Defence HQ To Try Over 500 Boko Haram Suspects, Releases 167
Nigeria has set free 167 of the 1400 Boko Haram suspects being held in Maiduguri and other locations in North-East Zone, but will try 500 other suspects.
The decision follows the recommendations of a Joint Investigation Team set up by Defence Headquarters.
Nigerian Army Confirms Boko Haram Attacks In Maiduguri, Silent On Casualties
By SaharaReporters, New York
The spokesman of the Division, Col. Mohammed Dole, made the confirmation in a statement sent to newsmen but he did not, shed light on the casualties the Army and Airforce suffered, or the civilian toll. He merely said the sect had been repelled the insurgents after inflicting “serious casualties” on them and that the military are in full control of the situation.
SaharaReporters has however gathered that dozens of corpses have been taken to several hospitals in the state capital.
SSS Uncovers Boko Haram Cell In Kogi State, Arrests Suspects Who Planned To Assault Igala Land
By SaharaReporters, New York
The State Security Service (SSS) today in Abuja paraded five suspected Boko Haram members alleged to have planned deadly attacks on Igala, Kogi State.
Among the suspects were Dr. Mohammad Nazeef Yunus, an Assistant Lecturer in Arabic and Islamic Studies at Kogi State University. He was said to be the Spiritual Leader and Coordinator for Boko Haram in the State, and the leader of the gang.
JTF Troops Kill Boko Haram Fighters In Kano, Recover Ammunition
Nigeria’s military Joint Task (JTF) in Kano today announced the killing of more Boko Haram sect fighters in Kano and the recovery of arms and ammunition.
In a statement sent to journalists in the city, JTF spokesman Captain Ikedichi Iweha, added that the troops also intercepted arms being transported to Zamfara State by the same sect.
The United States Department of State has announced the designation of Boko Haram and Ansaru as Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO) under Section 219 of her Immigration and Nationality Act.
Both are also further classified as Designated Global Terrorists under section 1(b) of Executive Order 13224.
A baby victimi of Boko Haram bombing
Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has issued “an Urgent Appeal to President Goodluck Jonathan urging him to “reverse the recently announced policy of zero compensation for victims of Boko Haram attacks.”
The group said that the government should “within 14 days of the publication of this appeal announce compensation and reparation policies for victims of attacks by Boko Haram, and begin a process of establishing mechanisms for the effective and transparent implementation of such policies.”
Suspected Boko Haram Militants Shoot Three Policemen In Kaduna
Suspected Islamist militants from the Boko Haram sect have just struck in Kaduna, shooting three policemen in Kaduna town.
The men carrying guns attacked the policemen at a check point located in Ungwan Dosa area of Kaduna North local government few minutes ago.
Apparently rejuvenated Boko Haram sect members last night launched coordinated attacks against the Nigerian military at several check points in Damaturu, Yobe State.
The military spokesman in Damaturu, Captain Eli Lazarus, confirmed the attacks, but said that the troops recovered vehicles and other weapons belonging to the sect, and killed several terrorists.
Boko Haram’s Renewed Creed By Ahmad Salkida
Nigeria’s Goodluck Jonathan, a third in a succession of non-soldier elected Presidents since 1965, seems overly optimistic about the fire power of his troops. The military had offered a full combatant response to the lingering terror activities by the Boko Haram, a position approved by the President, now bugged down by outright war against the terrorist band.
An impeccable military source has confirmed to SaharaReporters that a combined team of Nigerian soldiers, police, and operatives of the State Security Service (SSS) has rounded up top Boko Haram ‘commanders’ after combing several locations in Kaduna State this week.
The source said the captured Boko Haram “commanders” were the brains behind a series of violent attacks carried out in the state in recent weeks. He added that they were caught as they planned to launch new attacks in the town of Kaduna during the Sallah festivities.
Between Jonathan And Boko Haram By Ola Onikoyi Jr.
President Jonathan has asserted his authority on cracking down on the dreaded Boko Haram group on numerous occasions. In March 2012, he promised that by June of the same year, his government would completely put an end to the threat of the group. One year on, the president has eaten his words and deployed an extra 8000 troops to troubled zones as the group is increasing its threats.
So far, the crackdown has been covert and the only report about it is what the Nigerian military press office says. Months ago, the military announced it was winning against the group. It announced that it had killed its leader, Abubakar Shekau and is closing on the sect swiftly.
Media Chat Shocker: Jonathan Shocks Nigerians, Says ‘I Don’t Know If Shekau Is Dead Or Alive - PREMIUM TIMES
President Goodluck Jonathan shocked Nigerians on Sunday when he declared that he did not know if the leader of the dreaded sect, Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, was dead or alive.
The Joint Task Force, JTF, in Borno State, had said in a statement August 19 that Mr. Shekau might have died of gunshot wounds he received in an encounter with Force’s troops in one of their camps at Sambisa Forest on June 30.
Pres. Goodluck Jonathan Speaks To SaharaTV On NY Streets
SaharaTV crew caught up with President Goodluck Jonathan on the streets of New York after he delivered his address at the UN General Assembly in New York. Against all protestations by his aides and diplomats we managed to ask a few questions about Boko Haram and Mr. Jonathan’s decision to set up a “Sovereign Fund” in Nigeria.
Boko Haram: Inches Away To Total Victory By Ola Lookman
Recently the Nigerian Army announced the killing of over 150 Boko Haram insurgents at Kafiya Forest of Borno State. The Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), Brig-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru who made the disclosure added that a key commander and a high value target of the insurgents, one Abba Goroma was also killed. The Chief insurgent commander had a N10-million bounty placed on his head.
Exclusive: 40 Soldiers Killed, 65 Missing In Fresh Boko Haram Ambush-PREMIUM TIMES
At least 40 Nigerian soldiers were killed and 65 others went missing in a deadly ambush by suspected members of the extremist group, Boko Haram, in the sect’s stronghold in Borno State, multiple defence sources have told PREMIUM TIMES.
Army authorities are miffed by the incident, and have ordered an investigation into the suspected operation blunder that gave the militants such an upper hand. The commanding officer of the unit that carried out the operation has now been removed from his post, officials say.