NORTHERN NIGERIA INTERNAL SECURITY SITREP- Week Ending 10 June 2017

Situation North East (Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States)

04 June

The NSCDC BORNO State Command stated it had deployed 600 personnel to guard worship centres in MAIDUGURI, BORNO State and increased surveillance of motor parks and other areas

05 June

The Army announced that the Director of Military Intelligence and Army Provost Marshall would be investigating allegations of misconduct by security personnel in BAMA IDP Camp

06 June

The NSCDC recovered 2 food trucks from suspected Boko Haram members in MAINOK, KAGA LGA, BORNO State follow a tip off. The people with the vehicle reportedly fled into the bush upon being sighted

07 June

Gunmen occupied ALIDAWARI Village, JERE LGA via MOLAI, JERE LGA around 3. 00pm.Despite warnings to the security forces they attacked towards JIDDARRI POLO, MAIDUGURI, BORNO State around 5.55pm with AAA guns, small arms, PBIEDs and IEDs. They were repelled by NPF SARS and elements of 7 Div, retreating via ALI DAWARI.

Whilst the attack was underway 1 x female and 3 x male PBIEDs infiltrated from the east along the MAIDUGURI- DIKWA-GAMBORU Road axis, with the first detonating outside a mosque opposite the College of Agriculture in GONI KACHALLARI Village, JERE LGA as evening prayers ended killing himself and 6 others and wounding 18 around 8.45pm. The second detonated in the CHAD Basin Development Authority (CBDA) Compound around 9.20pm killing himself and 3 others, whilst the third detonated outside the compound killing himself and one other. A rapid counter attack by police and military with air support defeated the attackers. 4 others were killed and 6 more wounded in the fighting. 3 enemy were killed and 1PBIED was captured, 3 x AK 47s, IEDs and hand grenades were also captured. Local residents fled the area

08 June

The Vice President Yemi OSIBANJO visited MAIDUGURI, BORNO State to launch the distribution of 1.032 trucks of relief materials including 30,905 tons of maize, sorghum and millet to victims of the North East crisis.

A suspected PBIED was shot dead in the vicinity of JIDDARI POLO, MAIDUGURI

An explosion in FADAMAN RAKE Village, HONG LGA, ADAMAWA State 7.00pm. A man in a Toyota Starlet allegedly stopped and gave a bag to a child to give to his father the bag detonated as the children were going home, killing 2 children and wounded 4 around

10 x gunmen mounted on motorcycles attacked HAMBAGDA Village, GWOZA LGA, BORNO State. They ordered the villagers to assemble, but they fled. 12 were captured, with 4 murdered with bladed weapons, 6 abducted and 2 escaped. The attack was apparently in reprisal for the capture of a Boko Haram commander named Adamu RUGURUGU, who the villagers had reported to the military for his incessant attacks

09 June

The ADAMAWA State Command of the NSCDC rescued a 19 year old woman with an 8 month old baby who allegedly escaped from the SAMBISA Forest. The lady stated she was abducted from MUBI, ADAMAWA State in 2014

Gunmen attacked HUMBLI Village, MADAGALI LGA, ADAMAWA State

A General Court Martial sitting at 7 Div, HQ, MAIDUGURI, BORNO State sentenced a Sergeant to reduction in rank for desertion, a Lance Corporal to death for murdering a captured Boko Haram suspect and a Private to 15 years imprisonment for aiding and abetting the murder. A Corporal was reduced to Private for assault and a Private sentenced to 2 and 5 years imprisonment for stealing 641 x7.62mm (AK) rounds

10 June

Gunmen attacked YALE Village, KONDUGA LGA, BORNO State with small arms overrunning a checkpoint killing 2 vigilantes and wounding 1 other

Gunmen attacked KUDA KAYA Village, MADAGALI LGA, ADAMAWA State 2 km from GULAK, around 8.00pm with small arms to steal food and medicine whilst local people fled, they were engaged by local hunters until elements of 28 TF Bn arrived to push them out

Boko Haram released a 23 minute video allegedly showing the attack on MAIDUGURI. It also featured an unidentified man (filmed from neck down) standing atop piles of captured equipment, ammunition, clothing and personal effects, followed by SHEKAU speaking in Kanuri, Hausa and Fulani

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

04 June

Approximately 12 gunmen abducted 7 people in the vicinity of KAKAU,CHIKUN LGA, KADUNA State. 3 managed to escape leaving 3 men and 1 woman as they were taken into the bush

05 June

One of the people abducted near KAKAU was released following a ransom payment

Up to 5 gunmen robbed a man coming back from his farm at a fake checkpoint set up in the vicinity of KWANAN RUWA, CHIKUN LGA, near BURUKU along BIRNIN GWARI Road, KADUNA State

06 June

The British Military Assistance Training Team (BMATT) is to commence a 6 week training programme for NAF Regiment personnel on Force Protection at the NAF Regiment Training Centre, KADUNA, KADUNA State with 66 personnel training the students alongside the Basic Regiment Airmen’s Course

07 June

Up to 30 gunmen abducted over 20 people from 8 vehicles in the vicinity of AKILIBU Village, KACHIA LGA, KADUNA State along ABUJA-KADUNA Road around 12.30pm

08 June

DANGOMA, GOSKA, AMBAM, BAKIN KOGI, UNGUWAR FARI, UNGUWAR BAK and GERTI  Districts in JEMA’A LGA, KADUNA State signed a peace deal under the auspices of an NGO the Global Peace Foundation, NIGERIA in UNGUWAR FARI, KANIKON chiefdom

09 June

A soldier shot a youth who was allegedly working on the gutter near Command Secondary School, Nnamdi Azikiwe Way, KADUNA, KADUNA State around 9.00am leading to violent demonstrations in which 2 demonstrators were killed and 1 wounded police vehicle was burnt

Gunmen abducted 4 people along KADUNA-BIRNIN GWARI ROAD, KADUNA State

Elements of the NPF, KANO State Transport Road Agency, NSCDC and Hisbah searched SABON GARI Market, KANO, KANO State for illegal drugs and hospital equipment resulting in the death of 2 people

The KANO State Police Command stated it had dismantled several car theft syndicates and arrested 5 x suspected armed robbers in KUNTAU Village, DORAYI BABBA, GWALE LGA recovering 2 x vehicles, GWAGWARWA Quarter, NASSARAWA LGA, recovering 1 x Golf wagon, TSAMIYA BABBA, in GEZAWA LGA, with 2 x vehicles recovered.

