the state governor and some displaced persons.

But while reacting to the report, the chairman of the Senate ad hoc committee on publicity, Senator Dino Melaye, said the visit has no connection with 2019.

“It is myopic to say the visit has a link with 2019. The visit was not the making of the Senate president but the resolution of the Senate during a plenary last week. The visit has nothing to do with the ambition of the Senate president,” he said.

He said the Senate president is working hard to find means of assisting the victims of the Boko Haram insurgency.  “The visit was as a result of the motion moved by Senator George Thompson Sekibo of Rivers East Senatorial District on the Boko Haram insurgency.  It was during the debate at the floor that Senate resolved that a delegation led by the Senate president should visit the North East states,” he said.

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Saraki Arrives Maiduguri, Expected To Visit IDP Camps

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Monday arrived in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, to assess the situation at several Internally Displaced Persons camps across the town and to receive briefing from the military at the forefront of the war against Boko Haram.

He arrived the town in an aircraft 5N-FGV belonging to the Nigerian Air Force at 12:10pm. While in the town, he is expected to visit the Borno State government house, some IDP camps, military facilities,  and the Shehu of Borno.
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Bomb Explosion Rocks Maiduguri Market

Explosion has rocked Gamboru market by Customs bridge in the heart of Maiduguri claiming many lives.

Eye witness told our reporter that the explosion went off Friday morning near the parking area of tricycle operators know as Keke NAPEP in the market.

The scene is said to be strewn with bodies of victims of the blast.

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Explosion Kills Many In Maiduguri Bus Station

A bomb explosion has rocked a crowded motor park in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, residents and security operatives have said.

The incident occurred at a busy location where tricycles pick passengers, and may have killed dozens and injured even many more.  The thunderous blast, which sounded at about 6:30am, resonated all over Maiduguri, residents say.

Witnesses later said the explosion occurred near the entrance of Gamboru Market where operatives of commercial tricycles park to pick passengers.

“We heard the blast at about 6:30am this morning and shortly afterwards, we saw people running from the direction of the market screaming that it was a bomb,’ said Maryam Abu, a civil servant whose residence is close to the area.

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Maiduguri : From Home Of Peace To Pieces By Raymond Nkannebe

Barely a decade ago, it was a city synonymous with hospitality. Its people were known for their tolerance and forbearance to live with their neighbors that dot its borders. As a state sharing a common boundary with the three countries of Chad, Niger and Cameroon, there is no gainsaying the fact that it is/was a commercial and business hub. With merchants from these countries who depended on Nigeria for their supplies crisscrossing the borders into Nigeria through the gates of Maiduguri, it was a window to the world.

As a city, it was a land of opportunities, with a beehive of activities in almost all its markets during the day and a Night life to cool and ebb away the troubles of the day at spots that dot every corner of the city at Night. It was for nothing that it became the capital of the Northeast of Nigeria. For a people that have produced some of the brightest heads that have played significant roles in the Nigerian project, with a rich history that dates back to the saifawa dynasty that produced the El-Kanemis and the Mais, Borno was not a second class state in the comity of states. Indeed, it predates virtually every other state in Nigeria. Majority of its people speak Kanuri, a language that takes its root north of Africa. They love their home so much that they seldom travelled out of it.

As a commercial center, the Baga Fish market located approximately 196 KM from the state capital with its people, reputed for round-the-year fishing off the Lake Chad which runs through the state, Borno joined the pantheon of states involved in the export of local commodities with the fishing and smoking of tons of fishes both for local and international consumption providing both direct and indirect employment for its teeming population. That Borno is/was a blessed state was never in doubt. The popular ‘Monday Market’ located within the metropolis served as the general market where all sort of goods were brought and sold for further distribution to the 27 Local Governments that make up the state.

With a Federal University lying stretches off Bama Road, a Teaching hospital, an International airport, a College of Education, a Polytechnic, College of Legal studies, a National zoo and recreational park, a state Library and a Post Office, Maiduguri bore the full complements of a rising urban city angling to out-perform its peers.

When I first came to the city in 2008 for a Post UME test, I was convinced without more that this is the state I would like to bag my University degree from. With a temperature that went as high as 40oC during the day and fell as low as 18-20oC at night almost round the year, there was no better one could ask for. I remember vividly, asking my host more than once at the time whether police formations truly exist within the state or not? You wouldn’t blame me. Police Patrol vans had become a common feature in virtually all of Nigerian cities, but here was I, in a state which proves to be an exception. It was as though Police and other Security apparatuses posted here just earned their salaries without having to worry over any possible breach of the public peace. That was the vintage Maiduguri and the reason was embedded within the state’s slogan? Home of Peace.

