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Troops kill 500 bandits, several others severely wounded. [Nigeria]

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The Defence Headquarters said the Nigerian Armed Forces have neutralised over 500 Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists and bandits.

The operations were carried out between March 18 and May 5.

The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, stated this in an update on Wednesday.

Enenche said that several other terrorists suffered various degrees of gunshot wounds with narrow chances of survival.

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He said Boko Haram’s logistics installations and networks were being destroyed, while 16 of their informants and logistics suppliers were arrested.

Enenche confirmed that some troops paid the supreme prize and others were wounded in action.

“Some villages attacked during the period were rescued by our gallant troops and normalcy was returned to the affected areas. A number of Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance missions conducted revealed criminal hideouts and their activities.

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“Consequently, air interdictions were conducted, which led to the destruction of several BHT logistics facilities and compounds, housing some of their leaders including Abu Usamah and a number of their fighters who were eliminated,” he said.

Under Operation Hadarin Daji, combined troops comprising Land and Air Components, as well as other security operatives, recorded successes in Katsina and Zamfara States.

A total of 17 kidnapped victims were rescued and united with their families while several arms and ammunition among other equipment were recovered.

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The military spokesman said troops also rescued 922 rustled cattle and 446 sheep.

The coordinator noted that there was a clampdown on armed militia and bandits in Benue and Taraba States.

Troops successfully rescued seven kidnapped victims and recovered large caches of ammunition and other items.

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Also, seven bandits were killed by troops from contacts made at Toto in Nasarawa State and Anku Mbagen in Atera-Jange Torov Council Ward of Ukum Local Government Area of Benue.

In Maritime operations, 61 illegal refining sites were discovered during Anti-Crude Oil/Anti-Illegal Bunkering Operations in the Niger Delta region.

“In all, a total of 4,464.8 and 1,781,000 litres of crude oil were recovered as well as 1,756,900 litres of AGO; 116,000 litres of DPK; and 11,750 litres of PMS.

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“During the Swamp Boogie Operations, several refining ovens, receivers, surface metal storage tanks/drums, coolers and dugout pits were deactivated and immobilised. Fishing trawlers were also arrested and handed over to NIMASA.”

Enenche added that 15 hostages were rescued, a barge and some weapons were recovered and 3 pipeline vandals arrested.


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Boko Haram’s successful attack on Army camp near key cities in Niger.

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Boko Haram fighters clashed with government forces on Sunday in Diffa, the largest city in southwestern Niger, in what the jihadists said was a successful attack on a military camp.

Conflicting versions of the outcome emerged on Tuesday, with the Islamists claiming to have overrun the site but local residents telling AFP that the assailants had been repelled.

A propaganda video released by the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), a Boko Haram splinter group affiliated to the so-called Islamic State, purports to show heavily-armed insurgents storm an army camp following sustained fighting and heavy weapons fire.

A soldier is seen lying face-down on the ground, either dead or unconscious and being shot twice.

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The assailants then leave the camp with military vehicles and weapons to the cries of Allahu Akbar (God is greatest).

The area around Diffa, a city of around 200,000 people located near the Nigerian border, has been repeatedly attacked by the jihadist group, which emerged in Nigeria in 2009.

Local people testified that they heard the sound of heavy fighting.

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“We heard gunfire, especially heavy weapons, between 4:30 pm and 7:00 pm on the southern side of the city,” Lawan Boukar, a local resident, said.

“It was an audacious infiltration attempt by Boko Haram, who were then forced back to the bridge at Doutchi,” he said, referring to a cross-border bridge about 30 kilometres (18 miles) away.

Another resident said the attackers “came over from the Nigerian side in late afternoon when the Ramadan fast was about to break — they were obviously hoping to catch our soldiers unawares.”

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A security source confirmed “the attack” but did not give details. The defence ministry, contacted by AFP, said it would release a statement later.


Troubled region


Boko Haram’s insurgency has claimed more than 36,000 lives since it began in northeastern Nigeria in 2009 and displaced nearly two million from their homes.

The violence spilt over into neighbouring countries in the Sahel in 2015, especially in the Lake Chad region, where the borders of Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria converge.

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The Diffa region is home to 120,000 refugees from Nigeria as well as 110,000 people internally displaced within Niger, according to UN data released in October.

Sunday’s attack came after an air-and-ground offensive against the group by Chad following a brazen attack in which nearly 100 soldiers were killed.

Chad claims it killed a thousand jihadists and lost 52 of its men, and drove the jihadists out of its territory.

