Boko Haram attacks military base in Baga, Borno

Suspected members of the Boko Haram early Saturday attacked the base of the Multi-National Joint Task Force, MNJTF, in Baga, Borno State, eventually dislodging the soldiers, PREMIUM TIMES has learnt.

A senior security official who confirmed the incident to journalists in Maiduguri, the state capital, said the attack was one of the fiercest in recent times as soldiers battled to hold their grounds without much success.

According to a the official who spoke on condition of anonymity, the attack on the base started at about 5 a.m. on Saturday.

“We got the information that Boko Haram insurgents went and dislodged the Multinational Joint Task Force there, after a fierce gun battle that lasted for hours,” the official said. “For now, all we can say is that it was a bad outing for the soldiers because the base was practically dislodged but one cannot say specifically the extent of damaged caused on the base and personnel”.

The MNJTF was created by defense and military chiefs from the six countries that make up the Lake Chad Basin Commission to combat arms trafficking, terrorism and related cross-border attacks that have continued to rise in the region.

Boko Haram terrorists had seen the existence of the MNJTF as a major threat to their operations, hence they continued to attack the base and the town with a view to having full control of the area.

In the last two years, Baga has suffered five major attacks with high casualty – the latest was that of November 2014 when Boko Haram terrorists ambushed fishermen returning from a night fishing expedition and slit the throats of 43 of them.

Details of the damage done in the Saturday attack is still sketchy even as residents of neighbouring village of Monguno who reportedly heard the gunshots and explosions echoing in their neighborhood fled to Maiduguri for safety.

The military is expected to release a statement soon on the attack.

Details later…


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  • Bin Fodio

    Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Ilaihi Raji’oun, (to God we belong and to Him we return). What a shame!!! And still PDP wants to be given more time?

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    Those Sharia-north politicians and religious leaders who are allies of the opposition APC are working on the premise that instigating violence and blood-bath in their region will result in an election victory for the pro-fundamentalist candidate Buhari.
    The deployment of terrorists as a political weapon by the extremist leaning party the APC is a heartless crime against innocent Nigerian and they MUST be punished at the polls. Nigerians will not be hoodwinked into succumbing to this blackmail !!

    • Olaseni Oladejo

      You are the one trying to blackmail us all with posts like this. Jonathan has failed and we must all agree that he cannot do more than he is doing. The future of Nigeria and Nigerians should not depend on the ambitions of a visionless, shoeless fisherman from Otueke. The greatest punishment will be to continue having GEJ has our president.

    • Gawgawa2015

      Attention everybody please don’t respond to this writer TaWanda this one of Jon the dummy’s media thug use to distract and distribute hate and lies. This is your reliable source I will disclose his identity once his account is fully investigated.

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        Aboki !! keep your eyes on the ball,let’s concentrate on putting our vies through,this is a democracy not Buhari dictatorship which you intend to foist on us once more. Free speech is a pillar of democracy,your Sambisa temperament is repugnant to democratic values !!

        • Gawgawa2015

          To all law abidiing free speech advocates who address issues rather than distributing lies and hatred, insulting all those who stand up for the truth against lies,corruption,unemployment,arm robbery,police and SSS brutalily, incompetence,kidnapping,insecurity,tribalism, nepotism, religious bigots,persistent power failures, constitutional negligence, educational failures and backwardness in every aspect of human life, be strong and remain steadfast in your quest for change. Haters like Tawanda will continue to hate but dont let haters kill your spirits or you dream, it will get worst before it gets better the closer we get to February the more they spit hatred, they won’t go quietly but change is inevitable.

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            This is “kettle calling pot black”,. It was this brutal Dictator Buhari who promulgated the draconian decree 4,he imprisoned journalists,closed media houses as he terrorised Nigerians and here you are trying to send us back to that same horrible man who started cross-border kidnapping,remember the kidnapping of Umaru Dikko. Buhari disrespected the sovereign status of the British state and planned an illegal activity in foreign lands.
            Buhari cannot claim to be a Messaiah,he is the dictator who back-dated draconian decrees to execute 3 Yoruba young men,an illegal act by any standards and you think you can foist such a character on us again ? THAT’S NOT GONNA HAPPEN !!

