14 killed in Boko Haram -JTF clash in Borno


•As residents are charged on information sharing

From TIMOTHY OLA, Maiduguri

Fourteen people, including a soldier and suspected Boko Haram sect members died yesterday in Maiduguri during a clash between the Joint Task Force (JTF) and the militant sect. According to the JTF Spokesman, Lt. Col. Sagir Musa, the task force had an encounter with Boko Haram at Bulabulin and Bayan Quarters in Maiduguri yesterday afternoon.

“During the encounter, the JTF lost one soldier and two were wounded. 13 Boko Haram terrorists lost their lives,” the spokesman said through a statement. He, however, said no civilian casualty was recorded, adding that “civilians were well protected and have no casualty recorded as a result of the encounter.” Though he did not give further detail on the nature of the encounter with the militant sect, he, however, said “the operation is ongoing to apprehend the fleeing members of the gang and recover more weapons.”

Some of the weapons recovered, he said, include three AK47 rifles, one rocket propelled grenade, large quantity of assorted ammunition and IED materials. In another statement, the JTF said only neighbourhood surveillance and other resistance measures by residents could help the security agencies combat Boko Haram insurgents in the state and other states in the northeastern part of Nigeria.

Musa noted that, “some communities in Nigeria have since devised neighbourhood surveillance and alarm system and other resistance measures to assist themselves and security agencies in combating insecurity in their respective areas.” He, however, regretted that such novel and patrotic move was “totally lacking in Borno State particularly in Maiduguri metropolis and its immediate environs,” adding that the ugly development had made many residents vulnerable to Boko Haram attacks. The spokesman recalled with concern and sadness gruesome killings of many residents in manner he described as brutal, barbaric and impious.

His words: “The Joint Task Force Operation Restore Order is strongly concerned with incessant callous, brutal, barbaric and impious killings of people in some states of the northeastern parts of Nigeria particularly in Borno State. More worrisome is the inhuman way the terrorists perpetrate their dastardly acts ranging from outright shootings, macheting and slaughtering of their victims. “Recall that in July 2012, nine construction workers working at Shehu of Borno’s Central Mosque were massacred, so also two Indians were shot dead in their factory by Boko Haram terrorists.

Similarly, three security guards in Gomboru Ward, a respected elderstatesman, retired Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Shuwa and business mogul, Alhaji Abubakar Girgir were separately shot dead at different locations in Maiduguri metropolis and also five people were killed in Musari community. Unlike in Kano, Birnin Gwari and Rigasa areas of Kaduna State, all these obnoxious and sacrilegious acts elicited not a single passive or active resistance from the locals who in the absence of security agencies were there when the inhuman acts were committed.”

He appealed to them to rise to the challenge of crime prevention by pre-empting “terrorists acts” through the provision of timely and accurate information to security agencies and “where possible, to actively react to this madness,” stressing that “the task force cannot be everywhere at the same time.” “Members of the public are hereby reminded to pass any credible information to the JTF through it’s under listed Hot Lines: 08064174066, 070-85464012 081-54429346.”

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  3. Heaven are short of virgins,14×72=1008.Allah and Muhammad are in deep mess.There is no enjoyment or marriages in hell.S/Arabia need to rewrites quaran or there will be NO quaran sooner or later across the world.

  4. Great work JTF, may the soul of the lost soldier rest in perfect peace n may God grant his family the fortitude to bear the lost, he died for peace for our country, good work JTF.

  5. Ejimkonye okechukwu on

    JTF,May God continue to strenghten you in this your service to humanity. You will conquer all those devil incarnate in Jesus name

  6. Kudos to the JTF. Atleast the war against terrorism is gradually being won. May the soul of the galant soldier rest in peace. As for the other 13, they would be so disappointed that there are no 72 virgins each for them and that everything was nothing but falasy.

  7. Monday Dokpesi on

    Job well done JTF; there should be more on-the-sport ransearch in Maiduguri to flush these idiots out of that environment. The sect members so far executed as a result of this violence and madness will surely be in hell in Jesus Name, amen. For those deceiving t illitrates youths in the North, hell fire are their portions. Period.

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  9. Babakura zannah on

    D sun ! capital of taraba state is not yola, is jalingo. JTF u r not fair 2 d residence of maiduguri. They ve assisted in many occasions. D tatshan baga market incident shouldn’t be forgotten. It’s d ordinary market people dat garlantly fought & arrested some Boko members & handed dam over 2 d jtf . Wat was d aftermath ? Over 130 people were killed by boko 4 assistin d jtf. On so many occasions residence lost their lives 4 giving info without d security or self defence bc gov’t/security operatives ve ordered all firearms be surrendered 2 d police. while law abiding residence did, boko didn’t. So boko got d advantage 2 kill ordinary people @ will & dat necessitated d fear. D jtf only swings into action if its members r victims. D more unfortunate thing is d jtf itself. It licks source of info. But d jtf doesn’t border 2 look within itself. Definately there r bad eggs among. Jtf should take d circumstance in2 account & create a better link or stop expecting d armedless residence 2 die 4 ur instead while they carry d arms & collect d billions of naira budget allocations.

  10. I pray that Bokoharam will repent and ask 4 forgiveness 4rm
    the lord.Fed govt should compensate the family of the lost soldier with big money and house.if he have children award scholarship up to University level with a guaranteed job.all other tribes living in the north especially the Igbos should depart from north and return to the east or elsewhere.they are not wanted by the northerners and should know that.only few northerners want non Muslims but because of religion&culture. they can’t do any thing against the faith by protecting non Muslims which their religion is against.

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