Nigerian troops, mobile police unit advance towards Mubi to flush out Boko Haram

Adamawa people fleeing from Boko Haram. (Mubi)
Adamawa people fleeing from Boko Haram. (Mubi)

The Nigerian military and a mobile police unit have started advancing to the commercial border town of Mubi, Adamawa state.

The town along with some other communities in Adamawa and Borno states were taken over by Boko Haram in the last few weeks.

Sources say that the police unit, which appeared battle ready, was headed to the troubled area not only to flush out the terrorists but also to liberate Vintim, the home town of the Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh, one of the communities currently under the control of Boko Haram.

One of the fleeing residents, Bitrus Gajere, said the mobile police special anti-terrorist unit had already reached Marraba Mubi Junction, about 18 kilometres from Mubi town.

Other reports say the Nigerian military backing the police unit and led by a colonel was at Pella Junction, 80 kilometres from Mubi.

Mr. Gajere expressed his happiness at the development.

“It may lead to the end of the trauma occasioned by the dismal performance of Nigerian troops who always flee whenever insurgents strike, leading to the fall of many towns and villages,” he said.

Two residents of Marraba Mubi, Yohanna Gambo and Sanda Zira, told reporters in Yola that they saw a detachment of mobile police officers keeping vigil at the junction leading to Mubi and Michika Local Governments.

“In fact, we are shocked and surprised to see a handful of mobile police officer because since the fall of Mubi, we have not seen a security man,” Mr. Gambo said.

Meanwhile, efforts to reach the spokesperson of the Adamawa Police Command, Othman Abubakar, a deputy superintendent of police, were unsuccessful as calls to his mobile phone were diverted.

Contrary to the claim by the Nigerian military that it was on top of the situation in Mubi, reports say Boko Haram is consolidating its position in the captured town and indeed renamed it “Madinatul Islam” meaning the city of Islam.

Trapped residents said the insurgents were having a field day; holding open court and preaching sessions as they threaten to marry off spinsters to bachelors and open shops that were closed by their owners.

Musa Aliyu, one of the trapped residents, said: “They asked us to go about our normal business without fear of being killed. They warned shop owners to come back and open their shops; if not, the shops would be opened by force. The insurgents are now holding public courts and preaching at the emir’s palace and threatened to marry off girls in for a dowry of N2,000 to N5,000. For now there is calm in the town, though we could hear gunshots at the outskirts.”


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  • the truth

    it is information like this that makes me always say pt is boko haram in print media. How can you leak such a sensitive information. Are you giving advance notice to boko haram boys on how to strategize, are u letting them know what is on the way. When i said we have moles in the military and pro boko haram news outlets like premium times, people didn’t read between the lines.

    • Stephanie

      You think they didn’t have this information long before PT reported it? So you think they are ghosts going into the town?

    • Trigger

      Go siddon. Which sensitive information? That troops are advancing? So if security forces wanted it secret is your fish brain not aware that special operations are usually carried out at night? This is either done daytime to assure an apprehensive public or officers themselves contacted the media to prove they are working. And you’re claiming sensitive information. OK, nobody is reporting Gwoza advance, can your soldiers go reclaim that one? Olodo!

      • the truth

        Thanks for d insult.have a great day

    • kwango

      My man you always reason as if your head is upside down. I wonder why you are created incapable of rational thinking and contribution.

      • the truth

        If u are a little sensible u would agree with me that divulging this info at this critical time is wrong.but it is bewildering that u dont see that

    • GEJ DUMBO

      Confirmed daft. Its not by force to post.

    • Truthometer

      Ali Modu Sheriff (Ambassador of Bokoharamistan to Nigeria) has already handed over your so-called sensitive information to Shekau, before PT even got the information. So, Dumbo-ass, what are you talking about?

      • the truth

        Only sensible people would understand my point

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      the truth, you make perfect sense on this.

      I read, and re-read the lines and could not believe what I was reading.

      This is one detailed info that should never have been released by the military and not published either.

      At best, it should only have been vague references.

      PT, the details were not in the interest of Nigeria.

      • the truth

        My brother some people are so metamophised in doing things the wrong way.divulging this news is like giving live ammunition to shekau and telling him not to shoot

        • Otile

          They have nothing to lose, they don’t have the interest of your Nigeria at heart. For the Northern generals it is “war continue”. Nothing can make you a quick millionaire in British Pounds more than being a war general. Examples are: Jerry Boy Useni, Danjuma, IBB, Col Mobolaji Johnson, Ogagun Obasanjo, Abubakar Abusalami, Col Gowon, Gen Dauda Mark, Col Oladipo Diya etc. etc.

