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Boko Haram: BOI introduces rehabilitation loan for entrepreneurs in North East

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The Bank of Industry(BOI), says it has introduced rehabilitation loan for entrepreneurs in the North East devastated by the Boko Haram insurgency.

Alhaji Aliyu Umar, BOI Manager, North East, disclosed this at the annual customers’ forum on Thursday in Bauchi.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that customers from Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Plateau, Taraba and Yobe state attended the event.

According to him, the loan is to revive businesses in the sub-region devastated by Boko Haram insurgency.

“The rehabilitation loan can be accessed using grantors or collateral, depending on the amount required.

“It is a loan introduced for the North East to refurbish businesses due to insurgency,” he said.

Responding to customers’ complain on difficult loans procedures, Umar said the bank’s loan procedures are not different from those of other banks in the country, adding that the idea of providing securities and collateral for loans are part of Central Bank Nigeria(CBN)’s regulations.

“The issue of securities is a national policy, what obtains in North East is the same with what obtains in all other geo-political zones with complete requirements,” he said.

He said the bank is also working on plans to introduce interest free loans in collaboration Jaiz bank.

The Bank of Industry(BOI), says it has introduced rehabilitation loan for entrepreneurs in the North East devastated by the Boko Haram insurgency.

Alhaji Aliyu Umar, BOI Manager, North East, disclosed this at the annual customers’ forum on Thursday in Bauchi.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that customers from Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Plateau, Taraba and Yobe state attended the event.

According to him, the loan is to revive businesses in the region devastated by Boko Haram insurgency.

“The rehabilitation loan can be accessed using grantors or collateral, depending on the amount required.

“It is a loan introduced in the North East to refurbish businesses due to insurgency,” he said.

Responding to customers’ complain on difficult loans procedures, Umar said the bank’s loan procedures are not different from those of other banks in the country adding that the idea of providing securities and collateral for loans are part of Central Bank Nigeria(CBN) regulations.

“The issue of securities is a national policy, what obtains in North East is the same with what obtains in all other geo-political zones with complete requirements,” he said.

He said the bank is working on plans to introduce interest free loans in collaboration Jaiz bank.

Edited By Adeboye Ajayi

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Nigerian military says scores of Boko Haram militants surrender

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Scores of Boko Haram militants, including senior commanders, have surrendered to government troops in northeast Nigeria, a military spokesman said on Monday.

The militants’ surrender came after the government’s sustained Operation Lafiya Dole offensive, John Enenche, the military spokesperson, confirmed to Xinhua in a statement.

Enenche did not give the exact number of Boko Harm militants who have surrendered.

Boko Haram has been trying to establish an Islamist state in northeastern Nigeria since 2009, extending its attacks to countries in the Lake Chad Basin, posing enormous security, humanitarian and governance challenges to countries including Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Benin and Niger.

(XINHUA)

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Boko Haram: Gov. Zulum pledges to rebuild houses destroyed in Gajiganna attack

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Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno has promised to rebuilt the houses destroyed by insurgents in Gaganna community of Magumeri Local Government Area of the state.

He made the pledge on Friday in Gajiganna, while consoling the people on the recent attack on the village where 17 people were killed and 23 others injured.

Zulum who also made some cash donation to the affected families during the visit, assured them of government’s sustained effort to address the security challenge.

He called for sustained prayers and maximum support to security agencies to contain the insurgency in the state.

Some residents of the village who spoke, lauded the governor for his concern and promised to support the various government’s efforts to bring lasting peace to the area and the state in general.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the governor was accompanied by Rep. Usman Zanna (Magumeri/Gubio/Kaga Federal Constituency) during the visit.

Special prayers were offered for peace in the area and the repose of the souls of those killed in the attack.

Edited By: Angela Okisor/Ejike Obeta (NAN)

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Nigerian troops rescue 241 Boko Haram captives in NE state

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Nigerian troops rescued 241 people held hostage by terror group Boko Haram in the restive northeastern state of Borno in a recent operation, the defense headquarters said on Thursday.

The hostages included 105 women and 136 children, and they were rescued at Mudu town during a clearance operation by the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole on Sunday, said John Enenche, a spokesman for the defense headquarters, adding the rescued persons are currently under medical observation.

