Nigeria Decides 2019- The Devil you know and the Devil you knew

As Nigeria votes in Presidential elections on 16th February 2019, we will consider the implications of the election and its outcomes for Nigeria’s internal and external security.

As this is a Nigerian election it is necessary to emphasise that this is an objective analysis that is neither commissioned by nor supportive of any candidate or party. Comments, analysis and opinions remain that of the authors

The Candidates:

President Muhammadu Buhari:is a 76 year old, Fulani man from Daura, Katsina State

AlhajiAtiku Abubakar: is a 71 year old Fulani man from Jada LGA, Adamawa State

Occupation: Buhari was a career soldier,who has had a variety of military and political positions including State Governor, President, GOC etc. He has a wide breadth of experience in a variety of military, political and government roles.

Atiku was a career Customs Officer retiring as a Deputy Director. Whilst a Customs Officer he started a property portfolio, bought a farm, traded in foodstuffs and set up a logistics company whilst working at Apapa Ports with an Italian partner. His current businesses include manufacturing, agriculture and education.

Service History: Gen Buhari was commissioned as an infantry Officer in 1963. During the Civil War hecommanded a Company and Battalion and on Brigade Staff in 1 Divisionwhichwon early victories in the northern Biafran campaign at Ogoja, Nsukkaetc but were fixed for much of the remainder of the war. After the war, he served on Division Staff and in Defence appointments until 1975. Following political appointments he served in Army HQ from 1978 to 1980 and then commanded 4 Infantry Division for 6 months in 1980-81, 2 Mechanised Division for 10 months in 1981 and 3 Armoured Division from 1981 to 1983. As commander 3 Division, his forces defeated a Chadian raid into Borno State

Atiku was a Law student when the war started, joining the Customs Service upon graduation in1969.

Political History: Gen Buhari was a participant in the July 1966 counter coup that saw the murder and overthrow of Gen Aguiyi- Ironsi and the subsequent massacre of Eastern officers and then civilians. He participated in the 1975 coup to overthrow Gen Gowon and was appointed Governor of North Eastern State (present day Taraba, Bauchi, Adamawa, Gombe, Borno and Yobe States) in 1975, and then Borno State in 1976 when North Eastern was divided into Bauchi, Borno and Gongola. He served as Federal Commissioner (Minister) for Petroleum and Natural Resources from 1976 to 1978. Gen Buhari participated in the overthrow of President Shagari in 1983 becoming Head of State. The regime was characterised by strict punishments for criminality, an emphasis on public discipline and harsh economic policies and an anti corruption drive. Gen Buharis regime was overthrown in 1985 by Gen Babangida, Buhari, returned to Katsinaafter 3 years detention. He was appointed Chairman of the Petroleum Trust Fund by Gen Abacha between 1994 and 1999. andunsuccessfully ran for President under the ANPP in 2003 and 2007 and then CPC in 2011. He disputed the results of each defeat (with some justifications). The 2011 election results saw political, tribal and sectarian violence in the North and Middle Belt. President Buhari won the 2015 election under APC campaigning on an anti corruption and security platform.

Atiku worked for various political campaigns joining PFN in 1989, he was elected to the 1989 Constituent Assembly under PFN which was merged into the SDP on of the two government formed parties. He was disqualified from running for Adamawa State Governor in 1992 and came third in the Presidential primaries. Atiku eventually won the Adamawa State Gubernatorial election in 1998 but was them selected as Gen Obasanjo’s Vice President. He served 2 terms as Vice President from 1999 to 2007, overseeing the National Council on Privatisation. The second term was overshadowed by President Obasanjo’s attempt to run for a 3rd term opposed by most Nigerians including Atiku. Atiku contested the 2007 Presidential election under Action Congress, coming third, he ran in the PDP Presidential Primaries for the 2011 elections losing to Goodluck Jonathan. Atiku joined APC in 2014 supporting President Buharis election. In 2017 he left and re-joined PDP, winning the nomination in 2018.

Government History: The Buhari government was characterised by a 6 month wait for the appointment of a Cabinet, with President Buhari retaining the Petroleum portfolio. The 2015 Valentine offensive begun under former President Goodluck Jonathan, created the conditions for the election to be held and a year of hard fighting defeated Boko Haram main forces, retaking territory. Following this operational victory, the conflict stagnated. The Army launched several innovative units such as the motorcycle battalion and a Special Forces Command, however it is unclear how different these units are to line units especially as many were formed from existing units which were already committed to operations thus were unable to complete meaningful training. The NAF has shown remarkable improvements, in its structures, training, platforms, admin and troop welfare, a comparative star in relation to other services. The Navy has seen its star wane with the reduction in violence in the Niger Delta. The Police remain as corrupt and inefficient as ever.

The security situation deteriorated significantly under President Buhari, with the internecine banditry in the North West developing into wholesale predation on rural areas, kidnap for ransom, smuggling, human trafficking, piracy, communal conflicts, herders/ farmers, oil bunkering, armed robbery and other daily crimes in the increase, with entire swathes of the country particularly in the North depopulated due to conflict. The Niger Delta has been kept quiet with the continuation of Amnesty payment and a blind eye turned to wholesale oil bunkering

Atiku had little involvement in security matters during his time in Government

The Candidates Solutions

Buharis’ antecedents from his time in uniform form a fairly good template to judge his conduct as a Commander in Chief.

As a soldier, he served in the requisite appointments for a career officer. The account of defeating the Chadian raid in 1983 during his tour as a Divisional Commander, is used either as an example of his insubordination and recklessness or aggressiveness and tactical skill depending on perspective. As Head of State the Nigerian military was too involved in politics to be effective, however during his current tenure, Nigeria’s already precarious security situation has significantlydeteriorated with a range of issues such as; Boko Haram/ ISWAP, Bandit/ Cattle Rustlers, Drug abuse and trafficking, Smuggling, Herdsmen/ Farmer, Human trafficking, Anglophone crisis,Communal clashes, Armed robbery, kidnap for ransom,  Shia persecution, Sahelian/ Fulani Jihadists, Organised Banditry, Smuggling, Illegal mining’ Piracy/ Theft from Ships, Bakassi, Niger Delta, IPOB/ Neo Biafrans, Oil Bunkerers, Cultists and more.

Whilst none of these problems began under President Buhari, there is none that has improved in any way and almost all have deteriorated.

The APC manifesto does not address its Government record, achievements, failures or otherwise, in fact it dedicates precious little to many critical topics, of which National Defence and Security is one. There are 6 bullet points in this chapter of which 4 can be described as mere aspirations

  • Urgently address capacity building of law enforcement agents in terms of quantity and quality as this is critical in safeguarding the sanctity of lives and property.
  • Begin widespread consultations to amend the Constitution to decentralize the police command and
  • Expand local content by including community policing.
  • Push for more support in the security and economic stability of the sub-region (ECOWAS) and AU as a whole and maintain a strong, close and frank relationship with the international community.
  • Take renewed measures to secure our borders which are currently too porous for effective control of unwarranted movement.
  • Establish a well-trained, adequately funded equipped and goals driven Serious Crime Squad to combat terrorism, kidnapping, armed robbery, militancy ethno-religious and communal clashes nationwide.
  • Establish a National Coast Guard to protect our coastal waters.

 

The latter two define specific tasks, however these tasks seem to involve setting up entirely new units/ services to deal with pre existing problems.

PDP’s manifesto devotes an interesting amount of detail to economic and infrastructure, but a single page with 10 bullet points to security. Whilst some of the points hint at an understanding of some of the structural issues such as the need for a more complete dataset as to the countries demographics in the first two points, the remaining 8 are vague aspirations with little substance.

  • Re-activate meaningful registration at birth as a way to reduce crime and protect Nigerians
  • Conduct the next national population census as the basis for further development planning
  • Dealing with insurgency using alternative approaches to conflict resolution, such as Diplomacy; Intelligence; Improved Border Control; Traditional Institutions; and Good neighbourliness
  • Restructure and Decentralize Security Institutions
  • Promote Regional Security Cooperation
  • Resolve Militancy Issue in the Niger Delta
  • Improve Civil-Military Relations
  • Strengthen the National Security Council
  • Handle the North East Development Issues
  • Deal with Terrorism, Kidnapping and Other Crimes

Analysis:

There has clearly been very little thought given to the defence and security problem set by either candidate. Whilst Atiku has not campaigned on security a failure to recognise the existential nature of Nigeria’s security problems betrays a lack of strategic vision. Buhari however did campaign very actively on his credentials as a former General and knowledge of the military. This has not been apparent in the conduct of military operations or other security operations. When confronted with a lack of progress in the North East, the response has been to rotate subordinate commanders and move units from one location to another. When confronted by a fairly minor case of civil disobedience by the Shia, the response was a brutal, bloody crackdown. In response to insecurity in the country, Op Python Dance was launched in the South East and then spread across the country. Despite being a career soldier an understanding of the pressures that constant deployment has on the Army appears lacking as does any empathy for the suffering of the deployed troops.

Whilst the intelligence services have done a good job of destroying Boko Harams urban networks, the lack of cooperation with neighbours has led t the issues on the Nigerien borders.

Conclusion

Both candidates have serious gaps in their aspirations to be Commander in chief

With President Buhari there is the curious case of a career soldier with local knowledge of the worst conflict afflicted areas who has shown very little interest in the military, allowed his signature campaign promise to very clearly and obviously fail in the run up to the election without response or comment. Simultaneously his home state and region have become prey to bandits whilst entire swathes of the country are wracked by crime and conflict. A victory for Buhari would be taken as a vindication of his methods and a continuation of more of the same.

Atiku has no defence or security antecedents to judge him by and has also failed to attract any sort of support from retired military or service personnel or articulate a clear understanding of the problems or solutions. A victory for Atiku would involve a long learning curve, in which new Service chiefs are brought in, who also bring in a new crop of subordinates and staff, without the strategic political direction needed to redefine and resolve Nigeria’s security problems, it is unclear how these commanders would be chosen or how they would be directed to resolve the nations problems

Thus irrespective of who wins, Nigeria will have Commander in Chief who will be either untested or reinforcing failure.

Good luck as you vote.

