COUNTERINSURGENCY PROCUREMENT: FEDERAL GOVT OF NIGERIA PLACE ORDER FOR 40 ATTACK AND TRANSPORT HELICOPTERS FROM RUSSIA, UNITED STATES; DELIVERIES SET TO COMMENCE AS EARLY AS AUGUST 2014

A Nigerian Air Force Mi-24 Hind attack helicopter

A Nigerian Air Force Mi-24D Hind (aka Mi-25) attack helicopter showing a nose-mounted quad-barreled 12.7mm HMG

DAILY POST
25 July, 2014

In a determined effort to eliminate terrorism by routing insurgents from their hideouts in parts of the North East and North West once and for all, the Federal Government has placed purchase orders for 40 helicopters for attack and transportation from the United States and Russia, DailyPost can report.

Reliable security sources confided in PRNigeria that some of the helicopters will arrive the country as early as next month, while the remaining will be received certainly before the end of the year to boost the Nigerian Airforce.

Some military and other security forces are currently frustrated about their inability to storm the notorious Sambisa Forest where Boko Haram militants are keeping the abducted Chibok secondary school girls and also serving as operational headquarters of the
group.

The reason, according to PRNIgeria findings is that security operatives are not only aware of the locations of the girls but are also closely monitoring the way that the girls are being moved around, hence they are afraid of the backlash should any harm befall the girls in the course of a forced rescue.

Past cases of attempts to rescue British and Italian nationals in Sokoto and SETRACO workers which boomerang are the reasons that the security forces have been reluctant in storming the forest and rescuing the girls.

“Oh, I wish we could have a consensus of opinion from Nigerians that we should storm the forest and rescue the girls. The day Nigerians decide that enough is enough in one voice, to clear the forest will take less than one week,” a top security source bemoaned.

Already, security forces have succeeded in ridding Zamfara, Kaduna, Jigawa and part of Bauchi states of Fulani cattle rustlers. “These have been completely eliminated”, the source declared.

The officers gave the assurance that although, terrorism like any asymmetric wars have proven to be difficult to combat anywhere in the world, the Nigerian security forces would have found it easier to deal with, had there not been politicisation of the issue.

Nonetheless, it was gathered that Damboa will soon be rescued from terrorists who recently took over the town after killing scores of residents. A special unit of terrorism forces have just been trained
under an international agreement and are ready to be fully deployed to volatile and prone areas of terrorism activities.

“Let me tell you that some communities are peculiar in the war on terror as some of their residents supported Boko Haram in the ambush and attacks on our troops. In the past, they gathered at a square to cheer the insurgents whenever a military personnel was captured and was being murdered.Young ones in the town even play with severed heads of victims.

“That is why we always warn Nigerians to report activities of these devils because giving them support is like dining with the devil or simply riding on the back of the tiger as they now turn against them. That was why some soldiers were reluctant to lay down their lives in some communities where innocent troops who were out to protect them were being misled for ambush. The situation is changing now as community leaders and youths are supporting the military
offensives.” the source declared.

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PRESIDENT JONATHAN APPROVES AN EXTRA-BUDGETARY RELEASE OF US$1 BILLION FOR MILITARY HARDWARE PROCUREMENT

BEEGEAGLE’S BLOG
8 May, 2014

In what promises to be the biggest retooling exercise of the Nigerian Armed Forces since the glorious 1980-83 epoch, President Goodluck Jonathan has approved the release of the princely sum of US$1 billion for the procurement of military hardware in a modernisation and capacity-building drive for the Nigerian Armed Forces.

President Jonathan made this detail known while addressing delegates to the World Economic Summit taking place at Abuja. He indicated that this is an initial effort in direct intervention funding which is inadequate and it portends the release of additional funds going forward.

Gentlemen, we are finally on the same page as our Federal Government after so many years of yelling about the need to have the military retooled.

Before we lose our bearing and knowing fully well that this blog is firmly on the radar of Nigeria’s entire DEFSEC establishment right up to the topmost leadership, how do you think that this boon should be spent? Please note that your views will be assessed and if swayed by the superiority of your argument, the decision makers shall take in board your suggestions.