Enenche said the troops also killed 12 Boko Haram terrorists in the operation with no loss of life or equipment from the troops.

Boko Haram has been trying to establish an Islamist state in northeastern Nigeria since 2009, extending its attacks to countries in the Lake Chad Basin, posing enormous security, humanitarian and governance challenges to countries including Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Benin and Niger.

(XINHUA)

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Nigerian military kills 599 Boko Haram militants, gunmen in operations

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A total of 599 Boko Haram militants and members of other criminal gangs were killed across the northern region of Nigeria during various operations this month, the military said on Thursday.

The operations conducted between May 6 and May 28 cut across the northeast region, where the Boko Haram group has held sway for over a decade, as well as the northwest and central regions where gunmen to perpetrate various crimes, the military said in a statement reaching Xinhua in Abuja.

The military said following the operations which were jointly conducted by the armed forces, the activities of terrorists and criminals in the country “had been considerably degraded.”

A total of 188 Boko Haram militants were killed during the operations, including their senior commanders, said the military’s statement. It also disclosed that the terror group’s logistics facilities, gun trucks, and other structures were destroyed as well as recovery of weapons within the period.

Several other Boko Haram militants suffered various degrees of gunshot wounds with narrow chances of survival, according to the military. “This is in addition to several others killed in air bombardments. The troops also rescued a total of 236 civilians — women and children, who were abducted by the terrorists,” the statement said further.

A total of 411 gunmen or members of various criminal gangs were also eliminated during the Operation Hadarin Daji taking place conducted by the military in the northwest and central regions of the country.

The military said the aim of these latest operations was to restore peace to every troubled region of the country.

(XINHUA)

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Nigerian troops destroy Boko Haram’s base

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Nigerian troops have destroyed a logistics base of Boko Haram militants during a raid in the country’s northeast region, defense authorities said on Wednesday.

The logistics base also served as a training camp at Njimia on the fringes of the Sambisa forest, said Nigerian Defense Spokesman John Enenche.

He said the operation targeted terrorist groups in the restive northeast.

The attack was achieved due to intelligence reports and a series of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance missions, said Enenche.

The spokesman said the military would maintain its efforts to completely destroy all remnants of the terrorists in the northeast region.

Boko Haram’s over-a-decade violent insurgency has posed a big security threat to Nigeria and its neighboring countries, causing thousands of deaths and displacement of millions of people since 2009.

(XINHUA)

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Airstrike destroys Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists’ logistics base in Borno

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The Defence Headquarters says the Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole (OPLD) on Monday, destroyed the logistics base of the Boko Haram/Islamic States of West Africa Province (ISWAP) at Njimia on the fringes of Sambisa Forest in Borno.

The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja, said the operation was in continuation of the onslaught against terrorist targets in the North East.

Enenche said the feat was achieved following credible intelligence reports as well as series of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions.

He added that the mission led to the identification of the nondescript cluster of structures within the settlement being used by the terrorists to house their fuel and other logistics.

According to him, the Air Task Force dispatched an appropriate Force Package of attack aircraft and a surveillance platform to take out the target.

“The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) attack assets scored accurate hits in their bombing runs on the target area, completely obliterating the logistics stores as well as causing damage to several other BHT structures in the settlement.

“The Chief of the Air Staff commends the Air Task Force for their professionalism and directs them to remain resolute towards eradicating the terrorists from the North East,” he said.

Enenche also disclosed that troops of Combat Team 1, Operation Kantana Jimlan on patrol along Buni Yadi – Buni Gari axis encountered multiple Improvised Explosive Devices and Boko Haram Terrorists’ ambush on Sunday.

He said the ambush took place eight kilometers ahead of Buni-Gari in Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe leading to the killing of two soldiers while three other soldiers sustained injuries as a result of the IED explosion.

According to him, a recovery truck, one troops carrying vehicle and a water tanker that ran into the IED were destroyed by fire.

“Three terrorists were neutralised, while unconfirmed number escaped with various degrees of injury.

“The Armed Forces of Nigeria will remain unwavering in its quest to end the terrorism and will do everything possible to ensure there is no repeat of this kind of traumatic incident.