3 of the group of over 20 people abducted along KADUNA-ABUJA Road were released by their abductors in the vicinity of RIJANA, KACHIA LGA, KADUNA State following a ransom payment by their families. The released abductees claimed that the kidnappers had over 30 people in captivity, were well armed and well organised between the ages of 22 and 35 and that they had murdered 2 passengers who resisted on the day of the abduction and subsequently murdered 2 others and raped some of the women

Gunmen abducted Salisu ISAH (Member of the KADUNA State House of Assembly for MAGAJIN GARI) heading to BIRNIN GWARI from KADUNA in between KADUNA International Airport/ NDA Roundabout and BURUKU

DCP Ahmad ABDULRAHAMAN of the KADUNA State Police Command issued a statement denying there had been any abductions on KADUNA-ABUJA Road

10 June

The abducted KADUNA State Assembly member, Salisu ISAH was released in the morning

1 Div, KADUNA states that it is investigating the alleged killing of a young man by a soldier at Command Secondary School, CHIKUN LGA, KADUNA

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

05 June

TARABA State Governor Darius Dickson ISHAKU stated that Boko Haram members were infiltrating BALI Forest and GASHAKA GUMPTI National Park in the state, whilst hosting Commander 23 Bde, Brig Gen Bello Abdullahi MOHAMMED

06 June

The trial of Senator Ali NDUME on 4 terrorism related charges in Federal High Court, ABUJA, FCT resumed with the Senator giving testimony, in which he stated that any contacts or information he received from Boko Haram were shard with the DSS and the former Vice President Namadi SAMBO. Ruling was adjourned until 04 July 2017. The trial began in 2011

The Federal High Court, ABUJA discharged Usman ABUBAKAR who was charged along with 7 others (AL BARNAWI et al) with terror charges related to 6the murder and abduction of 7 foreigners in BAUCHI State in February 2013. The Prosecution had informed the court of 05 June that it had no evidence against the accused but added two more defendants Mohammed SANI and Abubakar HABIB

09 June

The NPF have arrested 2 men with 1 x AK 47, 21 x 7.62mm (AK) and IED components in LOKO LGA, NASARAWA State, who confessed to being members of a 6 man armed robbery gang

10 June

Gunmen abducted a lawyer Barrister Franc UTOO in the vicinity of Chambian Plaza, GWARIMPA, ABUJA, FCT

Situation External (Rest of the World)

04 June

Up to 50 Camerounian airmen blocked Route Nationale 1 in the vicinity of ZIGUE, LOGONE ET CHARI Department, EXTREME NORD Region in protest over alleged unpaid salaries. Following mediation by senior commanders, they returned to the barracks. They were subsequently arrested and transferred to YAOUNDE

06 June

FRANCE has proposed to the UN Security Council that it supports the G5 Sahel Force in order to eradicate organised crime and Islamist groups

The UN Secretary General Antonio GUTERRES is to visit the Lake CHAD Basin countries sometime prior to the UN General Assembly meeting in September 2017

07 June

2 x female PBIEDs detonated in GALBI Quarter, MORA, MORA Arrondissement, MAYO SAVA Department, EXTREME NORD Region, killing the attackers and wounding 2 others. The attackers were reportedly a woman and a pre teen girl

08 June

US Senators Cory BOOKER and Rand PAUL have written to the US Secretary of State Rex TILLERSON, to oppose the $600m, A29 Tucano deal over concerns over human rights violations by Nigerian forces

09 June

2 x PBIEDs detonated in KOLOFATA, MAYO SAVA Department in the morning, killing only themselves

A PBIED detonated in the vicinity of BOUVARE, KOLOFATA Arrondissement at night killing only themselves

A PBIED infiltrated the BIR base in KOLOFATA a night killing themselves, 1 soldier and wounding 2

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The Attack on Maiduguri and Boko Harams Ramadan 2017 Offensive

On 7th June 2017, gunmen from Boko Haram’s Jama’a Al as Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l Jihad (Boko Haram JAS) faction launched a raid on Maiduguri, Borno State concurrently launching one of their more successful suicide attacks on another part of the capital.

This was the first large scale attack on Maiduguri in almost 18 months and was followed 2 days later by a video featuring Abubakar Shekau and footage from the attack.

We will look at this raid, what it tells us about Boko Haram’s current operations and the state of the counter insurgency operation

The Raid:

The Approach

The enemy moved from the Sambisa Forest (presumably) to the area around Molai, concentrating on the outskirts of Ali Dawari Village, Jere LGA, 4km south west of Maiduguri. Locals and vigilantes reportedly warned the security forces which were apparently unheeded.

Ali Dawari had been attacked several times by Boko Haram during the insurgency and served as a transit point for Person Based IEDs (PBIEDs) attempting to enter the city as well as other attacks. In response a defensive ditch had apparently been dug around the village but it is not clear if it is contiguous.

Screengrab from Boko Haram video showing The Approach. – Copyright Sahara Reporters

The Attack-Phase 1- Ali Dawari:

Attacking Ali Dawari around 3.00pm, the enemy utilised at least 2 x pick up trucks carrying up to 10 dismounts and up to 2 pick up trucks / technicals mounted with what appeared to be 14.5mm AAA guns as fire support and at least 2 x motorcycles.

Screengrab from Boko Haram video showing The Attack. – Copyright Sahara Reporters

The Boko Haram video showed dismounts filling in the defensive berm (once again proving the old adage that an obstacle not covered by fire is not a proper obstacle) and the technicals manoeuvring and firing as they approached the village, eventually pushing in surrounded by a mass of dismounts, with limited return fire. A solitary motorcycle, shadows the technical as they attack (possibly a command element?).

Screengrab from Boko Haram video showing the berm being breached. – Copyright Sahara Reporters

The video then show’s what looks like a rudimentary and poorly built fighting position, which Boko Haram has captured, there are no bodies or blood spatters indicating that friendly forces most likely took no casualties and withdrew when they lost the firefight.

Enemy fire discipline and weapon handling is universally poor, with little or no concentrated or aimed fire seen.

Having overrun the village, local residents fled on foot to Maiduguri while it appears Boko Haram looted as much as they could from the military outpost, from the clothing it would appear to be at least platoon strength.

The Attack-Phase 2- Jiddari Polo:

Around 5.55pm the enemy pushed up towards the centre of the city, advancing towards Jiddarri Polo, a Maiduguri district, friendly forces finally responded with elements of the Police Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) and 7 Division counter attacking with air support. Upon their defeat, the enemy appears to have withdrawn in reasonably good order.

The Attack-Phase 3- Lake Chad Basin Development Authority:

Whilst the fighting was going on in the south west of the city, the enemy launched a suicide bombing attack to the east in the vicinity of Goni Kachallari Village, Jere LGA in and around the Lake Chad Basin Development Authority (CBDA) Offices along the Maiduguri-Dikwa Road.

Up to 4 PBIEDs (reports vary between 4 males or 3 males and 1 female) infiltrated the area.

The first detonated outside a mosque opposite the College of Agriculture as evening prayers ended killing themselves and 6 others and wounding 18 around 8.45pm, another attempted to attack a mosque within the CBDA Quarters but was sighted by a vigilante who intercepted him as he detonated killing himself and 3 others, another apparently infiltrated the Lake Chad Research institute premises looking for a target and ended up detonating in a private house killing himself and 1 occupant. The fourth detonated at a coffee vendors stand near a mosque killing themselves and one other.

Withdrawal: it is unclear which direction the enemy withdrew through but it is likely to have been the same way they entered in order to utilise their improvised bridges over the defensive ditches and breaches in the earth embankments. The next day a suspected male PBIED was shot and detonated in Jiddari Polo killing only himself. One other was captured alive.

Aftermath: Whilst friendly casualty figures have not been released, heavy military casualties are unlikely as Boko Haram would not have been shy about showing corpses or signs of blood spatter.

Total civilian and PBIED casualties were given as 18 with 24 wounded of which 3 reportedly died. Enemy casualties are unknown.

On the 10th, Boko Haram released a 23 minute video featuring footage purported to be of the attack and captured items such as ammunition, ID cards, Code of Conduct booklets, mobile phones, boots, clothing and other random paraphernalia.

