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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.

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Army Kill 75 Insurgents, Rescue 35 Victims in June

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The Nigeria Army said troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE had a total of 17 encounters with marauding BHT/ISWAP criminals, neutralizing 75 of them in the process between the 1-30 of June this year.

That the resilience of the troops being sustained across the North-East Theater of operation resulted to high BHT/ISWAP casualties on both men and equipment as well as capture or surrendering of some of their fighters.

The encounters according to the Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Defence Headquarters, Maj. Gen. John Enenche, also led to the capture of assorted arms and large cache of ammunition including one Anti-Aircraft Gun, 13 AK 47 Rifles, one Sniper Rifle, 21 locally made guns, 2 Dane guns and one Rocket Propelled Gun.

 

Others include 3 Hand Grenades, 5 Rocket Propelled Gun bombs, 205 rounds of Anti-Aircraft ammunition, 1018 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition. Also captured were 2 Boko Haram criminals’ flags.

In the same vein, one Gun Truck, one Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device, one Toyota Starlet car and several makeshift structures belonging to the terrorists were destroyed by the valiant troops within the period. Regrettably, one officer paid the supreme price while one soldier was wounded in action and has since been evacuated to a military medical facility where he is recuperating.

John Equally said that, 4 BHT/ISWAP criminals including 2 women namely Aishatu Manye and Kelune Mate were captured and later identified to be the wives of the local Boko Haram commander at Gajingi in Madagali LGA of Adamawa State.

Also, the troops arrested one Boko Haram spy named Kawalu during a Jumaat prayer at Michika Central Mosque and one Boko Haram fighter captured in the aftermath of an encounter at Miyanti general area in Bama LGA of Borno State.

Enenche reveled that the period under review also witnessed 4 surrenders by Boko Haram criminals. The trio of Mohammed Babagana, Modu Jugudun and Alhaji Usman surrendered to troops of Delta Company at Strong Response Area Pulka in Gwoza LGA of Borno State while one Mustapha Kori surrendered to troops of Army Super Camp 11 Gamboru in Ngala LGA of Borno State.

Furthermore, the army media coordinator said it is equally heart-warming to note that, during the period, troops rescued 35 captives from the captivity of BHTs/ ISWAP criminals.

Amongst those rescued are 18 women, 16 children and one adult male. The rescued children were promptly administered with Polio vaccine in line with the Buratai Intervention Initiative while the women were administered with First Aid as required.

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Sack of Service Chiefs is Not The Answer to Nigeria’s Security Challenges

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By Comrd. Musa Mohammed, Editor

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President Arewa Media Practitioners.

There is no doubt to any objective mind that relative peace and security have been attained in Nigeria with the coming of President Muhammadu Buhari and the subsequent appointment of the reigning Service Chiefs.

While before Muhammadu Buhari’s assumption of office as president of the country, Nigerians wouldnt forget in a hurry how boko haram terrorists has inflicted on the country heavy rain of terror especially in Bauchi, Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Kano, Kaduna, Sokoto and the Federal Capital territory, Abuja among other places.

While the media remains agog with litanies of public outcries and unjustified condemnations against the service chiefs over occasional resurgence of insecurity in the North West and North east, resulting in rising clamour for the sack of Service Chiefs, there is the need for logical introspection over the desirability or necessity for the removal of service chiefs.

To start with a brisk look at the general picture of the insecurity issue in Nigeria highlights a problem spanning a decade and traversing the respective tenures of many service chiefs before the ascension of the current heads of the armed forces.

Needless to recount here, there were deadlier attacks, far more devastating than what we recently experienced in borno, Katsina, niger and Yobe states. Attacks and bombings really foreclosed every opportunity to conduct business operations by the roadside and at market places, attend schools or workplaces, let alone enjoy travelling opportunities.

With the appointment of the current service chiefs, relative peace and security have been achieved. In my opinion, it is an open issue that among the heads of the military in this country, one of them has since their appointment proved himself to be outstandingly exceptional especially in the areas of military leadership. It is apparent that Gen tukur Buratai has been so much committed, focus and untiring in the efforts to destroy boko haram’s terrorism and other sundry crimes across the country.

