AFISMA OPERATIONS: OVER 500 MILITARY PERSONNEL DEPLOYED IN MALI, NIGER; 140-MAN FORMED POLICE UNIT ALSO READY FOR DEPLOYMENT

Mali-bound troops conduct final checks in the shadow of a Nigerian Air Force C130-H30 at Kaduna

Mali-bound troops conduct final checks in the shadow of a Nigerian Air Force C130-H30 at Kaduna

PAN AFRICAN NEWS AGENCY
Fri, 08/02/2013

The Nigerian Defence Headquarters (DHQ) Thursday said that the Nigerian military has deployed over 500 officers and men to the current African International Support Mission to Mali (AFISMA).

It has also deployed two Dassault-Breguet Dornier Alpha fighter jets and two Mi-35 helicopters for the Malian operation. In addition, the Nigerian Contingent Air Component has deployed the C-130 Hercules transport and the medium carrier, the G222 for the operation.

Nigeria had pledged a total of 1,200
troops for the AFISMA, comprising a
Nigerian Army battalion plus strength of
900 troops and Nigerian Air Force
strength of 300 troops. The Nigerian Air Force air component,which has deployed its full strength of pledged 300 troops, is stationed in Niamey, Niger Republic.

Director of Defence Information, Col. Mohammed Yerima, said in a statement in Abuja Thursday that the Nigerian contingent currently has a Company strength of 138 men (all ranks) stationed in the city of Banamba, Mali. Col. Yerima stated that the AFISMA Headquarters in Bamako is manned by 17 Nigerian personnel while 24 personnel are currently stationed at the transit camp.

In addition, a Signal Squadron of 61
personnel is currently deployed. The Defence spokesman said that “the
remaining troops and equipment will be
deployed in due course.

Also expected to deploy is a contingent of 140 Nigeria Police personnel who are already on standby.”

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8 Responses to AFISMA OPERATIONS: OVER 500 MILITARY PERSONNEL DEPLOYED IN MALI, NIGER; 140-MAN FORMED POLICE UNIT ALSO READY FOR DEPLOYMENT

  1. beegeagle says:

    Kyall, this was what I was talked about a week ago – a FORMED POLICE UNIT, an all-inclusive counterinsurgency police unit. One is already working with ECOMIB in Guinea Bissau and another with AMISOM in Mogadishu.

    ELSEWHERE, BEEGEAGLE WROTE:
    February 1, 2013 at 8:28 am

    http://beegeagle.wordpress.com/2013/01/31/4-malian-soldiers-killed-5-others-injured-after-vehicle-hits-landmine/

    Only yesterday, I was wondering to myself if ECOWAS have made any plans for FORMED POLICE UNITS. We could do with three FORMED POLICE UNITS in Mali.

    Each 150-man strong contingent would
    ideally have their full complement of APCs and 4WDs and be comprised as follows:

    100 MOPOL men
    10 Anti Bomb Squad technicians
    30 Anti Terrorism Squad cops
    10 K9 teamsters

    In the ‘liberated areas’ these would work with Malian gendarmes on house clearing,IED identification and disposal and tracking. Everyone knows how challenged and experienced our combat engineers are but very few know that the Police Anti Bomb Squad have about two battalions-equivalent of combat seasoned anti-bomb technicians and they are training, deploying and working alongside Army combat engineers under the JSTF’s command across the flashpoints upcountry even as we write this.

    Just one example here

    http://beegeagle.wordpress.com/2012/06/27/nigeria-police-anti-bomb-squad-intercept-1850-improvised-explosive-devicesieds-in-2012-•-4-week-batch-15b2012-anti-bomb-technicians-and-investigators-course-resumes-200-cops-in-trainin/

    We would need some of those to relieve
    the pressure on Army combat engineers.
    Let the suggested FPU take care of
    routine mine-and-IED clearance within
    the community while their army
    counterparts focus on operational demining needs for the NA and AFISMA
    units.

    My 2 kobo.

  2. eyimola says:

    The speed of this deployment is a joke. Thousands of troops should have been rushed in right from the time the French started their advance North.

  3. doziex says:

    I have seen more lightening advances from the SPLA.

    Nigeria doesn’t want to take the mantle of leadership in this crises for better or for worse.

    Either way, there are going to be consequences of this timid involvement in mali in the years to come.

  4. freeegulf says:

    for some reason, Nigeria do not want to be the vanguard force. yes, France is leading now. but it is only for a short time. whether Nigeria likes it or not, they we will have to pull our weight.
    being timid hardly defines Nigeria. but this Mali ops is showing some reluctance on the part of the FG to deploy and spearhead this peace enforcement mission.
    The present Mali mission will be particularly challenging. it will stretch the air force and their logistics to a limit (shame on them if they go to the french for air logistics) which is a good thing. because, it just might bring their desperation to the forefront and get the FG and MOD to go shopping for better armed platforms.
    on the other hand, we hardly learn from our past mistakes. other than the Niger delta experience, MOD, bless them, spend more time covering and classifying operations than working out the right approach.
    NAF personnel have good familiarity with the MIL copters. why they still haven’t equipped their utility and armed wing with massive numbers, beats all reasonable thoughts.

  5. beegeagle says:

    Whether or not it seems likely, the NA shall be plunging into this at the deep end in no time at all.

    France are not available for the brawls to come. It is one thing to have the knowhow and another to show willingness to do the hardwork. France are too keen to jump out of the eye of this gathering storm and that is why they have been shouting themselves hoarse about the need for them to be replaced by African troops.

    So whatever they know, it is unlikely that President Hollande is willing to squander political goodwill which shall follow in the wake of CTCOIN operations in Mali.

    It is behoves the Malian Army to learn “sitting by Nellie” and that mentoring, in this urban warfare stage which is frightfully reminiscent of BH tactics in Nigeria, is going to come through the NA.

    Indeed, it is the season for FIBUA, CQB, IED and ambush defeat, cordon-and-search, K9 team operations and checkpoints. Mali have a small army and these ones at the frontlines are not going to be withdrawn for training sessions at the rear. They are going to learn at the frontline and they shall do a lot of that learning at the hands of Nigerian troops.

    As always, we shall be back to say “Elsewhere, Beegeagle wrote..”, sure sign that the outcome of events had been predicted well in advance by yours truly. When that day comes, we shall also learn that the USA and France expressly requested that the NA assume the driving seat.

    Remember what happened in 2003 Liberia during that country’s 2nd Civil War during which mortar rounds had begun to fall on the UN and USA diplomatic compounds? The US Marines were marooned offshore for three weeks because the Pentagon insisted that they would go in after Nigerian ECOMIL troops?

    As it stands in Mali, the time for vainglory is up and the real war has just started. The French shall similarly push, through the more influential U.S government, for Nigerian troops to step into the looming urban mayhem in Gao and later, Timbuktu. And the NA shall oblige them, given the association of both towns with Boko Haram activity in what would amount to balancing out mutual interests.

    Watch this space.

  6. beegeagle says:

    We have already given an idea of the sheer number of specialists in the Police Anti Bomb Squad. The following nails the point

    NIGERIA POLICE TRAINING 500 MORE ANTI BOMB SQUAD PERSONNEL..

    http://beegeagle.wordpress.com/2012/07/03/nigeria-police-training-500-more-anti-bomb-squad-personnel-undergoing-8-week-course-on-iedbomb-detection-identification-and-handling-2/

  7. kenee2k says:

    I have made two posts that seem to have been lost in translation not sure , how when or why , i do not wish to speculate in the negative on this open and so far positive blog.

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