Heavy gunfire in Yobe as Army foils Boko Haram’s attempt to capture military base

FILE PHOTO: Nigerian Soldiers
FILE PHOTO: Nigerian Soldiers
There was intense exchange of gunfire in Yobe State on Wednesday night as a huge number of suspected Boko Haram terrorists descended on a military base there with the intention of dislodging the troops and taking over the location.
Military insiders told PREMIUM TIMES that the terrorists stormed the military base in Kamuya at 5:30 p.m. from three different directions shooting non-stop for over 30 minutes.Because the attack was unexpected and the terrorists were in such a large number than the officers and men at the camp, the troops initially withdrew, our sources said.

However, a reinforcement was quickly sent from Buni Yadi to join the troop on ground.

After hours of intense fighting, the troops were able to retake the camps, with the terrorists fleeing.

A large number of Boko Haram terrorists were said to have been killed in battle with some fleeing the scene with gunshot wounds.

One source said three Nigerian soldiers died while some equipment were lost during the battle. A number of soldiers are also said to be missing.

The Yobe attack came days after suspected Boko Haram members abducted seven women and killed three other persons when they attacked a village in the southern part of Borno State.

Witnesses and police said the incident occurred in Ndagu Village of Askira-Uba Local Government Area of Borno State.

Ndagu village is located near Alagarno, which was once known as the spiritual headquarters of Boko Haram and was said to have been recently liberated by troops of the Nigeria military.

A leader of the Vigilante Group of Nigeria in Borno State, Abbas Gava, informed PREMIUM TIMES that he received a report from one of his colleagues in Askira-Uba Local Government Area that Ndagu in Lassa district came under massive attack by Boko Haram.

Mr. Gava said he was briefed by the Commander of VGN in Askira-Uba, Hamidu Wampana, that many of the residents fled into the jungle when the gunmen set the whole village on fire.

The army authorities were yet to comment on the Yobe attack at the time of this report.

Army spokesperson, Sani Usman, did not pick or return calls and did not respond to an SMS sent to him.


DOWNLOAD THE PREMIUM TIMES MOBILE APP

Now available on

  Premium Times Android mobile applicationPremium Times iOS mobile applicationPremium Times blackberry mobile applicationPremium Times windows mobile application

TEXT AD:DIABETES Is CURABLE! Don't Let It Threaten You! To NORMALIZE Your Blood Sugar In 21Days For Life, Click Here!!!.


All rights reserved. This material and any other material on this platform may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, written or distributed in full or in part, without written permission from PREMIUM TIMES.


  • Otile

    Boko Haram fifth columns in the army probably did tactical withdrawal so that Imam Shekau’s wind would come in to cart away supplies of weapons, food, cash and women before Buhari’s soldiers came back to engage them in a make belief fight. Nigeria cannot defeat Boko Haram under Buhari.

    • Iskacountryman

      you must have useful information…please cal the chief of staff immediately…a huge reward awaits you…

      • aboki

        Don’t mind those WAILING WAILERS because sadism and happiness in lost of innocent souls is their wishes.
        We may observe their contributions in discussions on any DEVELOPMENTAL or progressive issues on Nigeria is almost zero.
        The hatred on PMB person and the government of the day by these WAILING WAILERS is glaringly noted in all their presentations.
        The don’t understand war on insurgency and are unhappy with the progress of this government on returning peace in NE and the entire NATION.
        There are millions of IGBO race in NE and they can attest if our gallant soldiers are winning this war or not if they are sincere.
        Some people would just sit down in land lock and erosion proned region and start indulging themselves in an issue that does not concern them instead of concerntrating on their BIAFRA REPUBLIC agenda.

        • Ohnigeria Godsavenigeria

          You are the one dwelling on hatred and hypocrisy, to you no body should point out the failures of this lying government.

        • Senator D

          Are you NOT a hypocrite? You used foul language and spite to destroy Jonathan’s government and you come here to appear in Judgement with a clean hand? Monkey like you. Ewure… Ewu kambia!

        • Senator D

          Maybe you should ask the EFCC to look inside our computers also to stop us from complaining about your failure to deliver on your campaign promise… Defeating BH and finding the Chibok girls was the centre focus of your campaign promise may I remind you… Olodo…Certificate forger!

      • Epsilon_Delta

        Boko-haram can only attack soft target… Buhahahahahahha!

        • Iskacountryman

          but a nigerian army base is a soft target…

  • marc umeh

    This war is definitely not yet over. They are still stocked up in weapons , courage and women . And plenty of sympathisers.

