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Soldiers declared missing as insurgents overwhelm troops in Borno

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Many soldiers reportedly ‘went missing’ on Friday after insurgents overwhelmed 153 Infantry Battalion and the 22 Armored Brigade, Marte, Borno State in a surprise attack, Daily Trust reports.

But the Defence Headquarters said in the statement on Saturday that troops of Operation Tura Takaibango in conjunction with the Air Task Force Operation Lafiya Dole destroyed seven Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists’ gun trucks and killed several terrorists when they attempted to attack their location on the outskirts of Marte.

The first report said troops were reportedly withdrew from their positions when they were overpowered.

“Troops tried very hard and almost suppressed the offensive but the insurgents sent reinforcements. Troops could not withstand the superior firepower of the insurgents and had to abandon their positions,” a military source confirmed on Saturday.

Most of the soldiers and officers sought refuge in Dikwa town which had army base while many others have not been accounted for, the source added.

The insurgents were said to have looted valuables including large caliber guns before setting the army installations ablaze.

The Brigade Commander and the Commanding Officer of the battalion were among the troops that retreated to Dikwa where the General Officer Commanding, 7 Division, was supposed to meet with them on Saturday, the source stated.

But Brigadier General Bernard Onyeuko, Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, Defence Headquarters said in the statement on Saturday that troops of Operation Tura Takaibango in conjunction with the Air Task Force Operation Lafiya Dole “have effectively destroyed 7 Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists’ gun trucks and decimated several unconfirmed number of the terrorists when they attempted to attack their location at the outskirts of Marte.

“The gallant troops, based on reliable information about the attack, had positioned themselves in an ambush site where they tactically withdrew to, and awaited the arrival of the terrorists before they opened fire which led to fierce battle that resulted in the successes recorded as indicated above.

“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.”

Similar attack had taken place on the battalion on June 1, 2020 which later relocated to Dikwa and returned to Marte after the brigade was sent there.

The report said during last year’s assault, 18 soldiers who went missing, had yet to be accounted for while the decomposed corpses of three soldiers were later recovered.

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Bandits kill seven vigilantes in Zamfara, burn armoured vehicle

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Seven vigilantes otherwise known as Yan Sakai have been killed in an attack by suspected bandits on Dansadau town of Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State.
The armed criminals reportedly invaded the community around 3am firing several shots in the air and then went into some houses abducting 13 people, including women.
Dansadau, a community located 100km south of Gusau, the state capital, has suffered series of deadly raids.
The armed men decided to spike their assaults on the community after the local vigilantes extra judicially executed suspected bandits some months back.
The residents of the community also blocked the suspected bandits from getting foods such as bread and soft drinks from the local traders in the community.
The bandits who were apparently angered by the moves blocked the residents of the community who are largely farmers from accessing their farmlands in retaliation.
Dozens of farmers have been killed or abducted since the start of this year’s cropping season.
The spokesman of the state police command, SP Muhammad Shehu, could not be reached for comment at the time of filing this report.

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Four policemen killed in Enugu gunmen attack on checkpoint

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Unidentified armed men have killed four policemen during an attack on a police checkpoint in Obeagu-Amechi community of Enugu South Local Government Area, Enugu State.
Besides the security operatives, many residents and passers-by, who ran into the incident, were reportedly killed or severely wounded by stray bullets during the gunfight.
The policemen were said to have repelled the attack, although there were casualties on both sides.
Eyewitnesses said the attack, which started at about 5:30 pm on Wednesday at a busy spot at Mmiri Ocha Amodu, lasted till 7pm.
A source, who craved anonymity, said he identified four policemen, one pastor and a neighbourhood watch officer among the dead who have been taken to the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Ituku – Ozalla mortuary.
The source said, “The gun battle between the policemen and the unknown gunmen was too heavy.
“The entire area was thrown into confusion as everybody within the scene scampered for safety.
“We have not experienced this type of incident in this area. It happened along Obeagu–Amechi Road to Agbani Nkanu a few kilometres from Enugu State capital.”
However, the operatives of the Amagunze police division, who were quickly alerted, ambushed the gunmen as they attempted to escape and shot dead some of them, according to the source, who also added that a police patrol van was set ablaze by the gunmen during the attack.
The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Daniel Ndukwe, confirmed the incident but was silent on the number of casualties.
Ndukwe said: “Information surrounding the shooting incidents in the evening hours of today, 21/07/2021, where police operatives were allegedly attacked by yet-to-be-identified gunmen at checkpoints in Obeagu-Amechi in Enugu South LGA and Amagunze in Nkanu East LGA is still sketchy.”
He said preliminary investigation had commenced, assuring that further development would be communicated.
Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has offered automatic employment to the wives of the slain police officers.
He also paid three-month salaries of their late husbands including other cash donations.
The governor announced the employment offer when he paid condolence visits to families of some of the slain police officers.
He, however, said the employment offer could be swapped for scholarship for their children up to secondary school.

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Nine die, 16 injured in Lagos-Ibadan expressway accident

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Nine people have been confirmed dead in an accident involving two vehicles on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway on Wednesday.
Ogun Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Ahmed Umar, told the News Agency of Nigeria that apart from the nine that died, 16 other persons sustained varying degrees of injuries.
He said the accident occurred at about 3.45pm around Wich Tech Company, near Danco Station on the busy expressway.
He said the accident involved a commercial white Mazda bus, with registration number: APP 28 YE, and a blue Volvo truck, with no number plate.
The sector commander further stated that the accident involved 25 persons.
He said the corpses of the deceased had been deposited at the morgue of Idera Hospital, Sagamu, while the survivors were receiving treatment at the same hospital.
Umar said the cause of the accident could be traced to speed limit violation and overloading on the part of the commercial bus driver.
He added that the commercial bus lost control due to excessive speeding and rammed into the truck.
The sector commander said that clearing of obstruction caused by the crash by the FRSC officials and other sister agencies had commenced.

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