Indeed, Yerwa as some locals choose to call it, was a home of peace in every sense of the phrase but it won’t be long before all those would “wither away” in the Marxian literature.
When I later gained admission to study Law in the University of Maiduguri in 2009, I came back to a city wearing semblance of an imminent doom and entirely different from the one I had visited only a year ago.

The military vans of the then ‘Operation Flush’ now spotted every corner of the city. Nightlife was gradually being curtailed. Restrictions on movement intermittently became a common practice. The morbid fear of an impending doom hung on the face of the city and to know that this was a town I would spend the next six years of my life at least, came with a sort of ambivalence.

Fast-forward to the present, the city is now in near ruins. Its villages ransacked. It’s men and women depopulated. Her daughters kidnapped in their hundreds, its commercial prowess now lost, the foreigners of Shua-Arab descent that once populated the state with their massive investments in trade have fled to their perceived safe havens. Its borders closed, her schools vacated, Nightlife has become something of the past. The recreational centers now wear looks of a relegated scene.

The gates of ‘Hot Bites’ along the Government House closed forever. The road leading to the Custom market where non-indigenes especially of Igbo extraction (who specialized in the sale of beer products, pepper soup, ‘ngwo-ngwo’, suya e.t.c) thrilled their numerous customers have been barricaded with the joints evacuated. The red-light zones that service the city have been vacated with the prostitutes seeking safer environments. The custom-market today, bear traces of a deserted settlement. The Lake Chad Hotels, State Hotels, Giwa Barracks, NAF Officers Mess inter alia which were once centers of huge attraction are now shadows of their former self. The situation is so bad such that a person who travelled out of the state in 2008 and had just returned would bet his life that this wasn’t the city he left seven years ago.

The non-indigenes mostly of Igbo extraction who before now populated the state, after having suffered series of loss of their influential members in one ugly circumstance or the other, have heeded the persistent calls of their kindred back home and have vacated the city leaving behind numerous investments that run into millions of Naira. I spoke with one Chinedu Ozoemena, a young business man who had just taken for himself a wife six months ago, and enquired about how he was able to cope despite the mass exodus of his colleagues in the Motor Spare-parts business along Teshan Bama road and his response dejectedly was a terse, “It’s just God”. Going further, he lamented about how his business have suffered since the inception of the insurgency.

Many locals to this day, hold the view that the University of Maiduguri and the Monday Markets are the only two institutions that have ensured the continued survival of the state to this day. To them, the university and the popular market provide the escape route from their financial predicament. Mallam Kaka Fatori, a commercial tri-cycle rider who plies the Post office-University route, told me one morning in January this year that the sustenance of him, his three wives and 7 seven children hinges on the university with the population of its students and that whenever the school went on holiday, it was always nightmarish for him and his family.

Displaced persons from the villages now litter the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps located at various centers of the state capital where government cater for their basic needs of food, health, shelter and clothing through the assistance of other humanitarian agencies and other spirited individuals with the assurances of returning them to their communities that does appear to be in sight. On a visit to one of the camps located in Yerwa Girls College, one Mallama Amina told me of how she lost her husband and two teenage sons to the insurgents in a dusk raid on their village of Kukawa. She pointed at her to son me among a group of shabbily cladded boys playing football at one corner of the unkempt camp. She told she had already accepted her fate and that Allah knows best.

Such is now the metamorphosis of a city which was once the cradle of peace, which prided itself for its rich traditional institution headed by the Shehus whose Durbar ceremonies once attracted tourists from near and wide. Today, the palace of the traditional ruler, Shehu Garbai Umar ibn El-Kanemi after having suffered series of attacks at the hands of the terrorists, now sits at the center of the city bidding it’s time for the next attack with a huge military presence mistaking the facility for a military barrack.

Nearly every facility in the state have suffered from an attack since the campaign of terror began. From the schools to the markets, namely: the Gamboru Cattle market, the Baga Fish market, the Monday Market to name a few. The airport have witnessed more than one raid, virtually all the police stations have been attacked at one point or the other. The military barracks are not left out. The most popular, being the attack on the Giwa barracks on the 14th of March in 2014 where the insurgents allegedly freed hundreds of their detained ‘soldiers’. The Sharia Court of Appeal complex along Lagos street have been converted to a mini military base. The Maiduguri International Airport having been grounded for operations by the aviation authorities on security sentiments, Okayed it for operations only a fortnight ago.

