A military-manned defensive position in NE Nigeria


May 7 (Xinhua)

Military and police officials on Tuesday
confirmed that at least 55 people were
killed when suspected Boko Haram sect
attacked security formations in the
Nigeria troubled northeast Borno State.

Spokesman of the military led Joint Task
Force (JTF) in Borno, Lt- Colonel Sagir
Musa said that the gunmen attacked
Bama, a commercial town about 187
kilometers away from Maiduguri, the
epicenter of the insurgency in the early hours of Tuesday.

“Suspected Boko Haram terrorists today at about 5 am in the morning, about 200
Boko Haram terrorists in 18 seater buses
and Hilux Vehicles mounted with anti
aircraft machine guns, attempted to
attack on 202 Battalion Barracks in Bama, about 10 insurgents were killed during exchange of fire. We lost 2 soldiers during the attack,” he added. “They came in army uniform pretending to be soldiers but were able to detect them,” Musa said.

According to him, the Boko Haram
terrorist also killed 14 Nigerian prison
officials at about the same time this
morning. “A total 105 inmates were also freed by the terrorists.” Musa said. The suspected terrorists also burnt down
police station and police barracks as well as a local magistrate court and Bama Local Government Secretariat where some of the buildings were still on fire as of the time reporters visited.

Police Area commander in charge of
Bama town, Alhaji Sagir, said the
divisional police station and police
barracks were attacked while 22 police
officers lost their lives, three children and a woman were burnt to death.

In their respective accounts of the battle at Bama, NTA NEWS and REUTERS reports put the number of terrorists killed in the battle at 13, with Reuters adding that two of the attackers were captured by the military.

(additional reporting by REUTERS and NTA NEWS)


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  1. beegeagle says:



    Gentlemen, for quite a while now we have been asking why the Nigerian military have not considered the option of reviving her old fleet of twin-engined MBB Bo 105 light observation and armed recce helics. We held and still believe them to be more ideal for the urban altercations, being nimble, armed in a way that matches the threat and being able to take off from the back of large compounds inside cities – never mind from FOBs and cemented platforms such as can be seen in the thread “NIGERIAN ECOMOG ARTILLERYMEN”. We held that the MBB Bo-105 and helics such as the Eurocopter single-engined/twin-engined AS 550/AS 555 Fennec would be ideal for the CTCOIN, anti-piracy and anti bunkering ops which the security forces are currently engaged in.

    Indeed, with 68mm rockets, they pack just enough to destroy speedboats used by pirates, cars and 4WDs used by terrorists while their 12.7mm HMG and miniguns would be able to take out ride-by terrorists fleeing on motorbikes with pinpoint precision.

    We believe that the Mi-24V/Mi-35P pack a punch such as might be too heavy if used in built-up areas. That was why we suggested that the FG turn to Germany to acquire squadrons of their decommissioned but highly useful stocks of militarised Bo 105s, believing it possible to acquire 24 units of those for a modest US$12m.

    I believe that the NAF, the NA and the NN all need to get some of the nimble helics – for CTCOIN and antipiracy ops. With the NN, these can be conveniently deployed on 50 meter Offshore Support Vessels, alongside RHIBs, which can then be dispatched to the transitional zone between coastal waters and the deep sea (30-50 nautical miles). They can also be scrambled from the coastal FOBs in response to intel supplied by coastal radar stations.

    As for CTCOIN, whether it be in the deadly and inaccessible reaches of the Jos Plateau where a lot of killings have been known to take place, no thanks to remoteness, OR in the Far North and the Niger Delta, these would do as IDEAL and well-adapted platforms for NAF and NA pilots.

    Just another roadmap. Over to you, FG.



    I saw footage from the theatre tonight on NTA News – a rocky and typically inaccessible highland settlement with lush temperate greenery modified by altitude.

    They need many more helicopters in there for emergency response. The decommissioned German Bo-105s come to mind again. It is not everywhere that 4WD trucks can reach and on foot, the damage would have been done before troops and cops arrive.

    In many parts of Plateau, Adamawa, Taraba and some parts of Borno, Gombe and Bauchi, you can only access these highland settlements after trekking for six or more hours. That is one reason why we always have delayed poll results in some of these states and in the Niger Delta – remoteness and inaccessibility is it.

