Monthly Archives: February 2015
Boko Haram militants have reportedly killed at least 70 people in an attack on the Cameroonian town of Fotokol, on the border with Nigeria.
The Islamist militants attacked civilians in their homes and in the town’s mosque, local officials said, setting many buildings on fire.
The attack comes a day after a regional force said it had driven the militants from a Nigerian town near Fotokol.
The Boko Haram insurgency has left thousands dead over the last six years.
More than a million people have also been displaced by the militants, who now control a large stretch of land in north-eastern Nigeria.
Residents of Fotokol interview by the AFP news agency said the militants had killed many people by slitting their throats.
“Boko Haram inflicted so much damage here this morning,” Umar Babakalli, a resident of Fotokol, told the agency by telephone. “They have killed dozens of people.”
The town’s main mosque is said to have been torched.
The militants were eventually driven back by Cameroonian troops, backed by Chadian forces who had been deployed as part of a regional force in the nearby Nigerian town of Gamboru.
On Tuesday, the Chadian army said it had killed more than 200 militants in the battle to recapture Gamboru. However, it added that some of the militants had escaped its offensive.
Chadian troops have entered Nigeria and Cameroon to join the offensive against Boko Haram, following widespread criticism of the Nigerian army’s failure to curb the insurgency.
Ivory Coast reached their third Africa Cup of Nations final in nine years after proving too strong for DR Congo.
Yaya Toure put them ahead with a ferocious 20-yard shot but soon after Dieumerci Mbokani levelled with a penalty after Eric Bailly handled.
Gervinho had a header cleared off the line before he made it 2-1 when he curled in to finish off a breakaway.
The Ivorians made sure of victory when Wilfried Kanon kneed home after Serge Aurier’s header had been saved.
« Je tenais à me prononcer par rapport à toutes les rumeurs qui circulent à mon sujet. C’est du mensonge. Depuis que nous sommes revenus de la CAN, je n’ai pas encore accordé d’interview, ni fait de déclaration. Et pour tout dire je ne suis sur aucun réseau social », a tenu à préciser Clinton Njié. Il a fait parvenir ce message à un de ses proches qui a approché par la suite notre Rédaction.
Pourtant une information faisant état d’une affaire d’argent entre Volker Finke, le sélectionneur national et le joueur fait l’effet d’une bombe. Elle a circulé ce lundi à travers le pays et a alimenté toutes les conversations.
L’article paru dans un site quelconque est intitulé : « Njié Clinton parle de ses non titularisations ! ».
L’on est en droit de se poser de multiples questions : Pourquoi cet article n’est pas signé ? Pourquoi Clinton Njié qui connaît bien les canaux par lesquels il peut communiquer peut-il choisir de le faire à travers « un site anonyme » ? Ce sont là autant de questions dont les auteurs de cette « manipulation » n’ont cure. Ils jettent ainsi en pâture le tout jeune talent camerounais ainsi que son sélectionneur.
(Business in Cameroon) – The cement factory built on the banks of the Wouri River by Nigerian billionaire Aliko Dangote (an investment of 50 billion FCFA) will start production in the next few days and will also start selling its cement on the Cameroonian market within that timeframe. This was the assurance given by project head, Baba Abduhallï.
The latter indicated that the cement factory has already received raw materials, particularly clinker and gypsum as well as pozzolan produced from a 27-hectare quarry in Tombel (south-west region) that Dangote has been approved to mine for another 5 years.
Ahead of its production launch, the cement factory has been conducting tests on its equipment for several weeks now. With the start of activities, Dangote Cement Cameroon intends to produce 1.5 million tonnes of cement which will bring national production to approximately 3.6 million tonnes, including the 500,000 tonnes produced by Moroccan company Cimaf and Lafarge subsidiary Cimencam’s 1.6 million tonnes.
Initially slated to be launched in January 2014, then August, then October 2014, Cameroon’s 3rd cement factory has experienced delays which Dangote Group officials have attributed to “congestion at Douala Port, which slowed the import of equipment for the factory’s construction.” At first, the Dangote cement factory will employ 77 Cameroonians, 11 expatriates and around 250 temporary workers each month.
