NORTHERN NIGERIA INTERNAL SECURITY SITREP- Week Ending 13 August 2016

Situation North East (Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States)

07 August

NDLEA BORNO State command sated 20 tonnes of illegal narcotics had been seized since 2014 in the state

08 August

Senator Muhammed NDUME (BORNO South) stated that of 10, 000 tonnes of grain released by the President from the National Strategic Grain Reserve in April only 53 truckloads out 103 had been delivered and the contractor responsible had been arrested

10 August

The COAS has confirmed the Army has been placed on high alert following media reports of intelligence assessments that Boko Haram attacks are imminent, in the FCT, LAGOS, KANO, SOKOTO, KEBBI, IMO, BAUCHI, KATSINA, YOBE and BORNO States, targeting markets, schools, police stations and military installations as well as prison facilities in ADAMAWA State and newly reopened schools in BORNO and YOBE States

A 7 Div General Courts Martial presided over by Brig Gen Olusegun ADENIYI began sitting in MAIDUGURI, BORNO State to try 20 personnel (2 x Majors, 2 x Captains, 1 x Staff Sergeant, 2 x Sergeants, 2 x Corporals, 3 x Lance Corporals, 7 x Privates and 1 x Navy Seaman) for offences ranging from murder, loss of arms, defilement, assault

The NDLEA BORNO State command detained a serving policeman at NJIMTILO Checkpoint, JERE?? LGA as he attempted to transport 126kg of cannabis to DAMATURU, YOBE State. He stated he was paid N5,000.00 per bag

11 August

The BORNO State has set up the BORNO State Islamic Preaching Board to regulate Islamic preaching in the state. Headed by the Chief Imam Zannah Laisu Ibrahim AHMED its purpose is to identify teaching of violent doctrines in each of the 27 LGA’s

A detained Boko Haram suspect Lawan ABBAI provided information to troops or a route clearance operation in GOMBORI, DAMBOA LGA, BORNO State in which 2 large pressure plate IEDs were found and neutralised. 4 suspects claiming they wished to surrender were detained however we’re identified by ABBAI as members of an IED cell. 5 women and a baby were also liberated during the operation

NEMA reunited 200 children aged 5-12, mostly from BAMA and BAGA LGA’s with their parents in MAIDUGURI, BORNO State. NEMA states that there are 165 unaccompanied children in 4 camps ADAMAWA State

13 August

Boko Haram has released a video showing at least 50 girls alleged to be the GSS CHIBOK abductees. A masked Hausa speaking gunman claiming to be SHEKAU’s successor asked the Federal Government to release Boko Haram fighters from prison and claimed some of the abductees had been killed in air strikes, 40 were married and others injured

93 NSCDC personnel completed a 2 week Army weapon handling course at MAIMALARI Cantonment, MAIDUGURI, BORNO State

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

11 August

The NAF element of Op Yaki in KADUNA State has recovered 665 cows and 141 sheep from cattle rustlers in KAMUKU Forest BIRNIN GWARI LGA

12 August

An intelligence led combined 35Bn, 3 Bde, 1 Div and NSCDC operation along TSAMBE-FAFARE ROAD, JIBIA LGA, KATSINA State as part of Op Sharan Daji engaged 3 motorcycle mounted gunmen were heading towards DUMBURU Forest in ZAMFARA State, with 1 killed and 2 escaping wounded, 1 x AK 47 with magazine and 2 x 7.62mm (AK) rounds were recovered. Another joint unit conducted raids along FASKARI-SHEME-MAIRUWA Road, FASKARI LGA, KATSINA State detaining 3 suspected cattle rustlers and recovering 49 cattle and 25 sheep

KADUNA State Government disbanded all vigilante groups in the state and brought them under a new vigilante Committee

Gunmen abducted politician/ farmer/ business man Dr Abdulmalik DURUNGUWA in KADUNA, KADUNA State

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

08 August

Approximately 20 gunmen mounted in 6 x Toyota Hiluxes abducted a lawyer Terfa JIRGBA and 2 of his relatives from his house in BADAGRY Street, MAKURDI, BENUE State

09 August

The NPF state that the 2 Chinese workers abducted in NASARAWA State were released at 6.30pm, ‘due to pressure from SARS, MOPOL and vigilantes’ it is unclear if a ransom was paid

Gunmen attacked DIKKO Police Station, GAWO BABANGIDA LGA, NIGER State around 9.0pm killing 3 policemen and stealing 2 x AK 47s, 1 x pistol and 60 x rounds of ammunition

NDLEA PLATEAU State Command states that they seized 1,316kg of illegal drugs in the first half of 2016 and

The NPF recovered 7 rifles lost during military operations in BOSSO LGA, NIGR State

10 August

Approximately 4 gunmen murdered a University lecturer in MKAR, GBOKO LGA, BENUE State around at his home in the University of MKAR Staff Quarters around 4.00am

10 August

The NAF is to reinforce its Quick Response Unit in NIGER State and expand it to cover the 5 states covered by Op Sharan Daji

Youths protesting against the arrest of some of their kinsmen in UMOMI Village, OFU LGA, KOGI State after they were accused of cattle rustling as part of an ongoing dispute with herdsmen allege they were shot at by policemen from UGWOLAWO Division killing 2 youths

Senator Isa Hamma MISAU (APC, BAUCHI Central) stated that Boko Haram had set up a base in BURRA Forest in NINGI Emirate Council, NINGI LGA which links the FALGORE Forest in KANO State with SAMINAKA, KADUNA State and have been conducting kidnaps for ransoms of N3-5m.

11 August

The NASARAWA State Police Command stated it had uncovered plans for the Ombaatse Cult to attack ASSAKIO Village, LAFIA LGA and DADDERE Village, OBI LGA on Saturday 13th August. The State Police Commissioner Abubakar Sadiq BELLO met with the traditional ruler the Aren Eggon in NASARAWA EGGON and asked him to intervene

12 August

Approximately 7 gunmen ambushed a vehicle carrying an APC politician from ABUJA along OKENE-LOKOJA-ABUJA Road, in the vicinity of OSARA, ADAVI LGA, KOGI State abducting him and 3 people in another vehicle. The politician’s driver was released

The COAS Lt Gen TY BURATAI visited units attached to Op Safe Haven in PLATEAU State

13 August

TARABA State Police Command stated that they had arrested 4 suspected cattle thieves and recovered 142 cattle and 26 sheep following a firefight during an intelligence led raid supported by The Tabital Pulaaku Vigilance Group in SERTI, GASHAKA LGA

Situation External (Rest of the World)

09 August

Gunmen attacked GAMBAROU near DOUBLE, LOGONE ET CHARI Department, EXTREME NORD Region, killing 4 people and burning a truck and up to 60 huts

Gunmen abducted a 13 year old girl from ASHIGASHIA, LOGONE ET CHARI Department

10 August

The US pledged $37m aid for Boko Haram victims in the Lake CHAD Basin

12 August

The UK High Commission has warned against travel to BORNO, YOBE, ADAMAWA, BAUCHI and GOMBE States as well as KANO City, the riverine areas of DELTA, BYELSA, RIVERS, AKWA IBOM and CROSS RIVER State and the Nigerien border area of ZAMFARA State

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NORTHERN NIGERIA INTERNAL SECURITY SITREP- Week Ending 06 August 2016

Situation North East (Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States)

29 July

Suspected nomadic gunmen attacked KODOMUN Village, DEMSA LGA, ADAMAWA State killing 8 people with bladed weapons on their farms

30 July

Suspected nomadic gunmen attacked KODOMUN Village again killing people who went to collect the corpses of earlier victims

31 July

Suspected nomadic gunmen attacked KODOMUN Village, DEMSA LGA, ADAMAWA State again burning down the village, soldiers mounted in 10 x Toyota Hiluxes supported by a helicopter evacuated the villages to DEMSA, whilst others fled along the NUMAN-YOLA Road up to 30 people are reported killed or missing in the attacks

Soldiers conducted intelligence led raids in GAMBORU, NGALA LGA, BORNO State recovering 3 x AK 47 type rifles, 2 x Beryl M762 rifles, 235 x 7.62mm (AK)and 7 x AK 56 magazines

Troops ambushed bicycle mounted gunmen along DAMBOA-KUBWA Road in the vicinity of MULTE Village, DAMBOA LGA killing 1 and capturing 1 x AK 47, 1 x dane gun with improvised banana magazine, 14 x 7.62mm (AK) rounds, 1 x double barrel pistol and 14 x bicycles

