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TAXIFY DRIVER LUCKY TO ESCAPE WITH HIS LIFE AFTER ALLEGEDLY BEING FIRED AT BY COPS.

Taxify driver lucky to escape with his life after allegedly being fired at by cops

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Nov 24, 2018 4:42 PM
Thando Dlamini says he was shot by a policeman while trying to enter the Engen garage in Strijdom Park, Randburg.
Thando Dlamini says he was shot by a policeman while trying to enter the Engen garage in Strijdom Park, Randburg. Image: SANDILE NDLOVU

A young Johannesburg Taxify driver is lucky to escape with his life after allegedly being shot by police, in an incident reminiscent of rapper Khuli Chana’s case.

Thando Dlamini from Cosmo City was on Friday languishing at the Helen Joseph hospital after suffering a single gunshot wound to his middle finger, with the bullet also piercing his stomach before exiting on the other side of his body.

The incident happened at a garage on Malibongwe Drive in Kya Sands, north of Johannesburg in the early hours of Thursday.

But unlike in the Khuli Chana case where the police had mistaken his car for that of criminals they were pursuing, Dlamini, 23, accused the cops of being trigger happy.

Speaking from his hospital bed on Friday, Dlamini said he was still shocked that the police opened fire on him without provocation.

“I was sitting in my car with one of the petrol attendants who is my friend while my phone was charging inside the garage. It was around 3am and as I got out of the car to check the phone in the garage, a shot rang out and I fell to the ground.

“It was completely quiet. There was no robbery taking place at the garage where you’d say maybe they were trying to shoot at the criminals. My car was not reported stolen or anything. It was dead quiet. They didn’t even fire a warning shot but aimed straight at me.

“One officer got out of the car with an R5 rifle and approached me. I asked him why he shot me and they told me they thought I was a criminal and was running away from something. They watched me lying there bleeding and ordered everyone not to touch me. They even said that they can’t touch me because they are not trained for it,” he said.

The driver said he was now fearing for his life and wanted to be removed from the hospital despite the fact that he was still in deep pain.

“I fear that they will come and finish me off,” he said with tears welling in his eyes.

Sunday World saw video footage taken by Dlamini’s father Bheki Mpofu moments after he arrived at the scene which showed that the policeman shot at him through a closed window.

The police car’s window appeared shattered and the father could be heard pleading with the two officers to not contaminate the scene.

He also dared them to shoot and kill him before they could tinker with the crime scene.

The injured Dlamini could be seen lying on the floor in the background as well.

Mpofu said that his wife received a call from Thando, saying he was shot.

“We then rushed to the garage and found him lying on the floor with a gun shot wound and moments later an ambulance arrived and was taken to hospital,” said Mpofu.

He said he went back to the garage with his wife and asked to see the CCTV footage to understand what had happened, but was told by employees a certain police captain instructed them not to show the footage to anyone because it was police evidence.

Rometh Rikhotso of BH Taula Attorneys in Roodepoort said they were representing the family in the case and would tomorrow issue a letter of demand against the police minister and ensure the two officers get charged for attempted murder.

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID), tasked with investigating complaints against police officers, confirmed they were conducting an investigation into the conduct of the two cops in question, who are based in Randburg.

IPID spokesman Moses Dlamini said no one had been arrested yet but investigations were underway.

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NIGERIAN SOLDIER LASH OUT IN VIDEO AFTER BOKO HARAM BLOODY ATTACK.

Nigerian soldiers lash out in video after bloody Boko Haram attack

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Nov 24, 2018 2:00 PM
Nigerian soldiers
Nigerian soldiers patrol in the town of Banki in northeastern Nigeria on April 26, 2017. The terrorists have recently carried out major attacks on military and civilian targets, killing scores. PHOTO | FLORIAN PLAUCHEUR | AFP

KANO,

Nigerian troops fighting on the frontlines of the Boko Haram conflict have released a video claiming dozens had died in a recent attack and deploring the poor state of their equipment.

In the five-minute video seen by AFP on Saturday, a soldier narrating in the background shows the burnt shells of several tanks and vehicles in the Metele base, which was attacked by the IS-affiliated Islamic State West Africa Province on November 18.

DESPERATION

At least 43 soldiers were killed in the attack according to military and civilian sources, though the army disputes the death toll.

The release of the video underscores growing desperation among troops, who in June protested being redeployed to a battlefront in the remote Lake Chad region after fighting Boko Haram jihadists for years without relief.

“No less than 100 plus soldiers died here. Many are missing in action, they are nowhere to be found,” said the soldier in the video, which was obtained by AFP from a military source who confirmed its authenticity.

