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Boko Haram: Army, Borno Gov. on War Path Over New Strategy

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The Nigerian Army and the Governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum of Borno State logger heads over a new method being employed by the Army in fighting insurgency in the north.

The Army yesterday said it had deployed new strategies to counter resurgence of Boko Haram insurgents’ attacks in some communities in Borno.

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Olusegun Adeniyi, the Theater Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, made this known when he led a team of journalists on a visit to Magumeri, Gubio and Benisheik, headquarters of Magumeri, Gubio and Kaga Local Government Areas of the state.

He stated this while addressing the troops at the 5th Brigade Battalion in Gubio community, during a visit.            

He dismissed as “misleading’’ reports indicating that the army had withdrawn its personnel from the affected areas which exposed the communities to insurgents’ attacks in recent weeks.

Adeniyi frowned at social media reports on troops’ withdrawal, noting that such misinformation created fear in the society and aided the insurgents’ atrocities.

The commander explained that the army, as part of its new strategy, set up “Super Camp”, shifted trenches and mobilized troops on mobile patrols to counter insurgency as well as protect lives and property in the theatre of operation.

“Nigerians need to understand that the army did not withdraw from Magumeri, Gubio and other locations in Borno and the northeast, as erroneously insinuated.

“The troops are now on mobility operation instead of staying in trenches in one location; the mobile troops would be moving to take the fight to the insurgents, protect roads and communities so that people can go about their normal life without fear.

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“The new measure will enable the troops to dominate everywhere; deny the insurgents freedom of movement, enhance rapid response and render assistance to their colleagues when called upon in good time.

“It is true that the insurgents attacked Magumeri and Gubio; there were no loss of lives on troops and civilians, unfortunately a member of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) was killed and six other persons sustained injuries, either from stray bullets, or while trying to escape.

 “The insurgents torched some targeted residential homes and public buildings in response to the owners’ allegiance to the government and the nation.

“Markets stores are stock with food items and other essential commodities but they were not looted or destroy by the insurgents.

“Gubio and Maguemri are under full military control, the troops repelled the insurgents’ incursion in the communities and people resumed their normal lives. We will continue to protect and provide necessary security to the people,” Adeniyi said.

He said the army had deployed additional patrol vehicles and equipment to facilitate smooth execution of the war against the insurgents.

While calling on the communities to remain calm and cooperate with the troops, Adeniyi pledged sustain military presence in the areas, just as he called on the troops to be disciplined and dedicated, to ensure total defeat of the insurgents.

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However, in faulting the strategy, Governor Zulum said the new strategy could put some communities that would not be where the super camps are located in great danger. Fielding questions on why it was easy for the militants to operate especially as it was reported that the terrorists struck at about 6am without any resistance by the security apparatus, he fingered the new policy as a possible reason.

He said: “Well, the most important thing is that there is ongoing military strategy, according to the military authorities, what they called establishment of super camps. “That entails that all other smaller units in various villages and towns shall be collapsed to form part of the super camps in some critical major local government areas.

“In our thinking as laymen not as military personnel, we thought this decision is not wise. We must ensure there is military presence in all the locations. We are very much aware of their numerical strength but nonetheless, their absence can create serious vacuum and that has informed the recent attacks.

 “However, I heard that the military is now trying to re-establish the military formations in those areas and that they should not form part of the super camps.”

Also commenting on the formation of Civilian Joint Task Force, he said, “Honestly speaking, the civilian JTF are working but the most important thing is that they don’t have the heavy weapons that they can use to conveniently face the terrorists.

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“So the absence of the Nigerian military in a particular place will create a vacuum in such a way that the civilian JTF and hunters cannot perform effectively. “I have told Mr. President and he has listened to our complaints, he has done a lot for the people of Borno State and it is our sincere hope that this time around, he will take necessary steps to forestall future occurrence.

 “During our first economic council meeting, the president did mention that the governors should go back to their home and discuss with their traditional rulers and look into the possibility of resolving issues at their own levels. That entails empowering the traditional rulers, the civilian JTF and hunters and ensuring that dialogues are being held between the traditional rulers and repentant Boko Haram. “I hope by doing so we can succeed.

There is a renewed effort in this direction and very soon I will be having a meeting with the operation safe corridor team to ensure that this is put in place.” He explained that he was at the State House to see the President with respect to the recent happenings especially the attacks in Gubio and Magumeri local government areas in northern Borno and other localities in the state,” he said.

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Family Laments Murder of Three Year-old Daughter in Taraba

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From Christiana Babayo, Jalingo

The family of three year old Hanatu Christopher has lamented the gruesome murder of their daughter, who went missing Thursday in Magami area of Jalingo, Taraba state.