Controversy has sparked off among the Bamileke community in Douala and beyond, as to where the CPDM bigwig and Mayor of Douala V, Francoise Foning, should be buried. Foning died in Yaounde on January 23, following a ghastly road accident.
The controversy is due to the fact that Foning was not only a Queen Mother (Mafo) in the Chief Palace of her native Bafou, but she also got married to more than one man. Questions are even being raised as to whether she was formally married to her supposed first husband, who is also of blessed memory.
Meantime, some unpleasant information about late Foning’s marriage life that was rarely talked about is now coming out and being discussed in Douala and fueling rumours and debates. The situation is aided by the fact that, while Foning lived, she persistently evaded talking about her family life in public, except about her parents, especially her late father, HRH Salomon Tsopgny, who was the Paramount Chief of Bafou in Menoua Division of the West Region.
One of the debates is on the exact number of children the late Foning had. The expression being used now is that she had many children. Foning has always lived with many children, mostly extended family members, and rarely called any of them by name or shown any special affection to one or the other. She had the habit of fondly calling each of the children as “my son” or “my daughter.” Jean Robert Wafo (an SDF Shadow Cabinet member), who knew Foning’s first husband closely, told The Post that late Foning had three children with her first husband, who was of the SDF.
Francoise Nguiazong Tsopgny, reportedly first got married to Nkueté, who hailed from Babadjou in Bamboutos Division, West Region and they had three children. Apparently, the marriage did not go well and they separated. Francoise later got married to another son of the Bamboutos, Foning, who hailed from Bangang Village. But the separation between Nkuete and Francoise seemed to have extended to politics, with Nkuete joining SDF upon the party’s creation, while his former wife, consolidated her position in the ruling CPDM. Foning got into Parliament in 1992 on the CPDM ticket, while Nkuete became the Mayor of Douala V, when the SDF won the Council for the first time in the 1996 Municipal Elections. Francoise was re-elected into Parliament in 1997. Thus Nkueté was Mayor of Douala V and his former wife the MP of the same municipality. However, Nkueté died during his mandate as Mayor of Douala V. Foning reportedly played an active part in her former husband’s funeral, considering especially that they had children.
A suspected suicide bomb has exploded near a campaign rally in north-east Nigeria minutes after president Goodluck Jonathan left the venue.
The blast occured at a car park close to a stadium where Mr Jonathan addressed supporters of the ruling People’s Democratic Party in Gombe City.
Rescue workers and health officials said the bodies of two women were brought to the Gombe State Specialist Hospital, along with 18 people who were injured.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility, although suspicion is likely to fall on Islamist militant group Boko Haram, which has attacked Gombe several times.
On Sunday a suicide bombing near a mosque in the market area there killed five people and wounded eight.
The target of the attack was not clear.
“We have evacuated two bodies of females we believe were suicide bombers behind the blast,” said the rescue official, who asked to remain anonymous because he was not authorised to speak to media.
Nigeria is due to hold a presidential election on February 14, pitting the ruling People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP) Mr Jonathan against former military ruler, Muhammadu Buhari, for the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC).
Both candidates are wrapping up their campaigns for what is expected to be the most closely fought election since the end of military rule in 1999.
The International Criminal Court (ICC) has warned Nigeria’s leaders not to stir up violence around the poll.
APC supporters and the ruling PDP have already clashed in street battles that have killed several people.
Battle for control
Nigeria’s government, meanwhile, claimed that it had retaken Gamboru and four other towns after a joint weekend offensive by its military, civilian vigilantes and forces from Chad and Cameroon.
“Our troops are in control after operations which had the active support of volunteers (vigilantes) and our friendly neighbours,” national security spokesman Mike Omeri told AFP.
The military progress comes after Chadian fighter jets have for three days been bombing Boko Haram positions in the town of Gamboru, according to an AFP reporter in Fotokol, a Cameroonian town less than one kilometre from Gamboru.