Screengrab from Boko Haram video showing captured equipment – Copyright Sahara Reporters

It concluded with a speech by Abubakar Shekau standing in front of an Igirigi APC and 2 x Otokar, Cobra type vehicles backed by armed fighters, in a forested environment, in which he claimed responsibility for the attack and gave (by his standards) a fairly coherent rant.

The Video

One can infer certain things about the insurgency from the video of this raid.

Resources:

With the caveat that the author is not a trained image analyst, the video appears to show the same 2 pairs of vehicles over and over again, I could identify at most 4 distinct pick up trucks, with a car appearing randomly in shot and only 2 motorcycles. This could indicate that Boko Haram JAS does not have that many operational vehicles left, or else did not wish to risk losing all of them in this operation.

Shekau was seen posing with an Igirigi APC and 2 x Otokar Cobras, prestige weapon systems which would have featured in the video if they had been part of the attack. Their absence could either be due to the fact that Shekau is not physically collocated with the actual fighting group (something he alluded to) or as mentioned above Boko Haram JAS wished to avoid losing all its vehicles in a risky attack.

The raid could have featured more vehicles that were not shown either because they were not near the cameraman or because Boko Harm wants to hide their numbers but as the vide seemed to explicitly aim to demonstrate strength and resilience this is improbable.

Propaganda and Influence

The rapidity with which the video was produced and released could indicate that this raid had a propaganda as well as military and resupply objective.

The target audiences can be guessed by the use of Arabic, Hausa and Fulani in the video, as well as images of Arab jihadis such as al Zarqawi and the comparatively reasonable performance and speech by Shekau. The purpose could possibly be to demonstrate to potential backers that Boko Haram JAS is still a going concern.

Screengrab from Boko Haram video showing al Zarqawi. – Copyright Sahara Reporters

Leadership structure: the fighter displaying the weapons was filmed from neck down, not showing his face. Although he spoke at length he was not identified. Shekau on the other hand had a full shot with vehicles and well equipped fighters. This demonstrates that Shekau wishes to project the image of command and strength.

Whilst he is happy to give the actual fighters publicity he is keen to ensure he is the identifiable ‘brand’ of Boko Haram JAS. This contrast with Daesh or Boko Haram ISWAP who regularly feature other commanders.

Screengrab from Boko Haram video showing Shekau. – Copyright Sahara Reporters

It could be that Boko Harams JAS practice of prominently featuring Shekau is a function of his personality but it also gives his junior commanders a form of immunity as the focus of the military is on killing Shekau. Boko Haram ISWAPs practice however demonstrates resilience, in that as no commander is given excessive primacy, they can easily regenerate if one is killed

2017 Ramadan Offensive

It has become an unfortunate tradition for Islamist fundamentalist terror groups to increase attacks during Ramadan, of which Boko Haram is no exception.

Whilst Boko Harams offensives do not necessarily strictly comply with strict phasing’s, it is convenient to break them down thus

  1. Preparation of the Battlespace
  2. Shaping the Battlespace
  3. Isolating the Battlespace
  4. The Attack
  5. The Defence

Preparation of the Battlespace: following on from the Army’s successful dry season operations such as Op Rescue Finale, the enemy was forced to withdraw from the Sambisa Forest and areas surrounding Maiduguri to the Rann Forest in Kala Balge LGA. Whilst this was an inconvenience the enemy did not lose significant manpower in this action and appears to have withdrawn in good order.

They appear to have replenished their food stocks through predatory raids on local villages as well as abducting boys and girls from isolated Camerounian and Nigeran villages. It is unclear how they sourced arms, fuel and ammunition, but one can assume some of these items were bought commercially from middlemen and others through stolen in raids and ambushes.

Shaping the Battlespace: with apparently limited resources the enemy regenerated its IED networks and deployed waves of PBIEDs mainly against Maiduguri and Mayo Sava Department.

The ad hoc nature of the IED campaign can be determined from the comparatively low lethality of the devices, some of which fail to function, the relative ease with which attackers are detected as well as reduced indoctrination, leading some attackers to surrender or throw away their devices.

The vast majority detonated on the outskirts of Maiduguri on the southern and eastern approaches and whilst they have had limited direct military utility, they served the strategic purpose of diverting attention (particularly of vigilantes), whilst Boko Haram JAS reinfiltrated the Sambisa Forest.

As the rainy season advanced the enemy built up their strength in Konduga LGA and Jere LGA dominating the hinterland through their presence and predatory terror raids on civilians, thus conditioning locals to avoid the bush.

Isolating the Battlespace: Boko Harams ability to isolate the battlespace is much reduced, but by taking advantage of the rainy season which reduces security force mobility (a form of environmental isolation) and dominating the hinterland with terror attacks, ambushes and raids on villages, in essence isolating most of rural parts of the southern and eastern axis of Maiduguri, confining movement to main roads in armed convoys and restricting civilian activities  to the towns garrisoned by the military, thereby giving themselves relative freedom of movement and denying it to vigilantes and civilians as well as some friendly forces .

The Attack: the raid on Maiduguri represents a major action on this axis, however it is likely that there will be more. Although Maiduguri is the headliner, attacks on Bama, Gwoza, Biu or any other towns around Sambisa or south of Maiduguri would present reasonable targets. The attacks are likely to be limited to raids as opposed to general offensives in which massed Boko Haram fighters attack towns and villages.

The Defence: it is likely that the Nigerian security forces will launch a limited operation in response to this attack, it is likely that Boko Haram will contest this with IEDs and ambushes and then withdraw deeper into the Sambisa Forest or if it is a sustained offensive once again displace to Kala Balge LGA.

Analysis:

The enemy raid was a tactical and operational success for Boko Haram JAS stemming directly from the failure of friendly forces to fix and destroy the enemy in the Sambisa and Rann Forests.

Whilst fighting in these vast forested areas are exceptionally difficult military tasks, it is clear that the enemy is comfortable with the seasonal pattern of friendly forces clearing and holding during the dry season, while enemy forces, withdraw, move and then reinfiltrate during the rainy season.

Despite their poor personal military skills the enemy is still clearly a competent foe, having successfully breached several obstacles, infiltrated a heavily militarised area in broad daylight, overrun friendly positions and then withdrawn with their captured loot. They have shown themselves to be adept at concentrating their forces and moving them around without response even when detected.

Operationally Boko Harm JAS has demonstrated that still has the ability to resource, lead and coordinate attacks such as these and that they are in no way defeated in the Sambisa Forest area.

Friendly forces on the other hand display several tactical errors. Although the video does not give a full perspective, the defensive position shown was of the same generally poor construction and siting that the author has witnessed throughout Nigeria in general and the North East in particular. There was no evidence of indirect fire from friendly forces or any other form of defensive structures other than the berm, which did not appear to be regularly patrolled or covered by fire.

Screengrab from Boko Haram video showing Captured military post. – Copyright Sahara Reporters

Fighting position in Kaga LGA-Authors collection

Operationally, friendly forces screen of vigilantes who patrol the outlying villages and forests seems to have worked well passing information about the build up as it was going on, however the information was not acted on.

A major raid such as this during Ramadan would have been intricately planned with resources husbanded, routes reconnoitred and manpower assembled, indicating it was a strategic effort for Boko Haram. It was most likely brought forward to coincide with the Acting Presidents visit for maximum impact and in the hope the visit would be cancelled.

