Army warns Borno community against illegal fish trade



The Nigerian Army has warned traders and members of communities in Borno against engaging in illegal fish trade with Boko Haram insurgents.

Maj.-Gen. Olusegun Adeniyi, the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, gave the warning during the destruction of fish products, hides and vehicles seized from the insurgents in Maiduguri on Friday.

Adeniyi disclosed that the military authorities and government had banned fishing activities in communities in northern Borno and Lake Chad basin to deny the insurgents access to monies to fund their activities.

He decried the nonchalant attitude of some traders and commercial vehicle operators who patronize and transported the insurgents’ fish products to markets in the state.

Adeniyi noted that the insurgents engaged in fish, hides and skin trades in collaboration with unscrupulous elements in the society.

“People from liberated areas with no regard to lives and properties; and without regard to end insurgdestroyedmon criminals who want to make money from anything go to Boko Haram camps buy fish and sell in the markets.

“Boko Haram insurgents have a running business to generate money to fund their dastardly activities.

“We fully recognize fishery industry in Nigeria but the fishery done by Boko Haram is to create confusion, continue insurgency and destruction of the northeast.

“The insurgency will have stopped if not for the people who patronize their fish; our effort is to arrest illegal business in fishing. Boko Haram without fish trade is a finished terrorist activity.

“Anybody who allow his boat, horse, camel or vehicle to carry fish for the Boko Haram, you are part of the insurgents because you are aiding them and an enemy of the state,” he said.

Adeniyi revealed that four vehicles conveying insurgents’ fishery products were seized on Maiduguri-Ngala Road by operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

He explained that the military had also seized fertilisers, metal and welding equipment from the insurgents’ logistics suppliers, adding that the items were being used by the insurgents to produce Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).

The commander called on the people and the Nigeria Union of Transport Workers (NUTRW), to sensitize their members on the need to desist from transporting goods for the insurgents, warning that such vehicles would be seized and destroyed.

Also, Mr Danladi Lange, the NSCDC’s Assistant Commander, disclosed that men of the command arrested drivers and seized three trucks and a car conveying large consignment of fish concealed in an animal feeds and cartons.

Lange explained that the seized vehicles were transporting the items from Ngala to markets in Maiduguri.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the seized fishery products, hides and vehicles were destroyed by the military.


Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz


Nigerian Army vows to track, deal with terrorists, bandits in Borno, Katsina, Sokoto



The Nigerian Army has vowed to track, capture or eliminate all the terrorists, bandits and their collaborators in Borno, Katsina and Sokoto states.

The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sagir Musa, gave the assurance in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.

Musa said the army authorities was deeply saddened by the unfortunate incident, in which suspected retreating Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists ambushed and killed innocent women and children in Faduma Koloram village, Gubio Local Government Area of Borno.

He said that the attack was done with the aid of the terrorists’ sleeper cells within communities.

The Army spokesperson said that a large contingent of military personnel had been drafted in the general area to track and apprehend or neutralise the perpetrators.

He added that the authorities had also mandated the Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole to enhance security, dominate the area and reassure the affected communities of the army’s commitment to protect them.

According to him, the Nigerian Army equally noted, with great concern, the banditry incidents in some parts of the north western part of the county across Katsina, Sokoto and Zamfara states.

“It has come to our knowledge that some bandits are shifting base and venting their anger on hapless citizens because of the ongoing operations in Katsina State.

“We sympathise with fellow Nigerians and the good people of Borno, Katsina, Sokoto and Zamfara states in particular, on these unfortunate incidents.

“We would like to assure all of our unrelenting effort in engaging with communities to rid our society of any and all remnants of these criminal elements,’’ Musa said.

He further assured that Nigerian army, in conjunction with Nigerian Air Force, other security agencies and the governments of the affected states, would make efforts to clear all known bandits’ hideouts in those states.

He added that more troops were being mobilised as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari.

“We will also like to assure that these types of heinous crimes will not go unpunished and will not be allowed anywhere in our country.

“We further wish to reiterate that the Nigerian Army is committed to investigate the circumstances of these callous attacks by desperate Boko Haram criminals and the bandits on innocent civilians.

“We will ensure that appropriate action is taken to mitigate against any future incidents.

“While thanking Nigerians for their understanding, we implore all to continue to support and cooperate with the troops as they carry out their duties.’’

Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Abdulfratah Babatunde (NAN)
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Insurgency: Buhari meets Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Buratai



The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the agenda of the meeting between the president and Buratai was unknown as at the time of filing this report.

However, NAN gathered that the Chief of Army Staff would use the opportunity of the meeting to update the president on his recent mission to the battle fields in the North East.

Buratai had in April relocated to the North-East to coordinate the ongoing war against the Boko Haram and the Islamic State West African Province terrorists by the Nigerian troops.

NAN reports that Buratai, who lost his biological mother while battling the Boko Haram insurgents at Sambisa forest, returned to Abuja on Sunday to brief the president on the progress report so far.

Details later

Edited By: Wale Ojetimi (NAN)
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25 soldiers injured while trying to maintain order in protests in Lebanon’s capital – Army



The soldiers were also trying to open the roads that were cut off by protesters and prevent destruction of public and private properties in the Lebanese capital, the army added.

Hundreds of protesters demonstrated on Saturday in downtown Beirut, calling for the overhaul of the Lebanese political system.

They threw stones at security forces and smashed the windows of the shops near the parliament.

Meanwhile, riot police fired tear gas at demonstrators to disperse them.

The Lebanese have been suffering from dire economic circumstances in the past few months after policies by previous governments failed and have led to an accumulated public debt of more than $89 billion. 


Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)
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South Korean boyband BTS donates $1 million to Black Lives Matter



On Thursday, the seven-member BTS wrote on its Twitter account that they are against racism and violence, with the hashtag BlackLivesMatter:

“We stand against racial discrimination. We condemn violence. You, I and we all have the right to be respected. We will stand together.”

The hashtag went viral among the K-pop group’s fans and started another wave of donations with a new hashtag, MatchAMillion.

The movement encouraged BTS’ fan base, known as ARMY, an acronym for Adorable Representative MC for Youth, to match the $1 million donation the group made.

One Twitter account said, “ARMYs, let’s #MatchAMillion with BTS’s donation to #BlackLivesMatter!”

The boyband suspended their world tour over coronavirus concerns in April.

The rolling, global protests reflect rising anger over police treatment of ethnic minorities, sparked by the May 25 killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis,after a white officer detaining him knelt on his neck.

Edited By: Emmanuel Okara (NAN)
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