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The Boko Haram insurgents group on Saturday launched three daring attacks in Maiduguri, Konduga and Monguno with a bid to capturing the capital city of Borno.

They were however engaged by the Nigeria troops in a fierce fight which lasted into the morning of Sunday, several hours after they launched their attacks.

At the end of the battle, the troops repelled the insurgents from Maiduguri and Koduga, but lost Mungonu to the insurgents.

Military insiders said the insurgents arrived Monguno at about 2 am on Sunday, parking their Hilux vans deep into the bush, with their headlights on.

Soldiers of the 5 Brigade, who saw the unusual lights, began to shoot in the direction of the vans without knowing that the insurgents had left the vans and advanced close to the Brigade headquarters.

Suddenly, the insurgents began to shoot sporadically. The troop of the Brigade, including those of the Multinational Joint Task Force [MJTF], who were camped at a school inside the barracks after they were dislodged from Baga, engaged the terrorists in a long exchange of gunfire.

The biggest fighting tank owned by the Brigade, known as Shika, killed several insurgents, and wounded several others.

But it was such a long battle that the equipment, which provided cover for ground troops, suddenly ran out of ammunition and begun to withdraw.

As it withdrew, the rifle men behind also retreated, as the insurgents followed in pursuit. In the process, the commander of the Brigade, a Brigadier General Yekini, and a few other soldiers were wounded. It is not clear the number of soldiers and insurgents killed in the attack.

“We could have overpowered the insurgents, but there was no enough ammunition,” an officer, who participated in the battle said.

The troop, who retreated from Monguno, are now gathered at the entrance of the headquarters of 7 Division in Maiduguri.

The General Officer Commanding of the Division, Brigadier General M.Y. Ibrahim, is said to have left instruction that the soldiers and officers, including the Commander of the MJTF, dislodged from Baga, Brigadier General E.A. Ransome-Kuti, should be denied entry into the barracks.

“We arrived here since 3 p.m. but they are not allowing us to gain access to the battalion,” an officer said. “We don’t know what is going on.”

Abusidiqu had broken the news on the fall of Monguno after a military source in Maiduguri said on Sunday morning that “we have decimated the idiots (from Maiduguri) but Monguno has fallen”.

Mr. Olukolade, however, said the air operations on Monguno would continue. He also said calm has been restored in Maiduguri and Konduga as operation continues with patrols and surveillance.

The spokesperson also confirmed an earlier statement by an army spokesperson that the 24-hour curfew imposed on Maiduguri during the attacks will end by 6:00 a.m. on Monday.

 
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The General Officer Commanding of the 7 Division, Maimalari Barrack in maiduguri, Brigadier General M.Y. Ibrahim, has refused to give refuge to fleeing soldiers from Monguno.

Monguno fell to the firepower of the Boko Haram insurgents group on Sunday, after a daring attacked the insurgents launched in the mid night of Saturday.

According to report, the GOC left instruction that the soldiers and officers, including the Commander of the MJTF, dislodged from Baga, Brigadier General E.A. Ransome-Kuti, should be denied entry into the barracks.

He is said to have asked they they go back to Monguno which is now under the control of Boko Haram and recapture the town.
The troop, who retreated from Monguno, are now gathered at the entrance of the headquarters of 7 Division in Maiduguri.
“We arrived here since 3 p.m. but they are not allowing us to gain access to the battalion,” an officer said. “We don’t know what is going on.”
Many of the soldiers said to be about 1,400 stationed at the barracks at the time of the attack, adding fled into various directions, while some others were killed.
Military authorities  said they were not aware of their exact whereabouts or how many of them had been killed. “We still don’t know what has happened to them [soldiers], but we know that Boko Haram now controls the barracks and Monguno town,” one officer based in Abuja confirmed.

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President Goodluck Jonathan has said that he remains committed to the May 29 handover day even as he kept mum on calls by top officials of his government to postpone the election already slated for February 14 and 28. The president gave the assurance today in discussions he held with US Secretary of state, John Kerry in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

A statement personally signed by Mr Jonathan on Sunday, the president said apart from discussing the February elections with Kerry, they also talked about the security situation in the country especially as it affects Boko Haram insurgency. Below is the released script of what transpired between the two leaders:

“It was a pleasure to welcome Secretary John Kerry to Nigeria.  We had a candid and constructive discussion about a broad range of issues. Nigeria is a vibrant democracy and the largest trading partner of the United States in Africa, with more than $18 billion in bilateral trade.  Our countries and peoples share a mutual admiration for each other and a deep commitment to freedom, democracy, and human rights.

“This is why we are together engaged in a struggle against a common enemy that promotes terror, fear, division, and violates human rights, most especially of women and girls, with complete impunity.  Winning the fight against Boko Haram in Nigeria and West Africa is absolutely essential to beat back the tide of religious extremism around the world.

