Adamawa now free of Boko Haram terrorists — DHQ

FILE PHOTO: Nigerian Soldiers

Nigerian troops on Thursday succeeded in clearing terrorists out of Madagali, the last major town held by Boko Haram terrorists in Nigeria’s Adamawa State.

The Director Defence Information, Chris Olukolade, a Major General, who is on a tour of mission areas in the North-East, announced the development via a press statement.

He said there were no casualties on the side of the Nigerian forces, which included the Army, the Airforce and other security agencies.

He said mop-up operation is ongoing in the town.

The ridding of Adamawa of terrorists is an extension of the string of successes the Nigerian troops have had since they commenced an extensive six-week anti-Boko Haram operation on February 14.

The troops routed terrorists from different towns and communities in Adamawa, Borno, Yobe and Gombe, including Bara, the headquarter of Gulani Local Government Area of Yobe State, Gulak, the Headquarter of Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa State.

Other locations also cleared in the course of the operation, according to the military, include Shikah, Fikayel, Tetebah, Buza, Kamla and Bumsa.

The troops also recovered Monguno, Marte, Gamboru Ngala, Dikwa and Baga among other big towns and communities.

On Wednesday, the military announced it dislodged the Boko Haram terrorists from Lame/Bura forest between Ningi and Torro Local Government Areas of Bauchi State.

Sani Usman, Acting Director, Army Public Relations, said troops from 33 Brigade of the Nigerian Army cleared the area of terrorists in an operation which started last weekend.

“Quite a number of terrorists were killed, their weapons and equipment destroyed. Similarly, a sizeable number of arms, ammunitions, food stuffs, Hilux vehicles, motorcycles and Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) were recovered by the troops,” Mr. Sani said.

The troops, he said, also recovered three Hilux vehicles, 12 motorcycles, four AK-47 rifles, a Fabrique Nationale rifle, one Small Machine Gun (SMG), one Police Teargas pistol, 36 Primed IEDs, 56 rifles magazines and over 500 rounds of 7.62 milimetre ammunition.

Other items recovered are six jerrycans of groundnut and palm oil and several Improvised Explosive Device-making materials, amongst others.

The liberated area, he said, was an hideout and operating ground for the terrorists.


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  • Chris1408

    Na wao. Boko Haram politics. The military achieved in 3 weeks what they couldn’t achieve in 6 years. Na wao. Now we know Boko Haram is truly sponsored by politicians

    • Total

      Why are so sad about this cheering news? God bless NIGERIAN soldiers.

  • justme

    May peace be restored to our land!!..GEJ thumps up!

  • Total

    Good news to nigerian and a bad news to enemies of Nigeria. Brave gallant soldiers. Death to terrorists.

  • Godfrey Etokebe

    I can now go to SLEEP. KUDOS to GEJ the C in C and the GALLANT NIGERIA SECURITY OUTFIT. Thanks to Our neighbours Niger, Chad and Cameroun for their co-operation. A FRIEND in NEED is A FRIEND in DEED!!!!

    • Guguru

      LOL. A C-in-C who trusts mercenaries more than he trusts the Nigerian Military. Shame on you for settling for mercenaries.

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      If you can think, you’d be wondering why all these towns are empty of boko haram when our soldiers reach them!

      Sambisa forest is reportedly cleared, so is Lame forest in Bauchi, but our girls are yet to be found, nine of the top boko haram commanders or backers arrested or documents found, but “we are winning!”

      Are boko haram fighters spirits or have they just given up on holding these towns because they have been given instructions to ‘let go’?

      If all these towns have been emptied, should it not suggest the boko haram are massing somewhere, yet our military denied the a Punch report of this only last week!

      Think, bruv.

  • Rommel

    Its not Nigerian soldiers that are doing the fighting,it is hundreds of south African and Belarusian mercenaries who are being paid $400 cash money each daily that are engaging Boko Haram,Jonathan outsourced this war,we need information about this new revelation

    • Dr.Dan

      Does it matter? What matters to me is that Adamawa is free from these beast call Boko Haram and its worth celebrating.

      • Godfrey Etokebe

        You shoudn’t have dignified his JAZZ!!!

        • omo oba

          correct my man, they are APC sponsor writers

      • Guguru

        Is Adamawa really free? Did Jona not tell us at one point that a cease-fire with BH has been reached? Was a cease-fire ever reached?