“The Military High Command commends troops of Operation Lafiya Dole for their unwavering determination, hardwork and resilience,” he said.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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Cleric lauds Army on renewed onslaught against Boko Haram

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Dr Bashir Yankuzu, Chief Imam, Federal University of Technology, Minna, has commended the Nigerian Army over the renewed operations against the Boko Haram insurgents in the North-East region.

Yankuzu, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Minna on Monday that the relocation of Lt.-Gen. Yusuf Tukur Buratai, Chief of Army Staff, to the region made it possible for the military personnel to achieve the recent successes.

He said that Buratai had succeeded in re-strategising the military operations in dealing with the remnants of insurgents once and for all.

He explained that the Chief of Army Staff has demonstrated high sense of professionalism in the fight against the insurgents.

“We expect this aggressive military operations long ago and hope that the tempo would be sustained to enable residents move on with their legitimate businesses for peace, progress and political stability in our country,” he said.

Yankuzu said that several Boko Haram fighters had abandoned their family because of the offensive operations going on to deal with their remnants.

He called on Nigerians, irrespective of religion and political differences, to pray for the success of military operations across the country.

“We must support the personnel deployed to theatre of war with required intelligence information that could assist in dealing with the remnants of Boko Haram,” Yankuzu said.

He said it was through unity of purpose and collective efforts of all citizens that the fight against criminal elements could be defeated.

“It is all about the collective survival of our corporate existence. Let us act by coming together, by offering intelligence information that could assist the security personnel to fight insurgency, cattle rustling and armed banditry,” he said.

He called on Nigerians to be more security conscious and support the military with vital information in the ongoing fight against banditry, kidnapping and other criminal activities across the country.

Yankuzu said that the contributions of the military formations in the Northeast have increased the confidence of Nigerians in the activities of the military in the country.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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Nigeria says kills 20 Boko Haram militants

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Twenty Boko Haram militants were killed following a gunfight with government troops in Nigeria’s northeastern town of Baga, military spokesman John Enenche said on Monday.

Nine government soldiers were wounded in the encounter in Baga, one of the locations frequently attacked by Boko Haram in the northern state of Borno, on Sunday, the spokesman said.

The Boko Haram militants, armed with mortars, rocket-propelled grenades and small arms, were on the move to attack villages in Baga when the troops stopped their convoy with overwhelming firepower, Enenche said.

Since 2009, Boko Haram has been trying to establish an Islamist state in northeastern Nigeria, extending its attacks to countries in the Lake Chad Basin.

The group has posed enormous security, humanitarian and governance challenges in the Lake Chad basin, which also include Chad, Cameroon, Benin, and Niger, according to the United Nations.

(XINHUA)

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Scores of Boko Haram militants killed in Nigerian military operations

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Scores of Boko Haram militants in Nigeria’s northeast region were killed in multiple anti-terror operations by the military recently, a defense spokesman said on Friday.

John Enenche, the Nigerian defense spokesman, said the Operation Lafiya Dole, launched to rout out Boko Haram from the troubled region, successfully hit locations of the militants, killing a total of 61 since May 8.

Enenche told reporters in Abuja that three Boko Haram suicide bombers were killed in an attempt to infiltrate a military location at Gwoza local government area of the northern Borno State on May 8.

Eighteen more Boko Haram militants were killed in other operations by the troops of 144 Battalion, 82 Task Force Battalion, 26 Task Force Brigade, and 271 Task Force Tank Battalion within the week, the spokesman said.

On May 9, the troops killed at least 20 Boko Haram militants who laid an ambush for soldiers at Pulka-Ngurosoye, near Bama town of Borno, he said.

On May 11, the troops hit the logistics bases of Boko Haram at Tumbun Fulani, a town in Abadam local government area of Borno, killing several militants and destroying their vehicles.

That operation was followed by the killing of nine more Boko Haram militants during an ambush repelled by the troops at the Mainok-Jakana axis of Kaga local government area of Borno on May 13, Enenche added.

Two gun trucks mounted with an anti-aircraft gun were also captured by the troops while repelling the attack.

Since 2009, Boko Haram has been trying to establish an Islamist state in northeastern Nigeria, extending its attacks to countries in the Lake Chad Basin.

The group has posed enormous security, humanitarian and governance challenges in the Lake Chad Basin, including Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Benin and Niger, according to the United Nations.

(XINHUA)

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