BASIC COUNTERTERRORISM+COUNTERINSURGENCY PROFICIENCY TRAINING: ANOTHER BATCH OF 278 YOUNG OFFICERS OF THE NIGERIAN ARMY PASS OUT FROM 8-WEEK COURSE

Nigerian Army soldiers react to a bomb scare

Nigerian Army soldiers react to a bomb scare

SUNDAY TRUST
Sun, 25/11/2012
MINNA

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt General O. A Ihejirika yesterday warned officers and men of the Nigerian Army saying the authorities will not condone any form of indiscipline in the course of their engagements in tackling internal security challenges in the country.

The COAS gave the warning yesterday during the graduation ceremony of the passing out of 278 young officers of the Nigerian Army that have undergone eight- week training on basic counter terrorism and insurgency at Nigerian Army Training Center (NATRAC), Kontagora, Niger state.

The COAS who was represented by the Chief of Training and Operations, Nigerian Army, Major General LP Ngubane said, “I would like to remind you that in the conduct of your operations, it is very important that you adhere strictly to the rules of engagement.

“As security operatives, you are in the public spotlight, therefore your conduct must be professional and tailored towards addressing the security challenges you encounter and assuage the sufferings of innocent and law abiding citizens. “The Nigerian Army thrives on discipline without which your career will be short lived.”

He said the course they had just completed was designed with the aim of giving them the requisite skill and knowledge to combat the current wave of security challenges in the country. His words, “The training you have received within the last eight weeks of rigorous activities is to mould you sufficiently with the requisite professional competence to tackle the challenges you are likely to meet in the field.”

In his remark, the Commander of NATRAC, Major General SA Audu commended the vision of the COAS and his ability to build institutions and to raise the professional standard of the Nigerian Army, saying, “NATRAC is just one of such institutions designed to develop requisite human resource to combat contemporary security challenges.”

He added that the training given to the young officers accorded them the professional capability of leading their troops to operate in all environments and threat conditions.

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18 Responses to BASIC COUNTERTERRORISM+COUNTERINSURGENCY PROFICIENCY TRAINING: ANOTHER BATCH OF 278 YOUNG OFFICERS OF THE NIGERIAN ARMY PASS OUT FROM 8-WEEK COURSE

  1. demola says:

    i want to believe that dis 2 months training is equivalent to last 2months phase of BOC training that sbs commandos receive apart from jungle warfare and map reading which the NDA cadets would have learnt earlier.
    Beeg, pls correct me if am wrong.

  2. beegeagle says:

    On point, Demola.

    In view of the security situation, this course is probably taking precedence over the traditional Young Officers’ Course(YOC) until the War on Terror is over.

    The Basic Operational Capability Course of the Navy SBS lasts for 6 months in all.Notice that the curriculum of this training at NATRAC spanned eight weeks(2 MONTHS). Add to that the 16 weeks(4 months) spent training in CTCOIN by 5th Year NDA cadets between January and April 2012 at Jaji and you have six months of CTCOIN training already

    NDA 5th Year cadets rappelling as part of the new 16-week CT-COIN proficiency module, 23 Apr 2012

    NDA 5th Year cadets rappelling as part of the new 16-week CT-COIN proficiency module, 23 Apr 2012

    These guys, have almost certainly now completed the 6-month BOC Special Warfare Course in its entirety. In addition, being mostly comprised of a mix of officers of both the Regular and the Short Service Combatant intakes who officers passed out in 2012 from the NDA, they have also concluded 2-4 week field training courses in mountain warfare and desert warfare.

    Very, VERY SOLID preparation. Now, the combat experience follows.

  3. jimmy says:

    Ironically and unfortunately because of boko haram these guys are much better prepared to fight the unconventional warfare than 90% of their counterparts in Africa. This transformation is similar to what happened to THE U.S. after GULF WAR2 STARTED ,and were caught flat footed in unholy places like Falloujah and Kandahar in Afghanistan.

