Panic in Maiduguri as Boko Haram launches attack in bid to take over state capital

JTF in Jos

Soldiers of the Nigerian army and Boko Haram terrorists are currently engaged in a fierce exchange of fire  since Saturday night as insurgents, in their hundreds, attempt to invade Maiduguri, the Borno state capital,  security sources have told PREMIUM TIMES.

This is happening as reports filtered into Maiduguri that the nearby town of Monguno had been seized by the Boko Haram terrorist. That could not be independently confirmed as at the time of publishing this.

A security source told PREMIUM TIMES, “We had a sleepless night till this morning because this elements tried to enter Maiduguri from Dalwa and Limanti axis but our soldiers were able to repell them. They retreated and took another flank around Njimtilo this morning and our troops hav been engaging them there too.”

Njimtilo is about 20 kilometres away from Maiduguri, the state capital.

As at the time of filing this report more troops, together with operatives of the Civilian-JTF, were seen moving towards Njimtilo.

Residents of Maiduguri 1000 Unit Housing Estate, not very far away from Njimtilo, are fleeing their houses and moving toward the downtown.

Witnesses said bullets were flying and empty shells were seen littering the roads as soldiers of the Nigerian Air Force Base and 33 Artillery brigade continued to shoot into the air.

Fighter jet of the Nigeria airforce was heard hovering over the town at about 9am.

Details of the ongoing attack is still sketchy as sources in Monguno and Njimtilo said the fight is still on.

Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, had last week in a video  boasted to have more than enough arms to execute a major war against Nigeria.


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  • Khaled Maiwada Abdulsalam

    This is very serious. from where do they usually emerge that they could not be stopped earlier on . Don’t we have scouts and recce in the armed forces to monitor at early stages of their mobilization and then give preemptory attack and destroy them before they make the first attack?

  • osemwengie

    This really the predicted fall apart of this great Nation N I G E R I A by our big brothers.

  • Captano

    May God protect the valiant men and women of the Nigerian Armed Forces.

  • Shuaibu Bola Victor

    APC last attempt.

    • Deltans

      “WE ARE THE REAL SPONSORS OF BOKO HARAM” – GEJ

      • tyson

        The gradual progression of the sharia law which took place under Obasanjo when the then governor of Zamfara state Ahmed Yerima introduced the Sharia law in 2000 under the watchful eyes of Atiku also led to d creation of Boko Haram. In the light of the above, other eight northern states also adopted the law and put it into force. But Nigeria under Obj kept quiet-aware 9ja was a secular country. The consequential aspect of this evolution was that the then Boko Haram leader, Mohammed Yusuf wanted the law to be fully implemented in his adopted hometown, Borno state. He together with his followers became disgruntled as the law was only partially implemented in some parts of the Fulani North. The implication was the foundation of Boko Haram in 2002 under the nose and eyes of Obasanjo and Atiku-in the city of Maiduguri by Mohammed Yusuf with the aim of establishing a Sharia government in Borno state and eventually northern Nigeria. During this period, they became more dangerous and hostile to the government and undertook a number of attacks leading to the loss of hundreds of lives in d Fulani north– while the government of Obasanjo among other Fulani elites like Buhari, Junaid ati Atiku did nothing. So why should d present government under Jonathan, be blamed over an issue which even the USA, among other Western Nations are yet to conquer in Iraq and Afghanistan? Jonathan campaign vehicles were destroyed in Plateau state–Bill Boards pull down in Buharis home state–in Katsina state——while Tinubu was in that state campaigning for Buhari-Yet our oppressors say it is OK until Jonathan is gunned down like Kudirat-Abiola-Bola Ige -Funsho Williams–Dikibo ati Marshal Harry-abi? The militants never said there will be war if Jonathan does not win–all they are saying is that the attacks on the president–often organized by the APC thugs must stop—and it will——-APC and Buhari’s men in Boko Haram do not have monopoly of violence in Nigeria————-Never—-what a shame

      • Shuaibu Bola Victor

        “God willing, by 2015, something will happen.
        They(PDP & INEC)

        either conduct a free and fair election or they go a very disgraceful way. If
        what happened in 2011 (alleged rigging)

        should again happen in 2015, by the grace of God, the dog and the baboon would
        all be soaked

        in blood.’’…General Muhammadu Buhari (May 15, 2012).

