How to Create an Insurgency: The Southern Camerouns Anglophone Crisis

There is a penchant for governments in general and African governments in particular, to convert relatively easily resolved political grievances into intractable insurgencies.
It would appear that the Camerounian Government has enjoyed the Boko Haram insurgency so much that it wishes to replicate the experience in Southern Cameroun.
In order to understand this issue we will look at the area, the history of this crisis and possible outcomes.
Southern Cameroun- Physical Terrain
Cameroun lies between West and Central Africa, sharing its longest border with Nigeria to the west. Chad and Niger are to the north, with all 3 countries sharing Lake Chad. Central African Republic lies to the east, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and DRC to the south east and the Atlantic Ocean to the south west. It is subdivided into Regions (equivalent of States), which are further sub divided into Departments (equivalent of LGAs) and arrondissements (equivalent of wards).
Southern Cameroun refers to the two English speaking Regions in the South West corner of Cameroun (Nord Ouest and Sud Ouest Regions). They are bordered to the south west by Nigeria’s Akwa Ibom State, to the west by Nigeria’s Cross River and Benue States, to the north west Nigeria’s Taraba State, to the east Cameroun’s Ouest and Littoral Regions and the Atlantic Ocean to the South. The terrain consists of a coastal plain characterised by Mangrove swamps to the west, rising through highlands known as the Cameroun Range (including Mt Cameroun) through densely forested hills of the South Cameroun Plateau to the grassy, rolling hills of the Adamawa Plateau along the Nigeria border. Rivers flow south from the highlands into the Gulf of Guinea.
Nord Ouest Region is divided into 7 Departments with its capital in Bamenda. Sud Ouest Region with its capital Buea at the foot of Mount Cameroun is divided into 6 Departments.

Southern Camerouns- Human Terrain
The Southern Camerouns are populated by Tikari, Widikum, Fulani, Moghamo, Wimbum, Yamba, Nguemba with the Bamileke spread across both Regions as well as Ouest Region.
Other than native languages, English and French, a Camerounian form of pidgin English is spoken mixing French and English. Most are Protestant Christians.
Nigerians form a significant minority with some having lived there for generations; they are mainly Igbo, Efik and Ibibio.
Anglophone refers to peoples from these Regions not necessarily people who speak English, likewise Francophone refers to the rest of Cameroun. Most Camerounians are multilingual.

Southern Camerouns- History
The German colony of Kamerun lasted from 1889 to 1919 when it became a League of Nations Mandate administered by the UK and France under the treaty of Versailles. Some of the heaviest fighting of the First World War in West Africa took place in Cameroun, with the Germans surrendering after a campaign by British, Belgian, French and Nigerian troops. In 1923 British Cameroun divided into Northern and Southern British Camerouns.
British Cameroun was administered from Nigeria with a British Resident in Buea, whilst unskilled and semi skilled migrant labour from Nigeria’s Eastern Region (mainly Igbo’s) led to ethnic frictions. In 1946 the League of Nations Mandate became a United Nations Trusteeship. The 1950 Ibadan General Conference in Nigeria devolved colonial administration to the Regions, with Southern Cameroun becoming two provinces (Bamenda and Buea) in Nigeria’s Eastern Region. 13 Southern Camerounian members were elected to the Eastern Nigerian House of Assembly but left in 1953, citing Nigerian high handedness and tribal disunity. Forming its own parliament in 1954 in Buea, the Southern Cameroons became a self governing autonomous Region with its own Parliament, Executive and Judiciary.
Meanwhile a Marxist Leninist pro independence party, the Union des Populations du Cameroun (UPC) was formed in April 1947 in Bassa (in present day Littoral Region) agitating for independence from France. Upon being banned in 1955, it developed into a Chinese supported insurgency, which was aggressively suppressed by French forces, whilst British/ Nigerian forces from the Queens Own Nigeria Regiment, blocked the insurgents through aggressive patrolling in the highlands of British Camerouns. The UPC insurgency did not end until 1970 when its leader was captured and shot (they resurrected in 1991 with the return of multi party democracy standing in parliamentary and Presidential elections).
French Cameroun became independent in January 1960 under Ahmadou Ahidjo (a Northern Fulani) and then Nigeria in October 1960. The UN organised a plebiscite to determine the status of British Camerouns presenting them with the option of joining either Nigeria or Cameroun in 1961. The North went to Nigeria becoming part of Nigeria’s Northern Region, whilst the South voted to join the Republic of Cameroun. Prior to unification both Southern and independent Cameroun drafted a new constitution at the Foumban Conference in July 1961, defining Cameroun as a Federal Republic with English and French as the official languages and a high level of autonomy for the Southern Camerouns which became West Cameroun upon unification on 1st October 1961, with its own Prime Minister who was also the Vice President of the Republic.
In September 1966 President Ahidjo created a coalition called the National Camerounian Union (CNU) as the only legal party. After a referendum in 1972, a new constitution was implemented abolishing the Federation and dividing West Cameroun into Nord Ouest and Sud Ouest Regions and East Cameroun into 5 Regions under a unitary system of government and changing the country’s name to the United Republic of Cameroun.
Ahidjo stepped down in 1982 in favour of his Prime Minister Paul Biya (a Beti from Sud Region), but remained head of the CNU. Following 2 coup attempts against Biya, Ahidjo was forced into (and died in) exile. Biya changed the country’s name back to the Republic of Cameroun in 1984, rebranded the CNU as Cameroun People’ Democratic Movement (RPDC/ CPDM) and reluctantly reintroduced multiparty politics in 1990, with the largest opposition party, the Social Democratic Front (SDF) emanating from Bamenda.
The RPDC/ CPDM won the 1992 election and is yet to lose a Presidential election or control of Parliament. Term limits for the President were abolished in 2008 effectively making Biya President for life.
In 1994 clashes between Nigerian and Camerounian troops in the Bakassi Peninsula on the Nigeria/ Cameroun border led to the occupation and militarisation of the area until both sides agreed to UN mediation in 1996, with the court ruling in Cameroun’s favour in 2002, with Nigerian troops finally withdrawing in 2006.
Southern Camerounian Agitation
Complaints of marginalisation grew after the 1972 Constitution removed Anglophone autonomy. In 1984, when Biya renamed the country the Republic of Cameroun, an Anglophone Barrister Gorji Dinka released a document named the ‘New Social Order’, stating that by changing the country’s name French Cameroun had seceded from the union, thus the Southern Camerouns had the right to become an independent country which he named ‘Ambazonia’ after Ambas Bay, where the Mungo River enters the Atlantic, forming a border between Southern Camerouns and the other Cameroun. The document suggested both entities be joined in a confederacy as equal participants. He has been arrested and tried for treason several times.
In April 1993 several Anglophone groups held the First All Anglophone Conference (AAC1) in Buea, resulting in the Buea Declaration which called for the restoration of the 1961 Federation.
The Second All Anglophone Conference (AAC2) in 1994 in Bamenda, issued the Bamenda Declaration; essentially an ultimatum that if the Federation was not restored the former Southern Camerouns would seek independence.
The All Anglophone Conference (AAC) became the Southern Cameroun’s Peoples Conference (SCPC) and then morphed into a coalition of Southern Camerounian movements coordinated by the Southern Camerouns National Conference (SCNC) led initially by Sam Ekontang Elad who was replaced by Henry Fossung in 1996. Several factions within the SCNC existed, with one fconsisting mainly of student groups in Buea the Southern Cameroun’s Youth League (SCYL) led by Ebenezer Akwanga separating in May 1995.
The SCNC petitioned the UN in 1995 on secession and held a series of demonstrations timed to coincide with Cameroun’s ultimately successful application to join the British Commonwealth.
In March 1997 200 SCNC activists were arrested and tried, after SYCL activists attempted to attack security forces in Bamenda, giving the security forces a justification for increased harassment and repression. Leadership squabbles and infighting in 1998, led to two factions forming – one more militant that advocated unilateral independence led by an SDF politician Esoka Ndoki Mukete and the more conservative faction by Henry Fossung, seeking autonomy through negotiation and agitation, whilst this was going on the Bamenda treason trials concluded in October 1999, with many members convicted (despite allegations of torture and coercion by local and international NGOs)
On 30 December 1999 armed members of Muteke’s faction took over Buea radio station, broadcasting a proclamation of independence leading to multiple arrests and renewed persecution.
The leadership tussle was resolved in 2000, when Frederick Alobwede Ebong was elected leader. The group was declared illegal by the government in 2001, greatly increasing persecution and repression with 3 people killed in demonstrations.
In 2003 the SCNC filed a complaint against Cameroun with the African commission of Human rights and boycotted parliamentary and Presidential elections.
The Ambazonian Liberation Party was formed in 2004 in the USA, in 2006 the Southern Camerouns Peoples Party unilaterally declared the Republic of Ambazonia independent including the Bakassi Peninsula. Fighting in the peninsula between Nigerian and Camerounian forces died down but was replaced by bandit attacks on both forces. In 2007 the Southern Camerouns Peoples Organisation (SCAPO), which claimed an attack on the Camerounian military in Bakassi in 2007.
The AU rejected the SCNC’s petition in 2009 and agitation reduced slightly to mainly diaspora groups.

