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31 Soldiers Killed, 19 Wounded as Boko haram raids another Nigerian Army Base

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31 soldiers killed, 19 wounded as Boko Haram raids another Nigerian Army base

Boko Haram insurgents in camouflage military uniform attacked a Nigerian Army camp in Borno State on Thursday, killing at least one officer and 30 soldiers while two officers and 17 soldiers were seriously wounded.

Scores of Boko Haram fighters carried out the attack on the military unit in Zari, a small community north of Maiduguri and near the border with Niger.

They stormed the unit in 12 gun trucks, accompanied by other fighters who came on foot, at about 4:30 p.m. on Thursday.

The details were disclosed to PREMIUM TIMES by reliable sources who sought strict anonymity for fears they might be sanctioned by authorities.

The sources said the gallant Nigerian troops initially fought to repel the terrorists but that their effort failed at a point and the insurgents broke into the camp after about an hour of exchange of gunfire.

An unknown number of troops could still not be accounted for as at Saturday morning, our sources said.

A search and rescue operation is currently underway in conjunction with troops from the 145 Battalion, this website learnt.

The wounded officers and men were evacuated to the Nigerian Army 7 Division Medical Services and Hospital in Maiduguri.

Two of our sources said the terrorists made away with armoured personnel carriers, anti-aircraft guns, water tanker, utility trucks, ambulances and other equipment.

The Abu-Mus’ab Al-Barnawi faction of the dreaded sect is known to target milspokesperson did not return PREMIUM TIMES’ requests for comments after several hours on Saturday.

The Army confirmed the attack occurred in a statement late Friday, but Onyema Nwakchukwu — a spokesperson for the theatre command in Maiduguri— only said soldiers killed many Boko Haram insurgents when they repelled the attack.

Mr Nwachukwu, a colonel, told PREMIUM TIMES he did not immediately have details of military casualties.

“I am only aware of aerial bombardment and the response of the ground troops that left many Boko Haram fighters killed,” Mr Nwachukwu said by telephone Saturday afternoon.

“But I am not aware of soldiers’ casualties and I would not have such information until it gets to my desk.”

John Agim, a brigadier-general and spokesperson for the Defence Headquarters, directed all enquiries about the attack to Mr Chukwu.

The Nigerian Air Force said it launched aerial bombardment of Boko Haram positions during its response to the attack, and uploaded a short video clip of fleeing terrorists who it said were neutralised.

The Zari invasion is the deadliest against a military unit since Boko Haram resumed its attacks against military formations in July.

Scores of Nigerian troops were killed in successive attacks between mid and late July, raising fresh concerns about a resurgent sect amongst top military chiefs.

The Chief of Army Staff Tukur Buratai initially responded to the killings by visiting the front lines and ordering a reshuffling of commanders.

A few days later, the Army chief followed up with a threat to senior military officers overseeing the counter-insurgency operations, warning them of

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President Buhari Commissions Trauma Centre, 4 other landmark project in UMTH

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President Buhari commissions Trauma Centre, 4 other landmark projects in UMTH

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

President Muhammadu Buhari has on Thursday commissioned a 150 bed capacity, Muhammadu Buhari Trauma centre, Physical Rehabilitation center among 3 other projects at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Maiduguri

President Buhari made the assurance while speaking via zoom at the occasion of the Landmark commissioning projects held at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Maiduguri on Thursday assured Nigerian of his administration’s commitment to improve the health care delivery of it’s citizens across the country.

“this events we are witnessing today shows the commitment of the Federal government in tackling the growing health challenges of ithe people of the Northeast. The emerging diseases made it necessary for the government to come up with measures such as 150 bed capacity Trauma center, among other projects . I Urge Nigerians to take advantage of the unprecedented facilities. I also use the opportunity to urge those handling the centers to take proper care of the facilities”, the President added.

“The multi purpose auditorium and conference hall constructed and furnished for University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital by the Government of Borno State, under the leadership of His Excellency, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, I see a clear display of participatory ownership and example of sound relationship between federal and state government” Buhari said

While commending the UMTh board and management for the achievements, President Buhari directed the Head of Service of the Federation, minister of Finance to look at the manpower needs of the hospital, adding that Nigerians are proud of the UMTH.

President Buhari who spoke from the state house in Abuja, virtually commissioned some landmark projects at the UMTH, one of which was the the auditorium started from scratch as intervention by Borno state government.

In his remarks, Governor Babagana Umara Zulum of Borno state commended the Federal for the laudable projects executed under the Buhari administration in Borno.

“This institution (UMTH) has never witnessed such laudable developmental projects at once, from its inception to date. Mr President, we appreciate all the good projects” Zulum said.

Governor said Borno state government in this year 2020 alone, has started from scratch, 50 new health centers across various local governments in the state and that many other health centers were rehabilitated and furnished with modern equipments.

He further explained that Borno has approved the recruitment of more than 500 qualified doctors, nurses, other health workers and re-engage retired personnel, for deployment to healthcare centres where medical services are most needed by citizens.

