NORTHERN NIGERIA INTERNAL SECURITY SITREP- Week Ending 08 December 2018

Situation North East (Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States)

02 December

The NPF stated it had deployed an additional 2,000 personnel from MOPOL, CTU and Sniffer Dog Sections to the North East. The existing strength was given as 47 x MOPOL units (2,691 personnel) in BORNO State, 26 x MOPOL units (1,638 personnel) in YOBE State and 18 x MOPOL units (1,134 personnel) in ADAMAWA State. 1000 x CTU, 300 x EOD  Anti Bomb Squad with over 100 x dogs and 1,250 FSARS and other NPF were deployed to the 3 states. The Police Air Wing was also in theatre

MNJTF  forces supported by air and armour appear to have begun offensive operations in the vicinity of Lake CHAD

03 December

Suspected Boko Haram ISWAP gunmen mounted on trucks attacked friendly positions in MALAM FATORI, ABADAM LGA, BORNO State with small arms and AAA guns

04 December

Suspected Boko Haram ISWAP gunmen mounted on trucks attacked friendly positions in GUDUMBALI, GUZAMALA LGA, BORNO State around 7.05pm with small arms and AAA guns. 2 soldiers were wounded and the local population displaced into the bush

Gunmen attacked AREGE, MOBBAR LGA, BORNO State; Boko Haram ISWAP claims to have killed 7 and wounded 10 soldiers. The base was allegedly overrun with soldiers withdrawing to MALLAM FATORI having run out of ammunition

Elements of 117Bn, 28 TF Bde supported by CJTF Vigilantes attacked suspected enemy position in YACHIDA, KORONGELEN, BOMBULA and FORFOR Villages, DAMBOA LGA, BORNO State, engaging the enemy at FORFOR, killing 1, capturing 2 and 1 x AK 47, 1 x AK 47 magazine, 21 x 7.62mm (AK), 1 x Type 36 HE grenade, 1 x set of webbing and 1 x motorcycle. 2 soldiers were wounded

Social media reports state that the NAF and Chadian air force have been conducting air strikes on Boko Haram ISWAP positions in the vicinity of Lake CHAD

05 December

NEMA began distributing 140, 468 bags of food donated by the Saudi King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre to IDPs in BORNO and YOBE States in TEACHERS VILLAGE IDP Camp, MAIDUGURI, BORNO State. 125, 31759.8kg  baskets of food containing 25kg of rice and beans, 4kg x Semovita, 2 x litres of oil, 29 x sachets of tomatoes, 1kg of salt and 2 x sachets of seasoning are to be distributed to 33, 343 households in BORNO State for the next 4 months. 225, 685 baskets are to be distribute to 3,774 households in YOBE State

Troops began reinforcing the area around JAKANA, KAGA LGA, BORNO State following reports of the enemy concentrating nearby

06 December

Up to 6 gunmen attacked a group of 20 women from the IDP Camp gathering firewood early in the morning on the outskirts of NGALA TOWN, GAMBORU NGALA LGA, BORNO State. The attackers murdered a Shuwa Arab lady with small arms, shaving the heads of and beating the other Kanuri ladies before releasing them

Gunmen mounted in 4 trucks and several motorcycles attacked RANN, KALE BALGE LGA, BORNO State around 9.30pm burning several houses and the UNICEF clinic. Up to 5 civilians were reported killed, several dozen wounded and foodstuffs and medical supplies looted. Elements of 3Bn responded defeating the attack with air support

The COAS Lt Gen BURATAI has appointed Maj Gen O.T. AKINJOBI, (Head of Operations Monitoring Team) as Commander Sector 3 Op Lafiya Dole. Replaced by Brig Gen O.R.AIYENIGBA (ex Director Land Warfare Armed Forces Command and Staff College, in turn replaced by Brig Gen A.U. KULIYA), Commander 9 Bde, Maj Gen M.G. ALI has been appointed Commander Army Special Forces Command replaced by Brig Gen T.A. LAGBAJA (ex, Brig Gen B.R. SINJEN Commander Integrated Fire Support, Brig Gen F.O OMOIGUI appointed Director of Operations. New Brigade Commanders in Op Lafiya Dole include 22 Bde, Brig Gen E.F. OYINLOLA, 25 TF Bde, Brig Gen V.U. OKORO, 26 TF Bde, Brig Gen A.B. MOHAMMED, 27 TF Bde, Brig Gen A.O. OYELADE, 28 TF Bde, Brig Gen M.T.USMAN, 37 Bde, Brig Gen M.G. KANGYE and Coordinator Op Lafiya Dole NPF Contingent, Brig Gen A.S. ISHAQ. Logistics Base 1 Brig Gen A.G. IBRAHIM, Logistics Base 2 Brig Gen P.N.OKESUN and Logistics Base 3 Brig Gen O.A. AMINU

07 December

Gunmen mounted in trucks attacked friendly positions in the vicinity of BAMA, BAMA LGA, BORNO State around 3.45am infiltrating through the Abattoir area fighting until 7.05am. Reinforcements from BAMA reportedly relieved the base

Friendly forces intercepted an enemy convoy in the vicinity of JAKANA, BORNO State around 6.00pm, engaging them in a 2 hour firefight, 1 soldier was wounded and 3 civilians killed as the enemy responded with AAA guns and RPGs

08 December

Gunmen mounted in 9 trucks attacked friendly positions in GULUMBA, BAMA LGA, BORNO State with small arms and PBIEDs around 5.50pm killing 2 soldiers and wounding 2 others. The PBIED attempted to initiate the attack by infiltrating the base but was engaged and killed

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

02 December

Gunmen attacked OKWIJI Clan, EDIKWU District, APA LGA, BENUE State murdering 7 people in  as they headed to church and burning several houses. The killers were allegedly hired by people from UGBOBI Village, who are in a dispute with OKWIJI over an oil rich parcel of land. Police have arrested several suspects including the village head of UGBOBI, Chief Adagbo SIMON

03 December

Gunmen abducted a farmer from TUDU KOYA, BILLIRI LGA, GOMBE State. A N30m ransom has been demanded

Minister of Defence Mansur DAN ALI met the Service Chiefs at the MoD in ABUJA, FCT and ordered the COAS to remain in the North East until the security situation improves , GOC 8 Div was ordered to move his Tac HQ to GUSAU, ZAMFARA State from SOKOTO State to oversee Op Sharan Daji

Suspected Jukun youths attacked the Tiv villages of ABAKO in DONGA LGA and SAI in TAKUM LGA, TARABA State along the BENUE State border, around 2.00am killing 1 person and burning several houses. Youths blocked the TAKUM-WUKARI Road in protest at the attacks

Suspected thugs attacked the home of an APC politician Sam ODE in HUDCO Quarters, MAKURDI, BENUE State armed with bladed weapons around 4.00am, the politician who was recently named a Deputy Governor candidate was not at home and no one was harmed

06 December

Suspected ANFANI villagers ambushed a group of men including a Surveyor from the NIGER State Ministry of Works as they tried to survey a disputed piece of land between ANFANI and GABA, LAVUN LGA, following a court ruling by the BIDA High Court awarding it to the GABA Villagers. 8 out of the 10 GABA men were murdered and others wounded including the Surveyor. GABA Villagers also allege that ANFANI villagers were assisted by people from nearby EMIKPAN Village. ANFANI people have reportedly taken refuge in neighbouring villages for fear of reprisal

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

03 December

Gunmen abducted 2 women from their homes around 11.00am in CHIKUN LGA, KADUNA State along BIRNIN GWARI Road. Local vigilantes from UDUWA tracked them to MARINI Forest around 3.00pm, detaining 3 suspects and freeing the 2 abductees

08 December The CAS Air Marshal Sadique ABUBAKAR visited 403 Flying Training School and 465 NAF Hospital in KANO, KANO State where he inspected the reactivation of 3 x L 39ZA’s at the former and commissioned a new Modular Theatre at the latter where he stated 12 x Tucanos are expected from the US and 6 x Agusta AW 109 are expected from ITALY. He did not give a timescale for the latter delivery

Situation External Forces

06 December

2 x suspected PBIEDs attacked BOUDOUA, LIMANI, MAYO SAVA Department, EXTREME NORD REGION. One detonated killing themselves and a civilian, whilst the other fled

The EU and FRANCE stated that funding for G5 Sahel nations would rise to 1.3Bn Euros, with 800m Euros in the Priority Investment Programme with an extra 122m Euros added, according to Neven MIMICA EU International Cooperation and Development Commissioner and 220m Euros added by FRANCE according to French Foreign Minister Yves LE DRIEN to the 280m Euros already pledged

Suspected ISWAP gunmen murdered 3 Fulani herdsmen in the vicinity of NGALEWA, N’GUIGMI Department, DIFFA Region, NIGER Republic

