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We’ve Made Tremendous Success in the fight against insurgency in the Northeast – Gen. Ibrahim

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We’ve made tremendous success in the fight against insurgency in the Northeast– Gen. ibrahim

By Madu Mohammed Maiduguri

The General Officer Commanding 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Abul Ibrahim has said that the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole have achieved tremendous success in the counter insurgency war in the Northeast.

While speaking in an interview with newsmen during the medical outreach and distribution of the palliatives at Ngomari Costin Primary School. Maiduguri, as part of NADCEL 2020 celebrations, the Acting General Officer Commanding 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Abdul Ibrahim said The GOC said ” we have made a lot of success in the fight against insurgency. When I was serving at the Army headquarters five years ago , as colonel we use to come for monitoring that time there was a lot of checkpoint and diversions but thank God today we are even holding this event in this area, which use to be a stronghold of insurgents.”

“Before you can’t even go to Konduga but recently we travelled with some of you from Maiduguri to Konduga. Kawuri. Bama, Gwoza, Madagali, Mubi and even Marte which was librated recently. We are discussing with Borno state Government on resettling people of Ngoshe, Ashigashiya, Marte and Kawuri all these are remarkable success in the fight against insurgency”, the GOC exclaimed

He further explained that before over 20 local government areas in Borno were under Boko Haram control but today no single local government council is under Boko Haram control. Many people have returned to their ancestral homes.

He therefore urged the people of Borno state to continue to support  them in the fight against insurgency, adding that the Army are in the Northeast to protect them.

The GOC said “600 people have benefited in the paliatives distribution to cushion the effect of Covid 19 pandemic, while another 600 people have .benefited from the medical outreach, where they were diagnose and given free drugs.”

“Over 100 ex service men have also.benefited from the palliative , in recognition of their service to their fatherland, we know one day we will also retire and be like them, they were also examined and provided with free medication. The members of the Ngomari Gana community have also benefited from both the palliatives and medical outreach, we have also carried out minor surgeries, while 10 major ones have been referred to 7 Division Hospital for operations”, General Ibrahim said.

He said “what we are witnessing today is part of the Nigerian Arny Day celebrations 2020, inline with the Chief of Army Staff directives that we should provide palliatives to communities in our areas of responsibility. Army is not only about war. Now that we have witnessing relative peace we are also providing palliatives and medical outreach to promote Military Civil cooperations”.

Speaking in an interview with journalists after collecting her palliatives, Mallama Fatima Usmsn said ” we thank the Army for the gesture. Before we believed that the Army is all about war, and we are also afraid of them thinking that they will kill us too. But thank today I am benefiting from the Army’s gesture. I am going to use it to feed my 8 children. May Allah continue to protect them and give victory over Boko Haram

Another beneficiary, Alhaji Abubakar Ibrahim said ” I was just diagnose of high blood pressure and ulcer and I was given free medicine, we thank the Nigerian Army for the assistance and i prayed that Allah will continue to protect and give than victory over our common enemy Boko Haram”

Also full of appreciations an ex service man, sergeant, Ali Modu (rtd), said ” today I am excited because I know the Army we served for 35 years have never neglected us. I was operated for eye problem and I was given free drugs, as well as palliative to go home with. I am most greatful to General Buratai, the GOC and the entire troops of the 7 Division and Operation Lafiya Dole in general.”.

 

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Police in Borno Parades Boko Haram logistics Supplier, 44 Others

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Police in Borno parades Boko Haram logistics supplier, 44 others

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Borno state Police Command has on Wednesday paraded Boko Haram insurgents logistics supplier and 44 other suspects for various offences ranging from terrorism kidnapping, Armed ribbery,theft, cattle rusttling among others.

Addressing journalists at the Police headquarters , Maiduguri the Borno state Police command Public Relations Officer( PPRO) DSP Edet Okon said ” Act of terrorism on 11/03/2020 one Gioni Mallam Mutti of Muna Asheri area of Maiduguri was arrested by police for being a member of Boko Haram terrorists group . The suspect confessed that he was saddled with the responsibility of supplying essential and other logistics to the sect.”

DSP Okon saiid ” Items recovered from him includes, N250,000 cash meant for the purchase of foodstuffs and other essentials, 5 packet of Maggi cubes, 2 satchets of Dangote salt , 10 packets of Golden Penny Sugur, 5 packet of Dragon Sugar cube, 1 packet of Bus Maccoroni, 1 Solar panels and Soroda power kits , 2 rolls of IRS Spaghetti among others”.

He said ” on 03/07/2020 at about 20;00hrs the following persons were arrested for kidnapping of one Umara Garba of Timowa village in Askira uba local government area. The suspects escaped while the kidnappers were asleep and reported the matter which led to their arrest by the police.. the suspects Hammadu Abba, USA Mallam and Abdullahi and Usman Manu”.

