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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THE Q3 2014 VISIT OF THE ROYAL NAVY FRIGATE, HMS IRON DUKE, TO LAGOS

HMS Iron Duke, a Type 23 frigate of the Royal Navy is seen here flanked by a Shaldag Fast Patrol Craft of the Nigerian Navy

HMS Iron Duke displays big ship attitude by maintaining supreme stability in rough seas. This is one reason why Beegeagle’s Blog continues to maintain that for good seakeeping during counterpiracy operations in deep offshore precincts, Nigeria must provide new and corvettes, OPVs and frigates for the Navy.

Notice how the 38 metre Sea Eagle Mk.II stealth Offshore Patrol Craft pictured immediately behind the HMS Iron Duke rocks to one side even in waters which are no more than 20 nautical miles from the shoreline? How is that patrol craft supposed to carry out pirate interdiction 100 nautical miles out to sea where the waters are infinitely more turbulent?

The smallest vessel in the photo (in the background) is a 32 metre OCEA FPB 98 Mk.II coastal patrol craft, NNS Dorina P101, which was commissioned in March 2014.

Nigerian Navy and Royal Navy crews pose for a group photo on the deck of HMS Iron Duke. In the far right corner is a 17 metre Manta Mk.II ASD Littoral Interceptor.

PHOTO CREDIT: ROYAL NAVÝ

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THE NIGERIAN NAVY’S INCOMING CHINESE- BUILT P18N STEALTH OFFSHORE PATROL VESSEL, NNS CENTENARY F91

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BOKO HARAM ATTACK NIGERIAN SOLDIERS IN CAMEROON; MILITARY SPOKESMAN SAYS “NO NIGERIAN TROOPS DEFECTED”

Cameroonian troops

VOICE OF AMERICA
27 August, 2014
by Moki Edwin Kindzeka

Cameroon says its military has killed some 30 suspected Boko Haram militants who attacked areas where 480 Nigerian troops had crossed over during a battle with the insurgents. Nigeria said the troops crossed over while making a tactical maneuver.

Cameroon’s state radio reports government troops beat back two attempts by suspected Boko Haram militants to enter the country’s northern territory through a locality that shares a boundary with Nigeria’s Borno state, stronghold of the militant group.

During a confrontation Tuesday, the soldiers killed 11 insurgents while 16 more were killed in an earlier attack on Monday. Cameroonian soldiers seized heavy weapons and destroyed one of the vehicles the militants were using.

The attack took place in areas where Nigerian soldiers had crossed over during a battle with the insurgents. The Nigerian military said the soldiers handed their weapons to Cameroonian authorities in line with standard practice and as an indication that they were not on any offensive against Cameroon.

After the attacks, Cameroon’s state radio announced that the country’s president, Paul Biya, had ordered that the Nigerian soldiers be escorted back to their country. “The head of state has instructed that the columns of Nigerian soldiers who entered Cameroonian territory should be camped in specific locations and supervised by the Cameroonian army.

The Nigerian soldiers have been provided feeding,medical treatment and fuel on instructions of the head of state. At the same time the process of accompanying the Nigerian soldiers back to their country is under way under Cameroonian military escort,” said Biya.

Colonel Didier Badjeck,a Cameroon military spokesman,told VOA that allegations made in Cameroonian media that the incidence was a defection were unfounded, but added that they were particularly careful over the presence of the Nigerian soldiers as Boko Haram militants could also disguise as a regular army and attack them.

He said people should support but allow the Cameroon army to handle the situation and fight Boko Haram as professional soldiers. He adds that they cannot neglect details in a war front and are consequently examining any potential actions of Boko Haram.

Cameroon shares much of Nigeria’s porous northeastern border. Boko Haram militants been blamed for a rise in kidnappings,fighting and criminal acts across the border from Nigeria’s Borno state.

Many surrounding villages where Boko Haram gunmen carry out attacks regularly are becoming increasingly deserted.