So given the available sum, how do you think our military can gain the most mileage and put the spring back in its traditionally fighting-fit steps? No rambling or inoperable wishlists please. Just a triservice shopping list which takes care of requirements for asymmetric and conventional warfare alike.

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BOKO HARAM: NIGERIA TURN TO RUSSIA, CHINA FOR MILITARY HARDWARE AS USA, UK FAIL NIGERIA

Colonel (rtd) Sambo Dasuki, Nigeria’s National Security Adviser

VANGUARD
20 September, 2014

THE emerging scenario in the fight against terror and the steps Nigeria’s government has taken would have resulted in global sensation during the Cold War. The United States would fight to keep their allies. They would never easily lose any of their allies to then Soviet Union as now represented by Russia which has, although, embraced free market economy.

Nigeria, for years, enjoyed close ties with the West and was seen as a US ally. But the seeming snub or nonchalant attitude towards it by its traditional allies has reportedly compelled Nigeria to turn to Russia and China for the training of its military as well as acquisition of military hardware to fight Boko Haram insurgents.

Highly placed military and intelligence sources in Abuja told Saturday Vanguard that the decision to turn to the other two world military powers was an interim measure to roll back the military advances made by the Boko Haram insurgents who have gained some grounds in seizing and controlling some towns and villages in the northeastern states of Borno and Adamawa.

Already, Nigerian security personnel from the Army, Police, Department of State Services (DSS) have been dispatched to Russia for training as Special Forces to combat the Boko Haram insurgents who are mounting stiff challenge to the Nigerian security services.

According to Saturday Vanguard investigations, following the
increasing sophistication of the Boko Haram terrorists, the Nigerian government approached American and British governments to procure arms for its armed forces in order to effectively counter the insurgents but the two western governments have continued to dither, a situation that may have been responsible for some of the gains recorded by terrorists in recent times.

A senior security source told Saturday Vanguard: “the United States and Britain appear unwilling to provide arms to our armed forces.It is surprising because these are two friendly countries to Nigeria which is under threat from terrorists. We have no option but to look somewhere else for our needs pending when the issues are resolved at the diplomatic level by our government.”

This remark underscored the current lukewarm attitude of both
countries to the Federal Government. The USA had said that it would not assist Nigeria with land forces and would not also share
intelligence with the Nigerian military. Sources said that they did
not trust the Nigerian military which was accused of lacking professionalism and which also had moles within. But Nigeria expected better assistance from USA, Britain and the like.But their
support has fallen below expectation.

Saturday Vanguard gathered that one of the options was to turn to
Russia which has always been willing to supply weapons and some other logistics to Nigeria when other western countries are not forthcoming. The Nigerian Air force has several Russian fighter jets in its fleet.

It was gathered that Nigeria has entered into contract with Russian
arms manufacturers for the supply of high calibre weapons to the
Nigerian Army to combat the insurgents in the North east and has
begun discussion with the Israeli government on possible supply of military hardware.

“When the Chief of Army staff said recently that the Nigerian army
would soon take possession of weapons that would reverse the
trend in the North east, he was referring to the deal between Nigeria and some Russian arms manufacturers. We are also in discussion with Israeli companies. We don’t want to be held ransom by our traditional allies. That is why we are expanding our sources of supply,” the source said.

As part of the agreement between Nigeria and Russia, a group of
Nigerian security personnel are already in Eastern Europe for training as Special Forces with another batch, made up of the Army, Police and DSS billed to leave Nigeria next month to join the other three batches that are already in training.

President Jonathan recently, at the passing out parade of cadets at the Nigerian Defence Academy, said the armed forces would set up a Special Forces Brigade to combat terrorism in the country.

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NIGERIA IN THE HUNT FOR ADVANCED UKRAINIAN-BUILT T84 OPLOT TANKS ; FIRST TWO UNITS SPOTTED AT AN AIRPORT PREPARATORY TO BEING EXPORTED IN UKRAINE

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SECOND CHINESE-BUILT 1,800 TON P18N OFFSHORE PATROL VESSEL OF THE NIGERIAN NAVY, “F92″ , SPOTTED.

