EXERCISE OBANGAME 2014: NIGERIA SET TO HOST 22 NAVIES IN SEA-BASED EXERCISE; 10 NIGERIAN WARSHIPS AND PATROL CRAFT, 2 NAVAL HELICOPTERS AND NAF ALENIA ATR 42-500 MPA-ELINT PLANES PARTICIPATING

NNS Thunder F90

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VOICE OF NIGERIA
14 April, 2014
Written by Chiamaka Ikechukwu Lagos

The Nigerian Navy is set to host
multinational maritime exercise to
enhance security in the maritime
environment and the Gulf of Guinea.

“The huge resources in the Gulf of
Guinea are being undermined by
multifaceted domestic, regional and international threats and vulnerabilities,’’ the Flag Officer in
charge of Western Naval Command, Rear Admiral Ilesanmi Alade told
newsmen at a press conference in
Lagos, to herald the beginning of
Exercise Obangame Express 2014.

Alade said pervasive insecurity in this resource laden maritime environment has resulted in multi-billion dollars losses annually, significantly constrained investment and economic prospects, growing crime and
potentially adverse political
consequences.

According to him,”Nigeria like any
other maritime nation relies on the
sea for harvesting of resources,
commerce and international trade.For some years, effort has been
intensified to tackle security challenges of piracy, poaching,
smuggling, oil theft, trafficking and
other transnational crimes.’

Sea-based crimes

“The challenges posed by sea-based
crimes are such that no single nation is capable of effectively combating them all alone,’’ Alade stated. He said the situation calls for synergy of efforts among maritime nations towards ensuring a safe and secure maritime environment.

“In this regard, and to further
consolidate our effort towards zero
oil theft and other illegality, the
Nigerian Navy, the United States
government, its European partners,
Gulf of Guinea nations and other maritime nations of Africa have
decided to come together to conduct annual multinational maritime security exercise, known as OBANGAME EXPRESS,” he explained.

Exercise OBANGAME EXPRESS is a
maritime interdiction exercise based on simulated scenarios of the most prevalent transnational crimes at sea. It is designed to improve cooperation among participating nations, to increase maritime safety and security in the Gulf of Guinea.

The exercise involves operations such as visit, board, search and seizure techniques and its focus is on improving interoperability of communications and sharing of Maritime Domain Awareness information with a view to harnessing their collective efforts to combat crime in the region.

The word ‘OBANGAME’ comes from
Camerounian Fang language which
means ‘togetherness.’ The name was selected by African participants as proof of their commitment to promoting regional cooperation among navies of the countries in the Gulf of Guinea.

The participating countries are United States of America, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Turkey, Brazil and Denmark, Belgium, Netherlands, Portugal; the host nation Nigeria, Angola, Ghana, Cameroun, Equatorial Guinea, Benin Republic, Cote d’Ivoire, Gabon, Togo, Republic of Congo and Sao Tome and Principe while South Africa is being expected as observer.

Fourteen foreign ships are also
expected to participate in the
exercise in Lagos while Nigerian
Navy ships THUNDER, KYANWA,
ZARIA, ANDONI, IKOT-ABASI, BENIN, IBUSA, DORINA, EGEDE and TORIE will also participate.

Air Cover

Two Nigerian Navy helicopters and
Nigerian Air Force ATR 42 aircraft
will provide air cover in terms of
Surveillance, Medical Evacuation
and Search and Rescue.

Nigeria participated in OBANGAME
EXPRESS for the first time in 2010
as an observer. At the 2011 Edition
hosted by Cameroun, the Nigerian
Navy participated fully. The Exercise
was hosted by Nigeria in 2012 and it is still hosting this year’s edition.

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NIGERIAN AIR FORCE SUPER PUMA HELICOPTER (NAF 565)

This long-term stored Super Puma, initially withdrawn from service in 1997, was refurbished and upgraded alongside NAF 567 by Eurocopter (Romania) and reintroduced into service in March 2012.

At the time in March 2012 when they were reinducted into service, outgone Chief of the Air Staff, Air Marshal Umar, indicated while speaking to NTA News, that two more Super Puma helicopters which have been in storage since 1997, shall similarly undergo refurbishment and upgrades at the facilities of Eurocopter (Romania)

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NIGERIAN TROOPS RECOVER WEAPONS, RUSTLED LIVESTOCK IN BATTLES AGAINST MILITIA

PM NEWS
13-4-2014

Nigeria’s military authorities said on
Sunday that their assaults on camps of armed militiamen in Kaduna and Plateau States have led to the recovery of arms and some stolen livestock.

