NORTHERN NIGERIA INTERNAL SECURITY SITREP- Week Ending 23 March 2019

Situation North East (Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Taraba, Gombe and Yobe States)

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A civilian vehicle in a military convoy from GWOZA to PULKA, GWOZA LGA, BORNO State detonated an IED in the vicinity of WARABE Village 15km from GWOZA around 10.00am, killing all 8 occupants and wounding 7 in a following vehicle

Gunmen allegedly led by Abba HAJI mounted in pick up trucks attacked MICHIKA, MICHIKA LGA, ADAMAWA State, around 3.00pm from the direction of SHUWA, defeating friendly forces attacking the Union Bank branch in the town and allegedly trying to abduct 4 staff members with access to the banks vault. A bus driving through the town was attacked with 3 civilians killed, stores were looted and houses burnt. Elements of 143 Bn, GULAK, MADAGALI LGA, ADAMAWA State counter attacked and the enemy withdrew towards LASSA, ASKIRA UBA LGA, BORNO State along SHUWARI-  MAIKADIRI Road, via KWAPA Village where vigilantes based in MAIKADIRI Village, MICHIKA LGA alerted friendly forces around 7.20pm, setting  up blocking positions with elements of 115 TF Bn from LASSA ambushing the enemy by. 1 x Ford and 2 x Toyota Starlets filled with food stuffs and 1 x motorcycles were captured as well as a tyre pump

Elements of 115 TF Bn have constructed water and bread factories in their position in ASKIRA UBA LGA, BORNO State

19 March

A 13 year old female suspected PBIED surrendered near Assembly Quarters in the vicinity of GIWA Barracks, MAIDUGURI, BORNO State after collapsing apparently from hunger. The suspect identified herself as ZARA and stated she and 3 or 4 others had been bought by vehicle from BANKI, BAMA LGA. The others had reportedly been taken to other parts of the city

20 March

Gunmen attacked farmers on the outskirt LASSA, ASKIRA UBA LGA, BORNO State around 2.00pm killing 4 people, they then tried to attack the village but were defeated by vigilantes

Up to 13 gunmen attacked BAGUNJI Village, SHONGOM LGA, GOMBE State around 12.30am killing a healthcare worker and wounding his wife

Gunmen attacked MULTAFU, ASKIRA UBA LGA, BORNO State abducting 2 girls and burning barns and houses

A CJTF vehicle detonated an IED killing 1 person in an unspecified location

The NAF conducted air strikes on suspected enemy vehicles and infrastructure in the vicinity of TUMBUN ALURA and TUMBUN SALE, ABADAM LGA, BORNO State in the vicinity of Lake CHAD

Social media accounts state that Boko Haram ISWAP has replaced Abu Musab AL BARNAWI with Abu Abdullah IDRISSA and detained him, his brother and some other loyalists

Gunmen attacked BAMA, BANKI LGA, BORNO State and were defeated by elements of 202 Tank Bn

21 March

Gunmen ambushed a unit taking part in the MNJTF ops in the vicinity of SONDO LAWAN Village, NGANZAI LGA, BORNO State near MONGUNO killing 10 soldiers

Fighting in the vicinity of KANGARWA, KUKAWA LGA, BORNO State led to 2 Nigerian and 3 Chadian soldiers killed

The British and French CDS Gen CARTER and Gen LECOINTRE visited Nigeria’s CDS Gen Abayomi OLONISAKIN, stating that they considered Boko Haram ISWAP to be a bigger threat to NIGERIA than Boko Haram Shekau and commending the professionalism of Nigerian forces

23 March

2 x suspected PBIEDs attacked the mosque around 5.40am in KUSHARI Village, behind old CBN Quarters, MAIDUGURI, BORNO State killing up to 11 people

Gunmen attacked BUNI YADI, GUJBA LGA, YOBE State around 6.00pm

Situation North Centre (Abuja FCT, Benue, Kogi, Kwara, Nasarawa, Niger and Plateau  States)

18 March

Suspected miners attacked a mine site in DAN-BUKURU Villages, BOKKOS LGA, PLATEAU State killing 4 rival miners following a dispute

Youths attacked a Christian Crusade in TEGINA, RAFI LGA, NIGER State organised by a man from SOKOTO State named as Prophet Shuaibu BASHIR, who had allegedly converted to Christianity from Islam, wounding 10 people, damaging 8 vehicles and stealing some motorcycles

Youths attacked a Christian Crusade in TEGINA, RAFI LGA, NIGER State organised by a man from SOKOTO State named as Prophet Shuaibu BASHIR, who had allegedly converted to Christianity from Islam, wounding 10 people, damaging 8 vehicles and stealing some motorcycles

19 March

Suspected cultists fought in KABAWA area, LOKOJA, KOGI State leading to 8 dead and several houses burnt, when one group allegedly attacked  the others meeting in a house in the area around 11.00pm

