Nigerian troops have foiled multiple terrorist attacks targeted at soldiers and Muslim faithful while breaking the Ramadan fast at Gajiram and Damasak towns in Borno State. During the counter-terrorism operation on Tuesday night, effective close air support was provided by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) aircraft to the ground troops who were stationed at Damasak and Gajiram after they came under fire by ISWAP/Boko Haram terrorists. According to a military source, the terrorists were on a reprisal mission to avenge the loss of about 13 of their top commanders, who were killed by troops in the Lake Chad axis last week.
The Imo Police Command headquarters and the Correctional Centre in Owerri, the state capital, came under heavy attacks yesterday by gunmen. They looted the armoury and burnt vehicles after freeing no fewer than 600 detainees at the police headquarters. A police source said the hoodlums took away sophisticated arms and set the rest ablaze. But the police said the armoury was not looted. Meanwhile, the Nigerian Correctional Service said the hoodlums freed at least 1,844 inmates.
Eyewitnesses said the attacks started around 1.30 am and ended two hours later.
The General overseer of the Redeem Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye has disclosed that eight of his church members whom were abducted some weeks in Kaduna state have been released by the terrorists. The cleric made the announcement today through his official twitter handle. Recall on 26 March 8 members of RCCG, Region 30, Trinity Sanctuary, Kaduna, while on transit to a programme near Doka along the Kachia-Kafanchan Road were attacked, on their way.
The Kaduna state government says it never appointed any individual or group to negotiate with criminal bandits on its behalf over the case of abduction of the 39 students of the College of Forestry Mechanisation who were taken forcefully by bandits some days back. The state commissioner for internal security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan stated this on behalf of the state government yesterday; therefore warned that any person found negotiating with the bandits would be prosecuted by the state government.