SOURCE: PAKISTAN DEFENCE FORUM

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NIGERIAN TROOPS CAPTURE LEADING BOKO HARAM MEMBER IN BATTLE AT KONDUGA…24 RIFLES, 5 RPG TUBES AND 2 MACHINE GUNS SEIZED ; DEFEAT AMBUSH LAID BY INSURGENTS AT BENISHEIK

A Browning M2 12.7mm HMG-armed Panhard VBL M11 light
armoured vehicle

PHOTO CREDIT: DEFENCE HEADQUARTERS NIGERIA

DAILY POST
18 September, 2014

The Nigerian Military has apprehended a high-ranking member of the Boko Haram sect. Troops in separate battles on Wednesday routed the sect fighters and killed scores during failed attempts to occupy Konduga, about 70 kilometres to Maiduguri.

The captured commander, DailyPost gathered, was seriously wounded and is currently being treated in a military medical facility. Military sources say the terrorists’ leader, whose name is still being kept a secret, was captured after the second but more fierce battle waged by the insurgents to capture the town.

Among seized items were weapons and equipment including 24 rifles, five rocket propelled grenade tubes, two machine guns as well as a Ford Ranger vehicle. Another Ford ranger vehicle was also destroyed.

In another battle, which occurred at Benisheik on Wednesday, troops fought through an ambush, impounded four motorcycles, wounded some terrorists, while others fled. It was also gathered that one soldier lost his life while four others, who were injured, are receiving treatment.

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OVER 400 BOKO HARAM INSURGENTS KILLED AT KONDUGA, NGAMDU AS TROOPS AMBUSH TERRORISTS

Nigerian forces, Otokar Cobra APCs and 4WD trucks

DAILY POST
17 September, 2014

No fewer than 400 members of the dreaded Islamic sect, Boko Haram were reportedly killed in their latest clash with soldiers of the Nigerian 7 division.The insurgents fell to the officers who ambushed them while they tried to attack Konduga local government area of Borno central senatorial district.

Locals also said, that, they attempted to attack Konduga from two directions with over 500 fighters when the military fought and defended the local government, killing over 200 before the insurgents retreated.

DailyPost also gathered that, after the attack was repelled, some of them went through the forest and were heading towards Mafa local government area when soldiers laid ambush on them again, killing over 100 while the rest escaped with bullet wounds.

In another development, over 100 sect members who came up to attack travelers along Maiduguri-Potiskum road met their Waterloo when the detachment along that route engaged them in a fierce battle, killing all of them.

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RENEWED FIGHTING BREAKS OUT AS KONDUGA AS INSURGENTS RELAUNCH BID TO TAKE THE TOWN

Nigerian troops deployed on combat operations in NE Nigeria are seen here clustered around a Streit Spartan Mk.III APC, one of a batch of new APCs recently delivered to the fighting troops

PHOTO CREDIT: SIRIUS BLACK

DAILY TRUST
16 September, 2014

Fighting is ongoing between hundreds of Boko Haram insurgents who stormed Konduga town in Borno State today. Security sources said the insurgents were “on a revenge mission after the heavy casualty they recorded last Friday.”

Last Friday, the insurgents met stiff resistance from Nigerian troops and members of the vigilante group, also known as civilian JTF. Over 100 of their members were reportedly killed by Nigerian troops who rounded them up after a tip–off.

One of the security sources, who does not want his name in print because he was not authorized to speak said the fight was ongoing as at 8pm. “From the information we have so far, the insurgents were armed to the teeth. They have mortars, anti aircraft missiles, rocket propelled grenades and assorted guns with a cover from Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs).

“As I am talking to you now, our men are engaging the terrorists…Their ultimate target is to subdue our men in Konduga so that they can advance to Maiduguri,” he said.

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SUGGESTIONS FOR SHORT RANGE, MEDIUM RANGE AND AREA DEFENCE MISSILE SYSTEMS FOR NIGERIA

PANTSIR S1

AKASH

S300

FD-2000/HQ-9

With reference to the foregoing subject-matter, gentlemen, may I elicit your well considered responses as it concerns the issue of revamping our medium range air defence missile capability and even going further to put in place area defence missile systems?

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