The Nigerian Military High Command has responded to the Amnesty International(AI) report which accused Nigerian troops of committing human rights offences while prosecuting the war against Boko Haram in Borno State. Nigeria Army's Administration Chief, Major-General Adamu Baba Abubakar, who gave the force's position when he appeared before the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in Abuja, declared that the Nigerian Army has nothing to hide in respect of the reports, saying, as a creation of the Constitution, it will always abide by the law and respect the rights of Nigerians.
The recovery followed a series of attacks in which a total of six suicide bombers had detonated themselves around the garage killing scores of people while some people were also wounded. Major General Chris Olukolade, Director of Defence Information who revealed this in a statement on Saturday said the jeep along with two Hilux vehicles being used by terrorists were destroyed in the course of pursuit and encounter with a group of terrorists trying to escape after simultaneous attacks on targets in the communities Thursday and Friday.
Quoting Defence Headquarters (DHQ) spokesman, Major-General Chris Olukolade, the UK-based Telegraph newspaper reported that the suspect, Babuji Ya'ari, headed a "terrorists' intelligence cell" for the Islamic extremists while masquerading as a member of the self-defence Youth Vigilante Group. The vice-president stressed that the role of government was to provide security and welfare for its people, revealing that he was in the capital of the troubled state to see to the welfare of the displaced persons.
An official source said Wednesday that following the attack carried out on June 17 in Niger's Gueskerou commune by the Islamist sect, killing 38 civilians, FDS launched ground and air operations in the area. No injuries were reported on the part of the army, the statement by the defense ministry's spokesman said. The statement quoted Niger's National Defense Minister, Karidjo Mahamadou, as hailing the FDS for the brilliant operation against the terrorists and encouraged them to continue with the fight to restore peace and security.
Two days after President Muhammadu Buhari visited Chad and Niger, Nigerian troops are being deployed into strategic areas to curb the terror group, Boko Haram. The NCC Tennis League lived up to its billing and the expectation of tennis followers with the excitement, passion and intensity the ties played in four different centres across the country generated.
Nigerian troops in restive northeast state of Borno has succeeded in repelling Boko Haram terrorist attack on Shetimari area of the state, a military spokesperson said on Friday. Tsipras made the request to the assembly here after a tense week of negotiations that ended with an impasse and an unprecedented delay in the repayment of loan installments to the International Monetary Fund.
National defense spokesperson Major General Chris Olukolade said in a statement that two suicide bombers leading a band of terrorists were among over a score of Boko Haram fighters who lost their lives. Nigeria's new President Buhari has in the first minutes of his assumption of office issued a marching order to the country's military command to relocate its office to Maiduguri the epicenter of the Boko Haram and remain there until the last of the terrorists were wiped out and of course the missing Chibok school girls rescued.
Nigerian troops and civilian vigilantes have pushed back an attack by Boko Haram insurgents on the outskirts of Borno state capital Maiduguri in the early hours of Saturday. The attack occurred barely a day after the inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari, who swore to crush the 'godless and mjndless' Islamist militant group and move the command centre of defence to the Borno state capital. A military source said the shooting took place around the Damboa road after the small settlement of Mule on the edge of the city of two million.
The Army said "the terrorist who is also an Amir by status and believed to be of foreign descent, is among about 30 terrorist fighters who died in the encounter while many others fled with wounds." A Toyota Bufallo vehicle was also said to have been recovered from the terrorists while two of their armoured vehicles were also destroyed in the battle. The Army said only casualty on the side of own troops was a damaged equipment.
That bolsters reports the insurgents are running out of ammunition and resorting to hit-and-run assaults in the face of a Nigerian offensive against their last stronghold, a northeastern forest. "Despite continuous encounters with large numbers of land mines which still litter the Sambisa Forest, troops have forged ahead with the ongoing offensive operations as scores of the terrorists died in the assault on their bases on Friday," said a statement from Defence Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Chris Olukolade on Saturday night. Four Boko Haram camps were destroyed in the assault in which one government soldier was killed and 10 wounded by land mines, he said.
According to a statement signed by the DHQ spokesman, General Chris Olukolade, the Dure camp which is one of the most prominent camps in the forest witnessed the fiercest battle as the Special Forces descended heavily on it before it finally fell. "There has not been any static deployment of troops in Marte for quite sometime in line with the need to emphasise more aggressive patrol of many threatened isolated communities while the assault on the forests and mountain hideouts of terrorists is ongoing. "Only occasional patrols and surveillance have been undertaken towards the area as the bulk of troops are engaged in the operation to clear the terrorists from all identified enclaves in the forest.
According to dependable military intelligence sources who disclosed these details to the media outfit, Shekau had to send representatives to ISIS affiliates with strongholds in East and North Africa to pave the way for his escape to their region, from where he intends to coordinate his group's activities or ultimately relocate to ISIS headquarters in the Middle East.