    • Goody Goody

      @marcumeh:disqus

      NO, SIR. THE WAR AGAINST BOKO HARAM WAS OVER SINCE LAST YEAR. PREMIUM TIMES IS JUST
      LIVING IN THE PAST TO MISTAKE KNOCKOUT AND BANGERS IN YOBE STATE FOR BOKO HARAM,
      JUST BECAUSE THE KNOCKOUT AND BANGERS LED TO FEW MISSING SOLDIERS AND CASUALTY.

      • I dey hear O

        • “Today, i can report to you that the entire 70 plus kilometres stretch from Maiduguri

        to Bama and all the way to Banki which leads to Cameroun and the Central African

        Republic are in the hands of our gallant troops. They have so degraded the capacity

        of Boko Haram that the terrorists can no longer hold on to any territory just as they

        can no longer carry out any spectacular attack.”

        ………….General Lai Muhammed of APC party

        [December 23, 2015]

        • ??????questo

          WHEN WILL PRESIDENT BUHARI SAVE NIGERIANS THE AGONY OF SEEING LAI MUHAMMED?

      • marc umeh

        If you live in Yobe , maybe you should get your hand at this knockout and bangers. They may save your life.

      • Senator D

        Hahahahahaaaaaa… Laugh don make me dey mess anyhow for here… You no serious at all… Banger? From China? Hahahahahaaaaa

  • David Aku

    @marcumeh:disqus

    May God be with our gallant soldiers who are doing yeoman’s job to save our country
    from the horrors of mad Muslims in northern Nigeria who say that beheading innocent
    people is their religion. Without the Nigerian Army; and our able air-force men, these
    Boko Haramites would have turned Nigeria into wasteland. Boko Haram is an example
    of the crisis of Islamism ravaging the modern world.

    Any wise person will agree that Islamism is the greatest threat to world peace to day
    and in all history because Islamism upholds genocide as a first principle. If Nigeria
    is going to survive it would depend on the support our soldiers get to fight
    this scourge of mad Muslims. Our soldiers have 100% support of the civilian
    populace but that’s not enough to fight a war against Muslim lunatics. Our
    soldiers need early warning systems, heavy bombing equipment, precision fighter
    jets and such modern equipment that can kill en masse to remove all mad Muslims
    from the surface of our earth.

  • Anthony Ezeimo

    IS IT BOKO HARAM THAT MADE US LIVE IN TOTAL DARKNESS SINCE 23rd DECEMBER 2016;
    WITH NO SINGLE ELECTRICITY SUPPLIED SINCE THEN? I WANT PREMIUM TIMES TO ANSWER.
    I THINK WE MUST SEPARATE BOKO HARAM FROM THE INCOMPETENCE OF PRESIDENT BUHARI.
    BOKO HARAM IS TERRIBLE; YES, BUT PRESIDENT BUHARI’s TOTAL DARKNESS POLICY IS WORSE.

    • Foreign News Reel

      “When Muhammadu Buhari clinched victory in Nigeria’s presidential elections in March,
      stocks soared as investors looked to the former military ruler to reverse decades of
      economic mismanagement and policy inertia. Now hopes have fizzled in his ability
      to turn around Africa’s largest economy and oil producer.

      Central Bank of Nigeria – with Buhari’s backing – has burned through $4.3 billion
      of reserves this year and choked off supply of foreign exchange to banks and
      their customers to defend the Naira. Growth, which averaged 6.3 percent
      annually over the past decade, is set to slow to a 16-year low of 3.3 percent
      this year, according to the median estimate of 15 economists surveyed by
      Bloomberg.

      Nigeria’s benchmark stock index has plunged 22 percent since reaching a year-high
      on April 2nd, the day after Buhari was declared the winner of the presidential race
      against incumbent Goodluck Jonathan. This is the third-worst performance globally
      in the period, after the bourses in Ukraine and Egypt.”

      ……………BLOOMBERG

      [January 19th, 2016]

      • musa aliyu

        Na una sabi with your fake indices

    • Iskacountryman

      please buy a candle…

      • okenwa

        Do you use a candle to charge that your 3310 nokia phone.

        • Iskacountryman

          no…i get one eboe man…wey i de py to run round…i hook am up with dynamo from my bicycle tire and use the energy to charge…

    • musa aliyu

      Worse? I don’t want to pray for you.

      • Daniel

        Of course worse!

        Say the prayers.

        With electricity, the Boko boys will find a better way to live their lives.

        This economic hardship cannot stop Boko Haram.

  • God Dey

    @marcumeh:disqus

    Can we fight
    Boko Haram inside this nationwide blackout? We cannot fight them when we
    cannot see them. President Buhari must wake up. Electricity is the meaning of
    civilization. Nigerians don’t know what electricity looks like again. No electricity
    since we entered new year in 2017. Are we a forest under President Buhari? If
    we are still a country, then why can’t we see the faces of our fellow citizens after
    7.00pm? Nigeria is now so dark that Boko Haram can easily attack a place like
    SURULERE in Lagos and kill everybody there, because there’s no electricity to
    see Boko Haram militia coming from afar.