“Our security forces have been working tirelessly and courageously to achieve this goal.  I reaffirmed for Secretary Kerry that Nigeria is strongly committed to building the multinational task force to fight Boko Haram in partnership with Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Benin Republic under the auspices of the Lake Chad Basin Commission.  Indeed, I called publicly for such a regional approach at the African leaders summit in Paris in May 2014 and more recently in multilateral meetings.

“We are pleased that the international community is now strongly united behind this initiative and agree that its success is critical. It is equally important that the multinational force receives the significant support that is required to address the threat through our global partners.

“The United States, more than any other country in the world, has the most experience fighting armed insurgencies.  And having suffered the devastating attacks of 9/11, its people also understand the insecurity and fear that is the reality for the vast majority of peaceful, tolerant Muslims and Christians in North Eastern Nigeria.

“This is why I firmly believe that enhancing and expanding various channels of cooperation between our two countries, in the context of growing international coordination, are of the utmost importance.  I discussed a number of ideas with Secretary Kerry to move such cooperation forward.

“We are grateful to the United States for standing with Nigeria and its people in our fight against Boko Haram.  I reaffirmed our strong commitment to working together with the United States to put an end to global terrorism and particularly Boko Haram.  Nigeria will also work to deepen and consolidate our bilateral relationship with the United States.

“I emphasized to Secretary Kerry that I am deeply committed to ensuring that our forthcoming election is free, fair, and credible.  It is especially critical that all political parties abide by the Abuja Accord, which commits each to non-violence before, during, and after the election.

“I made it absolutely clear that the May 29th handover date is sacrosanct.  In addition, the Government will provide all resources that are required by the Independent National Electoral Commission to ensure that the election goes smoothly.  I also emphasized that INEC is an independent body, which makes its own decisions without any interference from the Government.”

 
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The deadly attack launched by the Boko Haram insurgents group in a bid to take over the city of Maiduguri has led to the death of several soldiers, just as the town of Munguno in the state has been taken over by the sect.

The insurgents in a bid to capture Maiduguri launched coordinated attacks from various fronts, icluding Konduga, a town located 35 kilometres from the state capital.

Their bid to takeover Maiduguri was however foiled by the combined power of air and ground assualt by the military, but Munguno was not as lucky as the sect took over the town.

In the fierce battle between Nigerian troops and the insurgents, scores of civilians and soldiers were said to have died in the outskirt of Maiduguri, while the military barracks in Munguno was captured by the sect.

Confirming the fall of Monguno to the insurgents, our source said “we have decimated the idiots (from Maiduguri) but Monguno has fallen”.

He said the military casualty from the Maiduguri and Monguno battles had been recorded, but would not provide details.

Already, the Army has imposed a curfew on Maiduguri.

The 7th Division of the Nigerian Army in Maiduguri on Sunday announced the 24-hour curfew following the attacks.

The Spokesperson of the Division, Sani Usman, said this in a statement he signed and issued in Maiduguri.

“Be informed of the imposition of a curfew on Maiduguri immediately,” the spokesperson said as quoted by the News Agency of Nigeria.

“The curfew will remain till further notice.”

Read our earlier story: Boko Haram Captures 243 Army Battalion, Monguno; FG, Military Ignored Intelligence Report [See Document]

 

 

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Founder and general overseer of the Living Faith Church, otherwise known as Winners Chapel, Bishop David Oyedepo has said that the gate of hell will be opened on those who vote the incumbent president (President Jonathan) out in the forthcoming 2015 presidential elections.

He said this during a visit of President Goodluck Jonathan who worshiped at the church’s Head Office in Otta, Ogun state.

Bishop Oyedepo in his sermon at the Sunday service said “We will open the gate of hell on those who oppose you” 

“How did Nigeria get to this stage, from opening gate of hell, to militants threatening war, to Northerners threatening bloodshed?

“The frustrations confronting GEJ and his lackeys are understandable.

“We pray for them”.

Oyedepo’s statement immediately began to draw criticism, some from his followers as they took to the social media to lash out at the bishop.

 

 

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General Muhammadu Buhari may have instructed his lawyers to file a libel action claiming billions of naira against Femi Fani-kayode, the director of media and publicity of President Goodluck Jonathan’s campaign for alleging that he forged his school certificate.

Reliable sources says General Buhari has vowed to file the case and fight to it logical conclusion in order to protect his name and integrity that Femi Fani-kayode is striving to destroy because of politics and in order to save his neck from the corruption related case pending against him in the High Court.

The sources say that General Buhari said this time he would never accede to a settlement of the proposed case as he did when he sued the current Media Adviser to the President, Mr. Reuben Abati.

It will be recalled that in 2011 after the general election General Buhari sued Mr. Abati for writing in his column in the Guardian Newspaper that it was General Buhari that instigated the violence that erupted in some part of the North after the result of the Presidential election was declared.

The matter was later settled out of court after some eminent Nigerians intervened and pleaded with General Buhari to forgive and forget.

The Guardian newspaper thereafter published an disclaimer and an apology to General Buhari in several editions saying that it was misled to publish the defamation against General Buhari.