Upon a cursory look at the city, one cuts the picture of a people dejected and a city fastly losing the glory it took it decades to build. A climate of fear rents the whole atmosphere yet the thought of running away is not an option. Ba’ana, a member of the Civilian JTF who before now was a generator technician told me he decided to take up arms against the insurgents by joining the volunteer force instead of running away. He and many of his colleagues have resorted to either die on their own soil than to meet their demise on another man’s land as to them, that would be a mockery of their masculinity.

Femi, Yusufu and Irimiya are young displaced persons of not more than twelve years old from Gwoza Local government who found their way into the town after their local community was attacked by the insurgents in November last year. They told me they have taken their destinies in their own hands by taking up menial jobs like washing plates in restaurants, helping students of University of Maiduguri who stayed off-campus, in all sorts of casual works and sometimes benefited from the sympathy of the students who extended freebies to them. They rest their heads under the steps of one of the compounds at night and at the break of dawn, they continue their endless struggle. None of them know a thing about their parents and siblings anymore.

In the four years of the Jonathan administration which could be said to herald the peak of terrorist attacks in the city and the nation at large, influential politicians and organizations incited the populace into believing that the Jonathan government supported the wave of attacks to the end of depopulating the region for political considerations. Many of the locals already pierced and bruised psychologically, fell for this ruse and bought into the rhetoric of Jonathan’s insensitivity to their plight.

In a usual evening discussion sessions called ‘Majalisar’ at different spots within the state, one Haruna Bulama, a punctual and active member of the group told me that Jonathan supported the insurgency tacitly and didn’t want it to come to an end so that he could disenfranchise the Northeast sometime in 2014. The justifications for his assertion included: Abacha’s statement that if a problem persists in a country for more than 24 hours, then the government has an interest in it, the former National Security Adviser, Owonye Azazi’s allegations that Boko Haram was a creation of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), President GEJ’s seeming romance with former governor Ali Modu Sheriff whom the people of the state had come to blame for all their woes among others. Like a wild fire and like any other ill news, this propaganda spread like a conflagration across the state and the entire North Eastern region. The people couldn’t wait for the 2015 elections to come so they can use their ballot to turn around their misfortune.

The way they voted at the polls didn’t come as a surprise. It was their own way of dethroning darkness and enthroning light. It remains to be seen however if their actions were informed. For them, PDP was the harbinger of death, and they all voted the then opposition party?APC ‘sak’ at the just concluded polls. Who would blame a people that have seen and felt terror for any action they take?

Now that the terrorists have resurged, and appearing to be even more emboldened, many of the inhabitants of this city seem to know not where to fix the blame anymore. Their supposed messiah have come, but before his very watch, they continue to take their members to the morgue and losing life, limb and liberty to their nemesis?Boko Haram.

Before leaving the city a fortnight ago, I met Haruna Bulama, our friend from the Majalisar and an apologist of the ruling party and engaged him in a conversation on the new wave of terrorist attack as against his thesis of government’s support. He looked at me, visibly dazed and obviously lacking words to negotiate a diversion, he ended up saying, “Allah ya kiyaye kuma ya rufa mana asiri a kasan nan kawai” in Hausa. Something which translated to: May God continue to protect us in this country, that’s all I can say.

However, with the current dimension the terrorists have taken, the whole people of the state seem to be in a quagmire with the fear of another cycle of violence enveloping them. While the city lay in ruins, its inhabitants seem to be asking just one question: When will enough be enough? and when will the promise by the Buhari government to bring terrorism to a standstill be delivered?

For them, life has only found expression in the Hobbesian theory of being solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short. And their land have gone from being a land of peace to a land of pieces.

Nkannebe Raymond is a graduate student of the University of Maiduguri. A lawyer and a Public Affairs analyst. He wrote in from Kano and tweets @RayNkah |raymondnkannebe@gmail.com

Two Suicide Bombers Attack Village During Osinbajo’s Maiduguri Visit

Two suicide bombers, male and female, today blew themselves up outside a village in Maiduguri, capital of Borno state, at the time the vice president of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbanjo, was visiting the city, witnesses and security sources said.

VP Osibanjo arrived Maiduguri at about 10:45 am.

He was in to assess the security situation in the state capital, to visit the Internally Displaced Persons camps, before proceeding to Yola, another northeast Nigerian city plagued by Boko Haram insurgency, on a similar? mission.

The two suicide ?bombers blew themselves up in Mulai barely an hour after the VP arrived the city and was going about his assignment.

Mulai is located on the Southwest flank of Maiduguri, while Dalori IDP camp is located about 30km at the southeast axis of the city.

