NORTHERN NIGERIA INTERNAL SECURITY SITREP- Week Ending 17 September 2016

Situation North East (Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States)

11 September

CJTF Vigilantes in MAIDUGURI, BORNO State captured 2 suspected Boko Haram members from NGURU SOYE, BAMA LGA who allegedly confess to having taken part in the 2014 capture of BAMA and the murder of 35 civilians

A suspected female PBIED approached a VCP at KARA Cattle Market, DIKWA, in the vicinity of ANTUL and MUKDALA, DIKWA LGA, BORNO State and upon refusing to respond to challenges, claiming to be coming from MONGUNO to see her parents in DIKWA, the sentry engaged her and the device detonated killing the bearer and wounding 2 soldiers and a vigilante

UNICEF has brought in $1.3m worth of supplies for IDPS in the North East including essential medicines, health supplies, water purification and female sanitation kits, freight was donated by UNICEF

The BORNO State NSCDC Commander Ibrahim ABDULLAHI stated 800 personnel had deployed to BAGA, DAMBOA, MUNGUNO, DIKWA, MAFA, KONDUGA and NGANZAI LGAs

12 September

BORNO State Governor Kashim SHETTIMA celebrated Eid in KONDUGA, KONDUGA LGA

13 September

SHEKAU’s Faction of Boko Haram (Jama’atu Ahlus Sunnah Lidda Awati Wal Jihad (JASAWJ)) released a 12 minute 59 second video showing an Hausa speaking presiding over Eid Prayers for a large number of people in a mosque, the unidentified speaker references an absent SHEKAU several times as their leader, threatening President BUHARI, COAS, LT Gen TY BURATAI and Army Spokesman Lt Col SK USMAN

BORNO State Government has awarded a N1.6bn contract for the construction of 9 mega primary schools to provide education to up to 49,000 IDPs

CJTF vigilantes captured an alleged Boko Haram member who had been allegedly extorting money and collecting motorcycles

14 September

Elements of 27 TF Bde conducting a fighting patrol engaged enemy forces mounted on motorcycles in the vicinity of JORORO and TOMBAEJI Villages, GEIDAM LGA, YOBE Sate in a 15 minute firefight early in the morning killing 4 and capturing 1, 2 x PKM, 2 x AK 47 and 144 x 7.62 (AK) rounds were captured as well as 2 x KASEA motorcycles

Ali Sanda Umar KONDUGA (aka AL ZAWAHIRI) former Boko Haram spokesman who was released after completing a 3 year sentence has been rearrested after allegedly attempting to gain entrance to the residence of Senate Majority Leader Mohammed Ali NDUME in MAIDUGURI, BORNO State allegedly to apologise for implicating him as a Boko Haram sponsor. He was denied entry by the gateman, beaten and arrested by the police. His family claim he is mentally unstable and authorities have taken him to a psychiatric hospital

15 September

Gunmen attacked DAMARAM Village, NGANZAI LGA, BORNO State abducting 1 man. Police and CJTF Vigilantes pursued the attackers, freeing the abductee after a firefight recovering a GPMG and 3 x rounds of ammunition. The same unit recovered 150 cattle from cattle rustlers who had attacked GAJIRAM, NGANZAI LGA

DHQ has dismissed the recent Boko Haram video as a ‘desperate and diversionary attempt to remain relevant’ claiming that footage was lifted from a video clip released in 2014

16 September

7 Div has released 366 babies, 149 mothers and 62 youths believed to be family members of insurgents to the BORNO State Governor Kashim SHETTIMA in MAIDUGURI, BORNO State

NAF F-7Ni and Alphajets conducted air strikes on suspected Boko Haram targets in the vicinity of TUMBUN GINI and TUMBUN KAYEWA, ABADAM LGA, BORNO State following intelligence from ISR platforms

Soldiers supported by CJTF Vigilantes conducted an intelligence led search operation in BULABULIN NGARNAM, MAIDUGURI, BORNO State on the outskirts of MAIDUGURI, recovering 3 x boxes of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition, 3 x jerrycans of assorted ammunition, 5,998 x 7.62mm (NATO) rounds contained in 2 sacks, 1,760 x 5.56mm rounds, 5 x AK 47 magazines and 1 x FN FAL magazine.

Information Minister Lai MOHAMMED stated that President BUHARI is ready to swap prisoners for the GSS CHIBOK abductees and there had been 3 previous attempts

17 September

The NAF has paraded 6 men accused of stealing weapons at 37 Base Services Group, YOLA, ADAMAWA State, an FN FAL, Tavor, Browning 9mm, double barrel shotgun and 37 x 9mm rounds were recovered.

Maj Gen Lucky IRABOR conducted the first 7 Div, Town Hall meeting in MAIDUGURI, in which he suggested that a Truth and Reconciliation Commission should be set up to review the issues in the North East

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

11 September

Gunmen attacked GOLKOFA Village, GODOGODO District, JEMA’A LGA, KADUNA State killing a man who had returned to the village from GIDAN WAYA (where all the townspeople fled after earlier attacks) to tend to his livestock

An alleged kidnapper known as DAN NA’ALA who was allegedly  responsible for the death of a vigilante in KAKURI was arrested in NYANYA, ABUJA, FCT and brought back to MAKERA, KAKURI, KADUNA SOUTH LGA, KADUNA State where he was attacked by an angry mob, unfortunately dying from his injuries

14 September

Elements of 223 Bn, 1 Bde, 1 Div raided a suspected bandits camp in DUMBURUM Forest, ZURMI LGA, ZAMFARA State, killing 7 suspect in a firefight and recovering arms and ammunition and military style uniforms.