07 December

Gunmen attacked MIDERE, ZIGAGUE Arrondissement, LOGONE ET CHARI Department, EXTREME NORD Region, killing 2 people

08 December

Gunmen attacked MADAHOYA, ZIGAGUE Arrondissement at night killing 2 people

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NORTHERN NIGERIA INTERNAL SECURITY SITREP- Week Ending 01 December 2018

Situation North East (Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States)

25 November

2 gunmen mounted on a motorcycle attacked people on their farms in BOGGARE, JIMETA YOLA SOUTH LGA,  ADAMAWA State on the outskirts of YOLA, murdering an elderly couple who were paying their workers as they fled

Boko Haram ISWAP released a video via Daeshs Amaq News claiming to have captured KANGARWA, KUKAWA LGA, BORNO State, showing the village and a captured Vickers MBT

GOC 7 Div Brig Gen Abdulmalik Bulama BIU visited 82 TF Bn in NGWOSHE, GWOZA LGA, BORNO State

26 November

A suspected female PBIED attempting to infiltrate DAR Village, GULAK LGA, ADAMAWA State, was identified and shot at a 143Bn checkpoint. Troops supported by hunters and vigilantes conducted clearance patrols

Gunmen attacked farmers in the vicinity of JIDDARI POLO, MAIDUGURI,  BORNO State with bladed weapons, murdering 4 and wounding 1 before they could escape. They spared one man who was told to inform soldiers based in JIDDARI POLO to prepare for an attack

Suspected Boko Haram JAS Gunmen attacked MARRABAN BANKI, BAMA LGA, BORNO State

27 November

Suspected Boko Haram ISWAP gunmen mounted in trucks attacked 157 Bn positions  in the vicinity of CROSS KAUWA Village, KUKAWA LGA, BORNO State around 8.00pm with small arms and AAA guns, forcing friendly troops to withdraw to MONGUNO, and KEKENO after 3 hours killing 3 soldiers

Gunmen were reported to be concentrating in the vicinity of MATTARI Village, KONDUGA LGA, BORNO State

28 November

Media reports claim that up to 120 corpses of CJTF and soldiers killed at METELE, ABADAM LGA, BORNO State are yet to be recovered, with 300 still missing. The Army denied the reports

The NAF conducted air strikes on enemy positions in the vicinity of METELE, BORNO State, using Mi 35 Attack Helicopters to destroy vehicles and personnel in the vicinity of TUMBUN REGO, KANGARWA and MAINOK. Other attacks reportedly took place across the Nigerien border

The COAS Lt Gen TY BURATAI stated that the Army is conducting Op Deep Point 2, a combined operation with Camerounian forces in order to create a permanent presence in the SAMBISA Forest and along the NIGERIA/ CAMEROUN border

Gunmen mounted in trucks attacked 118Bn positions in AREGE, MOBBAR LGA, BORNO State but were repelled losing 1 x AAA gun, 4 x AK 47s 1 x PKM, 100 x 14.5(?)mm rounds, 4 x AK 47 magazine, 54 x 7.62mm (AK) rounds and 1 x MOWAG propeller. 4 enemy were reported killed

29 November

Elements of 3 Bn, NGALA, NGALA LGA, BORNO State conducted fighting patrols towards NGALA Bridge and GAMBORU Town towards suspected enemy avenues of approach in the vicinity of WURGE Village, suspected enemy reportedly fled abandoning 1 x AK 47, 2 x AK 47 magazines, 443 x 12.7mm rounds, 94 x PKT(?) rounds, 16 x 7.62mm (NATO), 4 x RPG rounds, x 1 RPG charge, 1 x AAA telescopic sight, top cover and cleaning rod, foodstuffs, sundry items, 1 x Hilux and 2 x motorcycles

30 November

Gunmen mounted in trucks attacked 118Bn positions in AREGE before dawn killing at least 1 soldier and wounding 7

01 December

Suspected ISWAP gunmen attacked 119 TF Bn positions in MALAM FATORI, ABADAM LGA, BORNO State around 5.30pm. Air support was unable to attend due to dust storms

Daesh Amaq News Agency claimed Boko Haram ISWAP had killed 8 soldiers in the vicinity of GAMBORU, NGALA LGA, BORNO State

2 x suspected PBIEDs attacked the market in MUNA Garage, MAIDUGURI, BORNO State, the female suspect detonated killing herself and her male counterpart and wounding 5 CJTF Vigilantes. Elements of  195 Bn responded and EOD defused the remaining device

Gunmen mounted in 12 trucks attacked BUNI GARI, GUJBA LGA, YOBE State around 5.30pm killing 10 soldiers and capturing a truck and burning an APC.  Elements of 27 TF Bde, BUNI YADI counter attacked with air support forcing the enemy to withdraw, reportedly to NGIRBUA Village, where they stole several herd of cattle. 6 enemy were reported killed Boko Haram ISWAP claimed the attack and to have killed 17 soldiers

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

25 November

President BUHARI met with the Service Chiefs to discuss the security situation in the country at ASO Rock Villa, ABUJA, FCT

Commander Op Safe Haven Maj Gen Augustine AGUNDU stated that security will be improved and FOBs set up to allow the return of IDPs to abandoned villages in PLATEAU State

26 November

Elements of 707 Special Forces Bde, MAKURDI, operating in the vicinity of KATSINA ALA and ZAKI BIAM encountered suspected gunmen, killing 1 and recovering assorted weaponry

NPF PLATEAU State Command paraded 12 suspected armed robbers and kidnappers. 3 suspects allegedly abducted a 6 year old boy from ANGWAN ROGO Village, JOS NORTH LGA for a N12m ransom on 23 October 2018, 2 suspects allegedly abducted a mother and daughter from  KAMPANI ZURAK Village, WASE LGA on 16 November 32018.  6 suspected armed robbers were arrested after allegedly robbing businesses in JENTA ADAMU, JOS NORTH LGA. Another robbery suspect was arrested for allegedly robbing people in WEST OF MINES Area, JOS NORTH LGA. 115 stolen cattle were also recovered that were stolen from SABON GIDAR KARNAR, JOS SOUTH LGA

29 November

GOMBE State Police Command has arrested 20 people including a soldier from 301 Artillery Regiment at TABRA Village, AKKO LGA by GOMBE Bye Pass

The NPF paraded 52 suspected kidnappers, armed robbers and cattle rustlers who allegedly operated in NASARAWA, NIGER, KADUNA, KATSINA, ZAMFARA and SOKOTO States, one of whom was claimed to be a 45 year old Libyan trained guerrilla fighter and recovering 8 x AK 47, 1 x G3, 2 x single barrel firearm, 1 x dane gun, 1 x revolver, 145 x rounds of unspecified ammunition, 5 x shotgun cartridges, 16 x swords, 3 x vehicles, 2 x Bajaj motorcycle and assorted charms

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

26 November

The NPF arrested a Nigerian and Nigerien were on the KANO-DAURA-NIGER Republic Road, KATSINA State with 40 parcels of suspected cannabis around 10.00pm

27 November

Gunmen attacked the house of the State PDP Chairman Hussaini MAITSANI in MAITSANI Village, DUTSINMA LGA, KATSINA State along DUTSINMA- TSASKIYA Road in an alleged attempted kidnapping, unable to locate the owner they abducted a young lady Zainab HUSSAINI

29 November

Bandits reportedly ambushed an NPF patrol in the vicinity of BIRNIN MOGAJI, ZURMI LGA, ZAMFARA State around 4.00pm. At least 16 officers were killed and 20 missing but were later found. The NPF initially claimed that the ambush had been repelled with 104 bandits killed, 16 suspects arrested,  50 hideouts in 3 bandit camps burnt and 500 cattle and 79 sheep recovered.

