Military rushes aircraft to pick injured soldier from war front, drawing praises

Photo credit: The eagle online
Photo credit: The eagle online

The Nigerian military has rushed an Augusta helicopter to the battle front in Rann, northern Borno, to pick one of the four soldiers wounded in Friday’s fierce battle with fighters of the Boko Haram terror sect.

Nigerian soldiers had killed at least 15 terrorists after the sect members sprung a surprise attack on their location on Friday morning, as exclusively reported by PREMIUM TIMES.

The military moved swiftly shortly after receiving information from battle commanders who requested urgent evacuation of a soldier said to be critically injured, our sources said.

Military insiders told PREMIUM TIMES that the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) helicopter departed Maiduguri for Rann at around 1 p.m. to convey the soldier to 133 Reference Hospital in Kaduna.

One official said the three other injured soldiers might be evacuated as well if their conditions deteriorate and become unmanageable by medical personnel at the war front.

Before proceeding to Rann, the helicopter made a stop over at Gamboru to pick up the commanding officer of 3 Battalion.

The aircraft is said to have returned to base in Maiduguri.

Military insiders praised military authorities for responding quickly to the request for casualty evacuation, describing the action as “a new high in a renewed push to be extra vigilant and efficient in battle.”

“The pace at which they responded to the distress call is commendable,” one soldier said. “With this kind of efficiency, there will be better morale among troops.”

A gun fight had ensued between Nigerian troops of Operation Lafiya Dole and Boko Haram terrorists at 6 a.m this morning and did not end until after 9 a.m.

Our sources said the battle began when fighters of the terror group launched a surprise attack on troops location in Rann, shooting sporadically.

Troops from 3 Battalion and 112 Task Force Battalion are stationed in the area, our sources said.

The soldiers responded promptly, killing an unknown number of the terrorists, and wounding several others.

The battle raged for over two hours, and when the dust settled, several terrorists were found dead.

One of our sources said more than 15 of the Boko Haram fighters were killed in action.

Another said the figure was much higher, saying many other terrorists escaped from the scene with gunshot wounds.

Both sources however said four Nigerian soldiers were wounded in action, adding that authorities had since contacted the nearby 22 Brigade to send air ambulance to evacuate a critically injured soldier.

Our sources gave arms and ammunition recovered from the terrorists to include two AK47 rifles, four FN rifles, one M21 rifle, 110 X 7.62MM NATO ammunition, 20 X 7.62MM special,, 40 X M21 rounds, 4 X FN extra magazine and two locally made explosives.

Friday’s battle is the first since the military overpowered and chased the Boko Haram sect from the dreaded Sambisa Forest, a fortress from where the group launched attacks on Nigeria for years.

It also came a day after the leader of the terror sect, Abubakar Shekau, appeared in a new video, claiming his group had not been defeated.

The Army immediately shot back, saying the video by Mr. Shekau was a piece of propaganda that should be disregarded.


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  • Charlie

    Premium Times reporting is still slanted towards boko haram to discerning readers. I used to think that they were doing all their exposes to improve the welfare of the troops, but over time, I have seen how they write stories to demoralize the troops. This is quite unfortunate, because they have some of the best journalists in the country.

    • utolason

      How can they have some of the best journalists in the country if your comment is a serious one?

      • Charlie

        A journalist is an individual, a newspaper is an organization. You may have some good journalist working for a not so good organization.

  • My People

    MY PEOPLE,

    Premium Times is telling lies and should be condemned by everybody.
    President Buhari told us a day to Christmas on December 24th that he has defeated Boko Haram.
    How can dead militias Boko Haram rise up from the dead to kill our soldiers again, how possible is that?
    Nobody must believe Premium Times that Boko Haram has risen from the dead to start killing our soldiers.
    We must only believe SAI BABA that Boko Haram was totally defeated and killed on December 24th, 2016.