Current Anglophone Crisis
The current crisis emanated from concerns by Anglophone lawyers that the Common Law inherited from Britain was being side lined by the use of French language and French legal codes in courts as well as concerns that most Magistrates mainly trained in French legal codes adjudicated cases in Anglophone areas where English Common Law is used. After having their concerns ignored for 2 years a meeting of Lawyers associations from Nord Ouest and Sud Ouest Regions decided to go on strike from court and form an umbrella body called the Camerounian Common Law Lawyers Association in Bamenda in November 2016. Protests in Buea and Limbe in Sud Ouest and Bamenda in Nord Ouest on the 8th of November were confronted by police, gendarmes and BIR and dispersed with force and tear gas.
Solidarity strikes by teachers and students on 21st November, nicknamed ‘Ghost Towns’ organised mainly through Facebook and WhatsApp social media platforms, led to shutdowns and demonstrations in whichover 100 were arrested and at least 1 killed.
Activists from the lawyers, teachers, driver unions and other civil society groups formed the Cameroun Anglophone Civil Society Consortium (CACSC) in Bamenda in December 2016 led by Barrister Nkongho Agbor Balla that same month another 4 people were killed during demonstrations in Bamenda. President Biya blamed the deaths on extremist rioters during his New Year’s Eve address to the nation.
On 9th January the CACSC along with commercial vehicle and motorcycle drivers resumed ‘Ghost Town operations’, shutting down not just courts but schools, markets and transport.
The Camerounian Government responded on the 16th January with the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications warning people about ‘spreading false information’ and text messages with the same warning were sent to some mobile phone subscribers warning of jail terms and fines.
The next day, 17th January the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Decentralisation banned the CACSC and SCNC and the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications shut down the internet to the 2 Anglophone Regions and the secret police (SED) arrested several activist leaders including the Attorney General for Sud Ouest Region; Judge Sokem Ngale Mborh, the Chairman of the CACSC; Nkongho Agbor Balla, Deputy Attorney General and head of the Popular Action Party Judge Ayah Paul Abine, CACSC leader Dr Fontem Neba, a local radio host (from Abakwa FM) Mancho Bibixy and Mr Penn a member of the teachers union charging them with 8 offences under the 2014new anti-terrorism law (promulgated to deal with Boko Haram).
On 10th February 2 were killed and 10 wounded by the police in Ndop during a demonstration outside a police station, 3 days, on 13th February later the treason trial of detained began in Yaounde, in which the accused were represented by human rights lawyer Alice Nkom new head of Cameroun Anglophone Civil Society Consortium and was adjourned to 23rd March.
Analysis
This situation has several elements which inform comment;
Identity: the complexity of the situation in Cameroun is that Anglophones in Cameroun identify not necessarily by tribe but by their colonial/ linguistic heritage, thus certain tribes such as the Bamileke are spread across both Anglophone and Francophone parts of Cameroun, others such as the Widikum are only in Anglophone areas. Religion the other common identifier does not necessarily come into play as Francophones include Christians and Muslims.
However identity and ethnic politics in Cameroun exists, with not just divisions of tribe, North/ South, Muslim/ Christian, Anglophone/ Francophone, much of which is exacerbated by political history.
Ahidjo (a northern Francophone Fulani) handed over to Biya (a southern Francophone Beti), thinking he would be a malleable figurehead although once Biya had settled in he rapidly disabused him of that notion by replacing many mainly Northern Ahidjo loyalists with Southerners.
It is surmised that the first coup preceding Ahidjo’s exile was engineered by Northern officers to return Ahidjo to power (or was engineered by Beti officers to provide an excuse to purge Northern officers). The second coup launched by the Republican Guard (commanded by a Northerner) after Biya fired the Prime Minister and Armed Forces Minister (both Northerners) and tried Ahidjo in absentia for the first coup. The failure of this coup allowed Biya to purge Northerners from key military and government roles disband the Republican Guard and form the Presidential Guard allegedly manned mainly with Biya’s Beti tribesmen. Despite (or because of) this history Biya has been careful to appoint Ministers and officials from the North including the current Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Communications etc.
However as is typical in these situations, many tribes and Regions complain of exclusion (particularly the Anglophones) and northern discontent especially over lack of development and Boko Haram has become a motivating factor for sectional politicians.
Bakassi: the border conflict in the Bakassi Peninsula saw this area become heavily militarised, with an attendant increase in bandits and pirates who were wont to collect protection money from local fishermen and oil companies. Once Nigerian forces withdrew these bandits and armed groups began Niger Delta style attacks on Camerounian forces and infrastructure under a plethora of different groups such as the Bakassi Freedom Fighters, Liberators of the South Camerouns People, Africa Marine Commando and Bakassi Strike Force.
Some of these groups (which might be the same or different) have gone quiet, others such as the Bakassi Strike Force have recently engaged in talks with the Nigerian government seeking an amnesty. However the increase in oil prices, remilitarisation of the Niger Delta and renewed attention to the region could act as a spur to the numerous jobless, armed youth to restart an armed campaign of abductions, piracy, hijackings and thefts in the name of Southern Camerounian autonomy or Bakassi freedom. With Camerouns most competent forces fully engaged in the north, whilst others in the East seeking to prevent spill over from the Central African Republic’s chaos and others engaged in containing demonstrations in Southern Cameroun, Camerounian forces would be overstretched, leading to a loss of control.

Elite/ Grassroots: the separatist movement has been very much elite driven, with lawyers driving much of the agitation. This is an interesting factor that could indicate agitation is as much a vehicle for inclusion in patronage networks as it is a genuine political grievance. The corollary is that the persistent lack of concession has made ‘Anglophone marginalisation’ part of the Southern Camerounian conventional wisdom. Allowing an elite agitation to be easily relatable to the masses. This has been greatly helped by the repression which has seen the elites and common men arrested, killed and wounded by the state, allowing the separatists leaders to easily craft an ‘us and them’ narrative. As the trajectory of the crisis has shown, whilst the older more established activists have maintained a gradualist approach of agitation and petitions, younger activists such as students have attempted armed action. It could be argued that as the movement grows from being argument based and elite driven to an emotional mass movement, there are risks of increased and uncontrolled violence from both sides.
Governance: the failure of the Camerounian Government to respond to the concerns of the Anglophone lawyers turned a complaint into an insurrection. Common complaints about lack of development such as roads, employment etc aggravate these issues.
Politics: Although Anglophone politicians dominate the main opposition parties, Biya does not seem in danger of losing control of the Presidency or Parliament. Despite wide scale irregularities in the first multiparty elections in 1992, Biya still only received 40% of the vote to the 36% of the SDFs John Fru Ndi. The margin improved spectacularly to 92.57% in 1997 when the main opposition parties SDF, UNDP (a Northern party) and UDC boycotted the vote, whilst CPDM/ RDPC took 109 Parliamentary seats and the opposition 54 (43 of which were the SDF).
In 2004 Biya received 70.9% of the Votes, with SDF’s Ndi receiving 17.45% after refusing to support an opposition coalition with the UDC who got 4.5% of the vote.
In 2007 Parliamentary elections CPDM/ RPDC won 153 seats, the SDF 16 and others 11. In the 2011 Presidential election Biya got 77.99%, Ndi 10.71%, with UNDP pushed into 4th place at 1.73% by the ADD.
The irony is that the first and closest election was held under the auspices of the Ministry of Territorial Administration (whose Minister is appointed by the President), whilst subsequent ones have been held under a nominally independent electoral body, indicating that Biya has mastered the art of ‘winning’ elections, taking full advantage of the power of incumbency, as well as using the resources of the state to manipulate the vote and the disorganised and factionalised opposition.
A year from the 2018 Presidential election it could either be a wise or foolish move to neutralise senior opposition politicians by jailing or co-opting them. While it could make the prospective CPDM/ RPDC election victory easier it could also clear the way for younger more dynamic politicians not bound by the baggage of past elections, who are willing to form the necessary coalition to defeat CPDM/ RPDC (as happened in Nigeria with the APC coalition against the PDP incumbent).
International relations: Cameroun occupies a niche in which it is neither strategically important nor ideologically polarising to anybody. Most international awareness revolves around its football team and makossa music.
Biya’s elongated tenure has not been characterised by overt Mobutu style ostentation (beyond his wife’s hair, his prolonged stays in Paris and Geneva and reported $200m fortune) or excessive brutality, thus there is very little regional or international opprobrium for his rule. In fact the good showing of Camerounian forces against Boko Haram has earned Biya a semblance of international regard and credibility, with a US UAV base in Garoua as well as France and the US gifting equipment and providing training and other support.
The involvement of BIR, Gendarmes and the military in containing the Anglophone crisis means they could fall foul of the US Leahy Act, which precludes assistance to specific units or personnel involved in human rights abuses (although the internet outage appears to be getting more international attention than the killings of demonstrators), which could shut off equipment, intelligence and training to BIR, the Gendarmes and other Camerounian forces if they are implicated in abuses.
Repression against a nonviolent, minority undoes would generate international outrage and condemnation by NGOs such as Amnesty International which could cause Biya to come under pressure not to contest the 2018 Presidential election opening Camerounian politics up to either a succession battle or a Mugabe style, ‘sit tight’ campaign.
Nigeria: whilst there are many similarities between Anglophone and neo Biafran agitation, there are also important caveats. Both countries have active separatist movements with a conservative element (SCNC in Cameroun and MASSOB in Nigeria) who and a radical element (IPOB in Nigeria and SYCL, SCAPO and Bakassi militants in Cameroun),the background to the crisis is different.
The bloody history of the Nigerian pogroms and civil war add not just an extra element of bitterness to neo Biafran agitation but also a powerful brake on a rush to violence. No such historical motivator or demotivator exists in Cameroun. Likewise tribal and religious differences in Nigeria act as crisis multipliers whilst in Cameroun, tribe and religion are not necessarily key factors.
A key similarity with Biafra would be the lack of support from its larger neighbour; the Anglophones are unlikely to see any form of support from Nigeria, which would not seek to encourage separatism or secession in a neighbour, particularly in a region adjacent to its own restive Niger Delta and old Eastern Region.
One radical scenario see’s Nigeria manipulating the crisis to recover the Bakassi Peninsula, either by supporting the separatists or the Camerounian government in return for a renegotiation of the status of the area would be an interesting move, however it appears there is little appetite for such an action, nor would the benefits outweigh the fears of Nigerian separatism.
Potential Effects
The incidents of the past few months have tended to strengthen rather than dampen Anglophone agitation, the clearly repressive actions of using police, gendarmes and troops to suppress demonstrations, deaths of protestors and the cutting of communications will increase the resolve of activists and radicalise many previously apathetic Anglophones.
This could have several effects
Political: opposition to Biya could form a coalition from all Regions coalescing around a unity candidate, with activists highly motivated to resist repression and election tampering in order to vote Biya out. Factions within his own party could also see an opportunity to increase their popularity and chances by joining the opposition. As was seen in Nigeria, an entrenched political system facing genuine electoral challenges uses either repression or patronage to ensure support, further draining the country’s economy and diverting strategic attention from the issues of the economy, development and security etc. If Biya wins (as is likely) there could be unrest as the opposition refuses to accept the results leading to further repression and instability, which could target Camerouns key export-oil.

