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ISWAP Kills 2 Policemen As Service Chiefs Visit Maiduguri

The Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) on Sunday attacked Nigerian police and army units in Magumeri as the new military chiefs arrived in Maiduguri, Borno State Capital, on their maiden operation visit of the insurgency zone.

The insurgents killed two police personnel and burnt their vehicle along the Maiduguri-Magumeri-Gubio Road, HumAngle learnt.

The insurgents were suspected to be heading to Maiduguri.

The Nigerian Army base in Magumeri responded to the attack by firing from their artillery weapon system.

The location of the incident was a few kilometres from Maiduguri Airport, where the Nigerian Air Force Aircraft conveying the service chiefs landed.

The CDS Lucky Irabor taking salute during an inspection of NAF guards
The CDS Lucky Irabor taking salute during an inspection of NAF guards

On arrival, the team was received by Farouq Yahaya, Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole; Abdul Khalifa, the General Officer Commanding, 7 Division, Nigerian Army, and other principal staff officers of the Military Command and Control Centre at the Air Task Force Headquarters.

The service chiefs also visited Borno State Governor Babagana Zulum.

Governor Zulum and CDS Lucky Irabor
Governor Zulum and CDS Lucky Irabor

The governor called for aggressive collaboration with the armed forces of neighbouring countries of Chad, Cameroon and Niger Republic to tackle the insurgency.

Zulum also sought better cooperation between the military and civilians to bridge the trust deficit between the two groups and increase the military’s access to credible intelligence gathering which was necessary for success in the fight against insurgency.

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Abdullahi Murtala is a researcher and reporter. His expertise is in conflict reporting, climate and environmental justice, and charting the security trends in Nigeria and the Lake Chad region. He founded the Goro Initiative and contributes to dialogues, publications and think-tanks that report on climate change and human security. He tweets via @murtalaibin

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