          • Gawgawa2015

            Insurgency, oil thief, military disobedience, 250 chibok girls still missing, interference by the so called first lady in the affairs of our nation, $20 billion dollars unaccounted for, dilapidated roads, abandoned projects, messages to the nation from religious sites instead of parliamentary grounds, seized plane full of dollars by foreign nation. My fellow country men and women lets end this jaga jaga administration run by yeye politicians who won magu magu election. Your time is up, you will go come February whether you like it or not. People of respectable character that are tried and tested in every sense of the words will begin to lead us to peace, unity and prosperity where you will be judged by the contents of your character rather than your tribal or religious belonging.
            Time to think of what we can do to our country and not what our country can do for us.

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            There is no magic wand to counter Islamic terrorism. When Sharia was imposed on northerners by their political and religious elite,they should have known that fundamentalism leads to radicalization and terrorism.
            The terrorist of Boko-haram are mostly northerners born and bred in northern Nigeria. Jonathan did not abduct the Chibok girls nor did the western leaders abduct and behead westerners rather the Al-quaeda groups and ISIS does……just like the Boko-haram.
            Jonathan will come and go but will the religious violence which has bedevilled northern Nigeria since 1914 end ? ONLY A BIGOT WILL BLAME JONATHAN FOR THE MAYHEM IN THE NORTH,IT IS PART OF A SYSTEM WHICH HAS BEEN BUILDING UP FOR DECADES.

          • Gawgawa2015

            My fellow Nigerians lets end this failures in leadership, the abuse of power, the clueless and weak leadership in the center of the affairs of the most powerful black nation on earth, an eagle that has been turned in to a pigeon, a country that has everything in abundance yet its leaders have no vision or concept of how to solve simple problems despite all the resources at their disposal. A country where leaders are constantly blaming others for their own failures, leaders that divide the very people they are supposed to lead and unite, leaders that use human catastrophe for their political advantage.
            My country men and women such leaders have no moral or ethical value system and as such they are not supposed to be there to begin with, so lets send them home, come February change things for better remove these incompetent leadership and replace them with competent World class leaders.

      • True Nigerian

        Nobody actually takes him seriously anyway. This was the guy who once told me here that the reason Jonathan’s election was rigged in 2011 was because Jonathan had won the election already. So for him, Jonathan needed to rig an election in which he had already won. Hahahahahahahaha! I laughed on that day until my lungs felt tired.

        Jonathan’s fraudulent handlers are not even intelligent enough to find intelligent people to hire as his online trolls. He and his handlers hire characters like Tawanda, and you wonder why the government is having an irredeemably bad image problem which even a New York and Washington PR firm could not mitigate, even with millions of dollars in professional fees. It is ridiculous!

      • ije2014

        Please I’m very interested in the info you gather on this non-human. He/she is bent on heating up the polity and putting my brothers & sisters from SE zone at risk. I wonder how much the Parasites Demonic Principalities are paying him/her to justify this recklessness.

        • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

          OMG !! Another hate comment directed at innocent Tawanda !!

    • tundemash

      Creek Monkey , you forgot to include Fr. Mbaka in the list of those instigating violence against Dumbo, afterall he’s criticised Dumbo just as others did and u accused them of sponsoring Boko Haram. A cl0wn scared of his own shadow.

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        I reject hate names like “creek monkey” etc…..I am a gentleman of impeccable character,it will pay you to address me properly !!

        • tundemash

          who dash this monkey banana ?
          creek monkey, there is nothing hateful by identifying you with where you originate from; you were cross-bred !

  • True Nigerian

    Let them keep on in their murderous spree. Their days are numbered. When the people’s fearless General is innaugurated come May 29th, Boko haram will beg for mercy and their supporters will be the first to betray them. We will fish them out one after the other!

    This horror is not the destiny of Nigeria, neither was it an unavoidable course on our journey to our destiny. We, the people, shall prevail! But we must remove the weakest point in our battle against boko haram – that weakest point is the unthinking, lying leadership of the Jonathan presidency.