“See the weapons they bring here. These are not working,” he said as the footage revealed the charred remains of tanks and other military equipment.

“These are outdated vehicles, they are not working. They just keep them here for formality,” said the soldier.

“Imagine, they are killing us every day,” he said. “The situation is getting worse.”

THE SCENE

The video shows the sprawling camp in the middle of the desert, 260 kilometres (161 miles) from the Borno state capital of Maiduguri.

There was no immediate response from the army on the release of the video.

More than 27,000 people are thought to have been killed in the nine-year Islamist insurgency that has triggered a humanitarian crisis and left 1.8 million people without homes.

The video, the first public glimpse of the base since it was attacked, shows piles of blackened zinc sheets that were the living quarters of the troops.

Personal effects and cooking pots lay scattered across the ground as soldiers move around the debris under a bright blue sky.

On Monday, ISWAP said it had killed “more than 40 Nigerian soldiers” in Metele and carted away “four tanks” along with other vehicles and ammunition.

On Friday, the jihadist group claimed that its fighters killed 118 Nigerian soldiers in five attacks on military bases across the northeast in the past week.

“FALSE FIGURES”

The Nigerian military broke its silence late Friday evening to confirm that the Metele base had been attacked.

It said in a statement that while it is “true” there was an attack, it observed that “several social media, print and online publications have been brandishing false casualty figures.”

AFP has reported at least 17 attempts to overrun army bases since July.

Many have been claimed by the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP).

The attacks have been seen as a sign of a hardline takeover in the faction by more radical commanders and have stretched the army at a time when soldiers are complaining of fatigue.

Security analysts said more attacks were expected in the run-up to February 16, when Nigerians go to the polls to elect a new president and parliament.

AHEAD OF NIGERIA’S ELECTION OPPOSITION WEAPONISES SOLDIER DEATHS

Ahead of Nigeria’s election, opposition weaponises soldier deaths

Nov 24, 2018 2:00 PM

Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has been largely silent about the fighting in the northeast as, in battle after battle, soldiers have died.

LAGOS – Hundreds of Nigerian soldiers have been killed in recent months by Islamist militants who the president vowed to defeat when voted into power in 2015 – and the bloodshed has become a useful weapon for opponents aiming to topple him in coming elections.

Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has been largely silent about the fighting in the northeast as, in battle after battle, soldiers have died.

On Thursday Buhari’s political opponents disclosed that 44 soldiers had been killed in an attack in the village of Metele, in the northeastern state of Borno, on Sunday.

The move is calculated to undermine the security credentials of the president as he seeks a second term in three months’ time, say politics and security analysts.

Buhari is a former military general and commander-in-chief who came to power promising to defeat the insurgents and whose administration has claimed for years to have beaten Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa (ISWA).

The candidate for the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is Atiku Abubakar, a businessman and former vice president seeking to topple Buhari.

The Senate president, Bukola Saraki, is also PDP and tightly controls the upper house of parliament, which suspended its session on Thursday to honour the fallen after announcing the deaths.

The PDP “are playing politics with conflict,” said Idayat Hassan, director of the Abuja-based Centre for Democracy and Development.

“They know elections can be won or lost based on the issue of security,” she said. “Many people will be very angry. The government has made no statement, they have not confirmed it, so it will be taken as another attempt to deny that the Boko Haram insurgency has not been completely defeated.”

A PDP spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

A Nigerian presidency spokesman said the military would issue a statement. In a statement posted late on Friday on its Facebook page, the army confirmed that troops were attacked in Metele on Sunday.

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“Several social media, print and online publications have been brandishing false casualty figures,” it said in the statement, without disclosing the number of those killed or injured.

“FAILING STRATEGY”

Attacks by Boko Haram in the run-up to the last election in 2015 weakened then-president Goodluck Jonathan and helped Buhari to defeat him at the polls.

The course of the conflict now appears to be turning in favour of Islamist militants fighting fatigued, ill-equipped troops.

The attack in Metele was carried out by ISWA and killed around 100 Nigerian soldiers, four security sources told Reuters on Thursday.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack and others in northeast Nigeria in recent days.

“This is a legitimate campaign issue,” said Matthew Page, an associate fellow with Chatham House’s Africa Programme.

“The military strategy in the northeast has been failing,” he said. “This type of failure to exert control over the national territory isn’t sustainable in the long run. It reflects really poorly on the incumbent president with the man on the street.”

In the past, news of heavy military defeats has trickled out from anonymous sources and was only carried by a minority of domestic media. With the Senate’s and Abubakar’s public announcement, details of the Sunday attack have been made widely known.