    I saw a good number of 4WDs and APCs mostly ATS and MOPOL cops geared up for battle but for as long as it is the Jos Plateau, which extends into parts of Bauchi and Kaduna states, there are bound to be hundreds of hamelts and villages nestled in the highlands and with rocks and boulders lining the route to the top. So the STF need aerial penetrative abilities.

    This issue of inaccessibility of highland settlements takes on a new meaning in even more mountainous Adamawa and Taraba states. It is a good thing that these orgies of killing are not taking place there. The casualty figures would have been astonishing.

    Remember when BH tried to establish a foothold in the southern Borno stretch of the extant volcanic Mandara Mts straddling the Nigeria-Cameroon border. The NAF played a major role in that battle.


    Air support on the Jos Plateau is wholly inadequate. The FG need to make provisions and quit bemoaning insecurity while hiding behind competing demands. The challenge of the times is PHYSICAL SECURITY. All else is of secondary importance.

    The Army/Air Force need these – MBB Bo-105s (latest variants produced in the 1990s)

    The Navy need this navalised variant.

    The Germans are downsizing their military and that has already freed up about 100 units of MBB Bo-105 armed helicopters. I doubt that these would cost more than $500k apiece and excellent German maintenance would ensure that we get maximum value for money. We should reach for 36 units of these as cost-effective options for tactical operations. $20m should fetch those and Eurocopter can assist with anything we need to operate them for another decade.

    We need to trash any idea of getting into any convoluted upgrades and refurbishment of our grounded fleet of MBB Bo-105s. Scrap them for spares. That is the smartest thing to do now.
    Then hand over twenty units to the NAF for observation and light attack, eight units to the NA to shore up the numbers since I expect the new Army Aviation to get at least a squadron of Eurocopter AS 555 Fennec and six Harbin Z-9WA and finally, hand over eight units to the NN for anti-piracy interdiction – with one unit stationed at each of the FOBs Badagry, Igbokoda, Formoso, Escravos, Ibaka and Bonny so that the full-fledged naval air stations can specialize in Agusta A109e Power helicopters.


    • freeegulf says:

      well done marshal beegs, we have been calling for utilization of this nimble chopper, especially in the role of light attack and liaison.
      the NA need these copters more than NAF. it will be a good start for NA aviation command. reliable and sturdy, various air rescue groups employ the bo-105 for medevac, and S &R roles.
      the mbb bo-105s are no longer in frontline service with the Luftwaffe. why do we need to pay for these machines? it will save them cost. moreover, they generously gave out the alpha jets to the Portuguese air force, save them mothballing these assets.
      if the military don’t find them useful in the theatre, then they should be handed over to FEMA.

  2. Kf says:

    Thanks general beeg. Again we ask the government where is the tactical air support . 18 seater buses and hilux vans are sitting ducks for target practice. Where are these insurgents post assault? They must be cooling off somewhere. Where is the recon?

  3. tim says:

    BH, won this battle……their moral most be high as high on Dope.

  4. tim says:

    BH, won this battle……their moral must be high as high on Dope.

    • Deway says:

      It wasn’t a battle, it was a massacre! It would have been a worse scenario if they hadnt attacked through the Tank Battalion (to prove a point), which weakened the attack a little bit. And the fact that they were able to pick up their fallen comrades, …..@#!&?? make I no just talk. Hope we get to see the value of the newly commissioned police choppers, if at all.

  5. peccavi says:

    Note the location of Bama in relation to Cameroun, Baga, Maiduguri, Waza National Park and Lake Chad. All incidents of recent have revolved around this area from the French family kidnapping, Baga assault, air assault in Waza etc.
    SO we have identified the current area of main effort for the enemy.
    Lets examine this incident in 3 ways tactically, operationally and strategically