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      Are you then assuming that the Jihadist General will restrain his boys in the Sambisa only if he wins an election ? Wake up from your sleep and beat the ugly dream .The APC/Boko-haram coalition are bound to fail woefully.
      Extremism and terrorism have no place in civilised society so Buhari will be rejected as usual and even more decisively !!

      • Gaskiya

        Reverend Father Mbaka has dropped one bombshell and the whole of Enugu state will vote for APC. Gradually all SE will desert PDP as more bombshells are dropped on Jonathan and PDP.

        • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

          Enugu vote for APC-Boko-haram coalition?…. Because of the rantings of an insignificant and psychologically unstable priest facing excommunication from his church ? YOU ARE A HUGE JOKE !!

          You know nothing of the SE !!

  • larry

    SAI BUHARI!

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      SAI JONATHAN……..we need Buhari’s certificates to start with,his primary and O’level phantom certificates are missing in action !!

      • Gaskiya

        You are a pig.

        • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

          This is definitely a hate comment !!

  • Navigator

    ALL SAID AND DONE IT IS CLEAR THAT……..

    “Under the watch of Goodluck Jonathan,
    government has become legalised and protected robbery.
    Before the presidential election in 2011, Jonathan
    surreptitiously invited Bola Tinubu, lifting him at night
    by presidential aircraft from Lagos to Abuja to
    hatch a plan for Bola Tinubu to support one
    PDP presidential candidate (Jonathan),
    at the expense of all other PDP candidates
    for any office in Lagos state.

    If in the past corruption was in the corridors of
    power, it would seem now to be in the sitting room,
    dining room and bedroom of power.
    Whatever amount of money was given to Bola Tinubu,
    to procure votes for (PDP) in the 2011 presidential election
    in Lagos state was, to say the least, unnecessary.
    What made this phenomenon particularly bad was
    that government had raised the money from
    government transactions which fuel corruption.”

    ………..General Olusegun Obasanjo

    (November 2014)

  • Encore

    Goodluck Jonathan as i see him ………..OBASANJO

    “Under the watch of Goodluck Jonathan,
    government has become legalised and protected robbery.
    Before the presidential election in 2011, Jonathan
    surreptitiously invited Bola Tinubu, lifting him at night
    by presidential aircraft from Lagos to Abuja to
    hatch a plan for Bola Tinubu to support one
    PDP presidential candidate (Jonathan),
    at the expense of all other PDP candidates
    for any office in Lagos state.

    If in the past corruption was in the corridors of
    power, it would seem now to be in the sitting room,
    dining room and bedroom of power.
    Whatever amount of money was given to Bola Tinubu,
    to procure votes for (PDP) in the 2011 presidential election
    in Lagos state was, to say the least, unnecessary.
    What made this phenomenon particularly bad was
    that government had raised the money from
    government transactions which fuel corruption.”

    ………..General Olusegun Obasanjo

    (November 2014)

    • Retired Officer

      @ Editor Premium Times:

      For the first time since 1960 the Hausa/Fulani and Kanuri alliance want to fight the
      rest of Nigeria by themselves – without foot soldiers to be sent on fool’s errand.
      They will be disgraced. Since 1960 they’d controlled the Bachama, the Igala,
      the Idomas, the Ilorin, the Tapa, the Nupe, the Tivis and the Birom as foot soldiers,
      but not anymore.

      In a war of equal military assets the Hausa/Fulani/Kanuri alliance will be defeated
      in 48 hours. Modern warfare is an intellectual plan which the Hausa/Fulani are not
      good at. Southern Nigeria is the military powerhouse of Nigeria.

      The world saw that in 1967 when Colonel Murtala Mohammed fumbled
      all through the civil war, lost a whole brigade to Biafran massacre, failed twice
      to cross Onitsha bridge and lost all his remainder infantrymen in Abagana
      in a series of military blunders that should have earned Murtala Mohammed
      summary execution for soldierly incompetence.

      • Ado Na Allah

        that was why the British were afraid loosing there colony and immediately supported Nigerian army .

    • Jon Rhoma

      You must be very interesting if you still believe Obasanjo despite all the recent attacks by eminent Nigerians Prof. Wole Soyinka et al. Phew……..

