Troops Arrest Dumb Terrorist with Charms
Troops of the Nigerian Army on Operation LAFIYA DOLE have continued with clearance operations on suspected Boko Haram terrorists locations through patrols, ambushes and raids with appreciable progress in their respective areas of responsibility.
These efforts have led to arrest, interception and neutralizing of quite a number of Boko Haram terrorists, as well as recovery of arms, ammunition and equipment. The essence is to ensure security in the areas and prevent infiltration by Boko Haram terrorists among the communities.
It is as regards to this that troops of 159 Task Force Battalion arrested a suspected Boko Haram terrorist, one Mallam Makinta Ibrahim aged 45 years at Bayemari yesterday.
The suspect who hailed from Yaro Grematalti Yunusari Local Government Area. He was also confirmed to be be Premium Motor Spirit and other logistic items to the terrorists.
The troops also arrested another suspected Boko Haram terrorist whose name, age and origin could not be ascertained for now as he pretend to be deaf and dumb.
However, he was found to be in possession of 8 functioning mobile telephone handsets, bunch of keys, 2 passport photographs, 2 amulet charms and a transistor radio. Both of the suspect are being further investigated.
TROOPS AMBUSH ESCAPING BOKO HARAM TERRORISTS
Troops of 151 Task Force Battalion, 21 Brigade, Nigerian Army on Operation LAFIYA DOLE yesterday evening while on fighting patrol, ambushed some fleeing Boko Haram terrorists at Borno State College of Business Studies (BOCCOS) along Bama-Ngurosoye road, Borno State. The team neutralized 4 Boko Haram terrorists and recovered 1 AK-56 Rifle, 60 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition, 3 AK-56 Rifle Magazines, 1 Boko Haram terrorists flag, 5 SIM Cards and 5 Bicycles.
Again, 4 Female Bombers Strike in Borno
Four female suicide bombers at about midnight/early morning (1.15 am) detonated explosive devices at Usmanti along Muna Garage axis, Maiduguri Borno State
Two men were killed due to the explosion while about 16 injured people were administered with the first aid.
The spokesperson of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) North-East zone, Abdulkadir Ibrahim confirmed the evacuations of the bodies and the injured who have been taken to a medical facility.
Boko Haram: FG Directs MDAs to Mainstream Counter-Terrorism Policies, Programmes
The Federal Government has developed a policy framework and National Action Plan ( NAP) that will require all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in the country to mainstream Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism ( PCVE) of groups like Boko Haram terrorists in their policies and programmes.
The Coordinator, Counter Terrorism Centre (CTC), Office of the National Security Adviser ( ONSA), Commodore YEM Musa, disclosed this in Abuja at the Validation meeting of the Working Group on developing the policy framework and NAP on PCVE.
Musa said that President Muhammadu Buhari will give a clear directives to all MDAs on PCVE tasks after the framework and NAP has been validated and adopted.
He said: “Three parts, namely Strategic Context, Guiding Principles and Core Constituencies, and NAP, from the thrust of our framework for PCVE. Clear directives will come from the President, Commander-in-Chief to all the MDAs on PCVE Tasks.
“The Civil Society is expected to play major roles as captured in ‘core constituencies’. We are aware that NGOs are already implementing programmes that address the conditions conducive to violent extremism.”
“We need not give the PCVE tag to all programmes, what is important is that all programming should be CVE-relevant or specific. However, must work together to target programmes towards addressing concerns in peace, security and development. Working together to create safer and resilient communities should guide our approach at all times,” he added.
The CTC coordinator noted that NAP is guided by United Nations Secretary General’s Plan of action for PCVE with key priorities including: dialogue and conflict prevention; strengthening governance, human rights and rules of law; engaging communities; empowering youths; gender equality and empowering women; education, skills development and employment facilitation; strategic communication, Internet and social media; and reconciliation .
He stressed that developing and implementing a PCVE framework will synchronise national efforts in engaging, rehabilitating and reintegrating persons associated with violent extremism.
Musa said that Federal Government “seek to mainstream peace building into humanitarian and victims support, especially in the North East”.
“We believe this framework will help in restating our guiding principles as we counter groups like Boko Haram, identify clear roles and responsibilities for core constituencies, and provide the metrics we will use to measure our progress,” he said.
According to him, “Nigeria, is one of the few countries that is on this path”.
This, he said, had succeeded in addressing local peculiarities in addressing the threat of violent extremism in Nigeria.
Earlier, the Deputy Programme Manager-Resuits, NSRP, Mrs. Priscilla Ankut, noted that drafting of the framework and NAP involved a period of intense consultation among stakeholders and partners.
Ankut commended ONSA for “sustaining the momentum and driving the project”, saying “it will benefit a lot of stakeholders”.
She explained that NSRP was a peace building programme set up mainly for conflict resolution in the country and beyond.
According to her, ONSA had been one of their strategic partners in the last four and a half years, working on issues on violent management and conflict resolution.
She noted that the partnership had become imperative bearing in mind the challenges the country was facing in recent times.
The deputy programme manager expressed confidence that the partnership would go a long way in preventing and countering violent extremism in the country.
The National Working Group on Policy Framework and NAP for PCVE was inaugurated on August 2016, serving as a broad-based consultative and multi-stakeholder platform coordinated by ONSA with NSRP as the technical partner.
Boko Haram: Troops Liberate 455 Hostages in Kala-Balge
In continuation of the clearance operation of suspected hideouts of the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists in their respective areas of responsibility, the troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE have been doing very well.