    Tactically: the operation was brazen and tactically sound in some ways. They attacked at the optimum hour 5.00am just before dawn. Shebi una sabi how sweet dey sleep just before its time to wake up. Psychologically the human body generally shuts down at this point and is traditionally the best time to attack.
    They came with heavy weapons and in company strength, in other words they came with enough men to fight, win and successfully extract, which is what they did.
    To defeat these kind of attacks will need good old fashioned infantry work. The best way to destry them is before they have deployed to attack, i.e when they are travelling, or disembarking. This can only come from 3 sources, intelligence, aerial patrols or outposts. I suggest a mix of all of the above. Checkpoints of platoon strength should be established along the approaches to every major town, these outposts should log every vehicle going through and set up random vehicle check points day and night. They must be reinforced and capable of holding out for at least hours against a company sized attack, this armed with 60mm mortars, MGs. RPGs. There should be vehicle and foot patrols constantly between these outposts.
    Beyond the towns there should be a mobile patrol group, this group remains permanently on patrol and only comes in to town to change roles or refuel, they are always out on patrol. The purpose of this is that the enemy will never know when or where they will encounter government forces.
    The final layer is an area Quick reaction Force which is company strength and can either move as a whole or in platoon elements to a crisis area. It is imperative that small attack or armed observation helicopters as suggested by Beeg are brought into play. They are decisive in these type of tactical engagements. They should patrol day and night and be on call to support any outpost or unit under attack. The battle can be won without them but even if they are not used as gunships just the overwatch capability they bring is immeasurable
    Operationally: the enemy has jumped into the next predicted stage which is mass attacks against built up areas. This tactic is interesting and curious. It indicates th enemy has sufficient safe areas to concentrate, hide these weapon systems and attack and then fall back to. It indicates there is sufficient ungoverned space for them to operate comfortably in and that they have sufficient recruits to mount this type of ops. Now note that the Mali op pushed many militants out of their safe areas. Note also that MUJAO, BH’s closest ally in Mali started the resistance first in Gao and used exactly the same tactics, mass attacks against towns targeting government buildings. Note the use of technical’s. What does this all indicate? Insurgents from Mali have relocated and are continuing the jihad in Nigeria. This trend will continue for a while, peak and then as attrition kicks in the number of attacks will reduce. However this means that the security forces will have to take the fight to the enemy in a big way. Again I will go to my favourite mantra, low tech. This area has many hunters and trackers. I would strongly suggest recruiting them and integrating them with a 4 man SF patrol and then unleashing them in the target area to silently follow up the enemy tracks, one the area is pinpointed, drones or aircraft can be used to narrow down a location for a specialist assault force can go in and destroy them.
    Strategically: This area borders 4 countries, which means 4 legal systems, 4 armies, 4 governments, 2 official languages and myriad local ones, 2 currencies, but crucially most of the people on all sides of the border will be linked linguistically, socially, by blood, culture, tradition and trade. The area is remote with limited transport and other communication.
    In other words an insurgents dream. They will flit across the border at will and exploit gaps and confusion.
    The enemy is relying on this confusion to survive, they are also relying on security force over reaction and intimidation to bring locals onto their side willingly or unwillingly in order to get food, fuel and shelter.
    They will be getting funds from taxing legal and illegal activities, mainly fuel smuggling. This must be shut down immediately.
    A joint task force should be declared and a clearance op on both sides of the Nigeria/ Cameroun’s border all the way up to Chad/ Niger. It will have to be a massive multidivisional effort with air support.
    It will not destroy the insurgents but it will defeat and disrupt them.
    Again the interesting dynamic is that the enemy has gone from urban ops to rural ops. from small cells to large units, from attacking minimally to attacking with massive force. Completely against the grain of most insurgencies.
    Really fascinating

    • Henry says:

      Oga peccavi and oga beeg nice precise analysis.

      Since the release of the french family, we have seen a spike in terrorists activities. Insurgents attacking in huge numbers, armed with RPG’s, grenades , technicals with AA guns mounted on them. With yesterdays attack on BAMA and that of BAGA been the most high-profile, however not restricted to those 2 incidents.

      in my opinion, it gives more credence to the report that the french actually paid these insurgents $3.5m for the release of the french family. It a reddington M-4 carbine costing just over 150,000 naira a piece, the terrorists have more than enough money to purchase the readily available ak-47 and a lot more RPG’s. With the very porous borders in the north east and the sahara smuggling these arms, including technicals would be no problem.

      We know that the insurgents know have a lot of money on their side, the situation in mali, presents another bounty feast, recruitment of foot soldiers would definitely not be much of a problem, considering the readily available pool of illiterates in the north.