Witnesses said the first bomber, a female, suspected to be in her teens, had explosives planted around her body, concealed with her garment.

She was seen near the main gate of Mulai General Hospital, 10 kilometers southwest of Maiduguri.

Samaila Babayo, a witness, told journalists, “I saw the woman while she was trying to find her way into the hospital. She covered herself with a Hijab and wanted to enter the hospital but was forced to stop while approaching the facility.

“I strongly suspect that the explosives in her body were remotely controlled because while guards at the gate of the hospital were shouting at her, we heard a loud bang and that was all, she was completely torn to shreds by her own explosive,” he said.

Al?most immediately, the second bomber, who was riding a bicycle arrived a spot near the perimeter fencing of the hospital and immediately detonated the explosive on him.

One of the security operatives at the hospital said, “The two bombers wanted to enter the hospital, one was a lady and the other a man of about 20 years who rode on bicycle through the back of the hospital.

“But when the gate guards denied them entry, the explosions in their bodies detonated and killed them,” he said.

Witnesses said no one was injured in the two blasts because they were sent back by the security guards.

Mato Abdulmuminu, a trader who has a stall across the road opposite the hospital, said “from the way the lady was advancing towards the hospital, it was immediately suspected that the lady had a sinister motive. The people began to shout at her so she began to turn back and then the bomb went off. The second bomb blew almost immediately”.

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Borno Govt. Pledges Support For Military High Command In Maiduguri

The Borno Government said it was willing to provide logistic support toward the relocation of the Military High Command to Maiduguri.

The Deputy Governor of the state, Mustapha Zannah, stated this while receiving members of the Borno Correspondents’ Chapel on a solidarity visit at his office in Maiduguri.

Mr. Zannah said the state government was also willing to provide accommodation for the senior military officers expected in Maiduguri.

He commended the gallant efforts of the military for dislodging the Boko Haram insurgents from their hideout in Sambisa forest.

“The state government is ready to provide logistics and other support to ensure smooth relocation of the Military High Command to Maiduguri.

“We are also willing to provide accommodation to the senior officers coming,” Mr. Zannah said.

He expressed optimism that the relocation of the High Command to Maiduguri would further boost the military campaign against insurgency.

“We are hoping that the movement will help crush the insurgents and bring back hope to our people who have suffered great damage due to the insurgency,” he said.

The deputy governor also expressed happiness over the outcome of the recent G7 meeting where world leaders pledged support for Nigeria’s anti-insurgency war.

He also announced that the state government had contacted some private commercial airline operators toward reviving commercial flights at the Maiduguri International Airport following approval by the military to reopen the airport that was shut down in December 2013.

“We have made contact with some airline operators toward reviving flight operations at the airport,” he said.

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Military Moves Command, Control Centre To Maiduguri

Following President Muhammad Buhari’s directives to military to move its command centre to Maiduguri, the Borno state capital fight Boko Haram sect, the authorities of the Nigerian Army has heeded to the order and concluded arrangement for all Service Chiefs to move in tomorrow (Tuesday).

The establishment of the Command centre for ‘Operation Zaman Lafiya’ was contained in a press statement signed by the Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman and made available to our Correspondent in Maiduguri on Monday.

“In compliance with Presidential pronouncement and the Chief of army Staff’s directive, a reconnaissance and advance team for the establishment of Military Command and Control Centre (MCCC) for Operation Zaman Lafiya for the fight against terrorism and insurgency has moved to Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.

“The team, which is led by a Two -Star General, has already commenced work in earnest and it is comprised of elements of the officer of the Chief of Army Staff, all the relevant Army Headquarters Departments and other combat support components. The centre will serve as a forward command base for the Chief of Army Staff and other service chiefs.

“The centre is essentially an elaboration of an already existing Army Headquarters Command and Control arrangement. From now on, the fight against terrorism and insurgency would be monitored, coordinated and controlled from this centre.

“I wish to inform you also that its establishment would not create another layer of Command structure but would add impetus and renewed vigour to Operation Zaman Lafiya, all aimed at bringing terrorism and insurgency to an end.

“However, an alternate command centre is also being established in Yola, the Adamawa state capital of the north east”. Colonel Usman stated.

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Bomb Kills Two, Injures 33 In Maiduguri

A bomb hidden in a pile of scrap metal beside a busy road has killed two people and injured 33 others in Maiduguri, northeast Nigeria, military and hospital sources said on Wednesday.

The explosion, at around 1630 GMT, struck around 600 metres from army barracks and it follows a spate of bombings in the city by militant Islamist group Boko Haram that has killed around 80 people in the last few days.

