Nigeria news on boko haram archive for March 4 – 11, 2017

This is an archive of the latest news from Nigeria that we posted here on the terrorist group called Boko Haram.

This archive spans from March 3rd to March 11th, 2017.

Boko Haram: Nigeria set to validate Framework, National Action Plan on violent extremism

The Federal Government has in furtherance of efforts to prevent and counter violent extremism in Nigeria, concluded plans to validate the framework and National Action Plan (NAP) for deradicalisation and countering of extremist groups like Boko Haram terrorists.

To this end, the constituted Working Group on developing the framework and NAP for Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) in Nigeria will meet this week to validate the draft framework.

The Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), with support from Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme (NSRP), coordinated the work of the Working Group in a process that involved stakeholders from line ministries, departments and agencies, non-governmental organisations, religious leaders, youth and women groups, and the academia.

The Communication Manager, NSRP, Mr. Chinedu Anarado, in a statement, said the framework is designed to address the conditions conducive to violent extremism, build the evidence base for prevention programmes and ensure partnerships in countering violent extremism.

Anarado disclosed that the work on the document began in August, 2016 with the inauguration of the group followed by a strategic workshop in October 2016.

This, he said, was followed up by key informant interviews and a review of international good practices in preventing and countering violent extremism.

“Work on the framework and National Action Plan was carried out by a technical team comprising in-house experts and personnel from ONSA, NSRP and international consultants. The team was led by Professor Alemika of the University of Jos,” he stated.

In the same vein, the Coordinator, Counter Terrorism Centre (CTC), ONSA Commodore Yem Musa, said that the framework development process was consultative and ensured that local knowledge of the drivers of radicalisation informed our strategy to prevent and counter violent extremism.

Musa stressed that by coordinating the process, ONSA is responding to the requirement of the Terrorism Prevention Act, as amended in 2013.

He said: “We are confident that the new framework, following validation, will open up space for engagement between Government and Civil society, including religious and community leaders in preventing and countering violent extremism.

“Its implementation will complement the success of our armed forces as we partner for safer and resilient communities.”

According to him, the framework set for validation defined the full range of efforts that are complementary to ongoing counter terrorism efforts.

“Through what the framework called a ‘Whole-of-Government and a Whole-of Society Approach’, Nigeria is by this framework also responding to the call in December 2015 by the United Nations Secretary General to member states to develop national frameworks and action plans for preventing violent extremism.

“The new framework seeks to deter recruitment into violent extremism; engage, rehabilitate, reintegrate persons associated with violent extremism while countering extremist narratives through several communication platforms,” he added.

The technical partner, Nigeria Stability and Reconciliation Programme (NSRP), is a five year initiative, supporting state and non-state actors in Nigeria to address conflict, prevent violence and promote peace building. The programme is funded by UK government through the Department for International Development (DFID).

Nigeria Cameroon Joint-Operation Neutralises Terrorists at Border Villages

In order to clear fleeing Boko Haram terrorists hibernating within remote and border areas, Nigerian and Cameroonian troops have carried out another joint operation to weed out Boko Haram terrorists along Nigeria and Cameroon border.

The two days joint operation which was led by Col Dourai and Lt Col Mohaman of the Cameroonian Defence Forces had troops drawn from the Cameroon’s Battalion Rapid Intervention (BRI) and 151 Task Force Battalion of 21 Brigade, Nigerian Army.

During the operation which ended yesterday Tuesday, troops of the two countries cleared Siyara, Kote, Sigawa and proceeded to Bulabundibe towns. Other areas cleared include AdeleKe, Tchatike and Lamukura villages.

While conducting the operation the troops came in contact with Boko Haram terrorists and neutralized many of them, apprehended 2 others, while many other terrorists escaped with gunshot wounds.

The Troops further recovered an unserviceable Toyota Canter, 7 Dane Guns and 5 Boko Haram terrorists flags, 4 vehicle tyres, 2 Motorcycles and vehicle spare parts.

NAF Destroys Sambisa Fuel-Ammunition dump

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has successfully destroyed a logistics base concealed by fleeing Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) in Sambisa. Two fleeing terrorists were tracked by NAF Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft to the concealed location where they had gone to retrieve some items before fighter aircraft were called-in for strike.

The coordinated attack was carried out by a formation of two Alpha Jet and an F-7Ni fighter aircraft while the ISR aircraft remained overhead the target location to guide the attacking aircraft as well as provide battle damage assessment.

The huge inferno generated by the attack suggests that the target location was either a fuel or ammunition dump as can be seen from the declassified footage of the air strike.

The latest air strike is another major feat in the renewed air effort by the NAF to neutralise the fleeing terrorists as well as decimate their capability to regroup for attack on own surface forces and people within the nearby communities.

