Boko Haram Killed Two Senior Police Officers, 13 Others In Yesterday’s Attacks, Fighting Rages

By SaharaReporters, New York

Five explosions rocked the beleaguered townships of Damaturu and Potiskum in Yobe State today as combined teams of the Nigerian police and army engaged Boko Haram militants in sustained firefights overnight.

Meanwhile Saharareporters has confirmed today that two senior police officers and 13 others were killed in the attacks that started yesterday. Yet unconfirmed reports also disclosed that 10 soldiers were also killed by the Islamist militants. Among the casualties on the police side were Ibrahim Abubakar, the Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of operations, and the squadron commander of the mobile police unit 41 a superintendent of police (SP) whose name was simply given as Kabir. Both men died at the hands of the militants.

Fierce but sporadic fighting started yesterday in the Northeastern cities of Maiduguri, Damaturu and Potiskum as Boko Haram militants engaged in bombing and shootouts with the police.

Yobe State Police Commissioner Lawan Tanko told SaharaReporters earlier today that the police had started trailing the heavily armed militants, but that his forces were yet to capture any of the sect’s terrorists responsible for detonating bombs across the state.  

A senior security source in Yobe told Saharareporters that Boko Haram fighters had recently received a huge cache of weapons suspected to have come from Libya.
The source also confirmed that, that even though the police and the army are on red alert, they had so far not captured any member of the Boko Haram sect.

The security source claimed that normalcy had returned to the state, and that security agencies are systematically combing all suspected hideouts of the sect.

He said he was not in a position to give the number of those killed or injured in the latest attacks. “We are focusing on the challenge of overcoming the situation and warding off further attacks. We will be gathering reports later,” he said.

Our source said all police formations had been briefed and were combat-ready to forestall further attacks.

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AMNESTY FOR BH

you re a big fool comparing niger delta militants to boko haram. i rest my case. Be wise.

IGNORANCE HAS KILLED NIGERIA

When i first came across the theory by Ambassodor Campbell that Nigeria will seize to be an entity by 2015, i dismissed it as a bleak hypothesis. However, reading through comments by ordinary Nigerians on issues, no matter how trivial, gives credit to Mr Campells theory. We hate each other so much that i think it will be reckless optimisim to expect the country to outlive 2015.

I think the basic ingredient that has given birth to this hatred is ignorance by Nigerians, Nigerians are so ignorant of each other. You see hatred, disrespect and crude contempt on display. instead of directing our energy to demand proper dispatch of dividends of democracy, we reduce our intellect to dispatch hatred.

I belive we should sit down and divide this country,if we don't, with the magnitude of hatred i see in the air, any war will see genocide that will relegate Yougoslavia to non entity. The hatred is so deep, it cant be reversed.

When the US talks, People Should List - 2015 Nigeria Splits

When America talks, other Nations and its people should listen. 2 Years ago the CIA report on Nigeria was that there would be a break up of the Nation in 2015. I can bet you a Million Dollars that it will come to pass. Instead of our leaders taking this seriously, they decided to ignore it and continue with their "Business as usual". When America sneezes other nations catch cold. Are the signs not there for all to see now? Already we have the Militants in the Delta Region controlling the South while the brothers in the North Boko Boko are terrorising Nigerians for now in the North. "Jonathan MUMU BADLUCK Sleeps while Nigeria burns". It is just a matter of time and just one "fatal" incident to happen whereby Boko Haram mistakenly kills one top Ijaw man and you will see full scale Civil war. Wars are not planned. They Happen without notice. Nigerians should Watch out. 2015 is it and it is.

Why do we waste so much energy abusing ourselves on SR?

I believe that people that comment on this SR site are grown up and above average in human intelligence. It hurts to read so many comments that tend to abuse a Youruba or a Hausa or an Ibo or Ijaw. We are all Nigerians and although everyone is entitled to their comments, it is not right to abuse our ethnicity the way it is done on this site. There are ways that you can put your arguments through. Only fools tend to abuse one another when they do not have concrete points to make. Please this must cease. We are all adults. On another note I came across this piece today and decided to share it with you. It is not too far away from the current burning topic that continues to generate heated interest -Boko Boko. Please enjoy the piece
http://pointblanknews.com/new/articles-opinions/3345-ojukwu-was-right-bo...