Insurgency: the militant wings of the Anglophones could begin a campaign of violence in the same vein as the Niger Delta militants. An increase in attacks in Bakassi and on Camerounian infrastructure would be an easy step. Cameroun’s only oil refinery is in Limbe, Sud Ouest Region in the Anglophone area as are various oil facilities in Bakassi that could be prey to the type of attacks perfected in the Niger Delta, from where there would be no shortage of experts willing to lend their expertise to Camerounian militants.
External and Internal Security: whilst Cameroun is generally stable, its location between Central and West Africa puts it between Nigeria, Chad and Central African Republic.
The spill over from Nigeria includes Boko Haram in the north and Bakassi militants in the south. Camerounians have just about held the line in the north with the help of Chadians and by effectively ignoring some Boko Haram activities. The main work force has been BIR who are also heavily deployed in the Bakassi area. Whilst this well trained and well equipped unit has fought well it is relatively small and cannot hope to sustain the tempo of operations indefinitely.
Also to be considered is an underreported armed presence on the Adamaoua Plateau, armed bandits have stolen cattle, raided villages and recently attacked a UN Border Demarcation Team. It is unclear if these are Boko Haram, coupers des routes, cattle rustlers, armed bandits or another unknown group but it is clear that this area is rapidly becoming an ungoverned space. To the north is Chad where cooperation over Boko Haram overshadows the problems that Deby’s regime has with its various rebel groups. Central African Republics breakdown of government has pushed refugees across the border, with armed attacks against Camerounian units and government facilities in the area. All these internal and external security issues mean that the Camerounian military, which for years was a sleepy profession, is heavily deployed and committed and taking up a larger proportion of the budget, a further breakdown in public order or an insurgency in the Southern Camerouns, could catastrophically overstretch Camerouns forces.
Conclusion
The complaints of the Anglophone Camerounians are fairly basic and can be ameliorated without threatening the basic existence of Cameroun.
A return to the Foumban structure is not even necessary, simple concessions such as English language and qualifications in Anglophone areas, unifying the French and British legacy legal codes to create a compatible Camerounian system and ensuring adequate representation of Anglophones in national appointments would take the sting out of the crisis and preserve not just Cameroun as an entity but Biya’s regime.
It is however unclear if these easy solutions would be palatable to an entrenched ruler like Biya for whom any indication of weakness could trigger a succession or replacement battle and threaten not just his rule but that of his tribe and wider patronage network.
The situation bears close scrutiny by Nigeria, ECOWAS and the AU as what started as a demonstration by lawyers could turn into a transnational conflict, with effects not just on the population and economy of Cameroun and Nigeria but the international oil market.

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NORTHERN NIGERIA INTERNAL SECURITY SITREP- Week Ending 11 February 2017

Situation North East (Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States)

05 February

Gunmen mounted in up to 5 pick up trucks and 8motorcycles attacked military positions in SASAWA, DAMATURU LGA, YOBE State 27km north of DAMATURU with small arms and IEDs around 6.00pm and then attacked the town burning houses. 3 vehicles were reported captured

6 gunmen on 3 x motorcycles entered LUMAMARI Village, YUNUSARI LGA, YOBE State 25km from KANAMA around 1.30pm but departed without harming anyone or damaging any property

06 February

The NSCDC BORNO State Command stated that 75 personnel had been killed and 15 in 2016, in attacks in GWOZA and GAMBORU NGALA and would deploy 500 additional personnel including 100 in DIKWA, 30 in MONGUNO, 20 in ASKIRA UBA

09 February

Gunmen attacked KAUTIKERI Village, CHIBOK LGA, BORNO State killing 1 person and moving to a nearby village of KAUMUTAIYAHI, abducting a 7 year old boy and looting food stores and then burning the village

The ADAMAWA State Governor Mohammed JIBRILLA stated that the 3 formal IDP camps in MALKOHI, FUFORE and DAMARE would be shut in March 2017

Gunmen ambushed a convoy carrying troops of approximately company strength in trucks and buses conducting a relief in place with troops in DIKWA along the MAIDUGURI-DIKWA Road in the vicinity of AJIRIN, MAFA LGA, BORNO State around 7.30pm killing 7, wounding 19 with 3 missing including a female soldier. The troops who were reportedly fresh from the Army Depo in ZARIA fought through the ambush, until reinforced by air and ground forces who inflicted casualties and recovered 1 x AK 47. The enemy reportedly captured 1 x vehicle, several rifles, a mine detector and other equipment.

10 February

Gunmen attacked DUNKWA DURI Village, ASKIRA UBA LGA, BORNO State around 9.00pm defeating local hunters killing t least one man and displacing villagers to WAMDEO Village near UBA Town. The attackers looted foodstuffs and burnt the town

11 February

Gunmen mounted in trucks and motorcycles attacked MUSSA Village, ASKIRA UBA LGA, BORNO State with small arms and IEDs killing 3, abducting 2 females and burning several buildings.

Kidnappers abducted a 15 year old theology student after he entered a commercial vehicle at BORNO Express Junction, MAIDUGURI, BORNO State, after drugging him, he was released in the vicinity of NJIMTILO, where he was found by the NSCDC, who assessed the kidnappers released him after failing to get through checkpoints.

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

10??FEB Suspected nomadic gunmen ambushed a group of community leaders on a peace mission from the District Head in RUKUMAWA TSAFE LGA, ZAMFARA State killing 8

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

06 February

Up to 10 gunmen waylaid a bus travelling from ABUJA to ONITSHA, ANAMBRA State in the vicinity of OCHOZE Village, OKENE LGA, KOGI State along OKENE-AUCHI Road around 6.30am abducting 6 passengers

The NIGER State Police Command stated it had arrested 195 suspects in January 2017 including kidnappers and cattle rustlers and had captured 5 x AK 47 648 x rounds of ammunition (type unspecified), 21 x single barrel firearms, 248 x shotgun cartridges, 1 x improvised ‘revolver rifle’, 5 x improvised ‘revolver shotguns’, 6 x ‘Ghana made firearms’ , 1 x locally made improvised firearm, 9 x dane guns and an assortment of bladed weapons and bow and arrows and recovered 612 cattle

The OKENE LGA Administrator Abdulrazaq MUHAMMAD imposed a curfew on OKENE and its surroundings, with Okada riders restricted to operating between 6.00am to 6.00pm, people and goods between 6.00am and 8.00pm curfew and hotels and beer parlours between 6.00am and 6.00pm

08 February

The AIG of the NPF Force Animal Branch stated that general purpose and sniffer K9 dogs would be deployed to various locations around ABUJA, FCT such as the Airport, National Assembly, National Defence College, Federal Secretariat etc

Approximately 8 gunmen abducted a male and a female lecturer from the Staff Quarters at TARABA State Polytechnic, SUNTAI, BALI LGA. The kidnappers later contacted the family requesting N2m each

09 February

A search party consisting of vigilantes and TARABA State Polytechnic staff fund the body of the male lecturer Sani JADA in the bush

Suspected Fulani herdsmen reportedly shot a man on his cashew farm at EGBOLO, IGALAMELA-ODOLU LGA, KOGI State.