The command further said 10 suspects were arrested for Armed Robbery, stressing that one Ibrahim Garba aka last, Adamu Ali, aka Bille and Adamu Abduurahaman aka Badda were arrested by the police for conspiring and robbing one Musa Iliya of N49,000, while armed with dangerous weapons on 03)07/2929. . Also one Musa Inuwa on18)04)2020 at about 23;49 hours robbed one Abdulrahim Umar of his tricyles while being transported to Miduusuku in Biu local government. The suspects repeatedly stabbed the rider before dispossing him out the tricycle..

“Abba Kaka shehu was arrested for criminal Intimidation and attempt to extort one Alhaji Bumar Mala of Twenty million . The suspect called and intimidate the aforementioned Alhaji that he was sent from Lagos to kidnap him”, the police added.

The PPRO said “On 07/06/2020 Mohammed Mustapha and Umar broke into the office of the Borno state Geographical Information System and made away with 40 and 50 inches plasma televisions, a stabilizer and big bag containing some documents . Investigations by the police led to the arrest of the aforementioned suspects who eventually confessed to the crime”

He said “a total of 45 suspects are to be paraded today and will all be charged to the court as soon as investigations are completed”

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We are No longer Safe, Shehu of Borno laments Attack on Governor Zulum

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‘We are no longer safe , Shehu of Boroo laments attacked on Governor Zulum

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Shehu of Borno, Allhaji Abubakar Ibn Garbai Elkanemi has lamented the attacked on the convoy of Governor Babagana Zulum, saying that leaders and citizens of Borno State are no longer safe.

The Shehu, in response to the attack on the convoy of Governor Babagana Umara Zulum made the lamentation in Maiduguri yesterday when he paid traditional sallah homage on the Governor at the Government House.

“If a convoy of such highly placed person in the State will be attacked, I repeat, nobody is safe. The matter is getting worse, I urge everyone to raise up our hands to seek for Allah’s intervention.”,he added.

It could be recalled, the Governor’s convoy was last Wednesday attacked at Baga town in Kukawa local government area during an assessment visit to the area.

: “Your Excellency, we are not happy about what has happened in Baga the other time, it is very unfortunate and great pity. If the convoy of the whole Chief Security Officer of the state will be attacked, then wallahi nobody is safe, because he is the number one citizen of the state, he is the Chief Security Officer of the State.”, the Royal father, during his homage on the governor, said

The royal father, who also spoke on COVID-19 pandemic, urged Borno citizens to continue to adhere strictly to all preventive protocols advocated by health experts.

Also speaking on the environment, the Shehu lamented on the high rate at which tree was cut in the state, urging the state government to take urgent steps in mitigating this dangerous act before it leads to a serious environmental problem.

He called for the reintroduction of tree planting which was a regular practice in the past.

While appreciating the Shehu for the visit, Governor Zulum assured him of Government’s readiness to address the issues raised by him.

 

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IRC MSF strongly condemned the execution of 5 humanitarian workers in Borno

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IRC MSF strongly condemned execution of 5 humanitarian workers in Borno

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Internal Rescue Committee (IRC) and Medicines Sans Frintiete (MSF) have strongly condemned the execution of its aid worker, Mr. Luka Filibus and four others humanitarian workers by Boko Haram insurgents in Borno state

The International Rescue Committee, (IRC) in a statement issued in Maiduguri and made available to newsmen on Thursday said “the IRC strongly condemns the senseless execution of our colleague, Luka Filibus, and his fellow humanitarian captives. We are deeply saddened and heartbroken by this news. Luka and his family were forced to flee their home, and he was still compelled to alleviate the suffering of children”.

“We condemn this barbaric treatment and demand the immediate return of his remains to his family. The killing of aid workers is a violation of international law. Aid workers must never be a target”, the statement added.

The IRC said Luka dedicated his life to protecting children and to help lessen their trauma in the face of crisis, adding that his colleagues in Nigeria will continue to remember him always with a smile on his face.

“We grieve with Luka’s family and will do everything we can to support them through this challenging time.”, the statement further stressed.

Similarly, the Medicine Sans Frintieres/Doctors without Borders has strongly condemned the gruesome killing of five humanitarian aid workers in Borno state.

The MSF in a statement issued by its spokesman, Abdulkaeem Yakubu said ” we at the MSF are devastated by “this terrible news”says Dr . Christos Christou,the International President of the MSF., ” we stand in solidarity and send our deepest condolence to the families, friends and colleagues of those killed in these brutal attack”.

The MSF said ” the attack against aid workers deprived people on need of humanitarian assistance, including access to clean water., food and healthcare. In the Northeast where conflict has raged for more than a decade and the humanitarian crisis has been aggravated by the COVID 19 pandemic,. More than 10 millions people are estimated to be in need of urgent assistance. ”

“MSF condemns all form of violence against humanitarian aid workers and Humanitarian assistance. In strangest possible terms. MSF urges all parties to the conflict must ensure that populations in need have safe and unhindered access to urgent and lifesaving assistance”, the statement added.

 

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