NORTHERN NIGERIA INTERNAL SECURITY SITREP- Week Ending 07 October 2017

Situation North East (Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States)

02 October

Gunmen ambushed an administrative convoy carrying food to bases in the vicinity of SASAWA, MAFA LGA, BORNO State killing 4 soldiers

Elements of 159 TF Bn detained a suspected Boko Haram terrorist Abbas ABUBAKAR who allegedly operates around KANGARWA and MALLAM FATORI

Elements of 158 TF Bn, 8 TF Div conducted a fighting patrol in the vicinity of FUTCHIMIRAM Village, GEIDAM LGA, YOBE State encountered 5 x enemy, engaging them and killing 2 and capturing 2 x magazines, 36 x 7.62mm (AK), 1 x grenade, 2 x motorcycles, military style uniforms, 2 x mobile phones, motorcycle spare parts, dry cell batteries, 2 x pairs of sandals and N6,000.00

03 October

ONDO State Police Command paraded a suspected Boko Haram member Bashir MOHAMMED who was arrested in ISUA-AKOKO, AKOKO SOUTH WEST LGA, ONDO State who claimed to have relocated from NASARAWA State to ONDO to join his junior brother and to have been a Fulani herdsmen before joining the sect 2 years ago

04 October

Elements of 151 Bn and 202 BN on Op Deep Punch 2 conducted coordinated separate ambushes on suspected enemy along FIRGI-PULKA Road in BAMA LGA, BORNO State around 10.00am, capturing 1 x GPMG, 1 x motorcycle and some UXO (which was safely detonated). Pursuing the enemy they killed 1 enemy and recovered 6 x bundles of zinc

A suspected PBIED escorted by 2 gunmen disguised as IDPs attempted to infiltrate an unspecified IDP camp via a barrier. They were engaged by elements of 22 Bde around 6.05pm causing the PBIED to detonate killing the suspects. Troops recovered 2 x AK 47, 2 x magazines and ammunition

The military released 752 women, children and elderly men from GIWA Barracks, MAIDUGURI, BORNO State out of 760 cleared by the Joint Intelligence Centre (JIC) to the care of the BULUNKUTU State Rehabilitation Centre

06 October

Elements of the MSTs ambushed suspected enemy gunmen as they attempted to enter the SAMBISA Forest from MAYANTI Village, BAMA LGA, BORNO State at 10.45pm killing 2, wounding several and capturing 2 x bags of maize

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

02 October

Members of IMN held ASHURA processions in KADUNA, KADUNA State along KADUNA Western Bypass ending at 8.00am without incident

Members of IMN held ASHURA processions in SOKOTO, SOKOTO State ending at 11.00am without incident. Other marches were held in KATSINA, DAURA, MALUMFASHI, KANKIA, DUTSINMA, FUNTUA, ZARIA, GORONYO, DABAI, KUDAN, KANO, SULEJA, MINNA, AZARE, GADAR GAYAN, BAUCHI, GOMBE, LAFIA, JIBIYA, GUMEL, JOS, JAHUN, SHINKAFI, ILLELA, BODINGA, BIRNIN KEBBI, DAMATURU, DUTSEN WAI, JALINGO, KAURAN NAMODA, YABO, DUTSE, YOLA, POTISKUM, TALATA MAFARA, GASHUA, TSAFE, YAWURI, KAZAURE, RINGIM, MALAM MADORI, BICHI, HADEJIA, GUSAU, MASHI, BATSARI, GIDAN ROUMJI, DASS, KUTAMA, SABON BIRNI, GWADABAWA, GADA, KWARE, WAURU, GOBIR, ISA, DAGAUDA and ZURU

04 October

The NPF paraded suspected kidnappers and armed bandits at JERE Divisional HQ, KADUNA State following raids on suspected hideouts in which 1 x woman and 3 x men were rescued, 11 suspects were arrested and 3 x AK 47, 72 x 7.62mm (AK) rounds, 3 x locally made weapons, cutlasses, charms and sticks were recovered. The suspects are accused of attacking passengers on the BIRNIN GWARI-FUNTUA, BIRNIN GWARI- KADUNA, ABUJA- KADUNA and KADUNA-KANO Roads

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

03 October

Justice John TSOHO withdrew from the trial of Abu Musab AL BARNAWI et al at the Federal High Court, ABUJA, FCT, following an application by the defendant for the case to be transferred on the alleged grounds of bias

Gunmen ambushed a car in the vicinity of JIMGBE, near Salem University, LOKOJA along AJAOKUTA-LOKOJA Road around 7.00pm, shooting and wounding one man and abducting another a KOGI State Magistrate Judge Sam UNWUCHOLA. The kidnappers have demanded a N!00m ransom

05 October

Gunmen ambushed vehicles on the ABUJA-JOS Road in the vicinity of HAYIN KIBAU, PLATEAU State, the robbery was interrupted by the convoy of KANO State Governor Abdullahi GANDUJE, which scared off the gunmen and assisted the 6 victims

The UK Minister for the Armed Forces Mark LANCASTER visited UK forces providing training and support to Nigerian forces, including members of the British Military Advisory and Training Team (BMATT), Liaison and Support Team in the North East and 707 Special Bde in MAKURDI, BENUE State

06 October

Gunmen robbed and abducted a female Youth Corper in UDEGE Development Area, NASARAWA State around 1.00pm. the victim was beaten but later released

Situation External Forces

02 October

2 x PBIEDs detonated in MOZOGO, MAYO TSANAGA Department, EXTREME NORD Region, killing themselves and 1 other person

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NORTHERN NIGERIA INTERNAL SECURITY SITREP- Week Ending 30 September 2017

Situation North East (Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States)

24 September

A patrol from 3Bn, 22 Bde detected an IED 300m from the IDP Camp in RANN, KALA BALGE LGA, BORNO State, which was safely detonated by EOD