Troops cleared suspected bandit camps in the vicinity of BAGEGA, ANKA LGA, ZAMFARA State as well as BARUBA Village, BUKKUYUM LGA killing 8 in a firefight and occupied KALGO, MARU LGA in order to pursue bandits who attacked the village

15 September

KANO State Police command arrested 2 suspected armed robbers along ABDULLAHI BAYERO Road, KANO with 2 x knives and mobile phones

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

14 September

NPF BENUE State arraigned 3 suspects at MAKURDI Upper Area Courts with criminal conspiracy, kidnapping and robbery

5 suspected armed robbers attacked SENGA Village, KATSINA ALA LGA, BENUE State. 2 of the robbers were apprehended and lynched by local villagers as well as a lady who allegedly harboured them, 3 escaped to GBISHE Village, from where they returned but were reportedly unable to regain entry so laid ambush at the next village KAVENGER murdering 10 people and wounding 5

Situation External (Rest of the World)

11 September

A Camerounian military vehicle on routine patrol detonated an IED in the vicinity of DJIBRILI, MAYO TSANAGA Department wounding 6 soldiers

12 September

Gunmen ambushed Nigerien forces in the vicinity of TOUMOUR Village, DIFFA Region resulting in 5 friendly and 30 enemy killed, 6 friendly wounded and 2 enemy captured

Nigerien and Chadian troops began operations between GUESKEROU and TOUMOUR in DIFFA Region, NIGER Republic

14 September

Nigerien and Chadian forces completed operations in the vicinity of GUESKEROU and TOUMOUR claiming 38 enemy killed and 2 friendly wounded.

Gunmen attacked FUESKEROU, DIFFA REGION, 30km from DIFFA at night stealing food and medicine and burning houses

Rosoboronexport has announced it will deliver 12 x MI 35 Attack Helicopters to NIGERIA by 2018

15 September

Gunmen attacked SANDA WADJIRI, MAYO SAVA Department at night wounding 2 civilians and abducting 2 others

Approximately 30 gunmen from KALABALGUE (KALA BALGE LGA, NIGERIA??) attacked GOULMA and KABO Villages, LOGONE ET CHARI Department along Route Nationale 1, killing 4 civilians, stealing 2 bags of rice and burning 2 trucks and wounding one soldier who reportedly singlehandedly defended the convoy killing 1 attacker ones

17 September

The 2 abductees from SANDA WADJIRI were found dead in the morning in ZAMGA, MAYO TSANAGA Department

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NORTHERN NIGERIA INTERNAL SECURITY SITREP- Week Ending 10 September 2016

Situation North East (Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States)

06 September

Troops supported by vigilantes detained a man suspected to be Mohammed BULAMA (nos 205 on the Wanted List) . Ardo Abba MUHAMMED and Muhammadu KAIGAMA in AZARE, GUJBA LGA, YOBE State, whilst on horseback and a bicycle and herding sheep. The suspect allegedly confessed to rearing animals for Boko Haram

The market in DAMBOA, DAMBOA LGA, BORNO State reopened 2 years after it was shut down

07 September

Media reports state that gunmen from the AL BARNAWI/ ISWAP Faction attacked a SHEKAU/ Boko Haram Faction Camp in the vicinity of ZUWA Villages, MARTE LGA on 31 August, killing several. The AL BARNAWI/ ISWAP Faction allegedly told local villagers they were attacking the others as they had ‘derailed from true jihad and were killing innocent people’. Local vigilantes claim that a similar clash 1 week ago drove SHEKAU/ Boko Harm faction elements away and freed members of the local populace. The next day elements of the AL BARNAWI/ ISWAP Faction allegedly attacked a SHEKAU/ Boko Haram Faction Camp in the vicinity of YELE and ARAFA Villages, MONGUNO LGA, killing 3, wounding 1 and capturing 1 other in YELE and killing several others in ARAFA

08 September

Maj Gen Lucky IRABOR MCCC Commander stated that some soldiers had sold arms and ammunition to Boko Haram at a news conference but gave no details or timings of the alleged crimes

YOBE State Governor Ibrahim GEIDAM has stated that YOBE needs N10-12bn for reconstruction

The BORNO State Governor has stated that he will temporarily relocate to BAMA and GWOZA LGA after the Sallah Holidays to oversee reconstruction

09 September

A suspected Boko Haram member was detained by troops from FOB BURATAI, BIU, BIU LGA, BORNO State with assistance of vigilantes

10 September

The NAF announced that the DSS and NPF had arrested a ‘prominent citizen’ Elisha DUBI on their behalf on suspicion of buying a stolen NAF FN FAL rifle, which was found in his house in NUMAN, NUMAN LGA

The spokesman to the YOBE State Governor accused traders of creating an artificial scarcity by blockading food trucks coming into the state

The BORNO State Government has begun reconstruction of 500 houses destroyed by Boko Haram in GUBIO LGA

Gunmen attacked a civilian convoy of traders and Eid al Adha celebrants travelling from MAIDUGURI to MONGUNO in the vicinity of KULUKAWUYA Village, DIKWA LGA, BORNO Sate killing one vehicles driver and wounding 2 women and a child and stealing the traders rams

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

31 August

A wanted kidnapper Nasiru TASI’U from BAKIN DAJIN, GOMO was arrested in SUMAILA LGA, KANO State after a firefight with police

06 September

KANO State Police Command arrested 22 suspected kidnappers in SUMAILA and DOGUWA LGA operating in the FALGORE and GOMO Forests recovering 4 x locally made long barrelled weapons, 9 x motorcycles, 2 x masks, 96 x cows, 33 x sheep, 1 x dog, 56 x rounds of ammunition, an unspecified amount of drugs, 2 x mobile phones, 1 x bow and arrow, 1 x axe, 1 x machete and N200,000.00.

08 September

NSCDC SOKOTO State Command states they had deployed over 800 personnel to guard Praying Grounds, public buildings and recreation centres

Suspected nomadic gunmen attacked GOLKOFA, JEMA’A LGA, KADUNA State killing 2 people

09 September

The KADUNA State NSCDC stated it will be deploying at least 5,000 personnel

10 September

IMN members in KADUNA, KADUNA State demonstrated asking for the unconditional release of their leader Sheik EL ZAKZAKY

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

05 September

Journalist Ahmed SALKIDA was detained at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, ABUJA, FCT as he arrived on a flight from UAE

The Federal Airports Authority of NIGERIA has announced that the NAF is to conduct a counter terrorism exercise at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, ABUJA, FCT using ground and air forces

The Minister of Interior Abdulrahman DAMBAZAU stated a new border control and immigration system is to be implemented

06 September

Elements of BENUE State Police Command’s Op Zenda state they have detained 2 men suspected of operating an illegal firearms making facility in TSAR Village, VANDIEKYA LGA, whilst on a routine stop and search along VANDIEKYA-ADIKPO Road

07 September

Ahmed SALKIDA has been released from custody without any preconditions

08 September

The JTF in BENUE State have recovered 14 cows allegedly rustled by Terwase AKWAZA (AKA GHANA) gang