“Thirty-three people that sustained various degree of injuries were brought to the hospital from the scene,” a source at a local hospital told Reuters, adding that two dead people were evacuated.

Boko Haram has waged a six-year insurgency in the northeast of Africa’s biggest economy and top oil exporter in a bid to establish an Islamic caliphate.

At the start of the year it controlled a swathe of territory around the size of Belgium, but the military says the group has been pushed back to the Sambisa forest in recent weeks – which Boko Haram denied in a video aired on social media on Tuesday.

New President Muhammadu Buhari, who visited his counterpart in Niger to discuss the group, has vowed to defeat the militant Islamists.

Boko Haram: Buhari To Relocate To Maiduguri To “Lead The Fight”

This was part of the decision the president reached with the the service chiefs during their meeting yesterday at the defence house in Abuja.

Buhari had in his inaugural speech directed that the command centre of the military’s fight against Boko Haram be relocated to Maiduguri, the hotbed of the insurgents, but sources who was privy to the meeting said Buhari’s decision to relocate the command centre was because he has made up his mind to also relocate to the terrorist ravaged city.

The Complex recalls that during his campaign, President Buhari at the Chatham House in London had vowed to “lead from the front” in the fight against Boko Haram if elected in the country’s forthcoming election.

 According to our source, Buhari told the military chiefs that he will be in Maiduguri for six months if necessary, to coordinate the fight against the insurgents, but the service chiefs plead with him that six months is too long for the president and the command centre to be in Maiduguri.

The service chiefs tried to pressure the president into abandoning the idea, but he insisted on keeping to his campaign promise of leading the fight from the front, the source said.

After much pressure from the service chiefs, Buhari then agreed to reduce the period he will stay upon his relocation to Maiduguri, but insisted that he must move to Maiduguri at least for a few month.

Our source said the relocation may happen as soon as the president return from Germany where he is expected to attend the it this weekend.

Bomb Blast Hits Market In Maiduguri City, 50 killed

Many people are feared killed today  after a bomb exploded at the Maiduguri abattoir in the troubled Borno State, witnesses said.

The incident happened around 12.35 pm at a commercial toilet facility within the abattoir, the biggest slaughter house  in Maiduguri where animal protein including camels, cows, sheep and goats are prepared before distribution.

Sources said most butchers in the abattoir take their bath there after the day’s work which normally lasts between 6.30am and 12 noon.

“The bomb was kept in a bag near the rest house and the owner pretended as if he wanted to ease himself,” butcher Tanko Mahauchi said.

“Many people were killed when the bomb exploded and many others sustained serious injuries,” he said.

Fire service men, Red Cross and NEMA officials have mobilized to the scene.

In the early hours of today, hundreds of Boko Haram terrorists had wanted to invade Maiduguri with RPGs but were repelled by the  Nigerian troops.

Again, Boko Haram Storms Maiduguri With RPGs, Destroys Houses

Suspected Boko Haram terrorists last night stormed Maiduguri with sophisticated weapons with a view to take over the town.

Thunderous sound of Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPGs) fired by the terrorists forced the already traumatized residents to suspend their sleep.

Sources said the terrorists wanted to attack the town through Dala suburb, the same direction through which they attacked the town last Saturday.

“No life was lost but some houses have been detroyed, with two of them which the RPG bombs hit directly  at Ajilari Dalori completely  destroyed while  the occupants, including women and children sustained various degrees of injuries,” said Ajid Mohamed, a resident of the affected area.

The attack was launched between 12.20am and 1.40 am.

Though troops of the Nigerian army immediately responded by firing artillery guns in the direction of the approaching insurgents, the exchange of fire continued unabated for over one hour, forcing residents who were living around the red zone to flee their homes in the dead of the night.

Another resident of the area, Jafar Mukhtar Kolima complained that Nigerian troops are always on the defensive instead of taking the war to the insurgents.

“I strongly feel the terrorists are getting the audacity to attack because they believe nobody will pursue them to their hideouts. How can you always wait for your enemy to strike before you respond,”? he asked.

“We thank God that the whole of Maiduguri is surrounded by a trench otherwise these terrorists would have taken over Maiduguri long ago,” he added.

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Boko Haram Militants Fire Grenades Into Maiduguri, Kill 7

Hours after the new Nigerian president ordered that the country’s defence seat be moved to Maiduguri, Borno State capital, until Boko Haram is subdued, the insurgents on Friday night staged yet another deadly attack in the city.

Boko Haram terrorists fired dozens of rocket propelled grenades into the city in the night, killing at least seven people and injuring nearly 20 others.