Summary:

Compared to previous Boko Haram Ramadan offensives which spanned multiple states and countries from Borno to Plateau State, as well as Niger Republic and Cameroun, with IED, PBIED and VBIED attacks as well as offensives featuring massed vehicles, capturing towns and LGAs, few of which were even mentioned in Boko Haram propaganda, a rapidly trumpeted raid into a Maiduguri suburb indicates that Boko Haram JAS is a much weakened force.

While its use of PBIEDs demonstrates its resilience and ability to regenerate its IED logistics chains most attacks have been unsuccessful. The CBDA compound was one of the more successful and that required a full scale raid on another part of town for the bombers to penetrate deeply enough. Even then further casualties were averted by vigilantes and other active security measures.

Conclusion:

It is likely that there will be more attacks in the Ramadan period, however unlike previous years it would appear that they would have the more limited objectives of gathering stores, maintaining an offensive spirit and producing propaganda.

The video’s tenor with a much more restrained Shekau and featuring foreign jihadis is clearly a pitch to the wider jihadi-sphere, seeking patronage either from Middle Eastern sponsors or alliance with al Qaeda affiliates or even Daesh, which is facing imminent defeat and might be keen to forgive and forget and expand its footprint by adopting as many ‘franchises’ as possible around the globe.

Whilst Boko Haram JAS might not be as strong as it used to be it remains a potent threat, with the tactical and operational skills to conduct deep penetration raids such as this and successfully withdraw.

However the apparent lack of resources visible in their video and low quality IEDs indicate a significant weakness in the group, such as in skilled bomb makers, funds and combat supplies, hence the non to subtle pitch to any interested foreign sponsor.

Whilst this successful raid might appear to be an operational defeat for the Nigerian military it could be argued that it is actually demonstrates that strategically slowly but surely Boko Haram JAS is weakening and being defeated.

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NORTHERN NIGERIA INTERNAL SECURITY SITREP- Week Ending 03 June 2017

Situation North East (Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States)

29 May

Gunmen attacked NGURO NGURO Village, KONDUGA LGA, BORNO State killing 5 IDPs from BALE SHUWARI with bladed weapons

30 May

A suspected male PBIED attempted to infiltrate GIWA Barracks, MAIDUGURI, BORNO State and was shot by soldiers around 2.40pm as he attempted to scale the perimeter fence

Theatre Commander Maj Gen Lucky IRABOR handed over to Maj Gen Ibrahim ATTAHIRU in MAIDUGURI

31 May

Gunmen mounted on bicycles and motorcycles attacked KAYA, DAMBOA LGA, BORNO State, 27km from CHIBOK, with small arms killing 7 and burning the village. The rest of the population fled

01 June

The NAF began a 3 day medical outreach programme in IDP Camps in MAINOK, BENISHEIK and JAKANA, conducting eye checks and health checks as well as distributing drugs and spectacles to conducting eye checks and health checks as well as distributing drugs and spectacles to up to 3,075 IDPs

03 June

Gunmen attacked a village near GUMSRI Village, CHIBOK LGA, BORNO State killing 14 ad displacing the population

The new Acting GOC 8 TF Div Brig Gen Stevenson OLABANJI escorted by 5 Bde Commander Brig Gen Aminu CHINADE, visited troops in KARETO, DAMASAK and MALAM FATORI, congratulating them for defeating the enemy in DAMASAK and securing the MAIDUGURI-GUBIO-KARETO-DAMASAK MSR. He also visited 48 Engineer Bde at BOSO with its commander Brig Gen Jonathan GARNVWA

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

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

29 May

KOGI State Police Command arrested 2 suspected kidnappers from ANKPA LGA, who were alleged to have abducted the chief Imam of ENABO, ANKPA LGA in February 2017 in AYINGBA, KOGI State and 9th mile, ENUGU State

30 May

Gunmen abducted Garba DURBUNDE, a member of the NASS (TAKAI/ SUMAILA, KANO State) along ABUJA Road, in JERE LGA, KADUNA State

31 May

Mr DURBUNDE was released unharmed. Allegedly no ransom was paid

The Chairman of panel on alleged Army Human Rights abuses Maj Gen A.T. JIBRIN (retired) presented his report to the COAS, Lt Gen BURATAI in ABUJA, FCT. The terms of reference included alleged killing of neo Biafra protestors and Boko Haram suspects

01 June

Commander Op Safe Haven Maj Gen Nicholas ROGERS, paraded 11 suspects arrested in a security operation in JOS, PLATEAU State. He stated 7 suspects were killed and over 50 weapons captured

Armed robbers attacked UGBOKOLO, OKPOKWU LGA, BENUE State but were engaged by members of Omadewu Vigilantes Group in OKONOBO District, leading to 4 suspects and 1 vigilante killed 0

2 June

Suspected Fulani gunmen attacked KARGUDNA Village, CHIKUN LGA, KADUNA State killing a vigilante and abducting the wife and 2 children of the Village Head, who escaped with his first son

Situation External (Rest of the World)

28 May

The US Embassy completed a 1 month training course for the Anti Bomb Command in LAGOS, LAGOS State

01 June

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

The Foreign Minister Geoffrey ONYEAMA travelled to MOSCOW, RUSSIAN Federation for discussions with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey LAVROV on the purchase of military equipment including helicopters

02 June

2 x suspected female teenage PBIEDs infiltrated an IDP Camp in the vicinity of KOLOFATA, MAYO SAVA Department, EXTREME NORD Region around 6.00am, pretending to be refugees before detonating, killing themselves and 9 others and wounding 30

A suspected PBIED was shot in GANCE, MAYO SAVA Department 30 minutes before the Prefect of MAYO SAVA returned from the investiture of the KOLOFATA Sub Prefect

03 June

The G5 Sahel states (NIGER Republic, CHAD, BURKINA FASO, MALI and MAURITANIA) requested 50m Euros from the EU to set up the G5 Sahel Joint Force multinational force to tackle Islamist militants at a meeting in BAMAKO, MALI

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NORTHERN NIGERIA INTERNAL SECURITY SITREP- Week Ending 27 May 2017

Situation North East (Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States)

21 May

The Army reports that elements of 8 TF Div have conducted operations over the past 72 hours in the vicinity of CHIKUN GUDU, TUMBUMA KARAMI and TUMBUMA BABA, BORNO State killing 13 enemy and capturing 3 x AK 47, 1 x pump action shotgun, rifle magazines, 306 x assorted rounds of ammunition and 1 x Toyota Landcruiser. 1 x Toyota Landcruiser, 2 x motorcycles, 1 x Toyota truck and 6 c bicycles were destroyed

Elements of 242 Bn detained 6 x female and 4 x male Boko Haram suspected smugglers in MONGUNO, MONGUNO LGA and NOLWODO MALGORI, BORNO State capturing household items, food stuffs and N63, 060.00 cash

The new acting 7 Div GOC Brig Gen Ibrahim YUSUF, visited 21 Bde positions in MIYATTI, DAREJAMEL, WALASA, DANGARI and FREE TOWN with Brigade Commander Brig Gen AUDU. He also visited 26 TF Bde in GWOZA and its positions in BITTA, YAMTEKE, PULKA, NGOSHE and FIRGI.