09 September

BENUE State Police arrested a suspected human trafficker at a Motor Park in GBOKO LGA as he was attempting to board a bus to LAGOS with 2 young women he was allegedly trafficking to BURKINA FASO

Elements of 33 Bde conducted an intelligence led raid on suspected kidnapers in LAME BURRA Village in the vicinity of DUTSEN GANYE, GUNDURU and KATI LAYIN Villages, TORO LGA, BAUCHI State killing 7 after a firefight and recovering 2 x AK 47 and 3 x Dane guns

NASARAWA State Police Command paraded 38 suspected armed robbers arrested in various parts of the state

Situation External (Rest of the World)

05 September

Gunmen abducted a young student Gouldgor JEAN from TOLKOMARI, MAYO SAVA Department, EXTREME NORD Region

Gunmen attacked GUIDIGUIDI and WAMBA Villages, 10km from MORA, MAYO SAVA Department at night killing 2 people

156 schools in EXTREME NORD Region did not reopen for the new Academic Year

US advisors completed the training of 250 Nigerien Mobile Police Unit to be based in MAINE SOROA, DIFFA Region with a pass out ceremony in NIAMEY

06 September

Soldiers and vigilantes secured the release of Gouldgor JEAN

08 September

Gunmen engaged Camerounian soldiers in the vicinity of ALHADJI FOUWA, near MORA, MAYO SAVA Department losing 6 killed and 2 captured

Gunmen attacked AISSA HARDE, MAYO SAVA Department at night killing a civilian

Elements of Sector 4, MNJTF supported by air strikes cleared BAROUA Village, N’GUIGMI Department, DIFFA Region, 2 Nigerien soldiers were killed by an IED and 6 wounded, who were evacuated to NIAMEY, NIGER Republic

09 September

Camerounian forces detained 2 gunmen in the vicinity of D’ALADJIRI, near MORA

MSF reports that over the last few days over 200 families from NIGERIA and CHAD had arrived in TOUMOUR, DIFFA Region after a 4-5 day walk

10 September

A Boko Haram terrorist serving a life sentence was killed attempting to escape from MAROUA Prison, DIAMERE Department, EXTREME NORD Region

11 September

DHQ reported that the air element of Op Gama Aiki have conducted air strikes on 12 suspected enemy camps. Gunmen attacked an IDP Camp in the vicinity of TOUMOUA Village, DIFFA Region, NIGER Republic troops form Sector 4, MNJTF tracked and killed 4 of them and detained 2 others in TOUMOUR Village

 

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Cutting the Head off the Chicken: Decapitation Operations in North East Nigeria

The Boko Haram campaign this year has been characterised mainly by the slow, grinding advances of Nigerian led forces and the humanitarian catastrophe Boko Haram left in their wake. Boko Harams contribution has been limited with reduced bomb attacks against civilian targets and relatively few attacks and ambushes.

The most newsworthy event has been the leadership squabbles between Abubakar Shekau’ and ‘Abu Musab al Barnawi’. The timeline of this squabble (below) and follow on events is worth discussing.

Timeline

02 August: Daesh’s weekly magazine al Naba names Abu Musab al Barnawi as the Wali of their West African Province.

03 August: Abubakar Shekau releases an audio message insisting he is still the leader of Boko Haram

06 August: audio message from Al Barnawi (or Mamman Nur) faction denounces Shekau as a hypocrite and coward

07 August: Shekau releases a video with a large numbers of armed fighters, including 2 fighters with what appeared to be MANPADS, while he repeats his complaints against the other groups

13 August: a video is released showing at least 50 alleged GSS Chibok abductees, with a masked Hausa speaking gunman claiming to be Shekau’s successor offering to swap the girls for imprisoned Boko Haram fighters. The videos release was previewed by journalist Ahmed Salkida

14 August: The Army declares 3 people (Ahmed Salkida, Ambassador Ahmed U. Bolori and Aisha Wakil) wanted. Allegedly for their contacts with Boko Haram and knowledge of the GSS Chibok abductees whereabouts.

15 August: Aisha Wakil turned herself in at Defence HQ, ABUJA, FCT

16 August: the Nigerian Military stated that it did not declare Waklil, Bolori and Salkida wanted in the criminal sense but to get their assistance on strategies to combat Boko Haram

17 August: Mrs Wakil was released from DSS custody without charges

19 August: NAF conducts night airstrikes on targets in the Sambisa Forest, in Taye Village, in the vicinity of Gombale, Bama LGA, Borno State. The NAF also conducts air strikes with attack helicopters that same night on a target between Malam Fatori, Abadam LGA and Kangarwa, Kukuwa LGA reportedly killed up to 300 Boko Haram.

23 August: The military publicly announces the airstrikes of 19th August stating that the northern air strikes had been supported by ISR missions conducted on 16 August to ‘corroborate human intelligence that key BHT commanders gather at said location’ and that they had inflicted heavy casualties including 3 enemy commanders Abubakar Mubi, Malam Nuhu and Malam Hamman and ‘fatally wounded’ Abubakar Shekau in his shoulders..

29 August: The NAF conducts air strikes on Tumbun Rego, Abadam LGA, Borno State ‘4-6km’ from the targets attacked the last time.

30 August: The NAF spokesman publicly announces the previous days airstrike stating it was targeted using ‘intelligence to neutralize.. suspected leaders of the sect’

05 September: Ahmed Salkida returns to Nigeria from UAE and is detained

07 September: Ahmed Salkida is released. Media reports of fighting between different Boko Haram factions in Abadam LGA near Lake Chad

Factions and fissures:

Assuming that Shekau’s faction is mostly based in or around Sambisa Forest whilst al Barnawi is thought to be in the Lake Chad Region of Abadam, Mobbar or Kukuwa LGA, it would appear that the NAF attempted to destroy the leadership of both factions simultaneously, begging the question; How did the security forces establish the whereabouts of both sets of key leaders? Several options include;

  • The Al Barnawi and Shekau factions in their haste to respond to and counter each other’s propaganda left sufficient clues in their respective media messages to allow the security forces to identify their respective locations.
  • Al Barnawi and Shekau did not follow their normal security precautions when releasing their messages allowing the security forces to track them back to source.
  • One or both factions betrayed the other
  • Security force agents within these groups provided intelligence that identified enemy positions
  • IDPs or captured persons provided information that helped the security forces identify targets
  • The security forces had an existing intelligence operation which bore fruit and the timing is coincidental

In considering these scenarios, what is most interesting is that in all the announcements afterwards the military was keen to emphasise the use of human intelligence in developing their targets.

