HOW MILITARY SUPER CAMPS HAVE BEEN AIDING BOKO HARAM TO OCCUPY MORE TERRITORIES

Ejiofor Alike  The Super Camp strategy adopted by the military in the war against insurgency in the North-east may have given the terrorists opportunity to occupy more territories from where they launch assaults on the troops, THISDAY investigation has revealed. Under the SuperCamp strategy, the military, in what appeared like a tactical retreat, pulled out its battalions from all the camps occupied by troops and relocated them to heavily fortified cities where their brigade headquarters are located. In the wake of criticism from Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum and…

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CHIBOK RESIDENTS FLEE AS BOKO HARAM INVADES COMMUNITY AGAIN

Residents of Yimirmigza village in Kautikari ward, Chibok local government area of Borno, took to their heels after suspected Boko Haram insurgents laid siege on their village. A Chibok resident told TheCable on Saturday that they started hearing strange gunshots around 6pm. The villager said they fled when they noticed that the gunshots were not the routine military gunshots. “They came in this evening and started shooting sporadically. Most of the villagers have run into the bush,” the source said. “We don’t know if there are casualty yet because right…

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BOKO HARAM AMBUSHES SOLDIERS, 8 DEAD, 5 MISSING

About eight soldiers have been confirmed dead and five others missing after insurgents suspected Boko Haram insurgents ambushed troops of the Sector Three in Lake Chad area on Friday, a security source said. The incident happened around Gasarwa general area on Gajiram-Monguno road. The troops were coming from Monguno and heading to Maiduguri on Friday morning.  According to the source, the insurgents used rocket-propelled grenades to engage the troops. The source added before the arrival of the troops backup from Monguno and air support, the insurgents had withdrawn with lots…

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WE’LL FORCE BOKO HARAM TO SURRENDER- MILITARY

  The acting General Officer Commanding, 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Brig Gen Abdul Khalifa, has said the military will soon force  Boko Haram  fighters  to surrender. He  said  the Super Camps strategy introduced by the military would ensure that the North-East was free of Boko Haram. He spoke on Wednesday in Maiduguri while on an operational tour of army units within  his division. Khalifa said their  strategy was for   soldiers to be able to carry out patrols, raids and ambushes. The army chief said, “We  have discovered that …

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NORTH EAST LIBERATED DEFENCE HQ INSISTS AS BORNO COMMUNITIES WRITE TO BUHARI ABOUT LOSING CONFIDENCE IN THE MILITARY

Kingsley Nwezeh in Abuja The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) yesterday fired back at Borno communities that wrote President Muhammadu Buhari that they had lost confidence in the military following successive attacks by insurgents, which led to the killing of civilians and soldiers, saying it needs their support and not opposition. The communities, in an open letter signed by a traditional ruler, Alhaji Hassan Boguma, had accused the military of not doing enough to protect them from the insurgents and declared that they had lost confidence in the military. They accused military…

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BOKO HARAM STRIKES IN BORNO AGAIN, 4 DEAD, 12 WOMEN MISSING

Four people have been feared killed and 12 others missing in the aftermath of Boko Haram attack on a town in the northern part of Borno State. Boko Haram struck at remote Gajiram, headquarters of Ngazai Local Government Area of the state at the weekend, firing heavy artillery into the town, security sources said. It was the third attack on the town by the insurgents this year “The attack occurred at about 8.20pm. The insurgents came in 4-wheel vehicles, looted houses and shops, carted away foodstuffs and livestock,” a local…

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BONRO GOVERNOR, ARMY TRADE BLAMES OVER FAILED NEW STRATEGY FOR WAR AGAINST BOKO HARAM

Kingsley Nwezeh in Abuja and Michael Olugbode in Maiduguri Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum,  has attributed the renewed onslaught by Boko Haram terrorist group to the decision of the military to establish “super camps.” The insurgents attacked Gubio and Magumeri Local Government Areas of the state last week, sacking residents as well as setting their houses and government secretariat on fire. Zulum slammed the much-touted new war strategy, super camp, introduced by the Nigerian Army in the North-east, saying it was “unwise and not working.” But the army disagreed,…

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101 HOUSES, SHOPS DESTROYED IN BOKO HARAM ATTACK ON THURSDAY

About 101 buildings comprising 73 houses and 28 shops were on Thursday burnt by Boko Haram insurgents in three villages around Konduga local government area of Borno, officials of the state emergency management agency said. This was made known on Saturday by the executive chairperson of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Yabawa Kolo. Mrs Kolo spoke in Konduga town when the governor of the state, Babagana Zulum, paid a visit to the affected communities. Boko Haram insurgents had on Thursday staged coordinated attacks on communities around Maiduguri which led to displacement…

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FOREIGNERS HAVE TAKEN OVER BOKO HARAM- BORNO GOVERNOR, ZULUM

The Governor of Borno State, Babangida Zulum has argued that foreign elements have now hijacked the activities of Boko Haram, though the insurgents started in the state. Governor Zulum who revealed that much after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, on Friday also added that the nation’s porous borders does not help matters. Speaking with newsmen after the meeting, Zulum added that the composition of the insurgents cuts across different ethnic groups, adding that even expatriates have joined in the attack. The Governor said that the…

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BORNO GOVERNOR RUSHES TO ABUJA, MEETS OSINBAJO, BUHARI OVER FRESH BOKO HARAM ONSLAUGHT

The Governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum, Friday in Abuja held a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari over the waves of attacks recently carried out by Boko Haram. The insurgents carried out various attacks around Borno State during the week, some of which led to the displacement of soldiers from their bases in about three communities. PREMIUM TIMES reported how the insurgents attacked Gubio and Magumeri local government areas on Wednesday. The attack was said to have forced the military to pull out of the towns, leaving thousands of residents at…

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