 

 

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Nigerian minister of Defence, General Aliyu Gusau has confirmed that he was a school mate of General Muhammadu Buhari who is currently the Presidential candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) for the February 14 election.

“You know that I’m not a politician but the truth needs to be told that I know Buhari since 1960. He passed through the school that I also attended. He sat for his Cambridge/ WASC examination and came out with Division 2. He then joined the Army, rose to become Major General and Head of State.”

General Gusau, who reacted today to the lingering controversies dogging the secondary school certificate of General Buhari when he spoke to newsmen, wondered why uptil now, the Old Students Association which was formed years ago had not come out to defend its member, in the person of General Buhari.

“We had just formed an association of old students of Katsina Provincial School, right from when it was a Middle School till date. And His Royal Highness, the Emir of Katsina, as an ex student of the school, invited some of us as the representatives of different sets, to his palace and we decided to even form a secretariat. I thought that the secretariat of our association should have clarified the status of Buhari’s certificates long before it took this dimension.”

General Gusau said that he met General Buhari in the Katsina Provincial Secondary School when he was enrolled into the School in January 1960, the year of independence.
“General Buhari, at that, was in form five. I stayed two years with General Buhari at the school. They passed out in 1961 and we passed out in 1964. Buhari had leadership qualities since secondary school; in form five, he was a House Prefect.

“Their set went up to form six but we were the first set that finished school at form five. Normally, out of those in form five, the school authorities used to pick House Prefects and when they get to form six, House Captains were chosen from those who were House Prefects. In Buhari’s case, he was a House Prefect in 1960 when we joined. By 1961, when he was in form six, he was chosen to be the Head Boy of the School.

“There were four Houses during our time in the school; Magaji House, Kaura House, Alkali House and Durbi House. Buhari was the House Prefect of Magaji House in 1960, Justice Umaru Abdullahi was the House Prefect of Alkali House, the late Mamman A Zango who became a policeman, was House Prefect of Kaura House while the late General Shehu Musa Yarádua was House Prefect of Durbi House. By 1961, all of them became the House Captains of their respective Houses but Buhari became the Head Boy.”

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NR- Boko Haram terrorists have unleashed terror on Monguno Local Government and have successfully over run the 243 Army Battalion in Monguno, the only Barrack left standing on its feet in the entire Northern Part of Borno State.

As we earlier reported, the intelligence on Boko Haram’s mission to Monguno and Maiduguri has been known in intelligence circle since several days ago.

Aerial support was requested yesterday when the movement of dozens of terrorist vehicles was noticed proceeding from Sambisa, but our sources complained that the army and air force was busy protecting president Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election rally in Borno and was not scrambled to ambush and bombard the approaching terrorists. The citizenry were also not warned ahead of the attacks to take precautionary measures.

Intelligence reports stated that the new equipment hoisted on Boko Haram trucks was likely obtained from the free equipment the terrorists got when they attacked the under-protected Baga barracks.

Meanwhile over 20,000 Civilian-JTF volunteer fighters amassed and have laid pursuit on Boko Haram, chasing them to Auno village and beyond.

Nigeria’s military jets can be heard.

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Report reaching Abusidiqu indicates that  the Boko Haram insurgents group have launched a massive attack on the city of Maiduguri and Monguni in Borno State.

The insurgents who our sources said had gathered heavy armour at the Shehu of Dikwa’s Residence Saturday afternoon, launched the Maiduguri attack on Saturday night.

The insurgents attack on Maiiduguri is coming barely 24 hours after President Jonathan visited the town to campaign for his 2015 re-election bid.

The Maidiguri attacked succeeded an earlier attack carried out by the insurgents in Kambari, where over 15 persons including the village head was killed and the town completely destroyed.

Abusidiqu gathered that a security officer had yesterday raised an alarm on Saturday saying “We just got a report that Book haram will strike Maiduguri tonight. Pls wake up n pray with ur family now. May Allah save us all,” but while the informant was said to have specifically requested the Nigerian army to intensify air support and dismantle them, the military were busy patrolling the airspace of Maiduguri and venue of president Goodluck Jonathan’s Rally.

Saturday night was terrible in the capital. From 12pm till 5:00am (and still on) the people experienced heavy sounds of bombardment but our contacts cannot say exactly where and what fire for fire it was, between Army and BH, but all residents of Njimtilo, Moromti, 1000 Housing Estate, 707 Housing, 33 Military Base, NAF Command, Ngomari and Airport area did not sleep because of the bombs, Abusidiqu learnt.

Our source is now trying to reach out to our military sources for further details. The number of vehicles that moved around yesterday night was very alarming.

Meanwhile, the army has confirmed the attack and said troops and repelling the terrorists.

A tweet from the twitter account of the Defence Headquarters reads: “FLASH: Troops are repelling a simultaneous attack on and by Terrorists.Coordinated Air and Land OPs being conducted

 

 

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