This is curious as human intelligence is one of the hardest forms of intelligence to obtain, develop and maintain especially within a group like Boko Haram, thus any hints or mentions could compromise the asset.

If one assumes these mentions were deliberate then it opens another window of enquiry, that;

  • The security forces do not have human assets but wish to give Boko Haram the impression that they had traitors in their midst in order to foment internal dissent and cause the leadership devote time and energy to ferreting out the spy and hopefully kill a few of their own.
  • The security forces wish to give each Boko Haram faction the impression that they were betrayed by the other
  • The information was obtained through other means such as signals or foreign intelligence etc. and the security forces wish to disguise this fact.
  • The security forces have human assets in Boko Haram but believe they are sufficiently secure
  • The security forces have human assets in Boko Haram and don’t care what happens to them

Another interesting consideration is that these strikes and the assertions of human intelligence came after the Bolori and Wakil voluntarily went into the security forces and were subsequently released. It could again be the intention of the security forces to discredit these persons in the eyes of Boko Haram and make it appear as they were the sources.

While the mechanics of these actions are open to speculation, the intent seems fairly clear, in that whilst the Federal Government has publicly professed a desire to negotiate with Boko Haram particularly over the GSS Chibok abductees, the security forces have attempted an aggressive decapitation strategy and attempted to eliminate the leadership of Boko Haram.

Whether this is a deliberate strategy to talk while attacking, an aggressive negotiating tactic or the military conducting rogue operations, it is relevant to ask if removing Boko Harams senior leadership is necessarily effective?

Headless Chickens

Of the little that is publicly known of Boko Haram’s structure it is assumed to consist of different groups and factions, with fighters based in different camps commanded by Amirs, each answerable to their leaders who nominally should be subject to Boko Harams Shura council (if it still exists).

Whilst there is likely to be a centralised source of funds, fuel, vehicles and weapons, it is also likely that individual Amirs in the widely dispersed these camps would be responsible for sustaining their troops and the more successful ones who bring in large amounts of stores such as weapons, foods, money, vehicles or captives would have larger camps with more troops and command more immediate loyalty from their subordinates.

The loyalty of these mid-level Amirs to their Senior commanders would also be tied to patronage as much as moral or ideological drivers, with the senior commanders’ access to finance, military supplies and military or leadership skills critical in maintaining the loyalty of subordinate commanders.

Thus these relationships would necessarily be strained particularly in straitened times, when the foot soldiers, junior and mid level commanders face defeat and deprivation of a daily basis, leading to the question as to what the effect of the loss of senior leaders would have on the group.

Historically the removal of leaders in well established criminal, terror, insurgent or rebel groups has 2 effects; somebody else steps forward to fill the gap or the groups fragment into smaller, harder to detect groups that tend to fight themselves as much as their common enemy.

In the former case those leaders who step up fall into roughly 3 categories, a compromise candidate who does not threaten any else in pool of commanders he was elevated from, the most ruthless who is willing to go further than others for the position or the most capable; a natural leader others wish to follow.

In reasonably well disciplined groups such as the IRA, Taliban or AQIM, the loss of a key leader would not immediately fragment the group, as the military, tribal and religious structures in place ensure a new commander (even if he is less skilled, popular or capable) continues where the old one left off.

In less disciplined groups the loss of a leader generally leads to fragmentation with other mid level leaders forming power bases around themselves, whilst other actors seek to take advantage of the chaos by attacking them, stronger commanders who have access to better resources, are better led or more ruthless will seek to absorb others or neutralise those that constitute a threat.

Summary

For a group like Boko Haram- facing deprivation and defeat in the field, a lack of popular support with a large number of forced conscripts seeking to escape, mercenaries, criminals and opportunists as well as true believers, with multiple factions and alternative power centres-the loss of their key leaders would probably lead to a certain level of fragmentation, until a leader who either has the skill or charisma to lead or else the necessary contacts with the supply chain is able to rise above the fray and either reunite the faction or simply lead the most dominant faction.

In the case of Shekau’s faction, there is an argument that such a psychotic personality would have eliminated any such persons (which the audio tapes seem to support) leaving commanders beneath him who are either similar in personality, conditioned to behave in an equally blood thirsty manner or sufficiently weak to be non threatening to him.

In the case of al Barnawi’s (who attempts to present a ‘more reasonable face’ of the insurgency), propaganda videos show his commanders preaching and engaging with fighters, indicating a different sort of command environment and personality, however his links to Daesh could mean fighters fleeing Libya could join up with his faction creating a foreign fighter element and possibly challenging the local commanders for authority. Control of the lucrative Lake Chad Region trade and smuggling routes could also incentivise mid to junior commanders to attempt to go it alone.

In either case it can be argued that removing Boko Harams key leadership could present opportunities to fragment Boko Haram and encourage fratricide allowing the security forces to destroy them in detail whilst the survivors struggle with finding new leaders and supply lines.

It could also be argued that removing Boko Harams leadership creates new threats as new combat hardened leaders unbound by old ties or orthodoxies rise through the ranks. Shekau protégés could be equally as bloodthirsty and without his baggage could forge new alliances or gain popular support. The death of al Barnawi could open the door to Daesh fighters fleeing Libya to set up in the Lake Chad Basin. Even if the factions fragment, these smaller groups under experienced leaders could continue the insurgency or simply evolve into another group or migrate around the country or region creating chaos.

The Federal Government and security forces are thus playing a risky game, professing to be interested in negotiation whilst discrediting the only credible go between and attacking the enemies leadership. This  could either be a strong armed negotiating tactic, a carrot and stick approach or a relentless military solution with the fig leaf of negotiations.

A headless chicken can run around spraying blood everywhere for a long time before the chicken actually realises its dead.