    • Charlie

      The American declared victory in Iraq in 2003, more than 10 years later they are still fighting in there. Buhari did not say boko haram is defeated, he said they were evicted from their base in the Sambisa forest. As far a we know Shekau could be living in Kaduna just like Osama Bin Laden was living in Pakistan near their biggest military base without anyone knowing. Only a narrow minded partisan can hold Buhari to a standard that do does not exist anywhere in the world. We all saw boko haram holding about half of the northeastern territory of Nigeria, now they are no longer holding any significant land if at all they are holding any. I was not or will ever be a supporter of Buhari, but lets give him his dues when he does well for the country as he has done with boko haram issue even though I think he was one of the people that undermined Jonathan’s administration in the fight against boko haram.

    • Powerlessconscious

      I want to appeal to President Buhari to run to the Federal Radio Corporation of
      Nigeria right now before it is too late. Buhari should run there and quickly make national
      broadcast right now. President Buhari should tell all Nigerians to start worrying. Buhari
      should tell all Nigerians to be very afraid and panick. Buhari should tell all Nigerians
      to stay inside their house because Boko Haram is now on deadly rampage. There’s
      no shame in this thing. President Buhari doesn’t have to even say that he lied before
      that Boko Haram has been defeated. All he has to say now is that Boko Haram has
      entered Lagos and Abuja and may do mass killing soon. Buhari should also tell the
      truth that Maiduguri is now a war zone between Nigerian soldiers and Boko Haram.
      President Buhari should warn all residents to go and hide and stay indoors.. Courtesy of Dele.T Agunbiade.

  • Myson

    First rule of war is never underestimate your enemy. An enemy that can organize and attack a military formation at their own chosen time is not yet defeated. In that case, the best form of defense, is offence.

    • Iskacountryman

      they are yet to learn some fundamental lessons about warfare after bullying the populace into submissiveness…the nigerian military is being taught a lesson…

      • Powerlessconscious

        I want to appeal to President Buhari to run to the Federal Radio Corporation of
        Nigeria right now before it is too late. Buhari should run there and quickly make national
        broadcast right now. President Buhari should tell all Nigerians to start worrying. Buhari
        should tell all Nigerians to be very afraid and panick. Buhari should tell all Nigerians
        to stay inside their house because Boko Haram is now on deadly rampage. There’s
        no shame in this thing. President Buhari doesn’t have to even say that he lied before
        that Boko Haram has been defeated. All he has to say now is that Boko Haram has
        entered Lagos and Abuja and may do mass killing soon. Buhari should also tell the
        truth that Maiduguri is now a war zone between Nigerian soldiers and Boko Haram.
        President Buhari should warn all residents to go and hide and stay indoors… Courtesy of Dele.T Agunbiade….

        • Iskacountryman

          he does not listen…he has hearing problems..

      • obinnna77

        Fula dey learn? Una only sabi status quo. Kwantinu.

        • Iskacountryman

          we did not survive this long without adaptation…

  • FormerlyAPC

    Do you mean that an Internal conflict against a rag-tag group militants is termed war? Shame!!! I thought the “war” had been declared over with the Koran of Shekau being hoisted (a rare feat indeed and spoils of war), and being presented to PMB to be preserved in our national archives (if we have any)? Thank God the man Shekau who has “risen” from the “dead” for the umpteenth time was quick to announce his existence on our mother earth. Deny the video as you may wish, we know that the fracass with book haram is far from over.
    Geny has been let out of the bottle. Nothing to contain it again. These people started, promoted, funded, defended or protected book haram and have to come together to rein in their boys: ERPMBSLSMSSM. Decode the names and you will agree with me.

    • Iskacountryman

      biafra with her formal military did not make it to three years…these boys have been at it for 7 years…take your pick…

      • emmanuel

        That is because BH is funded by state government and funds from FG stolen by your Arewa men who pay monthly dues to sustain the war. Also, the foolani soldiers who pass Nigeria Military codes to them.
        This is why you should have your deceitful republic

        • Iskacountryman

          where is kanu?

          • Burbank

            Still caged in my zoo.

          • Iskacountryman

            please allow him some exercise time…he loves soccer…and bananas, of course…

      • FormerlyAPC

        You miss the point. Biafrans were asking to secede and form their own republic, it was the Feds that fought them trying to force them to stay back- by force. In the case of BH, they want to establish a caliphate, not a republic. They kill innocent civilians and the military too. Biafrans never killed civilians unprovoked, and were more interested in exodusing from every part of Nigeria into the eastern region enclave, where they called homeland. Biafra had a republic, fought the war against another country- Nigeria, had a head of state who would go to negotiate with then Nigerian leader at Aburi, Addis Ababa, Cote D’Ivoire etc, had their own currency, had their own standing army. Are you educated now and without bias because na the truth I dey talk. No be propaganda.

