BIGGEST ARMS SEIZURE

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From TIMOTHY OLANREWAJU, Maiduguri

A Deafening sound from seeming bomb explosions rocked Maiduguri, Borno State capital yesterday barely five hours after President Goodluck Jonathan left the city but the Joint Task Force (JTF) said the sounds emanated from heavy confrontation with the Boko Haram sect, leading to the death of 20 members of the sect and two soldiers.

JTF spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel Sagir Musa at a briefing with journalists at the task force headquarters in Maiduguri yesterday disclosed that series of serious operations were conducted in the metropolis following intelligence reports, adding that the caliber and quantity of arms recovered from the scene of the one-hour gun battle with the Boko Haram sect on Friday evening in the metropolis was “the most unprecedented arms recovery ever made” by the JTF.

He said the JTF traced the Boko Haram men to a big compound around Baya n’Quarters-Jajeri and Bulabulin . The Boko Haram enclave was located at Baya n’Quarters until the 2009 uprising, when it was demolished by the government. “There was no bomb explosion as many people had thought. Rather, it was sound from heavy arms like browning machine guns,” the JTF spokesman explained during the briefing held after showing journalists the arms and vehicles recovered at the house where the confrontation took place.

He said no woman or child was found in the big compound where the JTF engaged the suspected Boko Haram members. Speaking further, Lt Col Musa said: “Based on information and intelligence report, series of operations were conducted by the Joint Task Force Operation Restore Order in the last 10 days in Borno State. The latest was the one conducted at Bulabulin Bayern Quarters and Jajeri in Maiduguri metropolis between 3pm and 8 pm Friday, February 8, 2013. During these operations, there was exchange of fire that led to the death of 52 Boko Haram terrorists including 10 commanders of the sect.

70 terrorists were also arrested. In the period under review, the JTF lost two personnel, three were wounded and no civilian casualty was recorded.” When asked to clarify the casualty figure, he explained that 20 Boko Haram were killed by JTF during exchange of fire last Friday, adding that 32 others died in the last 10 days in other operations. Some of the arms recovered according to the JTF and displayed to journalists include three anti-aircraft guns, 10 rocket propelled grenade tubes, three general purpose machine guns (GPMG), 17 AK-47 rifles, three G3 rifles, one pistol (Lama), 20 RPG bombs, 12 RPG chargers, 1x 36 hand-held grenades, one teargas rifle,

33 AK-47 magazines, 11 FN magazines, three G3 magazines, 11,068 assorted ammunition. Others include two new Toyota Hilux vehicles with mounted anti-aircraft stands, one box of weapons cleaning kit, four swords and two knifes, five walkie-talkies, four VHF hand-held sets, one Multilinks router as well as assorted uniforms and kits.

“The Task Force wishes to thank members of the public for giving us the information that assisted in the successes so far recorded. Thus, members of the public are reminded to continue to give credible and timely information to security agencies to combat insecurity,” Sagir said.

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  1. Story! Story!! Story!!! Always fond of telling us what we want to hear. Where are all this people arrested kept? How many people are Boko haram that you kill in numbers and they are still not yet wiped out? Which Boarder did all this ammunition pass to enter the country? Spare us all this una Cook and Bull Stories!!!

    • YOU MIGHT AS WELL SHUT UP CHIBUZO AND SPARE US YOUR NEGATIVE NONSENSE. IF YOU KNOW WHAT JTF DON’T KNOW, TELL THEM OR PLEASE KEEP QUIET.

      • Jtf yu have done well ,may God continue to grant yu more victory in yur war against d enemy of God and mankind .yu will surely win this war in jesus name.I also want the sultan and all those unjust elders of the north who are advocating for armnesty for un repentant and brutal terrorists to cover their faces in shame bcs they are very very myopic and wicked in their schemings .they will surely face d judgment of God for this evil children they bequeted on innocent people.

    • dont say so my brother BH is northern agenda so they can always multiply as for the source of the am in a better position to tell you that our border/wharf is very very porous more over their as you can see are power brokers from the north who can influence whatever they want.

