CAMEROONIAN MILITARY CLASH WITH BOKO HARAM

Cameroonian troops and Toyota Landcruiser gun trucks armed with Chinese-made twin 14.5mm anti-aircraft machine guns.

LEADERSHIP
by Kareem Haruna
July 14, 2014

The security pact between Nigeria and Cameroun has begun yielding results: the Camerounian soldiers clashed with the insurgents during which a Cameroonian soldier and a number of militants were wounded in the half-hour exchange of gunfire.

The militants reportedly fled back to Nigeria following the cross-border raid,” the forces added. It was the second such strike by Boko Haram in the region over the past few days. On July 8,militants attacked a border post in the town of Zina and took away vehicles, guns and ammunition. In May, Cameroon declared war on Boko Haram in response to atrocities committed by the group.

The national security adviser, Sambo Dasuki, on Wednesday in Abuja said Nigeria respects the sovereignty of its neighbours and had no `territorial ambition” over the disputed Bakassi Peninsula with Cameroon.

Dasuki spoke at the opening of the Nigeria/Cameroon Trans-Border Security Committee holding from July 8-11. “I wish to expressly say that Nigeria does not have any territorial ambition; the resolution on the Bakassi Penisula issue is a clear indication to this.’’

On his part, the head of the Cameroon delegation, Mr Rene Sadi , minister of territorial administration and decentralization, said that the meeting would assist both countries to urgently take measures to wipe out (acts of) criminality from the borders.

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MEKAHOG (NIGERIA) AND DCD PROTECTED MOBILITY (SOUTH AFRICA) PLAN TO MANUFACTURE IKRI MINE PROTECTED VEHICLES IN NIGERIA ; ARMOURED VEHICLE MAINTENANCE FACILITY ALSO TO BE ESTABLISHED

Helmoed-Römer Heitman
Pretoria
- IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly
09 July 2014

The South African company DCD Protected Mobility has unveiled a new type of mine-protected patrol vehicle that it says will be built for the Nigerian Police Force’s (NPF’s) paramilitary units.

Named after a mythical Nigerian creature, the Ikri has been developed by DCD Protected Mobility and Nigeria’s Mekahog in close co-operation with the NPF. It is based on DCD’s Springbuck protected all-terrain armoured personnel carrier (APC), which has been in service with the NPF since 2006.

While DCD did not say when Ikri production would begin, it said that it is poised to establish a military vehicle maintenance and repair facility in Nigeria in collaboration with Mekahog.This will be followed by the commencement of local assembly of ‘completely knocked down’ Ikri kits and then complete assembly of the vehicles.

Mekahog was established in 1993 as an engineering, construction and procurement company and has since diversified into security and defence equipment.

Compared to the basic Springbuck the Ikri offers better protection, mobility and crew comfort, according to DCD. It has B6 level ballistic protection (capable of stopping a 7.62 x 51 mm round at 10m),which can be upgraded to B7. Together with careful interior design,its V-shaped armoured hull protects the crew against a TM57 anti-tank mine or similar charge anywhere under the vehicle or two mines under any wheel, according to DCD.

Specific upgrades for the Ikri include improved ballistic protection of the front grille, an armour enclosure around external air-conditioner components,enclosed reservoirs for the air brakes, and protective plates for the axles.

The mobility upgrade includes a 145 kW turbo-charged six-cylinder MWM diesel, a six-speed automatic transmission, improved engine cooling, a 200 litre diesel tank, APS brakes and an upgraded suspension that provides both better off- road mobility and greater crew comfort.