    • Faruk Al-amin

      As long as boko harm will get exterminated,nt only mercenaries even the devil is welcome to join the Frey

      • Guguru

        You no longer love Nigeria’s sovereignty? I thought you e-rats were all about Nigeria’s sovereignty when the US offered to help?

        • Shehu Monguno

          have the United States, Indonesia, Angola, Sierra Leona and even South Africa who in the past engaged the support services of such companies lost their soverignty? It is obvious that you have no idea how wars today are fought

          • Guguru

            Shehu,

            Your question is a red-herring question because you assume the contracts of Blackwater and Executive Outcomes are similar. Second, you listed nations you believe to be receiving some sort of security services and yet you do not provide the criteria or the basis for the choice of such nations. The nations you listed simply appeared from thin air. Well, Blackwater provided personal security services to select US government employees in a war zone no different than the security services provided to US govt agencies in the US. Blackwater WAS NOT involved in direct and continuous engagement with enemy combatants in Iraq and Afghanistan. On the other hand, Executive Outcomes is providing sovereign security services on behalf of a sovereign nation by direct and continuous engagement with enemy combatants called Boko Haram.

          • Shehu Monguno

            Guguru, that is what happens when you do not plan. if our past (General Buhari, Babangida, bacha, Abdulsalam, Obasanjo)and current leaders have invested in training and equipments for the armed forces, Nigeria wont be buying equipments and learning to use them on the job as it is happening now. Competency and experience are things gained over time and if these equipment had been in store before we would have developed our competency in the use and maintenance of these equipments. Nigeria brought in T-72 from Eastern Europe and Casspir mine resistant armored vehicle straight to the battle field. Do we have the competence to operate and maintain these? NO

          • Guguru

            Shehu,

            You seem to have left out Jonathan’s name from that list. I wonder why you did so because it appears dishonest. Do you know that Jonathan has chosen to fund mercenaries while the Nigerian Military is incapable of paying their electric bill to the tune of N700 million to Eko Power distribution company? Now, why would Jonathan be more interested in funding mercenaries rather than properly equipping the Nigerian Military? Do you have evidence that Jonathan actually bought new equipment for the Nigerian Army? How are you sure the equipment they claim was bought for the Nigerian Military was not leased from eastern Europe?

          • John West

            you are a pitiable individual, which army are you talking about, the one your apc and buhari’s jihad loyalist has already infiltrated and polluted. you people don’t mind to sound like a total imbecile just only to criticize Jonathan.FOOLS

          • Guguru

            Be quiet. Go and take your rabies shot.

          • Shehu Monguno

            Gutguru in case you have forgotten I said our past and present leaders. I did not only leave GEJ’s name out, I also left Yar’Adua out too. I am emphasizing on Nigeria’s retired general leaders who are in a better position to understand the military which happens to be their constituency and know their needs

    • Shehu Monguno

      Really hundreds of foreigners and none have been killed? the foreigners bodies must be bullet proof and bomb proof

  • IS.JESUS.CHRIST.A.CHRISTIAN

    NOT ONLY ADAMAWA LET ALL NIGERIA BE FREE OF THIS NON HUMAN CREATURES.

  • Umar Dendi

    Chai!
    Oga Jona!
    What a legacy to leave!
    The guy who lost the Federation to a bunch of shoe-less, no good, illiterate thugs!
    Your picture will be held up high, indeed!

    • Guguru

      Do you mean a legacy of 15,000 dead Nigerians, the use of mercenaries, a currency that has been devalued several times in three months, a liar to King of Morocco, a husband to a racist wife, etc?

  • Guguru

    Is Adamawa really free? Jonathan once said we have reached a cease-fire with the ghost called Shekau? And, all this after over 15,000 dead people, 4 years of needless fighting, corruption in the Nigerian Military, and the use of mercenaries from South Africa and Russia/Belarus/Ukraine?

    • Anyasa Umigbo

      No sympathies as you mourn your terrorist, murderous, blood sucking, cowardly colleagues in Boko Haram. You’re deservedly sad. Happy to know you’re in that state. May the rest of your life remain so.

      • Guguru

        Anyasa,

        You sound like you have rabies? When do you get your rabies shot next week? LOL.

    • Shehu Monguno

      Guguru, Yola is one hour away by air from most parts of Nigeria and just a plane ride away you can find out if Adanmawa state is really free. About the use of mercenary and technical support, in today warfare mercenaries are uses all over the world working with regular armies.

