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Set up Independent Panel to investigate Alleged Commercialization Counter Insurgency War – Group Tells FG

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By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

A group called Borno Emirate Concerned Citizens Forum (BECCF) has appealed to the Federal Government to constitute an independent investigation panel to investigate the alleged commercialization of war against insurgency in the Northeast.

The group at a press briefing held at the NUJ Press Centre, Maiduguri yesterday and led by it’s Chairman, Zannah Hassan Boguma the group called on the Federal Government to constitute an independent investigative panel to investigate the commercialization of the war against insurgency in the Northeast.

The group said ” regarding the commercialization of the war against the terrirists, the Forum holds similar view with the Borno state Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum. Because, once the fundermentals behind the formation of this Forum is a report by the district head of Baga that some miscreant among the security forces are engaged in all sort of bussiness, including farming and fishing business in the fringes of Lake Chad’.

“We strongly condemn and urge the Nigerian government to bring those responsible for the horrific crime to justice,” Boguma stressed.

“The recent developments in the state including abduction of innocent people, attacked on Governor’s Motorrcade, terrorising innocent people and shedding blood, constitutes a form of Injustice can never be tolerated by all well meaning individuals in the state , which viewed them as gross crime and sinful acts which undermining the peaceful circumstance of the people of Borno state”, Boguma added.

The group urged the people of Borno state to unite against those terrorising them and those who.permits the killing of non.contants without justification stressing that Islam has declared the spilling of blood and the destruction of.property as obsolute prohibition until the Day of Judgement.

” We urge all well meaning individuals and groups to desists from the culture of silence to denounce the terrorists act and their sponsors by revealing thieir secrets and exposing their lies. We believed that the conservative nature of our people has seriously made enemies within and outside to take chance to create havoc on our society, the group stressed.

The group further said ” the Armed Forces should take cue their counterparts in Tchad Republic. If the President of Tchad, Idriss Debby Itno and his soldiers cleared and annihilated Boko Haram Terrorists in 8 days in their territory Why is it taking Over 10 years (not ten days ) for the Nigerian Armed Forces?, Therefore, we suggest that the Chief of Army Staff Lt General Tukur Buratai should lead the war and fish out the terrorists”.

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Military kills scores of Boko Haram insurgents, destroyed 7 gun trucks in Borno

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Military kills scores of Boko Haram insurgents,, destroyed 7 gun trucks in Borno

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The troops of Operation Tura Ta kai Bango of the Operation Lafiya Dole have killed scores if insurgents, destroyed 7 Gun trucks, as they repelled Boko Haram insurgents attack their location in Marte, the headquarters of Marte local government area of Borno.

The Army in a statement issued by the Acting Director, Defence Media Operations Defence Headquarters,
Brigadier General BERNARD ONYEUKO said ” toops of Operation TURA TAKAIBANGO in conjunction with the Air Task Force Operation LAFIYA DOLE have effectively destroyed 7 Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists’ gun trucks and decimated several unconfirmed number of the terrorists when they attempted to attack their location at the outskirts of Marte in Marte Local Government Area of Borno State.”

The statement said ” the gallant troops, based on reliable information about the attack, had positioned themselves in an ambush site where they tactically withdrew to, and awaited the arrival of the terrorists before they opened fire which led to fierce battle that resulted in the successes recorded as indicated above.”

General ONYEUKO said ” the troops are still engaged in pursuit of the fleeing terrorists for further exploitation. Further details of interest to members of the public will be communicated later.”

It could be recalled that even recently the troops repelled Boko Haram attack on Gujba, town of Gujba local government area of Yobe state.

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Borno Governor releases N10M to save UNIMAID student who needs kidney transplant.

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Borno Governor releases N10m to save UNIMAID student who needs Kidney transplant

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The life of a 29-year old 300 level student of geography at the University of Maiduguri, Mbahi Sarki Suleiman has been saved courtesy of the Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum who on Tuesday approved the release of N10m to Settle the medical bill of his kidney transplant.

It Could be recalled that the student hails from Yara village in Hawul local government area of Borno. State was critical need of kidney transplant and seek for assistance to undergo transplant at Abuja based hospital

The support came after the student and his mother featured on multiple times on Brekete family, a morning programme in Human Rights Radio in Abuja, hosted by Ahmed Isa, popularly called ‘ordinary President’, with direct appeal to Governor Zulum to save Bitrus. The family sought for N9m being the cost of the transplant as they had a donor in waiting.