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Sahara reporters should try screening people's comments before posting them online.The exchange of insults ridicules the purpose of this forum and shows how irresponsible we could be atimes with our comments.

We have heard you all

I read all the comments with keen interest. Two or three issues arose therefrom; that most Nigerians are not satisfied with being together as one pple, and they are also emotionally intolerant. The flagrant abuses on personalities said much more. The only correct opinion is dat which drew attn to America's prophessy; no wonder now there is a good romance b/w BH and some ND miltants- believe it or not, soon we shall see wat they will do! We need to be careful as a nation; Wada Nas had syd it; we will separate, but its beta we do dat in a sensible way than otherwise. Then we shall see who will cry first. Imagine the no of shops dat will be avilbl in Sabon gari mkt Kano, wen all Ibos fled, imagine de no of Profs dat will go bak to S/West, looking for jobs there; imagine de land required in de S/East to accomdte de fleeing Ibos!

@Haruna Abubakar: amnesty to Boko Haram? You're kidding

Boko Haram has embarked on an impossible mission: To Islamise Nigeria and make Islam the National religion. Why talk about amnesty for Boko haram? The Nigerdelta millitants were on a political mission to draw the attention of the world to the inhuman stance of Nigeria against the region. They were granted amnesty, even though it is postponing the evil day. Boko haram people are on a purely religious extremism mission. Northern lreaders hardly condemn them. If northern leaders stamp their feet on ground today to stop BH, they menace of BH must stop. Rather, northern leaders are blackmailing Nigeria most probably, through Boko Haram to get back political power which they abused for more than three decades and plunged Nigerians into poverty. Nigerians must be stupid to grant northern leaders the presidency og Nigeria in the nearest future.
we have had enough of your type of preachings.

@Anonymous: Igbo most resourceful in Nigeria, and so what?

You said whereever you can't find Igbo, you better leave that place, and so what? Must any resourceful group of Nigerians including the Yoruba be dragged to death because of One Nigeria - an idea now crushed by Boko Haram? Enough of dragging people backward because of One Nigeria. Boko Haram detests Western education and all that come with it. The Igbo, the Yoruba - Muslims in Yoruba land do not detest Western education - the Ijaw, the Tivs, the Itshekiri etc. do not detest Western education and all the beautiful things that come with it. Even Boko people use Western products, but tghey can't tell themselves the truth. So a Sovereign National conference must be convened now to decide Nigeria. No more dragging others backward by BH.

@tundemash, Dick Head

@tundemash, I use to think you have brain, now I know you are one dick headed idiot. You can not allow your hatred for President Jonathan to make you see reason, you would rather want Buhari or one of your ilks to be the President. Buhari and his party ANPP/CPC that introduced sharia in the North are the cause of this problem, they have armed their youth in the act of Islamic Extremism, they should be ready to deal with it. There chicken has finally come home to roost. I commend the Nigerian Police and The Military for their effort so far to curtail this menace, Islamic Terrorism is a serious problem anywhere in the World. What is happening in the North is not ordinary militancy, this is ideological war heavily backed by Al-qaada and Taliban, Northern Leaders knew about it, they are afraid to speak in order not to incur their backlash. The President must declare state of emergency in all the affected States and order the Military to go in and flush out the Terrorists and their backers.

Boko Haram Killed Two Senior Police Officers, 13 Others I

You don't seem to understand what BOKO HARAM is out for. They are not interested in amnesty of any kind. They are after ISLAMIZING Nigeria, which is impossible. How dare you call somebody a "stupid" when what he is saying glaring. Read more about the aims and motives of BOKO HARAM before you attempt to speak for it

Why must you insult the prophet!

I dnt know why some bloody fools insist on advertising their ignorance via the internet. Comments on issues related to Boko Haram reveal that some Nigerian Christians, especially southerners, are unfair minded, ignorant and illiterate. How on earth will u be insulting a person for a wrong he has not committed. Y must u be placing/insulting our prophet P.B.U.H for the wrongs of Boko Haram. Learn to fairly differentiate between Islam and Muslims. GO BACK TO UR CHURCHES AND LEARN SOME MANNERS PLS.

