Monthly Archives: April 2010

What stalled the Murtala-Obasanjo regime’s plan for a Military-Industrial Complex?

Way back in 1978, the first phase of Murtala-Obasanjo regime’s plan military modernisation and industrialisation plan got underway with the acquisition of Soviet T55 battle tanks, the phasing out of MiG 17 and MiG 19 jets and their replacement with … Continue reading

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SUDAN ARMY AND AIR FORCE INVENTORY

SUDAN ARMY Fahd (Wheeled armoured personnel carrier) 50 OT-62 (TOPAS) (Tracked armoured personnel carrier) 10 OT-64 (Wheeled armoured personnel carrier) 40 M113A3 (Tracked armoured personnel carrier) 36 M3 (Wheeled armoured personnel carrier) 25 BTR-152 (Wheeled armoured personnel carrier) 80 BTR-80 … Continue reading

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Nigerian Army through the decades : 26 Lieutenant Generals and 10 Generals

Within the rank structure of the Nigerian Army there exists, for reasons which shall soon be made known, a very exclusive level of generalship where few have so far been privileged to rise to. These are the lofty ranks of … Continue reading

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Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire officials in talks over oil-rich border

28 April 2010 – 10:51am SOURCE: Radio Netherlands World (Africa Desk) Officials from Ghana and Ivory Coast on Tuesday opened talks over a dispute about the two neighbours’ offshore boundary, which falls in an oil-rich zone. Ghana’s recent discovery of … Continue reading

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Ghana:The Tabon(Yoruba descendants)of Accra

Sometime in May 2005 whilst listening to a British Broadcasting Corporation programme on radio, I whiffed a great similarity between the report on the Tabons of Accra(descendants of ex-Brazilian slaves of Yoruba extraction).The report which won my heart in its … Continue reading

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Nigerian General emerges as new UNMIS Force Commander in South Sudan

Daily Champion (Lagos) Nigeria: Obi Becomes UN Force Commander 28 April 2010 Nigerian Army officer, Major-General Moses Bisong Obi, has been appointed the new Force Commander of the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS). Obi succeeded Major-General Paban Jung Thapa, … Continue reading

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Nigerian Armed Forces: The post-1975 trend of Military Hardware Acquisitions

Following the initial high attained during the Nigerian Civil War, the Nigerian Armed Forces switched gear in its quest to acquire military hardware in the year 1975 which ended on a high note with the delivery in December 1975 of … Continue reading

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NIGERIAN ARMY DEPLOY FIRST-EVER WHOLLY SPECIAL FORCES BATTALION

The Nigerian Army have deployed their first-ever battalion to be wholly manned by Special Forces troops. This came to light after video clips of a range classification exercise which took place recently at the shooting range of the 72 Paratroop … Continue reading

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WHY THE POLITICAL STRUCTURE OF NIGERIA NEEDS TO BE REVISITED

Like a fresh gust of wind, one had received with deep satisfaction the news in 2003 that Nigeria’s fundamentally flawed local government system was up for review. Seven years down the line, that flicker of hope remains a forlorn one. … Continue reading

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KENYA EMERGE AS MAJOR AFRICAN SPENDERS ON MILITARY HARDWARE?

KENYA: Kenya: Sh27 Billion Arms Purchase Queried DAILY NATION Dominic Wabala 21 March 2010 Nairobi — The government was on Sunday on the spot over its massive expenditure on military hardware. A whopping Sh27 billion ($348 million) was used to … Continue reading

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