    • You probably thought they JFK went to their deport, displayed all these live ammoninations, and purported to be from Boko haram. You are probably a narrow minded person. You will better go to Maiduguri to be an eye witness.

      You are in that country and you should have known that arms are being imported in to that country illegally.

  2. Christopher Iyirhiaro on

    This is why there should be no dialogue nor amnesty for Boko Haram until after 2015 general elections. These arms are coming from Mali, after they were stolen from Libya. Until the militants recruited by Gadhafi who later fled Libya with these assorted weapons to Mali, Algeria, Sudan and now Nigeria are completely dislodged, there will be no peace in the region and the country. These Islamists are never like the Niger Delta Militants who honorably volunteered to return their arms and they did. Moslem militancy is in the religion and weapons are instruments of worship to them; so until the Government fully disarm them there can not be any meaningful settlement.

  3. Let somebody shout halleluyah, this’s a good news, may God continue to fight for Nigeria in Jesus’ name amen. Boko Haram ko Boko Haram ni. Praise the lord somebody.

  4. These are Akin and kola nut islamic brothers been sent to hell by all means. If it the issue of igbos they are envious and jealousing, he would have been the first to comment. The evil of Boko haram shall never survive the end. Thank our Jesus for this news

    • @Emeka on the contrary my parents are christians and I was born in Enugu, so sometimes when I remonstrate Onyigbo’s it’s bounces back to me never the less.

  5. @EKENE. Cant you read well to see the number of soldiers killed. Read it again and let me know. A nako na oku gbara onye ocha, i na aju ma ogbakwara afo onu ya. Rejoice that there is a great victor 2day. Ok.

  6. We thank our God for what hapend so far,the JTF will continue fishing them out untill they are wiped out in Jesus name

  7. D cries of innocent Nigerians esp Igbos in d grave wil never go unanswered by God, many families in Igbo land are living in abject poverty resulting frm d brutal murder of their innocent bride winners. Soon, dos who sponsor ds useless ppl wil reap d fruit of their labours. No amnesty f dem . Wel done JTF, President Jonathan n all responsible citizens of our dear nation, Nigeria. Note: I’m not frm Igbo land b u must call a spade a “spade”.

    • Why bringing ibos into this matter during d war are niger delta people not killed by hausa fulani soldiers,now that bokko haram are killing people,are yur people spared .is it not time yu people grow up and know that some of yu were decieved to deny yur ibo kit and kin .b4 now d ijaws were brain washed to see their ibo brethren as an enemy and adversary to be undermined by d yorubas and hausas ,but today that an ijaw is d president ,who are the greatest enemy and obstacle to goodluck ,the same yoruba and hausa and who are the greatest supporter and freind to ijaw presidency ,d ibos whom ijaw rejected .blood is thicker than water.niger delter people wake up.

      • Kingsley, I get your drift but I am not sure you should distort history to make your point. The ijaw have never and will never be kith and kin to the igbo. Not because they hate or like them but because that is a fact of history. The ijaw speak the Ijoid language which is a distinct language of its own while some ijaws speak the delta Edoid language (these include Engene and Degema peoples). The ijaws may share borders with some igbo clans (as they do with Yoruba, Edo and even non-Nigerian clans in Sierra-Leone and Gabon) but the are not blood brothers with the Igbo.

  8. Nice job JTF, hard times never last but hard people do, there can’t be state within a state. However, praise the name of the Lord, these brave men and women of the armed forces need our prayers constantly, and to those whose life was lost, RIP I hope the govt wouldn’t forget them. Sooner than later I hope this insurgency becomes a thing of the past. Once again, well done JTF, most Nigerians are solidly behind you. God bless Nigeria.

  9. JTf good job done for this galant move, in the i suggested in this colum that you shuld stop arresting these evil pepple site and shoot them immediately. Pls don’t spare their life. Thank God for your galant move.

  10. @Uranta, thank you my bros. He who condemns evil shall never see evil nor hear evil. The blood of my innocent brothers n sisters will continue to torment for ever n ever. Amen.