  • Ohaneze N’digbo

    THE IGBO POSITION ON BOKO HARAM

    “For these evil people, we have only one message: you will never seize central power
    by making Nigeria ungovernable through senseless insurgency. Rather, if anything,
    you will only succeed in confirming Goodluck Jonathan as the last president
    of one united Nigeria”.

    ……Igbo Leaders of Thought

    (June 4th, 2014)

    Communique issued in Enugu

    • Celestine

      @ Ohaneze N’digbo:

      Wow! The battle-line is drawn in Nigeria and now the clouds are gathering!!!

      • Simeon

        Yes O, but the Yoruba people are the only confused ethnic group in Nigeria,
        without any agreed position on Boko Haram. Whereas, any little child in any
        other part of Nigeria knows there’s an on-going Islamic Jihad in Nigeria.

        The only group of people who do NOT know this simple fact are Yoruba Christians
        in the South-West having the highest number of professors, doctorates and university
        graduates but who rather throng, en masse, behind an Islamic party, APC.
        How my people perish for lack of knowledge!”

        • tundemash

          I guess u are reading from the book of lamentations cl0wn ! You would soon move to the book of hopelessness !

          • Mary

            If you like piss for bodi

    • Abdullahi Abba Bukar

      Haven’t you heard of Igbo Christians serving and retired police officers arrested for the supply of arms to Boko Haram at Nsuka (VOA News)? Boko Haram is an agenda to reduce the population of the north under the watchful eyes of Mr President. Recall all the alleged sponsors of Boko Haram (Retired chief of army staff, Ali Sheriff, etc) are close friends of Mr President.

  • OmoLasgidi

    It should be clear by now that Jona and his equally clueless military echelon cannot stop this incessant incursions and bloodbath by these Sons of Satan! Many Nigerians are thinking (and acting) as if this is just a problem of the North East by some Islamist Jihadists, their Muslim sympathisers and disgruntled politicians.

    The way things are going, very soon the hapless, underarmed and exposed soldiers will dessert in droves, and one can only but wonder what alternatives this deaf Government will have? Then and only then will they realise that nothing may stop the Sons of Satan from over-running the whole North East, and then emboldened to annex Adamawa, Yobe and others.

    Increasingly the SoS are getting more and more emboldened with these small victories, exploiting the weakness and low morale of the Nigerian troops, rampaging and forcefully recruiting young boys as soldiers and girls as suicide bombers, and annexing Nigerian territories with careless abandon. Seems the Nigerian government is helpless in this insurgency and too dumb to be courageous enough to ask for help!

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    The unholy alliance of the APC/Boko-haram is a coalition of bloody blackmail,why is it that people are so heartless that they do not care the amount of innocent blood spilled to attain a selfish political objective? Why must northern Christians,southern Christians and moderate Muslims nation-wide pay a price for this rampaging coalition operating on the lunatic fringes of Nigerian politics?
    The APC will be rejected,it will be like a tsunami,Nigerians will reject extremism,terrorism and fascism come the elections. A vote for Buhari will attract massive celebrations in the Sambisa forest while a vote for Jonathan will attract massive celebrations in the whole civilised world !!

    • steve

      Yes you are correct. “… a vote for Jonathan will attract massive celebrations in the whole civilised world…” just same manner there is current jubilation in the countries like USA and all European countries such that they refused to sell arms to the clueless president. You must be highly unintelligent. You should be removed from the list of e-rat commentators hired “Pastor” Omokri

    • Abdullahi Abba Bukar

      What about the Commander in chief that refused giving our armed forces weapons to fight the terrorists?

  • Commando

    THE NIGERIAN ARMY’S POSITION

    “The elites of northern Nigeria are responsible for the deliberate mis-information
    that hundreds of people died in Baga – where Boko Haram and the military clashed
    recently. The northern elites are against the Military Joint Task Force. Their
    hostile and antagonistic perception of the JTF; the demand for its withdrawal,
    the deliberate fabrication of stories, are all calculated to soil the image of the military.