NAF LOCALLY PRODUCES AVIONICS TEST BENCH ON ALPHA JET

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF), in collaboration with Nigerian Universities, has successfully produced a test bench locally for testing the anti-skid system on the Alpha Jet aircraft. The new test bench allows the entire anti-skid system to be tested on the ground before installation on the aircraft unlike what hitherto obtained where test on the aircraft component was carried out in parts.

This feat has not only saved the country huge foreign exchange that otherwise would have been spent abroad, it also marks a major research and development breakthrough for the NAF in its drive towards developing local capacity for self-reliance.

The feat is also a major plus for the NAF in its conduct of offensive air operations in the North East given the crucial role played by the Alpha Jets in the ongoing counterinsurgency operation against the Boko Haram Terrorists.

Those involved in the collaborative effort with the Air Force Research and Development Centre include Professor Mohammed Dauda from Ahmadu University Zaria as well as Engineers Kabiru Abdulwahab and Mahammad Shuwa from University of Maiduguri.

Others are Professors JD Jiya, EE Omixegba, Engineer Mohammed Baahir and Dr Kabiru Ibrahim from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa. The latter team helped the NAF with the repairs of faulty gyro and UHF/VHF radio systems, which has been a recurrent issue, on the Alpha Jet due to old age.

Meanwhile the Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar has promised to give more aircraft maintenance work to the team with a view to spurring technological growth as well as save the country scarce resources.

The CAS made the disclosure in Kaduna while appreciating the combined team of professionals from the Nigerian Universities for its spirited effort and contribution to national development.

TROOPS CLEAR BOKO HARAM TERRORISTS FROM CHIKUN GUDU AND CAPTURE GUN TRUCKS

Troops of 8 Task Force Division, Nigerian Army, on clearance operations under the auspices of Operation LAFIYA DOLE in the North East yesterday had an encounter with Boko Haram terrorists at Chikun Gudu, northern part of Borno State.

During the encounter, the gallant troops neutralized quite a number of the terrorists, while others escaped with gun shot wounds. They also captured gun trucks, arms and ammunition as well as 14 terrorists.

The troops captured 2 Toyota Gun trucks stolen from Niger Republic Defence Forces, 2 Toyota Hilux Gun trucks, one of which was taken by the Boko Haram terrorists from 153 Task Force Battalion location sometime back, a 25 HP Yamaha Outboard Engine, 2 Solar panels and 5 empty Belts of Anti-Aircraft Guns ammunition links.

Others include 1 Gun bipod, 12 pairs of Boko Haram terrorists fighters uniform, 5 flags, 37 rounds of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition, 84 copies of Holy Quran and 270 books on Islamic Literature.

The troops also recovered and destroyed over 70 motorcycles used by the terrorists to launch attacks, 3 shops stocked with medical supplies, 3 other shops with provisions and 3 wooden boats.

They also recovered 2 Niger Republic Drivers’ Licenses, 2 mobile telephone handsets and 2 Wooden Slates.

Unfortunately 4 of soldiers were wounded in action and they have evacuated to a medical facility where they are receiving treatment.

Explosion Kills 3 Suicide Bombers, Destroys Fuel Tankers in Maiduguri

Three suspected suicide bombers have been killed after one of them detonated an explosive device by a stationed fuel tankers early this morning along Damboa Road Maiduguri.

Two other fuel Tankers were also burnt as a result of the explosion.

The spokesperson to the National Emergency Management Agency *NEMA) North-East, Abdulkadir Ibrahim disclosed that the bodies of the three suicide bombers have been evacuated by emergency workers.

He said: “The fire has been brought under control while casuality evacuation has been concluded.”

TRAVEL ADVISORY TO THE US by Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa

Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora has advised Nigerians who have no compelling or urgent reason to travel to the US to postpone their travel plans until the new administration’s policy on immigration is clear.

In a statement in Abuja by Abdurrahman Balogun, Special Assistant on Media to Dabiri-Erewa said that the warning became imperative due to series of reports received by the office of the SSA.

“In the last few weeks, the office has received a few cases of Nigerians with valid multiple-entry US visas being denied entry and sent back to the Nigeria.”

“In such cases reported to the office, such affected persons were sent back immediately on the next available flight and their visas were cancelled.”

Dabiri -Erewa said that “no reasons were given for the decision by the US immigration authorities.”

The Presidential aide said that the statement “is only to advise Nigerians without any compelling or essential reasons to visit the US to consider rescheduling their trip until there is clarity on the new immigration policy.”

She, however, reminded Nigerians in the Diaspora to abide by the rules and regulations of their host countries and be good ambassadors of the country.



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