JTF Safeguards Oil Workers Kidnapped by Boko Haram

Agents of the Joint Task Force has safeguarded some oil specialists and security escorts kidnapped by the Boko Haram militants amid an oil investigation mission to the Lake Chad Basin on Tuesday have been protected. 

The military drove an operation with a few individuals from the Civilian JTF to the range after they got the news of the kidnapping. 

The safeguard operation was fruitful as a few extremists were slaughtered and four individuals from the Civilian JTF, two NNPC and one authorities of the Department of Geology, University of Maiduguri, were protected from the agitators. 

The extremists had laid a snare around Jilli and Bornoyesu towns amongst Magumeri and Gubio Local Government Areas of Borno State on Tuesday amid which the oil investigation group to Lake Chad Basin were assaulted and around 40 people were accounted for to be missing. 

The military after the news of the kidnapping swung enthusiastically, conveying the troops of 5 Brigade, Gubio without hesitation. 

The group, who worked in conjunction with the individuals from the Civilian JTF sought after the extremists, executed scores of them and injured numerous that fled. 

It was learnt that the protect group was driven by the Brigade Commander, Brig. Gen. Aminu Chinide, and the pioneer of the Civilian JTF in Gubio, Bulama Bukar Maradona. 

They were bolstered by the Borno State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Usman Zanna and the Caretaker Chairman of Gubio LG, Zanna Modu. 

The safeguard group was likewise ready to recoup a few arms, ammo and four vehicles having a place with the casualties. 

Affirming the accomplishment of the safeguard to columnists on Wednesday, the Caretaker Chairman of Gubio, Modu, in a phone meet with one of our reporters, communicated joy that every one of the guerillas who shared in the assault were killed by the troops. 

The director stated, in spite of the fact that, detail of the quantity of setbacks from the side of the fear mongers was obliterating, he would not have any desire to seize an announcement security agents would issue on the occurrence. 

He demanded that a considerable lot of the casualties were protected amid the joint operation on Tuesday night. 

He praised the magistrate for giving him the mandate that was followed up on Tuesday which prompted the triumphs recorded by chivalrous troops of 'Operation Lafiya Dole' and individuals from the Civilian JTF. 

In the interim, a General Court Marshal of the Nigerian Army on Wednesday condemned two fighters, Troopers Eric Nwokere and Macaulay Fortune, to 23 years imprison term for having unlawful guns. 

The court, which sat in 7 Division Garrison, Pompomari, Maiduguri, Borno State, said the convicts, up to this point serving in Operation Lafiya Dole, were found possessing five discharge AK-47 rifle magazines, 20,136 rounds of 7.62mm ammo at Jumputu Motor Park in the Jimeta zone of Yola, Adamawa State. 

The two fighters were supposedly boarding a business vehicle to an obscure goal, when they were found with the ammo. 

The court said the charges that verged on unlawful ownership of guns were culpable under Section 27 (1) (an and b) (i and ii) of the Firearms Act. 

The President of the Court, Lt. Col. Adamu Hassan, said the choice of the court came after close of entries by both the arraignment and resistance guide. 

He said the arraignment demonstrated the case past sensible uncertainty in accordance with the weight of verification on the prosecutor. 

As per an announcement by the 7 Division's representative, Lt. Col. Kingsley Samuel, another officer, Corporal Garba Saidu, was condemned to 10 years detainment by the court for unlawful ownership of ammo. 

Source: ( Punch Newspaper )

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