30 November

Media reports state that an unknown group of Arabic speaking, turbaned people appeared to be operating with impunity in TANGAZA LGA, SOKOTO State on the NIGER Republic borders, allegedly demanding Islamic tax (Zakat) of N500.00 for those with cattle and N200.00 for those with rams, enforcing their own laws and inflicting punishment. The group allegedly recruits local youth trains them for 2 months and then rewards them with a motorcycle. Some media reports stated that the group were former vigilantes who had helped expel bandits from BALLE Forest in GUDU LGA, who had turned to criminality. The police however stated that the sightings were of nomadic Fulani with their families and livestock. Miyetti Allah, repeated the same assertion

Situation External Forces

25 November

The Minister of Defence Brig Gen (rtd) Mansur DAN ALI met his Chadian counterpart Gen Daoud YAYA in N’DJAMENA, CHAD to discuss the security situation around Lake CHAD as part of continuing consultations with MNJTF troop contributing countries

28 November

A suspected female PBIED detonated in the market in AMCHIDE, MAYO SAVA Department, EXTREME NORD Region, CAMEROUN, wounding up to 29 people. A second suspected female PBIED was shot dead before she could detonate

29 November

President BUHARI convened a meeting of the Heads of State and Government of the Lake CHAD Basin Commission in N’DJAMENA, CHAD , attended by Nigerien President Mahamadou ISSOUFOU, Chadian President Idris DEBY, Camerounian Prime Minister Philemon YANG. The Presidents of BENIN Republic and CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC were also invited

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NORTHERN NIGERIA INTERNAL SECURITY SITREP- Week Ending 24 November 2018

Situation North East (Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States)

18 November

Gunmen attacked GAJIRAM, NGANZAI LGA, BORNO State just before dawn but were repelled after an hours fighting

Gunmen mounted in up to 20 trucks attacked 157 TF Bn positions in METELE, ABADAM LGA, BORNO State near Lake CHAD around 6.00pm. the enemy had allegedly issued a threat letter the previous Friday 16 November, stating they would overrun 4 positions around Lake CHAD. The enemy allegedly won the fire fight after 45 minutes. Soldiers withdrew to MONGUNO via CROSS KAUWA and then drove to MAIDUGURI. Up to 100 soldiers were killed, 7 gun trucks captured. The attack was claimed by Boko Haram ISWAP who claimed to have killed 42 soldiers and captured 4 tanks

19 November

Gunmen attacked farms in the vicinity of MOLAI, JERE LGA, BORNO State murdering a civilian and abducting his wife, who they later released

Gunmen mounted on bicycles attacked farmers in the vicinity of MAMMANTI, JERE LGA killing 10 men, wounding 3 and abducting 12

Gunmen abducted 7 women working on farms in the vicinity of BAMA, BAMA LGA, BORNO State

20 November

The BORNO State Commissioner for Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Yerima SALEH stated that a project named the Creation of Neighbourhood Communities as Secure Settlements was being considered to merge and reconstruct remote rural villages at the end of a 3 day workshop for journalists by the Presidential Committee on the North East Initiative

22 November

The NSCDC ADAMAWA Command stated it had arrested 3 suspected Camerounian kidnappers in GIREI LGA

24 November

Elements of 119 TF Bn, 7 Bde from BAGA, attempted to recover bodies and materiel from METELE, but were ambushed in the vicinity of METELE, forcing them to withdraw

Gunmen abducted up to 50 loggers from an IDP camp in the vicinity of BULAKESA Village, NGALA (?) LGA, BORNO State 25km from GAMBORU Town. The kidnappers are suspected to be from the Shekau faction based in the WULGO Forest. 2 loggers escaped

Gunmen murdered a farmer as he harvested rice on his farm in FAWAIRE Village, GIREI LGA, ADAMAWA State

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

18 November

Elements of the NDLEA raided a spot behind MOREMI, LOKOJA, KOGI State, where youths buy cannabis, arresting 4, 2 others were drowned when they jumped in the river to escape and got caught up in fishermen’s nets. Others who escaped regrouped and attacked ANDANKOLO Police Station in revenge

Thugs attacked JALINGO Main Market, TARABA State in alleged retribution for the death of their leader the previous day

19 November

Gunmen abducted the traditional ruler of LONG DOROK Chiefdom, SHENDAM LGA, PLATEAU State, David ISA from his house around 10.00pm

The NPF PLATEAU State Command stated it is deploying 2,100 troops for the Eid El Malaud Festival

21 November

156 former Boko Haram fighters completed an 11 month DDR programme of OP Safe Corridor, taking an oath of allegiance to the Federal Republic of NIGERIA in front of a Federal High Court Judge in GOMBE State

The CAS stated that the NAF will deploy platforms and equipment to DIFFA, NIGER Republic to combat insurgents in the North East, during the closing ceremony of the NAF International Air Power Seminar in ABUJA, FCT. The Chief of Staff of the Nigerien Armee de l’Air Lt Col Boulama Issa ZANA stated Nigerian air assets could refuel and deploy for operations from DIFFA

Op Safe Haven paraded 11 suspected cultists and 15 suspected bandits at its HQ in JOS, PLATEAU State. 3 x AK 47, 12 x locally fabricated firearms, 3 x dane guns and 3 x Beretta pistols were recovered. 4 soldiers were wounded in the operation.

Op Safe Haven stated that a special operation is being set up to return IDPs to their homes before 24 December. The first villages were named as HEI, BURDINGA, KAZOK, KUZEN, RAZAT, ZAT AND BET and MARARABA KANTOMA. Another 24 villages in GASHISH District were to be next 2 categories

22 November

The TARABA State Police Command stated they had arrested 35 suspects in relation to recent violent clashes between political thugs in JALINGO

Elements of HQ, 1 Div on Op Whirl Punch conducted an intelligence led interception of Toyota Corolla at GAROJI Checkpoint in the vicinity of BARGU, NEW BUSSA LGA, NIGER State capturing a suspected arms dealer from DANGULBI Village, MARU LGA, ZAMFARA State with 21 locally fabricated single barrel weapons, 15 x locally fabricated ‘Ghana made’, 10 x locally fabricated pistols, 343 x shotgun cartridges

The Armys Op Whirl Stroke stated that under Op 777 they had killed 17 gunmen in BENUE, TARABA and/02 NASARAWA States in a briefing at NAF MAKURDI, recovering 57 weapons, 27 x AK 47 magazines, 1,311 x assorted rounds of ammunition in 49 kinetic actions and 13 non kinetic operations since October

23 November

Elements of 707 SF Bde raided a suspected kidnappers camp in BENUE State killing and arresting an unspecified number of suspected bandits.

24 November

2 foreign workers abducted from a construction site in ITAKPE, OKEHI LGA, KOGI State were released. It is unknown if a ransom was paid

The Traditional Ruler of DOROCK Chiefdom abducted on Monday 19 November was released by his abductors

The Amry states it has arrested 20 criminals in KOGI Stat under the aegis of Op 777 which began on 08 October, providing clearance patrols and security to vulnerable points

Suspected cult members attempted to steal a motorcycle from an Okada rider in LESSEL Village, USHONGO LGA, BENUE State murdering him in the process  after he had taken to them to a Guest House for their annual convention, irate youths then attacked the guest house, killing up to 13 in a 2 hour clash. Police responded breaking up the fight and arresting 13

Elements of the IGP Special Strike Force deployed to Op Absolute Sanity conducted an intelligence led arrest in NIGER State detain several people suspected of armed robbery and the abduction of the Vice Chairman of ABAJI Area Council and 4 others along the SULEJA- MINNA Road. The Police trailed the suspects to their hideout in TUNGA MAJE Forest along ZUBA- GWAGWALADA Road, ABUJA, FCT, where they engaged the suspects in an hour long firefight killing 3 suspects and arresting 7, recovering 7 x AK 47s, 118 x rounds of unspecified ammunition and rescued 4 victims.

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

20 November

A clash took place between farmers and herdsmen in GORA Village, SAFANA LGA, KATSINA State, after a herd of cattle began grazing in a beans farm. The herdsman reportedly murdered the farmer as they argued, leading to the farmers relatives to murder the herdsman in revenge. Bandits from RUGU Forest then reportedly retaliated by attacking GORA, killing 12 and wounding 9

20 November

The KATSINA State Police Command arrested 2 suspected drug dealers with 11,500 x Exol- 5 and D-5 opiate tablets in 23 sachets in BATSARI, SAFANA LGA

21 November

The DSS stated it has arrested a medicine store owner named Yusuf SALISU (aka BALA) suspected of providing medical assistance to criminals and Boko Haram on 09 November in SABON BIRNI Village, IGABI LGA, KADUNA State,

The DSS stated it had arrested suspected gun runners in SABON BIRNI Village, IGABI LGA, KADUNA State, a suspected kidnapper Muhammad MUSA in MARARABAN-JOS, IGABI LGA and a suspected gun runner in JOS

The KATSINA State Police Command stated it had deployed a detachment of MOPOL from 27 Police Mobile Squadron to GORA, with another contingent of DSS, FSARs and Army also deployed. A suspect Danlami GEMU was arrested on suspicion of leading the killings and murdering 3 people personally. Protesting youths demanded he be handed over for retribution

The IGPs X Squad attached to the Police Special Intervention Teams arrested a suspect on a motorcycle along GUSAU-KEITA-TSAFE Road in the vicinity of KEITA Village, TSAFE LGA, ZAMFARA State after a chase and a brief firefight with 4 x AK 47 and 4 x AK 47 magazines. The suspect reportedly confessed that he was a member of a bandit gang

The KATSINA State Police Command paraded 7 suspected armed robbers and kidnappers who allegedly operated in the vicinity of RUGU Forest and BIRNIN GWARI