An IED was left in a bag near ECC premises along POMPOMARI Byepass, MAIDUGURI near the home of a former BORNO State Governor. NPF EOD made the device safe

01 August

Gunmen attacked YAURI Village, JERE LGA on the outskirts of MADUGURI, BORNO State around 8.00pm but were defeated by elements of 7 Div supported by vigilantes who killed 5 and recovered 2 x AK 47, 1 x GPMG, 1 x 60mm mortar tube, 1 x FN FAL, 2 x dane guns, 2 x AK 47 magazines, 2 x FN magazines, 131 x 7.62mm (NATO), 31 x 7.62mm (AK), 1 x 60mm mortar bomb, 10 x bicycles and N31, 275.00

02 August

Soldiers supported by vigilantes arrested a suspected Boko Haram member Mohammed Mohammed ZAURO in SABON GARI, DAMBOA LGA, BORNO State, around 8.30am. the suspect was reportedly attempting to reach BIRNIN KEBBI, KEBBI State, from SMBISA Forest, with N7,900.00, a Gionee mobile phone and fake SAIE/JIBWIS ID Card. Another suspect Lawal ABOI was captured on DAMBOA-BALE Road, allegedly en route to DAMBOA to surrender

03 August

Elements of 27 TF Bde and the NPF reportedly engaged in a firefight over a ‘misunderstanding’ in GEIDAM, GEIDAM LGA, YOBE State resulting in 1 policeman wounded

 

Daesh’s weekly magazine al Naba has featured an interview with ‘Abu Musab al Barnawi’ whom its states is their Governor in West Africa

04 August

The NSA Maj Gen (retired) Babagana MONGUNO met with representative of Notore Petrochemical and Indorama Eleme Petrochemical over the use of urea nitrate in IEDs. Curiously he accused the companies of exporting 71% of their annual joint production of 2.05m tonnes as opposed to 47% thus causing scarcity (it was unclear whether this encouraged or discouraged the making of IEDs). He also stated 9,000kg of high explosive and 16,420 detonators had been diverted in the Niger Delta

‘Abubakar SHEKAU’ released an audio tape claiming leadership of Boko Haram, claiming to have been ignored and deceived by Daesh

Suspected nomadic herdsmen stole 311 cattle from REMENGO, 10km from ASKIRA Town, ASKIRA/ UBA LGA, BORNO State around 10.00pm. Vigilantes tracked them to KALEKASA, DAMBOA LGA via MUSSA, CHIBOK LGA, engaging them in a fire fight and recovering the animals

The Special Assistant to the Minister of Information Segun ADEYEMI dismissed the al Naba article as ‘cheap propaganda’ and ‘wishful thinking’

05 August

A new audio message named ‘Revelation’ reportedly from Abu Musab AL BARNAWI as released accusing ‘SHEKAU’ of hypocrisy, corruption and neglecting his fighters and their families.

The BORNO State Government has directed the Chairmen of KAGA, JERE, DAMBOA, KONDUGA, MONGUNO, ASKIRA UBA, CHIBOK, NGALA, KALA BALGE, MAFA, DIKWA, GUBIO, MAGUMERI, BIU, SHANI,, BAYO, HAWUL, KWAYA KUSAR and NGANZAI LGAs to resume operations from their secretariats, whilst BAMA, KUKAWA, GWOZA and MARTE would operate satellite secretariats in IDP camps, whilst those from ABADAM, MOBBAR and GUZAMALA would operate from IDP camps in MAIDUGURI

Indorama Eleme Fertiliser and Chemicals Company and Notore Chemical Industries released a statement denying allegations they were sabotaging national security

06 August

Commander 27 TF Bde Brig Gen Clement APERE reopened BUNI YADI Cattle Market, GUJBA LGA, YOBE State after 2 years of closure

Nigerien MNJTF Sector 4 forces withdrew from DAMASAK, MOBBAR LGA, BORNO State following its successful capture, after a visit by MCCC Commander Maj Gen Lucky IRABOR, they were replaced by 145 Bn, Nigeria Army. Gen IRABOR stated the next objectives were ABADAM and MALAMFATORI

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

28 July

Suspected armed robbers killed a Lebanese maths teacher Moin AMSURI in his home at YAURI Flats, SOKOTO, SOKOTO State, his car was reportedly stolen

31 July

The KADUNA State government released the report into the December 2015 ZARIA Incident. The State Governor Nasir EL RUFAI stated that a 9-member White Paper Drafting Committee had begun working on the report and its recommendations

01 August

Elements off 1 Div conducted a clearance operation in BATARA and AJAH Forests in BIRNIN MAGAJI and GUSAU LGAs, ZAMFARA State destroying several suspected bandit camps and capturing 3 x motorcycles and 2 x mobile phones. Another operation in RIMAWA Forest, GUSAU LGA resulted in the arrest of 2 wanted suspected criminals. In the forests in the vicinity of BINI Village, MARU LGA a wanted suspect was arrested

Suspected nomadic gunmen attacked GADA BIYU and AKWA’A villages 2km from GODOGODO Town, JEMA’A LGA, KADUNA State around 6.00am killing 9 people in the former and 2 in the latter, policemen responded in pursuing them

02 August

Gunmen abducted Sani Bello MASHI (APC Member for MASHI/ DUTSI Federal Constituency) and an aide in GOBURAWA Village, BIRNIN GWARI LAGA, KADUNA State as he went to his farm

Suspected nomadic gunmen they returned to GADA BIYU, UNGUWAN ANJUL and AKWA’A and burnt them

03 August

Members of IMN marched along MUHAMMADU BUHARI Way, KADUNA, KADUNA State protesting the detention of their leader Sheik EL ZAKZAKY

04 August

The GOC 1 Mech Div, Maj Gen Adeniyi OYEBADE visited JEMA’A LGA where 7 villages, NINTE, GADA BIYU, AKWA’A, UNGUWAN ARDO, GADOGADO, JAGINJI and AKWA MAGANI had been attacked and burnt

06 August

The NPF inaugurated Op Maximum Safety on KADUNA-ABUJA Highway at KATARI Village, KACHIA LGA, KADUNA State involving up to 500 MOPOL with 40 vehicles to counter kidnappers and armed robbers

NDLEA, KANO State Command detained 4 Nigerians and a Malian on suspicion of selling 4,850 kg of illegal drugs (2,592kgs of codeine cough syrup and 1,988kg of Tramadol) in 5 warehouses

07 August

Media reports state that the IMN is due to move its headquarters from ZARIA, KADUNA State to FAUDIYYA Centre, POTISKUM LGA, YOBE State

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

31 July

5 of the 13 escapees from KOTON KARFE Prison have been apprehended, leaving 7 at large (1 was recaptured immediately)

01 August

Coordinator Op Safe Corridor Brig Gen Bamidele SHAFFA stated that 800 repentant Boko Haram members would be sent to GOMBE State for rehabilitation, de radicalisation and training in a choice of 12 different courses

Minister for Women Affairs and Social Development Aisha Jummai ALHASSAN accused the TARABA State Government of withholding 10,000 tons of relief supplies for IDPs in the form of 12,000 bags of maize

04 August

A Joint 31 Artillery Bde/ NAF Quick Response Group Task Force on internal security duties as part of Op Mesa conducted an intelligence led cordon and search of KOPA, DAGMA and GAGAW, KPAIDMA Village, BOSSO LGA, NIGER State for weapons around 1.00m, they were ambushed by alleged bandits, leading to the death of 9 soldiers and 2 Airmen with 2 wounded and 1 missing9later found dead). 4 military vehicles burnt and 2 damaged, 4 x AK 47s and 1 x FN FAL were lost. 8 attackers were killed and 57 villagers were arrested. 3 x AK 47, 10 x locally made long barrelled weapons, 9 c locally made pistols, 6 x locally fabricated 7.62mm (AK) handguns, 45 x dane guns, 10 x cudgels, 41 x arrows, 18 x bows, 122 x machetes, 20 x daggers, 31 x axes, 63 x 7.62mm (AK), 10 x Bajaj motorcycles, various charms and amulets, 2 x vehicles, 38 x mobile phones, 1 x wristwatch, 5 x ID cards, N23, 870.00, 5 Japanese Yen, 8 x torches, 15 x catapults, 4 x empty ammunition cases and 41 x cartridges

