Despite ceasefire, Boko Haram continues attacks on Borno communities

Boko Haram insurgents

Despite the ceasefire the Nigerian government announced it reached with the extremist Boko Haram sect, deadly attacks on remote communities by the group have continued in Borno State.

The Federal Government announced on Friday that it had reached a temporary ceasefire with the group. The ceasefire was expected to be characterised by a cessation of hostilities and the release of the over 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by the Boko Haram group in Borno.

“Already, the terrorists have announced a ceasefire in furtherance of their desire for peace. In this regard, the government of Nigeria has, in similar vein, declared ceasefire,’’ Mike Omeri, the Coordinator of the National Information Centre, said while confirming the ceasefire.

A few hours before Mr. Omeri made his confirmation, which followed earlier statements by the Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh, Boko Haram insurgents attacked Azur village near Shaffa town in Hawul Local Government Area of Borno.

At least eight people were reported killed while several others fled their homes during the attack that occurred at about 10:00 a.m. on Friday.

When local vigilante, called Civilian JTF, went to the village to help evacuate and bury the corpses, they were also attacked by the insurgents on Saturday, PREMIUM TIMES learnt.

The attacks in Azur have already been brought to the attention of security agencies in Borno, with a senior security official saying although they were aware of the attacks, the actual casualty could not be ascertained.

The Civilian JTF is also yet to confirm the number of its members affected in the Saturday attack.

Also on Friday, gunmen believed to be members of the Boko Haram group hoisted the sect’s flag in Abadam, a border community between Borno State and Niger Republic.

The insurgents had killed about 40 residents in their attack on the community. The attack, which started on Thursday, also forced hundreds of residents to flee to neighbouring Niger.

A resident of Abadam, Aminu Abdullahi, who spoke to journalists on telephone described the situation in the community as dire.

“Some dozens of members of the Boko Haram have taken over Abadam,” Mr. Abdullahi said. “They have been in Abadam since Thursday but finally hoist their flags on Friday after killing many prominent people and forcing others to cross over to Niger.”

“At least 30 people have been killed in Abadam alone but I don’t know the actual number of people killed in nearby localities. A traditional ruler, Ba Mallam Wasak, 75, an uncle of the immediate past Speaker of the Borno State House of Assembly, Goni Ali Modu, was among those killed.

“As I am talking to you, both my father and mother are still trapped in Abadam and only God will save them. Many people, especially the old, are still in Abadam because they could not flee,” he added.
PREMIUM TIMES had reported how the federal government’s announcement of the ceasefire was greeted with scepticism by Borno residents.

The proprietor of Future Prowess Islamic School in Maiduguri, Zannah Mustapha, had in his reaction said “something is logically wrong with the whole ceasefire issue”.

“This is not the first time that we are hearing declarations of ceasefire or its proposal by the Boko Haram,” Mr. Mustapha, whose school offers free education to children orphaned by the insurgency, said.

“From the tone of the declaration made by the Federal Government as well as the manner with which the so-called secretary of the group spoke on radio, one tends to have some doubts.

“There is doubt because there has never been a time in the life of the Boko Haram leaders where we hear them lamenting loss of members or admitting the magnitude of pains they have suffered. If Shekau is to speak, his message is all about the doctrines of his group and what they stand for. He would emphasise that dying in the course of what they are doing is a thing of pride to them.”

Also, the Coordinator of Peace Ambassadors in Borno State, Ahmed Shehu, said his concern about the ceasefire was with the timing of the announcement.

“The timing for the ceasefire is suspicious… For me, there is more to it than meets the eye. It’s suspicious, and I don’t want to sound as a pessimist; (but) it is ill-timed and it’s not feasible”.


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  • Dr. Kay

    Hmm which kind cease fire is this? I’m not sure who is the mugun ,the Naija army or the dumb government that foolishly accept cessation of hostility that is only one sided, giving people false hope of security, like we always suspected this looks too good to be true ,like a Greek gift, we will believe in this cease fire delusions until we see a signature and terms of the cessation in full glare of neutral observers not the army apparatchiks that claims chibok girls have been rescued when it’s all lies. Why are we being deceived,someone must come out and tell the whole nation what’s going on . We are not kindergarten kids ,let’s be told the truth, not this cloak and dagger smokescreen.

    • Chris1408

      They are both equally dumb.

  • djay

    The idea behind the cease fire is just to have the girls released to as to enable Gej declare for 2015, a cease fire that is not asking boko haram to lay down their weapons becos Gej and pdp needs bokoharam for 2015 election.

  • tuco

    What more do you expect, government of deceit. But they are only deceiving themselves.

  • amazing2012

    Actually it is government faction of Boko Haram cease fire not the original Boko Haram.

