Boko Haram takes over Gwoza, new Emir’s whereabouts unknown

Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau

The immediate past emir, Mr. Timta’s father, was killed on May 30 by the Boko Haram sect.

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One of the largest towns in Borno state, Gwoza, is now totally under the control of the extremist Boko Haram sect, residents and a security official have said.

Hundreds of Boko Haram gunmen, dressed in military uniforms, in the wee hours of Wednesday, invaded the rocky border town while riding on different types of armoured vehicles and trucks, residents said.

They initially attempted an attack on the town on Tuesday but were said to have been repelled. But on Wednesday, at about 4:00 a.m., the insurgents mobilised and launched a major offensive, residents said.

Witnesses, who telephoned journalists from Gwoza, said the gunmen first dislodged soldiers guarding the town, took over some of their arms before attacking fleeing residents.

As usual, members of the Gwoza community had to turn to the rocky mountains for refuge.

A resident of Gwoza who spoke to journalists from his mountainous hideout, using weak signals from Cameroon’s major national carrier, ‘Orange’, said: “ Most of us are up in the mountains,  many may have been killed,  but from our height here we could see the Boko Haram people driving some armoured tanks with iron wheel towards the direction of the Emir’s palace.”

“I lost a friend with whom we were fleeing when a bullet hit him from behind. We are scared,  we don’t know what will become of us by night fall because the entire town is now taken over by the terrorists,” said the caller who would not mention his name for fear of being targeted.

PREMIUM TIMES gathered that the new Emir of Gwoza, Muhammed Timta, escaped to an unknown destination, even as fears mounted amongst residents that he could have been captured by the insurgents.

The immediate past emir, Mr. Timta’s father, was killed on May 30 by the Boko Haram insurgents.

Some parts of Gwoza, especially behind the rocky mountain that borders Cameroon had been taken over by Boko Haram, who sacked the residents and hoisted their flags in June.

The military is yet to comment on the recent takeover of the town by the insurgents, but had vowed to dislodge them from the town after the June attack.

A top source at the Borno State Police Command, however, confirmed that the police was aware of the attack and the ongoing occupation of Gwoza by the insurgents.

The source,  who sought anonymity as he was not permitted to speak to journalists,  said: “We have received signals from Bama that Gwoza is under attack,  but we could not give details now because the Commissioner of Police himself is out of town.”

Apart from the attack on Gwoza, gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram sect, also attacked and used explosives to bomb  a bridge near Garkida Village of Hawul Local Government Area.

The bridge is located near the spot where the late Emir of Gwoza was attacked and killed in May when he was travelling alongside two other emirs to attend the burial of the late Emir of Gombe.

Attacks on Borno communities by the Boko Haram sect have continued despite the state of emergency imposed on the state last year.

The insurgents are said to have killed over 13,000 people since 2009.

President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday in Washington restated his call for more international collaboration to defeat the Boko Haram sect and other such groups across Africa and the world.


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  • pastorakinleye

    This PDP-led government has rendered the Nigerian state spineless by abdicating its legally-mandated duty of protecting the citizens. And to think they can win another election on this record is an insult upon injury!

    • Charles Azuri.

      God bless you Pastor for your view. You are one of the very few Nigerians who have seen the light.

    • peter

      The victory that is inevitable is not based on the good works of the administration but in the naivety of the opposition. The APC haven’t presented themselves better in any ramification, that is the major concern.

  • tolu

    the useless obanikoro is in osun state harassing innocent pple, wasting ministry of defence money on osun election while our soldiers are being killed like fowl ,i don’t know why the soldier he is using to do dirty job cannot turn their gun on him. we need the army in borno and not for osun election

    • redeem

      “It is incontrovertible that it was the Osun APC governor who, in a letter DATED July 4, and addressed to the D-G of the DSS, requested for the deployment.
      “He had said in the letter that the request was to help to beef up SECURITY before the election and make the election hitch free.”In the statement, Metuh expressed shock that the governor in turn started pointing accusing FINGERS at the PDP and the Presidency when the DSS officials arrived in the state.It recalled a similar statement by APC in June wherein it alleged that a plane carrying Kano State Gov. Rabiu Kwankwaso was denied landing permission in Akure. “It was after releasing the statement that Kwankwaso’s Director of Press Affairs, Baba Dantiye, announced that his boss was at another event in Kano and had no plans to TRAVEL to Ekiti state.) What a shame–what a country

      • Vegetarian Tiger

        APC leaders are liars through and through.

        • john micheals

          APC are a bunch of Politicians with suspicious behavior, Lying is a manifesto of theirs. They can’t be trusted.

  • Psalm 35

    It is painfully sad

    • Vegetarian Tiger

      Stop this nonsense regret.Let mallams kill each other so that they will enjoy sex with 17 virgins in the afterlife.