        • Iskacountryman

          and what do you think boko haram is asking for and who is fighting them?

    • emmanuel

      El-Rufai, Buhari, sanusi, Modu Sherif and shetima. You nor add Ali Ndume the one used by others to take over BH and Shehu Sani the BH go between.

      • FormerlyAPC

        Emmanuel you sotay sabi book, na you dey teach your teacher. The list is endless including AASSOBJAC and all the former northern governors who used to pay protection fees to BH

      • Burbank

        And PDP boss Alhaji Ali Modu Sheriff’s.

    • Powerlessconscious

      I want to appeal to President Buhari to run to the Federal Radio Corporation of
      Nigeria right now before it is too late. Buhari should run there and quickly make national
      broadcast right now. President Buhari should tell all Nigerians to start worrying. Buhari
      should tell all Nigerians to be very afraid and panick. Buhari should tell all Nigerians
      to stay inside their house because Boko Haram is now on deadly rampage. There’s
      no shame in this thing. President Buhari doesn’t have to even say that he lied before
      that Boko Haram has been defeated. All he has to say now is that Boko Haram has
      entered Lagos and Abuja and may do mass killing soon. Buhari should also tell the
      truth that Maiduguri is now a war zone between Nigerian soldiers and Boko Haram.
      President Buhari should warn all residents to go and hide and stay indoors… Courtesy of Dele.T Agunbiade..

    • Burbank

      True, even Shekau’s sponsor Ali Modu Sheriff is still your PDP boss today.

  • Otile

    This is the time I miss Imam Abu Qaqa most.

    • Burbank

      Don’t worry.
      Your Imam Alhaji Ali Modu Sheriff is still around as the PDP boss and Boko Haram sponsor founder,liar bigot.

  • Wale

    It is a shame that Federal Government has made Shekau a more creditable source of information in this war against Boko Haram. They say something one day Shekau comes out to debunk and call them liers and they are not ashamed. This is very terrible. What stops the Army if their story is true to take Journalists to the forest to confirm their claim.

    • Dele T. Agunbiade

      @disqus_uE2wnVNSwc:disqus, I want to appeal to President Buhari to run to the Federal Radio Corporation of
      Nigeria right now before it is too late. Buhari should run there and quickly make national
      broadcast right now. President Buhari should tell all Nigerians to start worrying. Buhari
      should tell all Nigerians to be very afraid and panick. Buhari should tell all Nigerians
      to stay inside their house because Boko Haram is now on deadly rampage. There’s
      no shame in this thing. President Buhari doesn’t have to even say that he lied before
      that Boko Haram has been defeated. All he has to say now is that Boko Haram has
      entered Lagos and Abuja and may do mass killing soon. Buhari should also tell the
      truth that Maiduguri is now a war zone between Nigerian soldiers and Boko Haram.
      President Buhari should warn all residents to go and hide and stay indoors.

    • Burbank

      You can take a flight to Borno state today – the local airport is open.

  • aapeecee!

    @disqus_uE2wnVNSwc:disqus

    THERE IS NO BOKO HARAM IN NIGERIA AGAIN. PREMIUM TIMES SHOULD STOP REPORTING THE OPPOSITE.
    PRESIDENT MUHAMADU BUHARI SAID HE’S DESTROYED BOKO HARAM COMPLETELY ON DECEMBER 24TH.

    • Iskacountryman

      no …he destroyed boko haram after xmas…not before…

      • emmanuel

        Like 2015 December?

        • Iskacountryman

          you got that right…

    • Burbank

      Bush’s Mission Accomplished declaration in 2003 against terrorism, and the US still fighting terrorism today!