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In late March, Niger’s defence ministry claimed that a “leading figure” in Boko Haram, Ibrahim Fakoura, had been killed in an operation in the Lake Chad region.

In 2015, heavy fighting broke out between Niger soldiers and Boko Haram fighters around the strategic bridge at Doutchi and near Damasak, a Nigerian border village which the jihadists seized in October 2014.

Damasak was retaken later by the Niger army, backed by Chadian soldiers.

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Niger is also facing attacks from jihadists in the west of the country, coming from Mali.

Around 4,000 people were killed in Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso last year in jihadist violence, which is often intertwined with inter-community tensions, according to a UN estimate.


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Nigerian Army overthrow Boko Haram insurgent in Geidam


The Nigerian Army troops of Operation Lafiya Dole have again subdued the Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists in an attempt to attack Geidam in Yobe State on Monday afternoon.

Geidam town is the Headquarters of Geidam Local Government Area of the state.

NobleReporters learnt that the operation was carried out by the troops of 159 Battalion in Sector 2 in conjunction with the Air Task Force of OPLD who swiftly intercepted and engaged the insurgents in a fierce exchange of fire.

NobleReporters gathered that the terrorists were forced to retreat into different locations in the bushes while troops continued in pursuit of the fleeing terrorists.

According to a reliable source, NobleReporters heard that 13 terrorists have so far been neutralised, while two gun trucks with Dushkha Guns, six AK 47 rifles were captured.

“At the moment, the terrorists have been subdued, the situation in Geidam town and environs has been normalized and troops are currently on a follow up/exploitation operation.

“There is no casualty or loss of equipment on the part of our gallant troops.”
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The source added that additional details would be communicated as events unfold.

Some locals, who pleaded anonymity, commended the gallantry of the troops for being proactive in dealing with the criminals.

This development was coming less than 48 hours after the troops dealt another deadly blow to the terrorists killing about 105 of them in Buni Gari in Gujba Local Government Area of the State.

This is in continuation of the renewed onslaught launched by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, to hand the terrorists the long-awaited final defeat.

Buratai has since relocated to the North East theatre of operation where he has continued to show leadership in the fight against terrorism.


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Borno Air Strikes: Key Boko Haram Leaders Killed. [Nigeria]


The Defence Headquarters says troops have killed several key leaders of the Boko Haram and Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorist groups in Borno State.

Coordinator of Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, confirmed this in a statement on Monday.

According to him, the terrorists were killed and their structures destroyed in air strikes conducted by the Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole at Durbada.

“The operation was executed on 17 April 2020 on the heels of credible Human Intelligence (HUMINT) reports, which were confirmed by series of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions, indicating that the settlement was one of the locations where some of the terrorists’ hierarchy often hibernate.

“Fighter jets dispatched by the Air Task Force took turns in attacking the location, scoring accurate hits within the target area which resulted in the death of some of the terrorists,” the statement said.

Major General Enenche added that others, who were seen attempting to flee the area, were taken out in follow-on attacks.

He noted that the Armed Forces of Nigeria would continue to sustain the offensive against those he described as the enemies of the nation.

The Coordinator of Defence Media Operations explained that this would be done in furtherance of the objective of restoring peace and security in the North East.


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Another dies in captivity as bandit release Zamfara Councilor. [Nigeria]


Bandits have released the kidnapped councillor of the Gummi Local Government Area of Zamfara State, Alhaji Sahabi Abubakar, while the other councillor, Alhaji Lawal Gummi, has died in their hands.

Bandits abducted three councillors from the local government area of the state in March this year, demanding N40m ransom for their release. One of the councillors, Alhaji Murtala, Arzika escaped.

Abubakar, representing Birnin Tudu ward was let go after N7m ransom was allegedly paid.

A relation of the deceased councillor, Gummi, told our correspondent that his brother was a diabetic patient and lost his life due to lack of medication in the forest.

He said, “He was a diabetic patient and when he was kidnapped, he was not having any medicine with him.”

Confirming the incident, the spokesperson for the state police command, SP Mohammed Shehu, said he was aware of the issue.

He, however, stressed that he was not aware of the money paid to bandits.


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Boko Haram leader, Shekau send new threats to Chadian President


Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau has issued a threat to Chadian President Iddris Deby following the killing of his fighters in an offensive led by the Chadian leader.

In a 5 minutes audio message obtained by The Nation, Shekau said his fighters will be coming after President Deby.