    • Abu Qaqa 2

      “This is a war
      war against Christians, democracy and their constitution. Don’t think we are done yet,
      because we are not. We are on our way to Abuja. We shall also visit states in southern Nigeria
      – not to look for (President) Jonathan – but to destroy Nigeria’s refineries.”

      ……………………………Abubakar Shekau

      (Boko Haram Leader May 4th, 2014)
      ………………………………………………….

      “We are not fighting any ethnic war. Those saying we are fighting ethnic war are telling lies to the public.
      They try to brainwash the people. No, we are fighting a religious war. We are fighting against Christians.
      We are fighting the Christian President – Goodluck Jonathan – and his Christian brethren”.

      ……….………..Abubakar Shekau

      (Leader of Boko Haram)

      December 28, 2013

  • Attention all non corrupt;

    Now is the time to anonymously mail in the knowledge you hold on the corrupt as another will be blamed for it. Enough of “donating your paychecks” to those who abuse it and don’t need it. Enough of supporting thugs who do not care about you and your families. Put them in jail and run your own legit I and I ?

    They’re not watching you, they are watching the one who will be blamed for it. Now is your chance to help connect the dots and expose the corrupt! If you do not do so, don’t cry here. Take back your profession and your cases! Oust the corrupt and corrupt lawyers and fix the justice system! You will not be blamed, I will. Have a nice day.

    • Daniel

      What is the context of your comment?

      A prowling ostrich syndrome on the loose.

      Learn to speak truth to power.

      Shoot straight!

  • Iskacountryman

    why would boko haram without air cover take over a stationary military base….the boys were just probing…

  • Otile

    Where are awogbeoloshi and his concubine maria? This is not about Emefile or Dr Iweala the duo would be perching around like vultures. Awon odale.

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    Certificate forger and perjurer Muhammadu Buhari has truly defeated Boko Haram! Yeye dey smell.

    • Senator D

      Liar Mohammed said, “Technically” Boko Haram has been defeated.”… Bubu expalined to us, “Boko Haram has been defeated and they are just putting up resistance of drowning man”… Then all of a sudden Boko Boys are trying to dislodge Buratai’s well-trained and well armed BOYs… Bros I can’t balance the equation… My forged certificate is NOT helping matters here shaaaaaaa….

  • amisphy11

    ‘There was intense exchange of gunfire in Borno on Wednesday night as a huge number of suspected Boko Haram terrorists descended on a military base in Yobe with the intention of dislodging the troops there and taking over the location’.

    The statement is misleading. Is the attack took place in Borno or Yobe as it was gunfire on Wednesday night in Borno.

    • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

      Good Observation.

  • zoro

    So much for Boko Haram being defeated. I thought they’ve resorted to ambush attacks. This large scale attack indicates that BH is stronger than ever and their finances very robust. That victory lap in the form of display of BH flag by Buhari and Buratai at Aso rock will haunt both men for a long time.

    • Reginald Dandeson

      No, bros, it won’t haunt them because both men have no iota of shame.

  • SAM .A

    .”…huge number of suspected Boko Haram terrorists descended on a military base in Yobe..” Time for PMB to declare all the boarders in the North linking Chad , Niger and Cameroun North closed . With the killing and decimation of Boko Haram in the last one year , where did they get the huge numbers invading Nigeria Military Barack . There is need for Kano , Borno ,Jigawa , Gongola and Yobe , to enumerate their under 18- 25 get their fingerprints and have a data base for them . The huge number is not coming from space .

    • Senator D

      Most States in the NORTH are largely sparse in terms of human settlements; that is, just vegetation and barren lands NOT occupied by humans. With such conditions how will immigration, police, military personnel control such areas? How do you create a border in a border-less area? The NORTHERN states have very little human settlement clusters every 1300km~1500km this is enough space for terrorists to thrive unchecked…

      • Daniel

        In the first place, a military solution is just one option.

        So long the culture of not educating and empowering the youth thrive and poverty is biting even harder, Boko Haram ‘dey kampe’!

        That part of the country has its own leadeship crisis and wrong perception of progress.

        We cannot fault Gideon Okar who wanted it excised from Nigeria.

  • Senator D

    They (The Fulani North) brought us where we are today! Why are we still pretending that the MONSTER they created have gone out of their control just like the rampaging fulani herdsmen will soon ball into another deadly terrorist group that NO one even the FULANI’s themselves will not be able to control forever!