The KATSINA State Police Command arrested a suspected drug dealer with a large quantity of Exol- 5 and D-5 opiate tablets in KAROFI Quarters, FUNTUA LGA

The KADUNA State Police Command paraded 22 suspected armed robbers and kidnappers, recovering 2 x locally made revolvers, 1 x locally made pistol, 3 x 9mm rounds, 1 x cutlass, 14 x TVs, 1 x laptop, 3 x mobile phones, 1 x Keke NAPEP and assorted charms

22 November

The KADUNA State Government has lifted the curfew in KACHIA and amended the curfew in KASUWAN MAGANI and KUJAMA to 5.00pm to 6.00am

23 November

The ZAMFARA State Police command stated that in the last few weeks they had arrested 65 suspected bandits, foiled attacks on HAYIM- ALHAJI Village, TSAFE LGA, recovering 2 x HE grenades. They also stated they had recovered 5 x AK 47, 17 x locally manufactured weapons and, 121 x 7.62mm (AK) rounds. They had also recovered 269 cattle 109 sheep in TSAFE LGA

24 November

The 2 SAFANA LGA Councillors abducted on their way to BATSARI Town, SAFANA LGA, KATSINA State on 30 October were released for an undisclosed ransom

Situation External Forces

20 November

The UK Defence Secretary Gavin WILLIAMSON visited Op Lafiya Dole Theatre HQ in MAIDUGURI, BORNO State, where he stated current support would be sustained and further opportunities for partnership would be explored

22 November

Gunmen mounted on horses attacked TOUMOUR Village, DIFFA Region, NIGER Republic around 2.00am, killing 6 employees of a French company drilling water for IDPs and wounding 7. A civil servant was abducted and then murdered with bladed weapons. Shops were looted of foodstuffs and 2 pick up trucks stolen

The Defence Minister Mansur DAN ALI met the Chadian President Idriss DEBY ITNO in N’DJAMENA, CHAD to discuss the deteriorating security situation on the NIGERIA/ CHAD border

24 November

Gunmen abducted 15 girls from BLAHARDE Village and 3 from BLAGUE Village , DIFFA Region, NIGER Republic, 9km from TOUMOUR

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Game changers in the North Eastern Nigerian Security Situation

As we draw to the end of 2018 and the 9th year of the Boko Haram insurgency, a review of certain issues seems pertinent.

SITUATION ENEMY FORCES

One of the key assumptions in my review of Boko Harams 2018 rainy season offensives was that they ‘do not have the ability to take and hold ground for longer than 12-24 hours’  this dynamic changed with the Metele attack, as the area was/ is contested for much longer than that leading one to ask whether this indicates increased enemy strength, increased friendly weakness or a combination of both?

The enemy has been able to sustain an incredible tempo of operations with deliberate attacks every 3- 5 days at ranges of up to 300km at times.

Despite concentrated air strikes on base and harbour areas the enemy has maintained their offensive spirit.

In Niger Republic the enemy operations have expanded from harassing IDPs to deliberate attacks on infrastructure and abductions.

In Cameroun a continuing campaign of low level attacks and harassment of villagers and vigilantes, indicates a deliberate policy of avoiding major clashes with the security forces whilst attriting local collaborators, possibly indicating they are still using this area as their rear area to rest, recruit and train.

The enemy has the ability to produce and distribute propaganda in less than 3 days from an attack.

In the south of the AO the previously quiescent Jamā’at Ahl al-Sunnah li-l-Da’wah wa-l-Jihād has awoken with well produced videos featuring Shekau, with similar rapid turn around times.

There have been 2 unsuccessful single female PBIED attacks thus far, whilst devices may be crude and operators luckless, they have managed to reconstitute their IED networks and really  only need to be lucky once.

Maiduguri has once more been targeted by large numbers of enemy forces, with successful raids on the outskirts in which large numbers of enemy successfully overrun villages, with lethargic responses from the security forces.

Attacks in the areas around Maiduguri, Bama, Gwoza have caused civilians to be killed and abducted and affected livelihoods as farmers are no longer able to gather in the harvest.

SITUATION FRIENDLY FORCES

For friendly forces, morale issues that have been subdued amongst troops are now open and persistent.  Families are no longer silent actively contacting journalists and speaking on social media about casualties and deprivations.

The military situation has been weaponised by all politicians for the upcoming elections ensuring that a reasoned, well planned response becomes less important than a quick fix.

Whilst much new equipment has been purchased, not all is fit for purpose and create additional problems with a huge variety of weapon systems, vehicles and other platforms, presenting a nightmare for maintenance and logistics crews, who not only have to maintain and sustain equipment purchased from the Eastern bloc, UK, US and Europe in the 1980s and1990s but also new equipment bought in the 2000’s from even more suppliers including China and Singapore with no consistency in purchases, in terms of capacity, types of fuel, engine, chassis, ammunition types or variants. There is a dearth of basic individual and unit equipment such as webbing and other load bearing equipment, boots, weapon straps, first aid kits, helmets, waterproofs, field kitchens, water purifiers etc. Whilst these seem to be minor, they make the life of a soldier easier and allowing them to operate better.

Manpower however presents the largest structural problem. Units have remained in theatre for up to 3-4 years without rest, with casualties being barely replaced by attachments from other units or new recruits. The Army’s solution to this problem has been to keep troops in place for even longer simply shuffling them round the Area of Operations.

The inability to generate forces for the North East, North West, Middle Belt, Niger Delta and Internal Security operations is an existential threat to the military and thus the country. An Army needs to have a deployed element, an element ready to deploy and an uncommitted Reserve. Most of Nigeria’s Army is deployed, although the NAF has started to take up some of the slack with the Navy and other paramilitary services also deployed in their local areas, it is no longer a problem but a crisis.

Despite this huge military deployment, Nigeria is still extremely insecure, excluding the insurgencies, crime and banditry disproportionately affect daily life, the police are largely ineffective and only marginally less predatory than criminals.

General elections are due in February 2019, during which the entire security apparatus of Nigeria will be deployed to secure the election and its aftermath.

SO WHAT?

A Decision Point for friendly forces has been reached. The Nigerian Army must generate sufficient forces to defeat the enemy offensive in the south and north of the North East AO before February 2019. They must also maintain the current tempo of internal security operations to keep the dire internal security situation from worsening.

The previous government faced a similar situation before the last election however the general insecurity around the country it was not as widespread or bloody as it is now. The previous government also ignored all the impending signs of the disaster in the North East until it was no longer deniable and had become a major political issue. They sought to manage the situation by creating a narrative of a lack of support from Western allies and internal adversaries and to solve the political problem, it resorted to the purchase of MBTs and artillery and most importantly bringing in Chadian forces (whilst paying them/ defraying their costs)   to block and distract Boko Haram and contracting a South African PMC to work with 7 Division, train a force, initially to rescue the GSS Chibok abductees and then to conduct deep strike operations to destroy the enemy mass. Whilst achieving its military objectives, it failed to achieve the political objectives and that government lost the election.

This government has also had sufficient warnings of this impending crisis, combined with the inadequate response to the crisis in the North West and Middle Belt, mishandling of the Shia and IPOB issues there is much less patience amongst the populace and polity, particularly for a Government headed by a former General.

The outrage generated by Metele has precipitated a reaction (over a week after the fact), with the Defence Minister despatched to Chad, President visiting Maiduguri and a variety of government spokespeople despatched to brief the public.

However options are extremely limited.

The Nigerian security forces are overstretched, overwhelmed and over deployed. They do not have a quantitative or qualitative edge over their adversaries, being unable to counter their key enemy strengths of mobility, versatility and flexibility.

The Nigerian forces are almost purely reactive. They are unable to prevent the enemy from acting at will, prevent them from successfully conducting operations. The enemies Observation- Orientation- Decision-Action loop is much tighter and more efficient than the friendly forces

LIKELY COURSE OF ACTION

It is likely that Chadians will once more become active, possibly launching an offensive in Chads Lac Region and Nigers Diffa Region. The NAF will continue it air strikes

Whilst the Chadians may be financially induced to once again get involved, the Camerounians are even further weakened by the unnecessary Anglophone crisis. Niger may step up to fill gaps in the Lake Chad area with US support but the death of US SoF in Niger has reduced their ability to operate as freely.

The option of bringing in a PMC are limited as they criticised the practice last time but this should not necessarily be seen as an impediment.