  4. agee says:

    gen beeg! Do u think its right or normal dat all d NDA army cadets eventually have d special forces tab? Or don’t they all do? Cos based on wat i’ve read about the entry requirements 4 d american ranger skool, do those guys go through things like dat? Special forces are supposed 2 b the best of d very best, hardest of the hardest,absolutely fearless,extremely smart, thats y they are elite. I met 1 police guy wit d special forces tab in abj sometime in feb, u d guy sounded weak, said he ran away from minna cos they wanted 2 kill during d subsidy protest in minna, dats not wat i expect from a black ops guy

    • demola says:

      The us army ranger school is just as though as british army basic training from which we got our doctrination. According to what some solgiers wrote on a nairaland, 2hrs of sleep each day(frm 12pm to 2am), if its raining in the cold night, dey wud be out roling in the mud. In the hot afternoon, they would be either planting thier head on an irregularly shaped rock while standing upside down, standing rimrod straight at attention or jugging, imagine being asked to roll your body on the hot sand of zaria without a shirt, plant ur head on a rock for 2hrs, or hanging from a rope overlooking brokening bottles, so know happens when u drop. One guy wrote dat during his training at 82division he walked from aba to owerri(35miles). Even our NYSCs endurance march is 30km.
      I heard frm my fathers friend dat at beginning of their trianing dey are all given coffins with their numbers tagged on it, as it is expected some of them would die. And yes some (dats wat SAS and SPETNAZ brag about). Dont let hollywoods paparatzi carry you away.

    • demola says:

      defence inteligence agency, directorate of millitary intelligence whats their difference

  5. agee says:

    pls gen beeg do u hv any article on the failed rescue attempt in kebbi earlier in year, n y wasn’t it done by d SBS

  6. demola says:

    The us army ranger school is just as though as british army basic training from which we got our doctrination. According to what some solgiers wrote on a nairaland, 2hrs of sleep each day(frm 12pm to 2am), if its raining in the cold night, dey wud be out roling in the mud. In the hot afternoon, they would be either planting thier head on an irregularly shaped rock while standing upside down, standing rimrod straight at attention or jugging, imagine being asked to roll your body on the hot sand of zaria without a shirt, plant ur head on a rock for 2hrs, or hanging from a rope overlooking brokening bottles, so know happens when u drop. One guy wrote dat during his training at 82division he walked from aba to owerri(35miles). Even our NYSCs endurance march is 30km.
    I heard frm my fathers friend dat at beginning of their trianing dey are all given coffins with their numbers tagged on it, as it is expected some of them would die. And yes some (dats wat SAS and SPETNAZ brag about). Dont let hollywoods paparatzi carry you away.

    • demola says:

      As for the policemans talk, know that trianing is not the same one solgiers are recieving(they were thaught by isreali PMCs). And is probably more tactical than psychologically rooted (I dont know if i’m using the right words sha).

  7. beegeagle says:

    Do not forget that after the BOC qualification regimen, there are ADVANCED SPECIALIST COURSES

    I wrote about my encounter with the personable Chief Instructor of the SBS commandos. He told me that for his SURFACE WARFARE course ALONE…for which trained in India, he spent ONE YEAR. That is just one course – SEAL course, underwater warfare, instructors’ course and others also exist. Standing with him, I was looking at anything between 3.5-4 years of special operations training.

    EXAMPLE – A SPECIAL WARFARE EXPERT

    Stripes of a commando - years accumulated in training

    Stripes of a commando – years accumulated in training

    So the 6-months BOC does not upset the Spec Forces balance at all. It is needed for this time for as many officers as possible – same way we are training COIN-biased troops in 4-week proficiency training to afford them a working knowledge of CTCOIN and then deploying them to the field.

    The NA have plans under ORBAT 2010 for a CTCOIN-biased infantry division, a Special Forces brigade and an Aviation Wing for which 40 pilots have been trained for them by the NAF, not to mention engineers and technicians.

    READ

    BASIC OPERATION CAPABILITY COURSE

    http://beegeagle.wordpress.com/2012/07/18/blog-exclusive-nigerian-navy-special-boat-service-pass-out-basic-operational-capabilityboc-course-7-trainees/

    TRAINING TRAJECTORY AND STRIPES OF A COMMANDO

    http://beegeagle.wordpress.com/2012/07/19/nigerian-navy-special-boat-service-training-trajectory-and-stripes-of-a-commandoo/

    MISSION PROFILE AND TRAINING REGIMEN

    http://beegeagle.wordpress.com/2012/07/21/nigerian-navy-special-boat-service-in-focusi-mission-profile-and-training-regimen/

  8. agee says:

    thanks beeg, i remember d first sbs photo i saw was here,i’m really grateful 4 d amount of knowledge u share wit us n thanks 2 d other bloggers 2. I was just concerned n wandering y all d army cadets were given d special forces tab, n some even collapsed during their POP, including some1 i know, dat dude has d special forces airborne, ranger n about 2 other tabs, he was really lucky he wasn’t among those dat were nt commissioned 4 collapsing in front of d president. I must say i’m really proud of d SBS. I sincerely hope they’ll b shielded from d corruption dat we know destroys a lot of gud things in dis country.
    And is it possible 2 help put something about dis guys on wikipedia maybe wit some collabo from d military i believe u’ve got some connection wit dem, help inform d world bout dis guys since our maintream media n military also has refused 2 do so, n please anything article on our secret service? I’ll love 2 work 4 dem, currently studying cyber sec. I hope 2 gain enough experience 2 b relevant 2 them n d country.