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NORTHERN NIGERIA INTERNAL SECURITY SITREP- Week Ending 19 January 2019

Situation North East (Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Taraba, Gombe and Yobe States)

13 January

The Army banned the sale of firewood and charcoal in BORNO State stating the trade was being used to aid Boko Haram, with dealers/ traders smuggling food, fuel, drugs and other goods within the loads. The Army did not specify whether the alleged smugglers were coerced, members of Boko Haram or war profiteers. Alternative supplies from OYO, KANO, KATSINA, NIGER and KADUNA State were to be sourced

The COAS Lt Gen BURATAI responded to the Freedom of Information request by SERAP, EiE and BudgIT. The groups stated they will study the documents provided which list expenditure such as current operations, renovation of barracks and military hospitals, remuneration for late soldiers, training and workshops, repair of old military equipment, completion of offices and housing projects, feeding soldiers, building new barracks and schools, purchase of vehicles, arms and ammunition and the provision of welfare for soldiers

Gunmen attacked MAGUMERI, MAGUMERI LGA, BORNO State around 6.00pm looting the clinic

Elements of 222 Bn based IN KONDUGA, KONDUGA LGA, BORNO State conducted a clearance patrol along KONDUGA, AULARI Road, detecting an IED along KAWURI- AULARI Road , which was recovered and destroyed in a controlled detonation

14 January

Gunmen mounted in up to 8 trucks and several motorcycles advancing attacked RANN, KALE BALGE LGA, BORNO State around 5.20pm overrunning friendly positions and burning the IDP Camp, killing up to 3 soldiers and 11 civilians and displacing the 35,000 IDPs to BULALE, CAMEROUN, NGALA IDP Camp and BODO

Gunmen mounted in up to 10 trucks and several motorcycles were seen transiting via KADAR ALAMBA towards GEIDAM whilst another group of up to 9 trucks were seen transiting the eastern part of AIIWANGO

The Theatre Commander Op Lafiya Dole Maj Gen Benson AKINROLUYO launched Op Python Dance 3 at 7 Div Tac HQ, CASHEW Plantation, MAIDUGURI, BORNO State with GOC 7 Div  and Commander Sector 1 Brig Gen Abdulmalik Bulama BIU and Speaker of the BORNO State House of Assembly Abdulkarim LLAWAN representing the Governor

15 January

Boko Haram ISWAP released a 27 minute video talking about hijrah and jihad and showing the murder of a man by throwing him of a building and chopping of the hands and heads  of allegd criminals

Friendly forces reoccupied RANN, having advanced with air support from NGALA

 

Gunmen attacked a FOB in GAJIRAM, NGANZAI LGA, BORNO State but were defeated by friendly forces who inflicted unspecified casualties and recovered 1 x AK 47, 2 x AK 47 magazines, 1 x RPG launcher, 3 x RPG rounds, 4 x RPG charges and 7.62mm links

16 January

Theatre Commander Op Lafiya Dole Maj Gen AKINROLUYO and A/GOC 7 Div/ Sector 1 Commander Brig Gen BIU accompanied troops on a long range patrol to MAFA, DIKWA, LOGOMANI, GAMBORU NGALA and RANN to check operational readiness within the 22 Bde AOR

YOLA High Court 3 sentenced 8 convicted armed robbers to death by hanging in YOLA, ADAMAWA State at the completion of a 3 year trial. They have 90 days to Appeal

17 January

Gunmen attacked KAMUYA Village, BIU LGA, BORNO State around 5.00pm. The enemy withdrew after a 3 hour firefight having captured 4 vehicles and destroyed 2. Friendly forces lost 6 killed and 14 wounded with

Suspected political thugs allegedly hired by the PDP attacked a group of suspected political thugs hired by the UDP in JALINGO, TARABA State. Up to 5 people were reportedly killed and several wounded and a UDP campaign vehicle burnt

TARABA State Governor Darius ISHAKU imposed a 6.00pm to 6.00am curfew on WUKARI  Town following the disturbances

Suspected political thugs attacked the convoy of the APC TARABA State Gubernatorial Candidate Sani DANLADI at a roundabout in WUKARI Town, , WUKARI LGA, TARABAB State as he headed to IBI LGA, destroying 10 vehicles. The State Government blamed APC factions and members of the United Democratic Party (UDP), APC accused the Governor and PDP

18 January

Gunmen mounted in trucks attacked B Company, 3 Bn positions in GAMBORU NGALA, NGALA LGA, BORNO State with at least 2 x PBIEDs, small arms and RPGs. 3 soldiers and 5 enemy were killed

UNHCR condemned Camerounian efforts to forcibly return Nigerian refugees from RANN

19 January

The CAS Air Marshal Sadique ABUBAKAR visited 23 Quick Response Wing in GEMBU, SARDAUNA LGA, TARABA State accompanied by the Chief of Staff Special Operations Command AVM Mohammed TANKO, Commander 211 Quick Response Group, Owerri Group Captain Elisha BINDUL, also visiting the local Emir and LG Chairman. The CAS stated that the objective was to develop GEMBU into a fully functioning NAF base with a helipad and possibly an airstrip.

Gunmen mounted in 2 x gun trucks attacked BAGA, KUKAWA LGA, BORNO State using 1 x VBIED with improvised armour and a PBIED. Troops killed 5, neutralised 1 x gun truck, destroyed another and the VBIED. Troops captured1 x AAA gun and 3 x AK 47

Elements of 112 TF Bn conducted clearance operations towards ZAZA, KAJERI MAYE and KAJERI MAI BUREM, MAFA LGA, BORNO State, engaging enemy forces in KAJERI MAYE Village, killing 2, rescuing 2 women capturing 1 x Type 36 HE grenade, 2 x dane guns, 1 x locally fabricated short barrel weapon, 1 x AK 47 magazines, 2 x mobile phones, 17 x rounds of 23mm ammunition, 27 x 7.62mm (AK) and 22 x 7.62mm (NATO) rounds

Social media reports state that Boko Haram ISWAP fighters are retreating from the smaller islands in Lake CHAD to a larger one in ABADAM LGA, in preparation for a counter offensive from CAMEROUN and CHAD.

Situation North Centre (Abuja FCT, Benue, Kogi, Kwara, Nasarawa, Niger and Plateau, States)

16 January

The NIGER State Police Command arrested 2 suspected armed robbers from a gang of 6 suspected of operating in KPADA Village, LAPAI LGA, after stealing a motorcycle

17 January

Suspected cultists fought each other in ABINSI Town, GUMA LGA, BENUE State around 6.30pm. The fight escalated to a tribal dispute between the TIv and Jukun leading to up to 15 properties and up to 20 cars being burnt and the MAKURDI –GBOKO Road being blocked

Situation North West (Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara States)

09 January

The GRA Division,  KATSINA State Police Command arrested a suspected cable thief attempting to cut an electricity transmission cable from a transformer in GRA 13 Jan Gunmen on motorcycles attacked WARWANNA, TABKIN KWASA and DUTSE Villages, GANDI District, RABAH LGA, SOKOTO State around 5.00pm killing 24 males and 2 females. The attackers are believed to have come from ZAMFARA State and were described as not the normal bandits

10 January

The KATSINA State Police Command stated it had detained a suspected kidnaper from YAR MALAMAI Village, FASKARI LGA who threatened to abduct a man if he did not pay them N1m, part payment of N80,000.00 was paid. Two others from GWARJO Village, MATAZU LGA threatened to kidnap a lady if she did not pre pay a ransom.

11 January

The PDP Campaign Council in KOGI State alleged that 3 members of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) were shot dead in an’ operation that lasted for at least 2 hours and 3 minutes starting at 1.30am’. the location of the crime and identity of the victims were not clarified

13 January

Gunmen attacked a group of people walking between ASSO and TANDA Bridge, GWONG Chiefdom, JEMA’A LGA, KADUNA State around 7.30pm killing fatally wounding 3, 2 of whom died in hospital whilst the third persons corpse was found on a bush path leading to WAZO Village near ASO

14 January

Gunmen ambushed a vehicle on KATSINA- ZARIA Expressway abducting the coach of KATSINA United Football Club Abdullahi BIFFO. A N15m ransom has been demanded

A NIGERIA Immigration Service (NIS) post along DUTSIN MA – KANKARA Road in KANKARA LGA, KATSINA State was attacked and burnt around 8.00pm, after an NIS official shot and killed a commercial driver from TASHAR MAJE Park, MAJE Village, who failed to stop at the checkpoint when his brakes failed and locals from the town attacked in retaliation burning tents, 2 x service vehicles, 2 x private cars and 2 x motorcycles

15 January

President BUHARI has approved joint security meeting between defence and security officials from NIGERIA and NIGER Republic in relation to the security situation in SOKOTO State

16 January

The KADUNA State Government stated in 2018 it had arrested 2,551 suspects of whom 2,229 were arraigned, 189 were under investigation and 484 had been forwarded to the Ministry of Justice for legal advice. 829 cases with 1,794 suspects were awaiting trial.  There had been 47 cases of kidnap, 70 people arrested and 66 charged, 46 victims released/ rescued and 4 killed and N14.9m in ransom recovered. Property valued at N724, 763, 590 was reported lost or stolen whilst property valued at N408,470,040.00 was recovered. 132 cases of culpable homicide were reported with 141 victims and 294 suspects arrested of whom 288 were charged to court and 3 remain under investigation. 66 weapons and 93 rounds of ammunition were recovered whilst 63 armed robbery cases were recorded and 275 suspects arrested. 132 suspects were arrested for the 113 rape and indecent assault cases reported.

