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The Nigerian troops on Monday Killed 20 members of the dreaded Boko Haram/ Islamic West Africa Province, BAHT/ISWAP terrorist fighters at Baga in Borno State, captured six and recovered a large cache of arms and ammunition from the bandits.

This was made known in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja by the Coordinator, Defence Media Operations,  DMO, Major General John Enenche.

According to the statement, ” in a decisive intercept offensive operation, troops of 130 Battalion with the support of Army Super Camp Baga,  had a fierce encounter at the North West of Baga town with BHT/ISWAP Criminals on the 17th of May 2020.

The criminals armed with mortars, rocket-propelled grenades and small arms were heading to attack villages surrounding Baga, when the troops attacked their convoy with overwhelming firepower killing 20 BHT/ISWAP criminals,  capturing six.

The statement explained that the Troops recovered a large cache of arms and ammunition from the Terrorists which included the following, AK 47 Rifles, 520 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition and five 36 hand grenades.

It, however, regretted that nine of the gallant soldiers were wounded in action with no loss of life while the wounded soldiers were evacuated to Sector 3 hospital for treatment.

Suspected members of Boko Haram on Sunday morning ambushed Nigerian troops in Banki area of Borno State killing six soldiers.

Military sources confirmed that the attack occurred close to Banki junction.

Reports have not revealed the identities of the slain soldiers and allow the army to brief the families. However, the victims, members of the 151 Task Force battalion, include two sergeants, two lance corporals and two privates.

“We lost six soldiers to Boko Haram terrorists this morning. The guys came unexpectedly with sophisticated weapons,” an army officer in Borno said, asking not to be named for fear of victimization.

Banki is 130 km southeast of Maiduguri, the Borno state capital. Apart from the original residents, the community also houses some 45,000 people displaced by the Boko Haram violence.

When contacted on the attack, the army spokesperson Sagir Musa said he has no information about it.

Sunday’s attack in Banki is the latest in a string of attacks by the terror group on Borno communities.

The Boko Haram insurgency in Northern Nigeria has caused over 30,000 deaths and displaced millions of others, mainly in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states, according to the United Nations.

Leah Sharibu’s mother, the only Dapchi school-girl remaining in Boko Haram captivity, Mrs Rebecca Sharibu is currently in London to meet the British Prime Minister on her daughter’s case.

Speaking in an interview with the Hausa Service of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in London, Mrs Rebecca Sharibu said that President Muhammadu Buhari was not deliberate about securing the release of her daughter and that is why she was in London to lay her complaints and seek the assistance of the British Government to free Leah from the terrorists’ captivity.

According to her, “I have come to Britain to lay my complaints, I need their help. They should help me, I will like my daughter to be freed from captivity. My daughter was abducted among others by Boko Haram terrorists, it was seven months later that President Muhammadu Buhari called me. Since their abduction in February, it was seven months later that he called me. When he called me, he told me that my daughter would return, that she would not stay long. Two weeks later, he sent three ministers to our house and they corroborated what Mr President had told me. The ministers reiterated that Leah would be returned to me, shortly. The Ministers said they were in my house to reassure me that my daughter would soon return. But since that day, I never heard anything again from the government. My major worry now is for the government to do whatever possible and free my daughter from captivity. Because, I am seriously disturbed, but there is nothing I can do. If the government is doing nothing, what can I do as an ordinary citizen?” She said.

Mrs Sharibu, however, commended a non-governmental organization, Leah Foundation established in honour of her daughter,  saying that, the Foundation had been of great assistance to the Leah family. She also disclosed that the Foundation assisted the family in towards making her trip to London a reality.

Recall that, Leah Sharibu was among 110 school-girls, abducted from their school premises in Dapchi village of Yobe State in February 2018. While others have since been released, Miss Sharibu is being held back in captivity by Boko Haram terrorists, allegedly for her refusal to denounce her Christianity faith.