  9. Henry says:

    As for the secret police AKA SSS, there is a lot of limited information on them on this blog. There are also a few pictures of them on the blog, so just use the search above, to dig out the information available on them. Of course the info, is limited. However in terms of secrecy” SSS they learn work for where NIA dey”.

    National intelligence agency is nigeria’s version of the CIA, ultra-secretive intelligence agency, aka “spooks”.

    • demola says:

      i,d like to ask, shouldn’t NIA and DIA be just one agency

      • agee says:

        they are all under d CSO NIA if i remember correctly is 4 foreign intelligence while DIA is 4 military matters.

      • Henry says:

        Do you guys mean the directorate of military intelligence, DMI? I don’t think I’ve head of DIA before. Yes NIA is nigeria’s foreign intelligence agency naah.

      • agee says:

        no henry, They are separate, DMI is run by a military officer i’ll assume, DIA civilians, n sori I meant they’re all under d NSA’s office nt CSO

  10. Guys check out this article i saw on Naija.com

    The proposed peace talk between the Federal Government and Boko Haram has crumbled, even as the top command of Nigeria’s security apparatus has launched a fresh offensive to capture the sect’s leader, Imam Abubakar Shekau alive. The collapse of the planned dialogue is coming barely three weeks after the sect initiated a fresh move for ceasefire and peace talks.

    The sect had on Thursday, November 1, announced, through one of its commanders, Abu Mohammed Ibn Abdulaziz, that it will stop its campaign of violence in the northern part of the country if the government will offer its members compensation and arrest a former governor of Borno State, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff.

    The development came barely five days after Saturday Sun, in an exclusive story, reported that the Federal Government had discovered the operational base of the sect in northern Mali, where Boko Haram leader, Imam Abubakar Shekau, is believed to be coordinating attacks on Nigerian targets. The discovery followed an intelligence support from a super power nation with wide military interest across the world.

    President Goodluck Jonathan had, in his reaction to the call for truce and peace talks, described the Boko Haram’s offer as a welcome development. Saturday Sun gathered that developments have since then convinced government that the sect “was obviously flying a kite to buy time, following the discovery of its operational base in northern Mali.”

    As a result, a top level security source revealed that the Federal Government has decided to change its approach to resolving the Boko Haram debacle by deploying enormous resources to capture the leader of the sect. According to the source, “government is no longer keen on sending thousands of our troops to Mali to fight in a foreign land notwithstanding our commitment to the ECOWAS plan to put some troops together.

    This is because the ECOWAS process will still need to get the approval of the United Nations and go through some international protocols which will be a little bit cumbersome and slow.” But beyond this, the security source disclosed, “the decision by government to change tactics is more of respecting our pact with the military leader in Mali, Captain Sanogo, who is seriously working with us on this project.

    They (Malian authorities) are insisting that they don’t want foreign troops in their country because of the aftermath of that and as such they are now requesting for logistic support, including arms, ammunition and military wares that their own troops will use to flush out the rebels controlling North of Mali, where the Boko Haram leaders are hiding.”

    It was further gathered that the decision to step down on deploying Nigerian troops to launch a direct attack on rebels’ stronghold in northern Mali is because “out of about three or four ECOWAS countries that share borders with Mali, only two have problems with the Toureg islamist rebels, while the others are okay with the group.

    In essence, ECOWAS troops will not enjoy the full support of these other neighbouring countries, a development that may make our troops suffer heavy casualties because of likely sabotage.” To capture Shekau alive, it was further gathered, high-tech military and intelligence monitoring equipment have been deployed to Mali in addition to the physical presence of some operatives of the Nigerian Intelligence Agency (NIA) and the Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) to assist the Malian troops establish the exact location of Shekau, with a view to capturing him alive when the bombardment of the region begins in a couple of weeks.

    “There is, no doubt, that we will support them (Malian troops) as already requested because we will now leave the battle for them to fight to liberate their own country, even though we are benefiting from the end result of the onslaught. Quantity of our logistic or military support is, however, what cannot be disclosed,” the security source added.

    Saturday Sun gathered that though the office of the National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki (retd) is the one coordinating efforts to end Boko Haram insurgency in the country, dislodge them from their base in Mali and the latest move to capture Shekau alive, none of the officials in the office was ready to speak on the development as at press time. Courtesy Naija.com

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