The American Assistant Secretary of State for Africa, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, said, Tuesday, that the training would resume this February. One of the reasons the Jonathan administration gave for terminating the previous U.S. training program in December 2014 was America's reluctance to share real-time intelligence with the Nigerian military and refusal to sell Cobra helicopters to Nigeria.
Boko Haram insurgents had on Wednesday suffered a major defeat when troops of the Nigerian Army laid ambush on some of their fleeing members in a village around Kaga local government area of Borno state, officials said. . According to statement issued by the Army Spokesman, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, many of the insurgents were killed even as troops were able to recover a pickup van, cache of arms and explosives devices from them. "In continuation of their clearance operations of remnants of Boko Haram terrorists in the North East, troops of 212 Tank Battalion, 29 Task Force Brigade, early this morning laid an ambush on some Boko Haram elements at a major cattle market in Gwai Mainari around Mainok general area", Colonel Usman said. "The ambush party supported by a Quick Response Group (QRG), captured a Hilux vehicle containing 8 jerry cans of petroleum, oil and lubricants, large quantity of 7.62mm ammunitions, 127mm ammunitions and 4 AK-47 rifles, as well as 5 hand grenades.
The troops of the Joint Task Force in the Niger Delta, codenamed Operation Pulo Shield, have arrested the suspected mastermind of the bombing of pipelines belonging to Nigerian Agip Oil Company in Bayelsa State. Hoodlums had on January 28, 2016, bombed Agip oil pipelines located in Orukari, Golubokiri and Kpongbokiri communities in Brass Local Government Area of the state. The attacks on the pipelines had resulted in massive spillage of crude oil from the Agip pipelines into the sea and fishing camps. But on Wednesday, the Commander, OPS, Maj.
In one operation, he claimed that troops of 7 Brigade Quick Reaction Force (QRF), Multinational Joint Task Force, inflicted casualties on Boko Haram terrorists when the troops staged an ambush against them at Kekeno, Kukawa Local Government Area. The operation caused a major setback to the insurgents, the army spokesperson added. "The troops also rescued 103 civilians held hostage by the terrorists.
Some soldiers, speaking to SaharaReporters on the condition of anonymity, said that numerous of servicemen have not received their allowances from the past three months. A Staff Sargent from a different unit told our correspondent that the salaries of his servicemen were paid "but the allowances of more than 22,000 personnel has not been paid for three months."
The counter insurgency war against the insurgents gained momentum as the Nigerian military on Monday killed no less than 100 insurgents and rescued over 1200 captives in border communities in Borno state, after a gun battle at a local market where the insurgents visit weekly, officials and witnesses have confirmed. The insurgents who mostly go to the market armed, opened fire on the soldiers.
Nigerian troops have massively routed out Boko Haram insurgents with hundreds of their captives set free. Troops on Monday carried out an offensive and rescue operation around Mafa, Dikwa and Kala area of Borno State, according to Daily Post. The areas were regularly terrorised by members of the Boko Haram sect. The intervention of the military saw over 500 persons, mainly women and children being rescued.
The gallant troop of 'Operation Lafiya Dole' shot one dead on suicide bomber, while the other detonated and in the process killed the third suicide bomber. The Theatre Commander Operation LAFIYA DOLE, Major General Hassan Umaru commended the efforts of the troops and renewed call for the troops and the public to be more vigilant and security conscious at all times, particularly at check points, markets, worship centres, motor parks and schools.
Nigerian troops have repelled an attack by Boko Haram insurgents on Buratai town in Borno State, reports NewsDay. Buratai town is the hometown of the Chief of Army Staff Lt. General Tukur Buratai. The ensuing gun battle between the troops and the Boko Haram members lasted for two hours.
Nigerian troops on Wednesday repelled an evening attack on Buratai, hometown of the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai. Some of the terrorists, who came in over ten vehicles, were killed. The militants launched the attack at about 6pm, in a battle which lasted over two hours, Daily Trust reports.
The military yesterday launched a manhunt for former leader of a Niger Delta militant group, Chief Government Ekpemupolo (aka Tompolo), and his associates over weekend's attacks on oil facilities in Warri area of Delta State. It was learnt that a suspect was arrested in the raid on militants' hideout in Delta State. A major gas and crude oil trunk lines, especially the Escravos-Warri-Lagos- Abuja gas trunk line of the Nigerian Gas Company (NGC) and other platforms of oil multinationals were attacked at the weekend. A Federal High Court in Lagos had ordered for Tompolo's arrest over his failure to appear before the court in a N34 billion corruption case.
Isa Ado, the spokesman for the Joint Task Force, said top military officers on Sunday visited the sites of the pipeline attacks. "Troops from the Joint Task Force have been directed to fish out the criminals responsible for the sabotage of the pipelines," Ado told Platts. Unrest in the Niger Delta between 2006 and 2009 cut Nigeria's oil production by more than a quarter to around 1.6 million b/d before a government amnesty for militant restored peace to the region and allowed output from the West African country to rebound.