The Boko Haram leader who insisted that the Chadian leader is fighting against the enthronement of Islam, claimed that Allah made his fighters kill over 90 soldiers from Chad in an ambush which led to declaration of war on the insurgents by President Deby.

Shekau said;

“Today is Monday, 6th in the month of, Insha Allahu, Shaaban, the Hijirah of the Prophet of Allah, from Meccah to Medinah, 1441.

“We believe after this introduction, we heard certain things from Chad from a certain individual named Idriss Deby.

“He came out fully dressed up with the ambition of fighting the religion of Islam, that is he wants to fight us because we said we will work for the enthronement of Islam, we are Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad.

“Our aim is to follow the tenet of the Koran; our aim is to follow the tenets of the prophet; our aim is to practice Islam the way the Prophet of Allah left instructions before dying and handing over to knowledgeable scholars, who have also passed it down to me.

“Idris Daby, I will address you now. I am insha Allahu taalla, Abubakar ibn Mohammed Shekau, the Imam of Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad.

“I decided to send you this message quickly. Don’t think because you’ve fought battles in ignorance not according to the tenet of Islam, and today, because we said we will work for Allah, you think you will triumph over us.

“First, even Pharaoh was frightened. Idriss Deby, fear Allah, repent and become a Muslim.

“Be careful, all these aggressions with weapons, insha Allah, you will not defeat us.

“Because of this, you can’t do anything to us. That area in which we were victorious, that Allah made us to kill you your men (killing of 90 Chadian soldiers), it is not that we are in enmity with human beings but anybody that is in enmity with Allah, is also our enemy. This is the summary.”

The Boko Haram leader also told his followers;

“My fellow brethren, take heart and endure. This kind of thing has happened to many. They endured and Allah gave then victory.

“We are together in the night and also at dawn; insha Allah we are together. Allah knows the servants that are working wholeheartedly and in sincerity, and he knows the kind of victory he will give to them. Allah will give us victory.

“My brethren, be consoled and stand firm; be full of prayers; continue with the work and may Allah help us and nobody will vanquish us since we said we will work for Allah.

“Idriss Deby you are in trouble. Idriss Deby you are in trouble; Idriss Deby you are in trouble. You made us to be calling your name because you are fighting Allah. People of Chad, rise up.

“The kind of life you are living is not according to the Koran, not from the hadiths of his prophet.

“But if you think you can do this, Allah is a helper and he is stronger than all. May Allah help us.”


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Boko Haram’s top commander, eliminated – NAF


The Nigerian Air Force(NAF) said its Operation Rattle Snake 3, launched to rout terrorists operating in the North-East, has killed top Boko Haram leaders, destroying their strongholds at Alafa Yagayaga on the fringes of the Sambisa Forest in Borno state.


The NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, said in a statement:

“The sustained onslaught against terrorist locations in the Northeast by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) under the auspices of Operation RATTLE SNAKE 3 has recorded another major success with the neutralization of some key Boko Haram Terrorists (BHTs) leaders at Alafa Yagayaga on the fringes of the Sambisa Forest in Borno State. This was achieved on 8 February 2020 when fighter jets dispatched by the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation LAFIYA DOLE obliterated a compound in the settlement where the leaders had assembled for a meeting.

“The airstrike was executed on the heels of credible intelligence reports indicating that the BHT leaders had converged at the target compound for a meeting over the weekend. Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions, which confirmed the meeting venue, also observed several BHTs in and around other buildings in the vicinity of the compound. Bombs from the detailed attack aircraft scored accurate hits on the target leading to the obliteration of the compound and surrounding structures as well as the neutralization of their BHT occupants.

“The NAF, operating in concert with surface forces, will sustain its air campaign to shape the battlespace in the Northeast for the effective conduct of further ground and air operations.”


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Suicide bomber nabbed at Oyedepo’s church in Kaduna


The Kaduna state police command have arrested a 30-year-old suspected suicide bomber at the Sabon Tasha branch of the Living Faith Church aka Winners chapel owned by popular clergyman, Bishop David Oyedepo.

The spokesperson of the state police command, DSP Yakubu Sabo, who confirmed this, said he would be releasing an official press statement soon.


According to reports, the suspected suicide bomber was caught on the church’s CCTV camera entering the church auditorium with a bag. The security officers who became suspicious, accosted him after he had sat down. They searched his bag and found the explosive.

The police was alerted and he was arrested and whisked away.


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CAN Chairman executed by Boko Haram


Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Michika Local Government Area of Adamawa State, Lawan Andimi has reportedly been executed by Boko Haram insurgents.

