Marauding Boko Haram criminal elements escaping the unbearable battle heat turned on them by the Nigeria Army troops met their waterloo as one of their vehicles, a Toyota Sam Sahara Model, stepped on an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) laid by them against the Army at Lamba’a Forest along Jakana – Mainok Road in Borno State.
The incidence consumed 7 members of the criminal group while 8 others suffered severe injuries in what could be described as self-inflicted destruction.
This was contained in a press release by Nigerian Army Operations Media’s Coordinator, Colonel Aminu Iliyasu.
The press release reads; “As the artillery bombardment and ground assault by troops of the Nigerian Army (NA) intensify across Operation LAFIYA DOLE Theatre, more Boko Haram casualties are being recorded.
In a clear case that can be best described as a tactical boomerang, on Friday, 18 October 2019, some marauding Boko Haram criminals elements who were escaping the unbearable battle heat turned on them by NA troops met their waterloo as one of their vehicles, a Toyota Sam Sahara Model, stepped on an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) laid by them against NA troops at Lamba’a Forest along Jakana – Mainok Road in Borno State.
The self-inflicted destruction consumed 7 Boko Haram criminals while 8 others suffered severe injuries. Consequently, troops have mobilised to the general area for route clearance and mop-up operation”
According to Iliyasu, the diligent troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE in another development, have bursted a syndicate that specializes in the smuggling of smoked fish from the Lake Chad region for sale in some parts of Nigeria.
That Reliable information at their disposal revealed that Boko Haram criminals/Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) and their collaborators are using the fish business to finance and sustain their heinous activities.
That, proceeds from the sales are believed to be channelled into the procurement of food stuff, groceries, drugs, toiletries, vehicle spare parts and other items for the sustenance of their criminal activities.
In the same vein, troops of Sector 3 Operation LAFIYA DOLE while acting on a reliable intelligence, raided the residence of some suspected illegal fish smugglers near Water Board Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) Camp in Monguno LGA of Borno State where four suspects were arrested and 16 sacks of smoked fish concealed in a room were recovered.
He said, in a similar operation conducted by troops of Sector 2 Operation LAFIYA DOLE on 10 October 2019, 9 vehicles loaded with illegal smoked fish consignments were equally intercepted at Bukarti in Geidam LGA of Yobe State en-route Hadejia in Jigawa State leading to the arrest of 18 suspects including the drivers, conductors, mechanics and their agents.
The Army Officer further revealed that troops deployed at a Check Point along Baga Road in Borno State while on Operation POSITIVE IDENTIFICATION arrested one Musa Ishaku while in possession of a fake Nigeria Customs ID card which he has been using to deceive security agencies.
The troops of 1 Division he said also rescued 4 kidnapped students from bandits at Gurmi Village in Chikun LGA of Kaduna State after a brief fire fight with criminals. Similarly, following confessional statements made by an arrested notorious bandit/kidnap kingpin named Yellow, troops of 3 Brigade tracked and arrested one of his gang members, Dahiru Dogo in Falgore Forest in Kano State.
While in Rivers State, troops of 16 Brigade Garrison (Main) raided a suspected Sea Pirates Camp at Tingibibi Ogu/Bolo LGA of Rivers State.
The suspected sea pirates who obviously could not withstand the overwhelming fire power of the troops, fled the enclave in disarray. Items recovered from the camp include one AK 47 Rifle magazine, 5 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, 3 cartridges, one binocular and 3 para red rocket.
That, troops of the Nigeria Army neutralised one armed robber during an anti-robbery operation at Adipet Filling Station along Rukuba Road in Jos North LGA of Plateau State. Others were believed to have escaped with gun shot wounds.
He assured the public of the Chief of Army Staff assurance to rid the country of criminal elements.
” The Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai wishes to reassure the general public on the resolve of the Nigerian Army to rid the society of criminal elements for a secured environment” he said.
18 Illegal fish smugglers including drivers, mechanics, agents and conductors amongst others arrested by troops of sector 2 operation Lafiya Dole deployed at Bukarti check point.
Students that were kidnapped on the 10 October 2019, rescued by troops of Operation Mesa at Gurmi village in Chikun LGA Kaduna State.
Musa Ishaku arrested with a fake Nigeria Customs Service identification card by troops of operation positive identification at Baga Road Check Point.
Dahiru Dogo arrested at Falgore forest by troops of 3 Brigade on operation mesa for his alleged involvement in kidnapping activities.
Two Policemen Shot Dead in Bayelsa
Two policemen were on Tuesday shot dead along the Otuogidi community in Ogbia local government area of Bayelsa state.
The suspects carted away the riffles of their victims, creating apprehension in the state few days to the Saturday governorship election.