The KATSINA State Police Command stated they had arrested 2 x gunmen who abducted a 70 year old woman Hauwa USMAN from OLD GARIN WAZIRIN, SAFANA LGA, KATSINA State. They also stated they arrested a suspected car thief from AKWANGA LGA, NASARAWA State as he tried to drive a silver Toyota Highlander allegedly stolen in JOS, PLATEAU State into NIGER Republic

19 January

The NAF deployed aircraft, support equipment and an SF detachment to 119 FOB, Sultan Abubakar 3 Airport, SOKOTO, SOKOTO State as part of Op Diran Mikiya

Troops deployed to Op Sharan Daji began clearance operations in ZAMFARA and KATSINA State supported by local vigilantes and other security agencies

Gunmen attacked TSAMBE TSAUNI Village, MALLAMAWA Ward, JIBIA LGA, KATSINA State at night abducting an elderly man and injuring several people. Villagers tracked the suspected bandits back to a house, where they claimed was an informant who was murdered in a mob action alongside the local Secretary of the Miyetti Allah Association and a 3rd man

Situation External Forces

17 January

Gunmen attacked ASCHIGACHIA, MAYO TSANAGA Department, EXTREME NORD Region, at night burning up to 100 houses

18 January

Gunmen attacked TALLA MADE, EXTREME NORD Region killing a 16 year old vigilante

 

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NORTHERN NIGERIA INTERNAL SECURITY SITREP- Week Ending 12 January 2019

Situation North East (Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Taraba, Gombe and Yobe States)

07 January

Gunmen attacked friendly positions in AUNO, KONDUGA LGA, BORNO State around 6.10pm. They were engaged by the Army supported by local hunters and CJTF vigilantes until reinforced from MAIDUGURI. The NAF Alphajet and Mi 35M supported by NAF ISR platforms located and engaged enemy vehicles destroying at least 3 . Fighting continued till at least 8.00pm

Gunmen attacked SAJIRI Village, JERE LGA, BORNO State near the NAF Base along MAIDUGURI-DAMATURU Road late at night, killing 2 and burning 8 houses

Boko Haram ISWAP claimed the attack on DAMASAK, MOBBAR LGA, BORNO State claiming to have killed 15 Nigerian soldiers, destroyed 3 x ‘tanks’, 2 x 4 wheel drive vehicles and captured a vehicle. They also claimed to have detonated an IED under a military vehicle between MARTE and KAMINU (?)  on 06 January wounding 5 soldiers and killing 5 soldiers with an IED strike on a vehicle in between MAIRARI and MONGUNO on 05 January

The military raided the offices of the Daily Trust in MAIDUGURI, detaining the editor and a journalist over a story published on Sunday 06 January about an upcoming operation in the Lake CHAD region. Their ABUJA office was also raided

A delegation from BORNO State consisting of the Governor Kashim SHETTIMA, 2 former governors, National And State Assembly members, Local Government Chairmen, and representatives of women, labour, journalists, religious and other groups met President BUHARI, presenting a list of demands including the deployment of the 800 CJTF fighters recruited into the Army back to the states, an end to Op Safe Corridor

08 January

Gunmen attacked NGAMDU, KAGA LGA, BORNO State at night

09 January

Nigerian forces re captured CROSS KAUWA and then advanced to BAGA, KUKAWA LGA, BORNO State recapturing it around 7.00pm with no resistance. The enemy had apparently selectively burnt several properties belonging to politicians and community leaders as well as the naval base, schools and clinic

Gunmen attacked BULABULIN and DELWA, KONDUGA LGA, BORNO State but were repelled

The military closed 5 out of the 6 major roads leading to MAIDUGURI, BORNO State, except the MAIDUGURI- DAMATURU- KANO Road, where it conducted stop and search operations

10 January

INEC states that 24 areas in YOBE State are inaccessible due to insecurity

The Army stated that elements of 707 SF Bde along with the Army Special Forces Command conducted an advance to contact, clearing ZARE, GUDUMBAL, KUKAWA and CROSS KAUWA, the enemy was encountered in the latter position and defeated. The Army states that 2 soldiers were killed and 5 wounded in the 2 week operation.

The Army stated it had credible information that Boko Haram had infiltrated JAKANA and MAINOK Villages, KAGA LGA near MAIDUGURI and asked people to leave in anticipation of a major attack on Wednesday

11 January

Elements of 7 Div Garrison, 195Bn, MOPOL and CJTF vigilantes conducting cordon and search patrols around MAIDUGURI, BORNO State arrested a suspected wanted Boko Haram member Babagana ABUBAKAR (aka ALAGARNO) in BULABULIM NGARNAM with 2 x ballistic helmets, 1 x pair of military boots, 1 x fragmentation jacket (body armour), 1 x military style jersey, 2 x camouflage pattern shorts, 2 x PVC cards, 1 x National Identification card, amulets, camouflage T shirts and a military style jungle hat

12 January

A suspected kidnapper was arrested in MUMUYE Village, BUKURU, BALI LGA, TARABA State with 3 children

Commander 23 Bde, Brig Gen Bello MUHAMMED stated his command had succeeded in curtailing herdsman/ farmer conflict and cattle rustling in ADAMAWA and TARABA State through Ex Ayem Akpatuma

Situation North Centre (Abuja FCT, Benue, Kogi, Kwara, Nasarawa, Niger and Plateau, States)

07 January

Elements of Op Whirl Stroke conducted a joint operation with Army, Navy, NAF, NPF, DSS and NSCDC to clear a suspected militia camp in ZWERE, TOTO LGA, NASARAWA State. The force was ambushed en route in the vicinity of UGYA Town, TOTO LGA clearing the ambush and the camp seizing 2 X G3 rifles, 3 x locally made pistols, 1 x SMG, 39 x locally made rifles. 5 x G3 magazines and 701 x rounds of unspecified ammunition, military style uniforms, mobile phones and charms.

08 January

The BENUE State Police Command charged 7 suspects (aged 22-35) in MAKURDI Upper Area court 2 with criminal conspiracy and acts of terrorism. The accused are allegedly farmers from UKUM and KATSINA ALA LGA, who were detained by elements of 707 SF Bde whilst they were allegedly kidnapping people for ransom under the guise of the Mbanema Youth Development Association. The accused were remanded in MAKURDI Medium Prison until 11 February 2019.

09 January

The headless body of a female teenager was found in ANYIGBA, DEKINA LGA, KOGI State. The girl had been missing for a few days. Locals suspected ritualists

Gunmen abducted Alhaji Abdullahi MAJE MAJE, SULEJA Local Government, NIGER State Chairman as he headed home from his office

10 January

The Ambassador to the Peoples Republic of CHINA Dr Ziyou PINGJIAN signed an unspecified MoU with the Minister of Defence Mansur DAN ALI on strengthening its counter insurgency measures

Ebirra IDPs displaced following a communal clash returned to OGUMA, BASSA LGA, KOGI State in order to return to their villages. An alleged  remark by the traditional ruler of Bassa- Komu the Aguma of BASSA William KEKE, followed by an alleged ambush of Ebirra leaders including the Ohiogba of MOZUM Alhaji Halidu Bukar ALI after departing the Aguma of BASSA’s palace led to further disagreements and clashes with the Bassa- Komu, resulting in at least 2 people killed

11 January

Op Egwu Eke / Python Dance 3 was launched in 3 Div AO at RAFIKI Village, DUTSE KURA, BASSA LGA, PLATAEU State. Covering PLATEAU, BAUCHI, GOMBE , ADAMAWA and TARABA States the Op is from 28 December 2018 to 28 February 2019

Situation North West (Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara States)

06 January

Media reports state that gunmen ambushed a vehicle in the vicinity of DUTSIN MA, DUTSIN MA LGA, KATSINA near KANKARA, abducted 9 students from Al Qalam University, KATSINA. One of the hostages claimed 4 had been killed and a ransom of N20m for each of the survivors had been demanded

Political thugs supporting KANO State Governor Abdullahi GANDUJE, clashed with rivals in GANDUJE Town, DAWAKIN TOFA LGA during a visit to the town by the Governor for a wedding and a rally. Up to 3 people were killed. The state Government ordered a probe into the matter claiming it was a fight between rival hunters with 1 killed and 2 wounded

Gunmen attacked ZANDAM Village, JIBIA LGA, KATSINA State abducting the Ward Head Babangida LAWAL and a local businessman Murtala RABE, wounding several locals who tried to intervene

Gunmen attacked GURBI MAGARYA Village, JIBIA LGA, KATSINA State stealing some cattle

07 January

The KATSINA State Police Command announced they have foiled an alleged kidnap plot, arresting one suspect a 26 year old male from YARMALAI Fulani Settlement Camp, who had threatened to abduct one of his neighbours on 03 January unless paid a ransom in advance on N1m, with an accomplice who is currently at large. N60, 000.00 was paid as a deposit by the alleged victim

Gunmen attacked a vehicle on DAYI- MALUMFASHI Road between GORA and YAMMAMA Villages, MALUMFASHI LGA, KATSINA State around 9.30pm abducting the former President of the Court of Appeal and District Head of MALUMFASHI, Justice Mamman NASIR, his driver and his aide Aminu SANI. Due to the 90 year old Justices infirmity, he was abandoned and the aide and driver taken. A N50m ransom was demanded

Media report states that gunmen attacked a vehicle along DANJIGBA Road, TSAFE LGA, ZAMFARA State, in an apparent kidnap attempt

Gunmen attacked a house in DAM Site, MALUMFASHI Town, MALUMFASHI LGA, KATSINA State around 1.30am abducted a 35 year old woman and her mother. The mother was abandoned and the daughter Hauwa AMINU taken

08 January

Gunmen mounted on motorcycles attacked YAR SANTA Village, KANKARA LGA, KATSINA State around 6.00pm killing 4 men and wounding several others as they returned from market

The COAS Lt Gen BURATAI launched Ex Egwu Eke 3 in 8 Div AOR at 1Bn, BIRNIN KEBBI, BIRNIN KEBBI LGA, KEBBI State in a ceremony attended by GOC 8 Div Maj Gen S.O. OLABANJI, Commander 1 Bde, the KEBBI State Governor, Emir of GWANDU and others

Gunmen abducted over a dozen people along BAGEGA Road, ANKA LGA, ZAMFARA State wounding several others

Gunmen attacked 2 x commercial vehicles and private car along KADUNA- ABUJA Road

Gunmen attacked a private car along KADUNA- ABUJA Road wounding one person and abducting 2

09 January

Gunmen attacked YAR SANTA Village, KANKARA LGA, KATSINA State killing 4 and wounding several others

Gunmen abducted a Councillor in GARIN MAJE WAYYA, CHARANCHI LGA, KATSINA State

Gunmen attacked a car in the vicinity of GURBI, JIBIA LGA, KATSINA State as it headed to KATSINA, wounding the driver and abducting 3 travellers and demanding N50m ransom

Gunmen attacked YAR SANTA Village, as the people buried the 4 men killed in the previous evenings attack but were repelled by local vigilantes

Gunmen ambushed a vehicle on ABUJA- KADUNA Road in KADUNA State killing an FRSC official

Gunmen attacked CHABI Village, DANSADAU Emirate, MARU LGA, ZAMFARA State killing 9 people

Elements of 8 Div patrolling SOKOTO-GUSAU Road encountered a group of people allegedly threatening and extorting travellers along the road. 7 were captured and 5 x machetes, 2 x knives, 2 x catapults, 2 x sticks, 3 x bottles of codeine, a tyre rim (assumedly to block the road) and some stones

ZAMFARA State Police Command stated that it had prevented planned bandit attacks on DAN GAMJI Village and  BINDIN, GOBIRAWA and CHALI Villages, DANSADAU Emirate, MARU LGA and arrested a suspected gun runner recovering 11, locally made guns, 1 x AK 47, 1 x SMG (?) with 2 x magazines and 32 x 7.62mm (?) rounds. The suspected arms dealer stated each weapon sold for N3,500

