MALI EXPEDITION: NIGERIEN, SENEGALESE OFFICERS APPOINTED AFISMA DEPUTY COMMANDER, CHIEF OF STAFF…AS BENIN OFFER 300 TROOPS ; NIGER LIKELY TO ATTACK MALIAN TERRORISTS IN CROSS-BORDER OFFENSIVES

An array of Niger Army Panhard AML 60 and AML 90 Armoured Fighting Vehicles

(Photo Credit: WIKIPEDIA)

XINHUA
18 January, 2013

excerpts

As planned, Niger, Senegal and Burkina
Faso will send 500 soldiers each, Benin
300 men, Guinea 150 and Ghana 120
soldiers to the continental forces. Chad, which is not an ECOWAS member, has promised 2,000 soldiers and Togo agreed to put 540 soldiers to the
operations in Mali.

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) plans to mobilize a regional force of 3,300 troops with Nigeria’s general Shehu Umar Abdulkadir as the commander and his deputy commander will be Yaya Garba from Niger. MISMA’s chief of general staff will be colonel Jean Paul Ntab from Senegal.

Between Thursday and Tuesday next,
Bakayoko said, three countries will be on the ground to fight the rebels. They
include the Malian forces and their French allies as well as the Nigeriens who are just waiting for orders to begin the operation from their side of the border. The special representative of the
Commission President of the ECOWAS,
Cheaka Aboudou Toure, said the mandate of MISMA (International Mission for Support to Mali) is to liberate Mali from the hands of the militants.

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11 Responses to MALI EXPEDITION: NIGERIEN, SENEGALESE OFFICERS APPOINTED AFISMA DEPUTY COMMANDER, CHIEF OF STAFF…AS BENIN OFFER 300 TROOPS ; NIGER LIKELY TO ATTACK MALIAN TERRORISTS IN CROSS-BORDER OFFENSIVES

  1. jimmy says:

    This is fundamental sound military doctrine to open another front from the south this now causes the enemy to have to defend to flanks (North) from the French and (South) from the AFISMA.
    The enemy as expected with the current setbacks it is finally facing will disperse but will eventually make contact if only to test the resolve of the African forces they are not used to being on the retreat.Logic dictates that they will go after the Nigerians/ Chadians/ Senegalese.
    I expect heavy fighting next week . The key now that Algeria is on board is to stop escape routes or to decimate the enemy as they try to retreat to Mauritania.

  2. Saints says:

    Much point being laid on chad’s non ecowas membership and its grand troop contribution compared to those of the economic community..

  3. Number one says:

    Please i would like to know who controls Attack Helicopters,Nigerian Army or AirForce ?

    • Henry says:

      Nigerian airforce. The army does not have any helos of it’s own or planes. However, the army has already concluded the training of 40 helo pilots, so we expect that in the near future a couple of helos would be purchased by the army.

  4. johnbest1 says:

    The nigerian army,airforce jets and helo’s would most likely be controlled by the commander of afisma force since they are all under the afisma mission and any other armoured/military assets would be under his command.
    But thats just my thoughts.

  5. demola says:

    And still a country that wants to rub shoulders with the regional powerhouse deems it contribute 120 construction engineers, not even combat engineers.

  6. demola says:

    And still a country that wants to rub shoulders with the regional powerhouse deems it fit contribute 120 construction engineers, not even combat engineers.

  7. Number one says:

    Just checked NAF on wikipedia and she was listed as operating 3 mil mi-171sh.when did we buy those,and under the radar?

  8. beegeagle says:

    The Nigerian Air Force were the first to grab that airframe in Africa. They grabbed four units – not three and none has crashed. Only one Mi-35P ever crashed in 2007 and was restored in 2008. That was NAF 530. Otherwise, the safety record of Mil helicopters in NAF service exceeds 93%.

    Next came Algeria and then Chad. Now, Ghana have got some.

    Last year, the MoD received bids for six more Mi-171Sh Terminator. Those are intended for the 207 Special Mobility Group. Aside from those, the NAF currently have an order for nine Russian helicopters.

    Read

    Source: SIPRI

    Confirm from here:

    http://armstrade.sipri.org/armstrade/page/trade_register.php

    Russia R: Nigeria
    10Mi-34S/Hermit Light helicopter 2002(10) For training

    6 Mi-35P/Hind-F Combat helicopter
    (2000)probably modernized before
    delivery

    2003 4 Mi-171(Sh) armed version

    From that SIPRI page, you can also confirm the delivery of a mix of 3(nos) Mi-24V/Mi-35P from Ukraine in 2008 and 2(nos) Mi-24V from Belarus in 2010

    • originalpato says:

      Oga Beeg after observing the deployment of Nigerian troops to Mali I have the following suggestions:

      1. The NA should have FOBs in at least for the NW, NC, NE, SE, SS and SW geo-political zones. Equipment, vehicles, arms, ammunition and rations to equip at least a battalion. This FOBs would speed up the deployment process as any unit to be deployed would just go to the nearest FOB pick up its equipment and jet out instead of travelling cross country in order to deploy.

      2. NAF should at least have 12 functioning C130s which should be complemented with G.222s or C160s. No be bad thing if Nigeria go obtain a pair of Ilyushin 75s heavy lift aircraft. With these aircrafts at NAF disposal we should be able to deploy a full battalion with all its equipment and 10 days worth of supplies within 72 hours.
      3. Like you earlier mentioned it wouldn’t be a bad idea if the NA or NN could set up a expeditionary force

  9. beegeagle says:

    Not at all a bad idea, OriginalPato. I hope we learn a lot of things from this Mali expedition.

    We already have two FOBs at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja and the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos. We ought to have one in Maiduguri – if only for UNAMID operations since Darfur is only 600 miles away from Gamboru-Ngala border. Remember the loss of about 27 soldiers in a gruesome accident during the late General Luka Yusuf’s time as COAS? These guys came in from Darfur – overflying Borno State where their unit was, flew to Abuja (Nigerians with our CAPITAL CITY fixation) and set out on a roadtrip of over 1,000km to Monguno in Borno State which they overflew in the first instance. That was how they lost their precious lives.

    So let us indeed have FOBs at ENUGU for 82 Div operations, SOKOTO, MAIDUGURI and CALABAR.

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