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NAF Alpha jet destroys terrorists’ gun trucks in Borno

The Nigerian Air Force has said the Air Task Force (ATF) of Operation LAFIYA DOLE on Monday destroyed some terrorists’ gun trucks in air strikes conducted at Auno in Borno.

NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.

Daramola said the operation was conducted on Monday.

“The attacks were executed yesterday, Jan.7, whilst providing close air support for ground troops who were responding to an attack on their location.

“The ATF scrambled a Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Alpha Jet and a Mi-35M Helicopter Gunship supported by an Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft to locate and engage the group of terrorists’ gun trucks.

“Overhead the target area, the ground troops were seen engaging the terrorists who were in a convoy of gun trucks in a fierce gun battle.

“After deconfliction, the Alpha Jet and Mi-35M took turns in engaging the terrorists causing them to beat an immediate retreat,’’ he said.

The spokesman said in the process, three gun trucks were hit and destroyed while several of their fighters were neutralised.

“The ball of fire from exploding munitions in one of the gun trucks was visibly seen.

“Some of the survivors, who were seen attempting to flee the location, were taken out in follow-on attacks,’’ he said

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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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