NAF ISR aircraft identified a large structure with solar panels and enemy flags in the vicinity of PARISU, SAMBISA Forest, BORNO State

22 May

The NSCDC BORNO State Command deployed 50 armed personnel to UNIMAID in reaction to the recent PBIED attacks

NAF Mi 17 and Mi 35 attack helicopters were tasked to strike the suspected enemy structure in PARISU, BDA revealed fire and casualties

24 May

3 x suspected female PBIEDs detonated in the vicinity of MAMANTI Village, MOLAI Ward, JERE LGA, BORNO State around 5.55pm. The suspects were allegedly dropped off a motorcycle along MAIDUGURI-DAMBOA Road but were sighted by vigilante who attempted to intercept them and then they detonated their devices

BORNO State Governor Kashim SHETTIMA stated 156, 453 houses in the state had been destroyed by Boko Haram.

25 May

The Navy Chief of Policy and Plans (COPP) Rear Admiral Henry BABALOLA stated that Navy patrol teams from BAGA had improved security and enhanced commercial activities in the area.

270 refugees returned from CAMEROUN to NIGERIA via the SAHUDA Border Crossing to Burnt Bricks Transit Camp, MUBI SOUTH LGA, ADAMAWA State

26 May

Gunmen attacked a convoy on MAIDUGURI-DAMBOA Road in looted a truck loaded with rice around 3.00pm

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

25 May

The NAF held a 2 day retreat on Base Defence Planning at the Ibrahim ALFA Auditorium, NAF Institute of Technology, KADUNA, KADUNA State to educated stakeholders on the new NAF base defence concept of developing and deploying an air minded light infantry force capable of operating within and without the base perimeter

The CAS Air Marshal Sadique ABUBAKAR commissioned an electronic shooting range at the NAF Regiment Training Centre, KADUNA, KADUNA State

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

22 May

Gunmen ambushed vigilantes who were conveying 3 x suspected criminals to UGWOLAWO Divisional Police Station in AHI Village, OFU LGA, KOGI State killing 3 vigilantes and freeing the detainees

23 May

The trial of Mohammed USMAN (aka Khalid AL BARNAWI), Mohammed Bashir SALEH, Umar Mohammed BELO (aka ABU AZZAN), Mohammed SALISU (aka DATTI), Yakubu NUHU (AKA Bello MAISHAYI), Usman ABUBAKAR and Halima HALIRU at the Federal High Court, ABUJA, FCT on 11 counts of terrorism was adjourned until 06 June 2017 due to the absence of lead prosecution counsel Shuaibu LABARAN who was reportedly indisposed. The defence counsel opposed the motion

Tiv and Jukun youths clashed in FEEDI Market opposite the NAF Base, MAKURDI, BENUE State around 7.00pm, following a disagreement between two drunk young men of each tribe, leading to 3 killed, 5 wounded and 40 houses burnt

2 x gunmen mounted on motorcycles attacked the Eche Anee Festival in IDARE District, OKENE, OKENE LGA, KOGI State killing a masquerade and 3 of his followers

24 May

Police in KOGI State paraded 6 people in LOKOJA arrested on suspicion of kidnaping 2 people in April 2017 and armed robbery. 17 others paraded were arrested on suspicion of armed robbery, also recovered were 2 x AK 47s, 1 x Beretta 9mm pistol, 1 x locally made firearm, 27 x 7.62mm (AK), 1 x Nissan Sunny and1 x Toyota Carina

NPF in BENUE State discovered an illegal firearms fabrication facility in TSE TYUNGU in KYADO District, UKUM LGA and arrested 3 3 suspects

25 May

Suspected nomadic gunmen killed 12 people in ACKA MBAMAR Village, YONNOW Ward, LOGO LGA, BENUE State

Elements of 31 Artillery Bde raided a suspected Boko Haram cell in GIDAN MAI Village along MOKWA-TEGINA Road, MOKWA, MOKWA LGA, NIGER State. 3 suspected leaders Mustapha MUHAMMED (aka Adam BITRI), Ali SALEH and Uba MOHAMMED were arrested. Mustapha MUHAMMED with one other named BUKURA is alleged to have abducted Alhaji Shettima Ali MONGUNO in MAIDUGURI on 13 May 2013. Soldiers recovered debit cards, Voter Registration cards, National Identity Cards, mobile phones and bank tellers

The NAF states it has acquired 20x counter IED sniffer dogs and trained 12 x NAF Air Provost dog handlers in SOUTH AFRICA and NIGERIA

27 May

A clash between 2 groups (Tor Abaji and 20:20) in TSE IGBE, ABAJI, KATSINA ALA LGA, BENUE State lead to 4 killed, several wounded and up to 30 properties burnt

Situation External (Rest of the World)

22 May

2 x PBIEDs detonated in DOUBLE, MAYO SAVA Department, EXTREME NORD Region, 1 other was shot by soldiers. Here were no other casualties

24 May

Gunmen abducted 1 woman and 3 girls from GAKARA and 1 woman at night from DOUDJE, MAYO SAVA Department, EXTREME NORD Region and taken to KIRAWA, GWOZA LGA, NIGERIA

25 May

Gunmen mounted on 2 pickup trucks attacked a Camerounian Army outpost in BOUNGOUR in the vicinity of Lake CHAD, 20km from MAKARY, LOGONE ET CHARI Department, EXTRME NORD Region, whilst soldiers from the Garrison were playing football. 1 soldier was killed and the military post burnt

26 May

1 x PBIED mounted on a bicycle detonated in KOLOFATA, MAYO SAVA Department killing only themselves and wounding several others around 9.00am

27 May

An IED detonated in the vicinity of HARDORI, MAYO SAVA Department, EXTREME NORD Region around 12.30pm wounding 6 villagers from HOMAKA who were collecting straw to roof their huts

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NORTHERN NIGERIA INTERNAL SECURITY SITREP- Week Ending 20 May 2017

Situation North East (Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States)

14 May

Elements of 233 Bn, 27 TF Bde from FOB POTISKUM arrested a suspected Boko Haram commander Abubakar ADAMU aka PEPPER (35 years old from YERIMARA, POTISKUM LGA, YOBE State) in the vicinity of NEW PRISON Area, POTISKUM, YOBE State.

The military paraded a 14 years old suspected female PBIED, they state was captured with 3 others in the vicinity of JAKANA, MAIDUGURI. The suspect claimed to have been abducted with her father from GWOZA, GWOZA LGA, BORNO State in 2013 and selected for the attack because she refused to marry 3 different Boko Haram commanders

Elements of 231Bn and 331 Bn countered an armed robbery attempt in CHANCHARA Village, SHANI LGA, BORNO State recovering 1 x AK 47, 1 x machete and assorted ammunition

15 May

3 x female PBIEDs detonated in a SHUWARI BURI Village (a Shuwa Arab settlement) in MANDARARI Ward, KONDUGA LGA, BORNO State around 9.30pm. The group had asked for shelters pretending to be travellers but had been refused. 2 then ran into a hut detonating and killing 2, the 3rd detonated amongst rescuers wounding 7.

16 May

The BORNO State Governor Kashim SHETTIMA stated that the closure of IDP camps scheduled for the end of May 2017 would be put on hold due to Boko Haram activity

Soldiers patrolling in DIKWA LGA, BORNO State detonated an IED, wounding 2 soldiers

A 15 year old girl named as Mariam MOHAMMED-ISA who was formerly a JSS 1 student in GSS CHIBOK escaped from captivity after 3 years

17 May

Elements of 125 TF Bde supported by CJTF vigilantes raided an IDP Camp in DAMBOA LGA following reports that the perpetrators of an attack on SABON GARI, DAMBOA LGA, BORNO State, in which 6 soldiers were killed and several wounded were hiding there. 126 suspected Boko Haram members were arrested in the camp, capturing one suspect who had the ID card of a fallen soldier in his wallet.

