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The leader of proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu has reacted to the jail break that occurred in Owerri, Imo state.

The jailbreak was made possible after unknown gunmen invaded the prison and blew up the facility in the wee hours of Monday.

They also razed the Imo Police Headquarters with vehicles parked in the premises.Reacting to the news, Kanu emphasised via his verified Twitter account that no soul deserves to be locked up in Nigeria’s prison.

The embittered IPOB leader stated that if insurgents such as Boko Haram and killer herdsmen that were arrested and freed can still roam freely in the country, nobody deserves to languish in custody.

Kanu tweeted“

If Miyetti Allah terror herdsmen & other murderous #Fulani groups, including Boko Haram insurgents, can be arrested, freed and rehabilitated by this neo-colonial Fulanised @NGRPresident, then no single soul deserves to be in any prison in Nigeria. If you know you know! #UGM.”

The Nigerian Air Force has dismissed a video by Boko Haram where' the terror group claimed it shot down a missing alpha jet.

The air force had declared the jet missing during an operation against the terrorists in Borno on Wednesday.

On Thursday, the air force said the jet may have crashed but the cause of the crash was yet to be ascertained. It also named the two pilots in the jet who were still missing.

However, on Friday, the Boko Haram released a video showing what appeared to be the downing of an aircraft and some Boko Haram fighters standing on or close to the parts of a downed aircraft.

In his statement late Friday, air force spokesperson Edward Gabkwet said the video was mere propaganda.

“Although the video is still being thoroughly analysed, it is evident that most parts of the video were deliberately doctored to give the false impression that the aircraft was shot down,” the air commodore said.

Read his full statement below.

NAF Dismisses Boko Haram’s Video on Alpha Jet as False Propaganda 1.

The attention of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has been drawn to some videos being circulated on Social Media, as well as media reports drawn therefrom, alleging that the NAF Alpha Jet aircraft, which was reported missing in Borno State on 31 March 2021 after losing radar contact, was shot down by terrorists.

One of such videos, in particular, began with sporadic shooting by several terrorists, including underaged children on motorcycles and vehicles. It later skipped abruptly to a scene depicting an aircraft exploding mid-air, supposedly as a result of enemy action. Another part of the video showed a terrorist, who, while standing by the wreckage, claimed that they had shot down the NAF aircraft.

2. Although the video is still being thoroughly analysed, it is evident that most parts of the video were deliberately doctored to give the false impression that the aircraft was shot down. For instance, the video clip failed to show the correlation between- the sporadic shooting, which even from casual observation was obviously aimed at ground targets, and the sudden mid-air aircraft explosion.

In addition, it is almost impossible for an aircraft to have exploded mid-air, in the manner depicted in the video, and still have a good part of its fuselage, including its tail, intact. Indeed, an explosive impact of that nature would have scattered the debris of the aircraft across several miles.

3. It is obvious that the Boko Haram Sect, in its characteristic manner of employing false propaganda, is seeking to claim credit for what was obviously an air accident that could have been caused by several other reasons; particularly at a time when the capability of the group to inflict mayhem has been significantly degraded by the Armed Forces of Nigeria.

4. Consequently, Nigerians are please advised to ignore the contents of the videos making the rounds until all investigations as to how the aircraft crashed are completed. The NAF, on its part, remains resolute and will continue to work assiduously, in synergy with sister Services and other security agencies, to rid the North East of all terrorist elements. EDWARD GABKWET Air Commodore Director of Public Relations and Information

The minister acknowledged the fact that there were challenges, but the country had recorded progress.

Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture has stated that Nigeria's security situation has improved since President Buhari came into office in 2015.

The minister said this during a media briefing on the progress the government has so far made in the war against terror and banditry. The briefing took place in Abuja today January 25.

Responding to a question from a journalist, Mohammed acknowledged the fact that there were challenges, but the country had recorded progress.

“There is no doubt that we are much better than how it was,”
he said

According to Lai Mohammed, prior to 2015, suicide bombings by Boko Haram terrorists were taking place in every parts of the country, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

He added that Boko Haram terrorists walked freely into the FCT and its -environs to wreck havocs on facilities including the Force Headquarters, UN building while Churches and media houses were not spared. He went on to state that the number of lives that were lost prior to 2015 were undoubtedly more when compared to the period Buhari had been in power.