“It’s been hugely carried by the media today, and that is definitely helping the opposition,” said Kabir Adamu, managing director of intelligence and security risk management firm Beacon Consulting.

“We haven’t seen a statement from the Nigerian government.”

Terrorists ambushed evacuation troops,seized guns,truck and captain.

Nigerian troops. File photo

Olaleye Aluko and Kayode Idowu

A week after the fighters of the Islamic State West African Province attacked the Nigerian Army 157 Battalion’s base in Metele, Borno State, scores of dead and missing soldiers had yet to be located as air assets have been deployed in the area for search and rescue, according to military sources.

Also, troops have found it difficult to evacuate the decomposing bodies of soldiers who were brutally killed by the terrorists in the attack on the Metele military base last Sunday.

A military source told SUNDAY PUNCH on the telephone on Saturday that the troops that were sent to evacuate the remains of the slain soldiers were attacked by the insurgents and had to beat a tactical withdrawal.

The source said, “As of yesterday, around 10am, troops from 7 Brigade Baga went to Kangarwa 119 Task Force Battalion Defence Company’s location to recover three armoured tanks. They were ambushed and the insurgents carted away the tanks.

The source, who lamented that the morale among the soldiers was at an all-time low, said the bodies of those killed in Sunday’s attack on Metele were already decomposing in the bushes as the insurgents had continued to lay siege to the community.

“The corpses of those killed in Metele are still not evacuated and the soldiers that went for the evacuation were 147. They were attacked at the entrance to Metele,” said the source who spoke to one of our correspondents on condition of anonymity.

“A captain was captured alive by the insurgents; the insurgents killed six soldiers from the company with seven soldiers still missing.”

He said apart from human loss, “the soldiers that went for the evacuation lost a battle tank and a gun truck to the insurgents.”

On the loss during the initial siege to Metele, he said, “Last Sunday’s attack on Metele, on the 157 Task Force Battalion, Metele, led to the loss of six officers and 56 soldiers, the eagle battle tanks, APC, riffles, mortars and bombs were all taking away by the insurgents.”

He said the company was able to evacuate six corpses in spite of the ambush.

Meanwhile, a video has been released on the social media which showed the level of dissatisfaction among the soldiers.

Surviving soldiers send SOS to Buhari

In a related development, some soldiers, who survived the attack in Metele have sent a Save-Our-Soul to President Muhammadu Buhari, urging him to probe the quality of weapons procured by the military authorities and save them from further avoidable deaths.

In a video sent to journalists in Maiduguri, the soldiers accused the military authorities of providing them with obsolete weapons, which they said were grossly inadequate to effectively confront the insurgents in the ongoing campaign in the North-East.

In the amateur video footage, the soldiers also accused military authorities of negligence which resulted into the death of scores of their colleagues in a series of attacks coordinated by the Albarnawi faction of the Boko Haram at Metele in the Guzamala Local Government Area of Borno State.

In the video, two soldiers, who claimed to be among the survivors of the attack, narrated the precarious condition of the troops and obsolete equipment which made it difficult for them to repel the insurgents’ attack.

“See what the Nigerian Army has been doing to us. They brought us here. See how they killed our fellow soldiers, they burnt them inside the tanks,” a narrator in the video said.

“They are using us to make money; why? Are we not human beings? They can kill soldiers inside a tank. If Rocket Propelled Grenade can penetrate M-RAG vehicle, what of a fellow human being?

“This is the location called ‘Metele’; this is a place they (the insurgents) took over 40 barrel and these people want to use us, and within one week they killed over 200 soldiers and we are now 147. They want to waste us here. It is a lie, our blood is not here.”

They added, “This is a Third World vehicle, a tank manufactured in 1972; and Albarnawi broke all of it. They want to use us and we are not getting anything from them. We want to tell the government of our condition.

“Please, the Federal Government should intervene before the insurgents come and kill us. They mocked us and said we are Zombies, animals; we do not know our rights, any order given to us we will follow.

“We are millennium soldiers, most of us are graduates.

“Look at what they did to this T12 tank; it is obsolete. It was a 1983 Czechoslovakian tank procured during (Shehu) Shagari’s regime. Is this the money the Federal Government provided to procure weapons?”

Military jets comb bushes for missing, captured soldiers

Meanwhile, a reliable source in the Nigerian Air Force told SUNDAY PUNCH on Saturday that the NAF had deployed more air assets in the North-East theatre to assist in the search for the corpses of soldiers and to locate scores of others who have been declared missing.

Another military source said some Nigerian soldiers were believed to have fled to towns and villages in Cameroon, Niger Republic and Chad to escape more fire from the ISWAP terrorists who are suspected to be regrouping for more attacks.

