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List of Boko Haram commanders arrested by ISWAP



List of Boko Haram commanders arrested by ISWAP


The Islamic State of the West African Province (ISWAP) under the new leadership of Abu-Musad Albarnawy has taken over all territories under the control of late Abubakar Shekau in a major revenge onslaught against the former Boko Haram leader.

Sources knowledgeable about the terrorists’ groups said the ISWAP faction has arrested 30 top commanders loyal to the late Boko Haram leader.

Some of the commanders and others arrested include:

  1. Abdul Bash, Commander Parisu
  2. Abu Mujaheed, Commander of Sabil Huda
  3. Mala Ali, Commander of Farisu
  4. Amir Hassana, Commander Garin Dambe
  5. Malam Bako, Commander Hizba
  6. Amir Halid, Commander Njimiya Falluja, Commander Garin Mala
  7. Abu- Fatima, Commander, Gwashke
  8. Kaka BK, Commander Garin Abu Asmau.
  9. Alai Bukar, Commander Mina Ngawri
  10. Abu-Ubaida, Commander Jungle Gabra in Pulka
  11. Amir Abdulrahman, Commander, Gobara
  12. Abu Muhammad, Commander Alava
  13. Ali Shara, Commander Yuwe Hanyan Bama
  14. Amir Huzayfa, Commander Yuwe Hanyan Welcome
  15. Abubakar Sarki, Commander Yuwe Hanyan Konduga
  16. Ibn Abbas, Commander Barin Bulla Yaga
  17. Ali Ngule, Commander Madara Mountain
  18. Ummati Mai Shayi, Commander Madara Mountain
  19. Mala Musa Abuja, the Chief Bomb Maker
  1. Mallam Bana Sharra, Chief Judge to Shekau faction, located at Garin Mala Hassan
  1. Baba Dr. Konduga, Chief Medical Doctor
  2. Alava Road, Ma’azu Dan Lokodisa, the Chief Prison Officer
  3. Alai Abba, the Caretaker of Women, children
  4. Mala Musa, Chief Mechanic Officer, located at Parisu
  5. Abu Zaid, Chief Bombmaker, located at Parisu
  6. Abu Aisha Special Clearance operations Unit, Fairs
  7. Amir Okasha, Bomb Timer,
  8. Farisu and Amir Awana
  9. Among other terrorists.

It was gathered that following the death of Shekau, ISWAP fighters in over 30 gun trucks and dozens of motorcycles stormed Sambisa forest forcing the Boko Haram Commanders loyal to Shekau to surrender or face instant execution.

The source added that Abu-Musad Albarnawy, who had gone underground for a while now, was reportedly re-appointed as the new leader of ISWAP in the Northeast war theatre by the ISIS leadership which has become the major source of strength for the insurgents.

The source further said ISWAP stormed Shekau’s camp’s general area “following massive protests against his leadership style after he had eliminated some top Boko Haram Commanders including Abu-Fatima, his Chief of Staff who doubled as the Operation Commander within the past one month”.

ISWAP then concluded that with all the mistakes, Shekau was derailing against the main cause they had charted for themselves and that it was time for him to be taken out by force of arms.

Meanwhile, Albarnawi, who claimed he had received directives from the ISIS, maintained that he had been designated by the Amir al Muminin (the IS Caliph) to take over and coordinate all activities of the insurgents under one umbrella for easy movement of funds, weapons, and materials.

“The ISWAP and Boko Haram have been engaged in several infighting for superiority among factions resulting in the elimination of dozens of Boko Haram fighters from both sides within the past five years”.


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Troops sustain onslaught against bandits in N/West, N/Central — DHQ



By Gistflash

June 17, 2021

The Defence Headquarters says the military has sustained onslaught against bandits, kidnappers and other criminals by denying them freedom of action in the North West and North Central zones of the country.

Brig.-Gen. Bernard Onyeuko, Acting Director, Defence Media Operation, disclosed this while briefing newsmen on the military operations across the country between June 3, and June 16, on Thursday in Abuja.

Onyeuko said that troops had continued to carry out ambushes, aggressive fighting patrols, air raids, sustained air Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance patrols as well as cordon and search operations.