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NORTHERN NIGERIA INTERNAL SECURITY SITREP- Week Ending 03 September 2016

Situation North East (Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States)

23 August

The IOM NIGERIA and IOM CAMEROUN have distributed 3,000 mosquito nets, sleeping mats, laundry and bathing soaps and water purification tablets to IDPs in BANKI, BAMA LGA, BORNO State

28 August

A Statement from President BUHARI’s media adviser stated the Federal Government was ready to take all necessary measures to negotiate with ‘bona fide’ leaders of Boko Haram for the GSS CHIBOK abductees, he also stated that Boko Haram could identify an international NGO to represent it in talks if it didn’t want a direct negotiation

29 August

The NAF conducted air strikes at night on an enemy camp between MALAM FATORI and KANGARWA, KUKAWA LGA, BORNO State, approximately 6km away from that attacked on 19 August

30 August

The NAF stated that its aircraft used 1.9m litres of aviation fuel per month for operations in the North East at a seminar in LAGOS, LAGOS State entitled ‘Repositioning NAF logistics for Efficient Employment of Air Power in response to Contemporary National Security Imperatives’.

31 August

Commander Op Lafiya Dole, Maj Gen Lucky IRABOR stated that the remnants of Boko Haram were holed up in a few areas of SAMBISA Forest and ABADAM and MALAM FATORI, ABADAM LGA near Lake CHAD and would be ‘flushed out in a few weeks’

The BORNO State Commissioner for Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Alhaji Babagana UMARA has stated that the State Government plans to move IDPS in MAIDUGURI from KONDUGA, MAFA and DIKWA LGA’s back home

Media reports state that only one occupant (a 73 year old woman) was left in DAMASAK, MOBBAR LGA, BORNO State after liberation

01 September

The NAF conducted air strikes with an Alphajet and F7 Ni on a suspected Boko Haram camp in TUMBUN REGO, ABADAM(?) LGA, BORNO State

02 September

President BUHARI has ordered the IGP to investigate and prosecute anyone stealing food or aid from IDPs in the North East

The MNJTF stated that troop numbers had increased to 10,500 (which nations had sent more troops had not been specified) and were conducting blocking operations on suspected enemy supply routes with ISR support from FRANCE, UK and USA. Nigeria’s contribution to the MNJTF was $86m as of 30 August.

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

28 August

Elements of 1 Div in KADUNA State detained a suspected cattle rustler Isah FULANI at MARARRABAR JOS, IGABI LGA. Other elements engaged another group in a firefight killing 1 in TASHAR NAKAU, IKARA LGA, capturing 1 x handgun and 6 x improvised 9mm rounds. 2 x fake vigilantes were detained in ANCHAU, KABAU LGA, whilst a suspected armed robber was detained in BIRNIN GWARI LGA, who allegedly operated on the road between KATSINA and KADUNA State particularly between BIRNIN GWARI and FUNTUA

28 August

Elements of 1 Div in ZAMFARA State cleared 2 suspected cattle rustler camps in DUMBURUM Forest, ZURMI LGA recovering 209 cows and 1,062 goats and sheep

29 August

The Federal High Court, ABUJA, FCT reject an application for the immediate release of IMN leader Sheik EL ZAKZAKY on the grounds that the application was not served on the DSS, IGP of Police and Attorney General of the Federation as joint respondents

Gunmen killed the leader of the local vigilante groups in KAKURI, KADUNA SOUTH LGA, KADUNA State around 3.30am

30 August

The DSS arrested 2 suspected kidnappers in TAMBURAWA Village, DAWAKIN KUDU LGA, KANO State along KANO-ZARIA Road, who are alleged to be part of a gang operating from the FALGORE Forest

31 August

The ZAMFARA State Police Command states it has identified 14 suspects off the 22 August ‘blasphemy’ murders in TALATA MAFARA, including the 8 deceased. Another person Kuryan MADARO of KAURA NAMODA LGA has been arrested and charged and a second unnamed person is to be charged upon release from hospital

The DSS announced they had detained 2 suspected Boko Haram members, Ibrahim Ustaz ABUBAKAR and Idris AUDU (aka AYA) in KANO state. AUDU is alleged to be an IED ‘specialist’ who had sought recruitment into the Army

02 September

SOKOTO State Police Command arrested 14 suspected criminals who operated a ‘1 hour market’ between 6.00pm and 7.00pm in stolen goods

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

28 August

Suspected nomadic gunmen attacked ALLAWA, GALADIMA KOGO, ERENA and other villages in SHIRORO LGA, NIGER State, reportedly killing up to 37 people

29 August

Over 300 MOPOL personnel have been deployed to KOGI State as part of Op Total Freedom to combat kidnapping, armed robbery and other violent crimes, joining 350 local policemen

Prisoners in KUJE Prison, ABUJA, FCT rioted after a routine search reportedly turned up 25 mobile phones in the possession of a Boko Haram prisoner in the VIP/ Deradicalisation wing

30 August

31 Artillery Bde has reportedly informed the NIGER State Governor that it intends to search 5 villages in the vicinity of KPAIDNA Village, BOSSO LGA, NIGER State to search for 2 x rifles, 1 x video camera and 1 x walkie talkie that were still missing from the previous operation

31 August

The Judicial Commission on the Villagers and Military clash in BOSSO LGA, NIGER State

The DSS arrested 6 suspected kidnappers and rescued 6 children abducted from BENUE State in ABIA State

The NAF announced it had established a Periodic Depot Maintenance Centre in an undisclosed location

03 September

2 gunmen abducted 3 children on their way to the farm in MAKURDI, BENUE State drving them away towards ADOKA-ANKPA Road

Situation External (Rest of the World)

27 August

Camerounian authorities conducted a series of raids in MORA, MAYO SAVA Department detaining 63 persons for lack of ID or possession of weapons

29 August

Camerounian authorities closed MEME, MAYO SAVA Department due to suspicions that Boko Haram is selling stolen livestock there

30 August

Amnesty International has stated that 130 men and boys detained in MAGDEME and DOUBLE Villages, LOGONE ET CHARI Department on 27 December 2014 remained unaccounted for. The NGO alleges 28 men had died in custody

01 September

Gunmen attacked GOUZOUDOU, MAYO SAVA Department, 6km from KOLOFATA around 1.00am killing 1 man and wounding a vigilante before being repelled by the Camerounian Army

02 September

Gunmen mounted on camels attacked TOUMOUR (75km from DIFFA), DIFFA Region, NIGER Republic around 10.00am killing 5 and wounding 2 villagers and burning the village, after the locals attempted to resist with bows and arrows. The attackers withdrew into NIGERIA across the KOMADOUGOU- YOBE River