        GMB has continued to make real his threats.

    • NaijaChangeAgent

      Why last attempt. When it already the winner of the Febuhari 14th election. U better brace up or u will end up in prison with fani kayode and fayose

      • Shuaibu Bola Victor

        Hahahaha, you are simply but hallucinating. Well, to hallucinate is never an offence under any known law. What is important remains the fact that majority of Nigerians are on the side of GEJ. GEJ till 2019.

    • Sams

      Shuaibu Bola Victor!!! So you are still around. Please come up with a better name combination. The current one is not fooling anyone.

      • Shuaibu Bola Victor

        My name is not your problem. The general problem is the insurgents APC has introduced us into. The attacking arm of APC. That is the issue.

      • Shuaibu Bola Victor

        Am always around when issue of important is trending and when the owners of the website allow me to comment. I have suffered setback commenting most times.
        My name is real ok. You fake yourself.

  • Alkali

    A TRAGEDY FORETOLD……..

    “Southerners are no longer welcome here in northern Nigeria.
    Southerners must go. We demand that all southern Nigerians must get out of
    northern Nigeria within two weeks to make allowance for northerners that shall
    be returning from the south at the same time. Because of continued intimidation
    of northerners by the Federal Government of Nigeria we urge you to rise and
    support this agitation for peaceful dissolution of this union called Nigeria –
    to allow for every region to go its own way. We urge all northern artisans,
    students, public and private sector servants , traders business holders
    currently operating , residing or intending to do so in any part of Nigeria to
    relocate back home (i.e; to northern Nigeria) within the next two weeks. Southern
    Nigerians are militants, kidnappers, armed robbers, drug pushers and terrorists.”

    ………Northern Secessionist Youth Movement

    (Open public campaigns in Kano City)

    (July 16th, 2014)

    • Eleme

      “The Northerners have this mentality of ‘born to rule’ but we are saying no;
      times have changed. Every rich man from the south is seen as a threat to the North,
      which is why they use their man (Sanusi Lamido Sanusi) to crumble many of the banks
      owned by southerners.

      The day will come when they will physically come for you. When the enemies come with
      their guns to shoot you down, i will also hold a gun to fight them back. There is no sitting
      on the fence. When they come, they won’t differentiate between Urhobo, Ijaw, Itsekiri, Isoko,
      Anioma, Edo or other ethnic nations.

      The oil belongs to us in the Niger Delta; so, don’t be ashamed to stand up for your right.
      We must demand what belongs to us because 2015 is not just about President Jonathan
      but about our destiny. If you allow them, they will crush you when they come, but i am ready
      for them; bullet for bullet.”

      ………………Mujahideen Asari Dokubo

      (Niger Delta Militia Leader)

      (May 21,2013)

      • Dave

        WHY GO TO WAR, NIGERIANS, WHY GO TO WAR?
        THE PATH TO PEACE IS JUST A QUESTION AWAY, VIZ:

        • Deltans

          “CHEI!!! SEE HOW BUHARI IS GETTING SUPPORT EVERYWHERE WITH ALL THE LIES AGAINST HIM” – GEJ

        • Musa Abdul

          You need to grow up

      • tyson

        Buhari has asked the Federal Government to stop the clampdown of Boko Haram insurgents, saying Niger Delta Militants were never killed or properties belonging to them destroyed.

        Buhari who spoke on Sunday on a Liberty Radio programme, Guest of the Week monitored said accused the government of killing and destroying houses belonging to Boko Haram members while the Niger Delta militants get special treatment.