The NPF in ONDO State arrested a suspected Boko Haram member Idris Ibrahim BABAWO (aka IDIKO or NAGADA)- 42 years old from CHINADE, KATAGUM LGA, BAUCHI State and handed him over to 32 Bde, 2 Div at 2.00pm the following day. He is alleged to be Nos 165 on the wanted list

Up to 3,000 IDPs from DALORI IDP Camp marched in protest through MAIDUGURI, BORNO State asking to be allowed to return home. 8 people were arrested as well as the Chairman and Secretary of the BAMA Youth Development Association who went to bail them out

26 September

The Police charged 12 BAMA IDPs from DALORI IDP Camp with criminal conspiracy and inciting disturbances

27 September

A suspected female PBIED detonated in a mosque in DIKWA, DIKWA LGA, BORNO State around 5.00am killing 5 people, a second female PBIED detonated later on in town, when challenged by soldiers, killing only herself

A car carrying 5 people in a convoy from MAIDUGURI to DIKWA, detonated an IED on the MAFA-DIKWA Road in the vicinity of KOIBE Village, BORNO State around 12.00pm killing 2 people and wounding 3 others. A truck detonated another IED 3 minutes later, wounding several of the trucks passengers

Gunmen mounted on trucks and motorcycles attacked GORAM, LINGIS and AJIDARI, GUZAMALA LGA, BORNO State around 3.00pm killing 3 people and then burning up to 150 buildings and looted foodstuffs

28 September

Gunmen mounted on 14 horses attacked MALAMATI Village, GUZAMALA LGA, BORNO State. Elements of 242 Bn, 8 TF Div responded around 3.00pm killing 2, capturing 2 x AK 47, 3 x AK magazines, 1 x HE grenade, 18 x mobile phones, 3 x mini solar panels, soap and detergent, assorted clothing, 8 x horses and 26 x 7.62mm (AK). 2 x soldiers were wounded during follow up pursuit.

29 September

An MST ambushed suspected enemy forces at a crossing point on BANKI Junction- BAMA Road in the vicinity of BOCOBS Village, BAMA LGA, BORNO State killing 1 and wounding others and capturing 3 x bicycles, 5 x jerrycans and 2 x bags of maize.

Gunmen attacked an Army/ NPF outpost in the vicinity of BAMA, BAMA LGA around 6.30pm burning the outpost and a police vehicle down and capturing 1 x AK47. The attack was repelled by elements of 202 Bn, 21 Bde around 7.45pm with 1 x Policeman and female IDP killed and significant casualties inflicted on the enemy

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

24 September

Elements of 1 Div supported by the DSS arrested 2 suspected arms dealers along FUNTUA-GUSAU Road, ZAMFARA State, in a VW Golf, containing 1,479 x 7.62mm (AK) rounds

Troops on patrol detained 3 suspected armed bandits in GOBIRAWAN CHALI, MARU LGA, ZAMFARA State recovering 1 x AK47 magazine, 40 x 7.62mm (AK) rounds, N45,500.00, 1 x mobile phone and 3 x SIM cards

The Police raided 3 IMN prayer grounds where Ashura rituals were taking place in KADUNA, KUDAN and ZARIA, KADUNA State

Elements of 1Bde, 1 Div arrested suspected cattle rustlers in DALINGEN, RABAH LGA, SOKOTO State.

25 September

Elements of 1 Bde, 1 Div raided a suspected armed bandits camp in KAHIRU Forest, BAKURA LGA, ZAMFARA State, engaging the suspects in a firefight killing one and recovering 50 cattle, 82 goats and 25 sheep

26 September

Gunmen ambushed travellers along JENGEBE-GUSAU Road, GUSAU LGA, ZAMFARA State. Elements of 1 Div on Op Sharan Daji based in MAGAMI, responded, engaging them, killing 1, capturing 1 and wounding others who escaped, they captured 1 x locally made firearm, 1 x mobile phone, 1 x lady’s handbag, 1 x wallet and N20,000.00

Elements of 1 Bde, 1 Div ambushed suspected cattle rustlers on the KURAN MOTA Cattle route, ANKA LGA, ZAMFARA State, recovering 269 cattle and 241 sheep

Elements of 223 Bn, 1 Div supported by the DSS raided a suspected armed bandits camp in DANDUME LGA, KATSINA State recovering 1 x AK 47, 1 x magazine, 1,253 x 7.62mm (AK) rounds and 1 x motorcycle

27 September

The SOKOTO State Government warned IMN against conducting any processions, which were termed unlawful

Gunmen ambushed a vehicle travelling to GUSAU, ZAMFARA State on BIRNIN GWARI- FUNTUA Road in KADUNA State abducting a policeman ACP Emmanuel AGENE and 3 members of his family. The kidnappers reportedly demanded a N50m ransom

The ZAMFARA State Police stated they intercepted a vehicle along and detained a suspected bandit GUSAU- SOKOTO Road seizing 2 x AK-47, with 5 x AK- 47 magazines, 165 x 7.62mm (AK), N68,750.00, an ATM card, 3 x PVCs, military style uniforms and several mobile phones

ZAMFARA State Police stated they intercepted a vehicle along KAURA NAMODA- JIBIYA Road capturing a suspect from BASSA LGA, PLATEAU State with 1 x AK47, 2 x magazines, 20 rounds of ammunition, 1 x pistol with 4 x rounds, 1 x locally made pistol, 8 x mobile phones, N34,685.00, military style uniforms and a stamp from the Cattle Traders Association of NIGERIA, BUKURU LGA, PLATEAU State

30 September

ACP AGENE and his driver were released by his abductors in the vicinity of BIRNIN GWARI Village, BIRNIN GWARI LGA, KADUNA State around 11.00pm. The NPF state the kidnappers fled when a police unit closed on their location This

Police intervened in IMNs Muharram ceremonies in SOKOTO, SOKOTO State arresting 6 people

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

24 September

Maj Gen Yousef AL HNAITY Commandeer Royal Jordanian Air Force arrived in ABUJA, FCT for a week long working visit.