The body was discovered on Tuesday by vigilante and taken to the morgue at Federal Medical Center Jalingo after some boys playing ball behind the house she was dumped perceived a foul smell and reported.

DAILY ASSET gathered that some body parts of the three year old were removed and her head cut off when the body was found in the abandoned building not far from their house.

The father of the deceased Mr Christopher Adamu, who narrated the story, said the incidence came as a shock to him and his family because Hanatu was a peaceful child and he wonders who would want to harm her.

“On Thursday evening after the children closed from school.

The eldest one came to my place of work in Suntai Hotel and asked me to buy detergent for them to wash their uniforms. So I bought it sent them off and later came home myself.

“I asked them to call their little sister and they told me she was outside just beside the house. They went there to call her and couldn’t find her. That’s when we began searching the entire area for her all evening and night to no avail. I then reported the case to the vigilante, the Jalingo division, and the ward head and came home” he narrated.

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While the family was still searching, a neighbor of theirs identified as Abdulrashid was said to have told the mother of the child that if she gives him some money, he might be able to find the child.

The parents relayed the information to the vigilante and that led to the arrest of the young man after his premises was searched and some suspicious items were discovered.

Rashid who is suspected to have kidnapped and killed the three year old is currently in custody and investigations are still on to ascertain what actually happened as at the time this report was filed.

The Jalingo Commander of Mr Munir Bello, who confirmed the incident, told DAILY ASSET that they have handed over the suspect to the police though he is yet to confess to the crimes.

He advised the general public to be conscious of the people around them and also called on landlords to be mindful of the tenants they accept in order to avoid bringing bad eggs into the society

The Parents who lamented that nothing can ever bring back their child still called to security agencies to take the investigations seriously and make sure the perpetrator of such heinous crime is brought to book.

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The ward head Mallam Abdullahi Sabo who expressed dismay over the issue and sympathized with the family of the slain child.

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Bandits Abduct Traditional Ruler in Plateau

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From Jude Dangwam, Jos

Another traditional ruler, Mishkaham Panyam, His Royal Highness, Engr. Aminu Derwan in Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State has been kidnapped by gunmen suspected to be bandits.

The abductors are said to have stormed the family house of the District Head at Panyam in the early hour of yesterday and made away with the traditional ruler after operating for an hour.

DAILY ASSET gathered yesterday from one of the brother of the Monarch, Friday Derwam that the attackers were over 20 in number heavily armed that made away with his brother.

“Is my elder brother that was abducted in the early hours of today by bandits. They stomped the family house around 4:30am this morning, they spent one hour operating in the house until they get him before they left.

“They came in their numbers, actually they were many, over 20 well armed, they came on foot and parked their car somewhere and when they took him away they now entered the car and left.

“Nobody was injured or killed by the abductors, we are in talking terms with the abductors at the moment,” he narrated.

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A resident of Panyam community, Mr. Pius Garuba equally told Newsmen that members of the community sighted strange presence of people around the resident of the Traditional ruler which is open and later had gun shots as they kidnapped the District Head.

“Because his house was not fenced, some villagers who saw how his house was surrounded by strange people alerted other members of the community through a community bell.

“But immediately the bandits heard the bell, they started firing gunshots and eventually went away with the traditional ruler, leaving the community helpless.”

When contacted, Spokesperson of the Plateau State Police Command, DSP Alabo Alfred said he was in a meeting as at the time filing this report.

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Imo Police Arrest Prison Escapee for Killing Pregnant Woman

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Police officers from Iheagwa Division, Imo State, have arrested an Imo prison escapee identified as Justice Anokam, for allegedly stabbing a pregnant woman to death with a dagger at Umuejechi Nekede autonomous community in Owerri West Local Government.

It was gathered that the unidentified victim was a tenant in the area but an indigene of Ohaji/Egbema LGA of Imo.

A resident, Iyke Opara, said the pregnant woman came out from the popular Ama-Ato junction before she was accosted by the suspect.

Opara said the suspect has been terrorizing the community since he escaped from the April 2021 prison break in Imo.

The suspect, who claimed he was on drugs when queried in a trending video, was said to have become enraged and descended on the woman with the dagger after he asked her to give him money to eat and she shunned him.

According to the source, she told him to mind his business and that infuriated him.

He removed a dagger he hid in his trousers, and stabbed her in the stomach.

The source said the woman lost a lot of blood and was pronounced dead on getting to the hospital.

He further said the suspect fled immediately but youths in the area pursued and apprehended him after several attempts to stab them.

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Anokam, said to be in his 30s, was earlier arrested by Nekede vigilantes before being handed over to the detectives from the Ihiagwa Police Division amid heavy protest by the community youths who had concluded plans to lynch him before police intervention.

The police spokesman, Micheal Abattam, when contacted said he’s waiting for the situation report from the division.

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