        The former dictator said that unlike the special treatment given to the Niger Delta militants by the federal government, the Boko Haram members were being killed and their houses demolished by government.

        While accusing President Jonathan of failing from the beginning to address the security situation in the country, Buhari said he has never been in support of the state of emergency in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa state.

        According to Buhari “what is responsible for the security situation in the country is caused by the activities of Niger Delta militants. Every Nigerian that is familiar with what is happening knows this. The Niger Delta militants started it all. Yes bullet for bullet

  • tyson

    Buhari has asked the Federal Government to stop the clampdown of Boko Haram insurgents, saying Niger Delta Militants were never killed or properties belonging to them destroyed.

    Buhari who spoke on Sunday on a Liberty Radio programme, Guest of the Week monitored said accused the government of killing and destroying houses belonging to Boko Haram members while the Niger Delta militants get special treatment.

    The former dictator said that unlike the special treatment given to the Niger Delta militants by the federal government, the Boko Haram members were being killed and their houses demolished by government.

    While accusing President Jonathan of failing from the beginning to address the security situation in the country, Buhari said he has never been in support of the state of emergency in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa state.

    According to Buhari “what is responsible for the security situation in the country is caused by the activities of Niger Delta militants. Every Nigerian that is familiar with what is happening knows this. The Niger Delta militants started it all.

    • NaijaChangeAgent

      Shut up, olodo

    • Sams

      Pls go back to the bush where you belong. People here are civilized.

  • Olusola

    umh…umh…umh

  • Newsbreak

    Breaking News:

    General Buhari under investigation abroad

    Unknown to most Nigerians the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has begun
    investigation of Muhammadu Buhari in London and requested an answer
    from the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate in England
    on whether or not General Muhammad Buhari sat for WASC/Cambridge exam
    in 1961 as claimed by Buhari (orally) in his army records of 1962, and, as sworn
    on oath in 2014 on his INEC Eligibility Form without tendering any certificate.

    Yesterday, the Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate declined to say yes or no,
    stating it is under a certain legal restraint to release any such information unless
    the PDP obtains and brings a consent to disclose letter from General Buhari.

    “We can only confirm or verify results at the direct request of or with the permission
    of a candidate. This is in accordance with the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998
    and section 40 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000,”
    Cambridge Exam Syndicate said.

    • Enquirer

      BUHARI, PLEASE GIVE THAT ‘LETTER OF CONSENT’ TO CAMBRIDGE
      OR, DO THE FOLLOWING NOW WITHOUT FURTHER DELAY, NAMELY:

      • Femi Awofaluju

        @ Enquirer,

        Why Katsina State Provincial School result is forgery……..

        One hanging question so far is this: what did Cambridge/WAEC issue Buhari with in 1961;
        after the examination he swore on oath on December 18th, 2014, to have sat for in 1961?
        If Cambridge/WAEC did not just issue him an affidavit in 1961; then, an affidavit is NOT
        tenderable. It is the exact copy of what Cambridge issued him that’s required by law.
        Katsina State Provincial College got it all wrong on that point by issuing what it says
        is a Statement of Result bearing a grading system that was NON-EXISTENT in any
        genuine WASC/Cambridge certificate issued throughout the 1960s.

      • Musa Abdul

        We pray for your healing

    • Factual

      or rather Otuake Exam Syndicate said. It’s too late. CHANGE! CHANGE!! CHANGE!!!