He said prior to the Buhari administration, many Local Government Areas in the North East were under the control of the terrorists but no part of the region is within the hold of the sect members. He said schools that were hitherto closed for fear of Boko Haram during past administration, have been reopened.

The Minister said the Buhari administration was fully aware of its responsibility to protect the lives and property of all Nigerians and would not relent in learning and adapting to changing threats to national security and civic wellbeing.


The Borno state government on Tuesday December 29, donated eight Toyota Hilux vehicles to local hunters and vigilante group as requested by the groups..

Governor Babagana Zulum who was represented by the deputy governor Alhaji Umar Kadafur, presented the patrol vehicles and other accessories to the leaders of the vigilante groups in Azare town, in the Hawul LGA.

Zulum said;

“Borno State government will not relent or shy away from its constitutional responsibilities of protecting the lives and property of the people and will continue to remain focussed in ensuring that total peace returned to the state.”

The Governor also appealed to the people in the area to cooperate with one another and assist the security personnel with useful information.


American singer, Azealia Banks has called out the Nigerian-American founder of The shaderoom, Angela Nwandu for not using her media platform to focus on Nigerian issues.

The singer who accused the media personality of using her platform to denigrate black Americans, also stated that she should focus on the situation in Nigeria which is dire. Asides accusing Nwandu of not having the courage to fight for her own, Azealia also alleged that China is funding Boko Haram and other groups to terrorize Nigeria and its citizens. See her post below;

The Abubakar Shekau’s faction of Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for the killing the over 43 farmers in Zabarmari area of Borno state last weekend.

In a new three minutes 37-second video released online, the sect members said they carried out the attack because the farmers arrested one of its members and handed him to the Nigerian military.

“You think you can nab our brother and hand him to soldiers and live in peace,” a masked commander of the group asked in the video. You think Allah will forget what you have done to our brother”a masked commander of the groupasked

The commander also swore that those who have arrested Boko Haram terrorists or have been spying on them and have not repented will be given the same treatment.

“The third message is on those who notoriously nab our brethren and hand them to the military or give them a clue on us. You should know that, unless you repent, what happened to your people is awaiting you.” he warned

On Saturday, November 28, the sect members stormed the rice farmland and killed over 43 farmers. They tied their hands before beheading them one after the other.


Zahra Buhari-Indimi has reacted to the murder of 110 rice farmers in Zabarmari village in Borno state.

The daughter of the president of Nigeria shared a newspaper shot of the Zabarmari massacre and wrote: "My heart bleeds".

Her reaction comes two days after Boko Haram terrorists attacked rice farmers in their farms and slaughtered them. The death toll was initially at 43 but has now been updated to 110.

Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum on Sunday morning, November 29, led kinsmen and other shocked residents of Zabarmari community for the funeral of 43 farmers slaughtered by suspected members of Boko Haram. 

 

Though the victims lived in Zabarmari, a farming community in Jere Local Government Area of the state famous for rice cultivation and local processing, they were attacked and brutally murdered on Saturday, at Koshebe village, in Mafa Local Government Area while working in a rice field. 

 

Zabarmari Massacre: Photos from the funeral of 43 rice farmers slaughtered by Boko Haram terrorists in BornoDuring the visit, a resident (named withheld) told Governor Zulum that some farmers are still missing after the massacre.

 

"Your Excellency, as you have seen here, 43 corpses were buried, but others have not been retrieved from the scene of the incident. Nobody can tell you the exact number of people killed. Some of the victims are still missing" the resident said.  

 

Addressing the bereaved community, Zulum expressed his condolence over the gruesome killing of the farmers. 

 

"First of all, accept my deepest sympathy over this carnage, once again, that affects all of us and every human with conscience. I am told some persons are still missing. We have been discussing with the military since yesterday, Insha Allah the remaining people will be traced soon." he said. 