On Thursday, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, met with Rebecca Sharibu, the mother of the abducted Nigerian schoolgirl Leah Sharibu in London to mark the second anniversary of her daughter’s abduction by a  gang of Boko Haram.

“We were honored to share the Eucharist with Rebecca Sharibu today,” Welby said in a tweet. “A woman of profound courage and faith, Rebecca is the mother of 16-year-old Christian Leah Sharibu, kidnapped by #BokoHaram two years ago.

Leah was kidnapped in Yobe State in northeastern Nigeria,  along with about 109 girls from the school in Dapchi. Later on, all the girls were freed; five died when their abductors were returning them to Dapchi, but Leah was never released because she refused to denounce Christianity.

Sharibu explained to a rally in Westminster, London on Wednesday that she was in “great pain” over her daughter’s abduction.

“My daughter, my only daughter, is already two years in captivity, and President Buhari promised me that she would be released but she has not been released. I need Leah back home and I need them to set Leah free, just like the other girls were set free, the students who were taken along with Leah have been brought back to their parents but we have been going through pain for two years, pains that cannot be described,” Rebecca Sharibu said in Hausa.

With so much pain, she added, “On a daily basis, we hear Leah this, Leah that. We are in great pain. At times, when the stories come out, we feel so pained, we feel so terrible. We are constantly in pain, all we desire is to have Leah back with us.”

Earlier in the month, President Buhari stated that “We will not relent until every child, boy, or girl, every Nigerian adult in custody of Boko Haram, is freed,”

The Nigerian army has expressed its disappointment as the Federal Government under the Buhari administration released 1,400 “ Boko Haram repentant” suspects.

The soldiers said their effort to have fought against Boko Haram, only for the terrorist to be released after being captured is a wasted effort. They said they do not understand why the suspected Boko Haram members are being released in large numbers.

“A lot of soldiers are not happy about this. We were there at the Maimalari barracks when some of these Boko Haram people were released,” one of the soldiers who doesn’t want his name mentioned said.

The authorities are releasing them, but Boko Haram are killing soldiers that they capture. This does not make sense to us at all. We continue to sweep across the bushes to flush these people out, and then the government will release them. Does that not amount to wasted efforts?

You wonder why Boko Haram members are on the increase? When we arrest them and bring them here, some top people would come and start negotiating their release. But, I will tell you some of these so-called suspects are returning to the bush and they were never repentant.

Borno Commissioner for Information, Babakura Jato while addressing the release of the repentant Boko Haram said it is true that the insurgent were released in large numbers.

He also said that most of the persons released in three tranches since the Operation Safe Corridor began were actually not Boko Haram members but relatives of terrorists or persons found in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The commissioner said that there have been a series of releases. They were released in three tranches. The first set was released during Governor Shettima’s time while two sets have been released under Prof. Zulum.

The total number of persons released is 1,400. Out of the 1,400, the majority of them are cleared suspects. These were people who were suspected of being members of Boko Haram and it was discovered that they were not.

The rest are children of Boko Haram or actual Boko Haram members. I cannot give you a breakdown of the figure now for security reasons.

Nathaniel Samuel, a suspected suicide -bomber was arrested on Sunday in Living Faith Church popularly known as Winners Chapel at Sabon Tasha, Chikun Local Government Area in Kaduna State.

The lone bomber had entered the church when the Close Circuit Camera of the church picked the suspect carrying a bag containing explosives into the church auditorium.

The chief security of the church, Ekpenyoung Edet, said, the suspect had been monitored on CCTV and was promptly accosted by the security on ground. Edet said “ he (suspect) successfully gained access and was seated before he was suspected and the bag searched, only to find explosive devices”

The chairman of the Christain Association of Nigeria in the state, Rev Joseph Hayab said that the three day fasting and prayer embarked by the CAN leadership was already working. “ we have taken security measures to protect our members in this place. I got this information at about 12:20pm that somebody was caught with bombs at Living Faith Church.

But why carry bombs to church? When we said they are attacking churches and you said no” Hayab said

DSP Yakubu Sabo, the Kaduna State Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, confirmed that the suspected bomber has been handed to the police.