  • tyson

    The gradual progression of the sharia law which took place under Obasanjo when the then governor of Zamfara state Ahmed Yerima introduced the Sharia law in 2000 under the watchful eyes of Atiku also led to d creation of Boko Haram. In the light of the above, other eight northern states also adopted the law and put it into force. But Nigeria under Obj kept quiet-aware 9ja was a secular country. The consequential aspect of this evolution was that the then Boko Haram leader, Mohammed Yusuf wanted the law to be fully implemented in his adopted hometown, Borno state. He together with his followers became disgruntled as the law was only partially implemented in some parts of the Fulani North. The implication was the foundation of Boko Haram in 2002 under the nose and eyes of Obasanjo and Atiku-in the city of Maiduguri by Mohammed Yusuf with the aim of establishing a Sharia government in Borno state and eventually northern Nigeria. During this period, they became more dangerous and hostile to the government and undertook a number of attacks leading to the loss of hundreds of lives in d Fulani north– while the government of Obasanjo among other Fulani elites like Buhari, Junaid ati Atiku did nothing. So why should d present government under Jonathan, be blamed over an issue which even the USA, among other Western Nations are yet to conquer in Iraq and Afghanistan? Jonathan campaign vehicles were destroyed in Plateau state–Bill Boards pull down in Buharis home state–in Katsina state——while Tinubu was in that state campaigning for Buhari-Yet our oppressors say it is OK until Jonathan is gunned down like Kudirat-Abiola-Bola Ige -Funsho Williams–Dikibo ati Marshal Harry-abi? The militants never said there will be war if Jonathan does not win–all they are saying is that the attacks on the president–often organized by the APC thugs must stop—and it will——-APC and Buhari’s men in Boko Haram do not have monopoly of violence in Nigeria————-Never—-

  • NaijaChangeAgent

    Why won’t Boko Haram attack when all the military personnel that were meant to protect all Nigerians were drafted to secure the president leaving the town porous to such attack. Change is the only solution to this useless administration that does not value the life of its citizens. Vote APCs GMB to secure ur future….

    • MrFesh+Ifebuche+Paschal

      Ewu.
      When you open your mouth like this it’s like a go at chewing cord.

  • Dumbo

    GEJ has directed B.H to take over Borno after realising from yesterday’ rally that he was going to massively loose the elections and not get any votes from there. The output of his rally in maiduguri was very poor with less than 200 people present. He was highly disappointed. He went there to lie as usual and now what we are seeing is B.H trying to take over the last L.G.A left.

    • olayiwola

      dumbo really u are

    • chukwu smart

      U re a donkey, aboki

  • OLUWATOBI

    When will all this be over we need CHANGE….people are tired.

  • chukwu smart

    Mr GEJ GOD will give u d grace to overcome dis deadly act committed by islamic sect dat been sponsored through some northern elite dat doesn’t has d interest of their people @ hand, by God’s willing u shall defeat them.

  • IS.JESUS.CHRIST.A.CHRISTIAN

    Asari Dokubo said “We are going to war. Everyone of you should go and fortify yourself.” In a meeting of terrorists and associates held in Yenagoa Saturday, the enemy of the state and other desperate folk, threatened Nigeria that if their premiere didn’t win the February 14th presidential elections, they will go to war.

    Asari Dokubo is a terrorist; and a cowardly one. If he were not a coward and he really believed he owned the oil underneath his father’s house, he would have taken what is his and not preoccupied himself being a loud, empty barrel.

    If you’re a terrorist, be a terrorist. Real terrorists don’t make noise. Real men don’t talk, they do. Why has Asari waited so long? What is he waiting for? If I believe something belongs to me, I will take it, legally or otherwise, I will not wait and keep opening my big mouth, making loud empty threats.

    Dokubo’s brother in Sambisa is not a coward. Shekau believes he owns (wants to own) the land of the northeast and he’s going for it, come rain, come shine. NSA Dasuki said in UK last week, that Shekau is linked to the Idriss Deby. Shekau is going for the land every day and is not waiting, making empty threats. He’s a real terrorist, not ashamed of his evil profession. Though Shekau doesn’t do the fighting, he relies on recruiting and forcefully conscripting Kanuri, Shuwa Arab and Fulani youth in the northeast to do his dirty bidding, he does it.

