Cameroon kills 41 Boko Haram militants

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Cameroon’s army has killed at least 41 militants as it fought off a wave of attacks along its border with Nigeria in an escalation in the conflict, the country’s Information Minister, Issa Tchiroma, said in Yaoundé on Monday.

Mr. Tchiroma said that the coordinated assaults on five towns and villages showed a change in tactics by Nigerian Boko Haram fighters, who have focused on hit-and-run raids on individual settlements in the past.

“Boko Haram’s campaign to carve out an Islamist caliphate has spread from its stronghold in Northeast Nigeria to neighbouring Cameroon.

“Raising fears for an already unstable region also threatened by Islamist militants in the Sahel,’’ he said.
He added that Cameroon has sent thousands of soldiers to its far North region to fight off the militants and said it launched air attacks on the movement for the first time on Sunday.

“Units of the Boko Haram group attacked Makari, Amchide, Limani and Achigachia in a change of strategy which consists of distracting Cameroonian troops on different fronts.

“Making them more vulnerable in the face of the mobility and unpredictability of their attacks,’’ Mr. Tchiroma said.

He said that no fewer than 34 militants were killed after the army laid siege to a base used by the militants in Chogori and seven others, and one soldier was killed near the town of Waza.

Army spokesperson, Didier Badjeck, told journalists that the Islamists briefly occupied an army camp in Achigachia after a fierce fight, but withdrew after air attacks.

“All the militants had now pulled back into Nigeria,’’ Mr. Badjeck said.

Both Messrs Tchiroma and Badjeck said it was too early to give full details of casualties.

Boko Haram has killed numerous soldiers and recruited hundreds of youths during raids in Cameroon’s Far North region this year.

(Reuters/NAN)


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  • Ade

    “APC janjaweed is trying to make Cameroon ungovernable for Paul Biya who is a minority president of Ijaw extraction. APC has been fueling insurgency in Cameroon in order to Islamise the country” Fani Kayode and Olisa Metuh.

    • Aminu Abbas-mg

      How weak is the Government to kip allowing this???

  • abc

    What are the weapons used by Cameroonian forces that always give them upper hand to defeat boko haram that Nigerian forces are lacking. I believe Nigerian forces were well remunerated than Cameron forces that always defeat BH. The problem of Nigeria is either lack of political will or lack of clues from the CinC to fought this war. I never heard any govt official or senior military official resign his post for his failures since this war started, all you hear is junior soldiers sentenced for mutiny. This govt must be voted out, even for this singular reason of failing to secure lives of Nigerians and territorial integrity of Nigeria.

  • Austine Ameh

    Give this guy a medal! or a raise- just add something to this guy!

  • Etomi

    Why don’t we rather do away with our Nigerian pretension to federalism and have a barefaced, naked unitary system of constitutional architectonic?

    I’d imagined that the federal character principle is only a derivative: i.e. a consequential offshoot of the ideal of true federalism in the sense that the minimum we can possibly have, since achieving true federalism has become a major challenge for the Nigerian project, is the principle of inclusion as guiding all federal appointments…

    You seem to suggest that the idea that Nigeria is an heterogeneous society which may be managed best by application of the federalist principle, is as bogus as it is the mere mental construct of some dishonest intellect who may have bullied the general consciousness into accepting such a farce…

    Do you really understand the implication of the ideas you are suggesting in the heads of Buhari and his men?

    Are you up in arms with the universal ideal of inclusive government?

    Heard you this morning in Nigeria Info making a case for Buhari to damn the cacophony of voices berating his appointments which patently are skewed in favor of the north…

    I heard you say the man is at liberty to act as he fancies in a country where the fault-lines are already drawn….

    In your “wisdom” Buhari is free to trump sagacity and, in fact, make all his appointments from his hometown of Daura!!!!!!

    Guy, Buhari got votes from all over the country, the difference in quantum being only in degree, hence he must show that he is a national and not a sectarian leader…

    The image of a sectarian leader which Buhari seems to project in a politically unstable, pluralistic society is a recipe for disaster!!!!

    The symbolism of making his appointments universal is far more politically expedient than arguing ineffectually and unconvincingly that his appointments were guided by merit and that such merit could only be located in northern Nigeria….

    Guy in trying hard to sound detached or objective, you have become a malodorous intellectual merchant of dangerous reductionism that yours only deserves, at the very best, the appellation, “academic…”

    You sound so ruinously tentative!!!!

    Flatly your contention denies itself of pragmatism or practical functionality, for you sound more like an apologist, an efficient machine of excuses for Buhari you hitherto had been labouring hard to find satisfactory explanations for his present cynicism…

    I find it interesting that even his spokesmen have not been able to make arguments more compelling than yours in generating acceptance for Buhari in his goofing miasma of questionable political choices…..

  • Remi

    This piece is one of those brilliant and articulate
    writings, which take a dispassionate view of our situation, but in the end is
    incapable of affecting anything on the ground.
    By arguing as he does, that the state or region of origin of appointees
    to federal post should not matter, the writer ignores the facts on the ground. Reality
    is that you deal with a situation, as is, and not as wished. Fact is that, while
    we have Nigeria, we do not have Nigerians, at least not in the sense that we
    have French men and Americans. Hence, every other “Nigerian” is suspicious of the
    other, thinking that their fellow “citizens” are out to get by at their
    expense. Unfortunately, some “Nigerians” do not allay this fear, as no sooner
    than they get to power, than do most MDAs under their control get surreptitiously
    filled by kinsmen from their region. Even if
    we had a skewed cabinet of geniuses, reality is that they will so get bogged down by the distraction of suspicion,
    complaints and protestations about their composition, that they will find it difficult
    to address the problems at hand. This is precisely the distraction that the
    arguably better off Buhari government has unnecessarily drawn herself into today.

    For example, the British Prime Minister can appoint all of
    her cabinet from say among the Scots and get away with it because those so
    appointed not only see themselves as U.K citizens, but also actually see the
    U.K as their constituency. Something we cannot say of our own situation in
    Nigeria.

    Since it is virtually impossible to help a people without
    their consent; we are, therefore, better off taking
    cognisance of our reality in making appointments, and thus avoid unnecessary
    distraction that results from skewed appointments.

    This piece is one of those brilliant and articulate
    writings, which take a dispassionate view of our situation, but in the end is
    incapable of affecting anything on the ground.
    By arguing as he does, that the state or region of origin of appointees
    to federal post should not matter, the writer ignores the facts on the ground. Reality
    is that you deal with a situation, as is, and not as wished. Fact is that, while
    we have Nigeria, we do not have Nigerians, at least not in the sense that we
    have French men and Americans. Hence, every other “Nigerian” is suspicious of the
    other, thinking that their fellow “citizens” are out to get by at their
    expense. Unfortunately, some “Nigerians” do not allay this fear, as no sooner
    than they get to power, than do most MDAs under their control get surreptitiously
    filled by kinsmen from their region. Even if
    we had a skewed cabinet of geniuses, reality is that they will so get bogged down by the distraction of suspicion,
    complaints and protestations about their composition, that they will find it difficult
    to address the problems at hand. This is precisely the distraction that the
    arguably better off Buhari government has unnecessarily drawn herself into today.

    For example, the British Prime Minister can appoint all of
    her cabinet from say among the Scots and get away with it because those so
    appointed not only see themselves as U.K citizens, but also actually see the
    U.K as their constituency. Something we cannot say of our own situation in
    Nigeria.

    Since it is virtually impossible to help a people without
    their consent; we are, therefore, better off taking
    cognisance of our reality in making appointments, and thus avoid unnecessary
    distraction that results from skewed appointments.