On Tuesday, January 12, the family’s appeal was brought to Zulum’s attention by his media team, following which the Governor directed the immediate release of N10m to fund Bitrus’ transplant. Whereas the family needed N9m, Zulum added N1m in case of unforeseen circumstance.

The following day, Wednesday, Saratu Sarki Bitrus, mother of the student, returned to Brekete family programme with her son, and confirmed on air, that she had received bank alert of N10m as directed by governor Zulum and she had already made payments to a hospital in Abuja, which is to undertake the transplant scheduled to hold this week.

Speaking with tears of joy, the patient, Mbahi told audience that it was he who saw the deposit alert of N10m in his mother’s phone.

“Yesterday (Tuesday) my mother gave me her phone to show me a deposit of five thousand naira that someone had made to her account and while I was going through that, I suddenly saw an incoming deposit and it was N10m, I became shocked and showed my mum, we all knelt down in disbelieve and started crying. Later on, an aid to the governor called to ask if we had received the alert and we confirmed it. I do not know what to say to my Governor. professor Babagana Umara Zulum, I can only wish that God blesses him and make him greater than he is, nothing I say can show the extent of what I feel about that intervention to save my life. I currently survive on dialysis until I undergo a transplant Mbahi Sarki Suleiman said.

After the family outing on Brekete family, a media aid of governor Zulum met Mbahi, his mother and management of Brekete family at human rights radio in Abuja, to convey Zulum’s well wishes for successful transplant and speedy recovery.

Our correspondent recalled that in December 2019, Governor Zulum had directed the Borno State Specialist Hospital in Maiduguri to be offering free dialysis to all patients in the state who were paying so much for weekly dialysis on which citizens with kidney failures survived on.

Governor Zulum had also directed the state ministry of higher education, science and technology to in collaboration with the state ministry of health fund a research to find the causes of rampant cases of kidney failures in some parts of Borno. The ministry has placed adverts inviting scientists for the research, with investigations still ongoing.

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28 Boko Haram insurgents killed, as military repelled attack on Gujba

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28 Boko Haram insurgents killed, as military repelled attack on Gujba

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

No fewer than 28 members of Boko Haram terrorists were killed while several others escaped with bullet wounds when the troops of newly launched Operation Tura Takai Bango successfully repelled Boko Haram attack on Gujba town of Yobe state.

The Army in a statement issued by the
Acting Director Defence Media Operations, Brigadier General
BENARD ONYEUKO said “troops of the newly launched Operation TURA TAKAIBANGO a subsidiary Operation of Operation LAFIYA DOLE in the North East continue to obliterate elements of Boko Haram/Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP) criminals with uncommon ferocity”.

General ONYEUKO said “In the aftermath of the decisive encounter, 28 Boko Haram Terrorists were neutralized while few others are believed to have escaped with gunshot wounds. In the same vein, one Boko Haram Gun Truck was destroyed with its occupants while another Gun Truck was captured from the fleeing criminals. Other equipment captured from the criminals include; 2 Anti Aircraft Guns, 13 AK 47 Rifles, 4 extra magazines and a Vulcanizing Machine.”

” Latest encounter with the marauding Boko Haram criminals occurred on 9 January 2021 at Gujba LGA of Yobe State where the Gallant troops identified and encycled a Boko Haram criminals Ambush site. The troops from HQ Sector 2 who were led by the Commander Sector 2 and later reinforced by troops from 27 TF Bde Buni Gari and Special Forces Training School Buni Yadi tactically outmanoeuvred the criminals and engaged them with superior fire power resulting in high casualty on the terrorists.”, The statement said.

The Army however regrettably, said one gallant soldier paid the supreme price while one other soldier was wounded during the encounter, adding that wounded soldier have been evacuated to a military medical facility and is responding positively to treatment.

“The renewed onslaught against the remnants of Boko Haram/Islamic State’s West Africa Province criminals by the dogged troops of Operation TURA TAKAIBANGO is indicative of the end of all criminal elements within the North East. The troops of Operation TURA TAKAIBANGO are highly commended for their dedication and determination in flushing out remnants of the terrorists from their hideouts. They are also encouraged not to relent but build on the successes recorded.”, the further stated.

The statement therefore, assured the entire populace of the North East
region of the Nigerian Army’s renewed vigour and determination to crush the remnants of Boko Haram/Islamic State’s West Africa Province criminals from their enclaves in this zone.

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