The situation appeared quiet by Monday evening, he said.
Security analysts believe the key city of Maiduguri will likely be hit again before polling day, given its symbolism for the group and because it would further undermine the February 14 vote.
The election is expected to be the closest since Nigeria returned to civilian rule in 1999, with the prospect of the PDP being dumped out of power for the first time in 16 years.
Combating Boko Haram
Boko Haram is in control of most of Borno state and has effectively surrounded Maiduguri, which is seen as one of the few places left in the state where voting could feasibly still take place.
But turnout could be affected if large numbers of people, many of them displaced by six years of violence, desert the city, which with other areas in the north-east is a main opposition stronghold.
Capturing Maiduguri would not only be a morale-booster for the rebels but also likely sink Mr Jonathan’s re-election bid once and for all, said Nnamdi Obasi, a senior analyst for Nigeria at the International Crisis Group.
Chad’s offensive comes after the African Union and United Nations last week backed a new 7,500-strong, five-nation force to tackle Boko Haram.
Nigeria’s military maintains that N’Djamena’s involvement is part of an existing agreement with Chad and Niger for their troops to assist in the counter-insurgency.
Chad and Niger had withdrawn their troops from the multi-national base at Baga, in northern Borno, last year, leaving only Nigerian soldiers to defend the town when it was attacked on January 3, a massive assault in which hundreds were feared killed.
It was that devastating attack that appears to have jolted the multi-national effort back into action.
More than 13,000 people have been killed since the beginning of the Boko Haram insurgency in 2009 in Nigeria and close to 1.5 million people have been made homeless.
As part of measures to contain and quell the Boko Haram insurgency, the military has stormed the insurgents in Sambisa Forest, their notorious hideout, according to reports from the Hausa service of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
The director of defence information, Maj-Gen Chris Olukolade, told the agency that the military had been raiding the forest and other hideouts of the sect since Tuesday night.
According to the agency, the army used it war drones to level some of the Boko Haram camps in the northeast but it was not clear about the casualties on both sides. The army said that they are still committed to securing the civilian population at whatever cost.
“We are still committed in ensuring that we degrade their ability to continue their activities and eventually eliminate them,” Olukolade said.
“The mission is on. There are no allowing terrorists anywhere. As many times as they come, it will only give us the opportunity to decimate them.”
On Saturday, Chadian forces reclaimed the northeastern Nigerian town of Gamboru-Ngala after a heated battle with Boko Haram that involved a ground and air campaign. Gamboru-Ngala, about 145 kilometres east of Maiduguri, was captured by Boko Haram last year.
A soldier involved in the operation said Chadian forces were working under the African Union agreement to help Nigeria in its fight against Boko Haram.
Information made available to LEADERSHIP yesterday indicate that troops of the Nigerian Army under directive to invade Sambisa forest in Borno State with a view to end the years of Boko Haram insurgency, have started bombarding the fringes of the forest near Adamawa state.
Sources close to the area have confirmed that aerial bombardment had commenced yesterday.
A soldier serving with the 7 Division, Nigeria Army, Maiduguri confirmed this development to Leadership even as he begged not to be quoted in this report.
According to him, “special forces have been mobilised from different part of the country, especially the 81 battalion, to Yola over the weekend and the operation starts today (Monday).
“What people may have heard or seen today may not be unconnected with the operation. They have to do the bombardment of the forest starting from the fringes before the artillery troops would begin to advance. But be rest assured that before the end of this week the forest as well as many communities under the control of Boko Haram would be reclaimed”.
The soldier said himself and most of his colleagues were happy with the resolution of the United Nations for agreeing to constitute an international joint task force to deal with the Boko Haram.
Explosion rocks Gombe after Jonathan’s rally
Barely 20 minutes after President Goodluck Jonathan concluded his campaign in Gombe State, a car bomb exploded in the state capital, killing at least three people and injuring 18 others, according to a report by the BBC.
