Nigerian troops dislodge Boko Haram, retake Bama after days of fighting

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After days of intense fighting, Nigerian troops Monday afternoon finally flushed out Boko Haram militants from Bama in Borno State, defence authorities have said.

“FLASH: Nigerian troops have this afternoon routed terrorists from #Bama in #Borno state. Mopping up operation is ongoing. #NeverAgain”, the defence headquarters tweeted.

Bama, the second largest Local Government Area in Borno, fell to Boko Haram on September 11, 2014.

Some residents, mostly women and children who tried to flee the area at the time were reported to have died of thirst and hunger as insurgents tightened their grip on the town.

Some men of the town were beheaded, residents say.

Bama was one of two most important towns held by Boko Haram for months.

The other, Gwoza, is now the only town under the control of Boko Haram, a violent jihadist group that has slaughtered more than 15,000 people since 2009.

Boko Haram uses Gwoza as its headquarters.

The victory over Bama came as part of a string of successes recorded by the Nigerian military in the last one month, after struggling for years to contain the deadly sect.

Ahead of elections March 28, the military has rallied its ranks and collaborated more with neighbouring countries to dismantle the sect.

Last week, the military cleared Adamawa of Boko Haram and Monday, it did the same for Yobe State, leaving Borno as the only state with some little presence of the group.

The Bama advance started March 6, our sources said, and was slowed largely because Boko Haram militants had destroyed bridges linking the town to other communities.

PREMIUM TIMES learnt the military spent time constructing a make-shift passage to the town.

The operation, we understand, was led by a Major of the Nigerian Army, who also led past tank operations to recapture Baga, Monguno and Michika.

The military had on February 23 launched intense airstrikes on Gwoza, Bama and Sambisa forest after retaking Monguno, Baga and other towns.

“In furtherance of the mission to clear terrorists from all their enclaves by the military, the Nigerian Air Force has stepped up its air bombardment of identified targets in Gwoza, Bama and Sambisa forest, preparatory to other phases of the mission,” a statement by defence spokesperson, Chris Olukolade, had said at the time.


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  • chukzee

    Kudos to Nigerian Army. #victoryfornigeria #Neveragain, Abeg who is this Major?

    • amazing2012

      No name for his safety, we are all happpppppy ! Congratulations !!

      • Otile

        You are not happy at all. The Federal troops are making worms meat out of your relatives and you are telling us you are happy. You are not a good brother.

    • Awarawa

      Chuks, you want the enemies of Nigeria to go kidnap his family members?!

  • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

    Fantastic news!

    Downside: Yet no news of the Chibok girls or the capture of Shekau and his top men!

    • Total

      You are not happy pretender. More bad news for you in coming days. All the clones of Shekau will be buried in the deserts and forest of Sambisa. Chibok girls will come back.

      • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

        Why should they be buried in the deserts and the forest?

        Nigerians demand proof that they are not phantoms created by the evil cabal in Ass Hole Rock.

        Your evil plot is already exposed for what it is.

  • Fairgame

    Well done our gallant soldiers. APC is weeping. Buhari is in great distress.

    • amazing2012

      What brought APC and Buhari ? You should have mentioned those Gen. Azazi pointed at (PDP and Jonathan).& he got killed !

  • Inase

    Boko Haram is NOT a fighting force worth its salt but a band of murderous Muslims.
    They got a boost from the dense cover of Sambisa forest and that was all they had.
    I am really happy to note that no hypocrite overseas is now mourning their corpses.
    Their previous idle talk of human rights violation by the Army jarred my hearing lobes.

    • Goodie

      AT LONG LAST THE COUNTRY CAN BE CALM AGAIN
      FOR THE COURT TO WHISPER THE NEXT QUESTION,
      WITHOUT THE NOISE FROM AUTOMATIC WEAPONS, VIZ:

    • Papashango77

      We wouldn’t have gotten to this point if this menace was nipped in the bud.

      • MARKED

        YOUR PAST LEADERS DID NOT BUY WEAPONS THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN USED. GEJ DID AND THAT IS WHY WE ARE WINNING. SO GROW UP.

      • El-batuta

        Who could have been responsible for the inability to nip it in the bud?

  • Sanchez Chibueze Aniamalu

    Kudos to our gallant soldiers.

  • Chris1408

    Finally, we might get a hero in the fight against Boko Haram. Kudos to the brave major and his troops.

  • BlackieUmukoro

    Another bad news for APC who have viciously berated jonathan for the atrocities of boko haram instead of condemning them. A party that abused Jonathan for pproscribing boko haram and whose presidential candidate canvassed amnsety for

    • Nduka The Great

      Mumu are you living in Jupiter? The leaflets BH distributed in Gombe warning falks there not to come out and vote has given your useless govt out! It is no longer news who the sponsor of BH is!