06 August

The NIGER State Government has setup a 3 man committee to investigate the incident in BOSSO LGA

Gunmen abducted two Chinese employees of West African Polaris Investment in AGADA Village, NASARAWA LGA, NASARAWA State around 2.30pm

Soldiers entered KPAKUGU, BOSSO LGA, NIGER State to search for weapons and missing soldiers from the previous operation in KPAINA VILLAGE, killing 3 people

Soldiers conducted operations in GBISHE, KATSINA ALA and TOR TANGA Towns, KATSINA ALA LGA, BENUE State in search of former repentant local militia leader Terwase AKWAZA (aka GHANA) who is wanted for a variety of crimes including armed robbery, kidnapping and murder his properties were allegedly burnt down and troops moved onto ZAKI BIAM. Locals have been displaced to GAWA village, TAKUM LGA

Situation External (Rest of the World)

31 July

Gunmen murdered a vigilante in his home in DOUBLE, LOGONE ET CHARI Department, EXTREME NORD Region at night

01 August

The AU received $56m from the EU as part of the African Peace Facility which will be used to support the MNJTF

03 August

The trial of Camerounian Army Sgt Brahim MENOUMOUR in GAROUA, NORD Region in a military court on terrorism charges was adjourned to 07 September 2016 for the verdict

The French Armee de l’Air has replaced its 4 x Rafale FGA attached to Op Barkhane in N’DJAMENA, CHAD with 4 x Mirage 2000s based in NIAMEY, NIGER Republic having flown 3,683 hours and 879 missions.

05 August

Elements of BIR supported by local vigilantes killed 4 suspected Boko Haram members in BOURVARI PLATERI, EXTREME NORD Region and arrested 1 other

The US State Department has warned US citizens to avoid all travel to ADAMAWA, BORNO and YOBE State and avoid all but essential travel to BAUCHI, BAYELSA, DELTA, EDO, GOMBE, IMO, JIGAWA, KADUNA, KANO, KATSINA, KEBBI, KOGI, NIGER, PLATEAU, RIVERS, SOKOTO and ZAMFARA States

06 August

The EU has donated an additional 12.5m Euros in humanitarian aid to support refugees and IDPs in NIGERIA (9m Euros), NIGER (1.5m Euros) and CAMEROUN (2m Euros), making a total of 70.5m Euros over the past year for the region

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Follow the Leader: Split in Boko Haram/ ISWAP

On Tuesday 2nd August Daesh’s weekly magazine al Naba featured an interview with a man named as ‘Abu Musab al Barnawi’ who they claimed was the Wali of their West African Province.

‘Abubakar Shekau’ the former erstwhile leader promptly responded on 3rd August with an audio message insisting he was still the leader, complaining about being undermined by al Barnawi and ignored by al Baghdadi and accusing al Barnawi of apostasy.

Al Barnawi promptly responded with an audio message of his own denouncing Shekau as a hypocrite and coward, including the fairly specific insult that Shekau should …. just go home and sleep with your wives and slaves while we are suffering…’.

In true Nollywood fashion (where every story has Part 1-4 in the first week of release) not to be outdone; Shekau released a video on the 7th of August showing large numbers of armed fighters, including 2 fighters flanking him armed with what appeared to be MANPADS, while he repeated his complaints.

Whilst these developments might be curious and amusing to Boko Haram watchers they must be seen in the context of Boko Haram’s evolution from militant group to fighting force and as part of their journey to gain acceptance amongst the global jihadi movement.

Although links to AQIM, al Shabaab, MUJAO etc. have assisted them operationally, they are yet to reap the benefits in recruitment, outreach and fund raising that other groups such as al Qaeda, Daesh or al Shabaab have achieved, mainly due to their confused messaging and indiscriminate attacks on Muslims, mosques and other civilians.

Initial attempts to join al Qaeda were rebuffed or ignored for the above reasons and even initial attempts to join Daesh required several offers of allegiance which were not accepted until March 2015 as Daesh’s fortunes began to wane and it needed to project an image of reach and strength.

This alliance to date this has mainly involved rebranding, improved videos and use of Daesh social media (and now a leadership tussle) but little operational benefits.

Thus whilst this interview might appear to demonstrate a dangerous new twist indicating Boko Haram is now under more direct and disciplined control of Daesh, in fact it raises a variety of factors with differing conclusions.

Factions: Boko Haram has always consisted of numerous factions. Analysts such as Fulan Nusrullah Ahmed Salkida and Jacob Zenn have produced excellent reporting on the various personalities and factions in Boko Haram, which has been characterised by a dispute conducted through various means over operational and ideological differences between the different factions led by Mohammed Yusuf’s sons, Shekau, Ansaru and others. These differences have been undoubtedly exacerbated by attrition of leaders, men and materiel from the successes of Op Lafiya Dole and the MNJTF, which appears to have led to an internal reordering of Boko Haram and an opportunity for the al Barnawi (or Yusufiyya) faction to improve their chances by cementing their links with Daesh to the detriment of the Shekau faction. The increased bitterness of the split could lead to fratricide as reportedly happened previously when Shekau betrayed Ansaru to the Nigerian security forces.

Proof of life: the fact that Shekau was able to release an audio and video response so rapidly indicates he is not just alive and at liberty but still has access to his command and communication structures. To survive in a brutal world where you are a target to erstwhile allies as well as Nigerian and other forces, Shekau must also have sufficient combat power to protect him as well, as his video demonstrated.

Practical Support: Boko Haram’s most useful foreign links came through Ansaru’s links to MUJAO and AQIM, which enabled them to conduct kidnap for ransoms and other operations and access their networks. Whilst these did not translate into large scale strategic support they provided operational benefits. Closer operational and strategic links were lacking due partly to distance and logistics but mainly ideological and operational objections to Boko Harams use of children as Person Borne IEDs, indiscriminate attacks on Muslim and civilians, incoherent pronouncements and eccentric presentations. Thus far Daesh has provided little operational support for its far flung Wilayats, in fact the latest propaganda videos have emphasised the self reliance of the Boko Haram Waliyat showing weapons captured in Yobe State and Diffa Region. What support Daesh could provide Boko Haram whilst it is under pressure in almost all theatres is unclear.

Fratricide: Daesh is as hated by fellow jihadist movements as it is by the peoples and governments it opposes. Daeshs most lethal foe in Somalia is al Shabaab, likewise in Libya, Yemen, Afghanistan and so on other jihadist groups oppose them, whilst local truces to fight common foes have occurred, the public bitterness of the split makes this unlikely in the North East Nigeria/ Lake Chad area. The extent of the internal conflict can range from refusal cooperate, exchanging insults over propaganda networks, raiding each others men and territory or else trying to outdo each other with increasingly spectacular attacks on the security forces and the civilian populace.

Territory: whilst the key terrain for the enemy has remained the Lake Chad area and the Mandara Mountain and their approaches, military circumstance has forced them away from southern and central Yobe and Borno State and Northern and Central Adamawa State.

However in the north of Borno State and Yobe State, the enemy are able to hold territory and periodically launch major assaults.

Lake Chad and the Mandaras are attractive not just due to the rough inhospitable terrain and lack of government presence but because they are areas of economic benefit from smuggling and taxes on fish and produce trade in the Lake Chad area to livestock and produce in Mubi and other border towns.

Analysis seems to indicate that the al Barnawi faction are in the Lake Chad area to the north of the AO whilst the Shekau faction remains in Sambisa Forest in central Borno State.

This can be deduced from the fact that Daesh videos have featured attacks on Geidam and Diffa (in the north of the AO), as well as other unnamed preachers and commanders but conspicuously not Shekau. In al Barnawi’s response to Shekaus video, he states ‘…this message of mine will get to Sambisa Forest, it will get to Shekau’s house…’. Also footage from Daesh video shows scrub Sahel terrain, whilst Shekau’s video shows tall grass and bushy trees consistent with a swampy forest like the Sambisa.

Territory is relevant for two reasons, the first is that Nigerian forces have focused on defeating Boko Haram in Sambisa Forest and have done a relatively good job of reducing their forces as an be evinced by the lack of successful IED attacks, relatively few small arms attacks on friendly forces, the fact that most raids are conducted for food or livestock and the fact that most Boko Haram bases are guarded by old men with dane guns or bow and arrows. This compares with operations in the north where fighters are well equipped with rifles, webbing, machine guns and vehicles. The second reason is that access to that area means that al Barnawi’s forces will still have access (however difficult) to the smuggling routes into the Sahel.