Other improvements include side doors for the driver and co-driver, revised driver controls, new flip-up seats for the ten passengers to ease access and egress, improved air-conditioning ducting for greater air flow, and dark-tinted windows to reduce heat in the cabin and to make it difficult to see how many people are in the vehicle.

http://www.janes.com/article/40630/nigeria-plans-to-manufacture-south-african-apcs

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NIGERIAN FORCES DISCOVER HUGE ARMOURY BELONGING TO TERRORISTS IN BALMO FOREST OPERATIONS; OVER 80 GENERAL PURPOSE MACHINE GUNS, RPGs AND RIFLES SEIZED

DEFENCE HEADQUARTERS NIGERIA
(Press Release)
11 July, 2014

The mopping up operations in Balmo
forest is yielding more discoveries of
arms stockpiled in underground cells in the forest. Troops who have been
excavating various sites in the forest in search of hidden weapons, have so far recovered over 10 rifles along with
parts and accessories as well as more
than 80 General Purpose Machine Guns, tubes of Rocket Propelled Grenades and Launchers, cables, wires and thousands of rounds of assorted ammunition.

Also recovered in the search are uniforms of security agencies including protective clothing.

Meanwhile, suspects captured in the
forest have been taken into custody and are volunteering information linking the activities in the forest with other terrorist activities in the country. The mopping up operation continues.

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NIGERIAN NAVY HAND OVER HIJACKED VESSEL TO INTERPOL

Nigerian Navy SBS commandos hone their board-and-search skills in the shadow of NNS Thunder F90

Nigerian Navy SBS commandos hone their board-and-search skills in the shadow of NNS Thunder F90

LAGOS
July 10, 2014 (Xinhua)

The Nigerian Navy Thursday handed over a hijacked MT Gare ship with three suspects to the International Criminal Police Organization.

Navy Commander of southern Nigeria’s city of Warri in Delta State, Capt. Musa Gemu, said the suspects allegedly used MT Gare to hijack another vessel, MT Kerala,off the coast of Angola on Jan. 18. According to him, the suspects used the hijacked MT Kerala vessel to siphon over 75,000 tons of Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) off the coast of Angola.

The navy commander said the ship was hijacked 200 nautical miles off the Angola coast with over 10 million U.S. dollars worth of products on board.

Piracy and armed robbery in the Gulf of Guinea have been increasing in recent years, drawing attention of the
international community.

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NIGERIA, SIERRA LEONE TO RENEW MILITARY TIES

Nigerian ECOMOG artillerymen prepare to swing into action during the Battle of Freetown II, 10 January 1999 (photo credit: NEW YORK TIMES)

NEWS EXPRESS (NIGERIA)
9 July, 2014

Sierra Leone has made known its intention to renew military ties with Nigeria after a period of lull occasioned by military interregnum in that country.

Sierra Leone’s Chief of Defence Staff, Maj.-Gen. Oumar Williams, gave the indication during a courtesy call on Nigeria’s Chief of Defence Staff, (CDS) Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, at the Defence Headquarters, Abuja.

General Williams, who acknowledged role of Nigeria over the years especially during the unfortunate Sierra Leone civil war, said a huge gap has been created since the departure of Nigerian and the British training teams from the country. He solicited the assistance of Nigeria in the areas of training, development of training manual and doctrine.

General Williams who is in Nigeria to attend the graduation ceremony of Senior Course 36 of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC), Jaji, also requested for more training slots at the National Defence College (NDC) Abuja and the AFCSC Jaji.

The Sierra Leone Defence Chief also said that the conversion of most of its senior Non-Commissioned Officers (SNCOs) to the officer cadre immediately after the Sierra Leone war had created a lacuna in terms of experience and continuity in the other rank cadre.

In his response, Air Chief Marshal Badeh thanked the visiting CDS for acknowledging Nigeria’s legendary contributions to the development of Sierra Leone, noting that both countries share a lot of things in common. Air Chief Marshal Badeh assured the Sierra Leone CDS of the willingness of the Nigerian Armed forces to partner with the Sierra Leone Armed Forces, particularly in the area of training and capacity building.

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NIGERIA POLICE FOIL ATTEMPTED BOMB ATTACK ON GOMBE SCHOOL

VOICE OF NIGERIA
7 July, 2014

The Gombe State Police Command
has foiled a suicide bomb attack on
Government Day Secondary School
Pilot, located within Gombe metropolis.

The incident happened around 10:45 am local time, when graduating secondary school students were writing their final Mathematics paper, for the National Examinations Council NECO.

