UPDATE: Damaturu calm after heavy Boko Haram attack

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Normalcy has been restored to Damaturu, the Yobe state capital, hours after Boko Haram fighters descended on the city, detonating explosives and shooting sporadically, the Yobe state police commissioner, Marcus Danladi, has told PREMIUM TIMES.

“The insurgents have been repelled, and Damaturu is now calm,” Mr. Danladi told this newspaper Saturday morning.

He however declined to provide any casualty figure, saying the police was still going round to ascertain casualty and damage to properties during the crossfire between the Nigerian military and the militants.

The Yobe capital had, at about 8p.m. on Friday, come under intense assault by suspected Boko Haram militants, barely a month after a similar attack killed many residents.

Residents and security operatives said the city came under heavy gunfire and multiple explosions, forcing people to cringe in their homes.

Umar Haruna, a civil servant residing in Damaturu had told PREMIUM TIMES, “We are under attack; gun shooting everywhere in Damaturu…we dont know what to do now.”

A top security officer of the State Security Service, SSS, who refused to be named because he was not authorised to speak on the development, had told one of our reporters, “Yes, there is an attack going on here and I believe the soldiers and the police are containing the attacks”.

This newspaper later received report at about 10:30 p.m. Friday indicating that soldiers succeeded in repelling the insurgents by preventing them from entering the city centre.

A security official said soldiers engaged the insurgents on the fringes of the town even as they exchanged fire with another set of  terrorists near Katarko village, some 20km away.

“As I have said earlier we are on top of the situation as far as this attack is concerned because our men have been fully mobilised to deal with such situation and presently we have already pushed them back towards Gujba road near one village called Katarko,” the official told PREMIUM TIMES close to midnight Friday.

A resident of Damaturu, who also provided update said,  “We are happy that the shooting has gone down even though we still hear periodic sounds of gun shooting and detonation of explosives.”

The attack is the second on Damaturu in two months.

The insurgents had launched a heavy attack on the capital on December 1, targeting the government house.

The attack was successfully repelled by the Nigerian security forces.


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  • Islam Haram

    Buhari and Boko-Haram are here to implement sharia rule. Boko-Haram’s activities is an ongoing implementation of sharia law. In Islam, Sharia law is superior to Nigeria law. On Nigeria law we STAND.

    Buhari is not the change we want. The change we need is not a nationwide implementation of sharia law. Rather, we need change that will complement GEJ’s transformation. Nigerian law MUST STAND. Say NO to Sharia law.

    Vote against Buhari and Sharia Law. The sharia killing of non-Muslims in Southern Kaduna and by extension the whole North must STOP.

    May the soul of Sharia victims rest in peace, Amen.

    • favourtalk

      Someone needs to tell you that you are been myopic and full of fallacy, no religion tolerance and just open up your mouth with your thoughts, let GEJ tells us that this is who is sponsoring it. The president knows all if you are not aware. He is playing on your intelligence

  • Frank Bassey

    Boko Haram is a seed sown by Northern elements. They had thought it could be used to stampede GEJ of office. What we are seeing these days is the case of one gathering ant-infested firewood and is overwhelmed by the crowd of visiting lizards. The promotion of insurgency as a tool to discredit Jonathan administration will not achieve its objective.

    • favourtalk

      Wake up, GEJ is a president, he should tell us who funded it not just your assertion or thought. He is a confused GEJ.

      • Huck231

        How do you know he is confused? You stay in your house and declare a president confused without facts; please stay your facts. How can the President fund a killer group against his government? Please think well oh.

      • Otile

        Yoruba talk.

  • favourtalk

    We need change in this country, we don’t want a man who will be voted in again based on pity, since GEJ can’t solve nigeria problems after 6years, he should just pack himself and go back to otuoke, that is why election is only 4years tenure, you can’t tackle issues, go back to your house and let competent hands handle the situation. We wants to proceed not going backward, we need a nigeria wow not GEJ world. We wants light, we want a man who will be bold to tell us everything that is wrong with us and provide a solution to them not just a man with. Excuses everyday and attacking opposition or countries. We need a competent hands. We need change

  • Spoken word

    As far as GEJ is concerned those in the north east can keep killing themselves.that is not his concern.they are not his people.

    • Gideon Orkar

      Pls hurry up and kill yourselves. Don’t forget to burn your houses and schools. The blood of the innocents you have killed will continue to haunt you all. Biko just continue killing yourselves!

      • Spoken word

        You are evil.

        • Yakubu2012

          Boko Haram is the creation of the northern elites not the northern poor, yet it is the poor they are killing. Sultan of Sokoto should call Kwankwaso and Buhari to stop the secret nonsense and the Islamic pollution using Boko Haram. Don’t blame Jonathan for the problem created by us northerns for political agenda years ago that has now become a national and international monster and embarrassment. Abuse Jonathan of anything but not Boko Haram. We need the south to support us yet we’re demolishing their 99 years old place of worship. Most times our governors don’t give them C of O on the land for their churches. Truth! Truth!! Truth!!!