Ahmed Salkida, a journalist known to have access to Boko Haram and who was once a mediator between the insurgents and the Nigerian government confirmed the report.


According to him, the Pastor who was declared missing after a foiled attack on Michika Local Government Area in Adamawa by Boko Haram, was executed yesterday January 20.

Salkida wrote;


To break some news items can traumatize. I’m battling with one of such. Reverend Andimi, abducted by #BokoHaram was executed yesterday. Rev. Andimi was a church leader, a father to his children and the community he served. My condolences go to his family.

Reverend Lawan Andimi was beheaded yesterday afternoon, the video of the appalling executions with that of a soldier was obtained at 2:42pm. I made sure that the family, the authorities and the church were duly informed before the news was put out to the public this morning.


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Boko haram, not a joke – Army tell foreign agencies


The Nigerian army has warned foreign agencies and countries against interfering in the fight against Boko Haram and the Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP).

In a statement released on Monday January 20 by the Nigerian Army Operations Media Coordinator Colonel Aminu Iliyasu, the largest component of the Nigerian Armed Forces insisted that its fight against insurgency has recorded significant success.

Though no name was mentioned in the statement, foreign agencies, countries and individuals were warned against actions and utterances which will not restore peace in the country.


The statement read;

“The Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai has reassured Nigerians that the Counter Insurgency operations in the North East and indeed other ongoing operations against our common enemies across the country are still on course with current indicators revealing tremendous successes across the various theatres of operation.


“After a careful review of the Nigerian Army operations in the North East, it is pertinent to state that Headquarters Nigerian Army has gladly observed the renewed zeal and determination by troops to take the counter-insurgency operations to its logical conclusion with outcomes favourable to Nigeria and Nigerians as evident in the recent decimation of many Boko Haram/Islamic State West Africa Province criminals, including some of their top commanders amidst several arrests of the insurgents’ logistic suppliers and collaborators, numerous capture of the criminals’ arms and ammunition as well as rescue of many captives from the bondage of the insurgents.

“To this end, all local and foreign interests are advised to exhibit more commitment and restraint on issues of our national security and avoid taking sides. Furthermore, all actions and utterances must be tailored towards supporting the national cause with a view to restoring peace and tranquillity to our beloved country.

“Additionally, the Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai unequivocally assures troops that their sacrifices and that of our fallen colleagues will never be in vain as he reiterates the unreserved commitment of the Nigerian Army to defend our country and her citizens no matter the prize or odds. The recent moribund activity of Boko Haram/Islamic State West Africa Province insurgents is synonymous with the kicks of a dying horse gasping for the last breath.

“The Chief of Army Staff also warned all enemies of Nigeria and Nigerians who take delight in the sufferings of our innocent citizens that the day of reckoning is at their door steps. All well-meaning Nigerians especially those in the North East and friends of Nigeria elsewhere are enjoined to fully support the counter insurgency operations as well as the fight against all forms of criminality across the nation”.


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United Nations condemn killing of aid workers in Borno.

Eve Sabbagh, the Head of Public Information, UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), stated this in a statement on Saturday in Maiduguri.

Kallon said the UN agency was sad by the killing of the aid workers by their captors on Dec. 13.

He described the action as “tragic” and called for immediate release of aid workers still under captivity.

“I am deeply saddened and outraged by the news of the tragic killing of four aid workers who were held captive by armed groups for almost five months.

“My thoughts go to their families, friends and colleagues who are enduring unspeakable pain and hardship,” Kallon said.

He explained that the four men were among the six aid workers abducted on July 26; when armed group attacked their convoy in Damasak of Mobbar Local Government Area.

“They were working on a health project implemented by the Action Against Hunger, an International Non Governmental Organization (INGO).

“One of the drivers was killed during the attack and another was reportedly executed on September 24.

“I plead for the immediate release of Grace Taku, the only woman who was in the ACF team, and whose whereabouts remain unknown.

“I also call for the immediate release of Alice Loksha, a nurse and a mother, who was abducted during an attack in Rann in March 2018,” he said.

Kallon described the action as another sad day for the people of Nigeria and the humanitarian community.

He noted that the aid workers devoted their lives to helping the most vulnerable communities in Borno, in spite of the risks.

According to him, the UN and partners were working to provide vital assistance to over seven million people in the crisis-affected states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe.

The coordinator, however, decried that humanitarian workers have increasingly become the target of violent attacks.