  • emmanuel

    The Army did report in error the fact that they have not covered the rest of Sambisa forest. That pre-supposes that the war is yet to be won.
    Meanwhile, they also said that Boko Haram insurgents escaped using Chibok Girls as body shields to escape. where then did they escape into, if the Army was reported to have closed-in the last Boko Haram bastion from four ends?
    Lies are too easy to tell by this government, only difficult for them to cross the ts and dot the is, leading to very shoddy jobs.
    4 Soldiers wounded, more than 15 insurgents killed,. hope they will not give the dead soldiers (soft targets) mass burial to hide the truth?
    Same cheap lies of December 2015 has resurfaced in 2016 and hope to be repeated in 2017 in a different dimension

    • Powerlessconscious

      I want to appeal to President Buhari to run to the Federal Radio Corporation of
      Nigeria right now before it is too late. Buhari should run there and quickly make national
      broadcast right now. President Buhari should tell all Nigerians to start worrying. Buhari
      should tell all Nigerians to be very afraid and panick. Buhari should tell all Nigerians
      to stay inside their house because Boko Haram is now on deadly rampage. There’s
      no shame in this thing. President Buhari doesn’t have to even say that he lied before
      that Boko Haram has been defeated. All he has to say now is that Boko Haram has
      entered Lagos and Abuja and may do mass killing soon. Buhari should also tell the
      truth that Maiduguri is now a war zone between Nigerian soldiers and Boko Haram.
      President Buhari should warn all residents to go and hide and stay indoors… Courtesy of Dele.T Agunbiade.

    • Burbank

      And the US still facing terrorism today in 2016, 13 years after Bush’s Mission Accomplished declaration in 2003.

  • PolyGon2013

    Kudos to our military. Ibos are mad about this.

    • Mufu Ola

      Why bring Ibo in?

      • PolyGon2013

        Because Ibo never liked any progress made by FG or Buhari.

    • sab

      Nobody is mad about anything but let the military similarly move to Southern Kaduna and clear the herdsmen. It’s simple, it will show fairness, it will show equity. There was no crisis in the South East yet FG deployed the military there for ‘Operation Python Smile’. Militants were blowing oil installations in Niger Delta and military were deployed. Yet nobody cares about the killings in Southern Kaduna. Nobody cares about the invasion and killings in Agatu, Benue State, no military were deployed there. The herdsmen invaded and killed many in Enugu community but the FG did not deploy military there, no herdsman was arrested. In your wildest dream, does these suggest fairness? If you are at the receiving end, would you accept it? Sometime ago, DSS operatives claimed they saw a mass grave in Abia and claimed five herdsmen were among the dead. They went ahead to reveal the identities of the five herdsmen without caring a hoot about the rest 45. Is this fair?

      • Burbank

        The army operates the huge new 6th division Army HQ in Port Harcourt to help clear the Niger Delta of trash.

  • Rommel

    May a terrible fate befall all enemies of Nigeria and those that wish us evil or celebrate our misfortune,may 2017 be their doom.

    • serubawon70

      AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AND AMEN

    • Burbank

      Amen!

  • Lorgne

    When Governor Wike(d) told his comrade Fayose “there is no military” what he meant was the military was repositioning itself from one running away from BH to one clearing Sambisa, from one conniving in scuttling election to one enforcing order, from one involved in loot sharing to one more focused on service delivery.

  • Lang

    WEST GERMANY
    One man drives a truck into a market in Germany and kills 12 people. Within one week, the man is killed. His cousins, uncle and friend have all been detained and are being quizzed bt the German police. Phone records and communication prior to attack and during the period the terrorist was on the run are been evaluated by the security forces.

    NIGERIA
    Fulani Herdsmen (4th most deadly Islamic terrorist group in the world) enter a Southern Kaduna community and kill 23 people. Some were beheaded and others shot at point blank or why fleeing. Their homes burnt and animals killed. 4 days after, neither Buhari, presidency or the ministry of interior says anything. The useless spokesman of Buhari (Femi Adesina) stuns the world by saying Buhari is silent because the Governor (A full blown terrorist sympathizer) is handling the situation. No arrests. No situation updates. No names of the victims as usual is ever released.