    • So whose blood is causing the torment from kidnappers in the SE? Or the militants in the SS? Or the current marginalisation in the SW? Or the massive corruption across the country? WE cannot say every time there is violence or other calamitiy in non-Igbo parts of Nigeria, it must be Igbo innocent blood while we ignore the calamities in Igbo land. Nigeria is one big calamity and it is not caused by anyone’s blood but by incompetent and greedy leaders and selfish and intolerant followers.

  11. John ifeanyi on

    There is noting u will do to nigerian that will be ok. Look at hon chibuzo look at what he is saying ur name is not chibuzo ur name kaberu.

  12. The Governors of Bokoharam states, the Sultan of Sokoto, and their likes want to use Boko haram for revenue allocation. Na lie..o..oooooo Nigeria has Patience and Goodluck.

  13. The idea was to use boko haram to draw attention to the north for 2015 just like Niger delta did before they got president Jonathan , now the question is most u kill somebody for u to rules Nigeria , that is some people mentality so my lgbo brothers u hv see Nigerian factor which is not our way of reasoning , so i want to use this media to clean this notion about Nigeria so that we can start now to preach peace and us igbo whom GOD HAS chose to bring Nigeria together make sure u Vote wisely come 2015 . This people killed m.k.o and got obj .

  14. Thanks to j.t.f an to the good people of borno that has assisted to give infomation that leads to this grate success.may good continue to bless you.an maya he bless nigeria.

  15. Are we fighting a war in this country the northern moslem, islamist/jihadist verses Federal government of nigeria.thank u JTF u’ve done well nd may Almighty God protect u all in war amen.nd 2 destroy d enemies of nigeria amen.col Sagie musa i hail thee well down u deserve our prayers nd reward God will contiune 2 protect u.

  16. Long live a United Nigeria, down to BIAFRA and their MASSOB armed robbers, kidnappers, rapists, political blackmailers and killers

    • collins ejiofor on

      Akin you will never see anything good in ur life for this curse shall follow you all the days of ur .ife.
      I shall not rain curse on Yoruba race because you don’t reprasent Yoruba race but rather ur folly.

  17. Are we fighting a war in this country the northern moslem, islamist/jihadist verses Federal government of nigeria.thank u JTF u’ve done well nd may Almighty God protect u all in this war amen.nd 2 destroy d enemies of nigeria amen.col Sagie musa i hail thee well done u deserve our prayers nd reward God will contiune 2 protect u.

  18. JTF pls keep it up,want we need is for the Govt to prosecute the sect members in custody in the open so the nationa will know that Govt is doing the right Thing

  19. Nigerian nollywood action firm.the award wining firm of the year 2013.nigerian second civil war, moslim{ boko haram} vs federal republic of nigeria.who wins this war watch out 4 part {2}two.

  20. Akins u’re a big fool @ 40,we’re talking about boko haram nd ur bais mind will not let u reason well nd u ‘re talking about a different thing Biafra.shame 2 u yoruba {oduduwa} abgero like tout go back 2 primary school b/cos u’re a primary sch drop out moron.

    • @Prince without a crown, atleast I am not a small fool and primary sch. education is enough for me to reply you. I must be good.
      Dear Sagir Musa, please do not let the Biafrans and Bianca Ojukwu’s handbag MASSOB get near those arsenal as they will use it to kill their Igwes, Grand mothers and fathers, rape their women,and prominent names in their homeland rob business personalities.
      Your fellow Nigerian.

  21. I dont like shedding of blood wether that of Hausa or Igbo but Hausa people should caution their people and do away with this wicked pattern of politics or else lets divide this country in peace.

