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Many killed as Boko Haram attacks Madagali communities again

Suspected Boko Haram insurgents invaded four communities in Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa State on Tuesday evening, killing a yet-to-be-confirmed number of people.

The insurgents hit Madagali, Gulak, Magar and Shuwa communities, killing and destroying properties before they were overpowered by soldiers who killed some of them and forced the rest to run to surrounding mountains.

The latest attack on Madagali came as the 3rd in nine days, following an attack on February 4 when three residents lost their lives, and another on February 11 when a village head and a soldier were killed.

The Tuesday incident forced many residents out of Madagali, including one Ruth Gauje, who fled to a relative in the state capital, Yola.

Ruth, who spoke to our correspondent on Wednesday evening, said at least, one person died in Shuwa where she ran from.

“They killed Friday, a popular young man in our place,” she said.

She also said a community leader in Madagali identified as Bulama and several other people died in the town.

Some other sources, however, said most of the invading insurgents were killed, unlike when they first launched attack on the Madagali LGA on February 4 and 11.

Civilian and military sources in Madagali insisted that the soldiers overpowered the insurgents after some exchanges of gunfire, killing an unspecified number and seizing their weapons as well as vehicles.

“Sounds of gunshots and heavy blasts rented the air as the battle between the soldiers and Boko Haram insurgents reigned, forcing the insurgents out into surrounding mountains and bushes,” another source said.

Meanwhile, the Adamawa State Police Public Relations Officer, Othman Abubakar, attested to the killing and repelling of the Boko Haram insurgents but did not confirm deaths on the side of the residents.

He said a combined team of security personnel succeeded in decimating the Boko Haram insurgents, but that there was no indication of the death of any community person in the information before him.

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Boko Haram ta hallaka mutum 11 a Maiduguri

'Yan sanadan kwantar da tarzoma a Najeriya

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‘Yan sanda a birnin Maiduguri a jihar Borno a Najeriya sun tabbatar da cewa kungiyar Boko Haram ta hallaka mutane 11 da kuma raunata wasu 15.

Wani shugaban kungiyar mayakan sa-kai ya bayyana cewa an kai harin ne da nufin dakatar da mutane zuwa rumfunan zabe.

Harin ya faru ne da safiyar Asabar a kudancin birnin, inda mayakan suka bude wuta, wasu ‘yan kunar bakin-wake kuma suka tarwatsa kansu da bama-bamai.

A yau ne aka shirya gudanar da zaben shugaban kasa da na ‘yan majalisar dokokin kasar, sai dai an dage zaben zuwa mako mai zuwa sa’o’i kadan kafin a fara kada kuri’a.

Aikace-aikacen ‘yan ta’adda ya tilasta wa mutane da dama barin muhallansu a Borno, al’amarin da ya jawo hukumar zabe ta kirkiri rumfunan zabe a sansanonin ‘yan gudn hijira.

Ko a ranar Laraba da ta gabata ‘yan Boko Haram sun far wa ayarin motocin gwamnan Borno, inda suka kashe mutum uku.

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What Dino Melaye said about INEC’s postponement of elections

Senator representing Kogi West in the National Assembly, Dino Melaye, has reacted to the postponement of Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

Recall that early Saturday, INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu said the presidential election was shifted to February 23, while the governorship was rescheduled for March 9.

He blamed the shift in date on problems of logistics.

Reacting, at a press briefing in his native Aiyetoro-Gbede, the Senator described the postponement as part of the grand plan by the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.

He said: “The postponement is just a confirmation of already designed rigging of the APC.

“We shouted that they were planning to rig the elections; we shouted that the Attorney-General of the Federation (Abubakar Malami, SAN) wrote INEC; we shouted that the National Security Adviser (Babagana Monguno) wrote the President.”

He went further to allege that President Muhammadu Buhari had planned to announce the postponement of the polls himself in a nationwide broadcast on Thursday but was dissuaded from doing so because he lacked the necessary powers.

However, Melaye added that “the postponement of the polls is the postponement of the evil day. Nigerians have decided they are leaving the land of ‘Egypt’ for the ‘promised land.’”

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Boko Haram: 6 killed in Maiduguri

Two suspected members of Boko Haram militants, early Saturday opened fire on worshipers close to a Mosque at Gwazari (Angwa Baba Ali) around Jidari Polo general area in Maiduguri metropolis killing 4 persons, while several others sustained injuries.

DAILY POST reports that earlier and in the eve of Friday, a suicide bomber killed himself and one other person.

Residents of Polo area told DAILY POST that with six corpses were recovered after the attacks.

It could be recalled that there have been rumour of possible Boko Haram incursion during the presidential and National Assembly elections in the northeast Nigeria.

Security agencies are yet to react to the development.

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