Eye witnesses said the attack executed by a female suicide bomber immediately killed women, including the bomber.
A resident, Mohammed Bolari, said that the explosion occurred some minutes after President Jonathan’s departure.
“The president had just passed the parking lot and we were trailing behind his convoy when the explosion happened,” Bolari said.
LEADERSHIP recalls that the state was similarly hit by two blasts on Sunday that killed no fewer than five people.
Another resident told AFP that the latest blast led to unrest in Gombe with angry youths attacking supporters of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), the president’s party.
“They were shouting and denouncing the president’s visit which they blamed for the attack,” he added.
FG lauds AU over deployment of 7,500 troops
The federal government said yesterday that the African Union Peace and Security Council had approved the mobilization and immediate deployment of 7,500 to Nigeria to fight insurgency in the north East.
Coordinator of the National Information Centre, Mr. Mike Omeri, stated this while briefing journalists at the centre in Abuja.
He said, “The African Union Peace and Security Council, at the recently concluded 24th ordinary session, approved the mobilization and deployment of 7,500 troops to Nigeria to fight Boko Haram.
“Consequently, the AU peace and Security Council is billed to begin to meet in Cameroon on Monday to authorize and finalize the concept of the operation in the fight against Boko Haram, a decision which has been welcomed by the UN secretary-general Mr. Ban Ki Moon.”
Speaking on the recent breakthrough recorded by the Nigerian army against insurgents, Omeri said the soldiers’ gallantry and the recovery of three armoured personnel carriers (APCs) and 17 pick-up trucks from the terrorists helped the troops to inflict heavy casualties on them, and recapture of the towns of Mafa, Gamboru-Ngala, Malumfatori, Abadam and Marte, while troops are advancing to retake other affected areas.
“The situation in Adamawa State shows that Hong, Mubi North, Mubi South, Maiha, Michika, Shuwa, Wuro Gyambi, Gombi, Vimtim, Uba and Bazza areas have been liberated from Boko Haram presence, while Madagali, Gulak, Wagga-Mildo, Shelini/Vapra, Sabon-gari and Gubla are still under Boko Haram presence.
“Other areas such as Kirchinga, Pallam and Mayo-wandu have remained calm and peaceful. Equally, government troops in Yobe State have recaptured parts of Gujba and Gulani which had witnessed Boko Haram presence,” he said
Omeri noted that the latest attacks on Maiduguri marked the second time the insurgents were launching a ferocious attack on the Borno State capital within one week, saying the Nigerian military’s gallantry in resisting these attacks has resulted in the recapture and liberation of several towns hitherto occupied by the sect.
He expressed government’s approbation of the determination and loyalty of the troops and local folks who ably defended their territory in spite of the violence unleashed by the insurgents.
He urged citizens living within and around the affected areas to be more vigilant and continue to assist troops and other security operatives in their efforts to contain the insurgency.
Boko Haram suffers more casualties in fresh shootout with soldiers
Boko Haram terrorists on Sunday night suffered heavy casualties after hours of shootout with soldiers in Konduga town, 35 kilometres away from Maiduguri, security sources and witnesses said.
Residents in Konduga said the terrorists had plotted to seize Konduga, a town they had repeatedly tried and failed to take in the past months.
The gunmen had attempted to invade Konduga through a neighbouring village called Tungushe, but met a firewall of resistance from Nigerian soldiers stationed there.
A resident of Konduga, Abuwar Ibrahim, who said he witnessed the incident, told LEADERSHIP: “The soldiers were courageous and very professional in the defence of Konduga and its environs.
”The insurgents came at about 5pm on Sunday and engaged the military in a gun battle. They were throwing explosives and Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPG) but they were not successful as usual because the soldiers stood their ground and ensured that about 100 of the insurgents were killed.
“Their corpses littered the streets and the surrounding bushes of the village. I saw many of them. The military seriously dealt with them; they actually did good job. If the soldiers maintain these tempo, I believe, very soon, the Boko Haram insurgency will end as they (the terrorists) were all defeated in all the recent attacks.
