Borno: ISWAP militants chop-off fishermen’s hands over failure to pay taxes, theft

The Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) militants have recently severed the hands of two fishermen in Marte, Borno State, after accusing them of stealing fish. The fishermen, according to a Counter-Insurgency Expert in the Lake Chad region, Zagazola Makama, were part of a larger group engaged in fishing activities under the control of ISWAP, where they were subject to levies and taxes. The two fishermen, according to sources familiar with the sad incident, incurred the wrath of the militants when they were found to have failed to pay their…

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Borno: Over 60 Boko Haram, ISWAP fighters killed in fresh infighting

Scores of fighters from Boko Haram and the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) groups have been reportedly killed during a renewed infighting in Borno. According to a counter-insurgency publication focused on the Lake Chad region, ‘Zagazola Makama’, some field commanders from both groups were killed during a heavy fight at Tumbum Ali Island, in Marte LGA around 2 p.m. yesterday. The publication said the fight was in retaliation for the massive killing of ISWAP fighters by the Bakura Buduma-led faction of Boko Haram after seizing most of their hideouts.…

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NAF sustains airstrikes amidst ISWAP hostilities against farmers, fishermen in Borno LGA

The terrorist group, Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) has sustained a string of devastating losses as a result of continuous airstrikes coordinated by the Nigerian military within the Marte local government area of Borno State. The strikes resulted in the elimination of key ISWAP commanders, scores of foot soldiers, and the destruction of their supplies, VBIED factory, and vehicles. The NAF air strikes also denied the terrorists sanctuary and freedom of action by forcing them to relocate from their hide out camps. Some of the air strikes were…

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Borno: Over 80 fleeing ISWAP terrorists drown in river

At least eighty-two (82) members of the Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) and their families were reportedly drowned in a river in Borno State. According to reports, the terrorists drowned while fleeing the North-East axis of Damasak. Terrorists operating from the Lake Chad region are said to have met their Waterloo while attempting to flee massive troop incursions between June 2 and 3, 2023. They were reportedly attempting to cross into Niger Republic. Separate incidents were reported in the communities of Bulama Modori, Kaneram, Dogomolu, and Jokka. The…

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Terrorism:  443 Boko Haram surrender, as death toll rises to 300 in clash with ISWAP

At least, 443 more Boko Haram terrorists and family members who escaped the week-long sustained massive attacks by the Islamic State of West Africa (ISWAP) fighters in Borno State, have surrendered to troops. This is as death toll on Boko Haram’s side following the ISWAP attack has risen to 300. A total of 223 of the Boko Haram elements surrendered to the troops of the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) in Diffa and Gueskerou, in the Republic of Niger, between March 7 to 10, 2023. Another 220 members of the…

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ISWAP distributes old Naira notes free to commuters on Borno highway

Some suspected members of the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) have distributed huge amounts of old Naira notes to scores of commuters in the Lake Chad Basin, ahead of the deadline of the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) for the Naira currency swap. According to a resident, Bakura Ibrahim, the insurgents positioned themselves under a tree and stood by the roadside with bags of old naira notes. He said; “We left Monguno at about 12 noon; as we approached Mairari, there were no existing checkpoints in the area,…

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Borno: NAF neutralises terror leaders, fighters

…As Boko Haram, ISWAP plan election attacks The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has confirmed the elimination of more than 100 terrorists, including some of their leaders, in Borno. Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, informed the public of recent airstrikes in an issued statement at the weekend. The interdiction mission was conducted by the air component of ‘Operation Hadin Kai’ at Mantari village, in the Gezuwa area of the Bama local government area. The spokesman disclosed that terrorist kingpins Khalid Tukur, Maimusari, and Bakura Jega were…

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Insecurity: FG goes after Boko Haram, Ansaru terrorists, IPOB financiers, assets

The Federal Government has commenced moves to confiscate the assets of identified terrorism financiers and their associates, in line with international counter-terrorism recommendations. It was gathered that security and intelligence agencies were scouting for the physical assets, including companies and bank accounts of individuals and groups indicted for terrorism in the country. Already, 18 persons, entities and companies have been added to the Nigeria Sanctions List under the supervision of the Nigeria Sanctions Committee, a multi-agency panel created by the Terrorism (Prevention and Prohibition) Act, 2022. The groups include the…

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Currency Redesign: ISWAP terrorists ban Naira transaction in Lake Chad, opt for CFAs

The terrorist group, Islamic State of the West African Province, (ISWAP), has banned farmers and fishermen in Lake Chad from using the naira for transactions. This is a result of the decision of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to redesign some new naira notes. Recall that last month, the Nigerian apex bank said it redesigned N200, N500, and N1000 new naira notes. The new design and issues will be effective from mid-December 2022. It directed Nigerians to take their old notes to commercial banks to enable them to withdraw…

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Bandits abduct three, open fire on 2 in Katsina

…6 terrorists reportedly killed as ISWAP, Boko Haram clash in Borno Two people were reportedly killed and three others were kidnapped yesterday, when suspected kidnappers reportedly opened fire on two Katsina households. The bandits were allegedly operating out of the forest in Katsina State’s Jibiya local government area, according to a local citizen, Yusufu Musa, who raised the alert about the event. Recall that suspected bandits a few days ago attacked and kidnapped a businessman in the same area. He was killed despite a N4 million ransom in the Kafur…

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