  • Senator D

    Liar Mohammed said, “Technically” Boko Haram has been defeated.”… Bubu expalined to us, “Boko Haram has been defeated and they are just putting up resistance of drowning man”… Then all of a sudden Boko Boys are trying to dislodge Buratai’s well-trained and well armed BOYs… Bros I can’t balance the equation… My forged certificate is NOT helping matters here shaaaaaaa….I must be a serious OLODO like Bubu…

  • Impulse400

    I am sure that the Military Hierrachy find this report very insulting and sympathetic to boko haram.

    • Daniel

      You cannot gag the press in a globalised world.

      The military have their job cut out for them, so is the journalist.

      • Impulse400

        In a globalized world, gagging the press defeats the hidden agenda: Controlling the press by feeding it your version, while apearing to give the press its freedom.

        • Daniel

          Simply put: stop rumour mongering only by telling the truth as a responsible government.

          How ‘technically defeated ‘ is Boko Haram?

          What a shameless government!

          • Senator D

            The word “Technical” is a relative word. So Liar Mohammed used it relatively. As at the time of it’s usage it was to flabberwhelm and overgast the enemies of the “Change” agenda…

          • Daniel

            And the government continues to be hunted by its own lies.

            We watch…

  • Rommel

    There would still be people lurking around seemingly innocently who are sympathetic to this group,now is the real time they have began the real asymmetric warfare.

    • Senator D

      Sympathetic? Kai, didn’t you hear it was banger from China that PT mistook for Soldiers and BH exchanging fire… Okay, ask Liar Mohammed to explain to you if you don’t me…

  • Poseidon

    How did they know when to strike the base?
    The base was scarcely guarded when the arrived and that means that someone leaked patrol/guard protocols to the terrorists.
    They also attacked a village and both happened simultaneously.
    It means that these guys still have the personnel and the equipment to go about this warfare.
    Therefore, it will be insulting to Nigerians, to call them remnants.
    They are organized and still very much on ground.

    • Senator D

      I suspect PT leaked it to them. If you doubt me ask General Brutal Turkur (sorry I meant Buratai Turkur)…He has very big plan for PT…..

      • Poseidon

        Lmao!!!

  • Ncustom Akhigbe

    BREAKING NEWS !!!! BREAKING NEWS !!! THE NIGERIA CUSTOM ARE AUCTIONING DIFFERENT TYPES OF CARS OUT, 2016 IMPOUNDED VEHICLES IS ON AGAIN ”’ YOU MAY CONTACT OUR OFFICE LINE CUSTOM STELLA ON ( 07035322790 ) TO PLACE AN ORDER OF YOUR CHOICE,, WE DELIVER NATIONWIDE,

  • thusspokez

    Military insiders told PREMIUM TIMES that the terrorists stormed the military base in Kamuya at 5:30 p.m. from three different directions shooting non-stop for over 30 minutes.Because the attack was unexpected and the terrorists were in such a large number than the officers and men at the camp, the troops initially withdrew, our sources said.

    How did the terrorists get to the military camp? By transport vehicles or on foot or both? And didn’t anyone see the convoy of vehicles or infantry approaching the camps?

    This news should worry Nigerians because it shows a lack of military intelligence gathering. Where is the Nigerian Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) which is entrusted with gathering military intelligence for the Nigerian armed forces?

    And is it not high time the Nigerian armed force brought its military intelligence into the modern age of spy satellites which if deployed can provide the army with real-time aerial information about boko haram’s movements and attacks?

  • FreeNigeria

    Buhari and his street soldiers said Boko Haram has been defeated. Lies lies and more lies.

  • Reginald Dandeson

    On December 24, 2015, President Buhari and Alhaji Lai Muhammed announced to the world that Boko Haram was technically defeated that day. Then on December 24, 2016, President Buhari and Alhaji Lai Muhammed again announced to the world that the dreaded Boko Haram had finally been crushed beyond repair with the capture of Sambisa Forest on that very day. They also told us that the terrorists Boko Haram was now only capable of suicide bombing of soft targets.

    Why would the government take Nigerians on an unrelenting propaganda ride since coming to power? Just imagine this: December 24, 2015 it was about Boko Haram. Then December 24, 2016 it was again about Boko Haram. And many Nigerians swallowed the bait hook, line and sinker. Now, a large convoy of Boko Haram fighters are attempting to take over an Army Base in Yobe. Where did they come from undetected? None was captured for questioning, except the dead ones. Maybe, those corpses will tell Nigerians how they regrouped and where they came from in such large numbers undetected.

    There must be something intrinsically wrong with Nigeria’s military and the war against Boko Haram. Or is it something wrong with this government and the propaganda war against Nigerians? This is a shame for this country.