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Channels TV said, the presidency has denied reports suggesting that repentant Boko Haram terrorists are being placed into the Nigerian military.
According to Channel TV, in a statement issued yesterday, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, says no ex-terrorist is absorbed into the Nigerian military.
This escalation was due to an allegation made by Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum that his convoy was attacked by soldiers and not Boko Haram terrorists
Following this development, many Nigerians had suggested on social media that the attack was carried out by the repentant insurgents who had allegedly joined the army.
“It is important for the public to know that nobody has ever been absorbed into the military from the de-radicalized Boko Haram and there is no such plan for their absorption,” the statement partly read.
The presidential spokesman explained that the Federal Government’s Operation Safe Corridor programme aimed at rehabilitating the ex-terrorists were being monitored by the International Organisation for Migration.
“None of the 601 former Boko Haram members who voluntarily laid down their arms, and have recently graduated from the Federal Government’s de-radicalization and rehabilitation programme, is going into the military.
“This is the fourth such graduation of repentant Boko Haram fighters and not one of such graduates has been absorbed into the military.
“The public needs to be reassured that the de-radicalization, rehabilitation and reintegration of violent extremists of the Buhari administration code-named “Operation Safe Corridor,” follows an established example from countries with similar experiences, and is supported academically and materially by the European Union and the United Nations,” he said.
A video has been circulating online showing the execution of five persons by masked men in military camouflage, suspected to be Boko Haram fighters.
Channels TV said a voice was heard speaking in Hausa before the execution, saying that the five persons were working for infidels
“Those of you that are being used by infidels to turn others to infidels, know this today oh, you who work for infidel groups, you satisfy their aims but they do not care about you and that is why when we catch you they do not show concern. Our call to you is to repent and follow Allah; we shall waylay you in all the roads that you follow and if you don’t listen, the fate of these ones will befall you,” the voice said.
The execution immediately followed his speech at the cue of another voice that said “bisimillah.”
The slain persons are believed to be aid workers captured during a raid in Monguno Local Government of Borno State on June 13, 2020.
According to Channels TV, they include staff of the Borno State Emergency Management Agency, Action Against Hunger, Rich International, International Rescue Committee and a security guard.
The execution came after the insurgents demanded the sum of 500,000 dollars to release them.
Troops of the Operation Lafiya Dole have killed 75 Boko Haram terrorists and recuperated weapons in the northeast of the country
The Coordinator Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, discloses this in a statement issued yesterday.
As said by him, the terrorists were killed in an ongoing offensive in the region that resulted in deaths of Boko Haram fighters
Enenche clarified that the Boko Haram fighters met their death during 17 separate encounters with the troops from June 1 to June 30 of this year.
“It is evident from recent encounters with Boko Haram/ISWAP that the resilience of the troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE is being sustained across the North-East Theatre of operation resulting to high BHT/ISWAP casualties on men and equipment as well as capture or surrendering of some of their fighters.
“In their resolve to end BHT/ISWAP menace in the North-East region, from 1 – 30 June 2020, the gallant troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE had a total of 17 encounters with the marauding criminals, neutralizing 75 of them in the process,” the statement partly read.
Speaking further, Enenche said four insurgents including two women were captured and later identified to be the wives of the local Boko Haram commander at Gajingi in Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa State.
The Nigerian Air Force has killed scores of Boko Haram terrorists in Tongule and Bukar Meram areas of Borno State.
This was make known in a statement issued on Today by the Coordinator of Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche.
He noted that the airstrikes were carried out on June 25 after a series of surveillance missions indicated a resurgence of terrorists’ activities at the two settlements.
The latest military action is “another set of successful air interdiction missions executed by the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation Lafiya Dole under the subsidiary Operation Long Reach,” Enenche said.
Stressing further, the defence spokesman explained: “At Tongule, where recent credible intelligence indicated frequent convergence of BHTs, about 35 terrorists were spotted by the NAF surveillance aircraft in different parts of the settlement as it vectored the fighter jets to attack the target area.
Number of death in latest Boko Haram attack on Borno State in Nigeria rose to eighty-one on Wednesday, with authorities stating that 13 persons are still critically injured from the attack.
Lately reports suggested that sixty-nine persons died on Tuesday after Boko Haram fighters attacked Zowo, a village in Gubio town of Borno State, however, latest figures show that more deaths were recorded in the early hours of Wednesday.
Seven individuals were also reportedly kidnapped in the onslaught which took place late in the night.
The insurgents stormed the village in large numbers shooting sporadically and killing many in sight.
The terrorists also set the village on fire on their way out.
More than a thousand cows were confirmed to be rustled while hundreds of other livestock were either shot to death or burnt alive.
Higher than1400 Boko Haram terrorists have been neutralized in the NorthEast of Nigeria.
This is one of the several successes disclosed by the Nigerian military according to the Chief of army staff, Tukur Buratai.
The Army Chief who has been with the troops on the frontline spoke to State House correspondents after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House, Abuja.
General Buratai make known his joy with the morale and performance of the troops insisting that the military is determined to rid all parts of the country of terrorism and banditry.
Gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram rebels have once again attacked Dapchi community in Yobe state shooting discontinuously
A Dapchi inhabitant solely known as Garba told Channels Television that the security personnel put on duty in the community engaged the gunmen while he was fleeing into the bush for safety.
Garba who is a mechanic further make known that the attackers shift away food opiate brought into the palace of the District Head by State Emergency Management Agency and later set the palace ablaze.
*The Police Public Relation Officer in the state, ASP Abdulkarim Dungus confirmed the incident but said the number of casualties are still sketchy as means of communications have been tempered with making contacts very difficult .*
Attempts to speak with the Acting Assistant Director, Army Public Relations, Sector 2 Operation Lafiya Dole, Lieutenant Chinonso Oteh manifest abortive as he could not be reached on the phone.
Dapchi, a town about 100 kilometers from Damaturu the state capital was last bombarded on March 5, 2020 in which seven mobile police officers were killed and also an bulletproof vehicle burnt down.