    Asari did not accept the amnesty. He didn’t sign it, which means he is still an active terrorist and still at war with the state. So the question is—why has he not been fighting? What has he been waiting for? He is a coward. He should be thankful to Jonathan, whose number one (and only) legacy is freedom, freedom for thieves, freedom for killers, freedom for terrorists, and of course freedom for cowards.

    But yet, I must commend Asari, because he is honest. He has told us clearly that he only supports Jonathan because he feels Jonathan is from his hometown. He has stated unequivocally that he is sure that “that Fulani man,” General Buhari would have done more for the Niger delta than Jonathan has done. He’s honest enough to say that he only supports Jonathan out of his desperation for cash and because of his village (“monkey no fine but hin mama like am,” he said). Many people are not as honest as he is. The president for one isn’t. The barbarian Shekau also isn’t. They hide their true purpose and goals, and pretend, enshrouded in lies. Asari says it as it is. He says the president is clueless and I am hungry.

    Of what use is it that a man gains the riches of the world and loses his soul?

    I pity Asari, because Jonathan has disgraced and uselessed him. Asari is unarguably intelligent and humorous-clownish. He could have been a respected figure not just locally and nationally, but globally. Had Obasanjo picked an at least manageable candidate from the Niger delta, he would have been able to get his bread and keep his name. But now he has shamed himself, and disgraced his family name. He’s an object of ridicule. A chief soldier of the Clueless General. A disciple of the Okrika jesus. A Fani-Kayode.

    You remind me of my three year old nephew: “don’t talk to me; I am not your friend.” “You must vote for him or I am taking “my” oil.” Take “your oil” but make sure you take your “monkey wey no fine” with you and tuck him in bed. Or he tucks you in bed… whichever it is. We ‘bout to put our country back on the map, man. Shame nor dey catch you? Whatever did the people of Baga do to you? Did they ever smell or utilize oil that you believe they must die and millions of Nigerians must keep on suffering? Oil drunkard.

    If you were not a coward, why did you not go to Sambisa and show us your muscle by rescuing our daughters so you would become a national hero and we would have even made you our president?

    Disgrace to the Kalabari kingdom and the brave Amachree Kings.
    fdr

    • GbemigaO

      Bros. What I dont like is blantant lies. When did the NSA claimed that it was Idris Debby sponsoring Boko Haram. Even if we all suspect so, why attribute it to someone when he did not say so! Haba.

      • IS.JESUS.CHRIST.A.CHRISTIAN

        GO BACK TO THE NEW YESTERDAY “LEADERSHIP”

    • Kolawole Obafemi

      I pity the people of the Niger delta should they allow asari dokubo to lead them into a war against Nigeria which they cannot win. Asari will leave them midstream and escape to his country in west africa

  • Yusuf

    a presidential fleet came with thousands of troops but millions of innocent civilian do not deserve of troops to protect their lives

  • selipre godspel

    Mr. chukwu smart,reading your words make me sad because you dont know what it takes to loss a thousand of life’s and others been displace without good sleep,good breathe,you might be in Lagos resting in peace…but I want you to think before going to the Poll to cast your votes..we are trying to change our electoral system that one party continuous ruling,see the USA for example,democrat cant rule more than 2 terms and also republican,no matter the candidate you bringing…if a differ APC could win then it gives room for parties like APGA,LABOUR,ACCORD AND so many other political parties to bring out a credible candidate,understanding me am not voting because Buhari is the best no or GEJ is a failure or vice versa but I need a change that could give room for the next man from a different party to emerge as the president ,then we could get equility shares in political party rotation. In Nigeria before you contest among the political part you must be rich,and if you loss no one cares…just understand where I am coming from. In the east part of Nigeria is the governor that are working,there has not been any project commission by GEJ ,also the 2nd Niger Bridge which GEJ is clamouring about was initiated by PTF during ABACHA reqime,Buhari was the Chairman of PTF without salary just fuel my car ,pay my staff and pay for my trip if I must use flight…go and find out but today GEJ has been the only president that has set up Panel committee upon committee without using the reports..there Nigeria losses millions of Naira,do you know that a committee for Boko Haram was set up three times?and the finale report was done in the UK….GEJ allows corruption,GEJ doesnot have the knowledge of leading so why pretending of not knowing the truth?i want you to know that what ever we do today is not for our well being but for the future of our children to be a bit bright than going blink…i rest my peace.