  22. @chibuzo,are u a robot,animal or human being?I do not like to insult people.i believe an animal is better than u bcs it could recognise danger,u saw the picture in this write up &continues to talk rubbish.To u the so called bornu elders what is this quantity of armunitions doing in ur state.u elders of bornu are the financiers& sponsors of boko haram.The world is watching u.U are sitting on this type of sophisticated weapons&asking the presdent to grant amnesty to boko haram people.where is sanusi who said that this is as a result of hunger.could he tell the world how hungry men could buy this new vans talkless of the suvs lavished in their previous suicide bombings.Is sultan,a retired army officer seeing this?Positions,& age do not determine wisdom or patriotsm.Verily,verily there is a big difference b/w talking&speaking, fools talk while wise men speak,elders of bornu where do u belong? The president’s blunt&total refusal of amnesty have been prooved aright with this,no more no less.

  23. @Bonny u hv jst spoke my mind, no wonder sm of dia(Nothern) influential personality ar agitating 4 d removal of JTF, one wonders hw a big arms can cm into a state without d help of a powerful personality. I think is tym jtf start hunting 4 dia main sponsor rather dan dis dia foot soldiers cos as dey are bn killd, dia sponsors kp recruiting more. May d souls of d 2 jtf nd d souls of oda innocent civilian dat lost live rest in peace Amen.

  24. Look out 4 good on

    Well don JTF. Thr wll be no going bk, kill them all they r ratz, stupid BOKO Haram. I wonder what cours they r fightin for? Allah your God dnt even knw you ppl, servants of satan. Muslims dnt knw you ppl, death is for all of you. JTF plz why nt buy one dron frm Isreal or US, and use it and whip them out frm this eart. Am hurt to hear a los of a single JTF member becoz of this fools calld Boko Haram. Kill them all……no amnesty.

  25. 1nation1destiny on

    Wonders shall never end. Despite this, many still believe this isn’t true. More so, the first time in the history of this nation that a Niger deltan is the president? Where do they get the funding for this cache? How does it get into the country? How is it transported to its various destinations without interception? Why must you get rid of him at all costs? Man proposes God disposes. If it’s not B/H today, it’s agreement tomorrow, or oil block the day after or clueless….or sometin sometin. God bless Nigeria.

  26. @Akin…. this is the second time you are attracting my anger but all the same am retreating it for the second time as well, but the third will not be funny as i will not fail to lay a curse with a precised date on you, then you will tell anybody who prompts to vomitt rubbish that the tongue has caused you thisyour present predicament. be warned pls as i wouldn’t want to ruin your life unless you have finally chosen to by opposing. A trial will convince you. God bless JTF and bless Sagir Musa for me and for the sake of the good work he’s doing.

  27. Still somebody is busy telling us that poverty is making these people raise money to acquire all these amunitions. What level of amnesty will equal the amount of money these people are already used to.

  28. Akins one yorubaman told me that u were discharge 4rm a mental home january 2013 that is u’re insane or retarded nd also that u’ve leprosy.

    • @Princewithoutacrown, No one told you, we met there I remember seeing you there. I remember you very well.
      January 2013

  29. Those arrested be use as feed to crocks after information’s are extracted.
    These animals should not be taken to court.

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  31. Dr quack Junaid Mohammed Russian trained bought medical certificate and the NO 1 Hater of Ibo race let me tell you now in your face you are not wishing the Ibos well after you slaughtered them , marginalised them and you are Quoting Nzeogwu’s coup , I am now Quoting Gideon Orka’s coup attempt and carving out 5 states of Nigerian problem is a coup that really shows the modern image and how Nigeria should look like if we are to stay as a union called Nigeria . But the best thing for u

  32. Dr quack Junaid Mohammed Russian trained bought medical certificate and the NO 1 Hater of Ibo race let me tell you now in your face you are not wishing the Ibos well after you slaughtered them , marginalised them and you are Quoting Nzeogwu’s coup , I am now Quoting Gideon Orka’s coup attempt and carving out 5 states of Nigerian problem is a coup that really shows the modern image and how Nigeria should look like if we are to stay as a union called Nigeria . But the best thing for u

  33. Those still arguing that unemployment and poverty is the cause of the madness in the north,hope they tell themselves the truth.The cost of the arsenal above can build a factory and employ people.The truth is that those who actually need jobs,cannot do what these religious animals are doing.The materials being used by boko haram in the last two years do not come cheap.People should stop playing politics with very serious issue.

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