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Borno Governor’s Convoy, Hundreds of Vehicles Trapped, As Insurgents Attack Damaturu

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BORNO GOVERNOR’S CONVOY, HUNDREDS OF VEHICLES TRAPPED, AS INSURGENTS ATTACK DAMATURU

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

Over one thousand vehicles including the Convoy of Borno state Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum were trapped at the main entrance of Damaturu , the Yobe state capital, as the Boko Haram insurgents were said to attacked, Damaturu, the Yobe state capital.

Our correspondent who was at the city gate checkpoint near Mega filling station.Damaturu, reports that hundreds of passengers which consist of women, children and elderly persons were trapped at the checkpoint and were exposed to the cool hanattan blowing across .

Our correspondent gathered that all the four roads linking Damatutu, the Yibe state capital were closed and thousands of people were trapped at all the checkpoints

Some of the motorists who spoke to our correspondent said that the road was closed since at about 3:00pm on Sunday, following an attacked along Gashua road, Damaturu which forced the military to closed all the roads liking the city with other parts of the Northeast.

A motorist. Mallam Audu Ibrahim said ” we were trapped here since at around 3’00pm and nobody told us what is happening. We are here exposed to the cool harmattan and above all we are also exposed to risks of been attacked by the Boko Harsm “.

” We are appealing to the military authority whenever there is such incident. They should at least allow people to gain entrance into the city rather than exposing hundreds of people including women. Children and eldertly to the risk of attack, he added.

A commercial driver, Abubakar Adamu said ” it is unfortunate because in my vehicle I am carrying a woman and her five children including an infsnt. So also many vehicles are carrying women, children elderly people .and all those people are exposed to danger, God forbid in case of attack in the checkpoint it will be disastrous “.

He further said ” we have been plying this road and in.most cases this place weas opened around 6:00pm but today we have been trapped sinve around 3;00 pm the roads were closed. ”

As at the time of filing in this report, helicopter gunship was still hovering on the Damaturu, the Yobe state capital

Similarly,three humanitarian workers working with Alliance for International Medical Action (ALIMA) were said to have killed, while two female workers were abducted when member of the Boko Harsm insurgents ambushed a convoy of the umanitarian workers along Monguno road about 140 kilometers way from, Maiduguri, the Borno state capital..

 

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Service Chiefs Arrived Maiduguri in Preparation to President Buhari Visit to Borno

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Service chiefs arrived Maiduguri in preparation to President Buhar’ visit to Borno

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Chief of Defense Staff (CDS),General Lucky Irabor, the Chief of Arny Staff ( COAS), Major General Faruk Yahaya,, Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal, Isiaka Anao Chief of Naval , (CNS), Auwal Gambo Staff, Rear Admiral and Inspector General of Police (IGP) Usman Baba Alkali were in Maiduguri to discuss security situation in the Northeast. in preparation to the President Muhammadu Buhari visit to Borno

On arrrival of the service Chiefs they proceeded straight to the headquarters Joint Tasks force Operation Hadin Kai where they went into closed door meeting that lasted for over 2 hours.

The President during the visit is expected to address the troops of Northeast Joint Task Force, Operation Hadin Kai at the Maimalari Cantonment

Speaking in an interview with newsmen shortly after the close door meeting, the Chief of Defense Staff, General Lucky Irabor said assured Nigerians that the military is determined to end the Boko Haram insurgency.

The reason why we are here to re-strategize and address the problems facing the troops

Chief of Defence Staff led Service Chiefs and Inspector General of Police to headquarters Theatre Command ahead of President Buhari’s visit.

The CDS said their visit to the Theatre is to strategize and address the security problems facing the people of the Northeast and the entire country, adding that ,the greatest challenge before the military and other security agencies is how to restore peace in the entire region, and stressed the need for collaborative effort to end the crisis.

In welcome address, before the close door session,, the acting Theatre Commander Joint Taskforce Operation Hadin Kai Major General Felix Omoigui said that the Theatre had recorded numerous success which led to economic activities to thrive in many liberated areas of the northeast.

The Chief of Defence Staff was accompanied on the visit by Chief of Army Staff, Major General Farouq Yahaya, Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Isiaka Amao, Chief of Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Auwal Gambo, Inspector General of Police Usman Alkali, Chief of Defence Intelligence, Principal Staff Officers from Defence and Service Headquarters.

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Just in: Former Special Adviser to president Jonathan, Ali Gulak Assassinated

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Just in: Former special adviser to president Jonathan, Ali Gulak assassinated

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Former special adviser to president Goodluck Jonathan on politics, Ali Gulak has reportedly been assassinated by unknown gunmen in Owerri, the capital of IMO State.

Confirming the sad incident to our reporter, a former classmate of the slain politician who is also a PDP stalwart in Adamawa State, Dr. Umar Ardo said, “I just confirmed the sad and gruesome murder of my friend and classmate, the former special adviser political to president Goodluck Jonathan.”

According to Ardo, Gulak was assassinated in the night by yet to be identified gunmen in Owerri.

Gulak was a one time speaker of Adamawa State house of assembly and former special assistant to the vice president.

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Army Confirms Death of COAS, General Attahiru in Kaduna Plane Crash

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Army confirms death of COAS, General Attaihiru in Kaduna plane crash

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Nigerian Army has on Fruday confirmed the death of the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt General Ibrahim Atahiru who died in a plane crash in Kaduna .

The Army in a statement signed by its Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Mohammed Yerima, said.

Army Confirms death of COAS, Lt. Gen Attahiru in Plane Crash,he said ” the Nigerian Army regrets to announce the passing away of its Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Ibrahim Attahiru . The sad event occurred following an air crash in Kaduna which also claimed the lives of 10 other officers including the crew”

The statement said “the COAS was en-route Kaduna from Abuja on Friday, 21 May, 2021 when the unfortunate incident happened.”

“Details of the sad incident and burial arrangements will be communicated soon”, General yerima added.

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