The targets

Addressing newsmen in his office, the state Police Commissioner, Kudu Nma said the attack would have been devastating, as it was planned to hit targets within 800 square meters radius. Places targeted includes a market,the state office of NECO and the Gombe Area Command of the Nigeria Police located opposite the schools.

Nma said the command received a
distressed call from some good citizens and acted swiftly to avoid
the calamity. “Monday July 7 is yet another day for joy. When we were alerted, I immediately dispatched a team of anti bomb experts and other key officers.

On reaching the scene, it was discovered that a Honda Odyssey vehicle packed with laden explosives had already rammed into the fence of the school, where NECO examination was going on. If not because of the timely intervention of the Police, the devastation would have been
enormous on pupils and students,
as well as property 800 meters
within the area. The casualty would have been high,” Nma explained.

He called on the public to continue to assist with useful information, to aid the Police in doing their job. “I want to call on the general public to be aware of the desperation of these suicide bombers and to assist us with useful information in unveiling those people who are behind the construction of these deadly weapons. Let’s continue to be very prayerful, as no information is insignificant to tell us exactly what is happening in Gombe state so that we can together save the state,” Nma pleaded.

The Police Commissioner sued for more prayers for God to save the
state and entire nation from wicked people who do not mean well for the country.

Recovered items

Spokesperson for the Command,Deputy Superintendent Fwaje
Atajiri listed the weapons recovered from the vehicle used for the attack. They are; three long fabricated gas
cylinders of improvised explosive
devices IEDs, two short fabricated
cylinders of IEDs, three military tool
boxes fabricated into IEDs, two military ammunition boxes fabricated into IEDs and a silver vacuum flask,also fabricated into IED among others.

The area had been cordoned off and the suicide bomber, who was immediately arrested, is helping
the Police in their investigation.

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NIGERIAN FORCES KILL 44 INSURGENTS AT KERENOA…LOSE 6 SOLDIERS IN VARIOUS BATTLES OVER THE WEEKEND; WIPE OUT TERRORISTS’ BASES AT BALMO FOREST

A 30mm cannon-armed Mi-35P attack helicopter deployed on combat operations somewhere in N.E Nigeria

PHOTO CREDIT: FYNLINE

WORLDSTAGE
8 July 2014

Nigeria’s Defence Headquarters on Monday confirmed that troops have taken the battle to Boko Haram insurgents and wiped out their bases in Balmo Forest with links to the fringes of Sambisa Forest where over 200 Chibok girls are being kept.

The Director of Defence Information, Maj- Gen. Chris Olukolade, in a statement in Abuja also confirmed that 44 insurgents were killed in encounters with troops in Kerenoa. The statement said the encounters between troops and the insurgents occurred at the weekend.

The statement said: “Troops have cleared and taken over Balmo forest in a military operation that lasted throughout the weekend. “Prior to the operation,Balmo Forest stretching from Bauchi through Jigawa States with links to the fringes of Sambisa Forest was used by terrorists as bases and hideouts for launching attacks.

“Terrorists and armed gangs operating in the forests were completely rooted out while some were captured during the operation. “Among those captured were two foreigners who are suspected to be mercenaries. Also captured are several weapons and equipment including power generating sets, communication equipment, vehicles, motorcycles, foodstuff and kitchen utensils.”

The statement also confirmed that over 44 terrorists were killed in Kerenoa The statement said: “In another development, over 44 terrorists have died in Kerenoa and adjoining communities, following an encounter with troops who repelled their attack on the communities.

“Armed with IEDs and other high caliber weapons, a large number of terrorists had carried out a predawn attack on the communities but met with stiff resistance of the troops. “During the operation, several of them were captured as well as weapons and ammunition of various calibres.

“Meanwhile, troops on routine patrol around Banki and Miyanti in Borno State during the weekend fought through an ambush laid by terrorists resulting in casualties on both sides. Altogether, a total of six soldiers were lost in the various encounters with terrorists during the weekend while those wounded are receiving treatment.”

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