The Ministry of Justice stated that 2,541 Boko Haram suspects across the country will be arraigned as of 09 October 2017 including 1,670 held in WAWA Barracks, KAINJI, NIGER State and 651 in MAIDUGURI Prison. 220 suspects held in KAINJI were to be released due to lack of evidence and enrolled in a deradicalization programme

25 September

128 NSCDC personnel from Zone H, LOKOJA, KOGI State completed a weapons handling package run by the Army in Chari Magumeri Cantonment

26 September

The NPF paraded 31 suspected kidnappers and armed robbers who allegedly operated along ABUJA-MINNA and ABUJA-KADUNA Roads in DIKKO, SULEJA LGA, NIGER State capturing 4 x AK47, 2 x Beretta 9mm pistols, 2 x locally made pistols, 5 x military style uniforms, 1 x passport, 95 x 7.62mm (AK) rounds, 15 x 9mm rounds, 8 x vehicles, 2 x VW Golfs, 1 x Honda Civic, 2x Sharon Cars, 1 x Toyota Camry, 1 x Mercedes Benz Saloon, 1 x Toyota Corolla, 2 x laptops, 1 x digital camera and 1 x passport. 1 policeman was killed and 5 suspects in the raids that led to their arrest

The NASARAWA State Police Command stated it had arrested a suspect in the fatal armed robbery at a bakery in LAFIA, which cost the life of a Police Sergeant. They stated the subject was tracked through the SIM card of a phone stolen from one of the victims.

A dispute between a farmer and a Fulani herdsman in AMUDU Village, GIZA Development Area, KEANA LGA, NASARAWA State over grazing rights led to both of them being injured. The Fulani retaliated after sending a warning message burning 150 houses around 3.00pm

29 September

Gunmen attacked GYANGYANG Village, GAGDI Ward, KANAM LGA, PLATEAU State, around 2.00am murdered the acting Village Head, Mohammed SULEIMAN

The NSCDC, NIGER State Command stated it had deployed 2,500 personnel to provide security during the Independence Day celebration

30 September

Elements of the STF on Op Safe Haven in PLATEAU State conducted a Show of Force in JOS in conjunction with the NSCDC, NCS, NDLEA and NIS

Situation External Forces

28 September

Camerounian MNJTF soldiers on foot patrol detonated an IED around 7.15am between BONDERI and KANGARWA, MAYO SAVA Department, EXTREME NORD Region killing 2 soldierS

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NORTHERN NIGERIA INTERNAL SECURITY SITREP- Week Ending 23 September 2017

Situation North East (Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States)

17 September

Gunmen attacked KURMIRI Village, TITIWA Ward, MAGUMERI LGA, BORNO State (14km east of MAGUMERI) killing the Chief Imam and 4 others with bladed weapons around 10.30pm. One of the suspected attackers was captured by vigilantes

18 September

2 x male PBIED and 1 x female PBIED attacked MASHEMARI Village, KONDUGA LGA, BORNO State around 10.50am. The attack was initiated by small arms at a farm leading to a stampede of people, amongst whom the first PBIED detonated, the other 2 detonated near the Village Heads house. The attack killed 13 (including the attackers) and wounded up to 28 people.

19 September

3 x suspected PBIEDs detonated amongst a group of people in MASHIMARI, KONDUGA LGA, BORNO State near MANDARI IDP Camp. The first detonated around 11.45am killing up to 15 people and wounding up to 43 others. Another detonated 12 minutes later killing only herself

The NSCDC stated it had deployed 1,500 personnel to BAMA LGA, BORNO State for internal security duties and designated them the Special BAMA Squad

20 September

Gunmen murdered at least 9 farmers working their land in the vicinity of DAIMA, KALA BALGE LGA, BORNO State 3km from RANN around 10.00am with bladed weapons, several others escaped with injuries back to the camp whilst others fled to CAMEROUN

Elements of 7 Bde Garrison detained a suspected Boko Haram informant in DORON BAGA, KUKAWA LGA, BORNO State

22 September

Elements of 202 Bn, conducted 2 ambushes in the vicinity of FERI FERI and TASHAN GOTO, BAMA LGA, BORNO State respectively, engaging enemy fighters at both locations killing 2 and capturing 2 x bicycles and 3 x wheelbarrows. The ambush teams also identified suspected enemy fighters attempting to move round the defensive ditch at SHETIMARI, engaging them and inflicting casualties

23 September

Elements of 201 Bn, 21 Bde conducted a fighting patrol with Mobile Strike Team (MST) 21 along BAMA- AULARI Road identified an EOD around 9.00am on route, which was safely destroyed by an attached EOD Team

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

17 September

Approximately 12 gunmen abducted 7 people from a roadside rest area along the KADUNA-ABUJA Road in KAKAU, CHIKUN LGA, KADUNA State. 3 of the abductees managed to escape as they were being led into the bush

18 September

Gunmen ambushed travellers on the KADUNA-ABUJA Road near KAKAU Toll Gate killing a business man and abducting his wife. They have demanded a N20m ransom for Hajiya YAZID

Approximately 30 gunmen attacked the home of the Head of the Vigilantes Alhaji GHALI in SHIKA, SABON GARI LGA, KADUNA around 1.30am in an apparent attempted abduction of GHALI and his two daughters, NPF responded engaging the suspected kidnappers, resulting in GHALI being fatally wounded and 2 Policemen wounded

1 of the people abducted in KAKAU was released by their abductors for an undisclosed ransom