Mind blowing

They Want Us to Break-up

Gentlemen and ladies, we must be careful with our use of words on the state of security in our country, especially the Boko Haram. We all know that Nigeria occupies an enviable position in the world with abundant natural and human resources. It was based on this, many countries, even smaller countries within Africa, make contemptuous remark about Nigeria so as to deny Nigeria its pride of place in the committee of nations.
Most importantly, when you make a prediction about anything, you will wish that your prediction come to pass and must not fail, because if it did fail, you lose your credibility. When Americans predicted Nigeria's break-up, you don't expect them to go back to sleep. These people have been working round the clock; applying all sorts of sophisticated techniques to actualize their monstrous prediction. The modest strategy being used now is to exploit our fragile religious and ethnic intolerance to set us against one another.

Boko Haram is islam, and Islam is violence.

How can you in your foolishness, which of course, you take to be wisdom, compare the economic agitation of the people whose land produce Nigeria's oil to the barbaric islamic quest of Northern muslims to rule Nigeria. People like Buhari, Ibrahim Babangida, Adamu Ciroma, Sani Yerima etc are the sponsors of Boko Haram. It is course, the desire of every Northern muslim to have Nigeria islamized. Boko Haram is islam, and Islam is violence in every part of the world. But God is greater them all of them. The Blood of Jesus will surely save Nigeria.

BH Underlines the Falshood in One Nigeria. Rise Biafra, Oduduwa

Whoever does not know it must know it: Boko Haram has driven the ultimate nail into One Nigeria's coffin. No honest foreigner can dare visit or invest in Nigeria. Tourism is the greatest industry today, after HiTECH. These two factors have been killed and buried by Boko Haram insurgency. Not even Nigerians dare invest in their country again. Must we keep One Nigeria at the cost of every imaginable goodies that may come to a nation? No. Life expectancy is already very very low in Nigeria. The rest of the tiny countries surrounding Nigeria have since overtaken Nigeria in most human, economic and infrastructural development indices. Nigeria's leaders know that the country cannot stand as One. They only smile to the banks amidst the confussion. The ethnic groups are frustrated to hate each other, and now pour their frustrations on one another. No country can survive in this manner. Oil is keeping Nigeria together for now, that's all. Falsehood is One Nigeria. BH has underlined this.

@oleku, i thank God Most

@oleku, i thank God Most Igbo’s are not and do not think like you. May God Almighty forgive you and make you grow up. Igbo are the most resourceful of all Nigerians. There is a saying that if you can’t find an Igbo man anywhere, you better live that place as there won’t be any prosperity. Like it or not Nigeria will be one and great again, we will ELIMINATE People of your mindset in both the South and Northern part of the Country until this Country is a Kingdom of God.

RE: A state of emergency will 2

AGAIN THE FACT THAT THEY CARRY OUT SUICIDE ATTACKS POINT TO IDEOLOGY NOT POLITICS, FOR HOW MUCH WILL A POLITICIAN PAY YOU TO KILL YOURSELF? THEIR ATTACKS ARE LIMITED TO THE NORTH WHICH WILL BE DUMB IF THEY WANT TO BRING DOWN THE GOVT. BECAUSE FOR SOMEONE AIMING TO DESTABILIZE THE COUNTRY, HE SHOULD ATTACK THE SOUTH AND CLAIM HE IS FROM THE NORTH. AS FOR ME I AM NOT SUPRISED AT "DUMBO JO" LOGIC JUST LOOK AT HOW HE WANTS TO HIKE FUEL PRICES TO SAVE MONEY WHILE SETTING ASIDE 1000 MILLION NAIRA AS FEEDING ALLOWANCE FOR HIMSELF AND THE VP FOR A YEAR! IF YOU DO THE MATHS THAT IS ABOUT 3 MILLION NAIRA A DAY FOR FOOD! CAN ANYONE GET MORE DUMBER IN STEALING!?

I agree with you Patrick,

I agree with you Patrick, however, I thing declaring a SOM in North East Region will only confirm the seriousness of insecurity (caused by BH and other selfish bastards) in the State (Nigeria) and might as well invite the military to take over the Country.

