January 27, 2023



Days after Buhari’s full freedom order: Troops give terrorists bloody nostril, kill 76 in 2 weeks, 55 arrested, 1,755 give up

Simply few days after President Muhammadu Buhari’s ‘full freedom’ order to safety companies, the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) Thursday introduced troops of Operation HADIN KAI within the North-east have killed 29 terrorists, arrested 55 and rescued 52 civilians within the final two weeks.

The navy excessive command additionally mentioned airstrikes by Nigerian Air Drive fighter jets neutralised a key Islamic State of West Africa Province Commander Alhaji Modu (aka Bem Bem) and 20 of his fighters at Degbawa close to Mandara Mountains in Gwoza native authorities space of Borno state.

Buhari’s full order

Following the killing of harmless residents by terrorists in Kaduna, Plateau and Sokoto in fast succession a few week in the past, President Buhari had ordered the safety forces to provide the criminals a bloody nostril.

“Now we have given safety forces full freedom to take care of, and convey to finish this insanity. I condemn these barbaric assaults on the nation. I want to guarantee the states of all attainable assist from the federal government of the federation.

“My ideas are with the bereaved households. Might the injured get well rapidly,” Buhari was quoted to have mentioned in an announcement by a presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu.

However the Chief of Defence Workers, Common Fortunate Irabor informed media executives Tuesday the order was solely “reechoing the earlier orders” of the president, including the president by no means gave a half order prior to now.


Asserting the most recent efforts at nipping the rising insecurity within the bud at a bi-weekly information briefing of the DHQ in Abuja, Director Defence Media Operations (DMO) Main-Common Benard Onyeuko mentioned a high-profile terrorist chief who had been on the needed checklist of the navy, Alhaji Abdulkareem Lawal (aka Abdulkareem Boss) and 27 of his foot troopers, had been additionally killed by one other airstrikes at Rudu forest in Katsina state.

He mentioned a complete of One Thousand Seven Hundred and Fifty 5 (1,755) Boko Haram terrorists’ members and their households comprising of 280 males, 523 females and 952 kids surrendered to troops at completely different location throughout the week underneath assessment.

In response to him, all surrendered terrorists and their households had been profiled and handed over to related authority.

Common Onyeuko additionally mentioned troops of Operation HADARIN DAJI within the North West Zone on routine patrol, arrested 5 suspected international bandits named, Muritala Wada, Saminu Sani, Shamisu Adamu, Salisu Saadu and Usman Ibrahim at Jibia in Jibia native authorities space of Katsina state.

He mentioned troops, along with the Civilian Joint Job Drive, additionally arrested terrorist logistics suppliers on August 6, 2022 at Buni Yadi common space.

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He gave the names as Hussain Dungus, Ali Bulama Jidda and Mallam Ali Abuna.

The objects recovered from the suspects, in line with the defence spokesman, embody the sum of One Million Seven Hundred and Ninety-Three Thousand Seven Hundred naira (1,793,700.00) solely, giant amount of various meals stuffs, 3 handsets, 2 bicycles and different sundries.

“Moreover, between 31 July and a pair of August 2022, troops arrested one Mallam Yahaya a infamous bandit informant who has been on the monitoring checklist of the Division of State Safety for collaborating with bandits on the quite a few assaults in Sabon Brini common space of Sokoto state,” he mentioned.

Six killed in Benue assault

In a associated safety report, no fewer than six (6) individuals had been Wednesday killed by suspected herders who attacked Tse Ngojov and Tse Valem Yaweh in Mbagum group of Tombo council  ward in Emblem native authorities space of Benue state. 

Locals mentioned the herdsmen who had been closely armed with refined weapons and machetes got here of their numbers to hold out the assaults.

Names of these killed within the assault which came about at round 9pm got by locals as Mr. Ander John, Mr.  Vihior Mtomga, Mr.  Morgan Varem, Mr.  Saaior Uyoosu, Mr.  Aondoyima Tarbo and Mr. Peter Asondo.

In response to one of many locals, Mr. Joseph Anawah, individuals injured included, Mrs Terngu Tyavkase Usue, Mr. Igbaule Valem and Mr. Chiater Tarbo (aka Ajimmy) amongst others are at present receiving therapy at Major Well being Care Ayilamo.

Emblem chairperson, Mrs. Salome Tor, who confirmed the incident, additionally mentioned six individuals had been killed and 12 individuals badly injured.

She mentioned the corpses of the deceased individuals had been deposited on the Major Well being Care Middle in Ayilamo.

“Persons are working helter-skelter, shifting from the hinterlands to the Ayilamo city.

“I’ve reported the matter to the safety Adviser to the Governor and despatched him photos of these killed together with the injured.

“The assault was with out provocation and it occurred at 9am on Wednesday”, she added. 

The assault is coming precisely one week after Governor Samuel Ortom had inaugurated the Group Volunteer Guards which can be anticipated to work with the standard safety companies to stem the tide of incessant assaults by the herdsmen on native communities within the state.  