A military source added, “There is discontent within the troops in the North-East. Some of the soldiers have direct or indirect links with ISWAP. This is why the terrorists are able to release videos and casualty figures effortlessly. It is a coordinated attack and it is alarming.

“We are having air support in the areas. We rely on them to bomb more terrorists’ gathering, help to search and rescue troops and other allied operations.

“The Air Force is presently carrying out Operation Green Sweep, which is an air interdiction operation. This alone means that more fighter and surveillance aircraft have been deployed in the theatre of operations to identify Boko Haram logistics’ base and take them out.

“But it is not only about interdiction, there will be searches and surveillance to identify possible hostages for rescue.”

The Director of Public Relations and Information of NAF, Air Commodore Ibikunle Daramola, could not be reached on Saturday to confirm any air deployments in Metele.

Also, the Nigerian Army said on Saturday that it would not comment on details of the Metele attack, apart from a scanty statement it posted on its official Facebook page late on Friday.

The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig-Gen Texas Chukwu, when contacted on effort being made by the military on the Metele attack, said, “Go and check our post on Facebook. You will find everything there.”

Chukwu declined to respond to further enquiries.

The army had said late on Friday that “whilst it is true that there was an attack on the location on November 18, it has become necessary to correct several misinformation on the incident. So far, the situation in that location is under control as reinforcing units have been able to repel the terrorists and stabilise the situation.”

NUGERIAN SOLDIER LASH OUT AFTER BLOODY BOKO HARAM ATTACK

Troops fighting on the frontlines of the Boko Haram conflict have released a video claiming at least 100 soldiers died in a recent attack.

Troops fighting on the frontlines of the Boko Haram conflict in northeastern Nigeria have released a video claiming at least 100 soldiers died in a recent attack and deploring the poor state of their equipment.

In the five-minute video seen by AFP on Saturday, a soldier narrating in the background shows the burnt shells of several tanks and vehicles at the Metele base, which was attacked by the IS-affiliated Islamic State West Africa Province on November 18.

At least 43 soldiers were killed in the attack according to military and civilian sources, though the army disputes the death toll.

The video came as it emerged Saturday that around a dozen girls had been kidnapped by suspected members of Boko Haram in border villages in southeastern Niger.

It underscored growing desperation among troops, who in June protested at being redeployed to the remote Lake Chad region after fighting Boko Haram jihadists for years without relief.

“No less than 100 plus soldiers died here. Many are missing in action, they are nowhere to be found,” said the soldier in the video, which was obtained by AFP from a military source who confirmed its authenticity.

“See the weapons they bring here. These are not working,” he said as the footage revealed the charred remains of tanks and other military equipment.

“These are outdated vehicles, they are not working. They just keep them here for formality,” said the soldier.

“Imagine, they are killing us every day,” he said. “The situation is getting worse.”

The video shows the sprawling camp in the middle of the desert, 260 kilometres (161 miles) from the Borno state capital of Maiduguri.

There was no immediate response from the army on the release of the video.

More than 27,000 people are thought to have been killed in the nine-year Islamist insurgency that has triggered a humanitarian crisis and left 1.8 million people without homes.

The video, the first public glimpse of the base since it was attacked, shows piles of blackened zinc sheets that were the living quarters of the troops.

Personal effects and cooking pots lay scattered across the ground as soldiers move around the debris under a bright blue sky.

On Monday, ISWAP said it had killed “more than 40 Nigerian soldiers” in Metele and carted away “four tanks” along with other vehicles and ammunition.

On Friday, the jihadist group claimed that its fighters killed 118 Nigerian soldiers in five attacks on military bases across the northeast in the past week.

The Nigerian military broke its silence late Friday evening to confirm that the Metele base had been attacked.

It said in a statement that while it is “true” there was an attack, it observed that “several social media, print and online publications have been brandishing false casualty figures.”

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari said on Saturday in a statement that he was in “deep shock” over the Metele attack.

“We are ready to give them all the needed support in terms of equipment and manpower to succeed in ending the renewed threat,” said Buhari.

“In the coming days, I am engaging the military and intelligence chiefs in extensive discussions on the next steps we shall be taking.”

AFP has reported at least 17 attempts to overrun army bases since July.

Many have been claimed by the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP).

The attacks have been seen as a sign of a hardline takeover in the faction by more radical commanders and have stretched the army at a time when soldiers are complaining of fatigue.

Security analysts said more attacks were expected in the run-up to February 16, when Nigerians go to the polls to elect a new president and parliament.

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