10 February

A man Hayatudeen AMOTO has been charged before the Chief Magistrates Court, LOKOJA, KOGI State with the bombing of a radio station Tao 109 FM in KUROKO, OKENE LGA, KOGIS State in April 2015 which led to the deaths of 4 people. The accused and one other Yusuf ABDULQUDUS were accused of plotting the attack and sending a threatening text message to the radio station. He was remanded in custody

Approximately 10 gunmen mounted in 2 cars attacked a police station in EIKA, OKEHI LGA, KOGI State around 1.00am killing 2 policemen and a detainee and then burning the station, they then attacked the home of EIKA Community Development Association and killed him

The MINISTER OF Information and Culture Lai MOHAMMED stated a KOGI State Islamic fundamentalist group named the Muslim Bother hood was seeking to attack banks, arms depots and prison and had been acquiring IED components such as sodium azide (?) potassium chlorate and aluminium powder. The Minister stated a trainee IED maker named USMAN had left to join Daesh in LIBYA and might have returned and that they were seeking to purchase small arms and free their members detained in KOGI, ABUJA and KADUNA

11 February

Villagers from EGBOLO, reportedly murdered a Fulani man in retaliation for the murder of a local farmer by herdsmen 2 days earlier

Situation External (Rest of the World)

05 February

Gunmen engaged Camerounian forces at night in the vicinity of GAKARA, MAYO SAVA Department, EXTREME NORD Region wounding 6 soldiers

08 February

The Brazilian Government has approved the sale of 3 x pre owned Super Tucano A-29 to the NAF by the Brazil Embraer Defence and Security Ltd.

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NORTHERN NIGERIA INTERNAL SECURITY SITREP- Week Ending 04 February 2017

Situation North East (Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States)

29 January

Troops patrolling from BITTA, GWOZA LGA to YAMTEKE, ASKIRA UBA LGA, BORNO State detonated an IED losing 1 soldier killed and 4 wounded

Troops supported by BAMA CJTF and Camerounian forces defeated enemy fighters in GULUMBA, BAMA LGA, BORNO State capturing at least 1 x truck mounted with AAA gun, 1 x GPMG, 1 x FN FAL, 2 x AK 47, 3 x shotguns and an unspecified amount of 7.62mm (NATO) link

30 January

A pre teen female suspected attempted to infiltrate an IDP Camp in BANKI, BAMA LGA, BORNO State around 11.30am during a WFP feeding session but was spotted and shot by security forces

31 January

A young male PBIED attacked a mosque along MAIDUGURI- BAMA Road in DALORI, JERE LGA, BORNO State on the outskirts of MAIDUGURI around 5.20am killing himself and one of the civilian guards

Suspected nomadic gunmen attacked a group of Bwatiye men fishing at a pond in GERENG, GIREI LGA, ADAMAWA State killing 1 and wounding 3

Gunmen ambushed a police convoy transporting a suspect from BIU Area Command to State CID, MAIDUGURI in the vicinity of KUBUWA, DAMBOA LGA, BORNO State around 10.30am killing 1 policeman and wounding 9

2 x female PBIEDs approached a checkpoint near NNPC Mega Station along DAMBOA Road MAIDUGURI, BORNO State around 6.45am, upon challenge by NSCDC personnel they refused to stop and were fired upon, killing one, the second one surrendered. The devices were made safe by EOD. The captured suspect stated her name was Amina, an 18 year old allegedly abducted from MADAGALI and taken to SAMBISA Forest, she stated they were transported to MAIDUGURI by motorcycle over 3 days from GOBARAWA via DAMBOA, with N200.00 feeding money each and were told to detonate in the midst of a gathering and would automatically go to heaven. She stated she had been held by SHEKAU’s faction and that they had encountered the military en route and their handlers had fled.

01 February

Troops pursued enemy forces to DUSLA and BUK, DAMBOA LGA, BORNO State capturing 1 x 23mm ZSU-2 AAA gun , 9 x AK 47, 3 x FN FALs, 1 x RPG tube, 2 x Toyota Hilux, 1 x PKM machine gun and 1 x truck with AAA gun mounted,

A General Courts Martial sitting in MAIDUGURI, BORNO State sentenced Lance Corporal Hassan ADAMU to 7 years imprisonment for manslaughter for shooting a man in MAIDUGURI Monday Market on 23 December 2015. Another soldier was sentenced to 14 months imprisonment for going AWOL for 270 days from his post in GWOZA and not accounting for his rifle an ammunition

Elements of 25 TF Bde, conducted clearance operations in DAMBOA LGA, BORNO State, first clearing DULSA, where they killed 6 enemy and captured 1 x machine gun, 2 x RPG tubes and 1 x AAA gun barrel and then moving to BUK, where they defeated enemy forces killing 35 and capturing 9 x AK 47, 3 x FN FAL, 2 x RPG rounds, 1 x mortar tube, 1 x 23 x 2mm AAA gun, 3 x vehicles including 2 x Hiluxes and 1 mounted with an AAA gun, 3 soldiers were killed, 5 wounded and 1 x MRAP was damaged

02 February

MCCC Commander Gen IRABOR stated that 112 people died and 97 were wounded in the RANN IDP Camp airstrike

GOC 3 Div Maj Gen Peter DAUKE visited 29 TF Bde sub units, 154 TF Bn at ALAGARNO and 156 TF Bn at MAULI

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

29 January

4x Armed robbers attacked the house of a businessman in YANDUTSE Village, BICHI LGA, KANO State around 4.30am stealing N750,000.00 and other items, the NPF responded killing 1 and arresting another. 1 X locally made pistol, N510,275.00, 1 x satellite decoder, 1 x wristwatch and some charms were recovered. Following up on information from the detainee led them to the alleged gang leaders house where they recovered 5 x local made pistols and 10 x cartridges

KADUNA State Police Command paraded 17 suspects arrested as part of the Fulani/farmer clashes in Southern KADUNA who were to be charged with inciting public disturbance, disturbing the peace, causing mischief by fire, culpable homicide, theft and unlawful possession of arms, also displayed were 29 improvised fire arms, one of the suspects Nelson PAUL confessed to having supplied the weapons to the suspects

02 February

KANO State Police Command conducted a special operation detaining 111 foreigners, 53 people from the North East of Nigeria, 67 young people, 112 prostitutes and 544 other adults with no form of identification following reports of infiltration from the North East

Police detained 2 suspected Fulani gunmen at SAMARU KATAF Roundabout, ZANGON KATAF LGA, KADUNA State around 7.30am heading to FADAN KARSHI, SANGA LGA with 2 x AK 47s and 2 x cutlasses. A letter written in Hausa had earlier been left in the community ostensibly on from the cattle breeders association warning of an attack

03 February

The KADUNA State Police Command paraded 5 suspected gunmen detained following a tip off they were planning to attack a village in ZANGON KATAF LGA, KADUNA State. Recovering 2 x AK 47, 1 x locally made improvised pistol and assorted charms

04 February

KADUNA State Government amended the 24 hour curfew in ZANGON KATAF LGA to 12 hours from 6.00pm to 6.00am

The COAS Lt Gen TY BURATAI laid the foundation stone for a new military barracks in KAFANCHAN, JEMA’A LGA, KADUNA State for a new battalion as part of 1 Div. He also laid the foundation stone for a FOB for 2 Bn in ZANGON KATAF LGA and visited the Emir of JAMA’A, Chief of KAGORO and 101 Special Force Bn deployed to NINTE Village

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

31 January

Mummuye youth attacked 2 Fulani villages BONJA and MAYO KUNGA in LAU LGA, TARABA State around 2.00am killing 6 people and 80 houses burnt. 24 people have been arrested

Gunmen abducted the Head of the Works Department of MOPA MURO LGA along KABBA-OBAJANA Road as she headed to a Staff Screening and Verification exercise in LOKOJA

01 February

Gunmen abducted 3 MOPA MURO Local Government workers around 9.45am heading from MOPA MURO LGA to a Staff Screening and Verification exercise in LOKOJA along KABBA-OBAJANA Road

A clash between illegal miners from GERO Village, GYEL District, JOS SOUTH LGA and MIANGO, BASSA LGA, PLATEAU State around 1.00pm resulted in 6 dead, after 2 people from GYEL were allegedly killed and then 4 from MIANGO in reprisal

Suspected Fulani gunmen attacked TSE KYANYION, TSE AZAKPA and TSE ORBIAM Villages, LOGO LGA, killing 1 person in TSE ORBIAM and burning over 100 properties, displacing inhabitants to UGBA. The police stated 4 people had been arrested

03 February

The NPF has deployed 5 extra MOPOL units to NIGER State to counter kidnapping and cattle rustling, in conjunction with the new unit deployed to KONTAGORA LGA

Elements of Op Safe Haven have arrested and paraded 8 suspects and captured 13 x fire arms in PASHO Village, BASSA LGA, PLATEAU State following the illegal miners clash in GYEL and MIANGO

Gunmen attacked the traditional ruler of OGANENIGU, DEKINA LGA, KOGI State with small arms and bladed weapons around 9.00pm

04February

A man was attacked and killed at GERO Village, JOS SOUTH LGA, PLATEAU State and robbed of his money and personal effects. It is unclear if it is related to the mining clashes

Situation External (Rest of the World)

26 January

A delegation from the INDIANA National Guard led by Maj Gen Courtney P. CARR, the Adjutant General of the US State of INDIANA signed a long term security cooperation partnership agreement with Gen Seyni GARBA, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Nigerien Armed forces in NIAMEY, NIGER Republic as part of the US National Guard’s State Partnership Program

30 January

Gunmen attacked OURO MOUSSA KAMBO, FOTOKOL Arrondissement, LOGONE ET CHARI Department around 3.00am killing 1 man and wounding 3