      The attack on the prison and other government institutions in large numbers, in quick succession in bama and baga, simply means that the army has to ramp up troop numbers in other parts of the state and not the capital, seeing how brazen they were, without fear and in a convoy of technicals. The ramping up of troop numbers in the remote areas of the state, would help in better defending of government institutions/ and eliminate this embarrassing episodes of prisons and police stations been constantly over run ( prisons and police stations alike as they seem to be the most vulnerable).

      The police stations and prison’s should have at the very least 2 APC/MRAPS armed with 50 cal. Or 12.7mm hmg’s providing suppressing fire. GPMG’s to provide additional cover fire.

      2 sniper teams in a watch tower

      Troops/ police men and prison guards all kitted with body armour( nigerian troops always wear body armour, I am particularly worried about the police and prison guards)

      *every personnel in CTOIN operations should have as a basic 4 extra mags, I.e 150 rounds of ammo, not the 3 mags we saw troops carrying in BAGA

      *radio again, again, it is the police that is always found wanting. All personnel should have radios, basic, to call in additional troops or air support when they begin to feel overwhelmed by enemy numbers.

      Vigilance, and situational awareness of the hostile area were you are currently deployed.

      This for me is should be the basic, absolute basic for counter insurgency personnel serving in the north east.

      • peccavi says:

        Bros 4 mags is peacetime scaling, 6-8 mags plus 2x HE grenades plus 2 x smoke or teargas
        I completely agree with you that a ransom must have been paid, none of the governments could allow oyibo children to be murdered.
        That has given the enemy enormous prestige as well as financial clout.
        From the Delta to the Sahel we have seen the consequences of giving money to criminals

      • Henry says:

        I said 5 mags @ peccavi, totalling 150 rounds per soldier. 1 in the rifle, and 4 extra.

        However I still agree with you that 6-8 mags should be the ideal amount every soldier should carry.

    • freeegulf says:

      @gen peccavi, good analysis, well done. plz do not forget air assault teams, to be used as blocking troops. the routes of escape of these terrs need to be cut off with heliborne forces. it is one key area that even the NA has overlooked. they re quite content with just repelling boko haram attack, without a follow-on force in high pursuit of these terrorists.

      after every terrorist attack, a pursuit team should be on their tail with air assault troops cutting off their line of retreat.
      this should help kick start NA aviation command, because there’s so much that NAF can do with their choppers before becoming overstretched.
      air surveillance has a big role to play here too. and the military need to augment their UAV procurement. with more drones, they can cover greater area without the need for manned flight 24/7

  6. wocon45 says:

    Oga paccavi, u don kill person finish with ya sound on point analysis. I couldn’t agree any less. We definitely need to rethink and adjust as soon as possible.

  7. Henry says:

    From the point of view of the army, boko haram did not win any battle. They attacked the army and left with 13 dead and 1 captured.

    According to what am hearing they scaled the army fence, vigilante troops murdered them, and also seized a keg of water, mixed with hard drugs.

  8. beegeagle says:

    Nice precis, Peccavi.

    Methinks the prescribed tactical approach would work there, places which one is familiar with, and on the Jos Plateau.

    For joint Police-Military security operations, we practically prescribed the same approach for the Jos Plateau in detail..here:


  9. beegeagle says:


    The Army actually put up a stellar performance which shows presence of mind. They halted the attackers at the gates of their battalion and given the massive numerical advantage an invading force would have against any number (max, a section) of troops on guard duty, the troops put up a gallant display in shooting dead 13 attackers, arresting TWO of them and sadly, losing two of their own troops.

    The photo of the gate area of 202 Tank Bn suggests that the troops acted with rapidity and were alert to the possibility of an attack.

    For the cops and prison guards whose facilities get attacked ever so often, they have a lot to learn from the troops.

    Tomorrow, some terrorist joker would upload videos to Youtube showing weaponry which they would claim were captured at Bama – same way the new splinter group of BH claimed to have taken weaponry from 242 Recce Bn at Monguno whereas they similarly got slaughtered in that botched attack…even as Nigerians are quite impressionable and believe a lot of nonsense which gets to their ears.