The deceased officers were attacked at a checkpoint close to the Bayelsa State College of Health Technology in Ogbia.
While one of them reportedly died on the spot, the other died at a hospital he was taken to for medical attention.
Meanwhile, Mohammed Adamu, inspector-general of police, has deployed 32,000 policemen for the election.
The policemen are to be supervised by 15 commissioners of police, three assistant inspectors-general (AIG) of police and Anthony Ogbizi, a deputy inspector-general of police (DIG).
‘IGP Arrested My Father Because I Divorced his Friend’ Woman Cries Out
Nasiba, daughter of Sani Dauda, a former chairman of Peugeot Automobile Nigeria Limited, says Mohammed Adamu, the inspector-general of police (IGP), is harassing her family.
Nasiba, who spoke with TheCable on Tuesday, said her family was being targetted over her refusal to remain in a legally dissolved marriage with Abubakar Musa, her ex-husband whom she claims is a childhood friend of the IGP.
She said she kept things to herself about her ex-husband until Monday when policemen came to arrest her father and her elder brother.
TheCable has contacted police headquarters for a response to the allegation.
According to her, the policemen, who reportedly acted on the directive of the IGP, could not produce any warrant to effect the arrest.
“They came over to the house with no warrant but a petition they claim was from my ex-husband,” she said.
“In the petition, he accused my dad of taking me away from him and marrying me off to someone else illegally. But this is not true. The marriage was dissolved at the court, and I got the divorce certificate.
“My ex-husband has chosen to humiliate me and my family. The IG sent five police vans to pick up my father, his lawyer and the judge that treated the case while he was praying in the mosque. They wanted to take me and my husband, but we weren’t around.
“Prior to that, the commissioner of police, Ali Aji Janga ,called my father and told him the IG has asked him to arrest him based on a petition sent by my ex-husband that my father has married me off to another man while he’s still married to me. But the CP told my father that he has advised the IG that this not a criminal offence and should not be treated as such. The IG insisted and told him to act on his instructions. My father is still at the police station with no arrest warrant and no explanation.”
Nasiba said she had left the marriage due to physical and emotional abuse, as her ex-husband assaulted her in ways no one could imagine.
“I don’t know why the IG is making this a criminal offence. I know my ex-husband is a childhood friend of the IG and he was also instrumental in his appointment as IG, but if the IG wants him married, he should marry off his own daughters to him,” she said.
She added that her father and others are still being detained at the special anti robbery squad (SARS) office at the Kaduna state police command.
Frank Mba, force public relations officer, promised to investigate the matter and get back to TheCable when he was contacted.
Yakubu Sabo, spokesman of the Kaduna police command, said he was attending a training outside the state when TheCable contacted him for comments.
1,392 People Rescued From Illegal Detention Centres in 2 Months
In the past two months across the country, about 1,392 people have so far been rescued in various detention centres, as there are fears that more centres are likely to be discovered.
There had been apprehensions across the country following the discovery, from September 26, of various centres where people were found either chained, being tortured or living in pitiable conditions.
In the first rescue carried out in Rigasa area in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State in September, 300 people were found in an Islamic centre, with some of them not only being starved, but also sexually abused and chained.
On October 14, in Daura, Katsina State, 67 men were rescued by police from another Islamic centre and it was tales of woes from many of them. Two days later, on October 16, police freed about 500 men and boys chained to walls in another Islamic school in the state.
Also, on October 19, 147 persons comprising 22 females and 125 males were equally rescued at Malam Niga rehabilitation centre in the same Rigasa. Three days later, 11 inmates were rescued at a religious centre in Zaria, Kaduna State.
On October 24, 108 malnourished and sick people were rescued from an Islamic reform centre in Gaa’Odota, in Ilorin West Local Government Area of Kwara State and some of the inhabitants of the centre were in chains.
Similarly, on November 4, personnel of the Oyo State Police Command raided an illegal detention centre at a mosque in the Ojoo area of Ibadan and rescued 259 persons being held hostage there.
The victims were made up of 191 males, 34 females, 11 children, and 23 sick persons. It was gathered that the victims had been in chains for between two and 10 years.
Meanwhile, following the discovery of illegal rehabilitation centres in Kaduna and Zaria, Kaduna State government has commenced the construction of no fewer than five rehabilitation centres across the state.
The state Commissioner for Human Services and Social Development, Mrs Hafsat Baba, disclosed this when she fielded questions from newsmen.
The commissioner, while giving an update on the project, said all the centres were still under lock and key.
She said her ministry had reunited the children with their families after undergoing medical test.
“I think only one or two staff of the one of the centres are currently being prosecuted in court, while Malam Niga has been released after making a statement in the police command,” she said.
According to her, the raid on the centres was not a witch hunt, as there had been a series of complaints from citizens about the centres.
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