19 September

Hajia YAZID was released by her abductors. It is unclear if a ransom was paid

21 September

Elements of 233 Bn, 1 Div intercepted an armed group operating in TSAFE TSAFE LGA, ZAMFARA State who had killed an FRSC official, killing 1 and capturing 2 x AK 47, 6 x magazines and 7 x motorcycles

The NPF paraded 14 suspected armed robbers from 2 gangs arrested in hideouts along the ABUJA-KADUNA Road under op Absolute Sanity and displayed 2 x AK 47s, 16 x locally fabricated weapons, 1 x locally made AK 47, assorted ammunition, cutlasses, sticks, charms

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

15 September

Gunmen attacked a Fulani community in YAKPA, SHIRORO LGA, NIGER State leaving 3 children dead and one person wounded. The grandmother of the dead children alleged that an unspecified neighbouring community was responsible

17 September

The Plateau State Government amended the curfew in JOS-BUKURU to 10.00pm to 6.00am

18 September

Gunmen attacked a petrol station in TOR DONGA, KATSINA ALA LGA, BENUE State around 7.00pm killing 2 people and robbing the premises of money and valuables, a military unit close by responded and one soldier was shot and wounded

21 September

A suspected Boko Haram member Mustapha ADIMOYI was remanded in custody in KOTON KARFE Federal Prison Chief by the Magistrates Court LOKOJA, KOGI State on charges of involvement in terrorist activities and illegal possession of firearms. The case was adjourned until October 2017

22 September

Gunmen mounted in a black Toyota Camry attacked the home of the NASARAWA State Internal Revenue Board Chairman and then a Bakery in LAFIA, NASARAWA State around 8.00pm fatally wounding a police man and stealing 2 x AK 47 and N2.5m

Situation External Forces

17 September

2 x PBIEDs detonated in KOSSA, MAYO SAVA Department killing 3 others and wounding 3

Gunmen burnt 109 huts overnight in HIDOUA and BAVAGOLA Villages, MOKOLO Arrondissement, MAYO TSANAGA Department, EXTREME NORD Region

19 September

President BUHARI thanked the Kingdom of JORDAN  for the donation of 200 unspecified Armoured Fighting Vehicles at a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting in NEW YORK, USA. JORDAN also promised the donation of helicopters

20 September

Gunmen attacked SAGME, FOTOKOL Arrondissement, LOGONE ET CHARI Department at night wounding 2 people

Gunmen attacked MAINANKOUA, KOLOFATA Arrondissement, MAYO SAVA Department at night killing 2 people, wounding 2 and abducting several others

The UN signed an agreement with the CJTF to end the use of minors. Approximately 360 under 18s were allegedly serving with the vigilantes

21 September

USAID announced a $550m humanitarian assistance package for YEMEN, SOUTH SUDAN, NIGERIA and SOMALIA

22 September

A suspected PBIED detonated in the vicinity of KOLOFATA around 1.00pm killing only themselves

23 September

The body of a soldier from 41eme BIM was discovered along the ZAMGA-DJIBRILI Road, MAYO TSANAGA Department, EXTREME NORD Region

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NORTHERN NIGERIA INTERNAL SECURITY SITREP- Week Ending 16 September 2017

Situation North East (Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States

10 September

The BORNO State Police Command stated that 3 x suspected Boko Haram Commanders had surrendered to SARS Intelligence along with their families. The suspects claimed to be from the Mamman NUR Faction in TALALA Camp in SAMBISA Forest. They also surrendered with 4 men, 1 teenage boy, 5 teenage girls and 5 children between 1 and 8 years old

Elements of 151 Bn, 21 Bde ambushed suspected Boko Haram members at a suspected enemy crossing point at BOCOST, along NGURUSOYE-BAMA Road, BAMA LGA BORNO State, killing several enemy and wounding others, capturing 1 x AK47, 1 x AK47 magazine, 60 x 7.62mm (AK) rounds, 4 x empty jerrycans, 1 x cutlass, 3 x bicycles and N5,600.00

11 September

The NSCDC BORNO State Command stated that 6 Boko Haram suspects had surrendered

12 September

Gunmen attacked a house in Old GRA, JIMETA, YOLA, ADAMAWA State in a suspected armed robbery around 1.00am, police responded killing one suspect and wounding 2 others

13 September

Theatre Commander Maj Gen Ibrahim ATTAHIRU toured 8 Div operational area and visited 8 Div GOC Brig Gen Stevenson OLABANJI at Div HQ at MONGUNO, MONGUNO LGA, BORNO State

The BORNO State Police Command stated that they had rescued 13 abductees from suspected kidnappers, fatally wounding 2 of the suspects in a firefight, recovering 2 x AK 47

16 September

The Youth Wing of IMN held a peaceful demonstration in POTISKUM, YOBE State from YOBE Line Terminus to KWANAN GADARA behind Central Market via TSOFUWAR KWATA, General Abubakar WAZIRI Way and Mohammed IDRISSA Way demanding the release of their leader Sheik EL ZAKZAKY who had been detained for 644 days

The NAF concluded Op Ruwan Wuta with air strikes of suspected enemy structures in KOTE, BAMA LGA, BORNO State where enemy fighters were suspected of holding meetings. NAF ISR aircraft identified the structures tasking 1 x Alphajet and 1 x F-7Ni to bomb them. Op Ruwan Wuta which ran from 07 – 16 September and consisted of a 129 day and night missions in 180 sorties against suspected enemy positions in the vicinity of PARISU, NJIMIA, ZANARI, GARIN MALOMA, YALE MARKET, MUNGUSUM ARRA and KOTE

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

10 September

The KADUNA State Ministry of Education Director John GORAH and young mother abducted on 03 September were released early on Sunday morning

Approximately 20 gunmen attacked a bus travelling from KADUNA to KWARA State in the vicinity of PALWAYA Village, BIRNIN GWARI LGA, KADUNA State around 10.30am killing 4 people including an infant child and wounding others as the bus tried to escape the ambush

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

11 September

Gunmen attacked a village near ANCHA, BASSA LGA, PLATEAU State but were repelled by elements of the STF with 5 attackers killed. One soldier was killed and another wounded

12 September

Gunmen abducted the traditional head of SHITILE clan in USHIR, KATSINA ALA LGA, BENUE State from his home and strangled to death.