31 January

Gunmen attacked a UN Technical Monitoring Team on the NIGERIA/ CAMEROUN Border demarcation in the vicinity of HOSERE JONGBI, near KONTCHA (between FARO and DEO), FARO ET DEO Department, ADAMAOUA Region around 2.00pm killing 3 Nigerians (including the TARABA State Assistant Surveyor General), a Camerounian and a Kenyan UN contractor adjacent to TOUNGO LGA, ADAMAWA State

3 x PBIED attacked a shepherd’s camp in DOUBLE, LOGONE ET CHARI Department, EXTREME NORD Region in the morning killing 1 other person and wounding 7

Media reports stated that up to 10 people died and 70 were hospitalised attempting selection to BIR after an 18 mile run with a pack

02 February

Brig Gen Valere NKA has been made acting commander of 4th Military Region (4RMIA) following the death of Gen KODJI. Gen NKA was previously the Camerounian Defence Attaché to NIGERIA and deputy Commander MNJTF

A US soldier from the US Army’s 1st Bn 3rd Special Forces Group died in a non combat related ehicle accident in NIGER Republic

03 February

2 PBIEDs infiltrated KERAWA, MAYO SAVA Department, EXTREME NORD Region, vigilantes detected them shooting one and pursuing the other who fled to KIRAWA, GWOZA LGA, BORNO State and detonated

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NORTHERN NIGERIA INTERNAL SECURITY SITREP- Week Ending 28 January 2017

Situation North East (Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States)

22 January

The Commandant General of the Vigilante Group of NIGERIA, Usman Muhammad JAHUN stated that his group had lost 1,000 members to Boko Haram since 2010

23 January

Gunmen mounted in 2 x Toyota Hilux attacked NDAGU Village, LASSA District, ASKIRA UBA LGA around 7.30pm with small arms and petrol bombs killing 3 and abducting 7 women and children. Elements of 115 Bn responded.

Gunmen mounted in 2 x Toyota Hilux attacked DZAKU Village, ASKIRA UBA LGA with small arms and petrol bombs killing 8 and abducting several women and children (it I unclear if these are same attacks)

Social media reports state that Boko Haram fighters have been crossing Lake CHAD by boat from BAGA SOLA, CHAD to the north of BAGA, KUKAWA LGA, NIGERIA via CAMEROUN at night

24 January

Social media reports state that there have been clashes between ISWAP and JAS, Boko Haram factions in MARTE LGA, causing Boko Haram-JAS to abandon YEDI, MARTE LGA, BORNO State

25 January

A male PBIED attempted to attack a vigilante checkpoint in USMANTI LAYOUT, MAFA LGA, BORNO State but was spotted and shot by a vigilante just after midnight

A young female PBIED allegedly attempted to gain entry to the Chairman of the CJTF Vigilantes home in KALERI, MAFA LGA around 5.30am upon being denied entry she detonated killing 3 others heading to the mosque and wounding 2

Camel mounted gunmen attacked a friendly checkpoint in the vicinity KAMUYA, BIU LGA, BORNO State 5km from BURATAI around 5.30pm from 3 directions, overrunning it, with troops withdrawing to BURATAI, until reinforcements from BUNI YADI, GUJBA LGA, YOBE State counter attacked, defeating them . 3 soldiers were killed and an unknown amount wounded and missing.

28 January

Gunmen ambushed motorist on MAIDUGURI-DAMBOA-BIU Road between DOGON WAYA (also known as NITEL MAST) and BULABULIN, KONDUGA LGA, BORNO State with small arms, immobilising the lead vehicle, trapping motorists in the cross fire of the ensuing firefight between the attackers and escorts reportedly caused over 7 15 casualties to the motorists and stole 15 truckloads of fuel

Boko Haram (ISWAP) claimed the KAMUYA attack via the Daesh Amaq Twitter handle, claiming to have killed 5 soldiers and killing 11. Media reports state villagers from MIRINGA allege the attack was perpetrated by Boko Haram-ISWAP fighters from AJIGIN Forest

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

22 January

Gunmen ambushed a vehicle in the vicinity of GIDAN WAYA, JEMA’A LGA, KADUNA State killing 5 of the 6 passengers with the driver surviving around 5.00pm

23 January

A communal clash between youths from UNGWAN SHANU and UNGWAN SARKI, XXX LGA, KADUNA State around 9.00pm led to 2 deaths and 2 injuries. It is unclear what the clash was about. The traditional ruler of UNGWAN SHANU, the Sarkin Tudun UNGUWAN SHANU, Alhaji Aliyu GUMI stated youths from UNGWAN SHANU had gone to conduct ‘Operation Shara’ in UNGWAN SARKI

26 January

Gunmen mounted on motorcycles attacked MAGAZU Village, TSAFE LGA, ZAMFARA State at night killing 1 man, police and military have begun patrolling the area

Vigilantes in the ZURMI Emirate Council in the MASHEMA, ZURMI LGA, , ZAMFARA State captured 3 suspected Boko Haram members with AK 47s, 600 round of unspecified ammunition, charms and other unspecified items, following reports to the district head of 11 suspicious persons seen in the bush on 21 January. They were handed over to Lt Col Abdullahi ADAMU, CO 223 Light Tank Bn, 1 Mech Bde, 1 Div in GUSAU.

27 January

The Chairman of ISA LGA, SOKOTO State, claimed that 27 armed bandits had repented and pledged to surrender their arms and ammunition at the next Security Stakeholders meeting

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

21 January

Gunmen opened fire at a bar on ALHERI- ZARIA Road, JOS, JOS NORTH LGA, PLATEAU State killing 1 man and wounding another

22 January

A clash between WURO DANDE and WURO BUBA BAGURA Villages near TAMVIYA Village, SARDAUNA LGA, TARABA State over a land dispute led to over 50 homes burnt, up to 300 people displaced and 6 arrested

Gunmen attacked the Divisional Police Station in DENGI, KANAM LGA, PLATEAU State killing a police officer and stealing 7 rifles

23 January

Fulani herdsmen and farmers clashed in IPIGA Village, OHIMINI LGA, BENUE State after herdsmen let their cattle graze on farmland in AJEGBE Village the previous day before moving to IPIGA, where they were resisted by villagers leading to 2 herdsmen and 13 villagers killed, with several missing.

Suspected Fulani herdsmen attacked AGADAGBA, OHIMINI LGA and OPIDLO, OKPOKWU LGA, BENUE State killing several and displacing OPIDLO villagers to EFFOYO, UGBOKOLO and ODESSASSA and AGADAGBA villager to IDEKPA

24 January

A land dispute between OBUDU, OBUDU LGA, CROSS RIVERS State and MGBEREDEM, KWANDE LGA, BENUE State led to a clash with firearms and bladed weapons leading to a number of deaths and injuries

25 January

IMN members protested the continued detention of Sheikh EL ZAKZAKY in front of the National Assembly Complex, ABUJA, FCT but were dispersed by the police with tear gas and water cannon

26 January

Gunmen attacked the police station at DENGI, KANAM LGA, PLATEAU State around midnight

Gunmen abducted 8 travellers heading to IBADAN from MAKURDI, BENUE State on the AJAOKUTA-LOKOJA Road in the vicinity of ITOBE Bridge, OFU LGA, KOGI State demanding N20m ransom from their relatives

The NIGER State Command of the NSCDC stated that plain clothed personnel were to be deployed of foot patrols in the State to deter cattle rustlers and kidnappers“I am here to better appreciate the challenges and opportunities in Nigeria and to strengthen existing strategic partnership”, he said while expressing the US appreciations for moves by Nigeria towards strengthening democratic principles and human rights. Speaking further, Lt Gen Stewart appreciated the effort and sacrifice of the Armed Forces of Nigeria in the fight against insurgency while commiserating with the leadership of the NAF about the unfortunate incident of the accidental air strike in Rann, adding that the US will be willing to assist the NAF with its investigation in whatever capacity.

27 January

KOGI State Police Command rescued the 8 travellers abducted near ITOBE Bridge after a firefight. The police captured 1 x locally made gun and 1 x cutlass

A Communal clash between Mummuye and Fulani villagers in LUSGI, SAKUWA, HORE LADDE and GARIN DOGO Villages, LAU LGA, TARABA State over a water stream resulted in 1 dead and 11 houses burnt

Situation External (Rest of the World)

22 January

A Camerounian Air Force Harbin Z-9 helicopter crashed between KOUDJIGA and MADIDE, BOGO Arrondissement, EXTREME NORD Region killed Commander Op Emergence 4 Gen Jacob Kodji, Gendarmerie Col Kameni, commander 4RGIA and 4 others

23 January

A US delegation led by Director Defence Intelligence Agency Lt Gen Vincent STEWART visited the CAS Air Marshal Sadique ABUBAKAR at NAF HQ, ABUJA, FCT to foster existing bilateral relations AM ABUBAKAR stated the NAF as in need of fighter Ground Attack and ISR aircraft

25 January

The EU Delegation to NIGERIA released a statemen urging the Federal Government to release EL ZAKAKY in accordance with the ruling of the Federal High Court ABUJA

26 January

A 7 man delegation from the Kingdom of SAUDI ARABIA led by the Saudi Deputy Chief of Defence Intelligence Maj Gen Yahya Ahmed MASSIRI visited the CAS Air Marshal Sadique ABUBAKAR at DHQ, ABUJA, FCT offering partnerships in training and intelligence sharing

 

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NORTHERN NIGERIA INTERNAL SECURITY SITREP- Week Ending 21 January 2017

Situation North East (Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States)

12 January

257 cleared Boko Haram suspects were released to BORNO State Governor Kashim SHETTIMA by MCCC Commander Maj Gen Leo IRABOR in commemoration of the Armed Forces Remembrance Day

NAF fighter ground attack and Attack helicopters attacked a suspected Boko Haram camp, 1 nm south of TUMBUM REGO, KUKAWA?? LGA, BORNO State, where enemy forces who attacked friendly forces at KANGARWA had reportedly withdrawn.

