SPECIAL FORCES UNITS AND OPERATORS OF THE NIGERIAN ARMED FORCES

A well-kitted Nigerian commando in a Landcruiser gun-truck

A Nigerian Navy Special Boat Service commando deployed to the frontlines

A commando of the Nigerian Air Force’s Quick Response Force

Nigerian Army Special Forces commandos at the frontlines

A Pakistani-trained Special Service Group commando of the Nigerian Army

Battle-hardened and well-equipped; Commandos and REVA MRAPs of the Nigerian Army Special Force’s 72 STRIKE FORCE celebrate the liberation of the former BH caliphal HQ of GWOZA

A Nigerian Army sniper engages in house clearing during mopping up operations after the liberation of GWOZA

Nigerian Navy Special Boat Service commandos & German counterparts training together in Nigeria

A Nigerian Army Special Forces commando at the frontlines

PHOTO CREDIT: NIGERIAN MILITARY HISTORY

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SETTING A NATIONAL DEFENCE AND SECURITY AGENDA FOR THE INCOMING BUHARI ADMINISTRATION

BEEGEAGLE’S BLOG
24 May, 2015

General Muhammadu Buhari, President-elect of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

TERMS OF REFERENCE

* TRAINING AND DOCTRINE

– Adjustments to doctrine

– Thrust of national DEFSEC policy

– Content and thrust of local training

– Foreign training partnershiips for conventional and special operations

– Triservice training

– Desirability or otherwise of PMC training

* HARDWARE PROVISIONING

– Domestication of an armaments industry; why and wherefore plus any usable templates to be followed

– Hardware requirements for conventional and asymmetric operations

– What to produce locally and what to import (be realistic knowing the fact we have a war ongoing and that DICON barely manufacture mortars)

– How to fund local defence production, local synergies possible for the emplacement of a local military industrial complex

– How to navigate around the threat posed by arms embargoes on Nigeria’s DEFSEC forces

– Shortfalls in hardware exposed by ongoing counterinsurgency and counterpiracy operations

* SECURITY FORCES AND INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES

– Refocusing the Police Counter Terrorist Unit, Police Mobile Force and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps for greater effectiveness in counterinsurgency operations

– Roles of the Customs and Immigration Services in the ongoing
counterinsurgency operations

– Enhanced and proactive intelligence gathering, which way forward?

– Harnessing and efficiently acting on the efforts of the intelligence gathering efforts of defence and security forces in Nigeria

– DEFSEC-citizens’ collaboration for effective intelligence collaboration

* INFORMATION DELIVERY AND SOFT POWER

– Managing public perceptions management and tools for modern information management

– Possible synergies for enhanced management of information and perceptions

– Scope of Civil-Military relations

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BATTLEFIELD IMAGERY FROM THE SAMBISA FOREST : NIGERIAN FORCES ON THE OFFENSIVE

L-R: New hardware all round – REVA MRAP, a BVP-1 Infantry Fighting Vehicle and a T72 battle tank

T72 tanks and a REVA MRAP

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BATTLEFIELD IMAGERY FROM THE LIBERATION OF GWOZA

A trail of destruction left behind by Boko Haram terrorists

Apprehending a suspected insurgent in the beautiful Mandara Mountains town of Gwoza

Nigerian troops and an Otokar Cobra APC near Gwoza

Nigerian troops and a T72 M1 tank at Gwoza

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IMAGERY FROM THE FRONTLINES OF NORTHEASTERN NIGERIA

A T55 tank in Boko Haram hands destroyed by the Nigerian military (AFP)

Securing a landing site for an incoming helicopter at a makeshift landing strip

Commando of the 72 Strike Force and a REVA MRAP(in the background)

Nigerian soldiers on patrol near Chibok (AFP)

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BATTLEFIELD IMAGERY FROM NIGERIA’S FAR NORTHEAST

HOW TO keep an army supplied: a usable assemblage of three T72 tanks and two REVA MRAPs…both vehicle types new to the arsenal

NAF 260, an upgraded Mil Mi-35 attack helicopter delivered August 2014

A Nigerian soldier walks by a secondary school destroyed by Boko Haram.This is in the insurgent group’s former stronghold — just retaken by Nigerian forces. The entire city has been demolished.

PHOTO CREDIT: KEVIN SIEFF

A Boko Haram anti-aircraft gun destroyed by the Nigerian military during the liberation of MONGUNO

PHOTO CREDIT: AFP

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FIELD IMAGERY FROM NORTHEASTERN NIGERIA

Troops at the wrecked palace of the Emir of Gwoza

Door gunner on a Super Puma on combat patrols in northern Borno

Rearing to go…no guts, no glory!!

M-O-R-A-L-E…high!!

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COLONEL BARLOW, CHAIRMAN OF STTEP, REFUTES CLAIMS BY ‘SOLDIER OF FORTUNE’ MAGAZINE THAT ‘MERCS’ PLAYED A ROLE IN THE RESCUE OF SAMBISA HOSTAGES

BEEGEAGLE’S BLOG
18 May, 2015

QUOTE

2015/05/18 at 5:09 am

“I note that the magazine “Soldier of Fortune” has now come out stating that STTEP played a role in rescuing the captives in Sambisa forest! What rubbish they can spew…

Indeed, most of the article is based on assumptions,conjecture, lies and disinformation – something the writer gets paid for.

Neither I nor STTEP have ever claimed anything other than our small role with 72 Mobile Force. Nor have we tried to intimate we were involved in any of the NA successes.”

https://beegeagle.wordpress.com/2015/05/14/south-african-mercenaries-and-nigeria-chairman-of-sttep-colonel-eeben-barlow-speaks-to-the-beegeagles-blog-community-on-on-pervasive-false-narratives/

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