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ISWAP regrouping around Lake Chad, Ndume warns

By Azimazi Momoh Jimoh, Kanayo Umeh (Abuja), Njadvara Musa (Maiduguri) and Saxone Akhaine (Kaduna)
15 November 2021   |   4:15 am
Barely three days after some soldiers, including a General, were killed in a deadly attack, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Army, Mohammed Ali Ndume (APC, Borno South), has raised the alarm that members of Islamic State in West Africa Province...

•Librarian, six others confirm abduction by terrorist group
•CNG urges students’ wing to shelve protest over Zaria kidnap
•UNIABUJA honours 44 staff for role in rescue of abducted don

Barely three days after some soldiers, including a General, were killed in a deadly attack, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Army, Mohammed Ali Ndume (APC, Borno South), has raised the alarm that members of Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) are regrouping around the Lake Chad Basin in Borno State.

Ndume also condemned Saturday’s killing of Brig-Gen. Dzarma Zirkusu by ISWAP terrorists around Chibok area of the state.
According to him, the death of the soldiers is a big blow to the insurgency war, saying that it was an ambush laid by the terrorists.

He further revealed that residents of Chibok town were already relocating since the killing of the General.

“I want to express my condolences to the Nigerian Army over the death of the General who died along Chibok road. ISWAP terrorists attacked a town there. They know that the General was the major obstacle to their operation. They laid ambush and rammed a bomb-laden car into his vehicle. He was a gallant soldier.”

IN a related development, ISWAP terrorists have kidnapped a director of a library and six others in Borno State.

The leader of the Fulani Community in Askira, Bello Ndottiwa, was also abducted, yesterday, near Buratai town, while travelling to Askira along Damaturu/Biu road.

Confirming the incident in a video made available to The Guardian yesterday, the Borno State Director of Library, Abubakar Askira said: “I was kidnapped on November 6, 2021.”

THE Coalition of Northern Group (CNG) has urged its students’ wing to shelve the protest against the 14 kidnap victims in Zaria, Kaduna Stste, saying the bandits had made contact with their families over payment of ransom.

CNG spokesman, Abdulazeez Suleiman, stated yesterday: “It has come to the notice of CNG that the abductors of the 14 Zaria Local Council staff have finally made contact with families of the captors separately on Friday afternoon.”

MEANWHILE, University of Abuja (UNIABUJA) has honoured 44 staff of the Safety Unit for their role in the rescue of a professor of the university and his children, who were abducted recently by gunmen from the Giri Quarters.

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah, who celebrated the staff at the weekend, said they had done the university proud by working with security forces to prevent the gunmen from abducting more staff as well as ensuring that those abducted were rescued without payment of ransom.