15 January

Elements of 119 TF Bn, 7 Bde discovered shallow graves of dead suspected insurgents with gunshot wounds reportedly inflicted after fighting on 13 January, in the vicinity of BAGA, KANGARWA and DOGON CHIKUN, KUKAWA LGA, BORNO State with 1 x 36 grenade and 1 x 12.7mm round.

The COAS Lt Gen BURATAI confirmed that no European was captured in the SAMBISA Forest, however a light skinned body was found after the fighting

16 January

2 x PBIED attacked at University of MAIDUGURI, BORNO State. The first a young female (approximately 12 years old) was spotted trying to climb over the fence around 5.45am at Gate Five by a MOPOL officer who shot him causing his device to detonate. The second a young male (around 7 years old) around 6.30am killing 5 people and wounding 15. in a mosque in the Senior Staff Quarters and the second detonated near the gates

A young female PBIED of approximately 12, was shot in BARA KARAYA Village, JERE LGA, BORNO State EOD disarmed the device

Boko Haram released a video with an Hausa language audio message by Abubakar SHEKAU claiming responsibility for the UNIMAID bombing

17 January

An NAF air strike on an IDP camp in RANN, KALA BALGE LGA, BORNO State around 9.00am killed 76 people and wounded 120, including Red Cross, ICRC and MSF workers and 2 soldiers

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai MOHAMMED stated that negotiations were still ongoing to recover the remaining GSS CHIBOK abductees whist escorting members of the Bring Back Our Girls pressure group on an ISR flight from NAF YOLA, ADAMAWA State

The Army has offered a N500,000.00 reward for information leading to the arrest of suicide bombers or their accomplices in the north east

Gunmen mounted in 4 x vehicles and several motorcycles attacked RANN around 6.00pm but were defeated by elements of 3Bn in a 30 minute firefight with 15 enemy killed, 1 x truck and 1 x fighter were captured, along with 1 x GPMG, 3 x AK 47s and unspecified amount/ quantity of weapons

The Army Chief of Training and Operations (CTOPs) Maj Gen David AHMADU stated that the Army Small Arms Championship (NASAC) would take place in the SAMBISA Forest in March 2017, testing different weapon systems as well as the Roland SAM Missile system

18 January

The NAF stated that faulty intelligence from a foreign partner led to the air strike on the IDP camp in RANN

20 January

2 men mounted in a Keke Napep Tricycle took away the Caretaker Chairman of BAMA LGA Modu GUJA from his home on LAGOS Street in MAIDUGURI, BORNO State

Chairman KALA BALGE LGA, Babagana MALARIMA has stated that 236 people ‘had been buried’ after the accidental bombing of the RANN IDP Camp. He also stated survivors and families of the deceased would be asking for compensation from the Federal Government

21 January

The BORNO State Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General Kaka LAWAN stated that the caretaker Chairman for BAMA LGA Modu GUJA had been arrested not abducted for failing to honour a summons to the Sharia Court

Media reports state that Lt Col. T.J. ABDALLAH, CO of 151 TF Bn based in BANKI, BAMA LGA, BORNO State had been relieved of his duties due to comments made on a WhatsApp Group for the NDA 49 Regular Course in which he made ‘derogatory’ comments about the President and COAS between 15 and 17 November 2016 in relation to the death of his friend Lt Col UMAR, in which he complained about equipment and other issues

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

16 January

The NPF in KADUNA State intercepted suspected armed robbers in JERE, KAGARKO LGA, engaging them in a firefight, killing 3 and wounding and capturing 1. Also recovered were military style uniforms 13 others were arrested in BIRNIN GWARI during a stop and search operation

17 January

The Army Chief of Training and Operations (CTOPs) Maj Gen David AHMADU stated that the Army would conduct Ex Harbin Kunama II in April 2017 in southern KADUNA, BIRNIN GWARI LGA, contiguous areas of PLATEAU State, LAME BURA Forest in BAUCHI State and FALGORE Forest in KANO State

Gunmen attacked the convoy of the Emir of JEMA’A in the vicinity of SAMARU KATAF, ZANGON KATF LGA, KADUNA State around 8.00pm destroying 3 vehicles.

Gunmen mounted on a motorcycle attacked a relaxation spot in a market in SAMARU KATAF, around 9.30pm killing 3 people and wounding 5 before fleeing in the direction of MAYAYIT Village

18 January

KANO State Road Traffic Agency (KAROTA) officials clashed with members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) on ZARIA Road, KANO, KANO State

Gunmen mounted on 3 motorcycles abducted 4 people including the ISA LGA Finance Director along the SOKOTO-ISA Road, ISA LGA, SOKOTO State the victims are allegedly being held in the GUNDUMI Forest, GORONYO LGA and a N250m has been demanded

19 January

A man was robbed of his motorcycle, N40,000.00, cell phone and ATM card in ZANGON KATAF. He was rescued by civil defence personnel

21 January

Gunmen attacked a Fulani village ZANKAN, KAURA LGA, KADUNA State around 9.00pm killing a boy and wounding 5

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

15 January

Suspected nomadic gunmen attacked RAFIN GONA and GBAGYI Villages, BOSSO LGA, NIGER Sate killing 7 people and burning the villages and farms

Gunmen mounted on motorcycles attacked a vigilante meeting around 1.30pm in TSE IGBE Village, ABAJI Town, KATSINA ALA LGA, BENUE State killing 10 and wounding 1 other person

16 January

Gunmen opened fire on a vehicle travelling from AMAAFU to ABAJI, in the vicinity of TSE IGBE, KATSINA ALA LGA, BENUE State killing 10 people

Peace talks between Gbagyi and Fulani communities in BOSSO LGA, NIGER State overseen by Governor Sani BELLO, has led to the dismantling of IDP camps and the return of the displaced to their homes

18 January

Gunmen mounted on 3 motorcycles abducted 4 people including the ISA LGA Finance Director along the SOKOTO-ISA Road, ISA LGA, SOKOTO State the victims are allegedly being held in the GUNDUMI Forest, GORONYO LGA and a N250m has been demanded

Situation External (Rest of the World)

18 January

Up to 40 men infiltrated WAZA National Park around 3.00pm, between NDIGUINA and GOULOUZIVINI Villages, LOGONE ET CHARI Department,

20 January

A UXO grenade detonated after a child, found in and placed it in a fire in MADANA Quartier, KOUSSERI, LOGONE ET CHARI Department, killing a 13 year old girl and wounding 3 children

Gunmen on foot crossed the KOMADOUGOU YOBE River and attacked Nigerien forces in GESKEROU, DIFFA Region, NIGER Republic, killing 2 Nigerien soldiers and burning 3 vehicles, NIGER reportedly retaliated with air strikes

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NORTHERN NIGERIA INTERNAL SECURITY SITREP- Week Ending 14 January 2017

Situation North East (Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States)

08 January

The NSCDC BORNO State command stated that a faction of IMN that has allegedly disavowed EL ZAKZAKY had been identified and interviewed in KWAYA KUSAR LGA

2 x male PBIEDs attacked a CJTF checkpoint at MUNA DALTI near MUNA Garage, JERE LGA around 8.15pm, with small arms killing 1 x CJTF member and wounding a young girl. The attackers ran into MUNA Park, where 1 detonated killing himself and a motor boy, the other was shot and killed by the CJTF. NPF EOD made his device safe and 2 x AK 47 were recovered.  around 10.30pm 2 x female PBIEDs detonated in KALERI Ward of GWANGE, MAIDUGURI killing both PBIEDs and 3 vigilantes the attackers reportedly knocked on their targets doors before detonating

2 x female PBIEDs infiltrated KALERI Ward of GWANGE, MAIDUGURI around 10.30pm. 1 knocked on the door of a man named Wakili BULAMA, detonating when his daughter came to open the door, killing both. The second knocked on the door of Usman WULE around 200m away detonating when he opened the door around 10.40pm killing him

A suspected Boko Haram member Abubakar Babagana TIJANI (aka MAFIYO) was arrested in GONGE Area, MAIDUGURI around 11.17pm on a tip off

Troops supported by CJTF conducted a clearance operation towards METELLE Village, ABADAM LGA, BORNO State clearing identified enemy hideouts between DOGON CHUKU and TUMBUN RAGE, ABADAM LGA, BORNO State killing 6 enemy 2 soldiers were wounded and evacuated to BAGA

Gunmen ambushed a 153 Bn fighting patrol in the vicinity of CINKI GUNDU, MNGUNO LGA, BORNO State killing 7 soldiers and wounding 8

Troops conducting clearance operations in MANAWASI and GAREL Villages, BORNO State, engaged enemy forces in BULAKESA Village, defeating the enemy with air support 5 soldiers were killed and 3 wounded. Up to 50 enemy were killed, 3 x AK 47, several other weapons and grenades were captured. 9 x adults and 18 minors were detained