10 January

Security officials from NIGER Republic and NIGERIA held a joint meeting in KATSINA TO review strategies to combat banditry and other security challenges. The Nigerian side was led by 8 Div Commander, Maj Gen Stephenson OLABANJI, accompanied by State Commissioner of Police Muhammadu WAKILI, Comptroller of Immigration Olusola AJISAFE, Secretary to the State Government Muhammed INUWA (representing the State Governor). The Nigerien side was led by Lt Col AMINU

11 January

Gunmen attacked a vehicle between GULBI and MAGMI, TSAFE LGA, ZAMFARA State abducting several commuters

12 January

Two policemen were killed in an engagement with suspected bandits in ISA LGA, SOKOTO State. 1 suspect was also killed

Op Egwu Eke/ Python Dance 3 was launched in KATSINA State at MAKADA Village, BATAGARAWA LGA by 8 Div GOC

Customs Service stated thet Federal Operations Unit (FOU), Zone B, KADUNA had arrested 15 suspected smuggles in KADUNA, 2 in KATSINA and4 in KANO, impounding 53  vehicles carrying 4,180 x 50 kg bags of foreign rice valued at N218m(1,520 in KATSINA, 1,260 in KANO and 1,400 in KADUNA). Other seized items include 606 x 50kg bags of foreign rice, 239 x 50kg of foreign sugar, 73 x bales of second hand clothing, 327 x jerry cans of vegetable oil, 25 x vehcies, 1 x truck and 2 x motorcycles

Gunmen attacked KALALE and KANGO Villages, MARU LGA, ZAMFARA State killing, wounding and abducting several villagers

Situation External Forces

11 January

Gunmen attacked GUITSNAD Town, MOKOLO Arrondissement, MAYO TSANAGA Department, EXTREME NORD Region at night killing 1 person and burning many houses.

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NORTHERN NIGERIA INTERNAL SECURITY SITREP- Week Ending 05 January 2019

Situation North East (Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Taraba, Gombe and Yobe States)

30 December

A 22 Bde Garrison patrol encountered 3 x suspicious females in the vicinity of KUBTARA Village, DIKWA LGA, BORNO State, they were engaged killing all 3. A PBIED vest and RPG round were found at the scene

Commander 7 Bde, Brig Gen HASSAN was replaced

Friendly forces concentrated at MONGUNO, MONGUNO LGA, BORNO State in preparation for an assault on BAGA

Gunmen attacked MONGUNO but were repelled

Gunmen attacked BUNI GARI, GUJBA LGA, YOBE State around d 5.00pm, they were repelled by local hunters, however local people fled to BUNI YADI for fear of another enemy attack

31 December

The Army denied that MAIDUGURI- MONGUNO Road had been closed by the Army

01 January

Suspected Boko Haram ISWAP gunmen attacked a checkpoint in KIMBA, BIU LGA, BORNO State and then overran another checkpoint in SABON GARI, 5 km away, they then attacked another base at WAJIRKO

NAF Alphajets conducted a series of air strikes on suspected Boko Haram ISWAP positions in the vicinity of BAGA, KUKAWA LGA, BORNO State following positive identification by ISR platforms. A building was destroyed and several suspected enemy killed

Elements of 23 Bde, YOLA conducted an operation to neutralise communal violence between LUNGUDA, GUYUK LGA and WAJA, LAMURDE LGA, ADAMAWA State detaining 71 people and recovering dane guns, bows and arrows and cutlasses

02 January

The Minister of Defence Mansur DAN ALI, flew to MAIDUGURI, BORNO State and held a 2 hour meeting with the COAS Gen T.Y. BURATAI, the CTOPs Gen Lamidi ADEOSUN, commander Op Lafiya Dole and other Principal Staff Officers about the situation in northern BORNO

The NPF Spokesman Jimoh MOSHOOD denied that there was any protest by police deploying to the North East about pay and conditions

An NAF Mi 35 M crashed whilst engaging enemy forces in support of 145 Bn, in the vicinity of DAMASAK, MOBBAR LGA, BORNO State at 7.45pm killing all 5 crew members

Gunmen ambushed a merchants convoy escorted by elements of 152Bn just outside BANKI, BAMA LGA, BORNO State around 6.00pm killing 2 soldiers and wounding 7 civilians. A truck belonging to an NGO was stolen along with some fuel

The BORNO State Police Command paraded 4 suspected kidnappers at Police HQ, MAIDUGURI, who allegedly abducted one Usman HASSAN from TUGA Village, DAMBOA LGA, BORNO State on 13 December 2018. The kidnappers were found after one of them was arrested whilst picking up the N21m ransom on 17 December. 3 others were arrested and 1 x AK 47, 30 x 7.62mm (AK) rounds, 1 x locally made firearm and 2 x rounds of ammunition were recovered. Some of HASSANs relatives were injured during the recovery operation. The kidnappers claimed they acted in order to recover stolen livestock

03 January

Elements of 112 TF Bn, 22 Bde supported by CJTF Vigilantes conducted a fighting patrol towards GAWA and BOSKORO Villages, MAFA LGA, BORNO State, engaging and killing 6  suspected enemy  and recovering 3 x Type 36 HE grenade, 4 x dane guns, 26 x 23mm AAA rounds, 3 x gas cylinders and 1 x set of bow and arrow. 3 women were rescued at BOSKORO and sent to DIKWA IDP Camp

BORNO State Governor Kashim SHETTIMA visited MONGUNO, passing the night in a confidence boosting measure. Accompanied by the Senator for BORNO North Abubakar KYARI and APC Gubernatorial candidate Professor Babagana Umara ZULUM he supervised aid distribution the next day

04 January

NAF Mi 35M conducted a series of air strikes in the vicinity of DAMASAK, engaging enemy vehicles destroying 3 of them in a night time attack

05 January

Suspected Boko Haram ISWAP gunmen mounted in trucks attacked DAMASAK, MOBBAR LGA, BORNO State with small arms, RPGs and AAA guns around 5.45pm. Elements of 145Bn intercepted them on the outskirts of the town fighting continued until midnight. Friendly forces defeated them capturing at least 11x AK 47, 2 x RPG tubes, 2 x PKM machine guns, 7.62mm belt ammunition, 3 x AK 47 magazines, 1 x Type 36 HE grenade, 5 x mortar bombs, up to 5 x enemy vehicles were destroyed and at least 1 x enemy captured

Gunmen attacked GONIRI Village, GUJBA LGA, YOBE State around 4.00pm but were defeated

The BORNO State Governors Spokesman Mallam Isa GUSAU stated that the State government had been the sole financier of over 20,000 CJTF vigilantes since 2013 providing vehicles, logistics, training, paying allowances etc

Situation North Centre (Abuja FCT, Benue, Kogi, Kwara, Nasarawa, Niger and Plateau, States)

30 December

Gunmen ambushed a vehicle carrying a group from GASSA and NDING returning from a Christian Youth Fellowship picnic in JOS were ambushed in the vicinity of NDING Community Bridge NDING Village, BARKIN LADI LGA, PLATEAU State around 6.00pm killing 5 and wounding 3 others

Suspected Nomadic gunmen attacked DORONG Village, BARKIN LADI LGA killing 2 people

Gunmen attacked KUTURA Village, TANTATU Ward, KAJURU LGA, KADUNA State around killing 4 and wounding 8 as they celebrated New Years Eve. Locals from the Adara Development Association claim there was an audio message circulating which listed several places to be attacked including KUTURA

31 December

Suspected nomadic gunmen attacked a rice farm belonging to BENUE State Governor Samuel ORTOM, in GBAJIMBA, GUMA LGA, BENUE State, setting it afire in 3 different locations, burning up to 250 hectares

Suspected nomadic gunmen attacked NDING SUSUT Village, BARKIN LADI LGA, PLATEAU State killing 7 people and burning several houses, vehicles and motorcycles and harvested crops

02 January

Rival cult groups fought near a beer parlour in KWATA ZAWAN, JOS SOUTH LGA, PLATEAU State around 7.30pm with clubs and bladed weapons, resulting in up to 6 people killed

03 January

CP Omolulu S. BISHI took over command of the BENUE State Police Command from CP Ene OKON

Commercial motorcyclists from DONGA LGA, reportedly attacked GESE Village, WUKARI LGA, TARABA State around 8.00am burning 16 houses. 1 person was arrested, the attack was reportedly in retaliation for a robbery 3 days ago in which a commercial cyclist was robbed of his motorcycle

04 January

The NAF began a 6 day medical outreach programme in AGATU LGA, BENUE State, with the aim to reach 4,000 patients

Clashes between two rival groups in KORNYA, KONSHISHA LGA, BENUE State over who should collect the levy at he local market, leading to 2 deaths and property destroyed

05 January

The NIGER State Police Command stated it had arrested 16 people in relation to the communal clash between GABA and ANFANI Communities, LAVUN LGA,  on 06 December 2018 all of whom were from ANFANI

The leader of the Fulani in BENUE State Garus GOLOLO alleged at a press conference in MAKURDI that 207 cattle had been killed by the BENUE State Livestock Guards Task Force in KWATAN BALA near AKPANAJA, NASARAWA State on 31 December 2018 and that the burning of Governor ORTOMs’ farm had been done to cover up the crime

Situation North West (Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara States)

30 December

Gunmen ambushed a vehicle carrying 8 people along MAIDABINO – YANTUMAKI Road, in DANMUSA LGA, KATSINA State, abducting a local merchant as he returned from a wedding in MAIDABINO Village

A man suspected of being a lookout for bandits and kidnappers was apprehended and murdered by a mob in KUSAWAR TURARE, MAKERA District, DUTSIN MA LGA, KATSINA State. A cutlass and gun were recovered and 3 suspected accomplices, fled

Gunmen attacked GWAGWADA Village, CHIKUN LGA, KADUNA State at night abducting 2 people

31 December

A ZAMFARA State Government delegation consisting of the Emir Of ZURMI Abubakar ATIKU, Speaker of the State House of Assembly Sanusi RIKII, Secretary to the State Government Abdullahi SHINKAFI, commissioners and local government Chairmen  led a delegation to MARADI to sympathise with the Nigerien Minister of Defence Kalla MUKTARI, Governor of MARADI Region Zakiri UMAR and other officials over the deaths of 5 Nigerien soldiers in DUMBURUM Forest, ZURMI LGA. He donated N8.5m, N500,000.00 to each of the wounded, N1m to the families of the deceased and N1m to the commander of the unit involved. The welfare provision to Nigerian soldiers killed and wounded in the operation was not disclosed