Troops detained a suspected Boko Haram food supplier in YUNUSARI LGA, YOBE State with 270 x 25kg bags of rice and cans of oil

The BORNO State Governor visited DAMASAK, MOBBAR LGA where he stated the State Government had rebuilt 1,600 mud houses, 450 block houses and 16 public buildings. He also stated that 101,000 out of 150, 585 homes had been destroyed in MOBBAR LGA

A female PBIED detonated near a military checkpoint in MASHIMARI, KONDUGA LGA, BORNO State around 7.30pm killing herself and 2 soldiers. The attacker had allegedly attempted to befriend a soldier

NAF ISR aircraft conducted a confirmatory ISR mission on the outskirts of the SAMBISA Forest where a black vehicle and suspected Boko Haram dismounts were spotted the previous day, an air strike was called destroying what was assessed to be a logistics centre

18 May

The University of MAIDUGURI has hired 50 hunters to guard the university

3 x male PBIED attacked University of MAIDUGURI, BORNO State. One was intercepted around 11.50pm detonating near the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. 2 hours later another detonated at the entrance to the female BOT Hostel and detonated killing himself and wounding 2 security guards and 2 vigilantes, the other detonated near a construction site in the university

BORNO State Governor Kashim SHETTIMA stated that 10,500 refugees had been forcibly repatriated from CAMEROUN to BAMA

19 May

Elements of 3 Bn, 22 Bde supported by CJTF vigilantes conducted an intelligence driven fighting patrol in the vicinity of NGALA, NGALA LGA. Troops made contact in NDUFU, defeating the enemy and then clearing MUKTU and MUZURI. 9 enemy were killed and IED making facility destroyed. 125 civilian were liberated at NDUFU, 802 at MUKTU and 71 at MUZURI. Troops also vaccinated all children under 5 against Polio and captured 1 x AK 47 and magazine 4 x motorcycles, 2 x solar panels, 2 x IEDs det cord and IED components and 2 x Boko Haram flags

20 May

Gunmen mounted on motorcycles captured 6 vigilantes from  group of 12 who were hunting near DALORI 1 IDP camp, MAIDUGURI, BORNO State. 6 escaped and raised the alarm and 4 were found with their throats slit by the river bank

Gunmen attacked villages in MUSSA District, ASKIRA UBA LGA, BORNO State around 10.00pm killing 7, wounding 46, abducting an unspecified number and stealing foodstuffs on 4 motorcycles

A suspected male PBIED detonated in the vicinity of UNIMAID Children’s Secondary School, MAIDUGURI around 10.00am. the PBIED had hidden in a ditch near the school after being challenged and then detonated as they approached. There were no other casualties

Gunmen attacked MUSSA District, ASKIRA UBA LGA, BORNO State with small arms from KILIRKASA Axis around 7.15pm killing 1 civilian and wounding up to 40

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

19 May

The COAS Lt Gen BURATAI commissioned Fort Muhammadu BUHARI FOB in DAURA, LGA, KATSINA State

20 May

The COAS Lt Gen BURATAI launched Op Harbin Kunama 3, a ‘Brigade Training Exercise’ in FALGORE Forest, DOGUWA LGA, KANO State Governor

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

14 May

Gunmen attacked a village, GIREI LGA, TARABA State killing 30 people including a DPO

Suspected nomadic gunmen attacked GAZABU, TUKUN RUWA, UTSUA DAA, KUNGANA and KPENKPEN, BALI LGA, TARABA State killing 3 people, wounding several and displacing 1,765 others

Gunmen abducted the Permanent Secretary of the ONDO State Hospital Management Board Dr Niran IKUOMOLA and his driver along the LOKOJA-ABUJA Expressway in KOGI State

Suspected Fulani gunmen attacked the mosque in ETOGI Village, GBARA Ward, MOKWA LGA, NIGER State around 5.00am, killing all 21 people there including the Imam, 3 drowned whilst fleeing, 15 were wounded (3 fatally) with 5 missing. The gunmen also stole money from houses and villagers. The attack was allegedly a reprisal for an incident in which a Fulani man allegedly reneged on an agreement to pay for land and was killed in the fracas. Police have arrested 3 suspects

A disagreement led to a Fulani herdsman stabbing and killing a youth in the market in TUGAN MALAM Village, PAIKORO LGA, NIGER State. Locals retaliated killing 4 Fulani herdsmen. 3 suspects have been arrested

15 May

A clash between locals and Fulanis in ADIKO, OBI LGA, BENUE State led to 3 deaths, after a disgruntled herdsmen allegedly murdered a lady on ADIKO-ADUM ROZD apparently to cause a problem between local Fulanis

The BENUE State Police Command stated they had arrested 8 x Fulani herdsmen on suspicion of murdering 15 people in TSE AKAA, MBA’ABAJI and TSE ORLALU in UGONDO MBANAR District, LOGO LGA

The abductors of Dr Niran IKUOMOLA have demanded a N70m ransom

A community clash in OGBAI, AGATU LGA, BENUE State led to 3 deaths after a youth leader was allegedly told that some youths had stolen cattle from Fulani herdsmen, when he went to remonstrate with the youths he was murdered

Gunmen attacked a police post along OKENE-OGORI MANGOGO- LAGOS Road in OGORI MANGOGO LGA, KOGI State killing 2 and stealing 2 x AK 47

16 May

Youths attacked a Fulani settlement in OTOKWE, ADUM EAST, OBI LGA killing 3 people and 3 cattle

18 May

TARABA State Governor Darius ISHAKU, stated that Boko Haram members were fleeing from BORNO State to the SUNTAI DAAJI Forest in BALI and DONGA LGA and GASHAKA/ GUMTI National Park

19 May

The KOGI State Governor Yahaya BELLO presented 10 x pick up trucks and 260 x motorcycles to local vigilantes in the state in LOKOJA

Dr IKUOMOLA was released by his abductors. It is not known if a ransom was paid

Situation External (Rest of the World)

14 May

Gunmen abducted 4 women from LDAOUTSAF Village, VREKET, MAYO MOSKOTA Arrondissement, MAYO TSANAGA Department, EXTREME NORD Region as they went to fetch water

15 May

The University of DIFFA, DIFFA Region, NIGER Republic began a 3 day international symposium on de radicalisation and reintegration of Boko Haram militants

16 May

Gunmen abducted 3 women in the vicinity of VREKET, as they went to fetch water and took them into NIGERIA

17 May

The Israeli Ambassador set up a football league for 225 IDP children in ADAMAWA State using funds for the Embassy’s Independence Day Celebration

19 May

2 x PBIEDs attacked WALLANDE, MORA, MAYO SAVA Department around 6.00am, they were challenged by vigilantes and fled into a house and detonated killing themselves and a civilian and wounding 3, 2 other suspected PBIEDs are being sought

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NORTHERN NIGERIA INTERNAL SECURITY SITREP- Week Ending 13 May 2017

Situation North East (Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States)

10 May

A cattle owner stabbed a cattle buyer in an argument over money n MUBI International Market, MUBI, MUBI LGA, ADAMAWA State. A mob then attacked the alleged murderer and killed him. Police arrested 2 suspects

The Federal Government has released N3bn in death benefits to the families of 800 soldiers killed in BORNO, YOBE and ADAMAWA States between 2010 and 2012 and 24 killed in 2013. Of the 2013 batch 24 families were paid leaving 801 unpaid

12 May

Elements of 145 TF Bn and 158 TF Bn, 5 Bde conducted an ambush at JULARI Village, BORNO State along KARETO-DAMASAK Road killing 4 suspected enemy and capturing 1 x AK 47, 1 x Toyota Hilux, 3 x motorcycles, 35 bags of dry fish, 1 x bag of bush meat 3 x bags of sugar  and 60 x litres of engine oil. 1 soldier was killed.