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NORTHERN NIGERIA INTERNAL SECURITY SITREP- Week Ending 27 August 2016

Situation North East (Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States)

21 August

Approximately 20 gunmen mounted on bicycles attacked SHAWA Village, ASKIRA UBA LGA, BORNO State with small arms around 4.00am stealing 6 bicycles and burning the village

UNHCR and American University of NIGERIA has trained 450 IDPs in BORNO State under a skills acquisition scheme

23 August

Troops based in DARUL  JAMEL, BORNO State were ambushed in the vicinity of BANKI Junction, BAMA LGA. Gunmen later attacked DARUL JAMEL around 10.00pm with small arms and RPGs losing several killed reportedly including commanders and 1 x PKM, 1 x AK 47, 1 x RPG round, 395 x 7.62mm (NATO) and 15 x 7.62mm (AK) ammunition

24 August

An explosion in DAMATURU, YOBE State killed a welder and wounded a soldier and civilian. The soldier (from 27 TF Bde in GONIRI) had brought a pipe to be welded onto his vehicles radio antennae when the explosion occurred. NPF EOD are investigating the cause.

25 August

The NSCDC arrested a man in DALA, MAIDUGURI for allegedly kidnapping raping a 13 year old IDP from CHIBOK from DALORI Camp in a reported 2 day attack

IDPs protested in MAIDUGURI over lack of food, drugs and clothing

27 August

Gunmen attacked elements of 153Bn patrolling in the vicinity of ALA LUMSHE, MARTE LGA, BORNO State, 4km from MARTE, the attack as repelled with support from NAF Alphajets

21 Bde, has set up a temporary school in BAMA, BAMA LGA, BORNO State for 3,000 pupils based in 6 x military tents, with soldiers and IDPs acting as teachers. UNICEF donated 2 further tents and school bags

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

20 August

Gunmen murdered a man inn LIGALI, near GONIN-GORA Village, CHIKUN LGA, KADUNA State around 2.00am

21 August

The SOKOTO State Government is to partner with the US Government to expand access to education and promote SMEs

Suspected nomadic gunmen murdered a RCCG Pastor in UNGUWAN ANJO Village, near GODOGODO, JEMA’A LGA, KADUNA State, whilst he was returning from GOLKOFA Village on a motorcycle

Suspected nomadic gunmen attacked NINGON 6km from GWANTU, SANGA LGA, KADUNA State killing 2 men and wounding 1 around 8.45pm

22 August

A mob attacked a student of ABDU GUSAU Polytechnic, TALATA MAFARA, TALATA MAFARA LGA, ZAMFARA State, who was accused of blasphemy. The student was rescued by a good Samaritan who infuriating the mob who burnt his house killing the student and 7 other people. A 7.00am – 7.00pm curfew has been imposed

The DSS stated it had arrested several suspected terrorists. On 8 July Mukhtar TIJANI, Isiaku SALIHU, Abdullahi ISAH and Hindu ISAH were arrested in KINKINAU, UNGUWAR MU’AZU, KADUNA, KADUNA State whilst allegedly conducting hostile reconnaissance for attacks in the state. On 17 July Mudaisiru JIBRIN (aka NAMAKELE/ ALARAMA) was arrested in KANO, KANO State who allegedly planned the attack on GSS MAMUDO, POTISKUM LGA, YOBE State in 2013. On 12 August 3 suspected Ansaru members Usman ABDULLAHI, Abdulmumuni SADIO and Ahmad SALIHU from a cell in KOGI State were arrested in AUCHI, ETSAKO WEST LGA, EDO State allegedly preparing to attack targets in EDO and KOGI States and then flee to Daesh in LIBYA. The DSS stated that they arrested a suspected cattle rustler Abdullahi HARUNA (aka DOUGLAS) on 13 August in HAYIN BUBA, GUSAU LGA, ZAMFARA State. The suspect was allegedly spying on the security forces whilst disguised as a bread seller for a wanted cattle rustler known as ‘BUHARI GENERAL’. On 29 July The DSS arrested a suspected member of the gang Hafizu SANI who was allegedly spying on security forces in ZAMFARA State who led to the arrest of Hussaini Alhaji SULE (aka YELLOW) in ALIERO, ALIERO LGA, KEBBI State. The ‘BUHARI GENERAL’ gang allegedly operated as cattle rustlers and kidnappers in KADUNA, KATSINA and ZAMFARA State.

23 August

Members of IMN protested in KADUNA State for the release of their leader Sheik EL ZAKZAKY

Gunmen mounted in a Toyota Sienna abducted Ibrahim SAMAILA/ISMAIL (the member for TUDUN WADA Constituency, KANO State House of Assembly) from his house in ABAPKA, KADUNA NORTH LGA, KADUNA State around 9.00m, subsequently requesting N70m in ransom from his family

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

20 August

TARABA State Police Command arrested 4 suspected armed robbers who were apprehended by vigilantes along SANSANI-NAFADA Road, BALI LGA. 2 x single barrel weapons were recovered.

21 August

Elements of 33 Bde conducted a fighting patrol to DUTSEN MAIRAMA, in the vicinity of DOGON RUWA in the LAME/ BURRA Forest, TORO and NINGI LGA, BAUCHI State engaging suspected kidnappers, killing 3 and destroying their camp.

22 August

The DSS stated they detained 3 members of Terwase AGWAZA’s (aka GHANA) gang (Terfa JIRGBA Terzungee KWAGHAONDO and Mathias AENDE) at BADAGRY Street, MAKURDI, BENUE State on 8th August on suspicion of kidnapping and other crimes, another alleged AGWAZA accomplice was arrested in PORT HARCOURT, RIVERS State on 16 August who allegedly negotiated for a N4m ransom for 2 Indian nationals abducted on 29 July in MAKURDI and allegedly murdered a man in GBOKO on 1st August

23 August

A demonstration by final year students at the FIDEI Polytechnic, GBOKO, GBOKO LGA, BENUE State over exclusion from exams due to non payment of fees was disrupted by policemen with small arms and tear gas who allegedly opened fire killing 1 and fatally wounding another student. The students and suspected thugs allegedly from the ‘Shawa’ gang retaliated wounding 2 policemen and leading to the deaths of 2 students and 2 policemen and the wounding of 1 student. The institutions bakery, bursary, ranch and pen house were damaged as well as 5 vehicles and one police vehicle. 21 people have reportedly been arrested

