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Soldiers Kill Man For Being ‘Blood Relative Of Gana’, Dump Body By Road

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A young man identified as Orladue Shidi has been reportedly murdered by troops of the Nigerian Army, Peoples Gazette can report, based on testimony from family sources.

The victim’s family said he was accused of being a blood relative of notorious gang leader Terwase Akwaza, alias ‘Gana’.

A member of the Shidi Akaa-tyem family in Katsina-Ala Local Government Area of Benue State, who pleaded anonymity to avoid being singled out for victimisation by the military, told the Gazette that Mr. Shidi was extrajudicially killed by army personnel after being held in custody for 20 days.

“He (Orladue Shidi) was arrested on December 9, 2020, at Abaji market along Katsina-Ala Takum road (an interception between Benue and Taraba states) by soldiers from Gbise village here in Benue,” our source said.

“When his sister accosted troops deployed in Gbise, they said they were investigating to unravel whether or not Shidi was related to Gana (a notorious bandit leader recently neutralised by the military),”

“Trusting the army not to act like (the now disbanded) SARS unit of the police (which was infamous for extrajudicial killings), she went home relaxed that her brother would be released upon conclusion of investigation,” he added.

The Gazette learnt that Mr. Shidi was, however, murdered in military custody and his corpse dumped at Zaki Biam road, 182.1 km from the capital city Makurdi. The outcome of the purported investigation has remained unknown.

“A passerby who saw the body discarded by the roadside informed the family about the situation,” our source stated, while narrating that members of the family had absconded their hometown for fear of being hounded and killed by soldiers.

An army spokesman did not immediately respond to how military authorities were working to ensure that the Shidi Akaa-tyem family gets justice for their slain kinsman.

The Nigerian Army has been long notorious for various forms of human rights infractions against citizens, as well as war crimes. Although the military has spent years fighting back against the accusations — establishing a desk to address abuses in 2017— its personnel have shown no sign of improved understanding or importance of human rights of civilians.

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Operation Tura Takaibango: Army Unleash Terror On Boko Haram Criminal, Kills Many And Recover Ammunition In Borno

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Troops of Operation TURA TAKAIBANGO a subsidiary Operation of Operation LAFIYA DOLE in the North East continue to obliterate elements of Boko Haram/Islamic State’s West Africa Province criminals with uncommon ferocity as they overrun Abbagajiri and Dusula towns in Damboa.

Captured communication items from the Boko Haram criminals by troops of 402 SF TF Bde during the encounter

Latest encounter with the marauding Boko Haram criminals according to the acting Director Defence Media Operations Brigadier General Benard Onyeuko, occurred by 0835hrs on 20 January 2021 at Abbagajiri in Damboa LGA of Borno State where the Gallant troops identified and encircled some Boko Haram criminals’ enclaves.

Captured Food stuffs, some Improvised Explosive Device materials and clothing’s among other items from the Boko Haram criminals by troops of 402 SF TF Bde

“The troops of 402 Special Forces Task Force Brigade led by the Commander engaged them with superior fire power resulting in high casualty on the terrorists.

Neutralized Boko Haram criminal by troops of 402 SF TF Bde during the encounter at Abbagajiri in Damboa LGA of Borno State.

“In the aftermath of the decisive encounter, 5 Boko Haram Terrorists were neutralized while few others are believed to have escaped with gunshot wounds.

Captured grinding machine from the Boko Haram criminals by troops of 402 SF TF Bde during the encounter

“Equipment captured from the criminals include; one Pulemyot Kalashnikova Tankovyy(PKT) Gun, 3 AK 47 Rifles, 4 extra AK 47 Rifle magazines and a Vulcanizing Machine. Other items captured and destroyed includes food stuffs, some Improvised Explosive Device (IED) making materials including the criminals’ hideouts and clothings among others.

