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In 2 Weeks, Nigerian Troops Destroy, Capture Over 20 ISWAP Gun Trucks

Counter assault operations by the Nigerian military in the Northeast between Jan. 1 and 17, 2021 resulted in the destruction and capturing of over 20 Islamic State West Province (ISWAP) gun trucks, HumAngle can report.

This newspaper learnt that the gun trucks were those initially captured from Nigerian troops in various ambushes and raids by the insurgents. 

The insurgents’ gun trucks targeted by the Air Task Force of Operation Lafiya Dole and ground troops are usually Toyota Hilux and Land Cruiser Buffalo trucks.

Gun truck destroyed by an airstrike.

Nigerian Air Force (NAF) intercepted and destroyed 13 gun trucks in response to the Jan. 15  overrunning of Nigerian Army base in New Marte in Borno State.

On Jan. 13, NAF Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance aircraft flying over the Jakana-Mainok axis of Borno spotted ISWAP vehicles and the Air Task Force subsequently dispatched helicopter gunships that led to the destruction of at least two gun trucks.

The Air Force on Jan. 12 targeted and destroyed three gun trucks in the Jakana-Mainok axis of the state, following an intelligence report.

On Jan. 10 troops of the subsidiary Operation Tura Takai Bango recovered a gun truck at Kafa village in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State.

On Jan. 9, one gun truck was destroyed in Gujba Local Government of Yobe State while the military also reported that troops on clearance operations between Goniri and Gorgi on Jan. 7 recovered 10 gun trucks.

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    the almajiri system was designed to build in young minds, sounds doctrine of Islam as specified in the holy Quran. Essentially, it was meant to teach children basic spiritual, moral and social value in order to enhance their sense of responsibility. It was also meant to inculcate in them the value of caring for those in need. Unfortunately, these esteemed goals have been defeated over the years by some dubious and modern-day Islamic scholar.

    Almajiri system of education has facing many challenges internal and external, especially by the Northern Governors, “Kaduna Kano” during the outbreak this pendemic (Covid 19) Some State transfer the amajiris to their State of origin and handled us to their State government without any alternatives to the System.


    On the 10th of April, 2012, the president, Dr. Goodluck E. Jonathan took a bold step by
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    The occasion which took place at an Almajiri Model School, Gagi, Sokoto State, brought the actualization of the age long dream of the almajiri modern school system. The president declared that this programme will cover the 9.5 million almajiri population scattered across the Northern states.He added also that theschool would provide the children with a conventional quality education as envisaged under his administrations education policy thrust.

    Now the government were neglected it without Transformation and alternative to the system.

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