24 August

Elements of 33 Bde from FOB TORO, TORO LGA, BAUCHI State arrested 2 suspected kidnappers in BADIKO Village along GUMAU Road TORO LGA, recovering N439,000.00 in suspected ransom. Another suspect was detained at MAGAMA Village, TORO LGA, who had allegedly escaped from JENGE in the LAME BURRA Forest following military operations there. Soldiers at a checkpoint known as KANO 2, in the vicinity of DURUM, BAUCHI LGA arrested a suspected armed bandit with 8  x 7.62mm (AK) rounds, 2 x mobile phones and amulets

BENUE State Security Council has announced a N5m reward for anyone with information leading to the arrest of former Amnesty Committee Chairman Terwase AKWAZA (aka GHANA) who is wanted for kidnapping, armed robbery and murder

25 August

The NIGERIA Prisons Service Comptroller General Ja’afar AHMED stated that the NPS had reopened satellite prisons in ALKALERI, BURRA, DARAZO, KATAGUM, SHIRA, TAFAWA BALEWA and TORO in BAUCHI State on 15 August. An 8th unnamed prison was also opened and a 9th in GAMAWA was still undergoing renovation

27 August

Approximately 3 gunmen attacked a house in TAURA Village, DINYA, GASSOL LGA, TARABA State around 7.30pm with small arms shooting 7 people from the same family

Commander Op Safe Haven has banned the use of commercial tricycles from 9.00pm to 5.00am due to an increase in crime in JOS, PLATEAU State and to banning the use of motorcycles in JOS completely

Situation External (Rest of the World)

21 August

A male PBIED mounted on a motorcycle detonated in the market in MORA, MAYO SAVA Department killing 4 and wounding 24

23 August

US Secretary of State John KERRY arrived in NIGERIA, meeting President BUHARI, praising military successes but cautioning against a purely military solution. Further military cooperation was discussed with ‘strong commitments’ of further military aid reportedly made by KERRY. President BUHARI thanked the US for assistance with intelligence, training and equipment. He then visited the Sultan of SOKOTO Muhammadu Sa’ad ABUBAKAR III, in SOKOTO, SOKOTO State (who is also the President of the Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs) where he urged Nigerians to transcend ‘religions, ethnicities and all kinds of moral codes’ by practising tolerance and acceptance’

Approximately 40 gunmen attacked TCHAKAMARI, MAYO SAVA Department but were defeated by Camerounian forces who lost 1 dead

24 August

A 16 year old suspected Boko Haram member was arrested by vigilantes in TOLKOMARI Village, MAYO SAVA Department he was allegedly a native of the town who had joined Boko Haram 2 years ago

27 August

An IED detonated under a Chadian military vehicle in the vicinity of KAIGA KINDJI, CHAD near the Nigerien border killing 4 soldiers and wounding 12

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NORTHERN NIGERIA INTERNAL SECURITY SITREP- Week Ending 20 August 2016

Situation North East (Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States)

13 August

Troops supported by vigilantes detained 2 suspected Boko Haram members on the NIGERIA-CAMEROUN Border who claimed to be from GAMBORU NGALA LGA, who had left ABBAGANARAM Village, MARTE LGA and attempted to infiltrate GAMBORU as tiring of staying in the bush

14 August

Gunmen attacked friendly positions in KANGARWA, KUKUWA LGA, BORNO State round 5.30pm but were defeated after a firefight losing 16 enemy dead, 1 x RPG launcher, 1 x RPG round, 11 x AK 47, 6 x AK 47 magazines, 1 x 60mm mortar barrel, 12 x 60mm mortar bombs, 1 x Type 36 hand grenade, 1 x Gionee mobile phone, 1 x ammunition bandolier. Friendly forces suffered 12 wounded

The Army declared 3 people wanted over their contacts with Boko Haram, including journalist Ahmed SALKIDA, Ambassador Ahmed U. BOLORI and Aisha WAKIL, alleging they were wanted for their knowledge of the GSS CHIBOK abductees whereabouts. No evidence was presented to support the allegation

The Bill and Melinda GATES Foundation donated $1m to the BORNO State government for feeding IDPs and agriculture. 40,000 households were meant to benefit from the food distribution receiving 25kg of rice and 10kg of beans. 10 hectares would be used for beans cultivation shared amongst 200 farm families 15 August Friendly forces conducted a fighting patrol to DOGON CHIKUN, BORNO State capturing 1 x pick up truck and liberating 5 people

A combined Army, MOPOL, patrol engaged enemy forces in BOCOS, BAMA LGA, killing 1 and recovering 5 bicycles, a mobile phone and a wheelbarrow of foodstuffs. They also rescued 2 men, 9 women and 17 children in BAMA LGA, BORNO State who stated they had escaped from BULA MUSA Village

Troops at BAMA IDP camp intercepted 1 man, 5 women, 10 boys and 7 girls with 2 horses and 3 donkeys who claimed to have escaped from BULA MUSA

IDPs (2 men, 12 women, 12 boys and 11 girls) from GULUMBA GANA Village, along GULUMBA-KUMSHE Road, BAMA LGA, BORNO State were intercepted by troops in DIKWA who sent them to the IDP camp

Troops conducted fighting patrols towards WADAMA, IZAKAH, GELEMARI and KALIZARAM Villages

Forces in MONGUNO, MONGUNO LGA conducted an intelligence led raid on a group of Boko Haram fighters who had been allegedly extorting money and valuables from villagers in ZANKARI, 2 enemy were killed and 1 wounded, 1 x AK 47 and 3 x 7.62mm (AK) rounds were recovered

15 August

Aisha WAKIL who was declared wanted by the military turned herself in at Defence HQ, ABUJA, FCT

Gunmen ambushed a convoy of NIS officials and traders in the vicinity of GWAJIBO Village, DIKWA LGA, BORNO State around 2.30pm as they headed from GAMBORU, NGALA LGA to MAIDUGURI, with small arms killing 5 traders and wounding 3 Immigration officials, 2 trucks were looted and then burnt. The NIS officials had been registering returned refugees in GAMBORU

16 August

The NAF released a video refuting allegations in the latest Boko Haram video that they were responsible for the deaths of any GSS CHIBOK abductees