 

Zabarmari Massacre: Photos from the funeral of 43 rice farmers slaughtered by Boko Haram terrorists in BornoThe Governor while speaking to journalists said, "It is disheartening that more than 40 citizens were slaughtered while they were working in their farmlands. Our people are in very difficult situations, they are in two different extreme conditions, in one side they stay at home they may be killed by hunger and starvation, on the other, they go out to their farmlands and risk getting killed by the insurgents,"

 

"This is very sad. We are still appealing to the Federal Government to ensure recruitment of more our youths in the CJTF and hunters into the Nigerian military and the Civil Defence so that they can form part of the agro rangers that will protect farmers. We need many boots to protect farmlands and our youths understand the terrain. We will not lose hope because we have to remain optimistic about ending the insurgency" he added. 

Zabarmari Massacre: Photos from the funeral of 43 rice farmers slaughtered by Boko Haram terrorists in BornoZabarmari Massacre: Photos from the funeral of 43 rice farmers slaughtered by Boko Haram terrorists in BornoZabarmari Massacre: Photos from the funeral of 43 rice farmers slaughtered by Boko Haram terrorists in Borno


President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the killing of over 40 farmers on rice fields at Zabarmari, Jere Local Government Area of Borno State.

In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, Buhari described the attack on the farmers by Boko Haram as senseless.
In the statement titled, ‘President Buhari condemns as insane, Boko Haram killing of farmers in Borno State,’ Shehu quoted Buhari as saying, “I condemn the killing of our hard-working farmers by terrorists in Borno State.

“The entire country is hurt by these senseless killings.
“My thoughts are with their families in this time of grief. May their souls rest in peace.”

A new report released by the Global Terrorism Index (GTI) has ranked Nigeria, for the sixth consecutive year, as the third most terrorized country in the world.

The report which was released on Wednesday, November 25, ranked Afghanistan as the number one most terrorized country in the world, followed by Iraq. Syria, Somalia, and Yemen are ranked fourth, fifth, and sixth respectively.

The report however stated that terror-related incidents in Nigeria fell by 27% in the same period. This was attributed to a significant reduction in violence attributed to killer herdsmen.

“Despite an overall decline in terrorism, Boko Haram, Nigeria’s deadliest terrorist group, recorded an increase in terrorist activity mainly targeted at civilians. Terror-related deaths and incidents attributed to Boko Haram in Nigeria increased by 25 and 30% respectively from the prior year.


“In 2019, Boko Haram carried out 11 suicide bombings causing 68 fatalities. Suicide bombings accounted for 6% of all terror-related incidents by Boko Haram in 2019, marking an 89% decline from their peak in 2017,” the report read.

Other countries among the 10 most impacted by terrorism are Pakistan (seventh), India (eighth), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (ninth), and the Philippines (10th).


According to the report, Nigeria witnessed her worst terrorist attack in 2019 in Borno State, where' at least 70 people were killed and 10 others wounded when assailants attacked at a funeral.

“In 2019, Boko Haram carried out 11 suicide bombings causing 68 fatalities. Suicide bombings accounted for 6% of all terror-related incidents by Boko Haram in 2019, marking an 89% decline from their peak in 2017.

Boko Haram was responsible for Nigeria’s deadliest terrorist attack in 2019 when assailants attacked a funeral in Badu, Borno
State.

At least 70 people were killed and 10 others were wounded in the attack and ensuing clash. The two main factions of Boko Haram, the Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP) and the followers of Abubakar Shekau, are both engaged in an insurgency campaign against the Nigerian government.

Violence by the two main factions of Boko Haram have taken a large toll on the civilian population, particularly in northeast
Nigeria, where' continued attacks have internally displaced more than two million people and caused a further 240,000 Nigerian refugees to flee to neighbouring countries.”


Reverend father Matthew Dajo of the St Anthony Catholic Church in Yangoji village, Kwali Area Council in Abuja suburb, has reportedly been kidnapped by unknown gunmen.

An eyewitness identified simply as Saleh, said the priest was abducted on Sunday November 22 around 9:47:pm. It was gathered that the gunmen stormed the catholic priest's residence with sophisticated weapons.

The gunmen reportedly gained access to the victim's house through the fence. The eyewitnesss said;

“In fact, the entire community was terrified as a result of sporadic gun shot by the Kidnappers. As nobody was able to come outside because some of the Kidnappers had surrounded the house while others entered the house through the fence."

