Army Colonel missing as Nigerian military clash with Boko Haram in Gwoza

The Nigeria Army has made an unsuccessful attempt to re-claim Gwoza in Borno State from the extremist Boko Haram sect, residents and security sources say.

The Nigerian Army 213 Battalion, Operation Task Force Mike and 234 Battalion, based in Mubi, Adamawa state, who engaged Boko Haram members in a fierce gun battle retreated and fled Gwoza town, the residents said.

Gwoza has been in the hands of Boko Haram militants for three days now since they first invaded the town, killing over 100 civilians and soldiers.

“The soldiers were reported to have been led into the battle by Lieutenant Bayedi Martins and Lt. Colonel Agu of the 234 Battalion, formerly Special Operations Battalion (SOB). They had to retreat when they ran into stiff resistance from the militants as they advanced on Gwoza from Madagali,” said a security source who pleaded anonymity, on Saturday.

The source said Mr. Agu has not been found.

According to the source, “The soldiers retreated but the militants set off in hot pursuit, chased them and snatched one of their tanks as well as the driver of the tank. They then called the soldier’s wife and informed her that her husband was in captivity.

“We are expecting the corpses of about five gallant soldiers that were killed during the encounter to arrive here today Saturday,” the source said.

Local sources in Madagali said about 30 Hilux pick up vans were used to bring several wounded and dead soldiers back to Mubi in Adamawa.

It is the second time in 24 hours that Nigerian soldiers were defeated by Boko Haram in an attempt to reclaim Gwoza. The army had recently reclaimed Damboa, also in Borno, after over two weeks of Boko Haram overrunning and planting its flag in the town.

Army sources confirmed that about three military alpha jets were deployed to the area to assist in the rescue of soldiers who might be trapped in mountains surrounding Gwoza.

The army spokesperson, Chris Olukolade, could not be immediately reached for comments as calls to his phones were unsuccessful.

Refugees

The dreaded Boko Haram sect have laid siege on the entire Gwoza local government headquarters for nearly four days now causing over 10,000 displaced residents to flee to neighbouring Adamawa and Cameroon.

Hundreds others are still stranded on hilltops and continue to lack access to food or water, emergency and local officials have confirmed.

In a telephone interview, the North East zonal coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, Mohammad Kanar, confirmed this to PREMIUM TIMES.
“I can confirm to you that over 10,000 displaced Gwoza residents have fled to neighbouring Adamawa and Cameroon republic.

“As I am talking to you now, hundreds are on their way to Madagali in Adamawa state and some parts of Cameroon. We are now working assiduously in conjunction with the neighbouring state to assist the fleeing residents,” he said.

He said 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 flag.

Also, the Chairman of Madagali local government area in Adamawa, James Watharda, said “Gwoza residents have continued trooping in and for now over 7,000 have since arrived”.

The local council is making arrangement to come to their plight, he added.

“We are therefore calling on NEMA and other relevant authorities to assist, because the scope of their needs is beyond local government council,”Mr. Watharda said.

A fleeing resident, Ahmad Musa, who claimed to have witnessed the massacre of the residents by the Boko Haram sect, said the terrorists killed adults and children by either slaughtering or shooting them.

Mr. Musa, added that the Chief Imam of Gwoza was attacked in his house and slaughtered right before his family members who later took to their heels.

The insurgents were also said to have slit the throat of a serving councillor, Hon. Saleh, of Kuranabasa Ward, as well as his three children.

There are reports that many corpses still litter the streets of Gwoza town.


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  • GbemigaO

    That is troubling. Even with Air Force jets. Why not just level the town ?

    • Ahmad

      The air force jets were busy patrolling the Osun state airspace and using “maximum force to ensure a free and fair” governorship election. That is the greatest focus of Ebola Jonathan my friend.

      • ismail umar

        So Air fighter jets were also in Osun ??? After your acclaimed 75,000 ??? Let your conscience be your judge.

  • Wähala

    This is stale news. Lt. Col. Agu has long re-united with his unit after he escaped from his mountainous hideout dressed like DSP Alams via Heathrow Airport in London in those days of true war on corruption. Today, fugitive Alams enjoys pardon and full re-integration into Dr. Dumbo’s corrupt scheme of things. Sha, the NA have reclaimed Gwoza but have lost four other towns in Yobe and Borno States… it’s a yo-yo war Dumbo cannot win bcos he pockets all the Security Vote egunje he siphons from our treasury for his undeserved re-election fantasies. The oloshi.

    • Ahmad

      With 75,000 troops deployed to a peaceful state like Osun to “over see the conduct of free and fair” governorship election how can the Nigerian soldiers ever have enough men and equipment to win a war?