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CAMEROON REDOUBLE EFFORTS TO COMBAT BOKO HARAM; NIGERIAN SOLDIERS WHO CROSSED INTO CAMEROON RETURN HOME

Cameroon Army soldiers in a Landcruiser truck armed with Chinese-made twin 14.5 mm HMGs photographed at Dabanga in the Far North. In the background is a 30mm cannon-armed Type 07A Infantry Fighting Vehicle made by Poly Technologies Inc. (China)

VOICE OF AMERICA
26 August, 2014

Cameroon is redoubling efforts to end violence carried out on its territory by the Nigeria-based Islamist militant group Boko Haram. The move comes after militants reportedly forced Nigerian troops to cross the border into the Central African nation, according to information minister Issa Tchiroma.

Tchiroma said military collaboration between the two neighboring countries remains strong despite Cameroon’s decision to close all of its borders with Nigeria due to the ongoing Ebola outbreak. “Whenever we have information regarding this [Boko Haram] problem, we share information,” said Tchiroma. “Cameroon soldiers have instructions to defend our borders. So they will fight for as long as they are assaulted by Boko Haram to protect our borders.”

About 700 Nigerian troops reportedly crossed into Cameroon following heavy clashes with Boko Haram militants. “Indeed they crossed the border and they wanted us to give them the support they need,” said Tchiroma. “We welcomed them given the fact that we are in close relation with Nigeria, and we facilitated their temporary stay in our country, and they were taken back to their own nation.”Tchiroma says the government in Yaoundé helped the Nigerian soldiers to safely return home.

He said Cameroon closed its border with Nigeria in a bid to protect citizens from Ebola and dismissed suggestions that the military cooperation between the two countries could be derailed due to the closing.“We have decided not to spare any effort in order to contain the aggression and to push [Boko Haram] back to keep them out of our nation,” said Tchiroma.

He said the country is grateful for the pledge of international support to help Cameroon combat the security threat posed by Boko Haram militants.“Many other nations have promised to give us the assistance including The United States, European Union, France, China, [and]United Kingdom, have promised to give us the necessary support in terms of information, and any kind of necessary collaboration,” Tchiroma said.

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NIGERIAN TROOPS SET TO LAUNCH A MASSIVE MILITARY OFFENSIVE TO END INSURGENCY IN THE RESTIVE NORTHEAST – COAS

LAGOS, Aug. 24 (Xinhua)

Nigerian troops will soon launch a massive military offensive to end insurgency in the northeast region of the West African country, Chief of Army Staff Lt.-Gen. Kenneth Minimah has said.

Minimah disclosed this in the southeast city of Port Harcourt on a two-day visit to army formations and units on Sunday. Minimah said under the leadership of President Goodluck Jonathan, the army had witnessed significant improvement in personnel welfare and institutional capacity to confront the nation’s security challenges.

Nigeria grapples with security challenges, part of which is the insurgency of Boko Haram, which has killed thousands of people, including women and children,since 2009. Nigeria is Africa’s most populous nation and top oil producer, with a mostly Christian south and a predominately Muslim north.

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NIGERIAN AIR FORCE CREW PERFORM AN ISR MISSION IN AN ALENIA ATR 42-500 SURVEYOR ELINT/MPA PLANE

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WHEN NIGERIAN TROOPS RETOOK THE BORNO TOWN OF DAMBOA

Smart-looking Nigerian troops march into Damboa on either side of an Otokar Cobra APC

Nigerian troops undertake confidence-building patrols after the insurgents were cleared out of Damboa

Nigerian troops atop an unfamiliar armoured vehicle(surely not a MOWAG APC) move into Damboa with a M56-2 105mm artillery system in tow

Nigerian troops in a TATA truck enter Damboa with a M56-2 howitzer trailing

Nigerian soldiers clustered around a M56-2 105mm artllery piece at Damboa.

PHOTO CREDIT: DEFENCE HEADQUARTERS (NIGERIA)

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