    That said, lemme restate what we said over fifteen months ago. I believe that between Kano and the Mambilla Mountains, all police stations and prisons within a 50 mile radius of the border should be reinforced with GPMG posts manned by ATS personnel. When normalcy returns, the military can take back the GPMGs.

    As it stands, their is very little by way of restraining or suppressive firepower(isn’t it mere rifles cops and warders use?) which cops and warders can throw at terrorists who now attack with AA weapons and RPGs.

    • peccavi says:

      Look at the pattern of body armour in that uploaded Youtube clip. It looks Chadian.
      The vast amount of arms to have taken in a single night would indicate that they troops either abandoned their armory and ran away or something right at the beginning.
      What I’m saying is the sheer amount of weaponry is difficult to steal and pack up at night, in an unfamiliar building etc
      What I think is that they mixed up captured weapons with weapons brought or bought from Mali or Malian insurgents in order to make a propaganda video.

      It all ties into the theme of the ransom money having raised their prestige and finances and given them a new lease of life. I also think these ops are actually Ansaru and not BH

  10. beegeagle says:

    Okay everyone, new photos uploaded for viewing. Lots of talking points guaranteed…photos from BATTLEGROUND BAMA. Check the frontpage!

  11. jimmy says:

    Nice analysis OGA Henry , Peccavi, Beegeagle.
    A couple of things I would like to add
    1) Three police snipers are needed most likely the enemy will attack on at least two or three fronts.
    2) There will be more attacks till just like Algeria did the ARMY/ AIR FORCE/ JSS moves resources to these BORDER TOWNS. ASAP.
    3) OGA Peccavvi I hear you about this four LANGUAGES / GOVTS wahala it is inevitable that sooner or later we will pursue some of these bhs into Cameroon now is the time to establish some kind of protocol before this spills over into some kind of diplomatic wahala for both countries .
    4) 4 as in the number of police helicopters needed for Borno state not one.
    5) They ( B.H.) will be back before JUNE eithier in Bama / BAGA / WAZA
    6) The f.g. needs to up amour ALL PRISON bldgs and divisional police stations in the North that are less than thirty minutes/( 30 miles) from the border.
    7) Helicopters are not the only solution a cheaper ready made solution is to reteach the soldiers how to ride horses/ donkeys that are specially adapted to ride in these rugged climates. These horses and donkeys are already in the area or can be purchased. We had these before in the armed forces let us reintroduce them . This is what the U.S. used in the rugged climates of AFGHANISTAN.
    8) Adding my voice to my brothers : human intel, human intel.

    • ifiok umoeka says:

      Training is key. Imagine giving a soldier horse or camel to fight with when he hasn’t used it before. He need to be trained on it, doctrine and tactics to use it must be developed. Ib can remember that ethiopia used donkeys to breech eritrean trenches and won the 3rd round of their war. I agree that some terrain only donkeys can go, but training and tactics

  12. ifiok umoeka says:

    Well thought out and said. I do agree with the general and peccavi, as well as a whole lot of guys (or do we have gals here?) on this blog who know what they are saying. My issue is, do the people who make decisions look at this blog? It reminds me of those discus we have over what a man u or chelsea should have done. My suggestion is, can you ie the gen Beegs do a paper and circulate it to say service chiefs and police or PROs of each service and the MOD, the senate and house committee on defense and intelligence the NSA and of course the presidency. Maybe go a step further and do an open letter to those concern. I really am sick and tired of all the BH nonsense.

  13. ifiok umoeka says:

    Sir, pls may I object to giving the police gpmgs. They simply do not have the training for it. It’s not just hardware but training and tactics. Are we talking the anti terrorist unit, mopol or normal police and prison warders? Why not get some army boys to man the gpmgs! That can be done now. Also, that rapid response unit within the sector with surveillance and close air support is needed yesterday.

  14. beegeagle says:

    I understand your concerns and you are free to raise objections, Oga Ifiok but the NA lead the actual fighting and increasingly active fronts are opening up within proximity of our frontiers. We need the NA to squarely focus on the arc between Nguru and Bissaula which is a span of over 1,250km.

    It is clear that the bulk of the devastating attacks recorded in 2013 have emanated from the other side of the frontier – chiefly in the Far North of Cameroon and in the Far East of Niger(Diffa Prefecture).