Whilst the MNJTFs Op Gama Aiki is targeting the north, without a commitment of significant Nigerian forces (currently tied up in the south and centre of the AO), the enemy to the north operates with much more freedom and impunity.

Strategic offensive: Daesh is suffering significant defeats in Yemen, Somalia, Iraq, Syria and Libya. It has attempted to counter this with a campaign of terrorism on continental Europe, which in turn inspires mentally unbalanced adherents to carry out copycat attacks. These actions seek not only to divert resources by European powers but sow discord against native Muslim populations and project an image of strength. By highlighting their new ‘Wali’ in Nigeria, Daesh furthers this narrative for very little cost.

Propaganda: In the interview ‘al Barnawi’ attempts to reposition Boko Haram away from their indiscriminate attacks on Muslims and focus on ‘Crusader governments’ and Christians in line with Daesh orthodoxy.

This refocus as well as an explicit condemnation of Shekaus excesses allows Daesh to attempt to court popular support from the disenfranchised masses in the Lake Chad region. If this is followed up by attacks on churches which lead to retaliation against Muslims they stand to exploit the results of this.

Tactics and Procedures: attacks to the north of the AO have focused on military targets, there have been very few IED attacks, whilst in the south IED attacks on markets and mosques are still attempted. It is likely that any IED attacks attributed to Daesh would be against Christian, military/ police, western or government targets with an attempt to avoid overtly Muslim targets.

Nigerianess: the leadership dispute is refreshingly Nigerian, publicly belittling your rival, accusing them of corruption and even bringing wives into it is modus operandi for all Nigerian leaders, obviously Boko Haram would not be out of place in the National Assembly

Summary:

The links between Daesh and Boko Haram will be maintained because it benefits both parties.

For Daesh, it allows them to present an image of strength and ubiquity, it gives an almost overwhelmingly Arab group an African presence and all for very little expenditure.

For al Barnawi’s faction, the alliance gives them legitimacy as the real Boko Haram, defenders of Islam against crusaders and infidels.

In the worst case scenario, the alliance becomes (literally) weaponised with weapons, ammunition and manpower flowing to the group from Libya or the Middle East with anti tank and anti aircraft missiles negating the advantage of armour, protected mobility and air support enjoyed by Nigerian and allied forces. However, these weapon systems are also sorely needed by Daesh and the cost and risk of transporting them to West Africa where their use might not be successful and would not be in sufficient numbers to be decisive represents a diversion of resources they can ill afford.

However, (as appears more likely) if Daesh is defeated in Libya, the Lake Chad area gives them a rear area to reconstitute as well as a pool of manpower.

The wild card of course is Shekau, whose past behaviour indicates his preferred response is violence rather than audio and video, however the question is whether he would risk fighting people who know his bases, supply chains, sub commanders and other factors intimately. The presence of MANPADS in his videos are obviously troubling however displaying them when they have not been used allows the NAF to prepare counter measures even if they are operational which is unlikely as these delicate weapon systems need specialised storage and calibration unlikely to be available in Sambisa Forest.

The likely probability is that Shekau will eventually tire of the propaganda ping pong and attempt to prove his worth in blood.

Conclusion:

Whilst there are limited operational advantages there are many strategic benefits to both groups to this alliance, however in practical terms the biggest effect will be the upcoming civil war between al Barnawi and Shekau factions, how it is fought and who are the targets.

For both Shekau and al Barnawi, suffering the attentions of Op Lafiya Dole in the south and Op Gama Aiki in the north and Op Alpha in the east, this public spat is a welcome distraction again following the Marxist playbook of distracting their opponent’s attention with other means of combat.

For friendly forces the division is a clear opportunity to turn each side against the other and mop up the survivors, it is clear unfortunately that while these sick elephants fight the unfortunate people of the North East will suffer anew

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NORTHERN NIGERIA INTERNAL SECURITY SITREP- Week Ending 30 July 2016

Situation North East (Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States)

24 July

THE BORNO State Government has ordered local government workers to resume duties in MAFA, MAGUMERI, DIKWA, KONDUGA, BENISHEIKH, ASKIRA UBA, KALA BALGE and KAGA LGA

25 July

Soldiers at a 7 Div checkpoint on the outskirts of DAMBOA Road intercepted the wife and daughter of the Shehu of BAMA who escaped from an enemy camp in SAMBISA Forest, 2 years after they were abducted from BAMA, BAMA LGA, BORNO State.

Troops ambushed enemy forces entering the SAMBISA Forest from KUMALA and MUSAFANARI axis, KONDUGA LGA, BORNO State killing 2, whilst 2 soldiers were wounded. 2 x AK 47, 4 x AK 47 magazines with 120 rounds, 25 x litres of petrol, 1 x motorcycle, 2 x bicycles, soap, slippers and assorted foodstuffs were captured

Elements of 8 Div cleared KARETO, MOBBAR LGA, BORNO State

28 July

Elements of Sector 4 MNJTF supported by the NAF and allied air forces advanced through DOUTSI and cleared SURE in DIFFA Region and then captured DAMASAK, MOBBAR LGA, BORNO State around 10.00am

Approximately 50 gunmen ambushed a UN convoy heading to an IDP camp in BAMA in the vicinity of MELERI Village a few kilometres from KAWURI Village, KONDUGA LGA with small arms and a vehicle mounted AAA gun, wounding 2 soldiers and 3 aid worker. Troops defeated the ambush, exploiting up to AFUNORI and the convoy returned to MAIDUGURI

29 July

Troops ambushed enemy gunmen in the vicinity of PULKA, GWOZA LGA, BORNO State killing 2 and wounding 1, capturing 1 x AK 47, 1 x GPMG, 1 x bicycle, 5 x FN FAL magazines, 1 x motorcycle, 1 x AK47 magazine with 28 x 7.62mm (AK) rounds, 67 x 7.62mm (NATO) link, 1 x Tecno mobile phone and assorted foodstuffs

30 July

Brig Gen OJO, the Rector of the NIGERIA Army Institute of Technology and Environment Studies stated the Institute’s School of Management has relocated to BIU, BIU LGA, BORNO State, with others to follow once logistics and personnel challenges had been addressed

The Army Special Forces Training School has been moved to BUNI YADI, GUJBA LGA, YOBE State

UNICEF has resumed humanitarian assistance in BORNO State

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

24 July

209 officers and airmen graduated from the Basic Regiment Officers Course and Basic Airmen/Airwomen Course at the NAF Regiment Training Centre, NAF KADUNA, KADUNA State. Conducted with the assistance of the British Military Advisory Training Team, commanded by Wing Cmdr John REES MBE (RAF Regiment). Other courses included the Paratroopers Instructors and Rappelling Courses for Special Forces units

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

24 July

Suspected nomadic gunmen killed a farmer in KARAGI, LOKOJA LGA, KOGI State

25 July

Suspected nomadic gunmen attacked ADAYOHOR Village, GAAMBE TIEV, LOGO LGA, BENUE State along UYER-GOV SEVAV Road with small arms and bladed weapons around 7.30am killing up to 14 people

Suspected nomadic gunmen attacked TSE ADAYOL, LOGO LGA around 8.30am killing up to  11 people and wounding 2 with 7 missing

27 July

The KOGI State DSS Command stated that 10 suspected kidnappers had been arrested in different parts of the state, including 4 who were arrested in military style uniforms in KOTON KARFE along the LOKOJA-ABUJA Road going from KADUNA State to OBAJANA. Some of the suspects were captured with a 3 x military style uniforms, 7 x shotgun cartridges, 14 x mobile phones, 1 x VW Golf, unspecified amount of cash, 1 x cutlass, 1 x locally made pistol and 1 x long barrelled weapon

Gunmen ambushed a convoy of community leaders from DELTA State between OKENE and LOKOJA, KOGI State abducted Cleric ALAOWEI man and leaving 2 others injured.