Earlier in his remarks, the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire said the UMTH is the leading health institution in the Northeast and is known for its service capacity, adding that the structures commissioned will repositioned the institution in meeting the healthcare need of the region

He said ” 150 bed. Capacity Trauma center has vascular surgery theater, radiology center, orthopedic centre, among other, Will assist in no small measure in addressing the health challenges of the insurgency affected Northeast.”

In his address the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the UMTH, Professor Ahmed Ahijo said ” the institution which was commissioned on 23rd July, 1983 with 600 bed capacity has now grown to 800 bed capacity and with the commissioning of these landmark projects and when the ongoing projects is completed, the hospital will have 1200 bed capacity, one of the largest in the country’.

He said ‘cancer is one of the raising disease in Nigeria but despite that the hospital does not have cancer centre, hence the move by the hospital to construct a Radiology centre to address the challenges with the commissioning of these projects, . I want to use the opportunity to appeal to Mr. President to approve to the institution to recruit it’s manpower needs to manned these facilities’.

In their be separate Goodwill messages, the country Director of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Dr Water Molumba and the Head of delegation, International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC), Mr Floi Fillion through virtual addressed assured the Federal and the Borno state governments that their respective organisation are always ready to partner and support their health institutions in the country, through technical supports and other collaborations.

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WHO targets 2.5million children, as it flags off 4th round SMC malaria campaign in Borno

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WHO targets 2.5 million children, as it flags off 4th round SMC Malaria campaign in Borno

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

In it’s efforts to reduce to the nearest minimal the cases of Malaria among the children under the age of 5, the World Health Organisation (WHO) in collaboration with the Borno state government have flagged off the 4th round of the Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention (SMC) Campaign in the state.

Flagging off the Campaign at the Almiskin IDP Camp Maiduguri on Sunday, the Country Representative of the WHO in Nigeria, Dr Walter Malumba said ” this event you just witness here today is part of our comprehensive interventions to prevent Malaria from killing children below the age of 5 a ND others us to fight the vectors which are the mosquitoes and the commissioner just stated that the Borno government distributed treated mosquito nets to many people”

” Do far we have cover over 2.1 million children and we have exceeded 80 percent we are increasing be it. By doing be do up four times it will make the child not to contract Malaria and if even he do it would reduce to nearest mild”, Dr Malumbo stated.

He said the first, second and third round of the campaign witnessed some hitches due to COVID 19 and other logistic problems but thank God the fourth round the issues have been address and that they targeting hundred percent coverage.

“The malaria cases in Nigeria is between 29 to 25 percent which is far from eradication, as until it reaches 5 percent that we talk of eradicating it The WHO is more than ever committed to reducing the bearest minimum the cases of Malaria in the country”,Dr. Malumba stated

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Speaking to newsmen after administering the drugs to the children, the Borno state commissioner for Health, Dr Salihu Kwayabura said ” you know one of our greatest burden particularly children below the age of 5 is the burden of Malaria it is an intervention from the Federal government and the state government and support by our partners particularly the WHO”.

” We did the first round in Kulukori, Damboa road and we are here today for the fourth round and probably the last one this year. We are targeting 2.5 million children and I am happy to inform you we have cover over 90 percent . So the exercise is successful” Dr Kwayabura added.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Secretary Jere Local government area, Alhaji Sheriff commended the WHO and the Borno state government for the intervention, adding that we have been working closely with the traditional and the religious leaders for the success of the exercise.

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Unemployment: Borno Youth called on FG to establish Youths Development Fund

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Unemployment: Borno Youths called on FG to establish Youths Development Fund

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The youths in Borno state have urged the Federal Government to set aside funds through Youth Development Fund b to tackle unemployment, and restiveness in the country.

The participants in a 21 point communique issued at the end of the Borno Youths Summit which held at the Multi Purpose Hall of the Government House, Maiduguri yesterday and read by the state Commissioner of Youths and Sport, Comrade Saina Buba called on the Federal and State governments to intensify efforts in the area of women empowerment and inclusive participation towards making them self reliant.

The communique commended the Federal Government for it’s initiative to resume oil exploration in the Chad Basin Area and urged the Federal government to comect Matte to national grid and complete the Manbila Hydro Electric Power Projects to create employment to the youths and boast the economy of the nation.

“The youths resolved unanimously to uphold the unity and indivisibility of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The summit coemmended the maturity exhibited by youth groups for not participating in End SARs protest as SARS as an outfit had played commendable role in the fight against insurgency and crme in Borno state. In same vein, the summit supports Federal Government in establishing new outfit as a replacement of FSARS to perform even better”, Hon Buba said

The summit while commending the military and other security agencies for their sustained efforts in fighting insurgency,called for the provision of adequate security throughout the state, so as to protect the communities that have resselled back to their respective villages and towns to facilitate socio economic activities in the local government areas.

The summit while urging for synergy between all the security agencies in the counter insurgency fight called on them to sustain efforts in the fight against insurgency.

The youths commended President Muhammadu Buhari for addressing all issued being face by the youths, especially in the areas of job creation and employment opportunities

The communique further said * the summit also commended Governor Zulum for upturning efforts in bringing stability to the state through the reconstruction of destroyed communities and youths engagement.”.

” We equally urged all tiers of governments to invest massively in agriculture as a panacea for engainging the teaming youths population in the area of farming and other related activities.*, They added.

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