    The fortification of installations, raids, offensives, hardening of soft targets, defence of flashpoint towns etc should be the preoccupation of the Army, if you ask me. I do not have ANY DOUBT at all that even if these terrorists occupied a town today, the NA would launch a counter-offensive within a week. There is NOTHING which they can fathomably bring and in whatever numbers – MRLs, RCLs, RPGs, mortars or artillery which the NA would not be able to counter many times over. I cannot say anything with nearly as much conviction about the Police who are already outgunned as we speak.

    This is hardly the time for any rigid compartmentalisation. We do not have a dedicated paramilitary COIN force. The ATS come closest to that and we should get them to do the hardwork until normalcy returns and the military can take back their GPMGs.

    IF the ATS component of the Marine Police operate river patrol boats armed with .50 calibre weapons, there is nothing stopping them from manning GPMGs. At this stage, that seems to be the smartest thing to do until the NA sufficiently shore up their numbers. It is a big country – 94,000 communities enumerated by DFRRI as of 1988..at a time when the pre-partition Sudan and DR Congo in combination did not have as many communities.

    That should give an idea of how many precincts the NA might have to hold onto as it becomes increasingly clear that regional jihadists and mercenaries – from Mali to Darfur just might have begun to team up with BH either for ideological reasons or the pursuit of pecuniary benefit

  15. peccavi says:

    Abeg forget donkeys, they are stubborn animals. Camels and horses. are better

  16. Spirit says:

    As per the attack on Bama, we would continue to experience such as long as the FG refuses to equipt the NA with choppers that will aid rapid deployment to theaters. These guys are attacking poorly defended and isolated border towns and post.

    The destruction of a scale describe by Beegeagle above could not have been achieved in 30 minutes, not even in 45 minutes.

    1) Rapid Deployment Forces should be equiped with Mi-171/Mi-8 and stationed/positioned such that they will be able to hit any location in the North within 30 minutes.
    2) Their area of responsibility should overlap such that they will be able to back-up/assist each othe.r
    3) Members of such units must be ready to go between 10 to 15 minutes.
    4) The pilots should run shift such that at any point in time the shift on duty should be seated in the choppers ready to go*.
    5) Drones should immidiately be deployed to hotspots to monitor events and give real-time reports to commanders at bases. This will help in avoinding a ‘Baga-like’ contovrersy.
    5) A few attackers should be allowed to ‘escape’. Such will be trailed by drones to their hideouts in the mountains and follow-on attacks can then be conducted on such hideouts.

    We are at war!

    *It was rumored that at the peak of the Cold war, some pilots of the USAF Strategic command on duty used to have their meals( in full flying gears) seated in their B-ONE Lancer/B-52G Stratofortress on the runway!

  17. Spirit says:

    Very sound suggenstions by Peccavi, the Beeg one, King Henry, Oga Jimmy and Oga Ifiok.
    The problem we have here is that our Government/military seems to always react to issues, they are seldom proactive.

    What on earth does a man who took a firebrand/touch to a beehive expect the bees to do? To stay in the hive and die? Is it not logical that the bees will come out en mass and sting the invader?

    The USD3+ ransome paid to BH/Ansaru, does the FG expect the terrorist to use it to buy properties at Lekki or BMW 7 series?

    Common FG, wake up!

    One does not need to go to Sanhurst or Westpoint to know what these terrorist will do next. They are just following the script.

    Must we wait until all our border towns are sacked and all Polce stations/prisons razed?

    This is very shamefull. Why are we behaving as if nothing is being taught at NDA/Jaji etc? Even if nothing is being taught in our taught military schools, what of the Billions spent on overseas training in Britain, US, India, China and Pakistan every year?

    Please, we are tired of hearing that Nigerians are being needlessly killed by these terrorists that ordinarily should be used for ‘pratical training’ by our boys.

    If they are wont of ideas, please let them come and take from my generals on Beegeagles blog.

    I am angry, men!