          • Spoken word

            You diminish the death of others.go and seek forgiveness.

          • Yakubu2012

            You are shameless!!! How does the spoken truth diminish the death of the innocent. The Blood of the innocent killed by the Boko Haram boys are on the head our all the northern elites involved in creating this BH monster. Once they pursue Christians with great slaughter and now fellow Muslims bcos the christians in the north have almost ran away. You’re part of our problems in this region. Hating the truth and accusing others wrongly because of politics. How did you loose your conscience?

          • Spoken word

            Go and repent.you take joy in the misfortune of others.

          • Otile

            The Yorubas don’t want to hear the truth, they want to blame it all on Jonathan. Sometimes Northerners are more realistic about what is happening than the Yorubas. All that the West is looking forward to is to push out Jonathan and impose Buhari so that they can share Nigerian wealth with him.

            People know what the violence is all about.

          • Alcindo Satori

            Now you see the point I’ve been making since however long… Yorubas are Africa’s biggest problem, not just Nigeria.

        • Gideon Orkar

          not as evil as those who killed pregnant women or sliced thier bellies open. Should I talk about the 3 million people you killed? Murtala lined up 500 UNARMED CIVILIANS in Asaba and shot them. What do you call that?

          Blood of the innocent will forever haunt you guys

          • Spoken word

            You seem to enjoy the killing. Blood thirsty bastard.

          • Gideon Orkar

            The life of a rat has more value than those of your ilk

          • Spoken word

            Can you see yourself. You true colors are showing, what a sad boy you are.

          • Gideon Orkar

            My true colours finally showing? I have never hidden my contempt for the Muslim North, son why do you think I chose the name Gideon Orkar? Out of love for you people? Please…

          • Spoken word

            May the souls of the dearly departed rest in peace. As for your life, I feel sorry for you.you are obviously a person with no faith and when you finally meet your maker you will have to explain your failures as a human being.

          • Spoken word

            If you are a good student of history which I doubt,you will know how ORKAR ended up.

      • Spoken word

        Those that keep quiet when the innocents are being killed,will have no one to speak up for them when they get attacked.

        • Gideon Orkar

          You were not silent when Xtains were slaughtered in the North. You most likely shouted “sai Buhari” as you slit their throats

      • Otile

        The law of karma must be made manifest even unto the 4th generation.

  • Etomi

    I warn people reading Premium Times to be wary…
    Most of what this pathetic blog (NOT NEWSPAPER) posts as news are essentially fabrications or a prejudicial revision of the truth to suit a predetermined objective or a prejudicial reworking of facts in the name of news to fit a bias and condition consciousness….
    You can never get the truth from PT…
    NEVER!!!!
    PT is a leader in APC’s schemes, machinations and propaganda citadel…
    The hallmark of genuine journalism is objectivity…
    The credit in terms of integrity which any media organization stands to enjoy depends on its objectivity and fidelity to the truth!!!!
    And PT lacks the integrity required to be a reliable source of news…
    A discreditable medium, PT is only into advocacy and not journalism!!!!!

    • GARRUS

      No wonder this govt failed to bring the BH in NE to an end, when we ve ignorant people as advisers or supporters that do not mean well for the country. Damaturu is my town, the town has been under attacked last night and the surrounding villages ve been deserted do to constant attack from the insurgents. But here we ve some useless ppl debunking the information just because is not their town, villages were affected.

      • Etomi

        BH is thriving; and is alive and well because everything about BH is politicized…
        Some people, who are massively funding it, are using it to get into power, do-or-die…
        If not for the political thing about BH, all hands (not just Jonathan), would have been on deck to stamp it out just like Ebola was chased out of Nigeria in barely one month…
        Besides, I strongly believe that you “GARRUS” are a bloody impostor!!!!

    • Ade

      Why are you reading premium times?

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  • IS.JESUS.CHRIST.A.CHRISTIAN

    Former Super Eagles and Monaco FC of France striker, Victor Ikpeba has declared his support for the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari for the February 14 election.

    The former African Footballer of the Year, said he would vote for Buhari even if he presented NEPA bill as certificate.

    The Prince of Monaco, as he’s fondly called was apparently reacting to calls from some quarters that Buhari should be disqualified over issues bothering on his credentials.

    However, the ex-international took to his Twitter handle on Thursday to disclose that certificate should not stop Nigerians from voting Buhari come February 14.

    • Etomi

      Because he is an illiterate footballer like Buhari!!!!

      • IS.JESUS.CHRIST.A.CHRISTIAN

        President Goodluck Jonathan, who is seeking re-election next month, has condemned the attack on a French satirical magazine in Paris as dastardly, he has not commented on the violence at home, our reporter says.” [BBC]

        Nigerians continue to tolerate their helplessly hopeless and clueless leadership which regards them as little more than monkeys or actually more worthless than. With a President who fails to secure life and elevate local and global attention to out-of-its-control genocides within the country, the colonialist ruled world conveniently pretends not to notice.