Gunmen robbed a group of people as they left the Governors residence around 2.00am in the vicinity of KWADO, on the ring road in KATSINA, KATSINA State

Nigerian and Nigerien forces conducted a joint operation to clear bandit gangs from DUMBURUM Forest on the Nigeria/ Nigerien border in MARADI Region. 5 Nigerian, 5 Nigerien troops and 11 enemy were killed. Several troops from both countries were wounded

The ZAMFARA State Police Command paraded 12 people allegedly involved in the abduction of twin girls in DAYRAN Village, ZURMI LGA on 21 October as they were on their way to distribute wedding invitations. 6 x AK 47, 4 x magazines, 34 x 7.62mm (AK) and 4 x swords were recovered. The police state that twins were ransomed for N15m, with each suspect received N500,000.00 each and were arrested in various locations in KATSINA and ZAMFARA States. 3 others named as DANKARAKI, the leader, ‘YELLOW’ the second in command and SIRAJO DOGO, the mastermind were being sought

01 January

Gunmen mounted on motorcycles attacked DUTSIN KURE and MANASA Villages, TSAFE LGA, ZAMFARA State early in the morning killing 9 people in each village. Survivors have evacuated to KATSINA and SOKOTO States

02 January

The KATSINA State Governor Aminu MASARI held an extra- ordinary security meeting in relation to the banditry and abductions in the state, with the heads of the State commands of various security agencies, traditional and religious leaders. The Governor resolved to meet the Governors of KADUNA, ZAMFARA and MARADI Region in NIGER Republic to work out a common strategy. To fix several police vehicles and support the IGP with equipment and materiel

03 January

The IGP has approved the deployment of 3 x additional MOPOL units to KATSINA State, joining 3 x CTU units, the IGP Special Task Force

04 January

The Minister of Defence Mansur DAN ALI visited ZAMFARA State for an assessment of Op Sharan Daji, commending the establishment of village security committees to combat bandits and postulating that some of the bandits may be Boko Haram. He did not give any evidence for this.

Suspected armed robbers attscked a police patrol in the OLD MARKET AREA, BAKORI LGA, KATSINA State. An alleged notorious armed robber Kane MOHAMMED aka DAN MAI-KEKE who is alleged to have operated in the BAKORI – FUNTUA Areas was fatally wounded in the encounter. A policeman was injured

05 January

The 20 abducted Jama’atu Izalatil Bid’ah Wa’ikamatis Sunnah (JIBWIS) aka Izala first aiders abducted in December in JIBIA LGA, KATSINA State were released in DAURAN Town, ZURMI LGA, ZAMFARA State around 2.00am

5 jan The TARABA State Police Command paraded 25 people aged 18-25 accused of being gang members and breaching the peace in the SABON GARI Area of JALINGO, TARABA State over a 3 day period

Situation External Forces

27 December

French Op Barkhane Tiger Attack helicopters and fighter ground attack aircraft conducted air strikes on suspected extremists in the vicinity of TONGO TONGO, TILLABERI Region. French and Nigerien ground forces followed up, with 15 suspected enemy killed, 21 x motorcycles and 26 unspecified weapons including several machine guns captured

31 December

Gunmen murdered a vigilante in GAKARA MAYO SAVA Department, EXTREME NORD Region at night

02 January

The Nigerien Government stated it had been conducting operations against Boko Haram for over a week with air and ground forces in DIFFA Region in the vicinity of Lake CHAD and along the KOMADOUGOU YOBE River bordering NIGERIA. They claim 200 killed by air strikes and 87 by ground forces, destroying 8 x canoes, capturing 2 x RPG tubes, 2 x machine guns, several AK type weapons, 2000 x rounds of assorted ammunition, assorted pharmaceuticals and psychotropic drugs, 8 x mobile phones and 3 vehicles (including those stolen from the Foraco Site in TOUMOUR on 22November 2018) and suffered no casualties themselves.

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NORTHERN NIGERIA INTERNAL SECURITY SITREP- Week Ending 29 December 2018

Situation North East (Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Taraba, Gombe and Yobe States)

23 December

Gunmen attacked SULIMAKALAMA Village, GATAMWARWA Ward, CHIBOK LGA, BORNO State at night via an abandoned Village GOGUMDI. The attackers killed at least 2 people, burnt 6 houses and looted a drug store and produce. Elements of 117 TF Bn responded

24 December

The NPF and NSCDC in YOBE State will deploy 3,014 and 800 personnel respectively for the Christmas Holidays

Suspected Boko Haram ISWAP gunmen mounted in 8 trucks and 2 motorcycles attacked friendly positions in KUKARETA Village, DAMATURU LGA, YOBE State 20km east of DAMATURU around 4.30pm with small arms and AAA guns destroying the base, killing 17 soldiers and 2 policemen, burning 2 x trucks, looting the village clinic and burning it and the Primary School and then retreating after the fire fight. Another vehicle conveying a Governor son was ambushed and the Police escort murdered. They also burnt the Primary School in NGAURAWA Village as they retreated

Gunmen ambushed a 1 Div convoy on the outskirts on the DAMATURU-MAIDUGURI Road of DAMATURU, YOBE State killing 13 soldiers and 1 policemen

The NSCDC ADAMAWA State Command stated it had detained 120 suspected kidnappers, fraudsters, bandits, rapists and vandals between January and December 2018 and 1,200 personnel would be deployed across the state for the Christmas festivities

25 December

NEMA BORNO State registered 2,046 IDPs from KUKAWA, KAUWA, DORON BAGA, KEKENO and BUNDURAM in BAGA LGA consisting of 204 households at Teachers College IDP Camp, MAIDUGURI

Gunmen attacked BOLAKLA (BWALAKILA?) Village, CHIBOK LGA, 4km from CHIBOK Town around 10.00pm killing 4 and wounding several more. The village was burnt after being looted.

26 December

Gunmen advancing from CROSS KAUWA attacked DORON BAGA, KUKAWA LGA and MNJTF/ 7 Bde positions in BAGA, KUKAWA LGA, BORNO State around 4.00pm. The enemy allegedly first attacked the MNJTF base at Mile 4 overrunning it around midnight, with friendly forces falling back to the Police Station in BAGA Town. The NAF who deployed an ISR platform which reportedly arrived at 7.15pm and was joined by a Nigerien ISR platform and an unspecified allied ISR platform. 2 x MI 35M helicopter gunships were also reportedly deployed. The enemy reportedly captured vehicles, ammunition a multiple rocket launcher (BM 21?) and other military equipment. Civilian claim they were told they were now part of Islamic States Daula (Dar Ul Islam??) and given the option to stay or leave, most left fleeing over the lake and south overland

Gunmen mounted in 10 x Toyota Hilux attacked KATARKO, GUJBA LGA, YOBE State 20 km from DAMATURU around 5.10pm via KASSA and LINERI Villages with small arms and RPGs. The local populace was displaced into the bush, with at least 10 houses and the primary school burnt

Gunmen attacked MBOLAKEL Village, CHIBOK LGA 7km from CHIBOK Town around 1.00am wounding several villagers, killing livestock, burning 25 houses and stealing foodstuffs

167 Police officers out of 2,000 undergoing pre deployment training at the Army Special Forces Training School, BUNI YADI, GUJBA LGA, YOBE State allegedly deserted taking weapons, ammunition and equipment with them

27 December

Gunmen attacked GONIRI GARUWA, GUJBA LGA, YOBE State around 7.00pm from the west but were defeated by elements of 120 TF Bn, 27 TF Bde on the villages outskirts

The NAF conducted a series of air strikes in the vicinity of BAGA to destroy equipment captured by enemy forces reportedly arriving between 6 and 7.00am

Suspected Boko Haram ISWAP gunmen attacked the naval outpost at MILE 3, 5km from BAGA and DORON BAGA, KUKAWA LGA, friendly forces withdrew to another naval outpost at FISH DAM 3km north of BAGA. They were supported by 2 x NAF ISR platforms, 2 x helicopter gunships and 2 x Alphajets which destroyed one of two enemy vehicles heading from BAGA to DORON BAGA. The enemy entered BAGA Town attacking the Police Station and burning the primary school. Local civilians were not targeted. An attempted counter attack was stopped when military reinforcements were ambushed at CROSS KAUWA, CJTF Vigilantes attempting to counter attack from MAIDUGURI and GUBIO via GUDUMBALI, were also ambushed and forced to withdraw. The Brigade commander and 3 other officers arrived at MONGUNO at 4.00pm with 21 other soldiers and an unknown number of CJTF personnel. A civilian trailer driver helping soldiers escape and a Naval personnel were reported killed

28 December

Suspected Boko Haram ISWAP gunmen attacked friendly positions in KEKENO Town, KUKAWA LGA, BORNO State overrunning the position. Locals who got to MAIDUGURI, stated that ZARI, JILLI, GUDUMBALI, AREGE, KUKAWA and METELE had been overrun

Gunmen attacked MONGUNO, MONGUNO LGA, BORNO State with small arms and RPGs

Suspected Boko Haram ISWAP gunmen attacked the naval post at FISH DAM, overrunning the base after a firefight, up to 40 Naval personnel reportedly withdrew by boat to KAIGA, LAC Region, CHAD, having denied their boats and other military equipment to the enemy by burning them

29 December

NAF ISR platforms identified suspected enemy forces concentrated around a tree in the vicinity of FISH DAM near BAGA, tasking an Alphajet to engage them in a series of air strikes

Gunmen attacked BUNI GARI, GUJBA LGA, YOBE State around 6.00pm burning several houses and killing up to 8 soldiers. Locals ran into the bush

Boko Haram ISWAP released photos and a video taken in BAGA, showing burnt buildings including the MNJTF HQ, burnt vehicles, captured ammunition, at least 4 burnt boats, captured rifles and RPG rounds, captured vehicles including water tankers, trucks an SPG 9 recoilless rifle and an APC

Suspected Boko Haram ISWAP gunmen attacked 8 TF Div positions in MONGUNO, MONGUNO LGA, BORNO State with small arms and RPGs but were defeated

The CDS Gen Gabriel OLONISHAKIN visited the COAS Lt Gen BURATAI at Op Lafiya Dole Theatre Military Command and Control Centre, MAIDUGURI, with the CAS AM ABUBAKAR and CNS Rear Admiral Ibot-Ette IBAS