      Executive Outcomes the company in question had contracts with multinational corporations such as De Beers, Chevron, JFPI Corporation, Rio Tinto Zinc and Texaco. The governments of Angola, Sierra Leone, and Indonesia were also clients.

      In July 2004 Blackwater was hired by the U.S. State Department under the Bureau of Diplomatic Security’s Worldwide Personal Protective Services (WPPS) umbrella contract, along with DynCorp International and Triple Canopy, Inc. for protective services in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, and Israel. The applied for two years and expired on June 6, 2006. It authorized 482 personnel, and Blackwater received $488m for
      its work.

      • Guguru

        Shehu,

        Your statements may be convincing to an individual who does not know how to ask the right questions or is not well informed about how things work on this planet. Your whole thesis raises more questions than it answers. Why travel to Adamawa to see things for myself when the government can provide truthful and reliable information, assuming that government is known or is believed to be honest? Mr Jonathan was recently found to have lied diplomatically to King of Morocco. Citizens of a nation should trust their government. Thus, your solution of traveling to Yola appears to be a needless wild goose chase. Why travel when modern means of communication are available to help with gathering information more efficiently? Your comments here are very strange.

        And which parts of Nigeria did you say are one hour flight from Yola? How reliable is air safety in Nigeria? Which today’s warfare are you referring to? Can you be specific? Security contracts with private firms does not equate to contracts with a sovereign nation. If you are attempting to make such comparisons, then I think your comparisons are very questionable and simplistic. Also, can you produce evidence that the governments you mentioned were indeed clients of Executive Outcomes? And what type/level of security work did Executive Outcomes provide for these sovereign nations? And why would a government of any sovereign nation like Nigeria spend over $5 billion annually on its military only to depend on mercenaries when an emergent crisis shows up?

        Blackwater was hired to provide basic and personal security services for select U.S. Dept of State employees.. Blackwater was not hired to fight wars for a sovereign nation as Executive Outcomes is doing for Nigeria. So, your comparisons are without merit. Blackwater provided personal security services. while Executive Outcomes appears to be providing sovereign security services by virtue of its direct engagement with a combatant terrorist force resisting the will and authority of a sovereign nation. Thus, your attempts to make direct comparisons between the Blackwater and Executive Outcomes has successfully been halted and taken apart.

        • Shehu Monguno

          Guguru, first while the Nigerian Government has a misery US$5billion, the United States spent US$1.3trillion in Afghanistan and Iraq. Since the U.S. went to war in Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003,
          about 2.5 million members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast
          Guard and related Reserve and National Guard units have been deployed in
          the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, according to Department of Defense data. the Nigerian Army is less than 150,000 yet with the number and resources available United States of America still spent billions of US$ on private military contractors

          Second that countries did not use them for military engagement is standing the truth on its head. The United States, Sierra Leone, Angola, South Africa just to mention a few.

          Third apart from engaging military contractors in active duty roles in Afghanistan and Iraq United States of America have even engaged them right at home despite having 1,361,755 active personnel and 850,000 in the U.S army reserves Balackwaters have been engaged on home turf. “On September 1, 2005 following Hurricane Katrina, Blackwater dispatched a rescue team and helicopter, free of charge, to support relief operations. Following that, it was reported that the company also acted as law
          enforcement in the disaster stricken areas, such as securing
          neighborhoods and “confronting criminals”.
          Blackwater moved about 200 personnel into the area hit by Hurricane
          Katrina, most of whom (164 employees) were working under a contract with
          the Department of Homeland Security to protect government facilities, but the company held contracts with private clients as well. Overall,
          Blackwater had a “visible, and financially lucrative, presence in the
          immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina as the use of the company
          contractors cost U.S. taxpayers $240,000 a day.”

          Finally my people may not be schooled but we know the difference between a European and a Nigerian. We do not need Reuters to tell us

          • Guguru

            Shehu,

            Your argument is not clear or focused. No one asked you what the United States did or did not do in Iraq and Afghanistan. The focus of this debate is about Blackwater and Executive outcomes and the type/level of services they provided. You attempted to directly compare both companies and i showed you that you were wrong. Secondly, do you mind providing the basis for comparing Nigeria with the United States in terms of security? I find it dishonest when Nigerians try to make selective comparisons between Nigeria and the United States.