BENUE State Police Command paraded 10 suspects who allegedly took part in a raid on a Police Station in IGUMALE, ADDO LGA, BENUE Stat in October 2016 killing 3 policemen;

13 September

A clash in OGOBIA, UGBOJU District, OTURKPO LGA, BENUE State between the former LG Chairman and his brother who is in another political party led to the deaths of 8 people. The first brother allegedly led a drive by shooting that resulted in the death of 3 people including a former policeman working for his brother. The brother retaliated killing 5 more people and burning their houses and cars. One of the brothers has been arrested and 4 injured

14 September

Clashes in AKPATA, TERMINUS, GADA BIYU and YAN TRAILER areas of JOS BUKURU, PLATEAU State allegedly in response to rumours of attacks by IPOB members in the PORT HARCOURT, RIVERS STATE led to the death of 2 Tarok people. The State government imposed a 6.00pm to 6.00am curfew

16 September

Gunmen ambushed travellers on LOKOJA-AJAOKUTA Road, attempting to abduct a foreign migrant worker with West African Ceramics, AJAOKUTA, KOGI State killing a policeman, the foreigner and his driver. A responding police patrol was also engaged by the gunmen sustaining injuries

Situation External Forces

13 September

A teenage PBIED detonated in a mosque in SANDAWADJIRI, KOLOFATA Arrondissement, MAYO SAVA Department around 5.30am killing themselves and 4 others and wounding 6

15 September

A vehicle carrying soldiers and vigilantes from BONDERI, detonated an IED between ABDOURI and WOULBA, EXTREME NORD Region killing a soldier and 2 vigilantes

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NORTHERN NIGERIA INTERNAL SECURITY SITREP- Week Ending 09 September 2017

Situation North East (Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States)

04 September

Elements of Mobile Strike Team 21 ambushed suspected enemy forces at a crossing point in the vicinity of FIRGI- BANKI Junction Road, killing and wounding an unspecified number. Troops captured 18 x bicycles, 15 x bags of grain, 17 x jerrycans of grain and 5 x empty jerrycans, 6 x cutlasses, 1 x sword, water bottles and pairs of slippers

Gunmen mounted on motorcycles killed 4 farmers in the vicinity of NGAWO FATO BULAMARI Village, JERE LGA, BORNO State in a drive by shooting, several others are missing after fleeing into the bush

Dr Yusuf Solomon NEHEMIAH, one of the UNIMAID lecturers abducted in the ambush at BORNO YESU wrote on behalf of himself and his fellow captives (Yusuf IBRAHIM and Haruna DASHE) addressed to his wife, expressing concern that there had been no action to release them by the University or Government nor had there been any contacts through the mediums given to the Government by Boko Haram ISWAP

05 September

Gunmen murdered 2 farmers at ALAU LAWANTI, JERE LGA with bladed weapons and abducted 2 others

06 September

Gunmen attacked MALLAN Village, JERE LGA killing 3 people, burning the village, stealing food, livestock and 13 bicycles

Gunmen attacked KESA KURA Village, JERE LGA BORNO State killing 3 people, they then attacked MANJITA burning it down but causing no casualties

07 September

Gunmen attacked BULA BUBA and TAWARMADA Villages, DAMBOA LGA, BORNO State, 5km from DAMBOA Town, killing 17 people

Gunmen attacked rice farms in the vicinity of ADDAMARI, JERE LGA, BORNO State wounding 5 and abducting 3 rice farmers and 5 others from farms in the vicinity of DUSUMAN Village, around 9.00am

The NAF CAS AVM ABUBAKAR stated that an operation named Op Ruwan Wuta had commenced in the North East

NAF Beechcraft ISR aircraft identified structures with Boko Haram flags in ZANARI, BORNO State near Lake CHAD, tasking 1 x F 7Ni and 1 x Alphajet to strike the targets

Gunmen attacked MALLAN Village, around 8.00am killing 2 farmers

08 September

Elements of Defence Company, 27 Bde based in KAMUYA, BIU LGA, BORNO State were informed that 6 people had been abducted by suspected Boko Haram from MANGARI Village, GEIDAM LGA, 20km away. Supported by vigilantes by tracked the suspected kidnappers killing 2, recovering 2 x AK 47s and rescuing the 6 abductees

9 bodies with bound hands were found in the bush around GONGULONG, JERE LGA, and in the vicinity of AZAYA DUSUMAN and ZAMARMARI, JERE LGA, BORNO State

3 x female PBIEDs conducted an attack in the vicinity of the NDLEA Checkpoint along MAIDUGURI-MAFA Road in MUNA Garage, MAIDUGURI, BORNO State around 6.23pm killing 4 and wounding 5 people. The first PBIED allegedly detonated as she came down from a vehicle carrying charcoal wounding 4 passengers in the vehicle and in a following Keke NAPEP, including a 2nd suspected female PBIED, whilst a 3rd suspected PBIED fell into a pit, where she died and her device was made safe by NPF EOD

Gunmen mounted in 2 x pick up trucks attacked an IDP Camp at the International School in the vicinity of NGALA, NGALA LGA, BORNO State with PBIEDs, RPGs and small arms around 8.00pm killing 6 vigilantes and 1 PBIED and wounding several others. The attack was initiated with the RPG and then followed up with sustained small arms fire.