Media reports state that of the $1bn authorised to be released to the military $496, 374, 470.00 was released for the purchase of Super Tucanos from the Excess Crude Account, $380, 513, 958.71 was released for the purchase of equipment for the Army, Navy and Defence Intelligence Agency

TARABA State Governor Darius ISHAKU and BENUE State Governor Samuel ORTOM held a Security meeting at the Federal University, WUKARI, WUKARI LGA, TARABA State, with traditional rulers, security councils and other stakeholders from the border communities and undertook visits to ABAKO, SAI and DOGON-GAWA. The resolutions included an offer of an amnesty to all criminals to end 31 January 2019

Situation North Centre (Abuja FCT, Benue, Kogi, Kwara, Nasarawa, Niger and Plateau, States)

20 December

Suspected political thugs allegedly stabbed and killed an NYSC Youth Corper at the home of  House of Reps member (AKWANGA/ NASARAWA- EGGON/ WAMBA- PDP) and PDP Gubernatorial candidate David OMBUGADU  in AKWANGA, AKWANGA LGA, BENUE State which he was reportedly looking after. Police arrested 8 suspects

24 December

Suspected nomadic gunmen attacked UKEMBERAGYA GAAMBE-TIEV Village, LOGO LGA, BENUE State killing 1 man harvesting corn on his farm and displacing the villagers

Elements of Op Whirl Stroke have arrested 11 suspected cultists in NORTH BANK, MAKURDI, BENUE State, some of whom tried to escape via the River BENUE

CP Ademola EMMANUEL – LONGE  has taken over NASARAWA State Police Command following the retirement of Yahaya BELLO

25 December

Suspected Bassa- Komo gunmen attacked SHERIA, LANDU and OGUMA Villages, BASSA LGA, KOGI State burning up to 50 properties in the Egbira villages

Suspected Egbira gunmen attacked KEBE Village, KWOMO District, BASSA LGA, burnt several properties, killing 6 people in the Bassa Komo village and wounding 2

Gunmen attacked a hotel in GWOL Village, BARKIN LADI LGA, PLATEAU State killing 5 people

NIGER State Police Command stated they had arrested 2 members of an 8 man gang that allegedly murdered a Police Superintendent, whilst s robbing a hotel in SULEJA, SULEJA LGA in November 2018

26 December

Gunmen ambushed a group coming from a birthday party in PUGU Village, in RAWURU Village, FAN District, BARKIN LADI LGA, around 9.00pm killing 5 people and wounding 2

The BENUE State Livestock Guards impounded 105 x cattle and 4 x sheep; open grazing near AKAWE TORKULA College of Advanced and Professional Studies, MAKURDI. The suspected herdsman was also detained

Gunmen attacked a group of people returning to RAWURU Village, FAN District, BARKIN LADI LGA, from a party in PUGU Village around 9.15pm in State killing 5 and wounding 2

3 gunmen attacked a house in UGBOKOLO Town, OKPOKWU LGA, BENUE State at night killing a 70 year old man

BENUE State Police Command stated they arrested 4 suspected members of the Red Skin cult in OTUKPO, OTUKPO LGA, BENUE State during an alleged initiation ceremony for new members, recovering 1 x locally made pistol, 2 x live cartridges, 60 x wraps of suspected Indian hemp and 1 x bottle of dry gin

27 December

The NPF stated that they have detained 5 suspects in the murder of former CDS ACM Alex BADEH, 2 of whom are alleged to have carried out the attack and 3 accomplices. The NPF IRT, Special Tactical squad had searched the forest along the KADUNA- KEFFI Road between ZANGO-GITATA and TUDUN UKU, NASARAWA State. The suspects claim that they intended to rob the suspect and opened fire when the vehicle refused to stop. The police stated that BADEH had been carrying alot of cash to purchase land and this information had been betrayed to 7 bandits, who attacked the vehicle killing BADEH, wounding his driver and abducting his friend

Situation North West (Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara States)

22 December

The KATSINA State SEMA stated that 2,163 IDPs displaced from BUKE, WAILAR, UNGUWAR YABO, DAN FILI, YARTALATA, SABON YARTALATA, BUKE BUKE, DOGON KAWO and MANDABA Villages, TSAFE LGA, ZAMFARA State were sheltering in NUHU Model Primary School and KANKARA Central Primary School, KANKARA, KANKARA LGA and locations in FASKARI LGA over the past 2 days having been moved from DANSABU Village for security reasons

23 December

Gunmen attacked a village in SHINKAFI LGA, ZAMFARA State around 11.00pm, abducting several people and burning the village.

The NSCDC KADUNA State Command states that 3,500 personnel will be deployed across the State for the Christmas holidays

Suspected nomadic herdsmen attacked UNGUWAN PAH 2- GWANDARA, JEMAA LGA, KADUNA State killing 15 people and wounding 24 reportedly in reprisal for attacks on surrounding villages in November 2018 in which 3 children and an adult were killed, which was allegedly in reprisal for an earlier killing resulting from a clash between 2 families in which a Fulani man was killed

Gunmen ambushed a bus belonging to the Izala Religious group in the vicinity of GURBI BAURE, JIBIYA LGA, KATSINA State as they returned to SOKOTO State following a first aid camp in DUTSE, JIGAWA State abducting 20 members and taking them into the bush. N15m ransom has been demanded for each victim

24 December

IDPs in TSAFE, TSAFE LGA, ZAMFARA State demonstrated against the insecurity in the state, burning 3 vehicles belonging to the WHO, 16 other vehicles and the LG Secretariat, destroying political adverts for the State Governor and President mounting road blocks at the entrance to the town along GUSAU- ZARIA Road. The NPF fired on demonstrators killing at least 3 people and announced a 6.00pm to 7.00am curfew. The Commissioner of Police stated that 23 people had been arrested

Gunmen attacked SABON BIRNIN DAN ALI, BIRNIN MAGAJI LGA, ZAMFARA State

The KADUNA State Police Command stated it had conducted a raid supported by local vigilantes in BURUKU Forest, arresting 2 suspected cattle rustlers/ kidnappers operating in BURUKU Village, BIRNIN GWARI LGA and recovering 55 cattle and 9 sheep

A motorcycle rider was murdered and robbed of his motorcycle in ANGUWAR MASARA, KAFANCHAN LGA, KADUNA State

25 December

Gunmen attacked DAN DAMBU, BIRNIN MAGAJI LGA, the hometown of the Minister of Defence Mansur DAN- ALI

Gunmen attacked SABON GARIN, DUTSEN KURA, DANJIGBA Ward, TSAFE LGA killing 13 CJTF vigilantes

Gunmen attacked WUYA, ANKA LGA, ZAMFARA State displacing the population

Gunmen attacked BADARAWA, SHINKAFI LGA, ZAMFARA State displacing the population

Gunmen ambushed travellers from KADUNA in the vicinity of MANGWARO, KACHIA LGA, KADUNA State killing 2 and abducting 15 as they travelled from KADUNA to NIGER State

26 December

The CAS AM Sadiq ABUBAKAR visited KATSINA, ZAMFARA State and SOKOTO States to assess Op Diran Mikiya. In KATSINA he was briefed by the AOC Special Operations Command; AVM Samson AKPASA and ATF Commander Air Commodore Ayoola JOLASINMI. In ZAMFARA he visited the Acting Governor Alhaji Sanusi RIKIJI SOKOTO and 207 Quick Response Group, GUSAU. He visited 119 FOB at Sultan Abubakar III Airport hosted by AOC Tactical Air Command AVM Oladayo AMAO, stating that another Quick Response Unit would be established in SOKOTO State as well as possible refuelling facilities at the Airport, in SOKOTO and the SOKOTO State Governor Aminu TAMBUWAL who told the CAS that there had been a recent influx of fighters from MALI comprising of Arabs, Tauregs, Hausas and Fulani’s in BALLE Village, GUDU LGA and TAHOUA Region, NIGER Republic

The Sarkin Kasuwar Magani of KAJURU LGA, KADUNA State Mallam Abdullah HARUNA has been declared missing after he went to his farm in DUTSEN GAYA to harvest potatoes

28 December

Gunmen attacked GIDAN NAWAJE, GUSAU LGA, ZAMFARA State near MADA around 7.00pm

The NAF conducted an intelligence led air strike on a suspected bandit compound to the west of TSAMARI, BIRNIN MAGAJI LGA, ZAMFARA State, using ISR aircraft to positively identify the presence of suspects and weapons in the location and an Alphajet to conduct an air strike on the compound using its cannon. Human intelligence stated the bandits suffered casualties, ground forces recovered several abandoned motorcycles

29 December

A joint Nigerian/ Nigerien patrol supported by vigilantes in the vicinity of DUNBURUM, ZURMI Forest, ZURMI LGA LGA, SOKOTO State, was ambushed with small arms and RPGs, losing 5 killed and 8 wounded

Situation External Forces

23 December

The 3 people abducted from MABER, DJEREM Department, ADAMAOUA Region, CAMEROUN on 22 December were discovered dead

24 December

Gunmen abducted the Chief of YOKOTODOU Village, NGANHA Arrondissement, VINA Department, ADAMAOUA Region

26 December

4 gunmen attacked and wounded the Chief of MANGAVE DALIL, TOKOMBERE Arrondissement, MAYO SAVA Department, EXTREME NORD Region at night

27 December

A Weapons cache was discovered in DOGBA, DIAMARE Department, EXTREME NORD Region

28 December

Nigerien forces began ground and air operations in the vicinity of Lake CHAD and along the KOMADOUGOU YOBE River

 

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NORTHERN NIGERIA INTERNAL SECURITY SITREP- Week Ending 22 December 2018

Situation North East (Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States)

16 December

Gunmen mounted in up to 6 pick up trucks and on motorcycles attacked MAIBORINTI Village, MOLAI, JERE LGA, BORNO State around 5.20pm, burning up to 50 houses and a military checkpoint, disabling an APC and pick up truck displacing civilians towards JIDDARI POLO. Elements of 251 TF Bn and NAF personnel responded engaging the enemy along MOLAI-SAMBISA Road, killing 4 and capturing 4 x AK 47, 5 x AK 47 magazines, 45 x 7.62mm (AK), 2 x motorcycles, 1 x bicycle, 2 x bandoliers, 3 x SIM cards, mobile phone accessories, painkillers, toiletries, receipt for a Tecno phone, gloves, matches, kolanut and anti bacterial cream and 1 x mobile phone. At least 1 soldier was killed