Captured weapons from the Boko Haram criminals by troops of 402 SF TF Bde during the encounter at Abbagajiri in Damboa LGA of Borno State

“The renewed onslaught against the remnants of Boko Haram/Islamic State’s West Africa Province criminals by the dogged troops of Operation TURA TAKAIBANGO is indicative of the end of all criminal elements within the North East.” He said.

Neutralized Boko Haram criminal by troops of 402 SF TF Bde during the encounter at Abbagajiri in Damboa LGA of Borno State

He commended the troops of Operation TURA TAKAIBANGO for their dedication and determination in flushing out remnants of the terrorists from their hideouts.

General Onyeuko further assured the entire populace of the North East region of the Nigerian Army’s renewed vigour and determination to crush the remnants of Boko Haram/Islamic State’s West Africa Province criminals from their enclaves in this zone.

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Insecurity: Troops Kill 7 Terrorists, Destroys Gun Trucks

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Troops of Operation Tura Takaibango in conjunction with Air Task Force Operation Lafiya Dole have eliminated scores of Boko Haram terrorists and destroyed seven of their gun trucks in Matte, Borno.

The acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Brig.-Gen. Benard Onyeuko, disclosed this in a statement on Saturday in Abuja.

Onyeuko said that unconfirmed number of the terrorists were killed when they attempted to attack troops location at the outskirts of Marte in Marte Local Government Area on Saturday.

He said the troops, acting on reliable information about the attack, had positioned themselves in an ambush site where they tactically ambushed the terrorists and opened fire.

According to him, this led to fierce battle that resulted in the successes against the terrorists.

“The troops are still engaged in pursuit of the fleeing terrorists for further exploitation.

“Further details of interest to members of the public will be communicated later,” he said.

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Operation Sahel Sanity: Troops Record Success In Northwest , Many Bandits Arrested

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The Nigerian Army said Troops of Operation Sahel Sanity has neutralized more bandits and arrested suspected collaborator in Katsina State.

AK-47 RIFLES, 2 MAGAZINES AND 18 ROUNDS OF 7.62 MM SPECIAL AMMUNITION RECOVERED BY TROOPS FROM ARMED BANDITS DURING ENCOUNTER AT GARIN GARUS ON 2 JANUARY 2021
AK-47 RIFLES, 2 MAGAZINES AND 18 ROUNDS OF 7.62 MM SPECIAL AMMUNITION RECOVERED BY TROOPS FROM ARMED BANDITS DURING ENCOUNTER AT GARIN GARUS ON 2 JANUARY 2021

In a press statement signed by the Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Brigadier General Benard Onyeuko on Tuesday said in furtherance directive of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai extending Operation SAHEL SANITY to March, the gallant troops have increased the momentum of the Operation.

According to him they have continued to dominate the Northwest theatre with confidence building patrols, robust and aggressive ambushes coupled with clearance operations.

This according to Onyeuko is with a view to completely wipe out the remnant bandits and other criminal elements from the region.

“Consequently, on 2 January 2021, based on credible human intelligence about movement of armed bandits sighted crossing Garin Inu in Batsari LGA heading towards Bugaje in Jibiya LGA both in Katsina State, troops deployed at Batsari swiftly mobilized and laid ambush along the bandit’s route at Garin Garus”.

SUSPECTED BANDIT INFORMANTS AUWAL ABUBAKAR AND BELLO HARUNA ARRESTED BY TROOPS AT SABUWA ON 2 JANUARY 2021
SUSPECTED BANDIT INFORMANTS AUWAL ABUBAKAR AND BELLO HARUNA ARRESTED BY TROOPS AT SABUWA ON 2 JANUARY 2021

“While at the ambush position, the gallant troops made contact with the marauding armed bandits and engaged them with overwhelming fire power thereby neutralizing 5 bandits while others escaped with varying degrees of injuries as indicated by traces of blood along their escape routes”.