    This is really demoralising to the Nigerian military, which has remained a veritable pillar
    for the nation’s unity and national security. What the nation needs at this time is the nation’s
    unity and security. What the nation needs at this time is national cohesion through guided
    comments by the elite…not the mischievous support for a terrorist organisation,
    whose ideology is nothing more than seeking the destruction of the country.”

    …….…….The Nigerian Army

    (March 18, 2013)

    • Bala

      Who was the army chief who sanctioned this irresponsible remark?

  • steve

    Mr Jonathan, next arrest all the solders involved in the battle, try them in your kangaroo military court for treason and sentence all of them to death by firing squad as usual. Useless corrupt president.

  • tundemash

    These Boko Haram attack must have been encouraged by the criticism of Dumbo Jo by Fr. Mbaka ….. no be so e-rats ??????

    • Otile

      Abubakar tundemash, where have been? Please read the good article “How APC Screened Buhari For Presidential Contest — Tunji Abayomi” and respond appropriately.

      Don’t hide now.

      • tundemash

        olodo …..i have a job and i am back now. I have told you petition INEC, SSS and police. Barking on P won’t move a muscle and i thought Abayomi explained himself . Once again, there is a reason Metuh, Abati and Okupe are silent on this .

  • Alcindo Satori

    I wonder what Fr. Mbaka is thinking now. BH overruns a multi-national force — comprising 6 nations — and Mbaka claims it’s cause of some pigeon that failed to fly?

    • Double Dee

      Hey, be careful when you stretch your tongue to insult a man of God because of your cheap political inclinations.
      Don’t attract the wrath of the Holy Spirit. REMEMBER: “TOUCH NOT MY ANOINTED AND DO MY PROPHET NO HARM”. Even the president haven’t replied the respected MAN OF GOD, THEN WHAT’S YOUR OWN?
      Becareful the way you talk.
      God HELP YOU.

  • Kokori

    =========================================================================
    BREAKING NEWS!!!—Buhari was cleared by APC based on “Irrefutable presumption”?—APC
    =========================================================================
    We refuse to agree to this fraud. We demand that he ‘SHOWS HIS CERTIFICATE’. Nothing more, nothing less. The constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria must be preserved.

    It should be the same rules for all. Nigerian presidency is not Unity schools where students from the North are admitted with cut off point of just 2 points, while those from Anambra, Enugu, Lagos, Edo, Rivers, Calabar have to score 135 points to get admitted. We reject this explanation and we call on Festus Kayamo, Mike Ozekhome etc to file a case without delay. Fraudsters mustn’t be allowed to get close to our nascent democracy.

  • Alcindo Satori

    Battleground states for this election is really shaping up! SE, SS, Ondo, Ekiti, Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Plateau, Niger, and Nasarawa are in the bags already for PDP. Kaduna, Ogun, Oyo, and Osun are definitely in play now, and at least 2 of those states shall go to PDP as well — though the target is to colonize all of them.

  • Guguru

    Nigerians are under siege by their government and they seem rather complacent and oblivious to this reality. They have a President who is already an Emperor in all but name, and who has decidedly taken the fateful course of treating the army of terror with “kid gloves”, which he comfortably condones with his express and blatant relationship with their beloved patron and friend, Ali Modu Sheriff.

    2015 is a battleground for the conscience and soul of Nigeria. Dark souls are intent on sending the soul of Nigeria into hades.

    • Abdullahi Abba Bukar

      Many thanks Guguru. You have said it all. You see when I heard of a plane ladded with arms enroute to Chad and Sheriff was said to be seen at the same Airport and the next day our government ordered the release I said to myself that Boko Haram is perhaps being supplied with arms to continue with their killings. It is a pity our government is not sensitive to the ongoing killings in the Northeast. Where it even pains is, we still have useless people in the Northeast who don’t care about the ongoing killings and promoting a party whose leadership don’t even care about the happenings.

      • Guguru

        Abdullahi,

        Thank you. Any Nigerian life lost in a wasteful manner should matter to Nigerians because tomorrow it could be their turn.

  • Mazzdark

    Why are Nigerian soldiers SO IMCOMPETENT?