    • larry

      Boko haram dont do ceasefire ,they are doing the will of aliah and his profet M0hammed (SAW)

      • amazing2012

        Lary we have two Boko Haram, the one by the Muslims and another by the government, control by CAN,. The government faction which has helicopter that drop supplies to its members in several is the one that cease fire. The original group p is still active.
        You mentioned they are doing the will of Allah ? OK are you saying the followings are the wish of Jesus ?
        1. Hutu and Tutsi Rwandan genocide same church.
        2. christians caught trying to bomb their church in Bauchi( Google please)
        3. CAN president becoming a weapon contractor.
        4. Proliferation of weapons to aggrieved people worldwide by the Christians.
        5. Importation of 80,000 guns and over 3.5 million bullets to Nigeria by British priest Gary Hyde.
        6. The massacre by lords resistance army of Uganda under rev. Joseph konne.
        7. Burning of member of his church by Rev. King in Ajao estate Lagos.
        8. Brieveic Anders of Norway, a Christian knight who killed 85 youths in a beach.
        9. Killing of 150 security personnel by Christians terrorist group in Nasarawa state. Nmbatse a terrorist group and forgiving by government.
        10. Stealing of 35,000 guns and unknown number of ammunitions by late General Azazi from army ordinance in Kaduna,
        All the people who perpetrate what I mentioned above believe to do it in the name of God. DO NOT ASSOCIATE HUMAN INJUSTICE TO GOD. Christian leadership are just using you. Both the Muslim and Christian political groups are the same, they use us against one another and loots what belong us !

    • Ette

      You are correct my man. Let them continue to deceive themselves

  • Maria

    Jonatha has lost all credibility to continue to govern this country… by lying to the Nigerian people on many occasions, he has committed treasonable felony against Nigerians.

    • Otile

      Maria, you make the office of presidency look like a thankless job. Can’t you remember one good thing President Jonathan has done for Nigeria?

  • Truth

    This so called with terrorists had been suspicious. Terrorists have never been known to lay down arms and enter into ceasefire anywhere in the world. The intellectual arm of boko haram need to continue the campaign for selfish gain. This is a response from SANNI AND SALKIDA aliases Shekau. They jointly said boko haram can’t disarm without their consent.

  • Chris1408

    Only a weak ruler and equally weak military will negotiate with a terrorist group that have killed and injured thousands of people. We sit on a time bomb until our military grow enough courage to fight and defend this country.

  • Buhari is a Jihadist

    ..Chibok school girls are victims of Sharia. Sharia mean dead to non-Muslims and moderate Muslims (fake Muslim based on Northern Muslim terms).

    Non-Muslims in Nigeria are being sacrificed at the altar of Sharia.

    Sharia is a mechanism, religious and political project meant to eliminate non-Muslims from the north, thus creating an atmosphere to further eliminate or forcibly convert non-Muslims to Islam.

    Islam means submission, and then you get peace. There is no peace in Islam without submission. This is the reason Muslims Ummah proclaims Islam to mean peace but fail to tell you that you only get peace after your submission to Islam.

    Buhari’s intention is to first impose Sharia on non-Muslims in the north (if successful) and then by extension, the rest of the country.

    The Jihadist (Buhari) had called for total Sharia in Nigeria and gave support to the enforcement of Sharia law in Nigeria’s northern states with total disregard for non-Muslims.

    He has concluded that anyone who is opposed to the Sharia is an infidel (non-Muslims). The solution he covertly proposes (like that of 2011 post-election killing of non-Muslims) was to eliminate anti-sharia advocates (non-Muslims). Boko-Haram is indeed carrying
    out his proposal.

    Buhari had during his repressive military rule introduced a notorious decree (with sharia features) to restrict press freedom, under which two journalists were jailed and eventually died.

    Technically, Nigeria is an Islamic Nation. The Nigerian Constitution recognizes only Islam.

    “In the 1999 Constitution, Sharia was mentioned 73 times, Grand Khadi 54 times, Islam 28 times, Muslims 10 times and there is no single mention of Christ, Christian, Christianity or church. Some mischievous elements are taking these lapses in the constitution to come to the ungodly decision that probably that the state is an Islamic state”.

    Plus Nigeria is a full member of Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) as against non-Muslim population.

    Non-Muslims Must Resist.

    It is high time non-Muslims in the south rescue non-Muslims in the north. We (non-Muslims) must not compromise. If we do; we would have mortgaged non-Muslims future to Muslim fanatics.

    The time for dialogue is over. Non-Muslims should be prepared to avenge the death of non-Muslims who are sacrificed at the altar of Sharia. History has shown us that right from the days of Usman Dan Fodio, Muslim Ummah love to slaughter non-Muslims for resisting Islam. If this sharia madness is met by equal madness, sanity will definitely prevail.

    A vote for Buhari is a vote for Sharia.

    Say No to Sharia Rule!

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