Students at NASARAWA State Polytechnic, LAFIA protested against the killing of a student in a road traffic accident by blocking the LAFIA-AKWANGA Road. Police attempting to clear the protest allegedly killed 2 students

28 July

Suspected cultists murdered a father and son in MAKURDI, BENUE State and then attempted to burn the property. Locals alleged that one of the deceased’s other sons is a member of a cult group

29 July

Gunmen mounted on motorcycles attacked vigilante offices in ALABAR, KUNDAY Ward, UKUM LGA, BENUE State killing 5 members

30 July

Police in NASARAWA Sate allegedly shot striking workers outside State House LAFIA, killing 1 and wounding 3

The abductors of Cleric ALAOWEI have allegedly demanded a ransom of N20m from his wife, later reduced to N10m

13 prisoners escaped from KOTON KARFE Medium Prison, OPAREKE KOTON KARFE LGA, KOGI State around 7.00am by breaking down a wall after they were released into the exercise area, 1 was rearrested almost immediately. The 180 capacity prison (currently holding 25) has seen 2 previous escapes in the last 3 weeks

Situation External (Rest of the World)

24 July

Gunmen attacked a village in KOLOFATA Arrondissement, MAYO SAVA Department, EXTREME NORD Region around 11.00pm withdrawing an hour later when the Camerounian Army attacked

25 July

Gunmen beheaded a 60 year old man who was the last remaining resident of TCHEBE TCHEBE, MAYO MOSKOTA Canton, MAYO TSANAGA Department. GOLEDJE, HODOGO, TALAGOZELE, KAMDJIDJI, GOUZDA-VREKET, HOURBETCH and MOULDGO Villages in MAYO MOSKOTA have all been abandoned

Elements of Sector 4 MNJTF with air support cleared DOUTSI, DIFFA Region securing the river crossing into NIGERIA

26 July

Camerounian Security Forces recovered over 4,000 cattle, sheep and goats in TAGAWA, XXX DEAPT, from cattle rustlers

The Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad ZARIF met President BUHARI in ABUJA and offered support in the fight against Boko Haram. He also met Senate President Bukola SARAKI and Foreign Minister Geoffrey ONYEAMA

28 July

The new UK Minister for Africa Tobias ELLWOOD stated the UK will continue to support NIGERIA’s campaign against Boko Haram

29 July

The Kingdom of MOROCCO has donated unspecified military and security equipment to NIGER Republic as a gesture of support for the campaign against Boko Haram

30 July

NIGER Republic has extended the State of Emergency in DIFFA Region for 3 more months

 

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NORTHERN NIGERIA INTERNAL SECURITY SITREP- Week Ending 23 July 2016

Situation North East (Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States)

17 July

Elements of 101 Bn, 7 Dive garrison supported by CJTF on foot patrol captured a suspected male PBSIED in SABON GARI JIDARI, MAIDUGURI, BORNO State with an IED concealed inside a stabiliser casing. The suspect named as Yusuf TASIU has been detained and the device destroyed by controlled explosion by NPF EOD.

Vigilantes from NJIDARI south east of DAMBOA, DAMBOA LGA, conducted a clearance patrol in the vicinity of NGWALIMERI Village, east of BAALE, DAMBOA LGA, BORNO State destroying an enemy camp and capturing 1 x AK 47 and 5 x locally made 7.62mm (AK) rounds and a military style uniform which were handed over to 25 TF Bde HQ.

249 detainees (169 males, 46 females and 34 children) were released to the BORNO State Government from the Joint Interrogation Centre. 203 were from BORNO, 38 from YOBE, 2 from ADAMAWA, 2 from JIGAWA, 2 from CAMEROUN and 1 each from LAGOS and OYO. The detainees were given N3,000.00 on release

18 July

Elements of 7 Div Strike Group Team B (7 DSGB) attached to 21 Bde supported by 4 x vigilantes conduced clearance operations in the vicinity of WARPAYA, ZENTELEYE, MUBARKA, JADAWA and YERWA Villages, BAMA LGA, BORNO state, engaging the enemy in the vicinity of JADAWA and YERWA killing 7 enemy and sustaining 4 friendly wounded. 1 x FN FAL, 2 x motorcycles and 2 x mobile phones were captured. 75 cows and 25 sheep were recovered later on in the operation. The unit was ambushed as it returned to base but defeated the attack. Mud and marsh further hampered the operation.

Elements of 114 TF Bn, 28 TF Bde supported by vigilantes conducted clearance patrols towards MBALE and MADUBE, BORNO State, engaging the enemy killing 5 and wounding several others. 6 males, 10 females and 6 children were rescued, 2 x bicycles, 2 x gas cylinders and 2 x dane guns were recovered.

Elements of 115 TF Bn conducted a clearance patrol towards KILEKASA/ KPOCHI Village, GWOZA LGA, clearing enemy positions in PUMPUM and EMI Villages, ASKIRA UBA LGA.

Elements of 117 TF Bn conducted reassurance patrols in GELLA, GYADKWARA, MAYO BANI and NGYAHI Villages

Elements of 143 Bn patrolled to FATTUDE, GERSHISHA, WAKARA, GADAMAYO and BARAI Villages, GWOZA LGA

Suspected nomadic gunmen killed 5 farmers in KALA Village, HONG LGA, ADAMAWA State after a reported dispute over cattle grazing on farmland

19 July

The BORNO State Emergency Management Agency stated it would replace centralised feeding in IDP camps by August with household feeding

Troops conducted a fighting patrol to GARERE Village, KUKAWA LGA, BORNO State following reports of an enemy concentration killing 42 enemy and rescuing 38 women and 42 children, who were taken to BAGA.  504 x 7.62mm (NATO), 162 x 7.62mm (AK), 1 x Landcruiser 34 x Jerrycans of Petrol and 55 x motorcycles were captured

A 251 Bn, 7 Div Garrison checkpoint in MOLAI, KONDUGA LGA, BORNO State intercepted a truck around 8.00am carrying 25 x jerrycans of petrol. The owner and the driver of the vehicle stated that the goods were for customers in DAMBOA. Both suspects were sent to the Joint interrogation Centre

Gunmen ambushed troops patrolling KUMSHE-BANKI Road, BAMA LGA, BORNO State with bow and arrows friendly forces killed 3 and captured 1 attacker.

Gunmen attacked a police outpost in GWOZA, GWOZA LGA, BORNO State at night killing 2 policemen and losing 7 attackers

20 July

Gunmen attacked BAKIN DUTSE Village, MADAGALI LGA, ADAMAWA State early in the morning, killing one person and wounding 4. Troops responded and the attackers fled

Troops conducted a clearance patrol to GURO GONGON Village, in the vicinity of ALAGARNO, KUKAWA(?) LGA, BORNO State destroying several enemy camps and capturing 1 x pick up truck mounted with an AAA gun, 1 x MOWAG APC, 1 x RPG launcher, 1 x light machine gun, 3 x AK 47 and several motorcycles. The troops were ambushed on their return sustaining 22 wounded including 3 x vigilantes, with several missing in action. A reaction force of Nigerian Special Forces and other troops has commenced a search for the missing

22 July

MCCC Theatre Commander Maj Gen Lucky IRABOR stated that 3 officers (including the CO) and 15 men were missing after the ambush in GURO GONGON. 6 soldiers and 4 vigilantes had already established contact with forces searching for them (it was not clear if they had actually been rescued)

 

The ADAMAWA State Government is to renovate GSS, GOMBI, GOMBI LGA which was used as a Boko Haram base

23 July

The CDS Lt Gen Gabriel OLONISAKIN stated that scarcity of aviation fuel was having a negative effect on COIN ops in the North East, he also stated Op Gama Aiki was planned to last for 60 days.