He revealed that seven aid workers were killed this year while 26 others lost their lives in the conflict since 2011.

Kallon added that: “Violence against humanitarian actors jeopardizes access to much needed assistance for people affected by the armed conflict.

“I renew the call for all armed actors to respect the principles of humanity, neutrality, independence and impartiality which guide humanitarian assistance, and to ensure the protection of aid workers”.

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PMB speaks on execution of 4 workers by Boko Haram.

… says good will always prevail evil

President Buhari has condemned the alleged execution of four aid workers by terrorists in North-eastern Nigeria. He said that the defeat of evil by good is inevitable, no matter the pyrrhic victory evildoers seem to win.

The President disclosed this in a statement by Femi Adeshina, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the President, in Abuja on Saturday. He expressed sadness over the development and commiserated with the family and loved ones of the aid workers.

The aid workers had been abducted near Damasak, Borno State in July and had been held by the insurgents in spite of efforts to secure their release.

“Evil will always be defeated by good at the end of the day. Whatever seeming victory evil records, eventually rebounds on the evildoer.

“We are resolved to beat evil in this land, and we remain unrelenting till we achieve it,” the President said/

He urged all insurgents to lay down their arms and rejoin decent humanity.

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GTI Report – Herdsmen Killed More Nigerians Than Boko Haram In 2018…

Attacks from herders resulted in the death of more Nigerians in 2018 than the number of deaths caused by Boko Haram in the country, according to 2019 Global Terrorism Index (GTI).

The GTI report released on Wednesday ranked Nigeria, for the fifth consecutive time, since 2015, as the third country with the worst impact from terrorism, globally.

Afghanistan, meanwhile, has overtaken Iraq to become number one on the list, while the latter moved down to the second position.

Syria, Pakistan, Somalia, and India are ranked fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh respectively in the GTI report, while Yemen, Philippines, and Democratic Republic of the Congo are eighth, ninth, and 10th.

The report said terror-related incidents in Nigeria increased by 37 per cent, from 411 in 2017 to 562 in 2018 and also deaths from terrorism in the country rose to 2,040 in 2018, a 33 per cent increase.

“The increase was due to a substantial escalation of violence by ‘Fulani’ extremists, whilst Boko Haram recorded a decline in deaths from terrorism,” the report said.

Dispute over ownership and usage of land has remained the major cause of the violent conflict between Fulani herdsmen and farmers in Nigeria.

A concern was raised in the 2018 GTI report over the killings by herders. The report had warned that terrorism was shifting from Nigeria’s North-East region to the country’s Middle-Belt.

“Violence between Nigerian herders and farmers intensified in early 2018 with approximately 300,000 people fleeing their homes. The most recent escalation in violence follows increased militia attacks and implementation of new anti-grazing legislation.

“In 2018, Fulani extremists were responsible for the majority of terror-related deaths in Nigeria at 1,158 fatalities. Terror-related deaths and incidents attributed to Fulani extremists increased by 261 and 308 per cent respectively from the prior year. Of 297 attacks by Fulani extremists, over 200 were armed assaults. Over 84 per cent of these armed assaults targeted civilians.

“However, also active and not recorded as terrorist activity are pastoralist militias who target the Fulani, increasing the likelihood of reprisals,” the report said.

The deadliest terrorist incident in Nigeria in 2018, according to the report, occurred on May 5 when assailants attacked Gwaska, Kaduna.

The report said 58 people were killed in the attack, which it said was attributed to ‘Fulani extremists’.

The GTI report attributed the decline in Boko Haram attacks to a multinational task force fighting the terrorist group.

The GTI, which is in its seventh edition, is produced annually by the Institute for Economics & Peace, an independent, non-partisan, non-profit think tank with offices in Sydney, New York, and Mexico City.

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Boko Haram: We were two brothers but the other was not released; despite their threats to renounce Christ, I didn’t concur.

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Living Faith Church a.k.a Winners’ Chapel Pastor, Moses Oyeleke has shared his ordeal after spending 7 months in Boko Haram captivity.

The Pastor who was abducted alongside his assistant Abraham Amuta, a National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member along Chibok road in Borno state in May, confirmed that his freedom was facilitated by the Borno state government, Kalthum Foundation for Peace and Initiative for Peace Building (two NGOs).

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“We were on our way to Chibok when they caught us and took us to Yale; from there, they took a detour and finally took us to Sambisa,”Oyeleke told reporters at the office of Usman Kadafur, deputy governor of the state.