A senior security operative confirmed that the insurgents, who could not pass through the barricades of sand walls and trenches dug around Maiduguri city, decided to fire from outside.

“Most of the RPGs they pumped into the town landed on civilian residential areas”, said the security source, who did not want to be named as he was not cleared to speak to press. “We recorded about seven deaths and 17 other persons were also injured. Many houses were affected, but two were seriously destroyed.”

Sources around Dala-Alamdari and Ngomari area, where most of the RPGs landed, said the shootings started at about 12:50am when the whole city was asleep.

Residents including members of the Civilian-JTF had to remain awake till day break even though the whole shooting subsided at about 3am.

Yahaya Garba, a mechanic who lives around Ngomari area of Maiduguri told PREMIUM TIMES, “We thought the town has finally fallen to the Boko Haram terrorists due to the intensity of the thunderous shooting that went on and on. We all had to come out armed with sticks, cutlasses and other weapons to protect ourselves while the soldiers battled with them outside the trenches.”

The military has yet to issue a statement on the incident.

However, the top security source who spoke to PREMIUM TIMES earlier said, “Everything has been brought under control.”

Residents were going about their normal businesses, as the military did not impose any restriction on movements despite the development.

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Death Toll In Maiduguri Blasts Rises To 100

The death toll from last Saturday’s triple suicide bomb blasts in Maiduguri, capital of Borno State has risen to over 100, it has emerged.

Borno State Police Commissioner, Clement Adado told journalists on Saturday following the attack, that only 54 people were killed. Howeve, Vanguard’s sources and hospital mortuary attendance, yesterday, revealed that more than hundred people were confirmed dead.

A source at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital told Vanguard that most of the injured ones brought to the hospital did not survive as they died while receiving treatment yesterday morning. Also at the Umaru Shehu Hospital in Bulumkutu ward of the metropolis, no fewer than seven people died while receiving treatment. At the State Specialists Hospital, a source claimed that more than 20 dead bodies were brought in from the Monday market attack, while scores of the injured died as a result of excessive bleeding yesterday.

Sources at the Borno express motor park revealed that the male suicide bomber who was in his early 20s attempted to enter the mosque at the BOC motor dealers section, but when he was accosted by someone that it was not yet time for prayer, he quickly turned back to attract dealers as he pretended to be a customer after which he detonated the explosives, killing four dealers and other customers nearby.

Other reports said that “the death toll of the bomb attack has risen with additional five dead and dozens admitted at the emergency ward out patient department of the university of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital UMTH as against the earlier death toll of Saturday which stood at 17.

At State Specialists Hospital Maiduguri, an attendant who does not want her name in print told Vanguard that “due to the gravity of injuries of some victims brought into the hospital yesterday (Saturday) and coupled with the excessive bleeding by the victims, scores could not make it overnight.

“Many passed away this morning (yesterday) before the doctor on duty conducted routine checks while another victim is also critically lying on bed and if extra care is not taken, he may not survive. Many have however been discharged yesterday and today (Sunday) after treatment”.

She added that “already there is a standing order on free treatment of all victims by the state government. We treat them and government takes care of the bills as usual. We have enough drugs and doctors except that it is weekend and only those on call duty will be available. We did not call any doctor on special call because we have doctors on call duty over the weekend. We even learnt that the governor may be visiting the victims still on bed in the hospital.”

Armoured Vehicles, Artillery Guns & 17 Hilux Captured from Boko Haram, Says Defence Hdqtrs

The Nigerian Defence Headquarters have said that they have contained the morning assault on Maiduguri by Boko Haram.

Defence Headquarters also provides that a mopping operation is on going, while the insurgents have been repelled. In a post, the Nigerian Military said armoured vehicles, artillery guns and 17 Hilux vehicles have been captured from the insurgents. Read post below:

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“The Whole City is in Fear”, Maiduguri Residents Share Their Ordeal

Boko Haram fighters on Sunday stormed the northeast Nigeria city of Maiduguri, sparking an hours-long battle with troops for control of the strategically crucial Borno state capital, witnesses said.

Four residents told AFP by telephone that the Islamist assault began at roughly 03:00 and that fierce fighting was ongoing at the southern edge of the city between the insurgents and troops backed by vigilantes. “The whole city is in fear,” said resident Adam Krenuwa. “People are afraid of what will happen if Boko Haram defeats the security forces.”

Boko Haram’s last attempt to take over Maiduguri just seven days ago was repelled by the military. But, in that 25 January assault, the militants captured the town of Monguno just 125km outside the city and seized control of a military base.