            What truth was stood on its head? Do you mind pointing to it? I said, Blackwater DID NOT provide direct and continuous engagement with enemy combatants on behalf of a sovereign nation. Blackwater simply provided basic security services in a war zone. I also said Executive Outcomes provides direct and continuous engagement with enemy combatants on behalf of a sovereign nation. Executive Outcomes provides sovereign security services on behalf of a sovereign nation.

            So, how has what you said negated a thing i have said? You still have not shown that Executive Outcoomes provides the same sort of security services as Blackwater. The rest of your assertions are simply a waste of time and energy. Stay focused in the debate. stop bringing in extraneous material which has no relevance whatsoever.

          • Shehu Monguno

            really? or the argument is not towing your line? Have Blackwater provided actual combat role in wars before? yes in Angola, Sierra Leone, in South Africa wars in Namibia, Afghanistan and Iraq. There is no basis for comparison yet the United States deployed Blackwater operatives to do policing and law enforcement on United States mainland roles after hurricane Katrina? All you need to do is google BlackWaters or Executive Outcome

          • Guguru

            Shehu,

            You are not focused. We are talking about a war zone and what the contractors are doing for each nation in the war zone, and you are here talking about mainland and all what not. I ask you, was Blackwater in direct and continuous engagement with enemy combatants on behalf of the US as Executive Outcome is in direct and continuous engagement with enemy combatants on behalf of Nigeria? And what is your basis for comparing the US to Nigeria. Are they in the same region or are they political and economic equals?

          • Dan maikoko

            Looks like this Monguno did not understand the difference between Nigeria and the US. Considering the level of commitments and the footprints of the two armies, Nigeria spending $5 billion dollars is larger than the US spending $1.3 trillion dollars. The US is a global army.

          • Guguru

            Dan,

            Thank you. People do not understand the difference between a global force, a regional force, and just a force. The US is a global force. Russia is a regional force. Nigeria just has a force, if any.

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            Guguru, don’t mind Mr. Monguno.

            He did a lot of ‘copy and paste’ in order to look “informed” but he still failed to subject his own information to critical analysis.

          • Born To rule

            I know you will still exhibit your madness and stupidity once more on this forum. Instead of attacking Shehu monguno, why not counter his claims or substantiate your accusation against him. punk!

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            Buffoon, if a man lacks the ability for critical thinking analysis, does pointing it out mean an “attack”?

            Who is exhibiting symptoms of madness here?

  • Steve Moore

    Nigerian military:-Thanks to you all our very best .Thank you for defending the country.Godbless you all IJN AMEN.

  • dd

    Where is Shaeku the loser!!!

    • bib

      Ask GEJ and his friend Derby who want to ‘capture’ him alive before the elections.

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    Nigerian Army…….we hail una,

    Another bad day and bad news for APC !!

  • Dan maikoko

    If only I can trust the Nigerian military.

  • Elis Davia

    That’s a good news, finally Adamawa is free. Big thanks to the army, airforce and other agencies for a job well done.

  • Elis Davia

    A very big thank you to President GEJ for the wisdom which he applied in solving this insurgency

    • bib

      A big thank you to our gallant soldiers. I cannot ever thank a president who could have prevented this war six years ago with minute fraction of resources being used now. He would have also saved the nation the trauma of death of thousands, loss of unimaginagenable amount of property and respectability.

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      What wisdom?

      Do you think wisdom resides in bottles of Ogogoro?

      • Born To rule

        You are such a mad and an idiotic fellow. I believe you must be saddened by the victory our boys are achieving against your people. You will soon be fetched out from your hidden place and dealt with the way book haram is being currently dealt with. Oloshi!

        • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

          Your father!

  • tinom

    The
    Anchor Holds” – The Story Behind the Song

    The story behind the writing of this song begins in 1992 when my wife
    and I experienced what we now call our year of sorrows.

    My father died that year, we were facing health problems, I had come to a
    point of burnout from being in pastoral ministry for 19 years, and the
    church that I had helped plant was entering the first phases of what
    became a devastating split. I was also re-evaluating the focus of my
    calling. I was weary and discouraged.

    Then, in the summer of ’92, my wife experienced her third miscarriage.
    We wept as we held the tiny 14-week fetus of our son in our hands. It
    truly felt as if our visions and dreams had “slipped right through like
    they were only grains of sand”. It seemed as if the best years were
    over.