Gen Buratai, in all objective human calculations has rejuvenated and restored the capability and willingness of the army personnel to fight. Troops no longer abondoned their positions and equipment on sighting the marauding insurgents. Gone are the days when troops remain on the defensive locations – thanks to the ingenious creation of super camp which has allowed for the needed mobility, flexibity, concentration of forces, equipment and efforts as well as the required force protection as troops are mostly mobile on patrols, carrying the battle to insurgents’ camps and hideouts killing hundreds of them in the process. The nation must have noted the way chief of Army Staff led offensive operations in the north east for over two months with resounding succeses where over 1500 terrorists were reportedly eliminated to the extent that the leader of the terrorists Abubakar Shekau was reported to have requested for a cease fire like a weeping terrorists’ commander which he is.
Recall that unlike before, the spate of civilian and non civilian casualties quickly subsided and military counter-insurgency began to record progressive victories on a regular basis.

Boko Haram fighters who were in control of 22 Local Government Areas have since been flushed out with the effective recapture of the areas.

Despite the occasional setbacks, the appointment of Gen Buratai and the entire heads of the military has therefore yielded some remarkable succeses in the battle against terrorism in Nigeria.
In fact, while MOONLIGHT NEWS has been following the progress of war on terror with keen interest, as have been the AREWA MEDIA PRACTITIONERS, our last visit to some parts of both Yobe and Borno States revealed striking features of security improvement in many of the areas and the people showed strong signs of support and appreciation for the success of the Nigerian Military operations in the North East.

Hence, if the reckless killings and bloodshed have been the ugly side of the matter, and the immense operational lapses in security strategies are the bad ones then the remarkable achievements recorded under Buratai, and the other service chiefs whose replacement guarantees no certain outcome are the good side of the present service chiefs, who obviously deserve our collective patience, prayers and support.

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Operation Lafiya Dole: Troops Foil Kidnap/Armed Robbery Incidents Neutralize Marauding Boko Haram Criminals

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 As the tempo of clearance operations increases both in the NE and NW theatres of operation, more Boko Haram/Islamic State’s West Africa Province criminals continue to succumb to the superior tactics and fire power of the troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE. In the early hours of 14 June 2020, troops of Army Super Camp 11 Gamboru in Ngala LGA of Borno State effectively cleared Kusumu and Warshele Villages which appeared to be the terrorists’ logistics base. The troops also cleared Kumo, Diime and Sabori where they engaged some marauding Boko Haram criminals hibernating in the general area. After the encounter, the troops neutralized 13 Boko Haram criminals and captured 21 locally made guns, 2 Dane guns, one Sniper Rifle, one 36 Hand Grenade, one Improvised Explosive Device Bomb and 2 Boko Haram flags. Other captured items include 5 cutlasses, one digger, one spear, 5 bicycles, 3 motorcycles, 5 carts, 2 loud hailers and one Lister generator. The troops equally rescued 32 captives comprising 16 women and 16 children.
TROOPS OF 151 TASK FORCE BATTALION DEPLOYED AT STRONG RESPONSE AREA MIYANTI IN BAMA LGA OF BORNO STATE CONDUCTED A ROBUST CLEARANCE OPERATION TO SUSPECTED BOKO HARAM CRIMINALS’ HIDEOUT AT MIYANTI GENERAL AREA THAT LED TO THE NEUTRALIZATION OF ONE BOKO HARAM CRIMINAL WHILE ANOTHER ONE WAS CAPTURED ALIVE BY THE GALLANT TROOPS.
TROOPS OF 151 TASK FORCE BATTALION DEPLOYED AT STRONG RESPONSE AREA MIYANTI IN BAMA LGA OF BORNO STATE CONDUCTED A ROBUST CLEARANCE OPERATION TO SUSPECTED BOKO HARAM CRIMINALS’ HIDEOUT AT MIYANTI GENERAL AREA THAT LED TO THE NEUTRALIZATION OF ONE BOKO HARAM CRIMINAL WHILE ANOTHER ONE WAS CAPTURED ALIVE BY THE GALLANT TROOPS.


2. Similarly, on 11 June 2020, the troops of Strong Response Area Pulka in Gwoza LGA of Borno State conducted an ambush against Boko Haram elements along Pulka – Bokko – Kirawa Road. Troops made contact with a band of Boko Haram logistics couriers attempting to cross from the Mandara Mountains to Banki axis. The gallant troops neutralized 2 of the criminals while others escaped with gunshot wounds. Additionally, troops recovered 4 bicycles and bags of grains from the fleeing insurgents.