Onyeuko noted that further exploitation of the area by the gallant troops led to the capture of 3 AK-47 rifles and 2 AK 47 Rifle magazines loaded with 18 rounds of 7.62 mm Special ammunition.

SUSPECTED BANDIT COLLABORATOR YA'U TUKUR ARRESTED BY TROOPS AT SABON GIDA VILLAGE ON 3 JANUARY 2021
SUSPECTED BANDIT COLLABORATOR YA’U TUKUR ARRESTED BY TROOPS AT SABON GIDA VILLAGE ON 3 JANUARY 2021

“Relatedly, on 3 January 2021, troops deployed at Dan Ali village acting on reliable information from reliable sources arrested a suspected bandits’ collaborator named Ya’u Tukur at Sabon Gida village in Kankara LGA of Katsina State”.

“During preliminary investigations, suspect confessed to be working for a notorious bandit gang which has been masterminding nefarious crimes including kidnapping for ransom in various places. Troops are on the trail of other members of the notorious gang”.

Furthermore, Onyeuko said on 4 January 2021, troops deployed at Maraban Maigora acting on credible information arrested one Yahaya Aliyu while riding on a new motorcycle.

“The arrest was executed following reports from reliable sources on the suspect’s alleged involvement in kidnapping and facilitating payment of ransom for kidnap victims in the area”.

“During preliminary investigations, suspect admitted his involvement in the alleged crimes, adding that the motorcycle he was riding was part of a bounty as ransom from a kidnapped victim”.

“Additionally, on 8 January 2020, troops deployed at Yankara while acting on a tip off arrested a suspected bandit’s collaborator named Alhaji Adamu Mamman around Yankara general area in Faskari LGA of Katsina State. Suspect has been at large following his involvement of harbouring bandits in his house”.

“In another development, on 10 January 2021, troops deployed at Sabon Layi while clearing bandits enclaves around Maigora general area in Faskari LGA of Katsina State, came in contact with armed bandits at Unguwar Rimi leading to a fierce gun battle”.

SUSPECTED BANDIT COLLABORATOR YAHAYA ALIYU ARRESTED BY TROOPS AT MARARABAN MAIGORA ON 4 JANUARY 2021
SUSPECTED BANDIT COLLABORATOR YAHAYA ALIYU ARRESTED BY TROOPS AT MARARABAN MAIGORA ON 4 JANUARY 2021

“The troops were swiftly reinforced by another team from Faskari and supported by Helicopter Gunship delivering a lethal blow to the criminals thereby forcing the bandits to withdraw in disarray into the forest due to troop’s superior fire power”.

He said during the exploitation phase of the operation, 5 bodies of neutralized bandits were found while several others were suspected to escape with gunshot wounds as indicated by blood stains on their escape route.

MOTORCYCLE RECOVERED FROM SUSPECTED BANDIT COLLABORATOR YAHAYA ALIYU AT MARARABAN MAIGORA ON 4 JANUARY 2021
MOTORCYCLE RECOVERED FROM SUSPECTED BANDIT COLLABORATOR YAHAYA ALIYU AT MARARABAN MAIGORA ON 4 JANUARY 2021

“Regrettably, one brave soldier paid the supreme price while 2 others sustained minor injuries during the encounter. The wounded soldiers are in stable condition and currently responding to treatment in a military medical facility”.

ARMED BANDIT NEUTRALIZED BY TROOPS DURING ENCOUNTER AT UNGUWAR RIMI IN FASKARI LGA OF KATSINA STATE ON 10 JANUARY 2021
ARMED BANDIT NEUTRALIZED BY TROOPS DURING ENCOUNTER AT UNGUWAR RIMI IN FASKARI LGA OF KATSINA STATE ON 10 JANUARY 2021

The statement further commended the gallant troops of Operation SAHEL SANITY for the successes and their unequaled commitment.

“They are further urged not to rest on their oars until the Northwest zone is rid of all criminal elements”.

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