The Niger Delta militant group known as Niger Delta Avengers under the leadership of Adaka Boro has vow to go on rampage in seven days. The group in a statement signed by General Edmos Ayayeibo Spokesperson for Adaka boro Avengers, on Thursday, said they gave the Federal Government and NUPENG seven days to immediately ask all multinational oil companies operating in the Niger Delta region to evacuate our territory. As failure to do so will lead to untold calamity on staff and on oil and gas installations.
Nigerian militants say they have blown up again an oil pipeline carrying crude for export from Shell’s Forcados terminal in the country’s south. It’s the third attack in eight days on the Trans Forcados pipeline network. Militants and community leaders want development and a bigger share of revenues from oil that has massively polluted the southern Niger Delta. The Niger Delta Avengers said the Tuesday night’s bombing is to reinforce warnings for oil companies to desist from repairing attacked installations.
At least two soldiers are feared dead after a bomb explosion along Banki – Usmanari – Kumshe road in Borno State. About eight soldiers of the 152 TF Battalion of the Nigerian Army were also injured in the explosion which occurred at about 8:10 a.m. One canter truck was destroyed in the explosion while the injured persons are currently receiving first aid treatment before they are evacuated by air to the hospital.
On Monday night, one Nigerian soldier was confirmed dead after a Boko Haram attack. Thirteen of the insurgents were also killed after the attackers were repelled, the army said. Three other soldiers were injured in the attack on ground troops at Kangarwa Village in northern Borno State. The attack was repelled by a combination of Nigeria Air Force aircraft and Nigerian Army officials.
The Police in Zamfara said several people were killed by gunmen suspected to be cattle rustlers at a mining site in Gidan Ardo Village of Bindin district of Maru Local Government Area. Witnesses in the area said the gunmen numbering over 70 rode into the mining site at around 3 p.m. on Monday and shot anyone on sight, killing over 40 persons and injuring several others. The gunmen were said to have carted away most of the mineral finds and also killed some of those that were in the mining pit.
Nigerian militants on Tuesday bombed a state-run oil pipeline near the southern port city of Warri, the second attack within a week. Chairman of Batan community Dickson Ogugu said four surveillance guards deployed to protect the Trans Forcados export line narrowly escaped death after the militants opened fire on them. “The hoodlums after chasing them from the spot came down from their speedboat, planted dynamite on swamp boogie, barge, crane and on the line,” he said. “Unfortunately, only the dynamite on the barge exploded and immediately sank into the water. As I speak to you, the military are at the scene of the incident trying to dismantle the other dynamites.”
The Nigerian army has lost almost 46 soldiers to Boko Haram insurgents, including high profile lieutenant- colonel Abu Ali. He and his soldiers were ambushed by Boko Haram fighters who killed over 40 soldiers and lost 14 of their men. An official said the attack occurred at Mallam Fatori, a major Boko Haram stronghold on Friday. Abu Ali was hit by several bullets as he and his men fought to repel the insurgents. As the fight against the insurgents gets tougher, the Army have also raised the alarm over suspected sabotage by some highly-placed elders in northeast who are aiding the insurgents.
Boko Haram jihadists killed two soldiers and razed a village adjoining the northeast Nigerian town of Chibok where the group kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls two years ago, residents said Sunday. “Boko Haram gunmen attacked the village around 19:30. They fired indiscriminately and hurled explosives,” resident Bitrus John told AFP. “They killed two soldiers and injured another one in gunfight,” he said. Troops patrolling the area engaged the Islamists in a shootout, allowing residents to flee the village unhurt, said John.
Tragedy struck in Mokwa and Katcha council areas of Niger state yesterday where 10 people were feared dead in two different accidents involving boat mishap and tanker explosion. While seven people were feared killed when they drowned in Katcha local government area, Tanker explosion killed three in Mokwa town.
The newspaper LEADERSHIP gathered that those drowned in Katcha as a result of the boat mishap comprised of four female and three children. The accident happened along River Gbako, a tributary of River Niger in Katcha local government area of the state.
Burkina Faso has notified the United Nations that it will withdraw soldiers deployed as peacekeepers in Sudan’s troubled Darfur region by July next year, the foreign minister said late on Friday. The West African nation, which has a battalion of 850 soldiers serving in the nearly 14,000 troop strong U.N.-African Union hybrid mission, has suffered a series of deadly attacks at home amid a rise in Islamist militant violence. Burkina Faso’s government said in May that it would seek to bring some troops home to help reinforce domestic security.