MILITARY ADOPTS NEW STRATEGY TO PROTECT BORNO BORDER COMMUNITIES

Nigerian troops in bullish mood get set for a trip into repossessed northern Borno

PHOTO CREDIT: HEATHER MURDOCK/VOA NEWS

THE GUARDIAN
9 December, 2013

AUTHORITIES of the 7 Division of the
Nigerian Army in Borno State have
adopted a new strategy to protect the
border villages and towns against
attack by suspected Boko Haram
gunmen.

It was learnt that residents of the border communities are cooperating
with troops by providing them with
more information on the modus
operandi of insurgents who usually flee into Sambisa Forest after their attacks and killings.

The Guardian learnt that the new strategy will also be used to protect
towns and villages in both the Sambisa Forest and its peripheries, comprising six local councils of Bama, Konduga, Damboa, Chibok, Uba/Askira and Gwoza, located 135 kilometres south of Maiduguri.

Speaking yesterday on the military
strategy, the spokesman of the 7
Division of Nigerian Army, Col.
Mohammed Dole, in an interview in
Maiduguri, said the military has to
change its tactics and strategy of protecting life and property in the state.

His words:“As the insurgents continue
to change tactics of attacking our
people in these border towns and
villages, including the ones that are
sited on the peripheries of Sambisa
Forest, our men have to change tactics with the adoption of new strategies to contain the incessant attacks and killing of innocent villagers.

Already, several villages and communities in central and southern Borno State have been affected by the Boko Haram insurgency since the declaration of state of emergency on May 14, 2013 by President Goodluck Jonathan.

“The new strategy that we will
immediately adopt is the patrol of
Borno towns and villages on their
market days, including the 454-
kilometre Maiduguri-Damaturu, Biu-
Maiduguri, and Maiduguri-Gwoza roads of Central and Southern Borno State. The local people will furnish us with information on these market days, particularly on which they hold.”

He noted that most of the Boko Haram terrorists’ attacks and killings in towns and villages are carried out on market days. He listed Kirawa, Damboa, Barawa, Nguroshoye, Madayi, Gamboru/Ngala, Kawuri, Banki, Mainok, Mafa, Alagarno and Bulabulin Ngarnam as some of the
20 towns and villages attacked on their market days.

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15 Responses to MILITARY ADOPTS NEW STRATEGY TO PROTECT BORNO BORDER COMMUNITIES

  1. Manny Aydel says:

    Good point but why make this information public? Wouldn’t it alert BK? Wouldn’t it further put civilians in danger (for cooperating with security forces against BK)? Or is that the goal of the public communication material?

    • beegeagle says:

      My thoughts precisely. Except there is some sort of mind game going on here.

      • Obix says:

        Yes, Beag I believe there’s a psychological game going on here…. Like telling BH that we know what you are up to and we are equal to the task…..! The fact that villagers (civilians) are already cooperating with the Federal forces is no news to the BH……

  2. ifiok umoeka says:

    I agree. I would just be too foolish if it weren’t psych warfare!

  3. doziex says:

    Since there is no sectarian violence in maidugri as exists in Jos, CAR and the Niger Delta, NA should proceed to arm the so called civilian JTF with at least Ak-47s, then embed special forces in this groups to train. organize and direct the activities of these groups to ensure that their activities complements that of the NA forces.

    Sons of Iraq, the Hmong tribe mountain guerrillas were used by the US against the Vietcong.

    NA did not fully utilize the Kamajors of sierra leone to great effect, partly because NA did not have dedicated green beret type special forces at the time.

    The kamajors however helped a great deal in SLR.

    In Liberia, the handling of these counter guerilla units was even worse, as NA fell out , and suffered ambushes at the hand of some of the anti NPFL groups that NA initially armed.

    • Obix says:

      Oga DOziex, i wouldn’t go for that option. I suggest they get trained and embedded into the NSCDC, some could be armed troopers. Again, our constitution has no provision for armed vigilantes….. If you arm a vigilante group, it’s like giving the green light to some governors who are dreaming of a private army.

    • WachanGuy says:

      Oga Doziex, I also respectfully second Oga Obix’s position. Although increasing the level of fire-power faced by BH is critical, it would be counter-productive to arm just anyone based on membership of a loosely-defined “Civilian JTF”. Check out post-2012 Libya for what Northern Nigeria will descend into if your idea is followed through. And we already have enough consequences of illegal arms proliferation ranging from the Niger Delta crisis to nationwide armed robbery attacks for the government to go and stoke that fire even more.

  4. ifiok umoeka says:

    With Obix on this one. Which al qaeda?

    • Obix says:

      @Oga Ifiok, he’s with me on my reply to Oga Doziex’s suggestion to arm the civilian JTF. I prefer training them and getting them embedded into the NSCDC, with some of them trained as armed troopers!.

  5. agee says:

    Yes its obviously psychological, but that doesn’t necessarily mean its the right thing. I sincerely hope though the military has carefully thought this out.
    As for arming CJTF, that’s a big NO 4 me. Anyone on Khaki think they’re above d law in this country, look at ordinary Man’o war talkless of vigilantes wit guns

  6. ifiok umoeka says:

    True talk

  7. ifiok umoeka says:

    Having said that, like I said in an earlier post, where are our mobile police in this mix? We should have them upgrade across the spectrum equip, training and increase in number after all when the guns are silent, the military will withdraw from the front line and the MPs will soldier own, so why not upgrade them now?

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