At least 450 suspected Boko Haram insurgents were reportedly killed, several others wounded between Tuesdays and yesterday in a gun-duel with soldiers in two local government areas of Borno state.
Members of the youth vigilante, supporting military in the counter-insurgency operations, popularly known as Civilian JTF told newsmen yesterday, saying the insurgents suffered serious defeat when they attempted to sneak into Maiduguri through Konduga axis and Damaturu-Maiduguri highway.
Bukar Shettima, a leading member of the vigilante said the militants were driven back from both Ngamdu towns, about 100 kilometres from the Maiduguri-Damaturu road in Kaga lical government area and Konduga, about 40 kilometres on the Maiduguri-Bama road.
Shettima said they were probably heading towards Maiduguri from the two opposite directions when the military repelled them.
According to him, the incidents occurred at the break of the day and the federal troops killed 300 insurgents in Konduga where they had equally repelled them last week on which occasion over 100 insurgents were killed.
He added that in Ngamdu, 150 insurgents were killed in the exchange of gunfire and the military also made seizure.
“As I am talking to you the corpses of the insurgents are laying the streets in the two towns.”
A statement signed by the Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Olajide Laleye said 3 Hilux vehicles with mounted machine and anti-aircraft guns, 1 Mowag Armoured Personnel Carrier and assorted arms and ammunition were recovered from the insurgents.
The statement also said Troops’ morale and combat efficiency remain high.
This is just as .two suicide bombers on Wednesday afternoon attacked students at the Federal College of Education (FCE) Kano at both new and old sites of the institution, killing thirteen persons on the spot.
Eyewitness account said the two attacks were carried out simultaneously at the new and old campus of the institution at 1:53 pm yesterday in the heart of the ancient city.
An eye witness who escaped the attack, Murtala Ibrahim said” I was inside the lecture, theater we heard a loud sound and sporadic gunshot before some of us escaped into nearby houses adjacent to the college”.
Kano state Police commissioner, Mr. Aderenle Shinaba, confirmed that 13 were killed and 34 sustained various degrees of injuries.
He said the two suicide bombers also killed selves in the process, adding that two AK 47 rifles were recovered.
A statement signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, Ag. Commissioner Emmanuel Ojukwu released in Abuja yesterday said on examination of the scene of the explosion, fifteen dead bodies were recovered, while thirty-four injured were taken to hospital for treatment.
“The police has sealed the scene of crime and commenced investigation”, Ojukwu noted.
In Kaduna, suspected gunmen yesterday attacked and killed a pastor, four pregnant women, children, a soldier and several others in Fadan- Karshi villages in Sanga local government area of the state.
Contacted, Vice Chairman of the Local government, Pastor Bulus Mandey Anzah said 12 people were killed in Fadan Karshi, 30 in Fada Karshi Daji and seven others in another community.
“A pastor and another person were also killed at Ungwar Ganye, pregnant women, elderly and children were killed while hundreds of resident have flee their homes to unknown destinations,” he said.
He said the attacks in the area are getting worse, saying the soldiers who attempted to repeal the attack were also injured and another killed.
In kogi state, residents of Lokoja metropolis and its environs are currently living in perpetual fear, following the invasion of the state by men of the underworld, who are carrying out their nefarious activities with reckless abandon.
The dare devil armed robbers have laid siege on the state, taking over major roads in the state, killing, maiming and terrorizing innocent citizens. No fewer than 10 people have been killed within the week, according to reports.
Commenting on the ugly trend, a stalwart of All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state and governorship aspirant, Chief Rotimi Obadofin called on the leadership of security agencies in the state to take urgent steps to address the problem.
Efforts to reach the new commissioner of police in the state, Mr. Paul Okafor to comment on the matter was not successful; but a source in his office said the police were doing their best to curb the rising wave of crime in the state.