Commissioner of Police Wale Abbas, who confirmed the assault, nonetheless, mentioned they had been but to obtain particulars on the incident.   

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El-Rufai raises the alarm  

In the meantime, Kaduna state Governor Nasir El-Rufai has mentioned terrorists are consolidating their grip on communities within the state with a “parallel” authorities and “everlasting operational base” within the North-western state close to Nigeria’s capital Abuja.

The governor mentioned this in a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari solely obtained by Premium Instances.

El-Rufai warned the president of the terrorists’ consolidation in a late July memo sighted by the medium.

The terrorists belonging to Ansaru al-Musulmina fi Bilad al-Sudan, or Ansaru for brief, are believed to have moved to Birnin Gwari in Kaduna state in 2012 after they broke away from Boko Haram.

In response to intelligence stories and human sources consulted in additional reporting for this story, the terrorists that fashioned Ansaru had been accountable for a few of the high-profile assaults claimed by Boko Haram earlier than the cut up.

Such assaults included the UN constructing bombing of August 2011 and the kidnap of some foreigners. In response to the sources, Ansaru pledged allegiance to Al-Qaeda within the Islamic Maghreb, AQIM, in 2020, and is accountable for most of the high-profile abductions in addition to armed assaults on the police in Kaduna State.

However researchers and negotiators with an understanding of the working of the terrorists informed Premium Instances {that a} collaboration of the phobia teams, together with the unique Boko Haram – additionally known as JAS -, ISWAP, Ansaru, and bandits, is evolving.

In 2021, 1,192 individuals misplaced their lives in Kaduna State as a result of banditry, terrorism, communal clashes, violent assaults, and reprisals. Within the first six months of 2022, 645 individuals misplaced their lives in such circumstances throughout the state, the federal government mentioned.

In Mr. El-Rufai’s late July memo, he lay naked how the terrorists have infiltrated and dominated communities and fashioned “a parallel governing authority,” exercising management over social and financial actions and dispensation of justice within the space.

He mentioned the terrorists have superior of their plans to make Kaduna forest areas their “everlasting operational base” for the North-west area, citing a “sequence of intelligence stories.”

“Noticed motion patterns and intercepted communications of migrating terrorists have proven a transparent curiosity in organising a base, with the stretches of forest space between Kaduna and Niger states strongly thought of,” he wrote.

Regulation banning 2023 political actions

Because the political actions in the direction of the 2023 common elections decide up steam, the terrorists, El-Rufai informed the president, have promulgated a regulation to ban residents from taking part.

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“The insurgents enacted a regulation within the District, banning all types of political exercise or marketing campaign forward of the 2023 elections, particularly in Madobiya and Kazage villages,” the governor wrote.

The Ansaru terrorists are identified to have an extremist ideological posture towards democracy and secular authorities.

In 2021, the census enumeration train might solely maintain in two of the 11 wards that kind Birnin Gwari because of the menace of armed banditry and terrorism, officers in each the Kaduna State Authorities and the inhabitants fee informed the web platform.

The ban on political actions, the governor mentioned, adopted a latest marriage ceremony ceremony involving the terrorists.

“In response to actionable intelligence, members of the Jama’atu Ansarul Musulmina Fi’biladis Sudan (aka Ansaru) hibernating in Kuyello district of Birnin Gwari LGA not too long ago performed a nuptial ceremony throughout which they married two yet-to-be-identified feminine residents of Kuyello village,”  El-Rufai wrote.

“The ceremony was attended by varied Ansaru members and witnessed by residents of the world. After the marital rites, insurgents in attendance reportedly conveyed the brides to the dreaded Kuduru forest, in the identical District.”

Extracting revenues

Within the space of adjudicating disputes, El-Rufai mentioned the terrorists “fined one Mu’azu Ibrahim, a resident of Kuyello group, the sum of One Million Naira for promoting plots of land with out the consent of the homeowners.”

As well as, with the federal government turning into faraway from rural communities, leaving them on the mercy of violent criminals, terrorists, Mr El-Rufai advised, are manning the ungoverned house and extracting revenues from the individuals.

“A number of stories additionally exist of bandits and terrorists exacting safety levies and related taxes from farmers and communities, in return for permission to domesticate their fields,” the governor mentioned.

Terrorism researchers say that revenues from taxes and levies compelled on ungoverned areas – created by the failure or restricted capability of the federal government – are a significant supply of financing and sustenance for terrorists.

Just like the Kaduna state of affairs described by the governor, ISWAP terrorists primarily based on the Lake Chad islands are additionally extracting large revenues from the fishing actions and pastoralists working within the space.

When contacted by the medium, the governor mentioned he wouldn’t touch upon this story as a result of his correspondence was imagined to be confidential communication to the president.

In 2016, he wrote the same “confidential’ letter to the president, warning that the Buhari administration was shedding momentum nearly a 12 months after coming to energy.