Eighty-two Chibok schoolgirls abducted three years ago by Boko Haram have been freed in exchange for detained suspects with the extremist group. The statement from the office of President Muhammadu Buhari was the first confirmation that his government had made a swap for the girls. After an initial release of 21 Chibok girls in October, the government denied making an exchange or paying ransom. The April 2014 abduction by Boko Haram brought the extremist group’s rampage in northern Nigeria to world attention, many of the captive girls, most of them Christians, were forced to marry their captors,It is feared that other girls were strapped with explosives and sent on missions as suicide bombers.Now 113 of the girls remain captive.The freed girls were expected to meet with Buhari on Sunday in the capital, Abuja.
Many suspected leaders of Boko Haram may have been killed in a recent air strike carried out by Nigeria Air Force fighter jets. According to a statement issued from the Directorate of Public Relations and Information of the Nigeria Air Force, the strike took place in a village called Mangosum in Borno State. Mr. Adesanya said the attack was effected following a NAF intelligence. He said while a large number of suspected Boko Haram leaders were killed during the raid, troops also recovered a large cache of arms and ammunition at the attacked location. Battle Damage Assessment conducted after the strike showed that several leaders of the Boko Haram Terrorist Organization and their followers were killed during the attacks. In addition, a sizeable cache of weapons and equipment was destroyed. With the successful air interdiction, the Nigerian Air Force was able to frustrate yet another attempt by the remnants of the Boko Haram Terrorists to regroup in the Sambisa general area.
Mr. Samuel, a colonel, said the soldiers bravery was praised by top officers of the Nigerian Army. He said, “the Acting General Officer Commanding (GOC) 7 Division Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Victor Ezugwu commended the troops of 21 Brigade of the Division for delivering a devastating deep punch to Boko Haram terrorists leading to the capture of large quantities of terrorists’ equipment. In addition, the gallant troops made heavy seizures with the destruction of 1 vehicle bound Improvised Explosive Device belonging to the terrorists and capture of 1 Buffalo Gun truck”.
At least five people were killed when suicide bombers detonated explosives at three different locations in Muna area of Borno State. The areas affected were Muna Usmanti, Muna Garage and Muna Ethopia, 11 other people were injured in the attacks that occurred in the morning. Among the dead were four suicide bombers and a member of security volunteer group. The spokesperson of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, North-East, Abdulkadir Ibrahim, disclosed that response agencies promptly responded to the distress call: “We have since taken the injured persons to hospital for proper medical attention while the dead bodies have been deposited in the mortuary” he said. Suicide bombings have become a major attack tool for the Boko Haram whose insurgency has caused the death of about 100,000 people since 2009.
Nigerian troops fighting the extremist Boko Haram sect have suffered major setbacks, the terror group killed eight soldiers and wounded 11 others in two separate attacks. The army formations involved in the incidents also lost several arms and ammunition. The first incident, in Borno State, occurred when over 200 Boko Haram terrorists on motorcycles suddenly descended on the military base. The terrorist, had five gun trucks and artillery guns, The Nigerian troops fought back, but were dislodged from their location after about an hour of fierce battle. Five soldiers were killed in action while nine others were seriously injured. Four other soldiers are yet to be found. The army is currently lamenting the loss of their equipment, arms and ammunition in the incident, the terrorists also carted away 16 AK47 rifles, one HF radio, two rocket-propelled grenades, two 60MM mortals and all the reserved ammunition and drugs in the base.
President Donald Trump’s administration plans to sell a dozen aircraft to Nigeria’s air force for the fight against the extremist group Boko Haram: the deal could be worth $600 million. Former President Barack Obama’s administration originally agreed on the sale, but delayed it after incidents including the Nigerian Air Force’s bombing a refugee camp in January that killed 90 to 170 civilians. Formal notification of the deal has not yet been sent to Congress but it will soon be. A senior Nigerian military source in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, confirmed that the sale would go ahead and said it would also involve training, surveillance and military intelligence “to support the ongoing insurgency war”. There are questions about whether Nigeria will be able to pay the full $600 million for the aircraft, equipment, training and support. U.S. officials said Buhari raised frustration with delays in the sale in a phone call with Trump in February.
A Boko Haram gunman was killed Wednesday in a Village in Borno State. The spokesman of the Nigeria army, Sani Usman, said the attack was repelled by troops of 112 Task Force Battalion durign the Operation Lafiya Yole. The attack occurred when the troops were carrying out a fighting patrol towards Boskoro, Dikwa Local Government Area of Borno State where it was believed, a sleeper cell of Boko Haram terrorists was hibernating. “While advancing, the troops came in contact with some elements of the terrorists suspected to be in staging area to lay ambush for troops along Ajiri-Dikwa road”, said Mr. Usman. The patrol team engaged the terrorists and neutralized one of them, unfortunately one soldier sustained injury during the operation. The gallant soldier has been evacuated to military hospital and he is responding to treatment.
Boko Haram members allegedly attacked communities in Konduga local Government, Borno State, and kidnapped 10 people. Ibrahim Abdullahi ( Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps) declared the terrorists invaded Konduga and abducted four women and six youths. MrAbdullahi told the News Agency of Nigeria in Maiduguri on tuesday that many other villages were invaded too, because the insurgents are looking for more youths to recruite to sustain their fight in the state, since they have been effectively decimated by the Nigerian military. This is a clarion call to Nigerians to be on the alert at all times and always report any suspicious activities around them to the security agencies, Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) who are desperate to return to their liberated communities should desist from living in areas that are not properly secured by armed personnel.Millions of people have been displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency since 2009, while about 100,000 have been killed, according to official estimates. Hundreds of people including scores of female secondary school students kidnapped in 2014 from their school in Chibok, Borno State, are still being held by the Boko Haram.
NSCDC ( Nigeria Security and Civil Defence) on tuesdaypareded a 17 years old boy who admitted having killed 18 people since he joined the terrorist group three years ago. Ali Mustafa said he was forced to join the group when he was abducted with many others kids in his village, Monguno.<Boko Haram insurgents came to our village and forcefully took many of us away. We were kept in the bush camp near Kala Balge and from there we carried out various operations, during which I personally killed 18 persons> the teenagers said. He has spent 3 years killing people against his wish, but recently,while in a mission to Maiduguri, he decided to abandon. Hundreds of young boys are currently working for Boko Haram, alongside the youg boy nine other criminals were arrested.
More than 2600 Nigerian refugees (from the beginning of the year), settled in the north of Cameron, were sent back to Nigeria (with the use of violence) because of the fear of Boko Haram attacks, denounced the Top Commissioner of of the UN for the refugees ( UNHCR) durign a press briefing. According to UNHCR staff, the refugees explained that Cameroonian troops embarked them agains their will and “without leaving them the time to gather their stuff”, underlining that this dismissals of strenght are against the international law. The UNHCR says to be very warried because these rimpatriations (which seems motivated by safety) continue even though the agency of the UNO signed an agreement between Cameroon and Nigeria about voluntary return of Nigerian refugees.