He said that troops had on June 3, intercepted and neutralised some gunrunners who were in possession of assorted arms and ammunition between Naimaimai Village and Sabon Birni in Sokoto State.

He also disclosed that the Air Component conducted air raids on bandits’ enclaves at Jibia area of Katsina State on June 6, killing scores of bandits.

“In same vein, troops while on aggressive fighting patrol arrested some kidnappers and rescued some of their victims at Bena Market in Danko Wasagu Local Government Area of Kebbi.

“During the operation, large caches of arms and ammunition and equipment as well as vehicles were captured from the criminal elements.

“Troops have continued to dominate the theatre of operation with aggressive patrols and sustained air intelligence surveillance to deny bandits freedom of operation,” he said.

In the North Central, Onyeuko said the troops of Operation Safe Haven, have continued to record successes in kinetic and non-kinetic operations in Plateau.

He said the troops had on June 5, ambushed and arrested some cultists who reportedly belong to a criminal gang that attacks and robs commuters and dispossess’ them of their belongings at Terminus general area of Jos.

He said that the feat was achieved following credible intelligence.

According to him, troops on patrol on same day arrested a notorious kidnapper, who has been on the wanted list of security agents, by name Halilu Umaru, around Mangu Market of the state.

He said that Umaru was in possession of assorted arms and ammunition and other dangerous weapons at the time of arrest.
The defence spokesperson said that all arrested criminals and recovered items were handed over to appropriate agencies for further necessary actions.

He further said that the troops held stakeholders’ meetings at different locations as part of non-kinetic operation of Operation SAFE HAVEN.

He noted that the meetings were aimed at building peace, trust and confidence amongst the locals, Fulani leaders and herders to discuss measures at tackling insecurity in their area of responsibility during the period.

Onyeuko also stated that troops of Operation WHIRL STROKE had on June 3, arrested some criminal gang members at Ayiin town in Logo Local Government Area of Benue.

He said that the criminals were among others involved in kidnapping and other related criminal activities in the area.

He added that the arrested criminals and weapons recovered have been handed over to appropriate agencies for further action.


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Police rescued 37 murder, kidnap, human trafficking victims in 2 months in Edo – CP



By Gistflash

June 16, 2021

The Police Command in Edo, on Wednesday, said it had rescued no fewer than 37 victims of kidnapping, murder and human trafficking in the state in the last two months.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Phillip Ogbadu, made the disclosure while briefing newsmen on the activities of the command within the period, in Benin.

Ogbadu explained that the figure comprised 10 murder victims, 21 kidnap victims and six human trafficking victims.

He also disclosed that within the period under review, 320 suspects were arrested for various crimes, out of whom 150 had been charged to court.

The police commissioner explained that the suspects were arrested for alleged kidnapping, cultism, armed robbery, murder, human trafficking, and unlawful possession of firearms.

Ogbadu added that some exhibits recovered within the period included two pump action, three English-made double-barrel guns and 18 locally-made cut-to-size guns.

Other exhibits, he said, were four locally-made pistols, 22 live ammunitions, 81 live cartridges and assorted vehicles.


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Police arrest 7 suspected cult members in Lagos



By Gistflash

June 14, 2021

The Police Command in Lagos State has arrested seven suspected cult members and recovered some dangerous weapons from them.

This is contained in a statement signed by the command’s spokesperson, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Lagos.

Adejobi said operatives from Morogbo Division, arrested the suspects on Sunday after it got an information that some men suspected to be cult members were meeting at a hotel in Morogbo.

He said the suspects were arrested with a locally made pistol, two live cartridges, one axe and assorted charms.

Adejobi said the Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, had ordered that the case be transferred to the Command’s Special Squad, Ikeja, for investigation.

He said the CP reiterated the command’s commitment to tackle cultism and all sorts of crimes in the state.

“The CP calls on all residents to join hands with the police to improve on the already established security architecture of the state,” he added.

In another development, police operatives attached to Ipakodo Division, Ikorodu, on June 7 arrested one Kayode Adeyanju, 45, for allegedly defiling his 14-year-old daughter.

The spokesman said that the girl reported the case at Ipakodo Police Station on June 7.

Adejobi said the CP also ordered that the case be transferred to the Gender Unit of the Command for further investigation.


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