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

01 September

The NSCDC stated it had arrested 30 suspected criminals in YANKATSARI Village, DAWAKIN KUDU LGA, KANO State in possession of cutlasses, swords, knives and clubs following a tip off

03 September

Gunmen abducted the Director of the KADUNA State Ministry of Education and a young mother from his house in MARARABAN RIDO, KADUNA, KADUNA State

 04 September

Gunmen attacked a police post in KETA Village, TSAFE LGA, ZAMFARA State in the afternoon leaving 3 policemen missing

09 September

The DSS announced that it had broken up a planned Boko Haram ISWAP small arms and IED attack on Sallah festivities on targets in KANO, KADUNA, NIGER, BAUCHI, YOBE and BORNO States and ABUJA FCT. The suspected commander Husseini MAI TANGARAN was arrested in KANO on 31 August, his arrest led to the arrest of Abdulkadir Umar MOHAMMED in KANTIN KWARI Market, FAGGE LGA, KANO State on 02 September, another suspect Muhammad ALI was arrested on 03 September in SHEKA, KUMBOTSO LGA, KANO State who is alleged to have been the groups financial courier. On the same day Yahaya Mohammed ABATCHA and Yusuf MOHAMMED were arrested on Top Medical Road, MOBILE Quarters in TUNGA Area of MINNA, NIGER State

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

03 September

Elements of NPF SARS conducted an intelligence led raid on a building in OBEIBA, IHIMA, OKEHI LGA, KOGI State to capture a suspected armed robbery gang leader Lukman ISSAH (aka Commander), killing him and taking away his body and 6 members of his gang. Members of his gang allegedly burnt the Ohi of IHIMAs house and the DPO’s house

08 September

3 suspected Boko Haram members Abdullahi Habib AUDU, Bashiru YAHAYA and Ahmed MOMOH were charged at the Chief Magistrate Court, LOKOJA KOGI State with offences related to the Terrorism Act 2013 and remanded without bail at KOTON KARFE Federal Prison until 28th September. AUDU and YAHAYA are alleged to be Boko Haram IT specialists whilst MOMOH is alleged to be their herbalist. The accused pled Not Guilty

Suspected Fulani gunmen attacked ANCHA, MIANGO Village, BASSA LGA, PLATEAU State early in the morning killing 13 adults and 6 children and wounding 8. The attack was allegedly a reprisal for the abduction and murder of a Fulani boy who was found headless in the village on 03 August

09 September

Suspected Fulani gunmen attacked HUKKE, MIANGO Village, BASSA LGA by infiltrating through farmland but were repelled by the police as they attempted to cross a river separating the farms from the village. 1 x young boy was wounded and crops were burnt.

Situation External Forces

03 September

Gunmen murdered a man with bladed weapons in DOULOU, MORA Arrondissement, MAYO SAVA Department, EXTREME NORD Region

05 September

The President of NIGER Republic Muhammad YOUSOUFOU visited President BUHARI for a closed door meeting in DAURA, KATSINA State

Gunmen attacked DZABA, MAYO MOSKOTA Arrondissement, MAYO TSANAGA Department, EXTREME NORD Region at night killing 3 and abducting 8 people and burning a church and 46 huts

06 September

5 people abducted from DZABA, the previous night returned to their village at night. Villagers have begun fleeing to MOSKOTA

07 September

714 DZABA villagers have fled to MOSKOTA since the previous day

09 September

Mark LOWCOCK, the UN OCHA’s new Under Secretary for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator began a 4 day visit to NIGERIA and NIGER Republic

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PERSONAL SAFETY AND THREAT AWARENESS- A Personal Guide

In recent times, many questions have been asked about what one should do in the event of a terror attack.

The first thing to say is that there is excellent advice on the British Government, GOV.UK site, which I would suggest everyone takes time to read and digest.

Realistically the probability of getting caught up in a fire or terror attack are exceedingly low but in the unlikely event that one is caught up in this it helps to have an idea of what to do.

Please note that this is not in any way a recommended guideline, merely an illustration of a particular way of thinking.

At all times please follow official advise and guidelines particularly from the police or emergency services.

A personal guideline is summarised below is broken down into 5 stages;

  • Have a plan
  • Be prepared
  • Be Aware
  • Escape
  • Resist

1. Have a plan: in every situation have a plan.

It might not be the best plan or even a good plan but simply by having a plan in the first place, puts you one or two steps ahead of everyone else.

A plan can be as mundane as identifying alternative transport modes if your car breaks down or as complex as identifying every potential location a someone could plant an IED along your route home.

Getting into the latter level of complexity is absurd and pointless unless you are trained in what to look for and are bored and need a mental exercise.

The easiest way to come up with a plan is to:

  • Identify the objective e.g. I wish to go to work.
  • Identify how this will be achieved: leave home, enter mode of transport, get to work, leave work, enter mode of transport, return home
  • Identify potential obstacles: terror attack, vehicle breakdown, fire, robbery, traffic jams, vehicle accidents etc
  • For each potential obstacle, ask yourself the simple question “What do I do then?”
  • The answer to that question is then your go to contingency
  • Once you’ve thought of something run it through a sanity check and that is the basis of your plan, i.e. in the event of a shooting, do not plan to dodge bullets Matrix style and take out the bad guys

Initially this can be difficult with people agonising over multiple choices but with practice it becomes easier.

Summary: identify key problems, identify solutions

Key takeaway: a rudimentary plan is better than no plan

2. Be prepared: having a plan is the first part of being prepared.

Being prepared involves ensuring you have the basic tools to implement the identified contingency plans.

Thus if you contingency plan in the event of a vehicle breakdown involves taking a taxi or the bus ensure you have cash. If there is a possibility of walking, ensure shoes are comfortable (or have walking shoes to hand).

Being prepared involves having as much of the right knowledge, such as first aid or fire safety as possible.