Most experts said last week that the insurgents would likely launch another attempt on Maiduguri before Nigeria’s 14 February general election. Resident Fannami Dalwaye said the fighting at roughly 09:00 was concentrated in Mulai, roughly 3km south of the city, and more vigilantes were seen deploying to the area as reinforcements. “People are fleeing into the city,” Dalwaye said.

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Boko Haram: How Vigilantes Helped Repel Maiduguri Attack

Vigilantes joined Nigerian security forces in fighting to blunt a Boko Haram attack on Maiduguri, the capital of northeastern Borno state, after the Islamist insurgents gained access to the city.

The army was doing a ’’mopping-up operation’’ after regaining control of Maiduguri and the town of Konduga, about 20 miles (35 kilometers) away, Major-General Chris Olukolade said in a statement late on Sunday. Meanwhile, Boko Haram insurgents captured Monguno, a town north of Maiduguri, vigilante member Ibrahim Hassan said by phone from Maiduguri.

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Nigerian Army Claims Rare Victory Against Boko Haram

The militant group Boko Haram attacked a major Nigerian city early Sunday in what appeared to be its most ambitious attempt to gain territory. But Nigeria’s military drove back the insurgents with an air and ground attack, killing about 200 fighters, according to military officials. It was a rare victory in the country’s fight against the militant insurgency.

Boko Haram attacked Maiduguri, the capital of Nigeria’s Borno state, on several fronts Sunday morning, triggering heavy fighting as the army scrambled to defend the city. Fighting raged through the night, according to local media. The attackers also took over the town of Monguno to the north, gaining control of a military base and ammunition store, and attacked several villages farther south, in Adamawa state.

Nigerian defense headquarters Sunday announced a 24-hour curfew in Maiduguri. “FLASH: Troops are repelling a simultaneous attack on #Monguno and #Maiduguri by terrorists. Coordinated Air and Land OPs being conducted #Now,” the Defense Headquarters tweeted.

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Boko Haram Militants Attacking Maiduguri Since Last Night- Sahara Reporters

Nigerian northeastern based Boko Haram insurgents began coordinated massive attacks on Maiduguri and Monguno townships since 8PM Nigerian time after massing around villages in the area for several days , according to several sources.

Security sources told SaharaReporters that the militant Islamist group began the onslaught on Maiduguri coming from different directions with its largest contingent coming through Damaturu road. The insurgents have not had much success because Nigeria troops have been fighting back and successfully repelling the terrorists.

The daring attack by the militants is coming a few hours after President Goodluck Jonathan ended a presidential campaign rally in Maiduguri promising to find high school girls kidnapped by the deadly sect last April and re-unite them with their families.

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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.”

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Boko Haram Massacres Again, Abducts Women & Girls

Boko Haram fighters have killed 32 people and kidnapped scores of others in an attack on the village of Gumsuri in the restive northeast, local officials and a witness said, while neighbouring Cameroon has said that its troops have killed 116 Nigerian Boko Haram fighters in its far north region.

The Nigerian officials, who requested anonymity, said locals were still counting those abducted in the attack on Sunday in the remote, isolated area in Borno state, but that the figure could pass 100 and included women and children.

“After killing our youths, the fighters have taken away our wives and daughters,” Mukhtar Buba said on Thursday, after fleeing Gumsuri to the Borno state capital Maiduguri.

Details took four days to emerge because the mobile phone network has largely collapsed in the area roughly 70km (43 miles) south of Maiduguri, and many of the roads are impassable.

Gamsuri is located on the road that leads to Chibok, where Boko Haram abducted more than 200 girls from a school in April.

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Breaking: Kondunga Attacked by Boko Haram

Reports reaching us says Konduga, a village in Borno State came under attack by boko haram this Friday morning.

Sources provide that, the insurgents stormed the area, setting homes and properties ablaze, but were confronted by the Nigerian Army.

The situation report of that area by sources who spoke to Omojuwa.com this morning reveal that the insurgents had since withdrawn back to Kawuri after confrontation with the military.

Maiduguri Under ‘Siege’ by Boko Haram

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Boko Harm has been reported to have “completely surrounded” Maiduguri, the main city in north-eastern Borno state, according to Traditional Rulers.

They add that, “the military needed to protect the city, which had a population of more than two million, to prevent an assault “from all directions”. The Boko Haram militants had “annexed” areas that were about 50km (30 miles) from Maiduguri, they said.