Troops searching for soldiers missing after the ambush in GURO GUNGON found 5 soldiers including the Commanding Officer

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

20 July

Media reports state that the KADUNA State Judicial Inquiry into the ZARIA Incident led by Justice Mohammed GARBA blamed GOC 1 Div. Maj Gen Adeniyi OYEBADE and Col A.K IBRAHEEM for intelligence failures and culpability in the deaths of IMN members and made 33 recommendations including trying the accused officers. The IMNs legal team responded that they were denied access to the IMN leader Sheikh EL ZAKZAKY

KANO Magistrates Court denied bail to the 5 men accused of murdering Bridget AGBAHIME in KOFAR WAMBAI Market on 02 June 2016

The DSS arrested 3 suspected kidnappers at Travellers Mosque, IGABI, IGABI LGA, KADUNA State along KADUNA-ZARIA Road who had allegedly been operating along ABUJA -KADUNA Road in within KADUNA State

21 July

KADUNA State Police stated they had arrested 13 suspected kidnappers and 10 suspected armed robbers, 9 suspected members of a street gang Sara Suka, 2 wanted suspects and 3 petty criminals in July

22 July

The DSS raided a suspected criminal hideout in ADO BAYERO Quarters, NAIBAWA, KUMBOTSO LGA, KANO State recovering 1 x AK 47 with 28 x 7.62mm (AK) rounds, 1 x browning 9mm pistol with 2 x 9mm rounds and 1 x P5 pistol with 10 x rounds

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

17 July

Suspected kidnappers attempted to abduct a businessman in LALLAMI, BALI LGA, TARABA State but were intercepted by local vigilantes who engaged them killing 3

18 July

Suspected nomadic gunmen killed a Challa traditional ruler Chief Lazarus AGAI and 3 others as they returned from his farm in SHA, BOKKOS LGA, PLATEAU State

BENUE State Governor Samuel ORTOM stated that 4 suspects associated with Terwase AGWAZA (aka GHANA) former Chief Coordinator of the BENUE State Amnesty Programme had been arrested with 1 x AK 47, 1 x pump action shotgun and 260 rounds of unspecified ammunition.

19 July

Protestors in BOKKOS LGA, demonstrated against the killing of Chief AGAI burning up to 5 Fulani settlements including FOKKOS, DANAN and KWATAS. Authorities prevented further destruction and imposed a curfew

20 July

Suspected kidnappers from ETUTEKPE, DEKINA LGA, KOGI State abducted an Okada driver in OBU BRACH, OTUKPA, OGBADIBO LGA, BENUE State but he was rescued by local farmers

Suspected Fulani gunmen attacked DANAN, BOKKOS LGA in reprisal, burning properties.

Additional police including a helicopter have been deployed to BOKKOS LGA by the IGP

21 July

Youths protesting the killing of Chief Lazarus AGAIE blocked roads in BOKKOS LGA and intercepted the convoy of the Commissioner of Police Adekunle OLADUNJOYE and Op Safe Haven forces. Elements of the STF reportedly opened fire on protestors allegedly killing up to 1 and wounding 7 (3 fatally). Youths allegedly attacked the local Police station releasing some prisoners and killing 2 others. Op Safe Haven spokesman denied the protestors were shot by their men, alleging that local youths attempted to lynch the local Fulani Ardo and died as a result. A 24-hour curfew has been imposed on the LGA

The DSS arrested a man Bulama Mohammed RAMAT (aka Muhmmad Bashir MUHAMMADU) at JABI Motor Park, UTAKO, ABUJA, FCT, on suspicion of planning to attack targets in FCT

22 July

Suspected nomadic gunmen attacked ZEGEYO Area, OKPATTA Town, DOMA LGA, NASARAWA State in the afternoon allegedly after a dispute over grazing wounding several people and displacing up to 200

23 July

The GOMBE State Government has announced that 53% (or 2,935) IDP children have been enrolled in schools in collaboration with UNICEF

The DSS stated they had arrested a suspected gunrunner Saidu YAHAYA during the screening of prospective Haj pilgrims at the Muslim Pilgrims Board in JOS, PLATEAU STATE, who had been supplying weapons to different factions during communal clashes in PLATEAU, TARABA, BENUE and NASARAWA State

Okada drivers inn ZAKI BIAM, UKUM LGA, BENUE State were protested the killing of one of their colleagues by the police along the KATSINA ALAL-TARABA Road

Situation External (Rest of the World)

19 July

Gunmen attacked BALATOUKSE, MAYO TSANAGA Department, EXTREME NORD Region killing 1 man

20 July

MNJTF conducted ground and air operations around KOMADOUGOU YOBE River, DIFFA Region, NIGER Republic

MSF has stated that a humanitarian catastrophe is imminent in BORNO State, where at least 500,000 people need food, medical care water and shelter

Gunmen attacked a village in KOLOFATA Arrondissement, XXX Department, stealing 400 head of cattle

21 July

Vigilantes from DJAKANA arrested a man named KOUDJALIMA in GANSE, MAYO SAVA Department. The man who works as a transporter between BANKI and MAIDUGURI was suspected of being involved in Boko Haram attacks in BANKI, AMCHIDE and KOLOFATA

Gunmen killed 3 fishermen on Lake CHAD in the vicinity DARAK, LOGONE ET CHARI Department

Gunmen attacked Camerounian MNJTF Sector 3 outpost in DAMBORE, NGALA LGA, BORNO State at night

Media reports state that Mauritanian police arrested a suspected Senegalese Boko Haram member crossing the Senegal/ Mauritania border who stated that since 2015, 23 Senegalese have joined Boko Haram and are currently fighting in the Lake CHAD Region

22 July

Gunmen attacked HILTANGOM Village, EXTREME NORD Region, burning 12 huts and stealing 100 goats and sheep

The UNs OCHA has provided 31 metric tonnes of food and non food items to 15,000 IDPs in BANKI, BAMA LGA, BORNO State via CAMEROUN due to the roads from MAIDUGURI being insecure

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NORTHERN NIGERIA INTERNAL SECURITY SITREP- Week Ending 16 July 2016

Situation North East (Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States)

08 July

Vigilantes led by a BORNO State indigene in LAGOS State arrested 6 men suspected of being fugitive Boko Haram members. Named as ADAM, Ibrahim MOHAMMED (from BAGA LGA), Ibrahim ALI, Abubaker AHMED and Goigoi KAMSALEM (from BAGA LGA), and Banagana Blam ALI (from KONDUGA LGA). ADAM who was detained hiding in an abandoned container in a church in FESTAC Town, Ibrahim ALI and Babagana ALI were arrested near the Berger Toll Gate in ISHERI, AHMED, KAMSALEM and MOHAMMED were arrested in VICTORIA Island. The suspects were handed over to the security forces.

11 July

Suspected nomadic gunmen attacked TAMBO GIMO, GIREI LGA, ADAMAWA State around 2.00am, killing 3 people, wounding 3, burning the village and stealing 70 goats and sheep.

12 July

NEMA has delivered 8000 x 25kg bags rice, 1,200x 50kg bags of maize, 1000 x 25kg bags of millet and 3,200 x 25kg bags of beans to the BORNO State government to feed IDPs in MAIDUGURI

Gunmen attacked elements of 119 TF Bn in KANGARWA, KUKUWA LGA, BORNO State around 6.30pm with small arms, mortars and RPGs but were defeated after a 3 hour firefight, with 1 soldier killed, 11 wounded and a gun truck damaged. 25 enemy were killed, 2 x RPG tubes, 1 x 60mm barrel, 2 x machine guns, 12 x AK 47 and 1 x GPMG, 1 x PKM (?) were captured

The US has released $13m from its Central Emergency Response Fund to the UN to provide aid for 250,000 IDPs in north east NIGERIA

14 July

Elements of 118 TF Bn, 7 Bde ambushed enemy in 2 x pick ups and several motorcycles in GONERI, MARTE LGA, BORNO State south west of KUKUWA LGA, BORNO State capturing 1 x Buffalo Landcruiser mounted with a 12.7mm Dshk HMG, 1,600 x 12.7mm Armour Piercing Incendiary rounds, 563 x 7.62mm (NATO) link, 57 x 7.62mm (AK), 1 x motorcycles, 7 x jerrycans of petrol, 1 Nigerian Army style uniform, 2 x Camerounian SIM Cards, 1 x Boko Haram type uniform, 1 x Samsung Galaxy tablet, and various drugs such as Climax Oxytocin, Tetracyclic HC1 ointment, drips, syringes and others. Troops continued the operation whilst elements of 157 TF Bn occupied blocking positions in MILE 90, YOYO, BARWATI and KEKENO Villages

Brig Gen Ali NANI assumed command of 8 Div, taking over from Brig Gen Chuwuemeka OKONKWO

15 July

Gunmen attacked MNJTF Sector 3 positions in the vicinity of BAGA, KUKUWA LGA, BORNO State but were defeated losing 25 killed, 2 x weapons

DHQ cleared 3 Boko Haram suspects and handed 2 over to YOBE State and 1 to BORNO State Government

29 Bde QRF supported by CJTF ambushed enemy forces east of MARGUBA Village, KAGA LGA, BORNO State killing 2 x enemy, wounding an unknown number and capturing 1 x AK 47, 29 x 7.62mm (AK) rounds, bow and arrows, 1 x mobile phone, 1 x wallet and ID