Being prepared also involves how you place yourself, depending on your plan and perception of the threat, you might want to sit near the exit (so as to rapidly escape) or away from the exit (as an attacker will target the people near the exit first). You might want to sit near the window (so as to see if there is anything happening on the street) or away from the window (so as to be away from flying glass in the event of an explosion).

Summary: ensure you are able to follow your contingencies by having the correct knowledge and equipment.

Key takeaway: simple everyday items are sufficient for most situations but you can’t use them if you don’t have them.

3. Be Aware: following on from having a plan and being prepared, situational awareness is key.

One should;

  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Be aware of the people around you
  • Try and be aware of anything happening in the local area, such as festivals, sporting events that you might encounter.

Being aware of your surroundings is as basic as identifying the nearest exits or noting where doorways or side streets are when on the street. If you are really keen you can try and identify the best places to hide if needed, what places would give you protection from a blast or bullet or if there is anything nearby you can use as a shield or a weapon.

Being aware of people is not about stereotyping a particular type of person it is literally a matter of being aware of who and what is around you. In this case cursory glances to identify who is around you, what they are holding or carrying and what they are doing.

Knowing what might be happening in the local area helps in managing your expectations, thus if there is a sporting event there are likely to be crowds, delays to traffic but also more police or emergency services to hand.

Summary: be aware of your surroundings, the nature of the place you are in and the atmosphere. Be aware of the people around you. It aids rapid reaction

Key takeaway: however absorbing your book, video game, phone conversation, movie or music, periodically take a few seconds to look up and look around

4. Escape: simply means moving as quickly as possible in the direction of safety or at least as far away from the danger as possible. If you have planned for this eventuality, prepared as best you can and are aware of your surroundings you will react quickly and have a higher chance of success.

Summary: rapid escape is aided by planning, preparation and awareness

Key takeaway: run

5. Resist: the Government advice in the event of a marauding attack is Run, Hide, Tell, which should be followed at all times.

If you are unable to escape the danger completely then hide and contact the emergency services or if not someone else who can do that on your behalf.

A final, personal variation on this is Run, Hide, Tell, Resist.

This is in no way an injunction to seek out and engage an attacker, however if you are unfortunate enough to have your hiding place breached by the attacker, or you are cornered with no where to run, then resisting is better than begging or pleading.

I will also be clear that the objective is not to defeat the attacker and save the day but to buy enough time to escape.

The attacker has the initiative, of all the people in that place at that time he is the only one who has planned and prepared for this exact situation.

While they have this advantage, they are not expecting resistance, thus any form of resistance irrespective of your size, gender or fighting ability will surprise the attacker and hopefully deter them long enough to buy time to flee.

We will look at various different circumstances;

Vehicle attack:

  • Aim to always walk towards oncoming traffic
  • If headphones are in, keep one ear free or at least the volume low enough to hear what’s going on.
  • If a vehicle is seen approaching run into a nearby alleyway or door way, if this is not possible for example on a bridge then rather than running in the vehicles direction of travel run away at an angle.

Explosion

  • Move away from the site of the explosion as quickly as possible
  • Explosions are magnified by confined spaces try and get into the open
  • Be aware of the possibility of other devices
  • Avoid congregating with a crowd or in likely places of restricted access such as doorways, hallways etc
  • Most injuries are from flying glass so try and avoid windows or glass doors
  • In an urban environment avoid parked cars, dustbins, whilst this is difficult the key is to get into an open space

Fire

  • If in a building, read the buildings fire instructions
  • Identify all exits, not just fire exits
  • Identify what fire fighting tools might be available and their location
  • If there is time walk your evacuation route and identify where you will end up
  • Ensure your route to the exit is clear
  • If in a burning room, stay low, the air is clearer.
  • Touch doors before opening them, if they are hot it is likely there is a fire on the other side and opening that door will feed it oxygen

Marauding attacker with firearm

  • If you cannot escape and must hide, try and get into a room and lock or barricade the door, stay as far away from the door as possible and lie down. If the assailant fires through the door, they will most likely aim at body height
  • Hide or take cover. When hiding be aware that being hidden from view does not automatically mean protection from blast or bullets. Brick walls, solid metal structures, etc will protect you.
  • In a situation where your hiding place is breached, you are unable to remain concealed and you are cornered, then run or at least keep moving, if possible behind something solid, a moving target is relatively difficult to hit
  • If caught up in gunfire, lie still and play dead. In the UK in particular the assailant will have little ammunition and will most likely not waste it on people he believes to be dead. Even in regions where ammunition is cheap and plentiful, assailants will want to get as many victims as possible, thus if they think you are dead they might move off

Marauding attacker with knife

  • In a situation where your hiding place is breached or you are cornered and unable to run, unfortunately one must prepare to engage in unarmed close combat
  • It is always best to turn and face your attacker, from a psychological point of view it lets the attacker know he is facing someone ready to fight and might weaken his resolve, more importantly you cannot see what they are doing if you are not looking at them
  • A knife needs to be closer than arm’s length to be harmful, thus keep moving to prevent them getting close enough
  • Use any weapons to hand to keep them away, every conceivable item is a weapon, a lady’s handbag swung like a club, a rucksack, high heeled shoes, flat heeled shoes, a mobile phone, umbrella, newspaper, book, a chair
  • The main objective should be to separate them from the blade
  • Fight dirty. There are no rules or chivalry in a fight for your life, when fighting males, blows to the genitals are almost instantly debilitating, for females blows to the genitals or chest have a similar effect. If striking to the head, the cheek, nose, lips present good targets as you are less likely to damage yourself. If you are able to scratch or get fingers in the eyes do so. The abdomen is a large and excellent target but getting close enough to strike it effectively puts you in range of the assailant. Likewise the shins and knees are painful when kicked and can be hit from a distance
  • If you are able to disarm or in anyway disable the assailant then run.
  • Even if you are a trained and experienced unarmed combat practitioner I would still suggest running as the attacker could be on drugs and thus impervious to pain or more importantly there could be more attackers whom could join them.
  • If you are unsuccessful and no longer able to resist in anyway then play dead if at all possible, hopefully the attacker will then move on to other targets

Conclusion:

There are numerous unforeseen events that can befall an individual in the course of daily life, in order to be in the best position to successfully negotiate them individuals should

  • Have a plan for most actions with contingencies
  • Be prepared to implement those contingencies
  • Be Aware of your surroundings

If one is unfortunate enough to be caught up in an unforeseen event then planning, preparation and awareness will help you to:

  • Escape the immediate danger
  • React if escape is no longer an option

If I was asked what is the most important tool, I would say it is situational awareness.