It is in this regards that troops of 112 Task Force Battalion, 22 Task Force Brigade, today carried out a major offensive against suspected hideouts of Boko Haram terrorists at Artano, Saduguma, Duve, Bordo, Kala, Bok, Magan, Misherde, Ahisari, Gilgil, Mika, Hiwa, Kutila and Shirawa settlements in Kala Balge Local Government Area of Borno State. At the Kutila village, the troops came under heavy attack from the terrorists.
The troops responded and dealt with the Boko Haram terrorists by neutralizing and routing them out of the area.
Several others escaped into the thick forest with gun shot wounds. The troops recovered 1 Gun truck, 1 Canter vehicle and 1 pick up from the terrorists.
The troops also encountered Boko Haram terrorists at Shirawa who withdrew in disarray when they could not withstand the firepower of the troops and abandoned the newly constructed Logistics Base, 2 freshly prepared suicide bombing vests and maize grinding machine.
The gallant soldiers proceeded further to clear Bok, Misherde, Mika and Kutila also in Kala Balge Local Government Area of Borno State, where they liberated 455 persons held hostages by the terrorists.
The rescued persons after thorough screening have been moved to Rann Internally Displaced Persons camp.
Security Operatives Subdue Pregnant Suicide Bomber, Other in Borno
Security operatives and members of Civilian JTF volunteer group have intercepted a pregnant suicide bomber and another woman in Borno State.
The two female suicide bombers, PRNigeria gathered were subdued when they refused to surrender and attempted to attack a security post.
The incident occured in Ummarari village along mulai axis of Maiduguri Damboa road at the outskirts of Maiduguri.
The spokesperson of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in North-East, Abdulkadir Ibrahim said that the rescue workers have evacuated the bodies of the suicide bombers.
“When we got the alert on the incident, the NEMA emergency workers in collaboration with other stakeholders moved to the scene and evacuated the bodies,” Ibrahim stated.
A civilian JTF was injured during the encounter but is responding to treatment after his evacuation to the hospital.
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).
UPDATE ON OPERATION LAFIYA DOLE: TROOPS INTENSIFY CLEARANCE OPERATIONS AND PATROLS
In order to sustain the tempo of the clearance operations of the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists that are hiding in remote areas and some villages, troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE have been carrying out ambushes, raids, cordon and search operations in the theatre and northeast generally.
Today, troops of 159 Battalion Artillery Detachment based on information and confirmation on the presence of suspected Boko Haram terrorists at Tula Udah forest, carried out heavy bombardment to neutralize them.
Similarly, based tip off on the presence of foreign elements of Boko Haram terrorists from Chad and Nigeriens, troops carried out cordon and search operations at Gombe International Hotel, Gombe State. However, nothing incriminating was found. However, more vigilance is maintained in the area.
Troops of 22 Brigade Garrison also conducted clearance operation at Gama and Muyile villages, along Dikwa-Gulumba road. During the operation, they came in contact with 2 Boko Haram terrorists fleeing towards Muyile village and neutralized them. The troops recovered the terrorists’ weapons and Internally Displaced Persons foodstuff at the village.
The troops of 112 Task Force Battalion also conducted similar operation at Farta, Maaza and Chana villages, although no contact was made with Boko Haram terrorists, the team rescued 2 male adults, 8 females and 5 children held captives by the fleeing Boko Haram terrorists.
In order to enhance capacity building and professionalism, 22 Brigade conducted a workshop on the protection of civilians during conflicts for Senior Non-Commission Officers (SNCOs) of the formation in Dikwa.
The 22 Brigade Garrison also intercepted 474 persons that comprised of 177 females, 20 males, 127 male children and 150 female children approaching Dikwa from Muliye and Masa villages along Dikwa-Gulumba road, Dikwa Local Government Area of Borno State. During security checks and screening 5 persons among them were confirmed to be fleeing Boko Haram terrorists. The rest were handed over as Internally Displaced Persons to the Coordinator of Dikwa Internally Displaced Persons Camp.
Similarly, troops of 82 Battalion have handed over 8 women and 8 children to Pulka Internally Displaced Persons Camp, while a suspected Boko Haram terrorist, Alhaji Mustpha Bulama, was on Monday arrested by troops of 7 Division Garrison at his residence located at Musari, along Baga road, Maiduguri. The suspect, who hailed from Magumeri, was said to be a member of the Boko Haram terrorists group and active collaborator.
The troops also arrested 2 suspected fraudsters, Ibrahim Mustapha and Hassan Mohammed at Bulabulin general area of Maiduguri metropolis in conjunction with Civilian JTF. The suspects were caught selling fake food cards to unsuspecting locals in the area at the rate of Four Hundred Naira per card. They were however handed over to Nigeria Police.
Troops of 145 Battalion of 8 Task Force Division, also recovered a Toyota pick up van snatched at Balanga and Kindalkura villages general area by suspected Boko Haram terrorists. They also recovered another snatched vehicle during a wedding ceremony. However, suspecting foul play, the troops arrested the owner of the recovered vehicle, Bulama Ali for investigation.
On Tuesday at about 11.12am one Bulama Shuwa Kyari, a truck conductor with registration number, XA 538 MAR, driven by Kaka Bulu Abba conveying planks to Damasak was intercepted at troops checkpoint with 4 parcels containing substance suspected to be Indian hemp. Suspect and exhibits are in custody of 158 Task Force Battalion for preliminary investigation.
Also on Tuesday, advancing troops towards Sa’ada village, met heavy presence of Boko Haram terrorist in the area. They however engaged them and destroyed the terrorists’ makeshift camps at Gwari and Ganye villages. The troops had to withdraw to Forward Operation Base at Kerenoa. Unfortunately, 1 soldier paid the supreme price, 2 others were missing in action, while an officer and 13 soldiers were wounded in action. The wounded are in stable condition, while concerted effort is ongoing to recover the 2 missing in action soldiers.
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