SUGGESTIONS

Fire Control: air support is one of Nigerias few battle winning systems, however the enemy has evolved sufficiently to be able to withstand air strikes. Air strikes appear to be mainly controlled from the air using ISR platforms, whilst this is better than simply using maps or guesstimation, ground based air controllers would be much more effective. A basic course could be generated, which with the appropriate communications systems could be used to guide aircraft to targets. Air/ Artillery Controllers could be rapidly trained and deployed to resolve this issue

Air Power: The NAF has taken several positive steps the most important being deploying Forward to Diffa Region, this should be replicated with further deployments of Attack Helicopters and Fast jets to Extreme Nord Region in Cameroun. Reduced flight time will increase effectiveness as will resolving internal processes, to make it easier to call air strikes and improve readiness.

Indirect fires and Support Weapons: Nigeria has (on paper) numerous artillery pieces both tube and rocket. Even a single artillery piece in each FOB used appropriately would be highly effective, ensuring that every FOB was in artillery range of another FOB would aid defence and help deny friendly positions that have been overrun to the enemy. Nigerian artillery was devastating during the Civil War and ECOMOG operations. It should be again

ISR: Nigerian forces have embraced ISR with enthusiasm using a variety of platforms, from King Air to ATRs, to UAVs to maintain situational awareness. However coverage is not universal (it never can be) and the ability to rapidly exploit information is lacking. these can be improved with basic commercial off the shelf models and improved processes.

Standardisation: a serious effort to standardise equipment should be made. This can involve grouping particular vehicle types with certain units, i.e. one battalion would have only Reva MRAPs, another only Hiluxes, another only BMPs. This would ease the logistics burden and allow technicians to cannibalise vehicles for repairs. Defining a set of guidelines for future purchases would help safeguard the future.

Research and evaluation: aggressive and independent research by teams of military and civilian researchers feeding back to Army and Divisional Staff would assist the campaign. Identifying enemy TTPs, preferred routes, times of operations, key leaders, enablers. Other obscure pieces of information such as how accurate enemy fire is, how much ammunition is typically carried, size of enemy units etc can all feed into building a clear picture of the enemies capabilities. Similar studies should be done of friendly forces with teams despatched to review friendly forces capabilities and behaviour, assessing them from an enemies perspective as well as reviewing their tactics. This will help identify best practice and identify weaknesses before they become opportunities for the enemy.

Operations: to bring Nigeria’s insurgencies and internal security crises down to a manageable level requires a balance of kinetic and non kinetic effects, conflict mitigation and an efficient use of existing forces. The first issue would be to prevent other crises from worsening. Although neither the Shia or IPOB issues appear to be veering into the kinetic yet, further peace can be guaranteed by confidence building measures such as releasing the IMN leader to house arrest, avoiding rising to IPOB provocations. To reduce political tensions the Government should invite all major Presidential candidates to Declassified Security Briefings, ensuring that all political actors are invested or at least informed of government actions. A surge is needed in the North East to reinforce all existing locations as well as conduct offensive actions. Reinforcing the existing FOBs with men and artillery as well as counter mobility defences at and around the FOBs.

As the war cannot be won defensively, offensive operations should commence as quickly as possible, rather than hiring PMCs, the government can avail themselves of the services of existing foreign military training teams to help with basic, advanced and pre deployment training for soldiers, field and Staff officers, which will not only be relatively cost neutral to the country but will have the benefit of using teams already in country

Manpower:  Extra troops can be found by trawling all uniformed services for able bodied males who could be extracted for infantry training and used either as battle casualty replacements or formed as units to replace existing Army units in the rear or in benign areas so other units can then be pushed forward on the offensive. Youth Corpers can be used to fulfil non military tasks, whilst female and medically unfit soldiers fill in other roles. More troops should be recruited and the training cycle improved. Additional training depots set up in order to handle the additional forces. As these soldiers are trained the augmentees from other services can gradually be released, whilst further troops can be trained. In order to reduce legacy costs, some new troops could be offered a new short term contract in which they get higher salaries in lieu of a pension.

Training: must be improved across the board. The focus on training individual troops should change to training entire units. Training should be extended to Engineers, Logisticians, medics as well as armour and infantry. Training can be vastly improved to build a more robust soldier and more capable leaders.

Doctrine: the Army’s attritionist approach to warfare only works if the Army has a significant advantage in man and fire power. Unfortunately whilst this may be true in general it is unable to consistently achieve local superiority. Thus the Army should look into moving towards a more manouverist approach, trusting local commanders with additional assets and responsibilities to destroy the enemy as they see fit.

Tactics: Military tactics need to change from simply fighting the enemy to seeking to encircle and destroy them. The enemies tactics are fairly clear, they will fight persistently and either cause damage from a distance with ambushes or close in order to neutralise air support. In either case the enemies objective is to withdraw successfully, with at least the bulk of their forces. Thus every engagement should seek to cut off the enemies retreat and force them to fight in a way that favours friendly forces.

Logistics: a root and branch reform of the supply system is needed, in the interim, the focus should be on using all means to ensure troops are well supplied. By forward basing supplies as much as possible, supplies can also be flown forward with helicopter or STOL aircraft. Arrangements with neighbours such as Niger, Chad and Cameroun, for Nigerian logistic bases to be set up on their borders in order to more easily sustain border units would help

Welfare: the chaos in the military pay and administration should be dealt with. Every single Army has pay issues, they are not unique, however the problems in the Nigerian Army are persistent and give avenues for corruption. Tour lengths must be standardised to a year or maximum 2 years, once current units are replaced they should be stood down for at least 1 year before beginning pre deployment training 

CONCLUSION

Even with the best will in the world and with the finest military minds of the planet, it is clear Nigeria is facing existential security problems and does not have the resource to deal with them.

It is no longer a matter of money, buying equipment or hiring foreigners.

It needs an honest appraisal of the problems an innovative solutions, the suggestions above do not purport to be those solutions but are illustrative of the type of thinking that should be taking place.

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NORTHERN NIGERIA INTERNAL SECURITY SITREP- Week Ending 17 November 2018

Situation North East (Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States)

12 November

Elements of 82 Div, TF Bn, NGOSHE, GWOZA LGA, BORNO State supported by CJTF Vigilantes conducted clearance operations to AGAPALUWA, GWOZA LGA, BORNO State engaged the enemy, killing 2 and rescuing 6 x females and 10 x children

The YOBE State Police Commissioner stated that the IMN leadership planned to relocate their national Headquarters to POTISKUM, YOBE State. The Police Commissioner claimed there had been an influx of people he called the ‘EL ZAKZAKY Group’, who he claimed were regularly arrested with unspecified drugs and arms

13 November

A suspected female PBIED (Shaidatu ADAMU, 19 years old from GWOZA LGA, BORNO State) surrendered to elements of 251 TF Bn in GONI KALACHARI, JERE LGA, BORNO State near MUNA Motor Park. She stated she had been in the SAMBISA Forest for 3 years. Her device was made safe by troops from 47 EOD Bn. The suspect was transferred to 7 Military Intelligence Bde.

7 Div issued a warning to all farmers to that MAIDUGURI gates would close by 4.00pm daily

Gunmen murdered 15 farmers in the vicinity of KAZAA and DARAA Villages, MONGUNO (?) LGA, BORNO State, 5km from MONGUNO. The attackers allegedly came from a Boko Haram Iswap Camp in ZULUM, NGANZAI LGA

Gunmen mounted on motorcycles attacked farmers working in the vicinity of GREMARI Village, JERE LGA, BORNO State killing one.

14 November

Gunmen mounted on trucks and motorcycles attacked KARETO, MOBBAR LGA, BORNO State, around 6.00pm overrunning the base, with friendly forces withdrawing to GUBIO and civilians fleeing into NIGER Republic. Friendly air strikes on the base followed forcing the enemy to withdraw. 3 soldiers were killed with several others missing, the village was burnt

Gunmen mounted on bicycles attacked MAMMANTI Village, JERE LGA, BORNO State around 11.00pm, killing 1 vigilante, stealing livestock and burning over 100 houses

Gunmen attacked farm workers in the vicinity of BAMA, BAMA LGA, BORNO State, killing the males and abducting 7 females

The NAF Air Task Force has commenced Op Green Sweep targeting Boko Haram in the vicinity of Lake CHAD and the ALAGARNO Forest near the SAMBISA Forest intending to degrade the enemy, curtail their freedom of movement and deny them bases. The operation commenced with air strikes by 2 x NAF Alphajets on SHARAMA, BORNO State following ISR platforms discovering suspected enemy fighters in buildings under trees.