Boko Haram released a 3 minute video of 4 girls dressed in black niqab claiming to be GSS CHIBOK abductees. One claiming to Maida YAKUBU held a AK 47 and speaking in Hausa and Kibaki stated they did not wish to return home to her parents, describing it as the ‘…land of disbelief…’

Boko Haram released a six and a half minute video via journalist Ahmad SALKIDA with 5 men, who claimed to have been the prisoners exchanged for the GSS CHIBOK abductees. One who claimed to be called Shuaibu MONI (aka Abu DARDAA) stated that more than 5 commanders were released (although only 5 commanders were shown) they were in the SAMBISA Forest and were preparing to attack ABUJA. He also stated that there was no dialogue between the Boko Haram and the Government. The Army denounced the video as ‘mere propaganda’

Troops patrolling from a FOB in FIKA, FIKA LGA, YOBE State detained a suspected Boko Haram member named Bala IBRAHIM (30 years old from BULABULIN, FIKA LGA)

13 May

Approximately 9 gunmen mounted on motorcycles attacked AMARWA, KONDUGA LGA, BORNO State 2km from ALAU Dam killing 11 farmers weeding their plots with bladed weapons, vigilantes and other locals pursued the attackers to SOJORI Village, where they engaged them and killed 4 attackers. Locals state the enemy concentrates around KAJIRI Village, 2km from AMARWA

3 x male PBIED detonated at a security post as they attempted to infiltrate the ECWA Chapel in the Department of Works at the University of MAIDUGURI, BORNO State around 1.10am killing themselves and a security guard and wounding a soldier.

 

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

06 May

The corpse of a 20 year old youth was found in a Christian burial ground in KABALA WEST, KADUNA SOUTH LGA, KADUNA State, cause of death is unknown

07 May

The Chairman of ISA LGA, SOKOTO State Garba MOYI stated that 67 suspected bandits had handed in an unspecified number and variety of weapons in as part of the State Amnesty Programme in return for cash, plots of land for farming etc. They were paid between N100,000.00 and N500,000.00 per firearms and a similar range of N100-500,0000.00 to restart their lives on 14 April

Traders from UNGUWAN MUAZU, KADUNA SOUTH LGA, KADUNA State were attacked in KABALA WEST

08 May

3 bodies were discovered in KABALA WEST NARIYA and UNGWAN MUAZU, KADUNA SOUTH LGA, KADUNA State at 5.00am. Muslim gangs then attacked Christians and Christian gangs attacked Muslims. Authorities arrested 18 people in relation to the killings

The Gam-Allah Fulani Development Association of NIGERIA (GAFDAN) stated that up to 11,571 cattle had been stolen in CHIKUN, KAJURU, KACHIA and IGABI LGAs, KADUNA State

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

07 May

Herdsmen attacked TSE AKAA, MBA’ABAJI and TSE ORLALU in UGONDO MBANAR District, LOGO LGA, BENUE State around 5.00pm from TARABA State axis, allegedly after local villagers challenged them whilst they were moving due to the rainfall, killing up to 15 people and displacing natives to UGBA

A suspected criminal shot and killed a vigilante member in AGBER, MAKURDI, BENUE State, wounding 2 other people. The suspect was allegedly ejected from the community a year ago for his alleged criminal behaviour

08 May

The TARABA State chapter of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN) stated that 5 herdsmen and 5 Kuteb people had been killed in clashes in TAKUM and USSA LGA, TARABA State after a Kuteb man was killed by herdsmen by a stream in TAKUM LGA. MACBAN also claimed 1,200 members and hundreds of cattle were missing.

Elements of 133 Special Forces Bn, 707 Bde conducted an anti bandit clearance operation in NIGER State, rescuing 4 people abducted by bandits and cattle rustlers, from MANGODO Village, NIGER State, 3 soldiers were killed and several wounded

09 May

A pastor with The Apostolic Church, ZARIA, KADUNA State Pastor James Effiong OKON was abducted in MARABAN JOS Area, KADUNA State and taken in the direction of BIRNIN GWARI. The kidnappers demanded N5m from friends and relatives

Suspected nomadic gunmen attacked TSE IGBOUGHUL Village, LOGO LGA, BENUE State around 8.00pm with small arms killing 2 people

10 May

Suspected nomadic gunmen continued their attack on TSE IGBOUGHUL Village killing 4 and wounding 10

Suspected nomadic gunmen waylaid motorists around 10.00am on the ABUJA-KEFFI Road, in the vicinity of BARDE Village, near GIDAN WAYA, JEMA’A LGA, KADUNA State near the KADUNA/ PLATEAU State Border. Passengers were robbed for about 30 minutes before the robbers fled upon sighting some soldiers

Kidnapers released the mother and sister of the NASARAWA State House Assembly member Kassim Mohammed KASSIM (AKWANGA SOUTH) around 5.00am following an undisclosed ransom payment

11 May

Suspected nomadic gunmen attacked several villages in MBAKUUR Ward, LOGO LGA, BENUE State around 3.00am killing 6 people. They then attacked MBAYA Ward, BURUKU LGA killing 2 people

12 May

Gunmen shot and killed the APC organising secretary in NAKA, GWER WEST LGA, BENUE State around 7.00pm in a suspected robbery after pursuing

13 May

Troops from FOB YUGA, TORO LGA, BAUCHI State conducted and intelligence led ambush in the vicinity of MUNDU Village detaining 4 suspected kidnappers and seizing 1 x locally made 6 barrel firearm, 1 x empty shotgun cartridge, 2 x machetes, 1 x knife, 2 x mobile phones, 2 x packets of Tramadol tablets ad N360,000.00

Situation External (Rest of the World)

05 May

Gunmen attacked MNJTF positions in the vicinity of GEDE, near FOTOKOL, LOGONE ET CHARI Department, EXTREME NORD Region

07 May

Chadian forces detained 9 members of BIR and 2 civilians in MAYO KEBBI EAST Region who were allegedly 45km into Chadian territory. The detainees claimed to be in pursuit of 4 bandits who stole 26 oxen who disappeared into a forest between GOBO, CAMEROUN and HOLOM-GAMES, CHAD. The detainees were taken to BONGOR

08 May

Gunmen attacked VOUZI, MAYO MOSKOTA Arrondissement, MAYO TSANAGA Department, EXTREME NORD Region, killing 2 vigilantes and abducting 2 Primary School pupils aged 8 and 13 years old

The Chinese Government donated $5m to the UN’s World Food Programme to provide food aid to IDPs in North East NIGERIA

CAMEROUN and the UN launched and fund raising appeal to raise $434m to aid refugees in the north and east of the country

09 May

The AU Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki MAHAMAT visited YAOUNDE, CAMEROUN, where he held talks with the Camerounian Prime Minister Philemon YANG. He stated the AU will give more support to the MNJTF

10 May

The Chadian Army released the 9 x Camerounian BIR and 2 x civilians detained in MAY KEBBI EST Region