16 July

Soldiers supported by vigilantes have continued clearance operations in the vicinity of GOMBALE, BAMA(?) LGA, BORNO State in the SAMBISA Forest. Operation have been hampered by heavy rainfall

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

10 July

A clash between members of Assemblies of God Church in SAMINAKA, LERE LGA, KADUNA State left the homes of two Pastors burnt and over 20 people wounded

12 July

The NPF paraded 11 men accused of kidnapping in KADUNA State, the FCT and other North Central States including the abduction of the SIERRA LEONE Defence Adviser they were arrested on 02 July following surveillance of the ABUJA-KADUNA Road. 3 x AK 47, 3 x AK 47 magazines, 90 x 7.62mm (AK), 2 x military style uniforms

14 July

Soldiers raided a suspected bandit camp in GANGAMI Village around DANSADAU, MARU LGA, ZAMFARA State recovering 2 x dane guns and several bags of cannabis after a fire fight. Another raid on GIDAN MAI JAJA, in the vicinity of DANSADAU recovering 85 x cattle, 37 x sheep and 1 x donkey after the suspects fled. Another raid on GOBIRAWAN KWACHA resulted 2 suspects killed and a machete recovered

15 July

KADUNA State Governor Nasir EL RUFAI is to receive the report of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry relating to the ZARIA Incident of 12 December 2015

IMN members blocked the ZARIA-KADUNA Road in protest against the detention of their leader

16 July

Elements of 223 Bn on patrol engaged gunmen in the vicinity of MADAKA Village, MARU LGA, ZAMFARA State killing 9 suspected bandits, recovering 3 x AK 47s, 2 x AK 47 magazines, 3 x 7.62mm

Vigilantes in YARGADA Village, GUSAU LGA, ZAMFARA State captured a suspected armed bandit and handed him to troops at MAGAMI.

A special military task force has been deployed to ZAMFARA State to clear bandits and cattle rustlers from local forests

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

07 July

An argument in BOKUTA Village, BOSSO LGA, NIGER State between a farmer and herdsmen who grazed on his land led to the death of one of the farmers

08 July

Farmers in BOKUTA Village, BOSSO LGA allegedly attacked herdsmen killing 5

Herdsmen allegedly occupied a farm in TUNGAN MALLAM Village, PAIKORO LGA, NIGER State killing a farmer, other local farmers retaliated killing 3 herdsmen, 4 other people were killed.

09 July

Gunmen abducted a Ward Head Chief TSEGBA from his home in ADEKAA, GBOKO Town, GBOKO LGA, BENUE State around 8.00pm

11 July

NASARAWA State Police paraded 4 people suspected of ambushing a vehicle, murdering a Policeman, stealing his weapon and abducting a Chinese citizen Pan YU in May 2016 in AYIWAWA Village, TOTO LGA. The abductee was released 23 May and the suspects arrested on 06 July and the AK 47 recovered from them, with 4 other members at large. Also paraded was a 32 year old suspect arrested on 04 July for the murder of an ECWA Pastor on 30 June

A land dispute between KUFAI, BILLIRI LGA and KULISHI, SHONGM LGA, GOMBE State resulted in 1 person killed and several houses burnt

12 July

The BENUE State chapter of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of NIGERA (MACBAN) stated that the conflict between Tiv and Fulani in the NIGER State was fomented by a Fulani cattle rustler nicknamed ‘GHANA’ who had brought gangs of gunmen to the State

Suspected nomadic gunmen attacked AKOMBO VILLAGE near ANYIIM, LOGO LGA, BENUE State around 5.30pm killing 5 people, wounding and displacing several others

14 July

The TARABA State NDLEA Command stated that 343 males and 14 females had been arrested and prosecuted in the past year, with 58 convictions. The agency had also seized 2,215.8kg of psychotropic substances (taramol and dazapam) and 476.3kg of cannabis.

16 July

NPF Intelligence Response Team in KOGI State arrested a suspected kidnapper who lead them to his hideout in the vicinity of EGUME and ANYIMGBA Towns, DEKINA LGA, where 3 suspects were killed following a firefight and a hostage released unharmed. 2 policemen were wounded. Another gang of 3 kidnappers were detained and arrested leading to the release of 3 abductees in the ACHARU EGUME, DEKINA LGA

The 2 Indian nationals abducted in GBOKO LGA, BENUE State on 29 June were released at 10.30am

Elements of 33 Bde based in a FOB in BURRA, NINGI LGA, BAUCHI State conducted a patrol towards UNGUWAR KANAWA-RUGAR ABDULSALAMI-DIWA Village-DUTSEN ZAKI, engaging suspected bandits in the vicinity of JEJIN DUTSEN ZAKI in DUTSEN ZAKI Forest, resulting in the death of 2 suspects and the rescue of 2 abductees, recovering 5 x AK 47, 23 x 7.62mm (AK), 4 x motorcycles as well as food and clothing.

Suspected nomadic gunmen attacked VAASE, WUKARI LGA, TARABA State killing 2 people

Situation External (Rest of the World)

11 July

Gunmen attacked MALOUMRI south of GOUZOUDOU, MAYO SAVA Department, EXTREME NORD Region CHAD killing 2 civilians

Nigerien President Mahamadou ISSOUFOU proposed setting up a multinational West African counter terrorism force whilst addressing the 5 member Conseil de l’Entete (NIGER Republic, COTE D’IVOIRE, BURKINA FASO, BENIN Republic, TOGO and MALI as observers) based on the MNJTF model

12 July

EXTREME NORD Region Governor Midiyawa BAKARI states that CAMEROUN is to reopen its border with NIGERIA, as well as markets and ten schools

An IED detonated under a military vehicle in the vicinity of MOURDASS, LOGONE ET CHARI Department wounding 5 soldiers

13 July

Gendarmes from MBE near NGAOUNDERE, ADAMAOUA Region intercepted over 200kg of cannabis hidden in sacks of cabbage on a truck going from BAFOUSSAM, OUEST Region to KOUSSERI LOGONE ET CHARI Department, EXTREME NORD Region

14 July

Alioune TINE, Regional Director Amnesty International stated that Camerounian authorities have arrested over 1,000 people in the Boko Haram campaign and they were being maltreated with over 8 dying each month in MAROUA Prison

A Camerounian military vehicle detonated an IED in the vicinity of LIMANI-WALIYASSI, MAYO SAVA Department killing 1 soldier and wounding 2 others

15 July

Gunmen attacked CHERIF MOUSSARI, MAYO TSANAGA Department, killing a civilian

A truck detonated an IED in the vicinity of DOUBLE, LOGONE ET CHARI Department

The EU is to provide 58.2m Euros in humanitarian aid to the Lake CHAD area bringing total expenditure to 203.7m Euros

3 suspected Boko Haram members surrendered with weapons and ammunition to elements of Sector 2, MNJTF

The US State Department has released $24m (16Bn CFA Francs) to the UNHCR for humanitarian assistance to Boko Haram victims in the Lake CHAD Basin

The MNJTF stated that air strikes by Nigerian, Chadian and Nigerien platforms in the vicinity of MALKONERI, TOUMBOUN REGO and TOUMBON GINI, LAC Region, CHAD had inflicted heavy casualties on enemy men and materiel

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NORTHERN NIGERIA INTERNAL SECURITY SITREP- Week Ending 09 July 2016

Situation North East (Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States)

03 July

Elements of 119 TF Bn conducted clearance operations in KANGARWA, KUKAWA LGA, BORNO State. 118 TF Bn, 8 TF Div ambushed suspected enemy forces mounted on motorcycles as they retreated along GERERE Junction, KUKAWA LGA killing 4 and destroying 2 x motorcycles and capturing 1440 litres of petrol in 48 x jerrycans, 6 x motorcycles, 21 x 7.62mm (AK), 2 x AK 47, 1 x IED, 1 x Type 36 HE grenade and various drugs. 1 friendly vehicles and communications equipment were damaged in the firefight

04 July

2 x female PBIEDs were detected at 6.15am as they attempted to attack IDPs at a borehole on MARTE Road , outside MONGUNO, MARTE LGA, BORNO State, they were shot and killed, with their devices detonating and wounding 2 civilians. A third female PBIED detonated around 7.10am along MARTE Road, killing only herself

