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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)
22 August, 2014
By Bassey Inyang
The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt. Gen. Kenneth Minimah has stated that the Nigerian Army will soon be reorganised to enable it effectively carry out the task of protecting the territorial integrity of the nation. Minimah said the reorganisation has become very necessary because the Nigerian Army intends to stop at nothing in ridding the nation of terrorists and their activities.
Minimah stated this Friday in Calabar during his familiarization visit to army formations and units under the 82 Division, Nigerian Army, Enugu.
Addressing men and officers of the 13 Brigade Nigerian Army in
Calabar, Cross River State, Minimah said,“The army is ready to defeat terrorism and insurgency in the country. “First and foremost, we will reorganise the army,renew our doctrine and then do our training with the new equipment we have”, he said.
AN ARRAY OF FOUR CONTRACTOR-MANAGED, EX-CHINESE 26 METRE ‘LAUNCH 80′ PATROL CRAFT OF THE NIGERIAN NAVY PHOTOGRAPHED AT PORT HARCOURT (WORLD EXCLUSIVE PHOTO)
These patrol craft belong to a series which were in Hong Kong Marine Police service until 2011 and were known as the “LAUNCH 80 series”. That means they are almost certainly 80ft long (about 26 metres) the Nigerian maritime security contractor which acquired them is known as OCEAN MARINE SERVICES. A minimum of FOUR of these ex-Chinese assets were acquired and I believe those to be as follows
Well, these are useful acquisitions to the extent that they are 26m patrol craft. It might interest you to know that the OCEA FPB 72 Mk.IIs of the NN are 24 metre assets while the Shaldag Mk.II Fast Patrol Craft are 25 metre platforms.
Given the fact that there might be ten more available units where this LAUNCH 80 patrol craft came from and bearing in mind the warming Sino-Nigerian naval ties, the NN could ask the Chinese Govt for the transfer of all ten EDAs. It might not cost us US$50,000 apiece to have each unit refurbished. That way, the NN can close out the requirement for this category of platforms until 2025 and thus be able to pursue higher aspirations namely, new and used corvettes and frigates.
This May 2013 photograph was shot at the OMS Jetty at NNS Pathfinder and was most graciously made available to me by the CEO of a leading global consultancy (arguably the numero uno in their field) with interests in maritime security and trade and who follows this blog.
A Cameroonian military convoy led by a Chinese-built Type 07A IFV on the move in the terror-afflicted Far North region.
JOURNAL OF TURKISH WEEKLY
19 August, 2014
At least 11 young Cameroonians who had been captured by Nigeria’s Boko Haram militant group managed to escape their captors and return home, a security source said Tuesday.
The former hostages, aged between seven and 15 years old, had been kidnapped by the militant group during a cross-border attack on Cameroon’s northern town of Kolofata late last month, the source said. The kidnapped youths were able to escape their captors and return home earlier this week, the source added
“The boys say they were detained near Madagali,a town in Adamawa State, Nigeria. After taking them from Cameroon, Boko Haram had enrolled them at a Quranic school,” the source told Anadolu Agency on condition of anonymity. “Days later, the school was attacked by unknown persons and they [the boys] took advantage of the confusion to escape,” he added.
On their way back home, the boys reached Vizik, a Nigerian town on the border with Cameroon, from where they managed to secure a lift across the border, according the same source. The 11 boys have since been handed over to the Cameroonian security services, which are still holding them for questioning.
“The story of their escape is not consistent; their journey from Nigeria to Cameroon is not clear,” the source said. He went on to voice fears that they had not actually escaped but rather had been “enlisted” by Boko Haram to carry out attacks in Cameroon.
“They have provided no clear location of their place of detention in Nigeria.They gave no clue to the fate of others abducted in the same attack,including the wife of Deputy Prime Minister Amadou Ali or even Kolofata Mayor Seiny Boukar Lamine,” he added. The militant group has already been blamed for several previous cross-border attacks.
Boko Haram, which means “Western education is forbidden” in Nigeria’s local Hausa language, first emerged in the early 2000s preaching against government misrule and corruption. The group later became violent, however, after the death of its leader in 2009 while in police custody.
In the five years since, the shadowy sect has been blamed for numerous attacks – on places of worship and government institutions – and thousands of deaths.
NIGERIAN AIR FORCE, NIMASA SHOWCASE THE FIRST OF SEVEN INCOMING ISR PLANES; GEARED TOWARDS CHECKING THE ACTIVITIES OF PIRATES AND ILLEGAL BUNKERERS IN THE MARITIME DOMAIN
PHOTO CREDIT: PM NEWS
20 August, 2014
The country’s military on Tuesday took the wraps off a new aircraft to tackle high sea pirates off the country’s coast, as well as maritime hijackers and oil thieves.
The high-tech plane is one of seven to be operated by the state-run Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the Nigerian Air Force. It includes sensors, radar and Electro-Optic Surveillance and Tracking (EOST) equipment, which houses three cameras to monitor ships in Nigerian waters, said Sergeant Sunday Olalekan Omotosho.
“When fully operational, no vessel can escape our coverage,” he told reporters before a demonstration flight from Lagos to Escravos in the Niger Delta and over offshore platforms in the oil-producing southeast.
The 20-seater plane can fly as low as 200 feet(60 metres)above the sea and passes on information about maritime traffic to the navy, who can intervene with fast attack craft if necessary, he added.
“Our aim is to fight all manner of maritime crimes in the country.With this aircraft, we can spot any vessel hundreds of kilometres (miles) away,” said Group Captain Enobong Eneh Effiom. The aircraft is inscribed with the words: “Vigilance over the ocean.”
Piracy off the western coast of Africa has been rising in recent years, with attackers targeting ships playing a key role in the region’s thriving oil industry.
Early this month, global maritime watchdog the International Maritime Bureau said West African piracy made up 19 percent of attacks worldwide last year. Nigerian pirates accounted for 31 of the region’s 51 attacks — the most since 2008.