Gunmen attacked TSER UORELEEGEB, UBABAI Ward, GUMA LGA, BENUE State around midnight killing 10 people

Gunmen murdered a woman and her 3 year old daughter in BIRNIN KEBBI, NASARAWA State

23 March

Gunmen shot the GBOKO LGA Collation Officer Prof. Comfort DOOSHIMA as she was en route to INEC HQ, MAKURDI, BENUE State. She was taken to hospital

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

17 March

The Kidnappers of Sheik Ahmad SULEIMAN have demanded N300m for him and his 6 companions. A kidnapper speaking Hausa with a Fulani accent claimed they had been hired to murder him by a politician but had decided to ransom him instead and return the politicians money

18 March

Gunmen ambushed vehicles in the vicinity of MASHAYAR ZAKI Village, DANSADAU District, MARU LGA, ZAMFARA State killing 4 people and abducting several others

Gunmen attacked NANDU GBOK Village, SANGA LGA, KADUNA State killing up to 10 people and burning 30 houses

19 March

8 Div began a 3 day symposium/ outreach as part of World Oral Health Day, with a health walk/ outreach at Government Day Secondary School, ARKILA, SOKOTO, symposium/ outreach at Eagle Officers Mess, GIGINYA Barracks and finally health walk/ outreach at AL HUDA College of Health Technology, SOKOTO

20 March

Commander Op Safe Haven Maj Gen Augustine AGUNDU stated that additional troops had been deployed to NANDU GBOK Village, SANGA LGA, KADUNA State

Gunmen ambushed vehicles along ZAMFARA Feeder Road robbing motorists, police intervened arresting one suspect Ibrahim LAWAL of FASKARI LGA, KATSINA State

The NAF stated that 1,000 personnel had been deployed to ZAMFARA State to operate along the ZAMFARA- SOKOTO – KADUNA Road and 300 personnel to Op Whirl Stroke in BENUE State

21 March

Gunmen attacked a goldmine in SUNKE Village, ANKA LGA, ZAMFARA State killing a policeman and abducting 6 other policemen, who were later released without their weapons

Gunmen attacked KANKARA Town, KANKARA LGA, KATSINA State but were repelled by locals who killed 2

Gunmen attacked YANDAKI Village, KAITA LGA, KATSINA State abducting a businessman from his home

22 March

Elements of 8 Div supported by elements of the NAF, NPF, DSS and NSCDC conducted a show of force exercise in RABA, KEBBE, GADA, GORONYO, SABON BIRNI and ISA LGAs, SOKOTO State

23 March

Gunmen attacked MADA Town, GUSAU LGA, ZAMFARA State abducting 3 people

Situation External Forces

17 March

Nigerien authorities announced the arrest of 3 suspected Nigerian poachers with elephant tusks, snake skins, buffalo and monkey carcasses in W National Park,  DOSSO Region, NIGER Republic. Also recovered were 2 x vans, dozens of hunting rifles, machetes, 6 x bicycles and unspecified chemical substances

18 March

Gunmen attacked GOUBOULDI, EXTREME NORD Region, killing a man

19 March

Boko Haram ISWAP released clips of the attack on Nigerien Gendarmes in GUESKEROU

An EU Delegation led by Abdel MAHJID Special Representative Francois FALL with Angel LOSADA, Mohammed IBN CHAMBAS, Stephen TULL, Michelle CONINSK visited MNJTF HQ, N’DJAMENA, CHAD hosted by MNJTF Commander Maj Gen Chikezie UDE. A UN Security Council Delegation visited MANJTF TAC HQ, DIFFA, NIGER Republic where they were met by MNJTF Deputy Force Commander Brig Gen Seydou BADJIE

20 March

Boko Haram attacked a Bridge in DIFFA Region between NIGERIA AND NIGER Republic with RPGs around 3.00pm, but were repelled

21 March

Gunmen attacked DEWA KARGUERI (KARIDI) Village 7km south west of GUESKEROU Commune,  DIFFA Region, NIGER Republic around 9.30pm killing 8 people and wounding several others

22 March

Gunmen attacked Chadian positions in the vicinity of DANGDALA Town, LAC Region on the banks of Lake CHAD around 1.25am killing up to 23 Chadian soldiers

Boko Haram ISWAP released images of an improvised rocket attack against DIFFA Airport

Gunmen attacked a refugee camp in NGAGAM, DIFFA Region, NIGER Republic

Chadian President Idriss DEBY ITNO fired Chief of Defence Staff, Gen Brahim Seid MAHAMAT and his deputies in response to the DANGDALA attack and casualties. He was replaced by Gen. Taher ERDA. The head of the Air Force and his deputy were also suspended.

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About peccavi

A Nigerian with interests in defence, security, geopolitics, the military particularly small unit tactics, COIN, stabilisation and asymmetric warfare
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