Elements of the MNJTF conducted ambushes in the vicinity of YOYO Village near KEKENO, KUKAWA LGA, BORNO State killing 6 enemy and capturing 1 x GPMG, 5 x AK 47, 6 x 60mm mortar bombs, 4 x RPG rounds, 2 x magazines, 21 x 7.62mm (AK) rounds, 1 x IED, 3 x detonators and 10 x motorcycles. 8 soldiers were wounded

Elements of 157 TF Bn, 7 Bde ambushed a suspect allegedly conducting a recce on their positions in BARWATI Village, KUKAWA LGA capturing 1x AK47, 59 x rounds of 7.62mm (AK), 1 x 40mm grenade, 3 x AK 47 magazines and 1 x set of webbing

06 July

Media reports state that an NAF Alphajet on a recce mission to DAMASAK, MOBBAR LGA was fired upon by enemy AAA guns in the vicinity of, KUKAWA LGA, BORNO State. It is not known if it was hit or damaged

Citizens of BORNO and YOBE State celebrated Eid El Fitr without restriction on vehicular movements for the first time in 6 years. The MAIDUGURI-MAFA-DIKWA-GAMBORU NGALA-CAMEROUN-CHAD Road was also declared open

Elements of 3 Bn ambushed enemy forces at GAJIBO, DIKWA LGA, BORNO State crossing point capturing 1 x AK 47, 1 x transistor radio and 1 x knife

07 July

2 male PBIEDs attacked mosques in DAMBOA, DAMBOA LGA, BORNO State. The first detonated outside DAMBOA Central Mosque after being prevented from entering entered the first mosque and detonated around 5.45am killing 7 people and wounding 12. The second

The NAF released footage of surveillance from an airstrike on an enemy camp between TUMBUM REGO and MALKONORY approximately 25km from KANGARWA, KUKUWA LGA, BORNO State taken with a Beechcraft ISR aircraft showing clusters of solar panels, which were destroyed by a an F7 Ni airstrike

The COAS Lt Gen BURATAI visited 119 TF Bn, 7 Bde at KANGARWA, KUKUWA LGA as part of his tour of operational units in the North East

Gunmen attacked GASKERI Village, JERE LGA, BORNO State near DALORI in the evening killing 3 vigilantes and stealing foodstuffs.

Elements of 3 Bn, 22 Bde escorted 48 vehicles from DIKWA to GAMBORU NGALA

08 July

The COAS Lt Gen BURATAI visited the new Army Special Forces School BUNI YADI, GUJBA LGA, YOBE State and stated that the MNJTFs current offensive was to clear enemy forces from the NIGER Republic, NIGERIA, CHAD, CAMEROUN borders. He also visited 214 Recce Bn, NGURU, NGURU LGA, YOBE State

YOBE State Governor Ibrahim GEIDAM stated the government had begun the process of returning 300,000 IDPs

Gunmen mounted on motorcycles and pick up trucks attacked 3Bn positions in RANN, KALA BALGE LGA, BORNO State with motorcycle borne IEDs, AAA guns and small arms around 5.00pm killing 7 people and stealing food and medical supplies. One MBIED succeeded in detonating next to a friendly vehicle killing the driver and gunner, 3 other soldiers were wounded in the fighting and 7 enemy killed, 9 more bodies were discovered during follow up operations and 2 enemy captured. 2 IEDs laid outside the town on the GAMBORU-RANN Road to were made safe by Army EOD, 1 x GPMG, 1 x RPG and ammunition were captured, whilst local residents fled to GAMBORU NGALA.

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

03 July

The SOKOTO State NSCDC Commander Babangida ALIYU stated over 850 personnel had been deployed in the state to secure Eid El Fitr celebrations

04 July

The IMN released a list of 779 members it alleges are being held by the security forces around Nigeria since the ZARIA incident of December 2015

05 July

Alfred NELSON-WILLIAMS the Sierra Leonean Defence Attaché and his driver were released around 3.00pm along KADUNA-ABUJA Road. There was no response as to whether a ransom was paid

NSCDC KADUNA State Command stated it had deployed 5,000 personnel around the state to secure the Eid holiday

06 July

Suspected nomadic gunmen attacked KABENE SURUBU Village, KAURA LGA, KADUNA State around 2.00am but were repelled by villagers, they destroyed an ECWA church and abducted the Pastor Rev Yusuf MAGAGA and injured several others. They have allegedly demanded a N2m ransom

09 July

Media reports state that President BUHARI is to order an offensive to clear armed bandits from ZAMFARA State, with units and their equipment deployed to the state already

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

03 July

The IGP has deployed 50 policemen to LOKOJA, KOGI State for deployment around the State to tackle kidnapping and other crimes

Gunmen attacked vigilantes in OKPOGA Village, OKPOKPWU LGA, BENUE State around 1.30am killing 3. The attack is thought to be due to a dispute between EDUMOGA and OKPOGA Villages, after a suspected criminal from the area was killed by vigilantes

04 July

The NASARAWA State NSCDC Commander Lawan BASHIR KANO stated over 1,000 personnel had been deployed in the state to secure Eid El Fitr celebrations between Tuesday and Thursday

07 July

A clash between Fulani and Gwari tribesmen in LAMBATA Village near PAIKO, GURARA LGA, NIGER State over damage to farmland by cows resulted in 3 Fulani and 1 Gwari dead, 3 people were reported missing and some house burnt and property destroyed

08 July

The NDLEA arrested a 55 year old man based in JALINGO, TARABA State at one of their checkpoints in ALAIDE, GWER EAST LGA, BENUE State with 250 x shotgun cartridges concealed amongst food items, which he claimed to have brought in ONITSHA, ANAMBRA State for N45,000

Situation External (Rest of the World)

03 July

4 fishermen captured 2 gunmen, with 1 x AK 47 in the vicinity of DARAK, Lake CHAD

04 July

Gunmen attacked GONORI, KOLOFATA Arrondissement, MAYO SAVA Department, EXTREME NORD Region killing 1 man, 11 people are missing

Approximately 50 gunmen attacked an MNJTF Command post in HOMEKA, between LIMANI and BONDERI, MAYO SAVA Department, looting several villages before being repelled. 1 soldier was reportedly wounded

Fishermen in TUMBOUN ALLI Village apprehended 2 x suspected Boko Haram members with 22 x AK 47s who were handed over to Sector 1, MNJTF, MAKARY, LOGONE ET CHARI Department, CAMEROUN

05 July

Boko Haram Daesh faction (ISWAP) released a 14 minute video documenting their 03June attack on BOSSO, NIGER Republic. The video featured images of AL ZARQAWI and AL BAGHDADI as well as the Preparation stage, Approach to target, Assault, Fight Through and Aftermath of the attack. The enemy approached in heavily overloaded pick up trucks and motorcycles, and then assaulted on foot supported by at least five weapon mounted pick up trucks engaging the base as well as Nigerian casualties. The base itself appeared equipped with at least 2 x Chinese made APCs, at least 2 x D 30 artillery pieces. Several vehicles including the APCs were then shown with large stocks of captured weapons including AAA guns, HMGs, rifles, multi barrel rocket launchers, RPGs, RPG rounds and mortar bombs, ammunition of various calibres, artillery shells etc. fighters appeared professional and relatively well equipped with webbing and personal weapons. They also seemed reasonably competent (although foot soldiers weapon handling skills consisted of less aimed shots and more volume of inaccurate fire), however gunners in the technical appeared to maintain a reasonable rate of aimed fire whilst the vehicles displaced several times to present a more difficult target, Once the bases is captured artillery can be heard coming in fairly close to the cameraman however there is no panic and he huge haul of weapons indicates the enemy had the presence of mind to load as many vehicles as they could as well as steal Nigerien APCs

The US Embassy in NIGERIA warned of possible attacks against foreigners in hotels in LAGOS during the Eid holidays

07 July

Gunmen murdered two farmers in their fields in MANAWATCHI, KOLOFATA Arrondissement, MAYO SAVA Department, EXTREME NORD Region

Gunmen attacked GOULOUZIVINI, LOGONE ET CHARI Department, 10km from WAZA at night killing 2 people

08 July

Media reports state that satellite imagery from 28 May shows that NIGER Republic has 2 x Su 25s, 2 x Mi 24s, 1 x Mi8/17 and 2 x Cessna 208B ISR aircraft at DIFFA Airbase as well as new hangers, security fencing, gates, runway markings and other construction

09 July

Gunmen attacked ALDJE near AMCHIDE, MAYO SAVA Department at night killing 3 people

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