President Goodluck Jonathan, dressed up in the uniform of a Field Marshal, inspects a guard of honour mounted by officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army
Major General NC Maduegbunam, Commander of the Nigerian Army Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and recipient of the Chief of Army Staff’s Commendation for Innovation receives his award from President Jonathan
Paratroopers of the Nigerian Army Airborne Force
Nigerian Army Airborne Forces do their thing
Combat March by Nigerian Army troops
Nigerian Army Special Forces commandos march past at NADCEL 2013
ZSU-23-4 Shilka Self-Propelled Anti Aircraft Gun (SPAAG) systems
Panhard VBL M11 armoured recce vehicles of the Nigerian Army
C3 Command Post Vehicles of the Nigerian Army Corps of Artillery
Panhard ERC90 Sagaie AFVs of the Nigerian Army Armoured Corps
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Otokar Cobra APC
(Photo Credit: The Nation Newspapers)
Alvis Scorpion light tanks drive past
(Photo Credit: The Nation Newspapers)
Nigerian Army Day Celebration (NADCEL
2013) SEEN LIVE on NTA NETWORK
* Acrobatic displays underway. – visible in the background is a Landcruiser gun-truck obviously part of the security operations.
* Nigerian Army paratroopers jumped as the C-in-C watched through binoculars. The Airborne Wing of the Nigerian Army School of Infantry was set up with the help of Major Bradford of the US Army in 1986. One of the jumpers was a 41 year old Lt Colonel who is the Chief Instructor of the Airborne Wing at NASI. Of the jumpers, the youngest had performed 259 halo jumps and 45 combat jumps. One paratrooper, a MWO, had 450+ halo jumps and 85 combat jumps tucked under his belt.
* MILITARY POLICE K9 Unit – (WAR DOG) . They have been active in the Northeast on CTCOIN operations. Interesting to know that the Commanding Officer of the War Dog Unit is someone who I met in 1995 as a young Lieutenant when he was AO Camp at the Provost Battalion at Ojo Cantonment, Lagos, in the person of Colonel Armstrong Bitiyong – worthy first son of the brilliant Lt. Colonel Musa Bitiyong who was killed in March 1986. Armstrong’s farher, Musa Bitiyong alongside the late Brigadier Ibrahim
Ahmadu Bako, led the operations which
scouted the forests of Zimbabwe to
convince ZANLA and ZIPRA guerrillas to
come out and be sent to Nigeria for training, preparatory to integration into
the new Zimbabwe National Army
Moving on, there are three War Dog platoons active in the Northeast with a total of 20 dogs in operation. The dogs are variously trained in explosive detection, narcotics detection, cadavar detection, search and rescue, checkpoint control and patrolling.
* COMBAT MARCH AND EQUIPMENT DISPLAY
Leading the armoured vehicles was the Made-in-Nigeria Igirigi APC, painted in even more beautiful desert camouflage.The Igirigi APC was immediately followed by an array of eight Panhard VBL scout cars. Next came three Panhard AML 60 armoured fighting vehicles and a lone Panhard M3 APC (first-ever sighting in Nigerian service by this commentator), albeit configured as a battlefield ambulance.
Next came five Scorpion light tanks which were followed by five tracked Spartan APCs and seven beautiful Otokar Cobra APCs painted in desert camouflage – a Nigerian first. These were in turn followed by seven Panhard ERC90 Sagaie AFVs which were first inducted into Nigerian Army service in 1988.
* The Nigerian Army Engineers were led in by fabulously kitted combat engineers and they also displayed a range of engineering vehicles.
* The NA Signals Corps followed with an assortment of communications hardware configured on Mercedes Benz and Landcruiser trucks. The Stallion Surveillance Vehicle configured on a Pinzgauer ATV chassis by 51 Div Signals also displayed.
Heartwarming was the strong showing put in by the Landcruiser – the Army’s new and very appropriate bride and a move away from thousands of Toyota Hilux,Mitsubishi and Ford Ranger 4WD trucks. Toyota Landcruiser trucks and jeeps exclusively deployed today.
* The Ordnance Corps followed the Signals Corps with a Made-in-Nigeria field kitchen and a Made-in-Nigeria
airconditioned desert tent. Cheery.
* The Nigerian Army Corps of Artillery. More shock effect. Three ZSU-Shilka
SPAAGs passed by followed by four
Landcruiser C3 command post vehicles Next came a Mercedes Benz MB 2628
prime mover with a Bofors FH77B 155mm artillery piece in tow. They were closely followed by Palmaria self-propelled 155mm artillery – weighing 43 tons and protected against nuclear, biological and chemical weapons
* Combat March by the various corps of the Nigerian Army followed
CHIEF OF ARMY STAFF’S COMMENDATION 2013
+ Major General NC Maduegbunam,Commander NA Electrical and Mechanical Engineers; Innovation Award for the fabrication of an Electronic Target Acquisition Machine and Mobile Kitchen, rehabilitation of Steyr APCs and completion of the Command Workshop in Kaduna
– Major General AK Kwaskebe, Commander NA Corps of Artillery; Innovation Award for repairs of several artillery weapons and allied equipment.
– Major General JN Nwaoga, Commander NA Armoured Corps; Innovation Award for the resuscitation of Panhard AFVs and effective command of 23 Armoured Brigade in CTCOIN operations until 2012
– Major General GA Wahab, GOC 1 Mechanised Infantry Division; Operations Award for greatly curbing the menace of insurgency and terrorism in his volatile area of operations which covers flashpoints such as Kano,Kaduna, Sokoto etc
– Brig General II Abba, Commander 3 Brigade; Operations Award – for his effective command of troops to greatly curb attacks by insurgents and terrorists in Kano and insulating the states of Jigawa and Katsina under his AOR from the menace of terrorists.
– Brig General BO Ogunkale Commander 43 Div Engrs: Innovation Award for the fabrication of appropriate special equipment (Landcruiser gun-trucks) and allied equipment used for CTCOIN operations in NE Nigeria
– Brig Gen CT Olukoju, Commander 51 Division NA Signals; Innovation Award for the creation of the Stallion Surveillance Vehicle which has made video monitoring and live streaming, ground to air communications and internet access available at the frontlines in Mali and NE Nigeria
– Brig Gen OZ Azinta, Commander 13 Amphibious Brigade; Integrity Award for rejecting $30,000 bribe during his time as Chief of Staff of the Joint Task Force in the Niger Delta
– Lt Colonel AK Lawal, Commanding Officer Command Workshop Kaduna; Innovation Award for his role in the fabrication of a Mobile Kitchen mounted on a Toyota Landcruiser
– Lt Colonel Y Ibrahim, SO1 Personnel, NA Armoured Corps; Innovation Award for the development of an automated personnel management system relating to credit facilities and postings; helped to resolve issues relating to the braking system of the Panhard AML 60.
– Major AK Ali, Instructor NDA; Innovation Award for the production of a detailed map of NDA training areas in southeast Kaduna.
– Capt YM Abdullahi, Platoon Commander 2 Bn Warri; Gallantry Award for exploits while on JTF operations in the Niger Delta
– Major IBM Madu, Commander 34 Bde MEDE Centre, Innovation Award
– Lt DA Oloniba Troop Commander in the 23 Support Engineers Regiment; Innovation Award for special equipment leading to better CTCOIN ops in NE Nigeria
* 12 soldiers also received commendation awards for roles in supporting equipment fabrication, data management and sports.