Ms WAKIL has reportedly been transferred from military to the DSS custody

The Nigerian Military states that it did not declare WAKIL, BOLORI and SALKIDA anted in the criminal sense but to get their assistance on strategies to combat Boko Haram

17 August

Ms WAKIL was released from DSS custody without charges

19 August

The NAF conducted airstrikes on enemy targets in TAYE Village in the vicinity of GOMBALE in the SAMBISA Forest, BAMA LGA, BORNO State at night reportedly inflicting heavy casualties on the enemy as they were conducting a ritual reportedly killing 3 enemy commanders Abubakar MUBI, Malam NUHU and Malam HAMMAN. Security forces also claim to have ‘fatally wounded’ Abubakar SHEKAU in his shoulders. It is unclear how the information on enemy casualties was derived. The NAF also stated it conducted air strikes on a concentration of enemy in a location between MALAM FATORI and KANGARWA, KUKAWA LGA killing 300, following HUMINT that was corroborated by ISR imagery on 16 August. It is unclear if these are the same incidents

20 August

Media reports state that the Federal Government s purchasing Adcomm Systems Yahbon Flash 20 Medium Altitude Long Endurance UAVs from the UAE to replace Chinese CH-3A’s and 15x Mi 35M’s from RUSSIA, with 3 to arrive in November 2016, 33 NAF personnel had been trained on the platform

Commander Op Lafiya Dole, Maj Gen Lucky IRABOR stated that the military has received 3 pieces of unspecified counter IED equipment.

Approximately 8 gunmen mounted on 4 motorcycles attacked KUBURUBU Village, DAMBOA LGA, BORNO State (between CHIBOK and DAMBOA) around 5.00am killing 7 people, abducting 7 women, 5 boys and 1 girl and stealing livestock and food stuffs and then burning the village.

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

13 August

Suspected nomadic gunmen attacked GODOGODO, JEMA’A LGA, KADUNA State killing 6 farmers with small arms and bladed weapons

15 August

KADUNA State Police Command stated they had arrested 14 suspected kidnappers and 7 suspected armed robbers in the past 2 weeks, recovering 123 x 7.62mm(AK) rounds 4 x cartridges and 2 x motorcycles

16 August

Elements of 223 Bn, 1 Bde, 1 Div conducted fighting patrols to clear bandit camps in BABA-NOKA, CHILLIN and PAMAGAJI-MAGIHA Villages, DANSADAU Emirate, MARU LGA, ZAMFARA State. A local Fulani leader ALhaji RUWA handed over 2 x locally made pistols and 3 x dane guns and promised to convince other bandits to surrender

18 August

KADUNA State Police have arrested a gang suspected of kidnapping along KADUNA-ABUJA Road UNGWAN KAWU Village, DAN DUMI LGA, KATSINA State, N250,000 of ransom money was recovered

KANO State Police Command arrested 17 suspected kidnappers in KARASA Village, DOGUWA LGA, KANO State in the vicinity of the FALGORE Forest. Also recovered were unspecified amounts of weapons ammunition, livestock and other criminal paraphernalia

20 August

3 x gunmen mounted in a tricycle murdered a man in an attempted robbery KADUNA, KADUNA State around 8.30pm who had reportedly recently returned from MALAYSIA, stealing their car

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

14 August

KOGI State Government announced it will be donating 200 vehicles to NPF Zone 8 on 27 August

Gunmen abducted a retired civil servant Moses ONIVEHU along the OKENE- LOKOJA Road, in the vicinity of KABBA Junction, ADAVI LGA, KOGI State

BENUE State Police Command states that they have arrested 51 suspects and recovered 3 pistols, 10 locally made pistols, 56 x rounds of ammunition, 10 x cartridges, 9 x vehicles and 2 x 50kg bags of cannabis in the last 2 weeks.

18 August

BAUCHI State Police Command rescued 49 hostages in TORO LGA and arrested up to 50 suspects

19 August

The CAS AM Sadique ABUBAKAR commissioned the third locally weaponised AlphaJet at 99 Air Combat Training Group, KAINJI, MAGAMA LGA, NIGER State

Situation External (Rest of the World)

15 August

The  US Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Alan TOUSIGNANT, led a delegation to meet the Minister of Interior Abdulrahman DAMBAZAU where he stated the US Government is to send a team comprising of the US Department of State, Department of Justice, CALIFORNIA National Guard, FBI and other Agencies to provide Technical Assistance to Nigerian security forces as part of the Security Governance Initiative, following up an earlier visit in January 2016 focusing on 3 major areas of partnership; the Ministry of Interiors Emergency Response Coordination, the Ministry of Defences procurement procedures and civilian security planning for the North East in a week long visit to finalise a Joint Country

Gunmen killed 5 people in the vicinity of N’GUIGMI, DIFFA Region, NIGER Republic stealing livestock from a herdsman who was murdered with bladed weapons, whilst the other 4 were shot

16 August

Elements of the MNJTF conducted an ambush in the vicinity of FOTOKOL, LOGONE ET CHARI Department, EXTREME NORD Region, killing 27 and capturing 10, machine guns and other weapons were captured

17 August

2 Nigerians and 7 Camerounians (from ZENEME, SANDA WADJIRI, SOULEDE ROUA and WARA-WIDE) Boko Haram suspects were detained in KOUYAPE, MAYO SAVA Department near NGUETCHEWE

Gunmen attacked KOLOFATA, MAYO SAVA Department at night killing a vigilante

19 August

UNHCR stated that Nigerian military successes have exposed an increasingly catastrophic situation with 800,000 IDPs in need of aid, suffering from malnutrition, threat of sexual violence

Gunmen attacked BAKARICE Village, EXTREME NORD Region killing 1 man

20 August

Chadian President DEBY met French President HOLLANDE at the ELYSEE Palace, PARIS, FRANCE to discuss current operations against Boko Haram by the MNJTF, with the French confirming military support as well as Development Aid for people in the Lake CHAD region

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NORTHERN NIGERIA INTERNAL SECURITY SITREP- Week Ending 13 August 2016

Situation North East (Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States)

07 August

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

08 August

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

10 August

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

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

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

11 August

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

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

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

13 August

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

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

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

11 August

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

12 August

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

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

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

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

08 August

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

09 August

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

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

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

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

10 August

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

10 August

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

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

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

11 August

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

12 August

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

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

13 August

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

Situation External (Rest of the World)

09 August

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

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

10 August

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

12 August

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

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