The NAF identified suspected enemy encampments in the vicinity of BUK, DAMBOA LGA, BORNO State along the AJIGIN-TALALA-BUK axis suspected to be an enemy Tac HQ, air strikes were conducted with 1 x NAF Alphajet and 2 x Mi 35, inflicting significant damage

Gunmen abducted 3 girls fetching firewood on the outskirts of BAMA, BAMA LGA, BORNO State

15 November

The Army has deployed 123 Special Forces Bn to join Op Lafiya Dole

Gunmen attacked farmers, harvesting crops in the vicinity of BAMA, murdering a male and abducting 6 females

The UN Department of Safety and Security issued a warning to its field officers in YOBE State of a potential Boko Haram attack on DAMATURU

The NAF conducted a series of air strikes using F-7Ni, Mi 35 and Alphajet on suspected enemy vehicles withdrawing from KARETO, fuel and equipment stored under vegetation at a location 3km southwest of TUMBUN REGO, ABADAM LGA, BORNO State

Elements of 251 TF Bn supported by CJTF vigilantes and local hunters conducted clearance patrols through KAMARI, DAMBOA LGA, KOYAMTI, DURWALA, AJIRI and TUMBALLA Villages, KONDUGA LGA,BORNO State in response to the attack on MAMMANTI

16 November

The Army has begun construction of a detention facility in BORNO State for captured insurgents in a ceremony attended by the ICRC

Gunmen attacked farmlands in the vicinity of KORORI Village, BAMA LGA, BORNO State around 10.30am abducting 10 women

Gunmen mounted in trucks attacked KEKENO, KUKAWA LGA, BORNO State with small arms and AAA guns around 5.30pm. Friendly forces prevailed with reinforcements from MONGUNO and air support. 1 soldier was killed and 4 wounded in the 3 hour firefight

Boko Haram ISWAP has claimed responsibility for the attack on KARETO via a communiqué

Elements of 222 Bn, KONDUGA working with local farmers ambushed suspects stealing onions and other food stuffs, killing 1 and recovering 2 x bicycles and several bags of onions

17 November

The Army stated it had killed Sale Ahmad SALE (aka BABAN HASSAN) a leader of Boko Haram ISWAP in a joint ground/ air operation. SALE was allegedly responsible for ISWAP social media propaganda.

The NAF conducted an attack on suspected enemy positions in TUMBUN SALE, BORNO State with 2 x NAF Alphajet supported by ISR platforms

The CAS Air Marshal Sadique ABUBAKAR visited the Air Task Force on Op Lafiya Dole in MAIDUGURI to be briefed on the progress of Op Green Sweep by ATF Commander Air Commodore James GWANI and inspect facilities at NAF MAIDUGURI such as the new Pilots Crew Room, Single bedroom transit accommodation and HQ extension

Elements of 22 Bde, NPF, Nigerian Immigration Service, Nigerian Customs Service, NSCDC and CJTF conducted a show of force in the DIKWA Emirate

Suspected ISWAP gunmen attacked MAINOK, KONDUGA LGA, BORNO State around 6.20pm, in an hour long firefight before the base was reinforced by 5 gun trucks from BENISHEIK. 1 soldier was killed and a CJTF truck captured by the enemy

The Chairman of the YUNGUR Area Development Association Jones ABONEMDAN complained that DUMNE DIRM District, BATUM, KOTI, BWADAI, KINDO, DADIN KOWA, DUR PRA and KWAH GAWRDINA Villages, SONG LGA, ADAMAWA State have suffered repeated bandit attacks since August 2018 with 6 males and 3 females abducted and over N5m paid in ransom. He complained the local police had only 20 under equipped personnel

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

11 November

Suspected armed robbers operating along KWASSA Feeder Road, BALI LGA, TARABA State  were engaged by the NPF around 9.30am leaving 1 killed and 2 fatally wounded. An unspecified number escaped, 1 x locally made pistol, 1 x live cartridge, 1 x dane gun, 1 x face mask, 1 x knife and some charms were recovered.

Gunmen ambushed a vehicle conveying vegetable sellers from their farm in the vicinity of NDING Village, KASUWAN DANKALI Area, BARKIN LADI LGA, PLATEAU State, killing 2, wounding 3 and stealing their vehicle

Gunmen operating in the vicinity of TSE PEVKYAA, NGBAN Village, GUMA LGA, BENUE State encountered Police patrols, engaging them in a firefight, resulting in 1 killed

13 November

The PLATEAU State Government IDP Resettlement Committee presented a report on its findings to the State Governor. The report stated that 1,801 had been killed, 50,212 displaced and 115 communities affected in JOS NORTH, JOS SOUTH, BASSA, RIYOM, BARKIN LADI and BOKKOS LGAs

14 November

KOGI State Police Command intercepted a gang of suspected armed robbers In GANAJA Area of LOKOJA, following members of the public raising the alarm. 2 were arrested with 1 x locally made pistol, 1 x live cartridge and 1 x motorcycle recovered

The NIGER State Command of the NSCDC paraded 3 suspected kidnappers in PANDAGORI, RAFI LGA involved in the abduction for ransom of one of their employers, for whom a N10m ransom was demanded lowered to N4m

16 November

Gunmen attacked a vehicle in front of Living Faith Church, OKUHA ANATAHU along ORO OBEHIRA- EGE Road in OKENE, LGA, KOGI State around 6.40pm with small arms and a hand grenade killing 2 men Mallam Yusuf ADABENEGE (custodian of the Aneku Okuku Sementi Masquerade and Governors Aide) and Zubairu MUSA (his driver)

17 November

2 criminal gangs fought near the Main Market in JALINGO, TARABA State with clubs and bladed weapons, leading to one death

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

13 November

The KADUNA State Government has lifted the curfew, imposed 31 October on KADUNA City. The curfews in KUJAMA, KASUWAN MAGANI and KACHIA remain 10.00pm to 6.00am for the latter and 5.00pm to 6.00am for the 2 former

17 November

Soldiers mounted in a Hilux and Tata truck allegedly attacked a Fulani encampment at RIYAWA SABON BIRNI, KADUNA State around 6.00am, burning 3 houses, harvested crops and killing 74 cattle. 3 boys were reported missing. The Army claimed to have attacked a bandit camp in an intelligence driven operation.

KATSINA State Police Command stated they had arrested 3 suspected armed robbers kidnappers and cattle rustlers aged from 10 to 35 years old in MALUMFASHI LGA who robbed a cattle trader of 70 cattle after a firefight, recovering 2 x AK 47,  39 x 7.62 mm (AK) rounds, 19 x 7.62mm (AK) blank rounds, and N700,000.00

THE KATSINA State Police Command arrested 2 suspected kidnappers who allegedly abducted a man from KURIRI Village, MALUMFASHI LGA on 12 November

An NPF patrol from BATSARI Division arrested 2 men in possession of an empty 7.62mm (NATO) round who confessed to being members of a kidnap and cattle rustling gang operating in BIRNIN GWARI and RUGU Forest. N20,000.00 was also recovered which the suspects stated was proceeds from ransom

The KATSINA State Police Command paraded 7 suspected armed robbers and kidnappers who allegedly operated in the vicinity of RUGU Forest and BIRNIN GWARI

A set of female twins abducted in October 2018 in DAURAN Village, ZURMI LGA, ZAMFARA State were released for an undisclosed ransom. N5m was demanded and a social media campaign #Zamfaratwins was launched to raise their ransom

Situation External Forces

11 November

Elements of BIR engaged suspected kidnappers in BELEL, VINA Department, ADAMAOUA Region resulting in 1 soldier killed

GERMANY donated 53 vehicles to the Nigerien military for logisitics, in a ceremony by German Defence Minister Ursula VON DER LEYEN in NIAMEY, NIGER Republic with the Nigerien Minister of Defence Kalla MOUTARI. The Germans also stated that they were building an Officer Training School and expanding the military section of the airport with 40 German military personnel to be based in NIAMEY

15 November

Camerounian forces captured a suspected Boko Haram fighter from AMCHIDE in GOUZOUDOU, MAYO SAVA Department, EXTREME NORD Region at night

16 November

The US gifted 6 x boats and 6 x trucks to Chadian forces worth $1.3m deployed in the Lake CHAD Basin in a ceremony with US Embassy Charges D’ Affaires Richard K. BELL. 13 Chadian soldiers were reportedly being trained in the US in operating these

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

13 November

The KADUNA State Government has lifted the curfew, imposed 31 October on KADUNA City. The curfews in KUJAMA, KASUWAN MAGANI and KACHIA remain 10.00pm to 6.00am for the latter and 5.00pm to 6.00am for the 2 former

17 November

Soldiers mounted in a Hilux and Tata truck allegedly attacked a Fulani encampment at RIYAWA SABON BIRNI, KADUNA State around 6.00am, burning 3 houses, harvested crops and killing 74 cattle. 3 boys were reported missing. The Army claimed to have attacked a bandit camp in an intelligence driven operation.