      • redeem

        @ wahala———————–do we conduct elections everyday–in Nigeria———very senseless comment—soon to be deleted by them animals again

      • uduakomiri

        The president thinks he is fighting a war against the people’s will by trying to intimidate them with beefy security presence during elections. He used that same tactics in the elections now he is trying the same thing elsewhere.
        75,000 or 30,000 soldiers sent to the north east would have made a massive difference in the war against BH. This Jonathan, his wife and all his ministers deserve to be sentenced to a long prison term at the Sambisa forest

        • ismail umar

          You are making a decision on a very wrong information. Are you in Osun ? There were only 3,000 soldiers in Osun. What you heard is mere propaganda from the APC.

      • ismail umar

        75,000 troops sent to Osun ???? And as an educated bloke you believed that ? what is the strength of the Nigerian Army ?

    • redeem

      why do u always delete comments–that are not in favor of APC—u want to turn Nigeria into a one party APC state-@ wahala do we conduct elections in Nigeria every day–with soldiers–

    • redeem

      if a soldier should dress like the janjaweed or ninjas and escape from wherever—be it mountain or rivers cameroon it means he is not a soldier trained with the crude oil revenue from the SS–he should be court martialed and be made to pay the penalty for it–sadly he seems to be an old biafran soldier–hence the move to run away from the battle front—Jonathan should ask the militants in the Niger delta to come and fight boko haram–if he still yearns to remain as president of awoof crude oil revenue loving nIgeria–Alams of bayelsa did not dress like a woman to escape from London to Nigeria–that was the lie obj ati ribadu cooked up–to destroy the SS–and until dasuki gusau and badey are fired-the boko haram war will continue-

      • uduakomiri

        Shut up man. What the heck is wrong with you…
        If you don’t have anything to say, just keep quiet joo

        • redeem

          d Ibo man in wahala don vex//from Mbamiri-to Oduamiri-animals

          • uduakomiri

            Good eat shit mumu wen dey talk from his anus

  • redeem

    sack dasuki now—he is useless as the NSA-a mole for APC

    • tolu

      what about obanikoro who is using ministry of defence funds to rig election

      • redeem

        was APC that rigged the election or PDP——————-EXAMINE THE ELECTION RESULTS–VERY WELL oMISORE SCORED MORE VOTES THAN fAYOSE IN EKITI————————–THE ELECTION RIGGING MANUAL THE APC rogues were talking about–that pdpd forged was what they used in rigging doctoring figures–all over the place while Lai Mohamed was raising false alarm about his arrest–APC was thump printing ballot papers–

    • Baba

      Why not not Minima, the chief of army staff or the commander in chief who should take the whole blame?

  • Shehu Monguno

    Sahara Reporters say the Lt Colonel Agu is at Maimalari Barracks in Maiduguri, Premium Times says he is missing. Nigeria press men, who do we believe

    • redeem

      sharia reporters is into cut and nail journalism—————-WHICH THEY CALL CITIZEN JOURNALISM—SEND A STORY TO THEM AND SEE IF IT WILL BE PUBLISHED BY SHARIA REPORTERS—-AGAIN since theY WERE CREATED to work for APC-ati the CIA–and not Nigerians–u will continue to see them doctors or sex up stories to suit the political needs of APC–aware THEY- they do not have reporters in that zone–they depend on stories from the APC controlled government house in borno–and lagos state-gossip forums- with their sister media house PT—-SOON THEY WILL DELETE ME AGAIN—————(for spoken truth) to their janjaweeds ears——————-cheers

  • Mr. STEPHEN

    GOD WILL PROTECT OUR SECURITY PERSONNEL WHO ARE SACRIFICING THEIR LIVES TO SUSTAIN OUR FREEDOM FROM INSURGENTS AND CRIMINALS PRETENDING TO BE MUSLIMS…HOW ON EARTH DO YOU KILL IN THE NAME OF GOD? NO RELIGION SUPPORTS THIS BARBARISM…

  • Mannir Ibrahim

    SOME ONE HAS EVER PREDICTED THIS KIND OF SITUATION WILL HAPPEN TO NIGERIAN ARMY IN THE FUTURE SOME YEARS BACK BECAUSE THE WAY AND MANNER SOLDIERS ARE BEING ENGAGED INTO INTERNAL SECURITY MATTERS WITHOUT ANY CONSIDERATION THE PERSON CATEGORICALLY STATED SHOULD THERE BE ANY ATTACK TO NIGERIA FROM OUTSIDE NIGERIAN ARMY WOULD FIND IT DIFFICULT TO CONTAIN THE SITUATION BECAUSE THE PROFESSIONALS AMONG THEM ARE ALWAYS RETIRED IMMATURE OR DISMISSED ON POLITICAL GROUNDS.

  • ismail umar

    This is a wrong info. The Colonel has returned to base.