RE: A state of emergency will 1

YOU SEE MR. AGBOBU YOU PEOPLE ARE SO CONVINCED THAT BOKO HARAM IS FUNDED BY BUHARI OR SOME SHADOWY NORTHERN POWER BLOCK THAT YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO LISTEN TO REASON. THIS DELIBERATE MISCONCEPTION IS MAKING THE GOVT IGNORE FACTS AND COMMON SENSE TO THE POINT THAT THEY ARE CONFUSED. THE FACTS ARE THAT B/H IS NOT A CHALLENGE TO GEJ'S GOVT. IT STARTED B/4 HIM. EVIDENCE IS THAT BOKO HARAM IS ABLE TO FINANCE ITS OPERATIONS. REMEMBER THE FISRT SUICIDE BOMBER IS A THRIVING YOUNG INTERNATIONAL BUSINESSMAN WHO LEFT OVER 5 MILLION NAIRA TO HIS FAMILY. THIS EXPOSES THE OTHER MISCONCEPTION THAT THEY ARE POOR AND UNEDUCATED. NEXT THE SPATE OF BANK ROBBERIES IS ALWAYS FOLLOWED BY B/H ATTACKS. WE CANT DISCOUNT A LINK BETWEEN THE TWO. AS FOR EXPERTISE LOOK TO LIBYA, ALQAIDA IN THE MAGREB, SOMALIA ETC. THE RECENT PREMATURE EXPLOSIONS IS POINTING TO EXPERT BOMB MAKERS TRAINING AMATEURS ON THE JOB. IF THE PRESIDENT REMOVES ETHNICITY IT DOES NOT TAKE MUCH TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO DEAL WITH THE B/H PROBLEM.

BH has Killed Nigeria. Biafra of Resource Control & Confederatio

Who ever believes that Boko Haram tragedy can stop or be stopped is on a wild goose chase.
Let the various nationalities of Nigeria get together to decide on a lose confederation or let those who agree to form new nations together do so. A confederation of all the ethnic groups for Biafra nation is needed. Oduduwa nation is neded. Middle belt nation may also come up. The Igbo, the Ijaw, the Efik, the Anang, the Ogoni, the Ogoja, etc. must control their resources and contribute very very little to a central government of Biafra. Their environments must be protected. We can no longer sacrifice their homeland to oil pollution in the name of One Nigeria where the eggs are laid by them and eaten in very far away from their lands. India would have been a backward nation today if Islamic Pakistan and Bangladesh did not break away from it at the early stages. The apostles of unity in diversity must take note: Religion is the greatest opium for the masses.

The police is always to blame for it

The news stated 2 senior police killed in gun battle against boko haram. Pls Nigerians even when you want to abuse the institution of the Nigerian police force, at least think of people like this who actually lost their lives trying to do the most dangerous work in the country. This so called police knw their opponent have superior weapon and with the lowest income, they still go ahead to do their jobs. Judge yourself as a Nigerian, in your own place of work do you give 100%.

akin omo akin , HAUSAS MAY BE FOOLS!

SINCE YOU CALLED THE HAUSAS FOOLS I THINK YOU MIGHT BE RIGHT. BUT I AM NOT SURE AT THIS POINT. WHAT I AM SURE OF IS EITHER YOU OR ALL HAUSAS, ONE IS A FOOL. I WILL LET YOU DECIDE WHO. IN THE MEAN TIME ASK YOUR FRIENDS WHAT THEY THINK OF A PERSON WHO BELIEVES THAT A RALLY WILL GIVE PEOPLE THEIR RIGHTS IN NIGERIA. ASK THEM WHAT THEY THINK OF A PERSON WHO THINKS THAT THE LARGEST ETHNIC GROUP IN WEST, CENTRAL AND NORTH AFRICA ARE ALL FOOLS. YOU CAN ALSO ASK THE NIGERIANS LIVING IN THE NORTH WHAT THEY THINK OF YOUR IDEA OF THEM GOING BACK TO THEIR REGION. THE LAST POINT YOU WILL ASK YOUR PASTOR WHAT CHRIST SAYS ABOUT PEOPLE WHO PRAY TO GOD TO HARDEN OTHER PEOPLE'S HEART UNTIL IT BREAKS. YOU WILL LEARN A LOT IF YOU ENDEVOUR TO ASK THESE QUESTIONS.