Situation External Forces

11 November

Elements of BIR engaged suspected kidnappers in BELEL, VINA Department, ADAMAOUA Region resulting in 1 soldier killed

GERMANY donated 53 vehicles to the Nigerien military for logisitics, in a ceremony by German Defence Minister Ursula VON DER LEYEN in NIAMEY, NIGER Republic with the Nigerien Minister of Defence Kalla MOUTARI. The Germans also stated that they were building an Officer Training School and expanding the military section of the airport with 40 German military personnel to be based in NIAMEY

15 November

Camerounian forces captured a suspected Boko Haram fighter from AMCHIDE in GOUZOUDOU, MAYO SAVA Department, EXTREME NORD Region at night

16 November

The US gifted 6 x boats and 6 x trucks to Chadian forces worth $1.3m deployed in the Lake CHAD Basin in a ceremony with US Embassy Charges D’ Affaires Richard K. BELL. 13 Chadian soldiers were reportedly being trained in the US in operating these

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NORTHERN NIGERIA INTERNAL SECURITY SITREP- Week Ending 10 November 2018

Situation North East (Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States)

04 November

CJTF Vigilantes engaged gunmen in GALL Area of GAZABURE Village, GUBIO LGA, BORNO State killing 8

Gunmen attacked KUMSHE Village, BAMA LGA, BORNO State, capturing military equipment and personal effects

05 November

Gunmen mounted in trucks attacked MNJTF positions KUKAWA Town, KUKAWA LGA, BORNO State burning an armoured vehicle, CJTF vehicles, the General Hospital , Government Secondary School, Dispensary, and part of the Police Station. 16 soldiers were reported killed/ missing and a civilian reported killed, the enemy withdrew with captured equipment, pursued by friendly air strikes

The DSS arrested a suspected Boko Haram ISWAP IED maker Abbas ABUBAKAR (aka SAMBO) in TOUNGO LGA, ADAMAWA State

The NAF conducted air strikes on enemy positions in NGWURI GANA, BAMA(?) LGA, BORNO State based on human intelligence supported by NAF ISR, which confirmed the presence of a suspected communications centre with a Boko Haram flag, suspected enemy personnel and solar panels. NAF Alphajets, F 7Ni and MI 35 Attack Helicopter conducted a series of strikes, destroying the building

06 November

Gunmen attacked KALA, DAMBOA LGA, BORNO State, 2km from DAMBOA Town stealing foodstuffs, bicycles and livestock and then burning the village down

An IED detonated under a 119 TF Bn convoy in the vicinity of MALLAM FATORI, ABADAM LGA, BORNO State as it returned to base from BOSSO, NIGER Republic, damaging a military vehicle killing 1 soldier and wounding 4

07 November

Gunmen mounted in 8 x Toyota Hilux and 14 x motorcycles attacked positions of 120Bn deployed to Sector 2 Op Lafiya Dole in KATARKO Town, GUJBA LGA, YOBE State around 5.05pm with small arms and RPGs, burning at least 1 x APC. Locals fled to KASAISA Village and GUJBA Town

08 November

Boko Haram released a 9 minute 27 second video alleged to be of its raid on KUMSHE, showing fighting and captured equipment and personal effects

Gunmen ambushed a convoy near NGALA Town along the MAIDUGURI- NGALA Road between MUSENE and LOGOMANI, NGALA LGA, BORNO State around 6.00pm in the vicinity, killing a soldier, 7 Nigerians and a Chadian civilian and wounding several others. 5 vehicles were stolen and 6 others burnt

09 November

Elements of 28 TF Bde, CHIBOK and 25 TF Bde, DAMBOA conducted a joint clearance patrols from GUMSURI to GAMBORI, DAMBOA LGA, BORNO State, clearing LITAWA, KASHMIRI DOLE, MULIMARI, MUDACHIRA, NJABA, BALE and GAMBORI. Enemy were engaged at MUDE with 17 x bicycles, 1 x solar panel, 2 x Tecno phones, 1 x blue UNICEF bag, assorted items of clothing, 4litre jerrycan of petrol, 10 x blankets, 8 x prayer mats, 4 x mosquito nets assorted foodstuffs. Subsequent reports claimed

The NAF conducted airstrikes on TALALA, DAMBOA LGA, BORNO State following intelligence reports that the enemy had established new camps in the vicinity of TALALA-AJIGIN-BUK axis, supported by ISR platforms. 2 x NAF Alphajets attacked the suspected camps

Boko Haram released a 7 minute 46 second video featuring Abubakar ‘SHEKAU’ dressed in military style uniform flanked by 4 gunmen durig which he referenced successes in fighting in KUMSHE and GULUMBA

10 November

Gunmen mounted on trucks and motorcycles attacked BALE SHUWARI, and JIMINE Villages, JERE LGA, BORNO State 2km from the centre of MAIDUGURI, around 6.00pm causing residents of JIDARRI POLO and GIWA Barracks area in MAIDUGURI  to flee. Soldiers supported by helicopters responded to the attack, repelling the attackers after they had killed a disabled person, burnt 65 buildings and stealing 200 cattle, 300 sheep and goats

Maj Gen Abba DIKKO, Commander Op Lafiya Dole, since July 2018 was replaced by Maj Gen Benson AKINROLUYO , GOC 3 Div is now Maj Gen Nuhu ANGBAZO

Gunmen mounted in 5 trucks attacked 101 Special Forces Bn and 157 Bn attacjed to the MNJTF in the vicinity of KUKAWA Town, KUKAWA LGA, BORNO State burning 2 damaged armoured vehicles, CJTF vehicles, the General Hospital , Government Secondary School, Dispensary, and part of the Police Station. The enemy also captured 1 x AAA gun and 1 x light machine gun. 1 soldier was reported killed, 5 wounded and 16 reported killed/ missing and a civilian reported killed, the enemy withdrew with captured equipment, pursued by friendly attack helicopter strikes

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

05 November

Gunmen dressed in police and military style uniforms ambushed a vehicle on KABBA- OSHOKOSHOKO-OBAJANA Road, KOGI State abducting a couple and 2 others. The husband is the brother of the Speaker of the KOGI State House of Assembly, Matthew KOLAWOLE

06 November

Gunmen suspected to be members of the Red Confraternity of BENUE State University attacked a 3rd Year Mass Communications student alleged to be a member of the Black Confraternity on a farm opposite Rahama Clinic, LOGO II Area of MAKURDI, BENUE State around 7.30pm killing him. The police stated a suspect had been arrested who stated he and 3 others had attacked the victim in a dispute over a missing pair of Jeans

Gunmen ambushed a vehicle heading to EKPOMA, EDO State from DELTA State in the vicinity of XXX, BENUE State abducting 4 Catholic Priests

07 November

Up to 17 suspected cultists from BENUE State University attacked a 4th Year student beside Kyabiz Filling Station opposite the Second Gate of the University on Dunamis Street, MAKURDI, BENUE State around 4.30pm with small arms, sticks, bladed weapons and stones killing him as he went to get his hair cut. The victim was allegedly part of the group who murdered the 3rd Year student the previous day.

Mr KOLAWOLE and his wife were released by their abductors

08 November

The PLATEAU State Governor Simon LALONG stated the State Government would train members of the Boys Brigade in ‘security intelligence gathering’ as part of Op Rainbow, whilst at an investiture ceremony as Grand Patron, Boys Brigade, PLATEAU Council

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

05 November

The DSS supported by the military arrested a suspected gun runner in LERE LGA, KADUNA State and an accomplice in AGINDI, JOS, PLATEAU State, 8 x AK 47s and ammunition were recovered from the JOS arrest

Members of IMN staged a Free EL ZAKZAKY protest in KATSINA, KATSINA State. The procession was received peacefully

06 November

Gunmen mounted on motorcycles attacked GACHI Town, KANKIA LGA, KATSINA State around 2.00am, killing a local maize merchant and abducting his 15 year old daughter, Aisha MAIMASARA

07 November

The KADUNA State High Court denied IMN leader Sheik EL ZAKZAKY and his wife Zinat bail, remanding them into the custody of the DSS and adjourning their case to 22 January to face 8 charges including conspiracy and culpable homicide. The 3rd and 4th defendants Yakubu YAHYA and Sunusi ABDULQADIR remain at large

The CAS Air Marshal Sadique ABUBAKAR visited units deployed on Op Diran Mikiya in KATSINA, KATSINA State  where the Commander ATF Air Commodore Ayo JOLASINMI stated that they had flown 540 surveillance and combat sorties totalling 740 flying hours. The CAS stated that a FOB with helicopter landing facilities would beset up in BIRNIN GWARI LGA, KADUNA State. He visited NAF GUSAU, ZAMFARA State, where he was briefed by Commander 207 Quick Response Group

The DSS KADUNA State Command paraded 6 suspects in the kidnap and murder of the Agwom Adara of the ADARA Chiefdom, Maiwada GALADIMA at their offices. 14 other suspects were still at large

09 November

Suspected nomadic gunmen attacked JAN TSANI behind KURGI SABON LAYI KAKANGI Ward, BIRNIN GWARI LGA, KADUNA State killing 7 farmers, until they were disturbed by local vigilantes

Situation External Forces

06 November

Gunmen attacked TCHIKA, HILE ALIFA Arrondissement, LOGONE ET CHARI Department, EXTREME NORD Region at night killing a vigilante and abducting his 5 daughters and 2 sons

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NORTHERN NIGERIA INTERNAL SECURITY SITREP- Week Ending 03 November 2018

Situation North East (Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States)

30 October

Gunmen abducted a Modibbo Adamawa University Professor Allan KADAMS from his home in Federal Housing Estate, BAJABURE,GIREI LGA, ADAMAWA State on the outskirts of YOLA around 2.00am

The ADAMAWA State Police Command paraded 7 suspected kidnappers who allegedly operated in the WURO-JABBE and VUNO-KILLANG Areas of YOLA and 4 other suspects

The father of former Boko Haram spokesman Ali KONDUGA, Sanda KONDUGA (a former Second Republic parliamentarian) petitioned the National Human Rights Council seeking N500m compensation for the extended detention of his son, who was sentenced to 3 years imprisonment in December 2011 on terrorism charges but detained until 09 December 2016.