A top military officer who does not want his name mentioned in this report confirmed the Konduga battle.
“The Boko Haram terrorists attempted to take Konduga again yesterday but they failed as usual; our men seriously dealt with them there, and going by the reports we got from our field commanders, over 100 of them were killed.”
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian troops Sunday repelled Islamic extremists who attacked from four fronts on Maiduguri, the biggest city in northeast Nigeria, with several civilians killed by aerial bombs and grenades and mortar shells on the ground.
Soldiers said hundreds of insurgents died.
Terrified residents fled homes shaking from five hours of heavy artillery fire and streamed in from the outskirts of the besieged city of 2 million, already crowded with another 200,000 refugees from the fighting.
In a separate attack, a suspected Boko Haram suicide bomber killed himself and eight others Sunday at the home of politician Sabo Garbu in Potiskum, in neighboring Yobe state, according to witness Abdullahi Mohammed.
Garbu is contesting a legislative seat in Feb. 14 balloting that includes a presidential election too close to call. Boko Haram denounces democracy.
For weeks Boko Haram has been closing in on Maiduguri, the group’s spiritual birthplace, and if it were able to plant its Islamic State-style flag there, even briefly, it would give them a major boost as the group loses ground in remoter areas, said Jacob Zenn, author of a book about the insurgents.
Its third attack in a week on Maiduguri came as Chadian forces launched a winning offensive, acting on an African Union directive for Nigeria’s neighbors to help fight the spreading Islamic uprising by Nigeria’s home-grown Boko Haram extremists.
International outrage has grown over attacks across the border into Cameroon and increasing ferocity that culminated in the slaughter of hundreds of civilians in Baga on Jan. 3.
A Chadian jet fighter supported by ground troops bombed the extremists out of Gamboru and Kolfata on Saturday and from Malumfatori on Thursday, witnesses said.
Chadian troops in Kolfata were “dancing around their country’s flag and chanting,” farmer Awami Kolobe said, quoting refugees who returned across the border from Cameroon. The towns had been under the sway of Boko Haram for months. Gamboru is about 140 kilometers (85 miles) northeast of Maiduguri, and Baga is another 100 kilometers (60 miles) north of Gamboru, on Lake Chad, where Nigeria’s borders converge with Cameroon, Chad and Niger.
African leaders at a summit Saturday authorized the creation of a 7,500-strong multinational force to fight Boko Haram.
Boko Haram warned against the coalition and said it will attack Niger, if it sends troops, just as it has attacked Cameroon, according to a message posted Sunday by the SITE intelligence monitoring service.
In Maiduguri, a senior army officer said the militants were “everywhere,” attacking from all four roads leading into the city.
Another officer said hundreds of insurgents, as many as 500, were killed before they took flight Sunday and many weapons were recovered including artillery guns and rocket-propelled grenades. Both officers spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not supposed to speak to reporters.
Witnesses said some bombs launched from a Nigerian jet fighter killed civilians. Many homes were hit by bombs, including one in Zannari neighborhood that killed seven civilians, according to neighbors who requested anonymity for fear of retaliation from the military.
Ahmadu Marima said troops shot and killed five young men from a civilian self-defense group in his Abujantalakawa suburb, mistaking them for insurgents.
An elderly man and his granddaughter died when a rocket-propelled grenade exploded in their front garden, injuring a second girl, Marima said.
The government declared a state of emergency in three northeastern states in May 2013 after Boko Haram took control of dozens of villages and towns. Troops quickly drove the insurgents out but since then, ill-equipped and demoralized, have been losing ground.
In August, Boko Haram declared an Islamic caliphate and now holds about 130 towns and villages.
The uprising killed about 10,000 people last year, compared to about 2,000 in the first four years, according to the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations.
Faul reported from Dakar, Senegal.
Check out this photo of a Nigerian soldier embarking on a prayer before a battle with Boko Haram
These are men born with the heart of a lion. They know death is imminent but still go ahead and stare at it in the face. God is just a prayer away!
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