Boko Haram ISWAP claimed the attack on GUDUMBALI, GUZAMALA LGA, BORNO State claiming to have killed 5 soldiers, wounded others, destroying 2 ‘tanks’ and 2 other vehicles. They also claimed to have captured 3 pick up trucks, weapons and ammunition

3 Nigerian NGOs Socio Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), Enough is Enough (EiE) and BudgIT have submitted Freedom on Information requests to the COAS LT Gen TY BURATAI for details on the costs of Op Lafiya Dole, Op Safe Haven, Op Python Dance, op Ruwan Wuta, Op Delta Safe, Op Mesa, Op Harbin Kunama, Op Awatse, Op Tsera Tekuand, Op Crocodile Smile for 2015, 2016 and 2017, asking for budget implementation reports detailing amounts released and amounts expended, threatening legal action if no response was received in 14 days

17 December

Media reports state that the CO of 232 Bn, 23 Armoured Bde, MUBI; Lt Col HARUNA had ordered that all checkpoints in ADAMAWA State be dismantled following media reports of widespread corruption and extortion

18 December

Boko Haram released a video of the attack on MAIBORINTI showing the attack, a dead soldier, a disabled APC, burning Hilux and captured items including uniforms, Camelbaks, ammunition and hand grenades

The US Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs donated a 40KVA generator, first aid kits and electronic equipment, all worth $100,000.00 of equipment to the NSCDC BORNO State Command. The NSCDC State Commandant Abdullahi IBRAHIM stated up to 40 suspected Boko Haram members had surrendered to the command including that 2 suspected female PBIEDS captured at BORNO Express Motor Park Fatima Muhammed KABIR and the other Amina SALIHU, the former of whom claimed to be one of Mamman NURs wives

Media reports state that civilians have evacuated 10 out of the 11 wards in KUKAWA LGA, BORNO State in a 50 vehicle convoy

Gunmen mounted in 4 vehicles attacked friendly positions in MAIRARI, xx LGA, BORNO State with small arms and AAA guns, killing 1 soldier and wounding another briefly overrunning the FOB and destroying some equipment. Elements from MONGUNO counter attacked retaking the base. Several soldiers are still reported missing

19 December

4 gunmen attempted to abduct a woman from BUNI GARI, GUJBA LGA, YOBE State whom they claimed was the wife of a Boko Haram member. Local hunters challenged them , killing 2 capturing 1 whilst the 4th escaped

Elements of 222 Bn, intercepted a suspected female PBIED and a female accomplice in MUSHIMARI Village, KONDUGA LGA, BORNO State as she tried to infiltrate one of their defensive positions around 9.30pm. The suspect Aisha MODU removed her device and dropped it in the river, from where it was recovered and made safe by EOD

Maj Gen Olufemi AKINJOBI took over Sector 3 Op Lafiya Dole at KINNASARA Cantonment, MONGUNO, MONGUNO LGA, BORNO State from Brig Gen Uwem BASSEY

20 December

An alleged member of the Intelligence Response Team claimed they had arrested an alleged Boko Haram commander Umar ABDULMALIK in LAGOS, who is alleged to have been in charge of the KUJE and NYANYA bombings in ABUJA, FCT in 2015 and murdered 7 policemen at GALADIMAWA Roundabout as well as LUGBE and GWAGWALADA, robbed banks in EDO and ONDO States and committed murders in OKENE, KOGI State and led a prison break in NIGER State earlier in the year, losing an eye as he helped over 100 prisoners escape

The COAS Lt Gen TY BURATAI visited 27 TF Bde and the Army Special Forces School in BUNI YADI, GUJBA LGA, YOBE State, where 2,000 MOPOL are reportedly undergoing training. Accompanied by the School Commandant Brig Gen APERE, Brig Gen A.O OYEDELE, 27 Bde Commander,

21 December

Gunmen mounted in 4 trucks attacked GAJIRAM, NGANZAI LGA, BORNO State. Local villagers fled to MAIDUGURI

The YOBE State NSCDC Command stated it would deploy 800 men across the state for the Christmas festivities

Gunmen attacked KOFA Village, ASKIRA UBA LGA, BORNO State along MAIDUGURI- BAMA Road

The Republic of KOREA donated a months’ worth of food relief valued at $500,000.00 to the WFP for 125,000 people in BORNO, YOBE and ADAMAWA States

Media reports state that villagers in the vicinity of Lake CHAD allege the enemy is concentrating in DORON NAIRA and DOGON CHUKUN Islands with the intent to attack BAGA. The report also stated there were uncorroborated reports of Boko Haram harassing villagers in GASHGAR ZARI, GRANDA, GUDUMBARI, KUKAWA, ARGE, METELE, ALAGORNO AREWA, KANGARWA, JILLI, BIRMARI, MAIRARI, MAINARI, CROSS KAUWA, MILE 4 and MILE 90

Gunmen attacked DAMASAK, MOBBAR LGA, BORNO State

22 December

Gunmen attacked LOGOMANI, NGALA LGA, BORNO State

Situation North Centre (Abuja FCT, Bauchi, Benue, Gombe, Kogi, Kwara, Nasarawa, Niger, Plateau, Taraba States)

16 December

KONTOGORA Area Command, NIGER State Police Command arrested a suspected kidnapper in KONTAGORA, KONTAGORA  LGA, following a tip off of suspicion of the kidnap for a N13.5m ransom of Abubakar UMAR of AUNA, MAGAMA LGA

18 December

Up to 10 gunmen attacked a vehicle on KEFFI- BADE Road, in the vicinity of ZANGO GITATA Village, KARU LGA, NASARAWA State around 6.45pm killing the owner; former CDS ACM (retired) Alex BADEH and wounding his driver as they came from his farm. The area is notorious for attacks with 2-6 murders and a kidnapping already in December. THe Shittu- Alao Barracsk and 2 checkpoints were on the same road

Commander Op Whirl Stroke Maj Gen Adeyemi YEKINI stated that 201, 854 IDPs from BENUE, 10,000 from TARABA and 15,000 from NASARAWA States had returned to their homes

19 December

Media reports allege KOGI State Governor Yahaya BELLO is forming an illegal militia named the Bakassi Boys led by OKEHI and ADAVI LGA Sole Administrators Ohiare ABDULRAHEEM and Joseph Omuya SALAMI respectively. The 50 youths are allegedly lodged in GRAs in OKEHI LGA and ADAVI LGA an were supplied with 4 Toyota Hiluxes to operate in Ebiraland/ KOGI Central Senatorial District

20 December

Elements of Op Whirl Stroke conducted a clearance operation in the vicinity of ANYIIBE, LOGO LGA, BENUE State on the banks of the River BENUE. The gunmen reportedly fled across the river to NASARAWA State, with a boat allegedly capsizing en route

Gunmen attacked the house of the former Speaker of the House of Representative Terngu TSEGBA in MAKURDI, BENUE State around 7.00pm, 1 security guard was shot, whilst TSEGBA broke his leg jumping over the fence

21 December

Suspected nomadic gunmen attacked TSE DZUNGWE and TSE IBOR, TOMBO Ward, LOGO LGA BENUE State killing 4 villagers, after allegedly being pursued from the village farmland with their herds by soldiers, who allegedly killed their cattle

The NPF BENUE State Command stated it had arrested 120 suspected cultists in OTURKPO, MAKURDI and other parts of BENUE State, with 78 charged and 22 released. A suspected improvised weapons manufacturing location was discovered by FSARS in YELWATA Village, GUMA LGA. 2 suspects were arrested and 12 x locally made AK 47 magazines and tools were seized

22 December

The NSCDC KOGI State Commandant stated that 1,400 personnel will be deployed to the State for the Christmas period

The NPF NIGER State Command stated 2,331 personnel were to be deployed for the Christmas Holidays. With units deployed along the MINNA-SULEJA Road, SULEJA-KADUNA Road, BIDA-MAKWA-KONTAGORA Road and MAKWA- BIRNIN GWARI Road and plain clothes officer to places of worship, motor parks and recreational centres

Situation North West (Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara States)

16 December

Gunmen attacked SAUNA Village, TSAFE LGA, ZAMFARA State

Gunmen attacked a wedding ceremony in UNGUWAN PAA-GWANDARA Village, JAGINDI Ward, JEMA’A LGA, KADUNA State around 8.00pm killing up to 14 people and wounding 17

18 December

The KADUNA State Police Command paraded 2 x female and 4 x male suspected kidnappers, who allegedly abducted a man and killed him after collecting a N1.5m ransom

The KATSINA State NPF state they arrested a suspected member of a kidnapping gang who attempted to abduct a man in KAMFANIN DAUDAWA Village, FASKARI LGA. They also stated they intercepted a stolen Toyota Hilux on KATSINA- DUTSIN MA Road, arresting 2 suspects who reportedly confessed to having stolen the vehicle and others

The KADUNA State Police Command paraded 14 suspected of kidnapping and culpable homicide, recovering 5 x vehicles and firearms and murderer

19 December

Gunmen attacked farms in the vicinity of GIDAN HALILU Village, BILLASHE District, BIRNIN MAGAJI LGA, ZAMFARA State killing 5 villagers and wounding 1. A response team arrived from KAURA NAMODA Area Command MOPOL, NPF and CTU

Gunmen attacked sweet potato farms in the vicinity of GARIN HALADU Village, BIRNIN MAGAJI LGA around 1.00pm killing up to 12 people, they then attacked NASARAWA GODAL killing 4 and GARIN KAKA killing 9. An unspecified number of were wounded

Gunmen ambushed a vehicle between SAFANA and ILLEJAH, SAFANA LGA, KATSINA State returning from a wedding in KANKARA, robbing them off their valuables and taking them into ROGO ROGO Forest. 2 men managed to escape, 1 was wounded in the arm and released, as were 4 women, leaving 20 men behind, for whom a ransom of N50m (reduced to N40m) was demanded. The villagers have refused to pay to discourage further abductions

21 December

The SOKOTO State Police Command paraded 12 x male and 1 x female suspected of kidnap, cattle rustling and armed robbery in GORONYO, RABAH and ILLELA LGAs. They also displayed the bodies of 2 suspected bandits one of whom was Ward Head in GIDAN BUNU Village, RABAH LGA, Alhaji ADDUWA who was an alleged armourer for a gang of bandits. The other corpse belonged to Aliyu ABDULLAHI who was fatally wounded in a firefight in GAWON FULANI Village, RABAH LGA and was captured with 1 x AK 47 and 30 x 7.62mm (AK) rounds. Other items captured include weapons, 4,000 x rounds of ammunitions, 251 x sheep, 69 x cattle, 29 x camels, 98 x blankets and 7 x wrappers