One cannot plan or prepare for all eventualities however one can always be aware of all that’s around, which might give one time to escape.

In all cases take the time to read and understand official advice and guidance and follow the guidance and instructions of law enforcement, the emergency and security forces.

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NORTHERN NIGERIA INTERNAL SECURITY SITREP- Week Ending 02 September 2017

Situation North East (Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States)

28 August

Gunmen ambushed a group of 20 farmers near the village of TORI, KONDUGA LGA, BORNO State, killing 1, wounding 2 and abducting 4

29 August

Gunmen abducted 5 members of a family (3 children and 2 ladies) and their driver after their vehicle broke down near DIKWA, DIKWA LGA, BORNO State whilst part of a military convoy from MAIDUGURI. The driver managed to escape

The DSS arrested Abdulkarim MOHAMMED (aka BABA MAIGIWA) in AJILANI, JERE LGA, BORNO State on suspicion of spying for Boko Haram and passing information to element sin the SAMBISA Forest. 3 other suspects were arrested and 2 x Golf Saloon cars were captured

30 August

The NAF has begun to rotate out forces deployed to the North East

The YOBE State Commissioner of Police restricted the movement of people and vehicles between 10.00pm on Thursday 31/08/2017 and 11.00am Friday 01/09/2017

A US Congressional Delegation consisting of Sen Gary PETERS, Sen Michael BENNET, Rep Lisa ROCHESTER, Rep Terri SEWELL, Rep Charlie DENT, Rep Barbara LEE and Rep Frederica WILSON visited MCCC Commander Maj Gen ATTAHIRU in MAIDUGURI

31 August

The Army announced that combined rocket artillery and NAF air strikes on enemy positions in an unspecified location had killed numerous enemy including several suspected commanders including Abu DUJANA, Man TAHIRU (allegedly Deputy Commander of Boko Harams Hisba), Man CHARI, Mallam Abdullahi ABU SA’AD and Goni BAMANGA

01 September

Gunmen attacked BANKI IDP Camp, BAMA LGA, BORNO State around 12.30am murdering up to 20 refugees who had recently returned from MINAWO Refugee Camp with bladed weapons and wounding 2 others. The gunmen stole food and abducted 4 boys before being detected by vigilantes and repelled by soldiers

An NAF ISR platform identified suspected enemy forces under trees in the vicinity of GARIN MALOMA, SAMBISA Forest. F- 7Ni, Alphajet and L 39 ZA ground attack aircraft were tasked attacking the target with bombs, rockets and cannon fire

02 September

The Army Chief of Training and Operations Maj Gen David AHMADU visited 112 TF Bn, 22 Bde in MAFA, MAFA LGA, BORNO State on behalf of the COAS Lt Gen TY BURATAI, where he stated that almost 3,000 troops have been rotated out of the North East

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

30 August

NSCDC KANO State Command is to deploy 1,500 personnel in the state to safeguard the Sallah Celebrations

The NSCDC has deployed up to 5,000 personnel across KADUNA State

02 September

The KANO State Governor Dr Abdullahi Umar GANDUJE stated that several suspected Boko Haram members who had been arrested in the state prior to the Sallah celebrations had been flown to ABUJA, FCT following tip offs. Unspecified arms, ammunition and communication devices were also reportedly seized

Supporters of former KANO State Governor Rabiu KWANKWASO clashed with supporters of KANO State Governor Abdullahi GANDUJE outside the palace of the Emir of KANO, Muhammadu SANUSI in KANO City. KWANKWASO supporters allege they were attacked by the police with tear gas and by thugs armed with knives and clubs affiliated with Governor GANDUJE and claim over 20 were wounded

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

30 August

KOGI State Police Command arrested 3 suspected kidnappers in OKENE LGA after the VW Golf Station Wagon they were travelling in refused to stop at a checkpoint around 9.00am. Police recovered 1 x Beretta Pistol, 1 x ‘Tiger’ revolver with 12 x rounds of ammunition, 6 x 9mmm rounds, 9 x mobile phones, a box of surgical implements, 1 x laptop, 1 x VW Golf

02 September

Gunmen robbed and fatally wounded a businessman after following him from his shop to his house in NYIMAN, MAKURDI, BENUE State where they stole cash and other valuables

Situation External Forces

29 August

Gunmen attacked ASHIGHASIYA, LOGONE ET CHARI Department, EXTREME NORD Region at night they were repelled by vigilantes but burnt 14 huts

30 August

UK Foreign Secretary Boris JOHNSON and UK International Development Secretary Priti PATEL visited MAIDUGURI and environs. PATEL announced a £200m, 5 year military training and humanitarian assistance package from the UK to NIGERIA

Gunmen attacked MAGALA KABIR, DARAK Arrondissement, LOGONE ET CHARI Department at night killing the village head and his 3 year old son and wounding 3 others

01 September

Gunmen abducted a woman from IGAWA, MORA Arrondissement, MAYO SAVA Department, EXTREME NORD Region at night. They phoned her son demanding food and money as ransom

02 September

2 of the 8 hostages abducted from GAKARA, MAYO SAVA Department on 24 August returned to their village stating they had escaped from an enemy camp in NGOSHE

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