09 January

Troops on a clearance patrol engaged enemy forces between BANKI and DAR EL JAMEL, BAMA?? LGA, Borno State around 7.15am at an enemy crossing point, the enemy escaped abandoning 1 x Honda motorcycle and 6 x 25 litre jerrycans of petrol, which were destroyed n site

A surrendered Boko Haram fighter identified a suspected Boko Haram spy and 2 wives of a Boko Haram Amir in BORNO State

A suspected Boko Haram member Alhaji NJIDA surrendered to troops at LIMANKARA GWOZA LGA, with 1 x AK47 and 9 x7.62mm (AK) rounds

The NPF stated they have recovered the bodies of the 2 missing MOPOL after the attack by Fulani herdsmen in DEMSA LGA, ADAMAWA State who allegedly drowned in a river as they withdrew

10 January

Gunmen attacked OLD MARTE, MARTE LGA, BORNO State at night killing 2, wounding 8 and capturing ammunition

11 January

11?? January Gunmen attacked MADAGALI, MADAGALI LGA, ADAMAWA State killing 2 people and abducting 3 school girls

A patrol from 27 TF Bde from their base in BARA to MADAKI Village, BIU LGA, BORNO State arrested 4 suspected Boko Haram members seizing 100 motorcycles

BORNO State Governor Kashim SHETTIMA stated that only 8 of the 126 aid agencies (WFP, ICRC, IOM, NRC and DRC) in the state were there to help

12 January

Elements of 27 TF Bde supported by vigilantes conducted clearance operations, exploiting enemy forces withdrawing from BUNI YADI in TALALA, DAMBOA LGA, BORNO State. Troops detonated an IED on the GOLGORE River Ban around 11.15am damaging a T-72 MBT and killing 2 officers, the unit withdrew to BUNI YADI

Officials of the UN met BORNO State Governor over his comments about NGO’s the Governor retracted his comments

13 January

Gunmen attacked 119 Bn and 133 SF Bn, 7 Bde positions in the vicinity of KANGARWA, KUKUWA LGA, BORNO State but were repelled with the support of NAF, ISR aircraft killing 10 enemy and wounding several and capturing 1 x PKM machine gun, 67 x 7.62mm (AK) link, 1 x AK 47, 18 x 7.62mm (AK), 3 x dane guns, 1 x cartridge, 2 x AK47 rifle top cover, 1 x RPG tube, 3 x RPG rounds, 1 x RPG charger, 2 x smoke grenade, 1 x Motorola Handheld radio, 1 x Koran and 1 x enemy flag. 3 soldiers were killed and 27 wounded

3 x PBIEDs detonated near a checkpoint killing 2 vigilantes and 10 other people in MADAGALI, MADAGALI LGA, ADAMAWA State around 8.30am. One f the PBIEDs allegedly had a baby strapped to her back. A fourth PBIED was allegedly shot as she attempted to enter the Motor Park

The Director of the US International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Ms Rosalyn WIESE donated 8 x military grade tents to the NPF in MAIDUGURI, BORNO State

Elements of 112 TF Bn, 2 Bde supported by CJTF vigilantes conducted clearance operations and fighting patrols in AWADA and SINBAYA Villages, DIKWA LGA, BORNO State. Troops engaged enemy forces at SINBAYA killing 8 in heavy fighting and then clearing ANADUWA Village removing enemy flags, recovering 4 x Isuzu and 3 x motorcycles and rescuing 35 women and 23 children

14 January

Elements of 112 TF Bn, 2 Bde supported by CJTF vigilantes patrolled to TALWRI Village, DIKWA LGA, via AGULARI, KIRINARI GUBDORI and YALE Villages, the enemy had abandoned their positons, however troops detained a suspected enemy store keeper, capturing 2 x Isuzu pick ups, grinding machines and a vehicle workshop, 5 x pump action shotguns, 2 x water pumps 8 x vehicle tyres and 1 x battery, they then patrolled towards DAGUMBA, BOBOSHE, KAJERI, BOSKORO and SALERI, destroying a suspected enemy night market and killing 5 ay BOBOSHE, rescuing 12 x women and 9 x children and capturing 1 x Toyota truck at KAJERI and arresting 1 x suspect in BOSKORO. 1 soldier was wounded

Gunmen attacked SABONGARI Village, MADAGALI LGA in the morning but were repelled by hunters and vigilantes who killed 7 and captured a machine gun

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

11 January

A 5 man gang of suspected armed robbers blocked the KANO-KADUNA Road, in between ZARIA and KWANAR DAN GORA, KADUNA State around 8.15am, but were engaged by a NPF SARS patrol who engaged them killing 2 suspects, 1 x AK 47, 22 x 7.62mm(AK), 2 x AK 47 magazines, cutlasses and assorted charms were recovered from the suspects vehicles, the 3 others escaped

The CDS Gen Gabriel OLONISAKIN visited troops and traditional rulers in JEMA’A and KAURA LGA, KADUNA State

12 January

The COAS Lt Gen BURATAI states that the Army will conduct Op Harbin Kunama 2 in Southern KADUNA and parts of PLATEAU and KANO states after a security meeting with President BUHARI in ABUJA

13 January

NEMA stated that 204 people have been killed in the southern KADUNA crisis. The Catholic Church stated 808 people had been killed between October and December 2016, 1,422 houses, 16 churches, 19 shops and a primary school destroyed in KAFANCHAN and CHIKUN LGA

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

10 January

Fulani herdsman and Gbagyi farmers clashed in SABON DAGA Village, BOSSO LGA, NIGER State over grazing rights leaving 4 dead

The DSS arrested 4 suspected Boko Haram members in OKO OBA, IFAKO IJAIYE LGA, LAGOS State

The DSS arrested a suspected Boko Haram leader in OKENE, ADAVI LGA, KOGI State

Clashes between Gbagyi farmers and nomadic herdsmen clashes in RAFIN BARUNA, BOSSO LGA, NIGER State led to 4 deaths

11 January

Suspected cult members murdered a man with bladed weapons in NORTH BANK Area, MAKURDI, BENUE State

The NAF has signed an MoU with FLORIDA based US Company Comp Air Aviation to produce a light utility aircraft the NAFSA Eagle

12 January

The NSCDC NIGER State Command stated it had arrested 2 suspected Boko Haram members in BOSSO LGA, stating one of them pretended to be a madman during the day but then was observed making phone calls and acting like a sane person at night

Fulani herdsman and Gbagyi farmers clashed in SABON DAGA Village leaving a policeman, NSCDC and civilian dead

13 January

Further clashes between Gbagyi farmers and nomadic herdsmen clashes in RAFIN BARUNA, at night led to 2 deaths

14 January

The NIGER State Emergency Management Agency stated that the Gbagyi/ herdsmen clashes in RAFIN BARUNA, BOSSO LGA had displaced up to 6,000 people

Situation External (Rest of the World)

09 January

Gunmen engaged a Camerounian military patrol in the vicinity of KOLOFATA, MAYO SAVA Department killing 1 person

An unexploded rocket detonated in the morning in the vicinity of FOTOKOL, LOGONE ET CHARI Department, EXTREME NORD Region wounding 3 girls fetching in firewood after one of them hit it with an axe

10 January

Media reports state that 2 x MQ-9 Reaper UAVs have been deployed to Base Aerienne 101, NIAMEY, NIGER Republic

11 January

2 x suspected PBIED attempted to infiltrate KOLOFATA around 6.00am, one was shot by soldiers and the other detonate

2 x young suspected PBIEDs detonated in the vicinity of DOUBLE, LOGONE ET CHARI Department, EXTREME NORD Region in the morning killing them and 2 of their companions

13 January

Media reports state that the US has offered NIGER Republic an ex US WC-130H under its Excess Defence Article programme formerly of the Puerto Rico Air National Guard

14 January

The bodies of 13 men and 3 women with their throats slit were found in the vicinity of GNAM GNAM, 10km from WAZA, LOGONE ET CHARI Department, EXTREME NORD Region

President BUHARI attended the 27th AFRICA-FRANCE Summit for Partnership, Peace and Emergence in BAMAKO, MALI

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NORTHERN NIGERIA INTERNAL SECURITY SITREP- Week Ending 07 January 2017

Situation North East (Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States)

01 January

Troops and CJTF vigilantes discovered a PBIED vest around the GOMARI Low Cost Area, MAIDUGURI around 9.30am, the device was recovered and destroyed in a controlled detonation by NPF EOD

02 January

Gunmen attacked friendly forces in the vicinity of LOGOMANI, DIKWA LGA, BORNO State around 1. 10am but were defeated, resulting in several enemy wounded

Troops from NUMAN, NUMAN LGA, ADAMAWA State detained a suspected Boko Haram member Dahiru SAIDU, allegedly Nos 164 on the wanted poster whilst in transit from LAFIYA -LAMURDE to JADA, ADAMAWA State around 7.20pm

The Shehu of BORNO Alhaji Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai ELKANEMI instructed District Heads in each of the 27 LGAs to identify any fleeing Boko Haram in their areas

The General Commander of MAFA Civilian JTF Agar JALLABE defended the reputation of the arrested Caretaker Chairman Shettima Lawan MAFA at a press conference

03 January

The military has closed filling stations in BABANGIDA, TARMUWA LGA, YOBE State, restricting supplies to 20 litres per motorists