    • tyson

      How long did Abiola and his Kudirat rule Nigeria be fore they were assassinated–tell me if the entire mess in the country is about PDP-aRE U NOT AWARE ALL THOSE WHO CLONED BOKO HARAM ARE IN APC’ YARIMAH WAS THE PERSON WHO INTRODUCED SHARIA LAW IN THE NORTH–IT WAS NOT PDP-

      • selipre godspel

        I dont think you know much about the Nigeria political issues Tyson ,you need to learnt and see ahead of your presence ideology.

  • Musa Abdul

    Please lets join hand in helping those that refused to base their contribution on issues. They were reminded time without numbers, if they have personal problems, court of law is their point of call. They have the right to approve the court for redress. They refused to heed our advice.

    In view of this, I am suggesting that we come up with a befitting response on comments that that are not issue based.
    I am recommending one these as befitting response:
    1. We pray for you healing
    2. You need to grow up
    3. We cannot join issues with you
    4. Take your case to the court of law

    Please lets come up with an appropriate response. Your views will be appreciated. We have the duty correct ourselves. Please reply by suggesting.

    • tyson

      TINUBU THE FOUNDER OF APC WAS THE FIRST TO CALL JONATHAN DRUNKEN SAILOR FISHERMAN–A DUMBO CLUELESS IJAW MAN—YET THE THOSE WHO CLAIM TO BE WSIE HAVE NO CERTIFICATE-

  • Luther Jens-Uwe Nigeria Lagos

    DHQ Nigeria United Africa
    The topic may be so explosive for the population in the States and the Federation of Nigeria I want you but ask any agitation to avoid.

    I know that Northern and southern of Nigeria’s conflicts are not easy.

    Therefore, I demand a sensible and calm discussion of them we want to not inflame the war of Shekau, and also no further conflicts but we should ourselves for peace insert.

    I know the Shekau is a filthy murderer and terrorist.

    Therefore, the attacks against civilian innocent people, children and women as well as men should be bad enough.

    therefore front I hereby each on any war-mongering or smear campaign against innocent citizens to leave.

    It is also unacceptable that have all their home leave business.

    Therefore state prevails in this region of an exception and this is up to the cancellation by the appropriate bodies upright get.

    Allow it the military and the police do your job and keep them calm.

    DHQ Nigeria United Africa 25.01.2015 time: 15.43.50

  • tyson

    Yoruba People, I Present Buhari As Your President. – Bola Tinubu.

    The former Governor of Lagos and Owner of the All Progressive Congress (APC) at the Ekiti state capital, Ado Ekiti for the Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign rally, advised the people on the need for help APC wrestle out power at the centre.

    “My Yoruba people, I am giving you General Buhari as your next president. He is here to Change your future. Save you from unemployment and bleak future of the People’s Democratic party (PDP)”.
    “Buhari is the change for a better Yorubaland and Nigeria” tHEN WHY DID THEY KILL ABIOLA AND KUDIRAT–WHY DIOD THEY STEAL THE POST OF SPEAKER FROM THE YORUBAS-?

  • tyson

    If every governor–every political leader–every jounrlsit –every teacher–student—soldier- police —every Nigerian had said no to boko haram–they would haver long been gone–instead we used them as a political tool to wrestle power from ijaw man jonathan–we armed them and lied to the nation that boko haram was cloned by Jonathan and ihejirika–who joined the army with his school cert intact-

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