        There are next to no protests for the nation’s insensitive and hopeless leader to resign or serious attempts to impeach the President. Nigerians thus appear tolerant of the pogrom and as insensitive and lacking of humanity as their leader… and the hypocritical, pretentious world will not be bothered.

        It is not likely much will be said or anything will change after this massacre. Unless if by the ghosts of the dead.

  • IS.JESUS.CHRIST.A.CHRISTIAN

    While President Goodluck Jonathan, who is seeking re-election next month, has condemned the attack on a French satirical magazine in Paris as dastardly, he has not commented on the violence at home, our reporter says.” [BBC]

    Nigerians continue to tolerate their helplessly hopeless and clueless leadership which regards them as little more than monkeys or actually more worthless than. With a President who fails to secure life and elevate local and global attention to out-of-its-control genocides within the country, the colonialist ruled world conveniently pretends not to notice.

    There are next to no protests for the nation’s insensitive and hopeless leader to resign or serious attempts to impeach the President. Nigerians thus appear tolerant of the pogrom and as insensitive and lacking of humanity as their leader… and the hypocritical, pretentious world will not be bothered.

    It is not likely much will be said or anything will change after this massacre. Unless if by the ghosts of the dead.

  • Yusuf

    May God have mercy on his servants, save this innocent people and destroy the evil in NE and all of Nigeria

  • Mohd

    If Nigerians want Yobe and Borno to be part of Nigeria they should vote out Dumbo joe in February, or else wallahi we would look for alternative way to restore our land. We can’t let our people live under this situation for another four years. We lack nothing in Yobe and Borno including crude oil, so why letting our people killed and maimed daily with no any reasonable measures taken by Jonathan administration for the past 5 yrs. When Boko haram are camping just 20km outside Damaturu for the past 2 weeks it didn’t take an intelligent agent to know that impending attack is coming. No wallahi we will not live under such situation for another 4 yrs. is either Jonathan is out or we out.

    • hbm

      do something abt it y wait are we not d government any longer

  • Otile

    Since this people have their own law – sharia, police – hisba, army – boko haram, why not let them go their way? There is no need pretending that we all belong to one country under one law.

    We must resist the Yorubas forcing us to live with these foreigners. We understand crude oil is the issue, but we must not perish because other people want our crude oil.

  • Awarawa

    Damaturu and other towns has been full of Islamists since late 90s. In 2003, I met a Mobile Policeman who showed me his new AK47, which was part of 750nos seized from a smuggler selling arms to insurgents and armed robbers in Damaturu. By 2004, BH was thriving. I was shot at by about 20 of them. My driver was shot straight in the head while two bullets logged in my headrest (the guy was about 130m away from us, he must’ve been a sharp-shooter). These guys are very mean…

    • Otile

      But yet Yorubas will blame Jonathan for that violence. Thank God for saving your life.

    • Mohd

      Is either you are a liar or your acclaimed Police mobile man is bloody liar. Never in history of Damaturu 750 rifles were discovered from any smuggler. 98% of arm smugglers in Nigeria are your Igbo brothers. There is never any uprising whether religious or political in Damaturu before 4 Nov. 2011 when BH first strike the town. People of Damaturu are the most peaceful Nigerians that you will ever meet. Ask any corp member who served in Damaturu or Spare parts sellers pre 2011, the story they will tell you is the same I.e they are never been threatened by any body for any reason religious or ethnic. But am not denying the fact that some few evil minded young men have joined BH in Damaturu and sorrounding, which the peace loving people of the town worked and still working with the security agents to fish out. Not a single BH member that is known to public is currently residing in Damaturu. They relocated to Sambisa long ago but your Dumbo Badluck never gave the orders to the military to move on offensive operation in to Sambisa forest.

      • hbm

        pls dont cover wat ur brothers r doing dats aiding and abating.

      • shamsudeen sadiq

        the way you talk and the degree of hate throw around shows that you are one of the islamists in question.Dnt worry you will soon join the others in hell.Better leave damaturu now and relocate with others to sambissa before it is late.We know it is people like you that give them information that they use to attack us everytime but one day monkey go go market to return go be problem

  • shamsudeen sadiq

    For the fact that boko haram demanded that Buhari should represent them in dialogue with federal govt he will never smell aso rock.Look at how human beings are killed and scattered all over the place like malu.The wrath of allah will descend on all the politicians supporting and funding these killers of our people

    • goodman

      buhari never accepted to mediate for the terrorist group,as much as you all try to give GMB a bad name will only succeed in making more determine to continue being the wonderful man that he is, i am sure u are nt ignorant or a mental case, it is common sense and very easy to know thato the pdp led government delibrately allowed the terror group to out do the Nigerian security f

  • Usman Mohammed

    Only god can save this country not GEJ or GMB…. The change and progress is not with GMB its within ourself so lets keep on praying for the better days