    ————————

    From this story it is clear that Premium Times is part of the state sponsored terrorism going on in Nigeria with boko haram and herdsmen on an agenda to repeat the Ilorin (Kwara state) experiment. Southern Kaduna is a war theatre fiercer than Sambissa but Premium times focuses on this sensational report supporting an army whose members are Boko haram fighters, informants and weapons suppliers. Curses is January 14, 1914

    • Mufu Ola

      “No arrest,no update,no names” because a lot of propaganda is in the air. How many Fulani herdsmen were also killed. ?

    • kinsly

      Were you in Southern Kaduna? Are you aware that the attackers were routed by the combined force of Police and Army? Keep spreading brainless news.

    • Burbank

      Your PDP’s boss Imam Alhaji Ali Modu Sheriff is a Boko Haram sponsor founder.

  • Kehinde Gbegbon

    @okorometa:disqus

    Where is Femi Adesina?

    And where is Garba Shehu? Where is Lai Muhammed? Why are these people collecting salary
    if they cannot come out and tell more lies to save the disgrace Boko Haram boys are causing Buhari?
    The three of them must issue joint press statement to say something like, “President Buhari wasmisquoted
    by the whole world. President Buhari did not say and can never say he defeated Boko Haram at all. How can?

    All President Buhari wanted to say is that he is thinking of how possible is it to ever defeat this Boko Haram”.
    That kind of press release will impress the international community very well. Everybody will now see that, yes,
    this President Buhari can never tell lies. That is how to go about this thing. Abubakar Shekahu and his Boko Haram
    must not disgrace President Buhari like this. Femi Adesina, Garba Shehu and Lai Muhammed must fight back with lies.

    • Funsho Ibrahim

      Your comments are the most unpatriotic piece I have read in recent times on this platform. It is either you don’t understand what it takes to fight an unconventional war or you commented out of mischief or both.

      • kinsly

        Both!

      • Noble

        both!

    • YUNUSA

      Wake up and learn about the reality of things. If you were not given birth in the last six years, and you know how things was yourself, you will know that the war is won.

      • agebi404

        @YUNUSA:disqus & @funshoibrahim:disqus

        BUT WHY IS @kehinde Gbegbon CONVINCING ME IF HE IS UNPATRIOTIC,

        GIVEN THAT I AM USUALLY VERY DIFFICULT TO CONVINCE AT MOST TIMES?

      • kinsly

        Let the mumu continue their act of foolishness. Just relax yourself.

      • Burbank

        He wailed the bad old days under Jonathan. Even his PDP boss Alhaji Ali Modu Sheriff is a Boko Haram sponsor founder!

    • Burning Spear

      Ignore those brainless mumus—who do not know a thing about managing the Satanic blood stained image of Bingo Buhari————————-Again how can a sane human control and manage the image of Lucifer? As represented in the thoughts of Bingo Buhari and the lying machine of the apes in apc? Soon the Fulanis will again swear the war with their Fulani brothers in boko haram have been won in southern kaduna ati plateau nd benue——————–animals

    • Burbank

      Have the US defeated Alqaeda?

  • Burning Spear

    Again another very insultive news report to Nigerians————-The very boko haram that the Fulanis from Chad in Nigeria lied to us that have been defeated? Are now making the Nigerian air force to fly in a chopper to rescue injured soldiers abi? I do not think Buhari has any shame left in him with the Apes in APC—-What is the job of the air force that has been bombing boats owned by Ijaws in the creeks of the Niger delta but cannot defeat Fulani cowhands killing Nigerians for the Sultan of Sokoto ati Bingo Buhari————-An Editor should have used his editorial judgement to dump this senseless story———This is not the type of watery feat we wish to read about———After all the weapons used by the the armed forces were all bought by Jonathan–that is the only joy we have in the lies often told us by bingo Fulani Buhari and the Apes in Apc————–

    • Burbank

      Sorry for making Boko Haram and NDA wailing….

    • muazu wali

      Another doubting Thomas. You feel so inferior to be a Nigerian that you believe that nothing is possible. Nigeria will successfully forge ahead inspite of your doubts.

  • Burbank

    Bravo to our military, for ensuring bombers will be be neutralised permanently.
    And to the Nigerian Airforce for the swift medical helicopter evacuation, when previously the same helicopter will be used only to ferry military big wigs and the politicians.