A bandit, Aliu Musa, after his arrest revealed that his gang gets their weapons delivered to them by a helicopter.
According to The Guardian, the 20-year old on Wednesday narrated that he once watched helicopter drop weapons for his boss inside Dinya Forest in Kankara Local Government Area of Katsina State.
“I once saw that aircraft with fans on its head (helicopter) drop weapons for my boss while we were inside forest at Dinja,” Musa told journalists.
“It was hovering and was very near ground. The man inside would drop the weapons for my boss who would now couple the weapons for our use.”
Musa, and another suspected bandit Salmanu Isa, 18, were among other suspects paraded for various offences at the Katsina Police Command headquarters.
He explained, that “It is only my boss who would go and pick the weapons while we would be watching from where we stood.”
The bandit said he was paid N17,000 per operation and confessed to killing at least five people during operations.
The bandits mentioned Sirajo and Bishir as their gang leaders.
Spokesman of Katsina State Police Command, Anas Gezawa, before parading the suspects said Musa’s gang had killed no fewer than 25 people in different operations.
Gezawa said the suspects confessed that they were bandits that tormented Kankara village and its environs.
“The first suspect Salmanu Isah (a member of the gang) mentioned that they attacked some villages with his syndicate, where they robbed Zango village and went away with eight cows,” Gezawa said.
“He also confessed that he shot dead one person before going to rob at Santa village, where they snatched six sheep and some food items.”
The police spokesman said the bandits also went to Bela and Zango villages where they killed about 20 people and rustled two cows.
Gezawa also said the bandits stormed Omodo village and killed about five people and also rustled eight cows and six sheep.
The police spokesman said there is an ongoing investigation into the case.
Combined Team of N, Army, Niger Army Defeat Terrorist in Recent Encounter
Troops of 403 Special Forces Brigade Baga and Niger Republic troops led by Brigadier General GM Mutkut-Commander Special Forces Brigade Baga dealt an overwhelming defeat on some Boko Haram/ISWAP criminals during a fierce encounter at Kure village along Tumbun Rago and Tumbun Fulani general areas of Borno State on Monday.
According to the Acting Director Defence Media Operations, Defence Headquarters, Brigadier General Bernard Onyeuko in a prrss statement on Tuesday, the troops with the support of the Air Task Force, overwhelmed the insurgents during the encounter during which one of the criminals was neutralized while scores escaped with bullet wounds.
Items recovered from the criminals after the defeat include; One Gun Truck, One Anti Aircraft Gun, One Motorcycle , One Light Machine Gun.
Others are; One AK 47 Rifle and a magazine, Quantity Two Hundred and Twenty Seven (227) rounds of 12.7 mm ammunition and Quantity ten (10) rounds of 7.62 mm Special ammunition.
However, Onyeuko, stated that there was no casualty or equipment losses recorded by the military forces.
He urged members of the public to continue to cooperate and support the security forces with credible information that could aid/hasten the completion of the ongoing clearance operations of all criminal groups.
War Against Terrorism: Group Chides Unpatriotic Media Platforms Over Falsehood, Attempts to Undermine Military
The North East Peace Agenda (NEPA) has lamented the worrisome attacks targeted at the Nigerian military by some media outfits despite the troops’ patriotism and sacrifices to rid the nation of terrorists and other criminal elements.
The group said this unnecessary assault does not bode well for the restoration of peace and security that these institutions stand for.
In a statement signed by National Coordinator, Ibrahim Bukar, on Wednesday, NEPA fingered Sahara Reporters to be at the forefront of this campaign.
While acknowledging that Sahara’s mischievous alliance with foreign groups to rubbish the military isn’t new, Bukar said it reached an all new level with its recent outing.
SR alleged that a routine change of guard in the Nigerian Army was informed by a decision to punish an erstwhile Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole for daring to demand for weapons to fight Boko Haram terrorists.
The North East Peace Agenda, therefore, condemns Sahara Reporters for promoting mischief, falsehood and dishonest objectives with sole intent of ruining the gains so far made on the war against insurgency.
The group strongly advised the Omoyele Sowore-owned outlet to find their missing conscience and quit following the direction dictated by its foreign financiers.
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The North East Peace Agenda has observed with alarm the resurgence of targeted media attack on the counterterrorism by the Nigerian Military as this does not bode well for the restoration of peace and security that these institutions are saddled with.
This attack on the military climaxed with the glee that an outlet like Sahara Reporters celebrated the Boko Haram attack on Nigerian troops in Yobe state. The mischief that is behind this this criminal undertaken was obvious from the way Sahara Reporters rushed to manipulate figures and distorted facts to arrive at its goal of maligning an institution that has given much to deliver on its sacred mandate.
It is public knowledge that the military has done much to rid the country and neigbouring countries of Boko Haram and its carious subsidiaries, an exercise that has unnecessarily become onerous because of the foreign and international support that terrorists are getting in form of weapons, secret trainings, leaked intelligence, clandestine funding and other forms of support that has given the terrorists an appearance of being resilient.
Perhaps the greatest support that the terrorists have enjoyed comes from international NGOs and pro-terrorists media outfits that help to deliver damaging propaganda for Boko Haram under the pretext of doing cutting edge stories. These are stories that will not stand to the scrutiny of professional and ethical journalism for the mere fact that they are not news stories in the journalistic sense of it but are rather press releases and statements crafted by Boko Haram and given the air or responsibility by known media outfits peddling them.
It is on this note that we reviewed with disappointment how Sahara Reporters led a pack of like minded platforms to allege that a routine change of guard in the Nigerian Army was informed by a decision to punish an erstwhile Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole for daring to demand for weapons to fight Boko Haram terrorists. A news outlet that can infer such dismal of low intelligence on the part of its readers by telling such tales by moonlight does not deserve their respect and has no business being in existence in the first place.
