Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau(centre) flanked by three terrorists on either side


June 2, 2013

Boko Haram is putting out positive spin on the Internet, insisting it was not hurt by the two week old government offensive. But there was a lot of damage and one result was a sharp reduction in Boko Haram attacks and their operations in general.

On the downside the government believes that most of those killed or arrested were new recruits and less skilled Boko Haram operatives. What the army really wants is the few hundred most experienced Boko Haram members, who have the skills to build bombs and plan attacks. Over a hundred of these returned from Mali since February. There they tasted defeat by the French/Chad offensive that is still hunting for remaining Islamic terrorists in northern Mali.

But for many months the Boko Haram in Mali tasted power as the Islamic radicals ran northern Mali, using Islamic law (sharia) and terror to get things done. Actually, all that sharia and bad behavior ruined the economy and sent several hundred thousand civilians fleeing. It’s unclear if that made any impression on the Boko Haram Mali vets.

They did return with a sense of urgency
and the skills needed to increase attacks
inside Nigeria. The government arrested more than a hundred Boko Haram suspects and many of them did have a connection with Boko Haram and some were willing to talk about it. By cross-checking the information provided it was possible to determine which was true and to what extent.

Arrests are still being made and most Boko Haram members continue to be distracted by the need to avoid getting
arrested. What is known is that the army has halted cell phone service in much of the northeast, putting Boko Haram at a disadvantage because the army and police have their own radios to communicate with.

The military says they also destroyed a Boko Haram hospital and fuel storage depot as well as several training facilities. Lots of documents were captured as well and these are still
being studied and exploited.

In response the United States has openly, and privately, asked the military to try and control their personnel and avoid the all-too-common killing of innocent civilians during these operations, as well as the frequent looting of their possessions.


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  1. beegeagle says:

    Na wa o, Oga G8T Nigeria. When did STRATEGYPAGE become this magnanimous towards Nigeria? Once upon a time, it appeared to be an uncharitable trunkline of slime as it concerns our CTCOIN efforts.

    Rubbing my eyes in disbelief.

  2. Obix says:

    Oga Beags, what do we make of this “Defence Ministry defies presidency”

  3. beegeagle says:

    Yeah, the DAILY INDEPENDENT report goes further though since it shows that the services have actually bought a few thousand bulletproof vests from DICON.

    Anyway, the question is HOW did this escape BPP’s notice? If there is any form of sharp practice involved here, the technocrats should be questioned and put through the disciplinary process as laid down by law. The bureaucrats at MoD must learn to do only those things which are in the best interest of the country.

    Personally, I believe that this contract could have been split 70:30 between DICON and PROFORCE. We must learn to carry PROFORCE along because therein lies the incentive for other private investors to come into our budding defence production sector.

    Imagine if someone like Dangote decided to go into defence production because the market is lucrative and wilfully slanted in favour of local producers? Like an MRAP plant? We all know how that would boost the economy through job creation and aid our quest for self-reliance at a time when CBN records show that capital flight is on the wane as Nigerians use more Made-in-Nigeria stuff?

    Well, tis early days yet. The full story is yet to be told.

    • Akin Oges says:

      Thank you Gen. Beeg for this strong observation above. On these matters, you are an authority, those with the levers of authority pay serious attention when you and the gang latch on (the reason? You are exceptionally damn well switched on, and instinctively know how the pulse ticks). I had reasons to take on a naive lady on a social platform some time ago because of her attempt to raise dusts over the frank comments of the CDS and COAS to an MOD Permanent Sec. Suffice to say she is now a convert; in fact, she called the procurement directors at the MOD “phat buttocked/rotund bellied saboteurs within”. Ok… A bit too strong. But her argument was that their conducts is akin to undermining GEJ and the efforts of the security chiefs. I think it might possibly be the case of blind greed. Either way those responsible are hemorrhaging funds meant to support activities at the frontline, if it is found to be true. Therefore, they will deserve no pity when the hammer falls.

  4. Deway says:

    Side topic: Can someone please enlighten me a bit on the role of NAF’s Agusta LUH helicopters. How many do we really have? Are they combat helics? What armaments do they carry? What is their role in overall NAF operations? Likewise, I’m still not clear on the role of the navy’s Agusta helicopters too. Been thinking about this and don’t know where else to source information. Any help?

  5. ifiok umoeka says:

    Remember how our boys were kill in sierra leone by rebels because they trustingly wore ballistic helmets bought from Israel that were infact motorcycle crash helmets! I have no problem with Israeli stuff(they are some of the best) but the word is due process otherwise sharp practices get people killed. 2ndly, if we don’t patronize the local industry, who will? No country of worth buys weapon from countries who haven’t ordered them except they(the buy) have a custom requirement and plan to meet it. That said, I’ll wait for full details to say more

  6. Tope says:

    They are furious? Are this Terrorist for Real? Oh Well by the Time the Nigerian Army Deal With Them they will run for their dear lives……but General Beeg, the battlefront News is getting Colder Daily we should ask the DDI to keep the momentum…..

  7. Spirit says:

    They (i.e BH) should go and hold a powerline to show their anger. that way, they meet the virgins quickly.

  8. ifiok umoeka says:

    Power station will make it faster, maybe add a few more virgins if you know what I mean.

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