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Nigeria troops ‘rape starving women’


Nigerian soldiers have raped women and girls who fled the insurgency by militant Islamist group Boko Haram, Amnesty International has said.

Troops separated women from their husbands and raped them, sometimes in exchange for food, in refugee camps, the rights group added.

Thousands of people have also starved to death in the camps in north-eastern Nigeria since 2015, Amnesty said.

Nigeria’s military has dismissed the allegations as malicious and false.

“These false reports, which are capable of derailing the good work being done by our patriotic and selfless soldiers, must stop,” the military said in a statement.

Troops have been battling the insurgents since 2009 in Borno and other north-eastern states.

More than 30,000 people have been killed in the conflict, and about 1.8 million people have fled their homes.

The military has repeatedly been accused of carrying out atrocities, and the US, during the presidency of Barack Obama, refused to sell weapons to Nigeria, citing concerns about the military’s human rights record.

However, the Trump administration has decided to press ahead with the sale of military aircraft and weapons, which Nigeria sees as vital to defeat the insurgents.

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​We’ve video, pictures of soldiers engaged in oil bunkering —Avengers



WARRI —Niger Delta Avengers, NDA, yesterday, alleged that soldiers were the merchants of oil bunkering in the Niger Delta and that they have video and pictorial evidence of their involvement in crude oil theft and records, including how much they collect and make per day from illegal oil bunkering.
The group, in a statement denying security reports linking its forces to the killing of troops in Nembe, Bayelsa State, said it was surprised at the desperation of the military to always connect NDA to crimes in Southern Nigeria.

“It is a shame that Operations Delta Safe is still employing the old habit of deliberately dining and wining with fake intelligence from political thugs, political paymasters and enemies of the Niger Delta to perpetuate their continuous funding and relevance by leveraging on the hunger in the land,” spokesperson of the militant group, self-styled Brig Gen Mudoch Agbinibo, said.

The NDA had ceased hostilities, though unannounced, weekend, in deference to the plea by Niger Delta monarchs, leaders and stakeholders to all militant groups in the region to sheathe their swords.

It said, “One question for the Commander of Operation Delta Safe, is, who are the people perpetuating the ongoing illegal oil bunkering in the Niger Delta at the moment? We have both video and still photographs of the serious involvement of your troops in the pervasive crude oil thefts. We have records of how much profit you collect and make per day from these atrocities in the Niger Delta.

“To set the records straight, we cannot come after your dane guns and ammunition. Since the start of ‘Operation Red Economy,’ our forces have not fired one shot until we have achieved this great success of crippling crude oil productions in the Niger Delta to about 800,000 barrels per day.

“Those gang members paraded as killers of troops of ODS are well known followers of Mr. Africa Ukparasai and Mr Timipre Silva, who were armed by the All Progressives Congress, APC, during the governorship election  in Bayelsa State.

“If your forces and formations come under attack by notorious elements of your own political collaborators and calculations, you should accept it as a friendly fire (from your own dubious creations getting loosed and fighting back to protect their territories and bellies) and enjoy it while it last. Excuse the NDA from your “Pig and Mud squabbles.

“Yesterday was Arepo in Ogun  State, today is Nembe in Bayelsa State, which is the next state you want to involve the NDA in this your bread and butter security conspiracies and collaborations ?”

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Boko Haram Soldiers kill 6 terrorists in Borno


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The insurgents were killed in Pulka Village in the Gwoza Local Government Area of the state after attempting to attack a military formation.

Six Boko Haram terrorists » were, on Sunday, June 12, 2016, killed in Borno State, the Nigerian Army has said.
The insurgents were killed in Pulka Village in the Gwoza Local Government Area of the state after attempting to attack a military formation.
This was disclosed by army spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman via a statement. It reads:
The terrorists who came through Banki axis of Sambisa forest, attempted to inflict damage on our troops. But the vigilant soldiers rose to the occasion and dealt decisively with the terrorists by killing 6 of them.
They also recovered 1 Fabrique Nationale (FN) rifle with registration number 167229, two belts of 148 rounds of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition and 1 FN rifle magazine loaded with 7.62mm ammunition (Special). The troops also blew up 3 Vehicles laden with Improvised Explosives Device (VBIEDs).
Unfortunately, 5 soldiers sustained various degrees of injuries during the attack. They have been moved to the unit’s Medical Reception Station for treatment.