    • Otile

      My friend, oil is the only thing holding Nigeria together. Forget about your so called national unity, every actor is in it for the money. Most of the Northern generals are Boko Haram in disguise. Do Boko boys not have parents and relative who know their whereabouts? How come churches are demolished while mosques are left untouched? American University owned by a good Muslim and all the Islamic schools are open while state institutions and schools owned Christians are closed or sacked by the enemy. Islamic APC should find something better to do and let peace reign.

  • Otile

    This is one advantage the moslems have over us. If I was a moslem I would make a trip to Madinatul Islam and pay the top price of N5,000, they hand me the choicest girl of my heart. I would for ever be grateful to Imam Shekau for making it possible for me get an obedient Musulumi girl. I would continue to say live the Islamic Caliphate.

  • Oluwadara

    What a shame Nigerian army, Police approaching the secessionist terrorist 18km and army backing them up from 80km. isn’t military duty to keep every inch of Nigeria intact. i cry for Nigeria. all hail Nigerian Police.

    • Truthometer

      The man o war and the boys scout are on the march again. Let’s see the outcome. They should however remember that the Cameroon border is still open for “tactical maneuver”.

    • The following is from my article “Islam’s Jesus”:

      In Islam, hiding the intention to expand Islamic territory is a virtue. When
      Muhammad didn’t have enough soldiers, he agreed to be peaceful with
      Mecca (Peace Treaty of Hudaibiya), but after he gained more followers,
      he went from Medina to Mecca and conquered Mecca during Ramadan (a
      pre-Islamic pagan fasting month in which Meccans won’t usually fight). Following
      the example of Muhammad, Muslims (even today) advocate and follow
      Quranic and Hadithic verses that speaks of making peace with infidels
      when Muslims are the minority in a society. Examples of such verses are:
      Q2.256 “Let there be no compulsion in religion …”

      The Qur’an and Hadith doesn’t limit the expansion of Ummah al-Islamiyah, the
      lands over which Sharia’s Theocracy must be administered; in comparison
      to the Torah’s Theocracy over a specified land: Eretz YisraEl.

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  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    It is rather inexplicable that the Police unit is on the front-line while the army is playing the role of rear guard…….can somebody please explain this anomaly ?

    • Otile

      My brother if you want explanation please listen to me. There is no anomaly here. The war is going according to plan. The military police sometimes called mobile police in Nigeria are first and foremost trained to fight to death as an elite fighting squad. Whenever the situation becomes hopeless, they are called upon to the war front. They can’t flee or complain that they are not well armed. Everybody sees them on the road and know that they are well equipped. They can even confront and defeat the dreaded Islamic suicide bombers.

      Generals don’t go to war, they sit on their butt at the rear mostly in underground bunkers and vaunt death threats to the enemy. Have a close look at generals Buhari, Obj, Useni, Abusalami, Jack Gowon, Diya, you can’t see any scratch or healed wound on their bodies. They only visit the war front when the place has been long liberated. Don’t you see how fat our own Badeh is? Do you think they are called pepper soup generals for nothing?

      I can go on and on, but suffice it to say that the few points I made here are true. Peace unto you.

      • Dan Fulani

        These Generals you mentioned above were juniors before and they all fought at Congo and Biafra, in case you don’t know.

        • Otile

          I have read that they were sent to Congo, but what did the achieve? The Congo war is still going on at least in Eastern Congo. It does not take much to fight war in Congo. Did you not see that 300 Mia Mai teenage fighters marched from Lumumbashi South East Congo to Kinshasa and routed General Mobutu’s Congolese armed forces and sacked the General himself? General Mobutu would have been alive today, but he died in exile in Moroccan Tuareg.

          As for your Nigerian heroes who went to Congo, what is written about them is shameful. For example Col Benjamin Adekunle was caught looting in the streets of Leopoldville as it was known that time. Cols Usman Hassan Katsina and Brig Ogundipe were sent back home for bad behavior.

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        Bro, NA WAA !!

  • Spoken word

    Our Nigerian Army is leading from the rear.

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  • BLESSING EKPERE OGBU

    I hope and pray the Nigerian army don’t start shooting the Nigerian Mobile Police Force from the rear in the name of breach in communication.

  • PeterPaul1

    It’s wrong to send units of Nigerian Mobile Police to war zone. What is wrong with our leaders? Let the Nigerian Military face boko haram because that’s what they’re trained to do. Mobile Police Force are there to put down riots, etc; they were not formed to go to war. All these fat belly Generals should lead men of NA to Mubi asap.

  • G4

    This sort of information on troop movements should not be in the media, its more appropriate to only inform us when they have begun to engage the enemy. This way you are giving the BH advance warning