Nigerian military says troops ‘stabilising’ Mubi, Bama, others

Nigerian soldiers on guard in Maiduguri

The Defence Headquarters on Thursday said the towns and villages in the North East reportedly taken over by the Boko Haram insurgents are being stabilised through air and land attacks.

It also said media reports that dreaded sect was closing in on Maiduguri, the Borno State capital was intended to cause panic in the city.

In a ​T​w​itter post​​, the DHQ listed some of the towns and villages, which Nigerian troops have made impressive outing as Mubi, Michika, Bazza, Gulak, Gwoza, Bama, Gamboru and Ngala.

The​ towns had been taken over​ by​ the sect causing the residents to flee. Ngala is the home place of a former Borno State Governor, Ali Modu Sheriff​,​ who is alleged to be one of the sponsors of Boko Haram.

The tweet reads, “Alarmist Report on Foreign and Online Media on Maiduguri is clearly intended to cause Panic in the city and the nation.

“All facets of security arrangements for the defence of Maiduguri has been upgraded to handle any planned attack or attempt to disrupt the city’s prevailing peace. This kind of alarmist report is uncalled for in view of the efforts and alertness.

“Citizens are nevertheless enjoined to remain vigilant as they go about their lawful business.

“Meanwhile situation in Mubi, Michika, Bazza, Gulak, Gwoza, Bama, Gamboru Ngala & other parts of the North East is being stabilized as highly coordinated air and land operations are ongoing.

“The efforts are yielding impressive results in the overall move to rid the areas of terrorists’ activities​,​”​ it claimed.​

​Bama community leaders said Thursday that the two remains under the control of Boko Haram.​

The Borno Elders Forum, BEF, had raised the alarm on Wednesday that the Boko Haram fighters were preparing an imminent takeover of Maiduguri.

“We wish to call on the Federal Government to urgently fortify in and around the city of Maiduguri,” BEF, which comprises retired military officers and senior civil servants from the region, said.

Maiduguri is significant to the sect having been founded in the city as an anti-corruption group in 2002 and thus regard as its spiritual home.


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  • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

    If nothing else from this situation is positive, we can draw draw some comfort in knowing that the military spokesperson is exercising some cerebral gymnastics in the use of adjectives!

    Now we know the situational meanings of “tactical manoeuvre” and “stabilising” in military parlance!!

    I wonder why we are struggling to believe everything we hear from the military authorities these days? Is it because the reality on the grounds do not correspond with what they keep telling us?

    One day, monkey go go market sha..!

    • Don M.

      Uncle K, how do you know ‘the reality on the ground ‘?
      U dey there? Abi na u be ‘Abu Qaqa’??
      Sorry just asking.

      • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

        lol, Don.

        Wish I was Abu Qaqa. I would have announced the sacking of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan!

        But seriously, are you telling me you don’t believe the reports from the people who live in these areas? The newspapers are reporting and quoting more than one of them.

        That is corroboration in my dictionary.

        • Don M.

          My bro..i don’t know wot to believe anymore. Truth is, propaganda is an integral part of warfare. You will agree with me this is usually the case. Remember the invasion of Iraq and how the Iraqi information minister kept claiming they were on top of the situation..while oga saddam ws hibernating in a sewer line??
          However, I agree with u the defense spokesperson ws being very ‘tactful’ with his choice of words..that alone could mean something..

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            That was why I actually ended my first comment by writing “one day, monkey go go market..!”

            I agree that there is a lot of propaganda going on now, but I am more inclined to give the community elders the benefit of the doubt as opposed to the military that claimed to have rescued all, but eight of the Chibok girls within 48 hours of their abduction.

          • ifebuche

            keep recycling old stale news. Go ahead and believe the worst. It’s in your wiring. From Don: “Uncle K, how do you know ‘the reality on the ground ‘?U dey there? Abi na u be ‘Abu Qaqa’??”

            Your Response: “Wish I was Abu Qaqa”

            We know you like the mayhem.
            Carry along. Like you said: “one day, monkey go go market..!”

            That goes for you too.
            Who claimed to have a company employing 50 that gives paternity leave with pay to the men folk whereas he does’t have a backyard-type poultry of 10 chickens.

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            Those without aspirations are easily discernible from the garbage that spews forth from their minds.

            You are no different from the detritus blown about by the wind.

    • dudu

      Actually, after listening to the news this morning, I was wondering if “stabilising” now has a new meaning in the dictionary, more especially when the matter at hand is not about a patient undergoing surgery, yes, the military Goebbels are really creative in the use of some interesting adjectives