COMBINED TROOPS OF 242 BATTALION, SECTOR 3 QUICK RESPONSE FORCE AND ELEMENTS OF STRONG RESPONSE RESCUED ONE MALAM HASSAN BUKAR AND RECOVERED ONE TOYOTA LAND CRUISER JEEP DURING ENCOUNTER WITH BOKO HARAM CRIMINALS AT JILGATA IN NGANZAI LGA OF BORNO STATE.
COMBINED TROOPS OF 242 BATTALION, SECTOR 3 QUICK RESPONSE FORCE AND ELEMENTS OF STRONG RESPONSE RESCUED ONE MALAM HASSAN BUKAR AND RECOVERED ONE TOYOTA LAND CRUISER JEEP DURING ENCOUNTER WITH BOKO HARAM CRIMINALS AT JILGATA IN NGANZAI LGA OF BORNO STATE.


3. Earlier, on 10 June 2020, same troops of Strong Response Area Pulka in conjunction with elements of Borno State Civilian Joint Task Force successfully ambushed and neutralized 3 Boko Haram criminals dressed in foreign military camouflage uniform along Pulka – Firgi – Banki Junction – Sabsawa. The troops also captured 2 AK 47 Rifles loaded with magazines, one Rocket Propelled Gun, one Rocket Propelled Grenade bomb, 5 extra magazines, 45 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition, one Hand Grenade, one Honda motorcycle, one cell phone and First Aid kits.

TROOPS OF SECTOR 2 MILITARY INTELLIGENCE BRIGADE IN CONJUNCTION WITH VIGILANTES ARRESTED 3 NOTORIOUS KIDNAPPERS/ARMED ROBBERS AND RECOVERED 4 AK 47 RIFLES, 7 AK 47 RIFLE MAGAZINES AND 175 ROUNDS OF 7.62MM SPECIAL AMMUNITION AT BUNI YADI, BUNI GARI AND LAMISHERI VILLAGES.
TROOPS OF SECTOR 2 MILITARY INTELLIGENCE BRIGADE IN CONJUNCTION WITH VIGILANTES ARRESTED 3 NOTORIOUS KIDNAPPERS/ARMED ROBBERS AND RECOVERED 4 AK 47 RIFLES, 7 AK 47 RIFLE MAGAZINES AND 175 ROUNDS OF 7.62MM SPECIAL AMMUNITION AT BUNI YADI, BUNI GARI AND LAMISHERI VILLAGES.


4. In a related development, the troops of 151 Task Force Battalion deployed at Strong Response Area Miyanti in Bama LGA of Borno State conducted a robust clearance operation into suspected Boko Haram criminals’ hideout at Miyanti general area. The operation led to the neutralization of one Boko Haram member with one other captured alive. Similarly, on the same day, the troops of 117 Task Force Battalion in conjunction with elements of Borno State Civilian Joint Task Force sprung an ambush against elements of Boko Haram criminals’ logistics couriers at Gwagwamdi in Askira/Uba LGA of Borno State. The successful ambush operation led to the neutralization of one of the Boko Haram criminals while others escaped with gunshot wounds as evident by the blood spills along their withdrawal route. Additionally, the troops captured one AK 47 Rifle, 2 AK 47 Rifle magazines, 27 rounds of 7.62mm Special ammunition, 8 bicycles and bags of foodstuff and clothing materials. Additionally, a Toyota Starlet vehicle belonging to the insurgents was burnt during the fire fight.

3 BOKO HARAM CRIMINALS NEUTRALIZED BY TROOPS OF ARMY SUPER CAMP 21 NEW MARTE DURING CLEARANCE OPERATIONS TO BOKO HARAM CRIMINALS’ HIDEOUT AT MAILARI.
3 BOKO HARAM CRIMINALS NEUTRALIZED BY TROOPS OF ARMY SUPER CAMP 21 NEW MARTE DURING CLEARANCE OPERATIONS TO BOKO HARAM CRIMINALS’ HIDEOUT AT MAILARI.


5. Also on the same day, the combined troops of 242 Battalion, Sector 3 Quick Response Force and elements of Strong Response Area Gajiram while on fighting patrol encountered Boko Haram criminals mounted on 3 Gun Trucks at Jilgata in Nganzai LGA of Borno State. In the process, the gallant troops eliminated 5 of the terrorists and recovered 4 AK 47 Rifles. One Malam Hassan Bukar earlier abducted by the Boko Haram criminals was rescued while one Toyota Land Cruiser jeep was also recovered by the gallant troops.

6. The Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai commends the troops for their resilience and patriotism in crushing the remnants of Boko Haram/Islamic State’s West Africa Province criminals and urges them to maintain the tempo as we approach the end of insurgency in the Country. Equally, the High Command of the Nigerian Military appreciates troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE for their unwavering commitment in the Theatre.

JOHN ENENCHE
Major General
Coordinator
Defence Media Operations
Defence Headquarters
17 June 2020

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