In a statement issued by Nigeria Defence Headquarters and signed by Major General Chris Olukolade, Director of Defence Information, the military said its operations in Dahia Luka, Makera and some communities in Plateau and Kaduna States, resulted in the arrest of three
wounded armed men after an encounter in which some of them died.

The military added that 90 cows and 45 sheep believed to have been rustled were also recovered in addition to weapons while another 50 cows have also been recovered from rustlers who attacked herdsmen in another location.

Olukolade said “the recovered cows have been handed over to the traditional rulers in the area while the arrested armed men are still being interrogated. The herdsmen who were wounded by the rustlers are also being treated.

Altogether, 6 rifles, 25 dane guns and 10 locally fabricated pistols as well as 4 revolvers were recovered in encounters with militias in parts of Plateau and Kaduna State”.

Olukolade added that traditional rulers in the areas have been cautioned against shielding or harbouring armed gangs in the precinct of their domain in view of
the security implications to their
communities and the nation at large.

The Defence spokesperson also revealed that armed gangs have been engaging troops in gun battle as the forests are being combed for remnants of criminal elements who have been wreaking havoc in various communities of the North Central.

Olukolade also revealed that cordon and search of identified locations has led to recovery of various rifles parts as well as empty ammunition boxes in Shendam, Yelwa and the house of a suspected arms dealer at the border between Plateau and Taraba States.

The arrested suspects are being
interrogated by the Special Task Force
while one of the militiamen arrested in the outskirts of Jos is already helping with information on his links with terrorists operating in other parts of the country, according to the Defence Spokesperson.

Olukolade said that counter terrorists’
campaign in the North East has continued amidst series of encounters as identified make-shift camps of the terrorists are being dislodged in the ongoing air and land raids in forest and mountain locations.

He said while the presence of famished and unarmed members of the terrorists groups wandering around has been noted in some villages, armed terrorists have
continued to carry out snap attacks on
travellers on highways especially between Maiduguri- Damboa as well as Gwoza-Bama highways while others make occasional attacks on surrounding villages, looting food items.

He added that some of the terrorists have also been attacking soft targets in Borno and Yobe States apparently in retaliation for casualties incurred in their camps as a result of land and air assaults.

Olukolade said that troops repelled a
weekend attack on Bunu Gari Market and no life was lost. According to him, troops have been directed to maintain the aggressive patrols of the local communities to complement the assault on the terrorists,the statement said.

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NYANYA SUICIDE BOMB ATTACK : AT LEAST 71 KILLED, 124 INJURED IN NIGERIA BLASTS

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ABUJA, April 14 (Xinhua)

At least 71 people were killed and 124 others sustained injuries in the morning explosion which rocked a large motor park in Nigeria’s capital city Abuja, Nigerian emergency authority and police said on Monday.

Frank Mba, spokesperson of the Nigerian police, said the casualties figures were obtained from hospitals and other health facilities where injured people are currently receiving treatment.

“Sixteen luxury buses were torched and scores of other vehicles were damaged,” Mba told reporters at the place of the incident, as emergency workers continued to comb the area in search of victims.

According to eyewitnesses, a suicide
bomber drove a red-color station wagon into Nyanyan Motor Park, located on the outskirts of Abuja, and detonated the bombs which directly hit some luxury buses and other vehicles in the garage.

Earlier, Manzo Ezekiel, spokesman of the National Emergency Management Agency said the blast affected mostly workers and commuters around the buses.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but officials blamed the
explosion on Boko Haram, a sect which has proved to be a major security threat in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country.

Nigeria, with a population of approximately 170 million, is facing
major security challenges which are
crippling economic activities in some
states. The northern part of the country is plagued by violence, including attacks by the Boko Haram sect. The southern part is said to be a hub of criminal activities including oil theft or bunkering, kidnap and armed robbery attacks.

Communal clashes often paralyze
commercial activities in the central state of Plateau, which shares borders with many northern states, whereas pockets of violence in the north central state of Benue are mostly attributed to herdsmen.

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NIGERIAN ARMY COUNTERINSURGENCY OPERATIONS IN PICTURES

Nigerian soldiers deployed on counterinsurgency operations in Maiduguri pictured in a Panhard VBL M11 armoured vehicle.

A Nigerian soldier on foot patrol in a frontline neighbourhood.

A Vickers Mk.3 Eagle tank on the streets of Maiduguri.

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NIGERIAN ARMY COUNTERINSURGENCY OPERATIONS IN N.E NIGERIA

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NIGERIA POLICE COUNTERINSURGENCY OPERATIONS : FIELD IMAGERY

Men of the Police Counter Terrorist Unit and a soldier in desert camouflage prepare for joint operations

Men of the Nigeria Police Counter Terrorist Unit on counterinsurgency operations in N.E Nigeria

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