Elements of BIR attached to the MNJTF began Phase 4 of Op Thunder with 1,500 troops conducting clearance operations in the forests on the NIGERIA/ CAMEROUN border

The Deputy Director, Office of West African Affairs, US State Department Nathan HOLT stated that the US will contribute $500m in humanitarian assistance through the World Food Programme

The bodies of the Primary School pupils abducted from VOUZI were found in the area

12 May

2 x PBIEDs detonated in LIMANI, MAYO SAVA Deprtment, EXTREME NORD Region killing themselves and a vigilante. 4 people were wounded

 

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NORTHERN NIGERIA INTERNAL SECURITY SITREP- Week Ending 06 May 2017

Situation North East (Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States)

30 April

BORNO State Police Command stated they had arrested 9 suspected Boko Haram fuel suppliers, including Modu MAIDARA from NJIMTILO arrested 19 April 2017 who allegedly supplied fuel to insurgents in ALAGARNO, SAMBISA Forest

02 May

Gunmen attacked 27 TF Bn positions in the vicinity of MANGAZUM, BORNO State, the attackers were repelled with air support. NAF ISR then tracked the enemy to a village 3.42km northeast of MANGAZUM and then tasked 2 x Alphajets and 1 x F-7Ni to strike them.

GOC 8 TF Div Maj Gen Ali NANI stated that the ban on fish smuggling between BAGA, MONGUNO and MAIDUGURI instituted 22 November 2016 was still in place

03 May

3 x suspected female teenage PBIED were shot as they approached a 195 Bn checkpoint along MAIDUGURI-MAFA Road known as GUANTANAMO in MUNA Garage, MAIDUGURI, BORNO State around 10.00pm, one of their explosive devices detonated killing them all and wounding 1 soldier

Media reports state that an airstrike by 2 x NAF Alphajets on Friday 28 April in BALLA Village, BORNO State, 40km from DAMBOA on the periphery of the SAMBISA Forest around 1.00pm killed several key Boko Haram commanders including Abba MUSTAPHA (aka Mallam ABBA) and Abubaker GASHUA (aka Abu AISHA) and wounding several others including Abubaker SHEKA. The reports state that SHEKAU was allegedly taken to an undisclosed location to in the vicinity of KOLOFATA receive medical attention. 6 fishermen in revenge, accusing them of having provided information to friendly forces. Enemy fighters then slit the throats of SHEKAUS’s inevitable video denying the allegations has not yet been released.

04 May

Gunmen mounted on motorcycles attempted to infiltrate MAIDUGURI, BORNO State via the ALAU Dam, KONDUGA LGA but were defeated by friendly forces

Boko Haram JAS leader Abubakar ‘SHEKAU’ posted a 14 minute video, in which he sat flanked by 2 masked men, speaking in Hausa and Arabic. In which he mentioned the date and time (1.00pm on Thursday 04 May) and that he was not dead and the authorities would never know his location

A MAFA LGA Councillor Umar IBRAHIM and IDP Camp official Bulama Ali ZANGEBE were convicted by BORNO State High Court on 4 charges pertaining to conspiracy and misappropriation of 180 bags of rice donated to IDPs in MAFA LGA by the Danish Refugee Council. They were sentenced to 2 years in prison each and N1m fines. Another suspect at large Shettima Lawan MAINA was also convicted in absentia

2 x female PBIEDs infiltrated a IDP camp in MANDARARI Ward, KONDUGA LGA, BORNO State around 10.45pm, detonating and killing themselves and 5 others including 2 children and wounding 6 others

 

06 May

82 abductees from GSS CHIBOK were released by Boko Haram in exchange for at least 2 enemy prisoners. The exchange was negotiated by the ICRC, SWITZERLAND and a local NGO under DSS auspices.

The exchange took place in BANKI, BAMA LGA, with an ICRC convoy taking the girls to a helicopter pick up point in BANKI, where they were flown by 2 x MI 8 helicopters to ABUJA, FCT

 

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

30 April

Gunmen robbed vehicles along KADUNA-ABUJA Road killing 2 travellers in a commercial bus

02 May

KADUNA State Governor Nair EL RUFAI, lifted the curfew in JEMA’A and KAURA LGA following a meeting of the KADUNA State Security Council, consisting of Commander 1 Div Garrison Brig Gen Ismaila ISA, Commander 453 Base Services Group NAF, Air Commodore Idi AMIN, Commandant Navy School of Armament, represented by Capt SM OCHIDI, State Commissioner of Police Agyole ABEH, State Director of the DSS, Tijani Mohammed WAKIL and others

05 May

KADUNA State Police Command has deployed a special task force known as OP Restore Hope to KUYANBANA and KAUMUKU Forests in BIRNIN GWARI LGA t combat cattle rustlers, armed robbers, armed bandits and terrorists according to the State Commissioner of Police Agyole ABEH

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

01 May

A dispute between AFIZERE, JARAWA, JOS NORTH LGA), PLATEAU State and the ANAGUTA people over a sign for the ANAGUTA Paramount Chief that was allegedly removed by some AFIZERE people was averted by the intervention of the STF, NPF and NSCDC

Gunmen attacked TATI, TAKUM LGA, TARABA State killing 8 people, including 5 religious leaders. Locals allege the attackers are Boko Haram from YOBE or BORNO State

02 May

Gunmen attacked KWESATI, USSA LGA, TARABA State killing 2 people

04 May

The OKENE High Court, sentenced 2 men to 28 years’ imprisonment and death by hanging after finding them guilty of 4 charges of criminal conspiracy to commit armed robbery, armed robbery, criminal conspiracy to commit criminal homicide and culpable homicide. The accused murdered a cattle rearer named HARUNA in December 2015 and stole his cattle

05 May

The Chief Magistrates Court, LOKOJA, KOGI State remanded Adamu Anas MOHAMMED (27 years old, JIMETA, ADAMAWA State) to KOTON KARFE Prison on charges of membership of Boko Haram and adjourned the case till 31 May 2017.MOHAMMED had been arrested on 06 April in OBAJANA, KOGI State

Gunmen attacked herdsmen in TAKUM LGA, killing up to 15 people and scattering their cattle with up to 150 missing

06 May

Gunmen abducted the mother and sister of the member of the NASARAWA State House of Assembly Kassim MOHAMED-KASSIM (APC-AKWANGA SOUTH), from his home in MOROA, AKWANGA LGA around 8.00pm. The kidnappers have reportedly requested a N30m ransom from the family

Situation External (Rest of the World)

02 May

Gunmen attacked NDABA-BLAKOLDJI, MAYO SAVA Department, EXTREME NORD Region, 12km from KOLOFATA, wounding 2 people and burning 3 houses

Gunmen attacked ACHIGACHIA, LOGONE ET CHARI Department, EXTREME NORD Region at night looting food stuffs and personal effects and burning houses.

05 May

US and UK Governments stated that Boko Haram was planning to abduct foreign workers along BANKI-KUMSHE axis in BAMA LGA, BORNO State

Gunmen attacked Chadian Army positions in the vicinity of KAIGA, LAC Region, CHAD on Lake CHAD early in the morning killing 9 Chadian soldiers and wounding 28, they were repelled allegedly losing up to 28 attackers

Gunmen attacked a Cameronian Naval position in KESSA, 7 km from FOTOKOL, LOGONE ET CHARI Department, EXTREME NORD Region and were repulsed after several hours

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