Sabo said that the suspect, a middle-aged man, identified as Nathaniel Samuel, was arrested with items  suspected to be IEDs. he said that investigation has started to ascertain suspect’s mission

Three weeks after four students of the seminary were abducted when heavily armed gunmen invaded their school located at Kaukau in Chikun Local Government Area, on January 9, 2020

The Registrar, Good Shepherd Major Seminary, Rev. Father Joel Usman, announced on Friday, January 31, 2020, the release of three out of the four students, declaring that one was still missing.

However, in less than 24 hours after the announcement of the release of the students, the Registrar announced the only missing student has been found dead.

He confirmed the killing of the fourth seminarian abducted by bandits suspected to be kidnappers in Kaduna. He gave the name of the seminarian as Nnadi Michael.

The registrar called for more prayers for Nigeria while expressing appreciation for the support. He said, “On a sad note!!! This is to inform all our friends and well-wishers that the remaining abducted Seminarian has been found dead.

“Thank you very much for your prayerful support. Let us keep praying for Nigeria in great distress. Please let us remain faithful in the Risen Lord. May the soul of our Brother Nnadi Michael and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace with the Lord. Amen.”

Leah Sharibu’s family react to media report that their daughter who was abducted by Boko Haram has converted to Islam and has also delivered a baby boy for the Boko Haram commander.

Sharibu and over a hundred others were abducted by the Boko Haram from the Government Secondary School, Dapchi, Adamawa State in 2018. While others were released, Sharibu was held back because she refused to renounce her faith.

A recent report by Sahara Reporters alleged that Sharibu was forced to accept Islam before being married to the Boko Haram commander.

The family spokesperson and a senior lecturer at the Department of Political Science, University of Jos, Dr. Gloria Puldu said the report was a rumour. He also said that the only desire of the family was to have their daughter with or without a baby

“I have seen reports that Leah had a baby boy. That is just a rumor as far as we are concerned. What we even desire is to see proof of life so that we see Leah by ourselves. If they are able to have Leah safe, we will understand,” Puldu said according to Punch.

“The most important thing is that we want her to be alive. And if she is alive, we will praise God for that. They should release her, despite whatever condition she is in. That is all; it doesn’t matter whether she is pregnant or with a baby. Is it not better to have your child alive? So, it doesn’t matter, all we are interested in is her life and safety.” he added

The federal government has said that it is making necessary efforts to secure the release of Leah. according to reports, Leah would have been released months ago but for her pregnancy she was held back.

The Economic Financial Crime Commission arraigned Aisha Alkali Wakil, popularly known as mama boko haram. She is the chief executive officer of Complete Care and Aid Foundation. She was brought before a Maiduguri High Court. 

The other two persons arraign along mama Boko Haram are Tahiru Daura and Prince Lawal Shoyade, the program Manager and the Country Director of the NGO respectively.

 EFCC brought a 5- count charge of conspiracy and cheating against Mama Boko Haram and the two others. They were arraigned before Justice Aisha Kumal.

Benjamin Manji, the prosecutor, said that three persons and one Saidu Mukhtar (at large) since June and august 2018 at Maiduguri, Borno State conspired to obtain money under false pretense, contrary to section 8 (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Fraud Related offense Act 2006 and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act

They were also charged with obtaining “ with the intent to defraud” the sum of 45 million from one Mohammed Umar Mohammed of Nyeuro International Limited under the pretense of executing a contract, which is an offense contrary to section 1 (1) of the Advanced Free Fraud Act and punishable under law. 

Also cheating, contrary to the section 96 (a) and punishable under section 97 of the Borno state penal Code Law Cap102, as well as all induced “ with the intent to defraud” 

The fifth charge was that they collected 3000 bags of 50kg white beans worth 65 million under “false “ contract , contrary to section 320 and punishable under section 322 of the Borno state penal Code Law Cap 102

The three accused pleaded not guilty