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Source: Pulse

Boko Haram Niger vows to deal with sect over death of 30 soldiers


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On  Friday, June 3, 2016, soldiers numbering 30, from Niger and two from Nigeria were killed in a Boko Haram attack on the south-eastern town of Bosso, close to the border with Nigeria.

The government of Niger has vowed to deal with the Boko Haram sect, following the death of 30 of its soldiers.
On Friday, June 3, 2016, soldiers numbering 30, from Niger and two from Nigeria were killed » in a Boko Haram attack on the south-eastern town of Bosso, close to the border with Nigeria.
Guardian reports that the Nigerien Defence Minister Hassoumi Massoudou said “We must continue to fight, this insult must be expunged, there is nothing to be done, it must be avenged.
“It’s terrible, all of Niger is crying.”
Also, a former Member of Parliament (MP) Elhaj Aboubacar, who spoke on the incident also said “They drove up at twilight, shouting Allahu Akbar (God is Greatest), they fired a lot of shots and torched many places in Bosso.
“We don’t know where our military went, but one thing is for sure, Boko Haram were able to do what they liked until dawn.”
The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) on Sunday urged Muslims in Borno to be vigilant » and wary of beggars around Mosques during the fasting month of Ramadan to prevent suspected attacks from Boko Haram members.

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Source: Pulse.ng

In #Jos #Policeman reportedly #shot_dead by #soldiers


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Daily Sun reports that the other victims later identified as police officers, had sustained injuries during the unfortunate incident which claimed the life of one whose identity is yet to be released.

A policeman has allegedly been shot and killed by soldiers over the weekend at a military check point close to Panshanu village along Bauchi-Jos road.

Daily Sun reports that the other victims later identified as police officers, had sustained injuries during the unfortunate incident which claimed the life of one whose identity is yet to be released.
The victims who had been on mufti at the time of the incident, had reportedly been travelling from Taraba State to Kaduna State for an interview.
The reports reveal that the men had refused to stop their bus at the check point for a security search by the soldiers who were on patrol, causing the military men to open fire on them under the suspicion that they were terrorists.
Major Joseph Adekunle , the Assistant Director Army Public Relations (PRO) of the 33 artillery Brigade Bauchi, confirmed the incident, disclosing that the bus had driven through the check point without stopping, arousing suspicion that they may be Boko Haram insurgents or some criminals.
Major Adekunle added that the army had later carried out further investigations which had revealed that the victims were police officers.
The situation has reportedly been brought under control, as the roads have since been opened for motorists.
The spokesman for the army urged members of general public to follow the rules at every check point, irrespective of their status in society so as to avoid a recurrence of such an incident in the future.
“The general public is also requested to note that the current situation in the country especially with the ongoing operation in North East to clear the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists from their hideouts, there is need to ensure no escaping terrorists or weapons are allowed to infiltrate other parts of the country.”
May his soul rest in peace.

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Soldiers protest over non-payment of allowances


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Some soldiers who fought in the AU Peace-keeping operation in Guinea Bissau in 2015 have protested the non-payment of their allowance in the last six months.
According to ThisDay, the soldiers numbering about 200, met with press men in Yola, Adamawa state and registered their displeasure at the recent development.
Some of the affected soldiers of 158 Task Force Battalion situated in Gubio Local Government Area of Borno state told journalists in Yola , Adamawa state, that the failure by military authority to pay the allowances is already generating tension in the affected battalion.
They appealed to the military leaders to as a matter of urgency pay the allowances owed them.