Dr Danjuma Barde, the traditional ruler of Chikun in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State, is dead.
Leakblast.com learned that the prominent monarch died in the early hours of Wednesday after battling an undisclosed ailment.
It was said that the first-class traditional ruler died at the Nigerian Army 44 Hospital in Kaduna.
Confirming the death of the monarch, the President of the Gbagyi Development Association (GDA), Peter Aboki, said that the traditional ruler died on Wednesday.
“Yes we lost our traditional ruler, he has been having some health challenges. He died in the early hours of today, at 44, Army hospital,” Aboki said.
Meanwhile, 28 fleeing members of the Boko Haram/Islamic State for West African Province (ISWAP) and their families have surrendered to troops of 151 Task Force Battalion under 21 Special Brigade in Borno State.
Leakblast.com reports that this was made known in a statement by the Director of Army Public Relations, Brig-Gen Onyema Nwachukwu.
According to the statement, soldiers received the terrorists who were fleeing intense aerial and artillery bombardments.
The Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists and their families were taken in at the outskirts of Aza and Bula Daloye villages in the Bama LGA of Borno state by troops of the battalion on fighting patrol at Miyanti and Darajamel.
“The arrested suspects comprised of 11 adult male terrorists, five adult females and 12 children. The troops also recovered 27 rounds of 7.62 mm (special) ammunition, three AK 47 rifle magazines and a black fragmental Jacket from the suspects,” the statement stated.
“In a separate operation on July 17, 2021, troops of 7 Division Garrison in conjunction with Civilian Joint Task Force, acting on credible intelligence tracked and arrested Boko Haram informants and logistics suppliers, during a cordon and search operation in Lawanti and Gongolun Communities of Jere Local Government area of Borno State.
“During preliminary investigations, the suspects confessed to have been working as informants for the terrorists, whom they provide with information on troops’ movements, locations, deployments, strength, calibre of weapons and other activities.
“They also admitted to supplying terrorists with basic logistics for their daily survival, ranging from Petroleum Oil and Lubricant (POL), drugs, mosquito nets, kolanuts, recharge cards and food stuff.
“The suspects disclosed that they were remunerated by the terrorists with proceeds made from selling dismantled old motorcycle parts to dealers in order to fund their purchases,” Nwachukwu added.
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