31 October

Gunmen mounted in 7 trucks and motorcycles attacked KOFA and then BULABURIN Villages, JERE LGA, BORNO State with small arms, RPGs and vehicle mounted AAA guns approaching via a bush path from the east around 7.50pm. 6 people were killed in KOFA and the village burnt and food and livestock looted. 9 people were killed in BULABURIN, the village burnt and food and livestock looted. At DALORI, the gunmen attacked around 10.00pm with small arms and RPGs, as CJTF Vigilantes and soldiers on guard duty engaged the attackers in a firefight but withdrew under fire, as the enemy overran the camp burning half of it killing 2 and wounding several before elements of 251 TF Bn responded.

01 November

Gunmen attacked GOZAIR, NGOMARI and ALHAJI MALLUMTI Villages, KONDUGA LGA, BORNO State along BAMA Road around 8.00pm displacing hundreds of villagers

02 November

Gunmen attacked 27 TF Bde positions in AZARE, GUJBA LGA, YOBE State, killing 6 and wounding an unspecified number of soldiers and capturing their weapons. Troops had reportedly detained 3 strangers who came into the town to charge their phones prior to the attack. Troops and vigilantes reportedly counter attacked destroying the enemy encampment, closing BUNI YADI-MAGZA- BIU Road

Elements of 117 TF Bn, CHIBOK supported by CJTF vigilantes conducted a fighting patrol engaging the enemy in MUDE Village, near GUMSURI, DAMBOA LGA, BORNO State capturing 7 x AK 47, 3 x AK 47 magazines, 1 x RPG round, 1 x double barrel shotgun, 7 x bicycles, medical equipment, blanket and sleeping material

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

27 October

1 person was arrested with a revolver and 3 x rounds of ammunition in relation to fatal clashes between cultists in OTURKPO LGA, BENUE State on 19 October

28 October

Gunmen attacked a convoy carrying the Osu Ajiri of UDEGYE Chiefdom, chief Alhaji Bala USMAN  as he returned in NASARAWA State

29 October

Up to 2,000 IMN members proceeded along MASAKA- MARARABA Road from MASAKA, KARU LGA, NASARAWA State around 1.00pm towards ABUJA, FCT in protest at the detention of their leader Sheik EL ZAKZAKY. They were confronted by soldiers, NPF and the NSCDC but refused to disperse heading to KUGBO via AYA. They were intercepted by security forces at KUGBO/ KARU Bridge checkpoint in the vicinity of NYANYA around 3.00pm, who refused to allow them to proceed. IMN members responded with stone throwing, to which the security forces responded with live fire killing up to 21 protestors. 4 soldiers were wounded

30 October

The Army announced receipt of a large consignment of ammunition including rocket artillery, vehicle and spare parts from an unknown country at ABUJA Airport. It is unclear why this was considered newsworthy

The NPF BENUE State Command supported by the DSS, NSCDC and Vigilantes arrested 12 people in suspected of involvement in the fatal cult clashes in OTURKPO LGA, on 19 October at different parts of the state. One person escaped from the bus as the suspects were being transported

IMN members continued their Free Zakzaky/ Annual Arbaeen March in ABUJA FCT, with clashes around WUSE Zone 2 as police tried to prevent them getting into the heart of the city. Tear gas was used on protestors who responded with stones. Police then responded with live fire killing at least 5 people. A police truck was allegedly set on fire on ADEMOLA ADETOKUNBO Street.  1 man was arrested around 11.30am at the DAKWA FCT- NIGER State border with 13 x petrol bombs and 1 x lighter, another man was arrested at 12.30pm in a commercial vehicle in the vicinity of TIPPER GARAGE KATAMPE with 18 x petrol bombs, 1 x dagger and 2 x lighters hidden in a bag. 400 other alleged IMN members were also arrested in the course of the day

01 November

Gunmen intercepted a vehicle travelling to GADABUKE, TOTO LGA from LAFIA, along NASARAWA – TOTO Road, in the vicinity of BUGAN GWARI Village, abducting 3 x NASARAWA State Primary Health Care Development Agency officials around 12 noon

CO 20 Model Bn, stated it had identified a suspected illegal security training camp in a primary school in the vicinity of SERTI, GASHAKA LGA, TARABA State, where over 300 young men were being trained by GS Security Services which had been hired by the TARABA State Government to train Marshals. The organisers claimed they had held a meeting with the army and DSS to discuss it

03 November

The TARABA State Governor Darius ISHAKU has denied allegations by CO 20 Model Bn that there was an illegal training camp in the SERTI. The Governor stated that the camp was training Marshals to enforce the Open Grazing Restriction and Establishment of Ranches Law and that all security establishments in the State had been informed of this prior to commencement, with the current intake being the second batch of trainees

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

28 October

The NAF has deployed a detachment of NAF Special Forces to KADUNA State to join its Air Component

The KADUNA State Government has relaxed the curfew from 24 hour to 5.00pm to 6.00am in KADUNA City, KASUWAN MAGANI, KAJURU and KATERI

29 October

The NPF stated it had arrested 93 suspects who had participated in the KADUNA State clashes of whom 43 were charged and 50 were still in police custody

The NPF KATSINA State Command stated they have arrested 10 suspected armed robbers, who allegedly robbed a man in FUNTUA LGA and abducted his 8 year old son who was released after 11 days and payment of a ransom in August 2018. Police raided their hideout in BIRNIN GWARI Forest, off SABOWA Road, KATSINA LGA, KATSINA State recovered 5 x AK 47, 1 x locally fabricated shotgun and 105 x 7.62mm (AK) rounds

Gunmen mounted on motorcycles attacked SABON GARIN DUMBURAWA village in BATSARI LGA, KATSINA State robbing villagers and raping women. Security forces responded chasing away the bandits recovering 2 x motorcycles and evacuating 1,566 women and children to BATSARI Town, where they sheltered in the Primary School. The villagers claimed that they had suffered months of raids, abductions and cattle rustling

30 October

President BUHARI and the Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris KPOTUM visited KADUNA State meeting the Governor Nasir EL RUFAI, traditional, religious and political leaders to discuss the latest crisis

Thugs attacked PDP supporters and officials in SOKOTO City, SOKOTO State, destroying the campaign office of the PDP Presidential candidate and supporters in the SOKOTO Cinema Area, damaging cars and the home of a Commissioner nominee

Up to 40 thugs mounted in 2 x Totoya Hilux attacked a house in KOFAR KADE, SOKOTO City, SOKOTO State around 9.00pm killing a prominent PDP politician Abu KALHU (aka BARADEN SUNNAH) with bladed weapons and wounding one of his relative

Gunmen abducted 2 SAFANA LGA Local Government Councillors as they went to BATSARI, BATSARI LGA, KATSINA State after work

The DSS arrested 2 suspected gun runners in SAINYINAN DANI, YABO LGA, SOKOTO State

01 November

The ZAMFARA State Governor Abdulaziz YARI stated that the state would hire 8,500 youths to join the Civilian Joint Task Force from each of the 17 Emirates in the State. He stated they would be given paramilitary training and a monthly salary of N15,000.00

The NPF KADUNA State Command stated it has charged 97 people to court in relation to the clashes in KASUWAN MAGANI

Situation External Forces

01 November

Gunmen attacked IGAWA, MAYO SAVA Department, EXTREME NORD Region killing 4 people at night

02 November

Gunmen beheaded a farmer in the vicinity of BALJOEL, MAYO TSANAGA Department, EXTREME NORD Region

 

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