Tragically, these series of misdeeds are not firsts for Sahara Reporters, which has been in the habit of promoting all manner of fake news against the military. The publication has in the past reported falsehood against the army in favour of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Boko Haram and just about any configuration that has the disintegration of Nigeria as its agenda.
For an online news portal whose publisher openly called for a forceful overthrow of a legitimately elected government, under the guise of #RevolutionNow movement, it is no surprise to us that Sahara Reporters and its affiliated agents of darkness deliberately manipulated and escalated casualty figure from the Yobe state incident. This action was not only targeted at derailing the Nigerian military but to also trigger mutiny amongst the troops and cause them to abandon their duties posts for terrorists to overrun the country.
In running this negative propaganda, Sahara Reporters is fully aware that it would create a hive scenario whereby other publications, even the respectable ones, will be sucked into replicating its against the military thereby creating the impression that its lies are mainstream.
Even more appalling is the realization that the dirty contract being executed b y Sahara Reporters is at the behest of foreign interests that have things to gain from supporting Boko Haram against the Nigerian state. That a publication that hinges its existence on supposedly working for the betterment of Nigeria can become the terrorists propaganda corps is mind boggling.
Not minding its practice of resorting to blackmailing and maligning anyone brave enough to challenge its criminal undertakings, the North East Peace Agenda condemn Sahara Reporters in the strongest terms possible for promoting mischief, falsehood and dishonest objectives with sole intent of ruining the gains so far made on the war against insurgency. We strongly advise that Sahara Reporters and those that make decisions within that organization search for and find their missing conscience so that their actions and reports will be guided by the truth and not the direction dictated by its foreign financiers.
We realize that the temptation to retain steady access to the allure of donors remitted foreign currency is strong, but they need to realize that they owe a stronger duty of doing the right thing to themselves and to other Nigerians, whose lives are being negatively impacted by the lies dressed up as exclusive reports. The damage being done to the polity is what should prompt Sahara Reporters to cease and desist from further maligning the military while tendering unreserved apology to Nigerians for packaging the selfish agenda and vendetta of its publisher as facts for its unsuspecting readers to consume and act on.
The North East Peace Agenda calls on authorities to step away from their comfort zone of allowing Sahara Reporters get away with mass murder, for that is what its promotion of falsehood amounts to. The mechanism for exacting consequences for the serial misdeeds of the online news site should be activated and promptly so too.
Army Neutralized 150 BokoHaram Criminals At Gorgi, Borno State
The Nigeria Army on Friday said, no fewer than 150 BokoHaram sect members were neutralized by personnel of Operation LAFIYA DOLE at Gorgi, Borno state.
This was contained in a press statement by the Nigerian Army Operations Media Coordinator, Col. Aminu Iliyasu on Friday in Abuja.
According to him, a large number of the terrorists retreated with gunshot wounds with most of their equipment also destroyed.
Unfortunately, 29 soldiers paid the supreme price during the encounter.
The soldiers were said to have lost their lives as a result of the multiple explosions that occurred when the engine of an army truck conveying artillery bombs, explosives and other ammunitions caught fire after being hit by a Rocket Propelled Grenade bomb fired by the criminal insurgents.
ArmAccording to the statement, briefing the COAS, who paid the troops a visit on the said encounter, the Theatre Commander, Major General Ousegun Adeniy explained that on 22 March 2020, having captured and cleared Gorgi of the criminal Boko Haram insurgents, he led the troops to harbour about 5 Kilometers ahead of the location.
However, at about 7:00 am on 22 March 2020 when the troops were preparing to continue with their advance to clear other Boko Haram enclaves in the area, the criminal insurgents attacked the rear elements of the advance force in an attempt to overrun them.
But the the gallant troops repelled the attack, inflicting heavy casualty on the terrorists leading to the death of no fewer than 150 members of the terrorists group.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai represented by the Chief of Training and Operations (Army), Major General Enobong Okon Udoh on a 2-days visit to the area proceeded to the Headquarters, Sector 2 in Damaturu where he addressed the troops that took part in the Gorgi operations.
The troops who were apparently in very high spirits following their resounding victory over the terrorists during the encounter were commended and informed that the Nigerian Army, and indeed the entire Nigerian nation are proud of their gallantry, patriotism and professionalism demonstrated by them in service to their fatherland.
He also informed them that the President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari was proud of their gallantry, patriotism and resolve to defend the territorial integrity of their fatherland.
He noted that the President had given assurances of his continuous support to them in the area of their welfare and equipment.
The Chief of Army Staff also enjoined them to remain focused on the task at hand towards ensuring that all the remnants of the evil Boko Haram terrorists group are totally decimated and that their notorious activities are effectively brought to an end.
Thereafter, the Chief of Army Staff’s Representative presented each of the troops with welfare items including a brand new pair of desert camouflage uniform sent to each of them by the Chief of Army Staff in order to further motivate them.
Furthermore, the Chief of Army Staff proceeded to the Army Super Camp NGAMDU where he addressed the troops of Operation HARBIN KUNAMA IV.
He informed the troops that he was indeed very proud of their discipline, general conduct as well as their achievements so far as they continue their onerous training sessions at the camp.
Brutai enjoined them to translate this high standard into good and commendable operational performance once they complete their training programmes at the camp. The Chief of Army Staff equally used the opportunity to inspect facilities at the newly established Army Super Camp with a view to addressing any shortcomings.
The Chief of Army Staff and his entourage proceeded to the 7 Division Medical Services and Hospital in Maimalari Cantonment to visit the troops who sustained various degrees of injuries during the encounter at Gorgi where a total of 61 troops comprising 7 officers and 32 soldiers who sustained various degrees of injury were currently receiving attention at the hospital.
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