April 30, 2017

Soldier killed, multiple clashes between Boko Haram and military reported in Yobe State

A soldier was killed and three others abducted in Potiskum, Yobe State were suspected Boko Haram gunmen attacked a Joint Task Force military post. The Nigerian Guardian newspaper reports that the attack happened at about 10:45 p.m. on Thursday night, barely a day after members of the Presidential Committee on Dialogue and Resolution arrived in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital, one of the stops on their nation-wide tour. Eyewitnesses report that the attackers arrived in three unmarked vehicles and a tricycle. They threw explosives at the checkpoint along the Potiskum-Kano road. The Guardian reports that a soldier, who confirmed the ...

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7 students, 2 teachers killed as Boko Haram attacks school in Yobe

Nigeria’s military confirmed on Monday that at least seven students and two teachers were killed in an attack on a public school in Damaturu, Yobe state. Xinhua reports that suspected Boko Haram insurgents attacked Government Secondary School in the capital city of Yobe state, currently under a state of emergency. The attack happened at about 9:15 p.m. on Sunday, Lieutenant Lazarus Eli, a spokesman for the military, said. “They opened fire and killed seven students while three were injured,” the military said, adding that the gunmen also headed for the teachers’ quarters and killed two of them. The Joint Task ...

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JTF bans vendors and beggars from checkpoints in Yobe

Street food vendors and beggars will no longer be allowed to hang around security checkpoints in Yobe state, one of the three northeastern states under emergency rule. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the new law was revealed in a statement on Thursday. The statement, by Joint Task Force spokesman Lt. Eli Lazarus, urges street food vendors to keep their buying and selling restricted to “designated markets and other approved places for trading activities.” He said those found violating the ban “will be arrested and prosecuted”, the same goes for beggars around Damaturu and other major towns. There is ...

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Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kill seven in Yobe

Gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram sect struck in Damaturu on Thursday, killing four policemen and three civilians in an ambush. According to the Vanguard, the gunmen attacked the Tarmuwa Divisional Police Headquarters in the restive city in Yobe state. In total, seven were killed, including four policemen, and two others were injured. The civilian victims were caught in the cross fire between police and insurgents. The gunmen reportedly attacked in a convoy of 10 vehicles. Yobe state police commissioner Mr. Sanusi Rufai confirmed the attack. He assured that security officials were now working to secure Tarmuwa ...

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Supreme leader Kim Jong Un an honorary Nigerian?

Sure, countries may be distancing themselves from North Korea’s supreme leader Kim Jong Un – foreign embassies in Pyongyang were even warned to close up shop today, April 10, for fear that they won’t be protected when the nation launches its apocalyptic attack – but not Nigeria. Media reports say a city in Africa’s most populous nation has gone so far as to grant the Kim honorary citizenship. State-run Korean Central News Agency reported that “the dear respected Kim Jong Un was awarded the title of honorary citizenship” in a ceremony that took place at the presidential guesthouse in the ...

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Policeman killed as gunmen attack station, bomb telecom masts

Suspected Boko Haram gunmen have reportedly killed a Damaturu police officer in a series of attacks. Armed with IEDs, RPGs and guns, the assailants attacked the Bara Divisional Police Station, the council secretariat complex and telecom masts belonging to MTN and Globacom. The police officer was killed trying to protect the police station, Vanguard reported. An eye witness said the gunmen stole three council vehicles. The attack happened at about 1:30 a.m. on Monday. Yobe state police commissioner, Sanusi Rufai, said no arrests have been made. ...

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Illegal weapons, ammunition discovered in Damaturu

The Joint Task Force in Yobe State on Monday announced the recovery of over 5,000 rounds of ammunition from an illegal armory in Damaturu, the restive state capital. According to a Channels Television report, the JTF spokesman in the state, Lt. Eli Lazarus, said the ammunition was discovered following a tip from a unanimous source and said the area has been cordoned off and a wider search operation launched along the Kandahar area of Damaturu. Other items recovered include two pistols, one rifle, three grenades and some Improvised Explosive Devices. The weapons had been stored in good condition to avoid ...

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Gunmen kill 3 policemen in Yobe

Damaturu – Gunmen on Friday attacked the Divisional Police Station in Buni Yadi, Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe and killed three policemen. Lt. Eli Lazarus, spokesman of the Joint Task Force security outfit in Yobe, confirmed the killings in a statement in Damaturu. The statement said, “in the early hours of today, gunmen attacked the Divisional Police Station at Buni Yadi and three policemen were killed with some arms carted away.” He said the JTF drafted its personnel to the area to beef up security to forestall further attacks in the area. Fika, Gashua and Buni Yadi, the headquarters ...

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JTF imposes curfew in Mubi, Adamawa; door-to-door searches ongoing

The Joint Task Force has imposed a curfew on yet another northern town, this time the order has been issued in Mubi town in Adamawa state where security operatives are conducting a door-to-door search. According to the News Agency of Nigeria, shops and businesses in the commercial border town have been shut down as the JTF carried out the raid operation to sniff out members of the radical Boko Haram sect. Malam Ahmad Sajoh, a staff at the Adamawa State University in Mubi, confirmed to NAN that the curfew had been announced as early as Sunday morning and enforced on ...

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24-hour curfew imposed in Damaturu as JTF arrests 25 suspected Boko Haram members

A 24-hour curfew has been imposed on the Yobe State capital of Damaturu after the Joint Task Force in the restive city conducted massive raids that led to the arrest of 25 suspected Boko Haram members, reports have said. Spokesman for the military force in the state, Lazarus Eli, confirmed the incident to the Premium Times and said the security agency will continue more raids, determined to rid the city of the terrorist sect. “Our men have conducted search on residences suspected of being used by terrorists and we have arrested 25 of them and also recovered a lot of ...

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