      • BlackieUmukoro

        Nduka the goat. How is the goat kingdom
        Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

        • Peter

          Nduka is not just a goat but a she-goat. Forget anybody you see reasoning from the anus.

  • Total

    God bless Nigeria and bless all those gallant soldiers. #NEVERAGAIN#. Wahala and other APC e-rat have become deaf and dumb. Guguru is now inside a cave because of shame. Liar MUHAMMED what do you have to say now?

    • Peter

      What of Hell Rufai and his mentor Buhari? They are now panicky.

  • Ailenbata George

    APC how market?,evil cannot triumph over good,Baba non vex,our army too much

  • redeem

    How INEC Paid Tinubu’s ACT.Tech N2.6bn for Production of PVCs, but defaultedAs the controversy continues to trail the production and supply of the permanent voters’ cards (PVCs) for the elections, it has emerged that a Nigerian company, ACT.Technologies Limited, was awarded a N2.6 billion contract by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to produce the PVCs, which was in turn sub-contracted to a Chinese firm.

    Based on the electronic payments exclusively obtained from INEC by THISDAY, the transfers showed that over N2.6 billion was paid to the Nigerian company where Bola Tinubu has substantial interest, for the production and supply of over 68.8 million PVCs within a period of seven months.

    It was further gathered that the PVCs were expected to be produced at a unit cost of N65.

    THISDAY gathered that the electronic payment mandate for the production of the PVCs was routed through two banks, an Islamic Bank – JAIZ Bank – and the First City Monument Bank (FCMB) Limited between 2013 and 2014, which showed that ACT.Technologies charged with the production of the PVCs had been fully paid, but is yet to supply all the PVCs for the elections.

    A breakdown of the payment mandate showed that INEC on February 14, 2013 paid the sum of N489,937,500 to ACT.Technologies, being part payment for the production of the PVCs. The money was paid through JAIZ Bank.
    Another transfer of N585 million was made on July 16, 2013 to the company via FCMB; on June 11, 2013, N293,962,500 was effected through JAIZ Bank; while on August 13, 2013, INEC paid N130 million.
    In addition, N234 million was paid to ACT.Technologies for the supply of 40 million PVCs through JAIZ Bank on January 24, 2014, while the last transfer of N590,871,418 was made on February 19, 2014.
    All the electronic payment mandates were signed by the Secretary of INEC, Augusta Ogakwu; Director of Finance, Hajiya Salamatu Ibrahim; and Director of Budget, T.W. Afannga.
    According to an INEC source, despite the full payment for the contract, a batch of PVCs were yet to be produced.
    Shortly after the elections were postponed, Jega had informed the Senate that some 800,000 to one million PVCs had still not arrived the country from China.

    • Hard Talk!

      Where did they get all these monies?…and there is no safe water for us to drink in Olomoro, Bodo and Ogoni lands…we can’t fish in our rivers anymore bcos of pollution…we can’t plant on our lands bcos of pollution…everything is now cancerous…and there are no more old people in the Niger Delta villages bcos of the health extractive companies in the oil & gas sector…

      But how can all these monies be spent on election when the people who own the resources are forgotten? This is unacceptable. There must be a response. RESOURCE CONTROL and SECESSION is irrevocably and inevitably imminent.

      • mcleomat

        Sir, direct the question to ur son who happened to be the C in C for almost 6 years now. Who has done nothing to develop ur area.

      • Faruk Al-amin

        Isn’t Jonathan from niger delta, make u ask am

  • warry

    In a country of enlightened men,GEJ would have been celebrated for his intelligence. The US had betrayed him during the Ebola outbreak, yet he succeeded. They betrayed him in Terrorism of Boko Haram, he has succeeded, but in a country where people place religious and ethnic sentiments far above everything else, what are the enemies of progress doing, blackmail him with corruption. This is because they know that due to the low literacy level in most parts of the country, few people will say,show us the evidence of corruption. This is the reason the first lady says if a young person works hard abroad and buys an helicopter he will be commended by all including Nigerians,but if a young Nigerian succeeds like GEJ and buys an helicopter they will say he is corrupt to bring him down.

    • Dan maikoko

      We know that for five years he did not find it worth his time to fight BH. We all thought that he was incapable and clueless. Now the election time has come and in five weeks (at least according to the Nigerian army) he has finished boko haram. We now ask the important question, if GEJ can do it why did he wait for 15,000 people to be killed before he acts? Will he do the same if the terrorists are in the ND region? What about the Chibok girls? Will he lunch a rescue operation for them in the last week of the election postponement? What will the rest of the world call us if we voted for him again?
      Jona is irredeemable. Head he loses and tail we win! His recent move against BH is an after thought worthy only of a little child.

