Insurgency: 28 Boko Haram, ISWAP members, families surrender in Borno

The Nigerian Army has said 28 fleeing members of Boko Haram and the Islamic State for West African Province, (ISWAP), as well as their families, had surrendered to troops of 151 Task Force Battalion, under 21 Special Brigade, in Borno State. The development comes as the Theatre Commander (TC) Joint Task Force North-East ‘Operation Hadin Kai‘, Major-General Christopher Musa, charged troops in the theatre of operations to dominate their areas of responsibility against Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province, (ISWAP), terrorists, in order to ensure the total return of normalcy and…

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Insurgency: Theatre Commander hails troops’ exploits in Borno 

The Theatre Commander, Joint Task Force, (JTF), North-East ‘Operation Hadin Kai‘, Major-General Christopher Musa, has commended the troops’ exploits in the fight against the insurgency in the region. According  to a statement issued by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brig-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, said Musa gave the commendation on Monday during an operational visit to troops of Sector 3 OPHK. The commendation came on the heels of the troops’ exploits against Boko Haram/Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists at Mallam Fatori and Damasak areas of Borno State. The Theatre Commander charged…

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Insurgency: “We have sent many bandits to God to answer for their crimes” – Army Chief assures Buhari

Chief of Army Staff, Faruk Yahaya, has stated that Nigerian troops will continue to eliminate bandits and other criminals undermining national security. Yahaya, while addressing journalists after he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-General yesterday, said many of those disturbing the peace “have been sent to God to go and answer for their crimes”. The decoration of the Army chief took place in a short ceremony before the commencement of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the Presidential Villa, in Abuja. President Muhammadu Buhari was assisted in decorating…

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North-East Governors urge military to sustain fight against insurgency

Governors of the North-East geo-political zone have asked the military to sustain its momentum in the fight against insurgency in the region by taking advantage of the current division among the insurgents. The governors made the call on Tuesday, at the 5th edition of the North-East Governors’ Forum, which was held at the Government House in Jalingo, Taraba State. The meeting came 24 hours after southern governors met in Lagos State and reached some decisions on insecurity, PIB, 2023 presidency, among other issues. In a communique issued at the end…

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‘Religious extremism fueling violence in Nigeria – Former U.S. ‘ambassador’

Escalating bloodshed in Nigeria is fueled in part by religious extremism – and the United States must recognise this in order to achieve peace, says a former U.S. religious freedom ambassador. According to former Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, Sam Brownback, who was speaking on the violence in Nigeria, “This thing is going to blow upon us, as we would say: ‘bigger than Dallas’, if we don’t get in there and really start taking this seriously at this point”, on Wednesday. Recall that due to the scope of violence against…

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Insurgency: G-7 countries pledges £276 million support for Nigeria

The Group 7 (G-7) countries have pledged to assist people affected by the Boko Haram insurgency in north-eastern Nigeria with £276 million ($389 million or roughly N148 billion). The group of wealthy countries will be supporting the United Nations (UN) and other aid agencies in helping victims of the conflict. A statement issued from the UK High Commission in Nigeria disclosed that Britain is leading the coordinated move by the G-7 countries to provide humanitarian assistance this year. According to the statement, the move intends to call for more efforts…

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‘Insurgency will end this year — Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has declared that the on-going counter-insurgency operations in the North-East might be wrapped up this year, insisting that with prayers, what has been happening in the country would soon be over. Buhari, who made this declaration yesterday, through the Minister of Defence, Maj-Gen. Bashir Magashi Salihi (rtd) in Abuja during a Juma’ah prayer held to commemorate the 2021 Armed Forces Remembrance Day at the National Mosque, stressed that “this year is a year of action.” He also noted that the nation would continue to remember the sacrifices…

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Insurgency: Boko Haram recruiting fresh members – Zulum

Governor of Borno state, Babagana Umara Zulum has raised the alarm that the dreaded Boko Haram insurgents were recruiting fresh members, mostly from the internally displaced persons (IDPs). Zulum, who revealed this in an interview with the BBC Hausa Service monitored by our Correspondent in Kaduna, noted that the insurgents are working on people to join them and it’s becoming frightening. He said the security situation was improving in Borno state, but there is still danger as the Boko Haram elements were still in their hiding place, while the IDPs…

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