Nigerian Military Kills 50 Boko Haram Fighters

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The Nigerian Army has reported to have killed at least 50 suspected Boko Haram fighters in a military raid in Borno state. The army said on Sunday that security forces raided a hideout of suspected Boko Haram members in the Kawuri village, about 37km from the state capital Maiduguri, on Saturday.

The military added that, the insurgents were planning on staging an attack as heavy artillery, including anti-aircraft, and an armoured vehicle were seized in the raid. Three soldiers were injured in the operation.

Reports also provides that the Nigerian army are eager to give the Nigerian public and the international community positive news in their efforts to wipe out the insurgency. The raid however has been said to be an intensified effort to regain Bama that was captured by boko haram and also protect Maiduguri, Borno capital that is prone to attack by the insurgents.

FG Sends in Warplanes Against Boko Haram

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Nigerian warplanes are carrying out air strikes against Boko Haram militant bases in northeast Borno state, a senior official said on Friday, in a government counter-attack against the group’s apparent drive to create an Islamist enclave.

The official, who asked not to be named, told Reuters that Nigeria’s military was battling Boko Haram fighters at Bama, 70 km (45 miles) southeast of the Borno state capital Maiduguri.

Air strikes have been carried out “on all the Boko Haram bases”, the official said, adding this reflected President Goodluck Jonathan’s order for a “fully-fledged war” against the group which has waged a bloody insurgency since 2009.

He said that, “Bama today is the center of the military battle with the terrorists … Boko Haram is being repelled by the Nigerian troops as we are talking now.”

Nigeria’s air force and defense headquarters did not respond to requests for comment and it was not immediately possible to obtain independent confirmation of the fighting.

“I’m Begging the Government to Send More Troops and Armoury to Maiduguri”- Zanna Ahmed

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In reaction to the recent capture of Bama town, Ahmed Zanna, a senator in Borno said, the humanitarian situation in Bama was “terrible” and there had been a “lot of killings” in the town. He said bodies are still littered on the streets of Bama, while Boko Haram fighters are patrolling, preventing people from burying the dead.

Mr Zanna said it would be “catastrophic” if Boko Haram launched an assault on Maiduguri, which has a population of more than two million people. Pleading to the Nigerian Government he said,”I’m begging the government to send more troops and armoury to Maiduguri.”

Bama: Over 26,300 Displaced/ U.S Concerned

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The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in Borno state said on Wednesday, that 26,391 displaced persons had so far been registered. NEMA spokesman Abdulkadir Ibrahim said, “the number is growing by the hour.”

The United States on Thursday said, it is concerned by increasing Boko Haram violence and territorial gains in Nigeria. US Assistant Secretary of State, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, said on a visit to Abuja, “We are very troubled by the apparent capture of Bama and the prospects for an attack on and in Maiduguri, which would impose a tremendous toll on the civilian population.” Thomas-Greenfield, who leads Washington’s African Affairs team, told delegates at a bilateral meeting on regional security that the upsurge in violence “constitutes a serious threat” to Nigeria.

Fears that Maiduguri could be the next target led the government to extend an overnight curfew there.

Boko Haram “Seizes Banki Town Near Cameroon”

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Reports provides that Boko Haram has captured Banki, a town which boarders Cameroon. Residents say, this was achieved after government troops fled on Tuesday, while the Nigerian military is yet to release any comment regarding the capture of Bama.

Most of the people remaining in the town were women and children, as many of the men had fled, one man who was hiding in the bush nearby told the BBC Hausa service. They also added  that the militants have not harmed anyone in the town.

Earlier this week, Boko Haram seized Bama, the biggest town in Borno after Maiduguri, which is about 70km (45 miles) away.

On the other hand, Nigerian soldiers say they do not have enough resources to curb the insurgency.

 

Boko Haram Seizes Bama?

The key North- Eastern town of Bama has been reported to be seized by Boko Haram.

Reports say that a fierce battle transpired between the Nigerian Army and Boko Haram on Sunday and Monday, after which the Islamic militants claim ownership of Bama. Residents say that thousands of civilians have deserted their homes, including soldiers, even though the Nigerian Military is yet to release an official comment on this report.

Raising concerns are focused on the fact that Bama is about 70 km away from Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, implying that it could be the next target for the terrorists, if their claim is true.

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The Nigerian military had initially chased Boko Haram away from that area, but the group returned with reinforcements to seize the town, a residents said. Residents added that the militants traveled in armoured trucks and first took control of the military barracks.

Although there are no clear record of casualties, reports also say that both sides experienced serious casualties.

More so, an overnight curfew has been imposed in Maiduguri to prevent “infiltration” by militants.