    • @joeodiete1

      Well said….whether we we like it or not GEJ is far better than any opposition that stands his way…#VoteGej2015

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  • abc

    I’m still not convinced with this so called victories over BH. NA are just taking over towns left by BH, but not winning any war against them. In the YouTube videos I saw BH in their thousands with tens of dozens of vehicles. But NA are just recording the so called victory without any serious confrontations, doesn’t that tell any right thinking person that BH are just retreating out of the so called captured towns by NA, just to return some other time. I have a fear, and am not doing that out of any sentiment, political or otherwise, but just a simple logical thinking. I will be happy to see real action. Like 200- 300 BH killed and like 30-40 vehicles of BH distroyed, 50-70arrested in every major town taken over. Things like that. But just, Baga liberated, Buni-yadi liberated, Madagali liberated, just like that. No I can’t understand this.

    • mcleomat

      Sir, urs is the only sensible comment I av read in a while, others talks rubbish, PDP this APC that. I av said it tu there is no single clip showing the battle btw BH and NA. I believe there ar combat correspondence in any battle. But that’s not the case here, we ar only fed wt tales by moonlight. Anyway no matter how long lies takes truth will catch up wt it one day.

    • atari d Lion

      I total concur with you abc…All major battles around the world have real time camera crews , even on youtube you will see syrian tanks with GoPro camera attached to turrets as they advance, take fire , retreat…in Iraq the battle against Isis (Daesh)and the decimation of Isil (Daesh) assets are there to watch, loads of clips, but in my beloved Nigeria, only the NA, in charge of propaganda , keeps churnig us ; story for the Gods, on a daily basis…we all hope BH is not retreating only to unleash another round after elections…lets watch.., wait and see the end game

    • danladi

      But you do believe the CNN crew with the Chadian armies that were allowed to see action against the BH?

  • richkid

    Gej is winning poles

    • Musbau Hamzat

      Good Gej is winning poles but Buhari is winning polls.

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    Bad…Bad….Very bad news for the APC.

    Nigerian Army,we hail una !!

  • Gideon Orkar

    Kill them, kill them all. Dirty rabid animals deserve death

    • Faruk Al-amin

      Well said

  • Gideon Orkar

    Soak the earth with their dirty blood

  • Peter

    The extermination of the deadly Boko Haram sect is the beginning of defeat of Buhari and his janjaweed APC at the polls on 28th March 2015. In the next few days Gwoza will fall and the north will be free. Thanks to our military and our neighbours who now know (albeit very late in the day) that to allow Boko Haram to incubate and take root within the sub-region is dangerous.

  • Pause

    Bravo our gallant military.

    With recent successes, Nigerians must restore soldiers’ rights to keep beating up “bloody civilians’ on Nigeria roads, including tearing the dresses of our sisters while beating them up.

    One of the highlights of the celebration must be to allow soldiers to beat up a few ‘bloody’ civilians in each of the six regions of Nigeria. I volunteer my ‘bloody’ self to be beating. Just contact me with information on where to drive my ‘bloody’ self to or whom to report to.

  • Faka

    Just imagine how much of my oil money dem don waste to fight this useless Northern islamist terrorists! Na the only thing wey dey pain me be that.

    The North contributes NOTHING to Nigeria but VIOLENCE, VIOLENCE and VIOLENCE. Why did useless Britain amalgamate different countries of the North & South to form Nigeria? Why? Just imagine how many people blood thirsty Hausa Fulani & Kanuri have killed since 1914….

    …and now John Big Nose will be very sad…at least he can keep his Cobra helicopters…We hope they will continue to send free warships to coastal Nigeria to help fight terrorists in the desert. Egoist Mumus!

    • Ibrahim

      Faka beg Clueless to campaign with you so as to get more votes to save YOUR oil money for better use. MUMU meets clueless sons of prostitutes

  • Chiotu Nnamdi

    This is very inspiring.weldone .

  • samson john

    GEJ is working,APC are angry cos dy dnt have any negative thing to say against Mr President

  • Gran puba

    As much as we believe in our military and congratulate them for the strings of victories. Let’s not be complacent cos these BH bastards have already vowed to die fighting. So vigilance and unified cooperation of the citizenry is what will finally shutdown the dieases called Boko Haram. Let do it as we did Ebola. Close religious and partisan divides and redeem the common factor called Nigeria.

  • zachry

    Congratulations for the victory over boko haram so far, keep flushing them out of our territory, till the northeast is safe for my brothers to live in peace and enjoy there homeland.

  • CK

    Well said