“It was the two of us, myself and my brother, who was not released. They have promised us that when they finish discussions, they’ll release them in December; himself and the elder sister of this girl I was released with.

“I am very happy today that we have been rescued because where we are coming from, we have come from a place of darkness to light; that is why my heart is filled with joy because I have seen my family, friends, and associates.

“I stayed peacefully with them for up to seven months. Many times they have requested me to convert to Islam, their preachers had preached to me a lot of times but you know when you have wisdom, you relate with people in a way that would not lead to quarrel.

“When they come to preach, I pay attention to everything they said and when they asked me questions about things that I know will cause problems if I respond, I always tell them I don’t know so that I don’t say things that would offend them.”

Ndagiliya Umar, a schoolgirl who regained her freedom after being abducted in a school in Askira Uba Local Government Area along with her sister and a few others also narrated her ordeal while in Boko Haram captivity.

“Life in the bush, they marry off little girls; women do not talk to men, and movement is restricted,” Ndagiliya said.

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Moses Oyeleke, Winners Pastor Regains Freedom After Seven Months Of Abduction.

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Pastor Moses Oyeleke, the Living Faith Church a.k.a Winners’ Chapel Pastor abducted by Boko Haram insurgents in May has regained his freedom after spending 7 months in captivity.

The Winners Pastor who was abducted alongside a corps member identified as Abraham Amuta while on their way to Chibok to evangelize and also distribute relief items to Internally Displaced Persons, was freed on Sunday November 10. A student of Government Science Secondary School in Askira Uba identified as Nnagilaya Umar, also regained her freedom same day.

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Their freedom was facilitated by two non-governmental organisations: Initiative for Peace Building Movement and the Kalthum Foundation for Peace.

The Corps member, Abraham Amuta was not released by the insurgents who accused him of being stubborn to them. He is however expected to also regain his freedom in December.

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Boko Haram Attack: Scare Caught Owo, Ondo Commune. (Check…)

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Fear and apprehension reigns in Akure, Owo and other major towns in Ondo State following reports of planed attacks on some banks by Boko Haram sect plan to attack some banks in the state today (Friday).

A document purportedly addressed to the state commissioner of Police, Mr Undie Adie by another security agency has been circulating on various social media platforms.

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The letter dated October 29, titled ‘Planned Robbery Attacks on some commercial banks in Ondo State by suspected Boko Haram elements’ urged the police to be proactive and thwart the threat..

Part of the letter read:”intelligence availed the Command revealed planned armed robbery attacks on some commercial banks by suspected Boko Haram elements any moment from now.

“The group also plan to engage in kidnapping and car snatching along major routes in the state, including Owo/Benin axis, Isua/Ikare and Auge/Ayire in order to raise funds for its terrorist/insurgency campaign in the country.

“It was further revealed that the insurgents/terrorists hibernating between Kogi and Ondo have concluded plans to carry out a major armed robbery operation in Owo Local Government Area, Ondo on November 1, being the market day.”

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) for the state, Femi Joseph, however debunked the rumours saying police did not receive any letter from any sister security agency on Boko Haram attacks.

“The command is not aware of any letter to the effect of planned attack by Boko Haram or any other group. The command, however is working round the clock to provide adequate security for lives and property of the residents of the state.

“The command is very much prepared to ensure adequate security in this ember months both in flash points and other areas,” Joseph said.

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UN Reopens Office Attacked By Boko Haram Eight Years Ago. (Details..)

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The United Nations on Thursday reopened its office in Abuja eight years after terrorists attacked the facility and killed 23 people.

Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator of the organisation, Mark Lowcock, said the office was rehabilitated by the Nigeria Government during the official handover of the UN House in Abuja.

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He said, “The Nigerian Government handing over this building to the UN is a symbol of our shared commitment to continue supporting the people and Government of Nigeria.

“The reopening of the UN House in Abuja demonstrates our collective commitment to continue addressing the complex challenges facing Nigeria, West Africa and the whole world.

“On August 26, 2011, 23 people including UN staff and Nigerian civilians died in a suicide car bombing at the UN House in Abuja.

“This was the first attack against a UN facility in Nigeria.

“Nigeria has been a key actor since it became a member of the United Nations in 1960, only eight days after its independence.”

During his two-day visit to Nigeria, Lowcock also discussed the humanitarian situation in the North-Eastern states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe.

The United Nations and its humanitarian partners in support of the Government of Nigeria are working together to provide assistance to reach 6.2 million people in these states.

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