  18. ifiok umoeka says:

    My general. I see your point and it makes a lot of sense if ATS handle the gypies. My point was for the short term. Giving people hardware that they don’t know how to use = arms for BH.
    That said, we shouldn’t see these as army vs BH, it the Nigerian security establishment and state vs these crazies. If one innocent civilian dies, BH wins. If a prison is overtaken, more recruits for BH. If a community is capture, we of course can and will recapture it but if a civilian dies or property is destroyed, how do we win the heart and minds of the locals? Each time BH ‘seems’ to win, morals goes low and we loose. If it ‘appear’ that BH is powerful, those in the theatre begin to question the capability of our boys to handle the situation, BH wins and it’s easier for them to convince people to join them. War is a mind game as much if not more than it is physical. Sun ztu says so. It’s called psychological warfare. The classic time frame to defeat an insurgency is 10 to 15 yrs. If you ask me, we can’t afford that. So I say, SMART WARFARE. One love brother

  19. freeegulf says:

    @gen peccavi, good analysis, well done. plz do not forget air assault teams, to be used as blocking troops. the routes of escape of these terrs need to be cut off with heliborne forces. it is one key area that even the NA has overlooked. they re quite content with just repelling boko haram attack, without a follow-on force in high pursuit of these terrorists.

    after every terrorist attack, a pursuit team should be on their tail with air assault troops cutting off their line of retreat.
    this should help kick start NA aviation command, because there’s so much that NAF can do with their choppers before becoming overstretched.
    air surveillance has a big role to play here too. and the military need to procure more UAVs to cover greater expanse of territories to include niger, chad and cameroun. drones have more flight endurance with greater coverage.
    another advantage of UAVs is that the army can run the program solely, rather than probing into NAF domain should they employ fixed wing surveillance platform

    • peccavi says:

      Borrowing a trick from the SADF/ Rhodesians, the lower Sahel lends itself to Combined Mobile Ops, exercising my fantasies it would be interesting to have a strong mobile Battalion with 3 company groups consisting of a mechanised platoon, mounted platoon (horse or camel), and a recce platoon in light all terrain vehicles. with a mechanised Coy HQ and a Fire support group with mortars machine guns and automatic grenade launchers. With Battalion HQ would be a force of 2-3 light helicopters with 2 utility helicopters capable of lifting at least 1 platoon ( at the minimum). The BHQ would have a reaction company of 2 platoons and a platoon of trackers, who can be detached singly or as units to the companies on the ground. use the companies to sweep the border region. if they come in contact their job is to either destroy the insurgents or fix them so either air assault troops or gunships can destroy them.

  20. beegeagle says:

    By the way, where are the NAF Agusta A109 LUH helicopters? Are they unit totems which must not see action? Those are dedicated military variants of the airframe. The FG placed an order for 12 units in 2009. Where are they? Those are able to pile on 12.7mm HMGs and 68mm rockets!

    Those would come closest to doing what a Light Observation Helicopter can do for ground troops at this time – air recce and interdiction.

    DHQ should think of deploying one unit each to Bama barracks and to the Biu Cantonment.

  21. The NPF top brass should take a beating from us. I mean since the new IGP came in we havent seen anything done about Training, Kitting etc. Its still business as usual. We are overtasking the Army bcos they now do policing in conjuction with their duties. In one post i made a long time agao i made a suggestion that the recruitment into the NPF should be scaled up. I said that the minimum entry into the NPF should be OND(i have changed my mind, it should be Bsc or HND). The problem with the Police is not that they are not kitted properly. Their MAJOR problem is the kind of MEN they field. They are armed with AK47 which is a good rifle but the men wielding it are not up to par. They are more like armed thugs…pardon me. No discipline, no tactics…How come the ambush by the cult boys was so successful? That cant happen to the Army, Its obvious that the Policemen did not put up a fight but ran helter skelter. One of the officers was reported to have said that bullets were not penetrating the cultist…I ask one question…in a do or die situation you do or u die…wat did they do? If i was one of the drivers of the Hilux van i go sign say i don die but at least 7 of those guys would go with me. I go put the hilux in gear one and God helps anyone in my path. The NPF needs to WAKE THE *%^& UP!!!!!!!!

  22. ifiok umoeka says:

    Brother, don’t blame the drivers, bullet fly @ over 900 meters per second, hilux move @ 200 km/hr ? There’s no ramming in mind because u die before the thought can form

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