Thank u my brother

Thank u my brother

IBB, Yerima & Other Northern leaders fastforwarded Boko Haram

IBB set the stage for the current religious intolerance in Nigeria. He smugglled Nigeria into Organisation of Islamic Conference countries. Not even half of Nigeria is made up of Muslims. He thus sentised Nigerians on the differences in their religions through lenghty religious divisive arguments. Yerima as Zamfara state governor came latter and worsen Islamic radicalism through his Sharia'a declaration which 12 northern states copied. Sharia'a was received with wild jubilation all over the north. The stage was thus set for religious intolerance. Today, northern leaders do not want to condemn Boko Haram. Are they not therefore accomplices to the religious Sharia'a state that BH is asking for? Expecting that Boko Haram must peter out is foolish expectations. It is a religious something. Therefore a Conference of sorts to decide the fate of Nigeria must be arranged for to sort things out.

RE-WELL DONE IGP

I read comments on above and can't help but pity the writer, i am a follower of sahara reporters comments and followership of the comments have illuminated the hatred that Nigerians have for each other, Muslims hate Christains vice versa, Southerners despise Northerners and the same feelings the North has for the South. In all this quagmire, the common man in N igeria has forgotten one thing, the ruling elite only exhibit such if their interest are at logger heads.

Hafiz Ringim was elevated to the IGP position because of what he did to Johanatthan while they were both GOV and COMPOL in Bayelsa respectively.While the masses in NIgeria are busy exhibiting hatred for each other, the ruling elites are busy stealing and mismanaging our resources, because the people are distracted insulting each other without our focus in demanding proper leadership from our leaders, in confronting real issues rather than coloring them in tribal and religious sentiments.

A state of immergency will

A state of immergency will put, the backers of this terrorist group on notice, that the government is now ready to give them the same treatment. May be Mr Jonathan and his government know something, that they are not telling the Nation. Why the government has not named and shamed, these backers of boko haram beats all immaginations, as the government know the backers of boko haram. The government being in denial and pussy footing with this terrible problem should be condemmed by all and sundry.

Our Sterile Police

Our Police cannot police the crisis we find ourselves because its very foundation is rotten, and questionable. The truth must be said that the problem is partly due to its clueless and ignorant leadership, which is a fallout of the entrenched fast-track seniority enjoyed by officers of Northern origin in past years. The present IG is a beneficiary of same. Have you seen the way he salutes? Does it not surprise you that a whole IG of police cannot even salute properly. Anyone who has any idea of the military knows that that is a Naval salute, and not a Police salute. Check your newspaper pages. That in itself is a travesty, which speak for itself. Nigeria must learn to give the right jobs to the right people, if we want results.

This is no longer insecurity

This is no longer insecurity of lives and property, this is a war. This is a declaration of war by both parties, on one side the thugs called boko haram and on the other side the Nigeria government. When there is a war, there is a state of emmergency. Why Mr Jonathan and his government have not declared, a state of emmergency in the affected arears baffles me. This has to be done, to send a very strong message that, the government is very serious, in its bid to eliminate this boko haram a terrorist organisation.

Re-Welcome to the Islamic Republic of Nigeria

Imogirie or whatever u call urself; ur piece shows how stupid and selfish u are. Its very unpatriotic of u 2 brand all MUSLIMS as d same. Indeed ISLAM is a religion of peace and preaches as well, they existed sects in every religion and each of those sects have reasons behind their actions. Not that am in support of violence or any breach of peace, but lets be fair to ourselves, if AMNESTY will be granted to NIGER DELTA MILITIAS, i see no reason why it won't be granted to BOKO HARAM instead of unleashing violence to them. Review ur comments pls!

Our Police cannot police the

Our Police cannot police the crisis we find ourselves because its very foundation is rotten, and questionable. The truth must be said that the problem is partly due to its clueless and ignorant leadership, which is a fallout of the entrenched fast-track seniority enjoyed by officers of Northern origin in past years. The present IG is a beneficiary of same. Have you seen the way he salutes? Does it not surprise you that a whole IG of police cannot even salute properly. Anyone who has any idea of the military knows that that is a Naval salute, and not a Police salute. Check your newspaper pages. That in itself is a travesty, which speak for itself. Nigeria must learn to give the right jobs to the right people, if we want results.

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