    I was given a sabbatical from pastoring for six months. During that
    time, my wife and I grieved and prayed. I also began to play the piano
    again for hours at a time, alone with God. During this time of sadness
    and uncertainty, the Holy Spirit gave me a song which I entitled “The
    Anchor Holds”. As I would sing it, I began to experience God’s comfort,
    encouragement and hope. Eventually, fresh vision came and I entered a
    new phase of the calling on my life.

    In the spring of 1993, my old friend Ray Boltz heard about the song
    during a time of sharing together after one of his concerts in Maine. A
    few months later, Ray called me and expressed interest in possibly
    recording it. I sent the song to him “in the rough” and told him that he
    was free to adapt it for his purposes. Ray reworked some of the lyrics,
    shortened it a bit, and added a musical bridge and recorded it for his
    “Allegiance” project. It was released for national airplay in November
    1994.

    The response to this song has truly been overwhelming. I am so grateful
    that God can take our broken pieces and make something of value out of
    them. I am also thankful Ray Boltz who saw the potential of this song
    and utilized it for God’s glory.

    The song

    CH: The Anchor holds, though the ship is battered. The Anchor holds,
    though the sails are torn. I have fallen, fallen down on my knees as I
    faced the raging seas. But the Anchor holds; O, in spite of the storm

    I have journeyed through the long, dark night Out on the open sea, By
    faith alone, sight unknown, And yet His eyes were watching me. I’ve had
    visions and I’ve had dreams; Well I’ve even held them in my hands, But I
    never knew those dreams could slip right through Like they were only
    grains of sand.

    Now I have been young, but I am older now. O and there has been beauty
    these eyes have seen; But it was in the night, when I faced the storms
    of my life. Oh, that’s where God proved His love to me.

  • Olusola

    I will still not vote for PDP much less Jonathan.

    • JOHN APCPDPTHESAME

      Neither will I vote for any of them, however a winner WILL BE DECLARED WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT…

    • Nomso

      then who will you vote for? boko haram?

  • The people

    We must congratulate our army and the mercenaries from South Africa who are now liberating our country. Could our gallant soldiers have been able to defeat a rag-tag army of Boko Haram without these mercenaries camped out in Nigeria? That is the level of national disgrace and dishonour that corruption by Jonathan/PDP has brougt on our Nation. Humilation of our nationalism by a weak, selfish, morally debased and unpatriotic leadership.

    • Nwaka

      You are a useless human being that cant congratulate the Nigeria soldiers

  • Born To rule

    When is APC gonna at least congratulate our military boys? Haba, they should make Nigerians stop thinking about their involvement in the Boko haram saga by at least saying something positive about the military. Or is there somefin the APC is hiding that Nigerians need to know? Or are they not truly happy about the achievements of our boys against their own army? I tire for this APC people o, gaskiya!

    • PROF

      APC will never see anything good in killing their brothers !

  • Fijabi Olumide

    To be VERY sure there is no single combatant Boko Haram member left in the town, you will have to arrest all males between 15 and 45. Interrogate them in quarantine for at least 180days. During that period, they should be De-radicalized by re-orienting them. But the truth is that, the leopard’s spots don’t change. If a presidential aspirant can threaten blood and other few ‘educated’ Northern ‘leaders’ threaten violence at every opportunity, then it should be clear to all that the mindset of these people is intrinsically geared towards violence. The best option is to allow them manage themselves with their extremist views. Just like Pakistan & India.

  • Curious….

    I terminated a duly elected democracy with bullets, jailed people for 255yrs including Adekunle Ajasin & Prof Ambrose Alli of Bendel state who did not have a house any where in his state or outside the state or in Nigeria. In fact, when the Prof died, it was reported that the state Government quickly built a house for him where he was buried. Yet I put this man in jail….

    I also beat up Musicians like Fela & threw them into jail for the offence of singing. …I ordered arrest, beating and jailing without trial of Journalists like Nduka Irabo for the offence of writing negative things about me. What is my name?

    (a) Abacha (b) Babangida (c) Dr Jonathan (d) Bokohari (e) Thief Aremu

  • Adebisi

    Kudos to our gallant soldiers and all thanks to GEJ for his relentless effort towards the safety of the citizens.

  • Wise Head

    APC keeps losing.