FCT police spokesperson, Miriam Yusuf confirmed the incident and also revealed that the command has since launched an operation to rescue the Catholic Church Reverend. She urged members of the public to remain calm as the command was intensifying effort to rescue the victim unhurt.

Yusuf said;

“The commissioner of Police FCT CP,Bala Ciroma, has launched a manhunt to trail and apprehend the suspects.

“While urging residents to be security conscious and promptly report all suspicious movements, the command wishes to reiterate its unflinching commitment to the protection of lives and property in the Federal Capital Territory.”


The Nigeria Air Force has denied media reports that a helicopter was shot down by Boko Haram members in Borno state today, killing five persons.

Reports were rife online earlier today claiming members of the terrorist group shot down a helicopter in Banki, a community in Borno state leading to the death of the five passengers in the helicopter.

Reacting via his Twitter handle, the Director of Public Relations and Information Headquarters of the Nigerian Air Force, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, said the report is untrue.

''No helicopter was shot down. No helicopter crashed in Borno State today. A UN helicopter indeed undertook a mission to Banki & has since returned to Maiduguri''

No helicopter was shot down in Borno today- Nigerian Air Force says


The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai has announced that the Nigerian army has inducted eight units of locally made combat vehicles Mine–Resistant, Ambush–Protected (MRAP), also called EZUGWU’’ into Operations Lafiya Dole and Sahel Sanity.

Speaking at the inauguration of the vehicles in Kaduna, Buratai noted that the new equipment which was manufactured by the Command Engineering Depot, Kaduna and designed specifically to withstand improvised explosive device attacks and ambushes, has aided military operations against bandits and Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists in the North East.

A Smart Factory also called Additive Manufacturing Technology, Vehicles Assembly shop and Officers/Soldiers accommodation at Command Engineering Depot (CED) was also commissioned by Buratai who was represented at the event by Commandant Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Jamil Sarham.

He said;

“The vehicles have significantly improved our capability to defeat our common adversary, Boko Haram and the Islamic State of West Africa Province.

"Induction of the vehicles is a clear testament to the unprecedented commitment of the Nigerian Army to building industrial capacity of the CED to undertake in-depth Research, Development and Innovation (RDI).

“Today, one of the greatest challenges facing the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) and other security agencies is an outright reliance on importation of defence logistics from allies.

“Accordingly, President Muhammadu Buhari posits that Nigeria’s dependence on other countries for critical military equipment is unacceptable, the country must evolve (a) viable mechanism for near self-sufficiency in military equipment and logistics production."


Reverend Polycarp Zongo, a pastor of the Church of Christ in Nations, Jos, Plateau State, who was kidnapped by the Islamic State In West Africa (ISWAP) around Bauchi-Gombe road, has been released.

 

Pastor Zongo was released on Friday evening, October 30, through an undisclosed process, officials say.  Details about his release are yet to be disclosed, however, it was gathered that he communicated with his wife to confirm his release.
 

 

The pastor, who went missing while travelling to Gombe State for a conference, had appeared in a video this week saying he was abducted by the Islamic State West Africa Province.


Pastor Zango said he was in the custody of the insurgents alongside two other Christian women, who were also abducted.


In the video, the cleric seen seated behind a prayer mat, said he was abducted on Monday, October 19, 2020.

 

“My name is Reverend Polycap Zongo and I am a pastor at COCIN LCC Wild Life Park, Plateau State, Nigeria. On October 19, 2020, I was travelling for a conference in Gombe when I was abducted by Boko Haram insurgents who caught me on the road. Right now I am with them," he said.


“I am appealing to the governor of Plateau State, Simon Boko Lalong, and the Senator of Plateau North, Barrister ID Gyang, and the Christian Association of Nigeria and COCIN Church to please help save me from their hands. They also abducted two Christian women who are also here with me, we are appealing to be rescued.” he added. 


It is not clear if Miss Fayina Ali, a Kaduna-indigene of Adamawa State, who was also said to have gone missing same Monday he was captured, is among the two Zongo mentioned.


Miss Ali had held her marriage introduction on the weekend of her disappearance. Her wedding with a Air Force personnel is slated for December 2020.

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