  • Saadiana – Ankpa

    BOKO HARAM couldnt survive in cameroun for even 48hrs. they were chased out and vice president’s wife rescued from by the able gerdamire…lol
    fake nigerian soldiers terrorising civilians only…

    • redeem

      the Cameroonian army do not have Col Alhaji El Rufai-of sokoto–state—Captain Sanusi of the Kano emirate——–or a General Lamido of Adamawa-our soldiers are more interested in the Niger delta–where they often play games with the oil wells–so that they will be made to remain in the Niger delta-4 another 100yrs–its big money for them-so long as boko haram war continues-unabated-the more money they make- in the SS–abi awooooooooooooof oil revenue don finish———that is why they yearn for 1b—–dollars———–thieves———–while they sell arms to boko haram–at night————————animals

      • Ajayi Ifayemi

        I thought they are more interested in the Osun state election. Personally I continue to wonder how easy it is to deploy soldiers to go and intimidate people who are not armed, but they will never deploy enough to protect towns that are under siege. Maybe there are oil wells in Osun.

        • john micheals

          There is 20,000 man standing army in those states, No soldier was removed to go to Osun. If i remember, Soldiers were deployed to Edo and Anambra but the PDP still lost, why is it an issue now ? Because APC lost in Ekiti it now meant there was intimidation ? Be realistic mate.

          • Ajayi Ifayemi

            Be realistic? Ok, I hear. Whether Anambra, Edo, or anywhere for that matter soldiers should never be part of elections. Thank you. THey have 20,000 soldiers there and the insurgents are still able to overrun a town and capture the town and raise their flags. I am not sure you understand the import of what you just stated here.

      • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

        Neither do they have Pastor Wendel Slimline nor Pastor Jonathan who thinks its more important and strategic to pretend all is well when it is not.

        Neither are they using their armed forces to harass civilians and militarising elections instead of using them to protect the nation’s territorial integrity.

        Stop clutching at shadows like a drowning man clutches at straws.

        These are asinine excuses now. Worn weary!

      • Shehu

        IF THAT IS THE CASE THEN THE DUMBO EBOLA JONAHARAM AND YOU THE DUMB NIGER DELTANS WILL REMAIN DUMB FOREVER. HAHAHA! LONG LIVE “COL ALHAJI EL-RUFAI OF SOKOTO”, LONG LIVE “CAPTAIN SUNUSI OF KANO”. LONG LIVE “GENERAL LAMIDO OF ADAMAWA” LONG LIVE FULANIS!!!

        • OKALAKWU

          NIGERIA IS NOT ONE AND WILL NEVER BE. WE ARE BIAFRANS (FORCED TO BE CALLED NIGERIANS)- NIGERIA WILL NEVER SMELL PEACE AGAIN UNLESS THEY LET BIAFRA GO! ITS PAY-BACK TIME-THEY SHOULD NOT KILL MILLIONS OF BIAFRANS IN VAIN AND GO FREE. THEIRS WILL BE WORST- CONTINUE WATCHING….WORST IS COMING TO THEM….PHARAOH LET THE BIAFRANS GO!!!!!!!!!!

        • OKALAKWU

          NIGERIA IS NOT ONE AND WILL NEVER BE. WE ARE BIAFRANS (FORCED TO BE CALLED NIGERIANS)- NIGERIA WILL NEVER SMELL PEACE AGAIN UNLESS THEY LET BIAFRA GO! ITS PAY-BACK TIME-THEY SHOULD NOT KILL MILLIONS OF BIAFRANS IN VAIN AND GO FREE. THEIRS WILL BE WORST- CONTINUE WATCHING….WORST IS COMING TO THEM….PHARAOH LET THE BIAFRANS GO

          • Shehu

            I WISH YOU (BIAFRANS) LUCK. FIRE ON!!!

    • Vegetarian Tiger

      Boko Buhari Haram has been in entrenched in Nigeria for more than ten years with prominent backers who are still in government.The reverse scenario is Cameroon where they have no support from serving government officials,military personnel of Aboki extraction and even traditional rulers.

  • Femi

    This is so painful.

    • Vegetarian Tiger

      Why? I like to see mallams killing mallams. Let the killings in the North continue until they completely annihilate themselves. I wish they can come and kill their mothers and daughters who are begging all over the South so that we can breath some fresh air.

      • Dan Fulani

        What about your Mothers and Daughters prostituting in Abuja and Europe, who will kill them for us?

        • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

          He is not worth it.

          Don’t let him drag you down to his gutter level.

          • Vegetarian Tiger

            Everybody in Nigeria are in the gutter or living close to it including Yoruba people who eat amala and drink pepper soup beside stagnant gutters. Stop deceiving yourself. No matter what you do or say,mallam people hate Southerners with a passion.Maybe that is why God,in His infinite wisdom is punishing them so much. Wheelbarrow Aboki.

          • OKALAKWU

            NIGERIA IS NOT ONE AND WILL NEVER BE. WE ARE BIAFRANS (FORCED TO BE CALLED NIGERIANS)- NIGERIA WILL NEVER SMELL PEACE AGAIN UNLESS THEY LET BIAFRA GO! ITS PAY-BACK TIME-THEY SHOULD NOT KILL MILLIONS OF BIAFRANS IN VAIN AND GO FREE. THEIRS WILL BE WORST- CONTINUE WATCHING….WORST IS COMING TO THEM….PHARAOH LET MY PEOPLE GO!

