Boko Haram seizes army base in Nigeria

LAGOS - The militant group Boko Haram has seized a town and key multinational military base in north-eastern Nigeria, officials and eyewitnesses say.

A senator in Borno state said troops had abandoned the base in the town of Baga after it was attacked on Saturday.

Residents of Baga, who fled by boat to neighbouring Chad, said many people had been killed and the town set ablaze.

Baga, scene of a Nigerian army massacre in 2013, was the last town in the Borno North area under government control.

It hosted the base of the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF), made up of troops from Nigeria, Chad and Niger.

Set up in 1998 to fight trans-border crime in the Lake Chad region, the force more recently took on Boko Haram.

Boko Haram attacks towns and villages on an almost daily basis, abducting people including young boys and girls, BBC Africa analyst Mary Harper reports.

The military, which includes Western advisers and surveillance, seems incapable of dealing with the problem, she adds.

Comments (8)

I wonder how iz Boko Haram so stronger than the nigerian army....

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CARTRIDGE GALLERY - 5 January 2015

What a loss of human lives on daily bases! End time, and the devil is doing everything to have as many souls as possible perish without knowing the present truth to prepare for the event that are coming shortly after these, and the greatest of all, the second coming of Jesus in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. May God have mercy on His people.

Daniel Balingi - 5 January 2015

Armies mostly in West, Central and East Africa sometimes go for months without earning anything whilst their seniors live a life of heaven on earth. So when faced with a life threatening situation, they usually flee. Hapana chekufira. They are simply not motivated to fight the war and die. All they desire is to also live in those big beautiful houses we see on African movies. On the other hand Boko Haram believe they are fighting a religious war. It's difficult to reason with a religious fanatic.

Kuda Muchena - 6 January 2015

@ Kufi... I also have the same question how can an army base be dispersed so easily. This Boko Haram issue is more complicated than people think. Nigeria is tribally/regionally divided... This issue of religion is just a cover up.... Yes religion to a certain extend is at play but the Northern part of Nigeria is where all these atrocities are occurring, it is also the poorest region in Nigeria, least developed and uneducated of all Nigeria. It is political, Nigeria is going towards elections and Jonathan is from the South the oil rich region which is more developed and stable. These atrocities are there to destabilize his re-election. After elections Boko Haram will go to sleep...because now they are being heavily funded to make a lot of noise. Instability in the oil rich nation gives room for the vultures(multinational oil companies) to loot oil. Boko haram is a complex issue, even in the government its not surprising they have a lot of support. This is a good example of how the west work. This group is heavily funded, if you don't believe this ask yourself where are they getting the weapons to take out a complete army base? how do they sustain such an army? who is funding them? why can't the government declare war and take it to them and destroy them? If you can't find the answers then something fishy is going on, in Africa's biggest economy.

Reality - 9 January 2015

guys we will talk and talk but the truth is the President JONATHAN is behind all this indirectly

mthandazo - 9 January 2015

Zimbabweans at it! They now know Nigerian problems than the Nigerians! They never cease to amaze.

Amir - 18 January 2015

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