Gunmen attacked 28 TF Bn positions in DAR Village, MADAGALI LGA, ADAMAWA State early in the morning with small arms but were repelled with no reported friendly casualties

Vigilantes in BUNI YADI, GUJBA LGA, YOBE State were detained by vigilantes around midday and handed over to troops, they were allegedly wives of Boko Haram fighters who fled SAMBISA Forest

Troops supported by CJTF arrested 4 Boko Haram suspects in SHUARI Village, near CUSTOM HOUSE, who stated they were from DAGUMBA Village, MAFA LGA, who were detained with 27 x sachets, 3 x sachets of cowbell milk and N5,040.00

04 January

3 x suspected female PBIEDs attempted to enter the market in BANKI DUTSE Village, 5km from GULAK, MADAGALI LGA, ADAMAWA State around 6.15am, they were spotted and challenged by a vigilante patrol, upon refusing to stop they were engaged by the vigilantes, detonating the explosives on 2 of them, killing all 3

Troops patrolling out of KATARKO, GUJBA LGA, YOBE State along GUJBA-NANAMAJI Road detained 4 suspected Boko Haram members allegedly fleeing TALALA, DAMBOA LGA, BORNO State

05 January

Elements of 27 Bde recovered a suspected GSS CHIBOK abductee Rakiya ABUBAKAR, in the vicinity of AJIGIN-TALALA, DAMBOA LGA, BORNO State near SAMBISA Forest, with a 6 month old baby boy

NDLEA ADAMAWA State Command stated it had seized 870 blocks of suspected cannabis weighing 981kg in DAMILU Area, JIMETA on 29 December

Troops supported by CJTF vigilantes conducted clearance operations along DAMASAK-GASHIGAR Road, MOBBAR LGA, BORNO State clearing DUOMA, ASAGA, GASHIGAR and other villages. Enemy were engaged at ASAGA defeating enemy fighters and recovering the corpses of 16 soldiers of 223 Tank Bn who were missing in action in GASHIGAR on since 16 October 2016 along the KAMADUGOU-YBE River bank

Soldiers and CJTF volunteer arrested 4 suspected Boko Haram members at SHUWARI Village, JERE LGA, BORNO State around 10.30am. 1 of who, locals stated was a Boko Haram medic

Troops conducted clearance operations around Camp ZAIRO in SAMBISA Forest, BORNO State discovering a black military style uniform, an Arabic language mortar handbook, a Koran, 4 x notebooks containing names, IED materials and instructions and a breakdown of arms and ammunition distributed amongst the group.

Nigerian refugees consisting 20 men, 25 women and 74 children crossed over from CAMEROUN to NIGERIA at BANKI, BAMA LGA, BORNO State

06 January

Troops patrolling to AWTI Village, (?) LGA, (?) State detained a man with gunshot wounds to the leg, who allegedly confessed to have sustained the injury after being ambushed in RANN on 30 December 2016

Troops arrested 2 men around their positions BUNI YADI at 9.20pm, one of the men was allegedly an ex-soldier dismissed from NASI

07 January

Gunmen attacked 27 TF Bde positions in BUNI YADI, GUJBA LGA, YOBE State from the east around 6.15pm but were repelled with 5 soldiers (including a medical officer) killed and 2 wounded, 1 x AK 47 was captured

Suspected nomadic gunmen attacked GIDAN DADI, KARLAHI and KWAYINE Village, DEMSA LGA, ADAMAWA State killing 2 villagers and 3 MOPOL after an alleged dispute over 47 dead cows. 2 MOPOL and 4 rifles were reported missing

Gunmen attacked troops via the RANGE AREA, BORNO State, they were defeated killing 4 soldiers. Troops exploited the next day at first light, tracking them to BULAISARI via GOLGORE Village, DAMBOA LGA finding their forming up point, discovering medical waste, a workshop, grinding mill, 2 x dane guns and a Motorola radio and exploited up to AJIGIN and TALALA

Troops conducting clearance operations engaged enemy forces in the vicinity of WULGE, BORNO State around 4.25pm killing 11 enemy and capturing 9. 1 soldier was wounded

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

04 January

KADUNA State Government has relaxed the 24 hour curfew on JEMA’A and ZANGON KATAF LGA to run 6.00pm to 6.00am. The curfew in KAURA LGA remains 24 hours

06 January

Suspected nomadic gunmen attacked TSONJE near KAGORO, KAURA LGA, KADUNA State but were repelled after a 24 hour firefight with the NPF and local vigilantes, killing 2 locals. The survivor allegedly retreated to a camp near PASAKORI Village at the base of the KAGORO Mountain

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

01 January

Police state they have arrested up to 70 suspects alleged to have been involved in attack in RAFI LGA in the forests around ROGAN, RAFI LGA (??) and PAN DOGARI, SHIRORO LGA and in LAPAI LGA

The DSS stated it had arrested 3 suspected Boko Haram members in mosque in MUTUM BIYU, GASSOL LGA, TARABA State having allegedly fled MARTE, MARTE LGA, BORNO State

The DSS arrested a suspected kidnapper Amadu BELLO, in HOROTON AREWA, NASARAWA LGA, KANO State, who allegedly was involved in a kidnapping at ZOMO Village, NINGI Village, BAUCHI State

02 January

NIGER State Police Command stated they had raided a suspected kidnappers camp at TEGINA, RAFI LGA detaining 5 suspects and recovering 1 x locally made pistol. They also raided a suspected cattle rustlers camp at PONGU DAJI, LAPAI LGA arresting 3 suspects with 2 x double barrel guns, 124 cattle and 36 x sheep in a 3 day exercise. A suspected kidnapper and cattle rustler Alhaji Muhammadu UMARU was arrested

02 January

The NPF in NIGER State have arrested 21 suspected cattle rustlers and kidnappers across the state, recovering 477 cattle, 90 sheep and an unspecified type and quantity of weapons

03 January

Approximately 15 gunmen attacked CHUL Village, GASSOL LGA, TARABA State at night in an alleged attempt to abduct wealthy villagers.an elderly lady Hajiya BABA was abducted. Her family was contacted for a ransom

Suspected nomadic gunmen fought Idoma farmers in OKPALE OGEGE, EDUMOGA, OKPOKWU LGA, BENUE State with bladed weapons after they complained about their cows damaging crops

A female lecturer at the Federal University of Agriculture, MAKURDI, Christina AGBULU who was abducted 26 November 2016 in LOKOJA, KOGI State was found dead in a shallow grave in the bush near NEPA Installation along LOKOJA-ABUJA Road around the city despite a N100,000.00 ransom having been paid for her out of a demanded N150,000.00. The victims mobile phone and recovered 3 suspects have been detained who allegedly admitted to abducting and raping the victim until she died and then disposing of the body

Suspected nomadic gunmen attacked SUNJI/ KAGORO Village, KAURA LGA, KADUNA State but were repelled by local people with no casualties reported

04 January

Alhai ACHUJA the traditional ruler of EGANYI, AJAOKUTA LGA, KOGI State who was abducted on 31 December 2016 was released, for an undisclosed ransom (n20m had been demanded)

Suspected nomadic gunmen fought Idoma farmers in OKPALE OGEGE with small arms after the farmers went to chase them of their farms killing 5 and wounding several

06 January

Suspected nomadic gunmen attacked OKENDE, ODUMOGA Village, OKPOKWU LGA, BENUE State killing 1 person and burning houses and farmland

The CAS AM Sadique ABUBAKAR stated that 2 x MI35M AH had been delivered. Cameras had been installed on Beechcraft NAF 202 and 204 and NAF 201 had been upgraded last year

The NAF stated it had deployed ISR platforms to recce SAMARU, KATAB, ZONKWA and KAFANCHAN in southern KADUNA State

The DSS arrested 2 suspected Boko Haram members in AMBA and GUDI Villages, KOKONA LGA, NASARAWA State, who are allegedly BORNO State indigenes who fled the state and were selling children’s clothes and perfumes. A suspected commander and kidnap coordinator Abdulkarim DAHIRU from OKENGWA, OKENE LGA, KOGI State was arrested at the specialist hospital, LOKOJA, KOGI State, who allegedly coordinated several kidnappings and robberies in EDO and KOGI State

07 January

The DSS arrested a suspected Boko Haram member in ANDAZA Village, KIYAWA LGA, BAUCHI State in possession of N300,000.00 who allegedly supplies narcotics to Boko haram in SAMBISA Forest

The DSS arrested 3 suspected kidnappers at KANSHIO, OTURKPO Road, MAKURDI, BENUE State on suspicions of several kidnappings in NASARAWA, BENUE and PLATEAU States, 2 other members of the gang are at large

Suspected cattle rustlers attacked ANGWA UMAD Village, SHIRORO LGA, NIGER State killing 1 and wounding 15 in an hour long attack stealing 212 cattle and 7 motorcycles

Situation External (Rest of the World)

01 January

A suspected Boko Haram member named as ALKALI was arrested in ALALUBOSA GRA, IBADAN, OYO State. The suspect claimed to be a bomb maker who escaped from SAMBISA Forest, initially getting to Mobil, Ring Road where he was accosted by local Hausa people

04 January

Nigerien Minister of Interior stated that 20 more Boko Haram fighters had surrendered in DIFFA Region

07 January

Gunmen engaged elements of BIR in IYAWA Mountains, GWOZA (?) LGA, BORNO State killing 2 Camerounians

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