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            Good thing I did not stay up in the night to read this diatribe from you!

            You make me laugh.

        • Vegetarian Tiger

          My parents are long dead and i dont have sisters. Yours are still begging along Ikorodu road,your brother are wheelbarrowing with loads of yam and tiger nuts while your senators are busy looking for little arabo girls to marry with YOUR money they stole from you. Direct your frustrations at your heartless “leaders” who have turned you people into illiterates,vagrants and beggars.

      • peter

        Very poor thing to say, We lose combat troops daily as well as innocent citizens in those zones, The least you can do is not making such statements. bombs have been detonated in the FCT too remember ?

      • john micheals

        This should never be said. Don’t try to cause a division, Nigeria is One and would remain One, Our fellow citizens are dying, we don’t need to take that for granted. We hope the military reclaim Gwoza to save more lives.

        • Vegetarian Tiger

          You are dreaming brother. Nigeria IS NOT ONE but many. Go back in time and read your history. Whenever a mallam is at the receiving end,he cowers and talks philosophical. These Northern muslim mallams hate all of us from the South but they love to pretend to the contrary just because they have no hope in hell without us and are feeding from us.

        • OKALAKWU

          POINT OF CORRECTION- OGA, NIGERIA IS NOT ONE AND WILL NEVER BE. WE ARE BIAFRANS (FORCED TO BE CALLED NIGERIANS)- NIGERIA WILL NEVER SMELL PEACE AGAIN UNLESS THEY LET BIAFRA GO! ITS PAY-BACK TIME-THEY SHOULD NOT KILL MILLIONS OF BIAFRANS IN VAIN AND GO FREE. THEIRS WILL BE WORST- CONTINUE WATCHING….WORST IS COMING TO THEM….PHARAOH LET THE BIAFRANS GO!!!!!!!!!!

      • Shehu

        I THINK YOU ARE MORE INHUMAN AND HARAM THAN THE BOKO HARAM . WHILE INNOCENT PEOPLE ARE BEING KILLED AND DISPLACED, YOU ARE HERE WRITING RUBBISH. WHAT CAN YOU SAY ABOUT PEOPLE THAT ARE ALSO BEING KILLED BY CULTIST IN THE SOUTH. DO YOU HAVE ANY SYMPATHY FOR THEM?

        • Vegetarian Tiger

          Nope.

  • redeem

    One thing i do not understand about this boko haram madness is -this –why are the inhabitants of these villages still holed up in their towns when there is a full scale war going on? Why has the federal government not till date refused to relocate people form the entire borno state–its clear as daylight that government is playing games with the lives of the citizenry–i have called for the sack of dasuki-Badey and Gusua-some will not hear–Jonathan should declare a full state of emergency by sacking the governors-in the states where state of emergency were declared-by him–Our soldiers have divided loyalty–so it will be very hard for us to defeat boko haram–boko haram is killing 9jas with d full backing of the janjaweeds in APC-

  • Dorcas

    The soldiers and police that are supposed to fight Boko haram have been deployed to Osun to rig elections.

    • peter

      Proof ??? Stop issuing careless statements the Nigerian Army have ground force of about 130,000 soldiers, did you sight them in Osun ?

    • ismail umar

      was it documented that any soldier was withdrawn from Borno to osun ?

    • john micheals

      Balderdash…

  • Wähala

    Dr. Dumbo ran his mouth in the US about the Boko Haram… only for USA Today to lambast his efforts in rescuing the girls with a scathing editorial accusing our Otuoke Clown Prince of all mouth and no action. That came on the heel of US officials saying they’ve spotted the girls. I’m sure they told him back then to gauge his reaction and it amounted to kokoko… “Dr. DoNothing” that I often called him in many outings previously. Was it a coincidence? Methink not. While other ‘Ebola Presidents’ (my words) stayed behind to cater for their sick, our OgaOgogoro could not resist the opportunity to gulp free liquor while sheepishly believing Obama is happy to see… not minding his request for a private meeting was declined. Ode buruku. He would have looked better (and like a hero) had he cancelled his appearance in America, citing national health crises (with doctors on strike) and at the same time, respecting himself & office by shunning a man who warned him not to bring his Hippo.

  • peter

    All those ranting earlier about how the FG doesn’t need $1b N to equip the military should really be ashamed of themselves. These insurgents are clearly over powering our armed forces and they need to upgrade fast. its sad that the BH are gaining such advantage against a low-moraled Nigerian Army.

  • ismail umar

    This is shameful, The Military needs reinforcement and i hope they get that from the presidency to help them combat better. Hearts out to he victims of the attacks.

  • john micheals

    The US spends more than $500b every year on their military and extra $160b on foreign contingency operations and Nigeria govt ask for $1b and APC took it as a criticism of this government ? It is clear that our Military is under-armed and something must be done about it to prevent such things from happening. Its a shame if we don’t upgrade are our forces and i believe the FG will do so.