The Minister of Defence Masur DAN ALI listed actions the Armed Forces had undertaken to deal with the insecurity in the North West such as the creation of 8 Div in SOKOTO, a new Brigade in GUSAU and BIRNIN KEBBI, an NAF Quick Response Force in GUSAU and 500 other security personnel to Op Sharan Daji

22 December

Gunmen mounted on motorcycles attacked MAGAMI Village, FARU Ward, MARADUN LGA, ZAMFARA State killing up to 17 people

Gunmen attacked DAN DANBO Village, BIRNIN MAGAJI LGA around 8.00pm killing up to 5 people and displacing women and children to nearby NASARAWA GODAL

Gunmen attacked SAULA Village, TSAFE LGA, ZAMFARA State at night killing the District Head and burning several houses

The KATSINA State SEMA stated that 2,163 IDPs displaced from BUKE, WAILAR, UNGUWAR YABO, DAN FILI, YARTALATA, SABON YARTALATA, BUKE BUKE, DOGON KAWO and MANDABA Villages, TSAFE LGA, ZAMFARA State had arrived in KANKARA Central Primary School, KANKARA, KANKARA LGA and locations in FASKARI LGA over the past 2 days

Situation External Forces

21 December

Gunmen attacked N’GUAYAMI Village, GUESKEROU Commune, DIFFA Region, NIGER Republic killing 3 farmers

22 December

Gunmen abducted 3 people from MABER, DJEREM Department, ADAMAOUA Region

23 December

The 3 people abducted from MABER, DJEREM Department, ADAMAOUA Region on 22 December were discovered dead

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NORTHERN NIGERIA INTERNAL SECURITY SITREP- Week Ending 15 December 2018

Situation North East (Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States)

10 December

Social media reports state that civilians in the vicinity of Lake CHAD and BAGA have begun to leave the area following a Boko Haram ISWAP ultimatum. Civilians have been allegedly compelled to pay a ‘tax’ to cross the Lake into CHAD by Boko Haram ISWAP

The EU and British Council held a Managing Conflict in NIGERIA Course in MAIDUGURI, BORNO State for 450 community and religious leaders

12 December

A suspected teenage female PBIED attempted to bypass a checkpoint at KALERI, KONDUGA, LGA near MAIDUGURI, BORNO State around 8.30pm as she approached the University of MAIDUGURI. She was reportedly detected and engaged by a military working dog as she crossed an open field her device detonated killing her and the dog

14 December

The Army held a funeral service for 19 soldiers FROM 157Bn killed in METELE at the Military Cemetery, MAIMALARI Cantonment, MAIDUGURI, BORNO State

Gunmen mounted in trucks and on foot attacked 118 TF Bn positions in GUDUMBALI, GUZAMALA LGA, BORNO State around 7.00pm during an aid distribution exercise. Dismounted gunmen allegedly infiltrated the IDP camp, whilst the mounted fighters opened fire with heavy weapons. At least 2 food trucks were burnt and a Otokar Cobra APC and truck damaged. Up to 12 soldiers were reportedly killed (Army stated 1 killed and 1 wounded), with dozens more missing as the base was overrun and troops withdrew to DAMASAK. The Army stated it had captured 8 x RPG rounds, an unspecified number of bodies and an unspecified amount of ammunition

Gunmen attacked KUKAWA Town, KUKAWA LGA BORNO State, reportedly forcing troops to withdraw. At least 2 women were killed

The Army announced the suspension of UNICEF activities in the North east accusing them of ‘working with Boko Haram’, there was no evidence or detail as to how the agency was working with Boko Haram . The suspension was rescinded later in the day

15 December

Gunmen attacked rice farmers in the vicinity of KOSHEBE, JERE LGA, BORNO State, killing up to 4 farmers and burning their corpses along with up to 300 hectares of farm land

An Army patrol from the FOB in LOGOMANI, NGALA LGA detonated an IED in the vicinity of GAMBORU, NGALA LGA, BORNO State around 8.15am killing 2 soldiers and wounding 1 other

President BUHARI convened an Extraordinary Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Lake CHAD Basin Commission to restrategise and review the concept of operations, with Presidents Mahamadou ISSOUFOU of NIGER Republic, Philemon YANG, Prime Minister of CAMEROUN, Idriss DEBY of CHAD, Faustin – Archange TOUADERA of CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC, Patrice TALON of BENIN Republic as well as their Minister of Defence. The Executive Secretary of the LCBC Mamman NUHU called for the accelerated implementation of the Regional Stabilisation Strategy

Situation North Centre (Abuja FCT, Bauchi, Benue, Gombe, Kogi, Kwara, Nasarawa, Niger, Plateau, Taraba States)

09 December

Up to 3 gunmen attacked the vehicle of the Chairman of the TARABA State Chapter of the Nigerian Union of Teachers between GARIN DOGO and GARIN MALLAM Villages, LAU LGA, TARABA State, as he left a function with 2 relatives, wounding him in the arm

Suspected cult members attacked suspected rivals near the Railway tracks in WURUKUM, MAKURDI, BENUE State around 7.00pm killing 1 person

Gunmen abducted the APC candidate for NASARAWA State House of Assembly, OBI 2 Constituency David AYELE as he drove into his home in TUNDU KAWARI, LAFIA LGA at around 8.00pm

10 December

Suspected cult members attacked a suspected rival at his father’s wake keeping on AWE Street, near the State Library, WURUKUM, MAKURDI around 7.00pm, shooting him dead. The alleged murderer was stoned to death leading to a fight in which 2 more people were killed. The NPF claims to have arrested 13 people

11 December

The NIGER State Government states that it has engaged over 150 suspected bandits in the vicinity of SARKIN PAWA, MUNYA LGA, who had reportedly fled from military operation in ZAMFARA State and were allegedly cattle rustling, kidnapping and robbing people

The NDLEA apprehended a man with 218kg of cannabis packed in Toyota Camry along MOKWA-JEBBA Road, MOKWA LGA, NIGER State after refusing to stop at a checkpoint in JEBBA, crashing after a chase near MOKWA (or stopping for food depending on the source)

Elements of 1 Div, deployed on Op Whirl Punch intercepted 3 suspected arms dealers in RIJAU, RIJAU LGA, NIGER State, recovering 44 x locally made single barrel weapons and 351 x shotgun cartridges in a Toyota Corolla. They were allegedly heading to BENA, DANKO/ WASAGU LGA, KEBBI State

13 December

Elements of Op Safe Haven found David AYELE in PANDAM Forest in QUA’AN, PAN LGA, PLATEAU State near ANINGO Village, NAMU Community after being left by his abductors following payment of a N2m ransom. The victim was taken to 332 Artillery Regiment Barracks at SHENDAM, where he claimed his abductors had told him they were paid N3m to murder him

Situation North West (Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara States)

10 December

Gunmen attacked a house in DAN DUTSE Quarters, FUNTUA ,FUNTUA LGA, KATSINA State. 4 suspects all in their 20s from MAIGAMJI Village, FUNTUA LGA were arrested, 1 x locally made firearm, 2 x knives, 1 x cutlass, 1 x toy gun, 4 x mobile phones, 1 x military style cap and N9,080.00 were recovered from them

11 December

Gunmen mounted on motorcycles attacked MALIKAWA, GIDAN GOGA District, MARADUN LGA, ZAMFARA State killing up to 22 people

12 December

Troops from Sector 3, Op Sharan Daji ambushed suspected bandits in the vicinity of TUNGAR RAKUMI, TSAFE (?) LGA, ZAMFARA State killing 2 suspects dressed in military style clothes, recovering 2 x AK 47 and 7 x magazines

13 December

Elements of 8 Div deployed to Sector 2 and Sector 3 Op Sharan Daji supported by Vigilantes conducted clearance operations in DUMBURUM Forest, in ZAMFARA and SOKOTO States, engaging suspected bandits killing 6 and recovering 4 x AK 47, 2 x magazines containing 48 x 7.62mm (AK) rounds and 2 x motorcycles

Troops deployed to Sector 3, Op Sharan Daji supported by vigilantes detained a suspected arms dealer Lawali ALIYU in the vicinity of ARABA Village, ILLELA LGA, SOKOTO State with a sack containing 1,015 x 7.62mm (AK) rounds, which he allegedly got from a man in GALMI, NIGER Republic

A Police patrol encountered suspected cattle rustlers in the vicinity of ALHAZAWA Village, SAFANA LGA, KATSINA State, killing 1 and arresting 4. The gang had allegedly attacked GORA Village, SAFANA LGA

15 December

Gunmen attacked BIRANE Village, ZURMI LGA, ZAMFARA State killing 18 people

Up to 20 gunmen mounted on motorcycles attacked DALLAWA MAHUTA Village, DANDUME LGA, KATSINA State in an apparent kidnap attempt around 1.00am. Villagers responded killing 3 of the suspects whilst others escaped into the bush, 1 villager was killed and 2 were wounded. One of the dead bandits was identified as Isiya BELLO from GAMJI, SABUWA LGA, KATSINA State, who was known to rob and kidnap in the vicinity of DANDUME, SABUWA and KANKARA Villages. 5 x 5.56mm rounds were recovered

Clashes at an APC political campaign rally in RANO LGA, KANO State by Governor GANDUJE led to between supporters of the Presidents Special Adviser on NASS Abdulrahman KAWU and former KANO State Governor Kabiru GAYA, leading to 3 deaths

Situation External Forces

09 December

Social media reports state that up to 50 fishermen were abducted from ARA MALARI Village, BOSSO Department, DIFFA Region, NIGER Republic by suspected Boko Haram ISWAP and forced to transport their fishing equipment to a given location and then released

10 December

The ICC’s 2018 Annual Report criticised the trials of Boko Haram suspects stating there were few trials of senior members, nor have any been tried for crimes against humanity and most defendants have been discharged due to lack of evidence

Media reports state that a suspected jihadist cell had been identified in a forested area in the vicinity of JIMA JIMA Village, TAHOUA department, KONNI Region, 15km from BIRNIN KONNI/ KONNI Town near the NIGERIA border

13 December

2 x PBIEDs detonated in KOLOFATA, MAYO SAVA Department, EXTREME NORD Region, killing themselves and wounding 2 others

15 December

Gunmen attacked villagers in the vicinity of TARMOUA, AMCHIDE Arrondissement, MAYO SAVA Department, EXTREME NORD Region killing 1 and abducting several others

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