The first pattern of desert camouflage used by the Nigerian Army, it was first used for AMIS operations in The Sudan. During the July 2009 uprising by Boko Haram which was put down by the Nigerian Army, troops flown in from the 3 Armoured Division HQ Garrison in Jos and from the 13 Brigade in Calabar who formed the core assault group for that operation were flown into Maiduguri dressed up in desert camo and with six Panhard VBL scout cars in tow.
Thereafter and following on the extensive usage of green camouflage by ethnic militiamen in the Jos Conflict, troops of the Special Task Force adopted the shade of desert camo seen above as standard issue for their operations.
Popularised by the Joint Security Task Force and the Quick Response Group on CTCOIN operations, this shade of desert camouflage tinged with green became popular after the formation of both CTCOIN units in the latter months of 2011. It is now the most widely deployed shade of desert camouflage by the Nigerian Army.
Like a bolt out of the blue, the commencement of deployment to Mali by the Nigerian Army in January 2013 was marked with the launch of yet another shade of desert camouflage which had not be used in any theatre of operations.
L-R: Major General Kenneth Osuji, Ag. Commander, Nigerian Army Corps of Infantry, Major General John Zaruwa, Commandant Nigerian Army Peacekeeping Centre and Lieutenant General Onyeabo Ihejirika, Chief of Army Staff, 17 January 2013.
(PHOTO CREDIT: ASSOCIATED PRESS)
This design worn by General Zaruwa was also seen at the time when the deployment to Mali commenced but yours truly saw this for the first time during the BH uprising of 2009.
Those are the four patterns of desert camo which we have spotted thus far