BOKO HARAM CLAIM RESPONSIBILITY FOR NIGERIA MILITARY BASE ATTACK

ABUJA, Dec. 12 (Xinhua)

The Boko Haram sect in Nigeria on Thursday claimed responsibility for an attack launched on a military base in Maiduguri, capital of northeastern Borno State, of which some aircraft were destroyed and buildings were razed on Dec. 2.

In a 19-minute recorded message that was made available to journalists here, a man who claimed to be leader of the sect said the attack was coordinated by its members. “We stormed the city and fought them (and) Allah blessed us with lots of booty,” said the man who posed as Abubakar Shekau, leader of the sect who was reportedly killed in a gunfight with security operatives in late July.

This development raised doubts about the veracity of the video. Recorded in the local Hausa language of the northern people of Nigeria, the video
also showed images of razed buildings and destroyed aircraft done by the sect members.

On the day of the incident, Nigeria’s
military authorities confirmed that 24
insurgents had died during an exchange of gunfire between security forces and suspected terrorists in a pre- dawn attack on Maiduguri.

A statement from Chris Olukolade, the
Director of Defense Information, said the Nigerian security forces repelled the attack targeting military locations, including the Nigerian Air Force Base in the Borno State capital. Three decommissioned military aircraft as well as two helicopters were also incapacitated in the course of the attack, the military mouthpiece added.

Seeking to enshrine the Islamic sharia law into the constitution and declaring war against Western education, the Boko Haram sect has proved the biggest security threat in the West African country since launching its insurgency in 2009.

Last month, Boko Haram and Ansaru, a splinter group from the main sect, were named as international terrorist
organizations by the U. S. government. Thousands of people, including women and children, have been killed in the four-year insurgency.

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57 Responses to BOKO HARAM CLAIM RESPONSIBILITY FOR NIGERIA MILITARY BASE ATTACK

  1. wocon45 says:

    Oga beege, is the video public?

  2. peccavi says:

    As a soldier and a Nigerian its very difficult to watch
    That those cattle can operate with such impunity

    • peccavi says:

      An Airport too Far: Boko Haram launched a company strength attack against one of the most important strategic targets in Borno State. They not only massed 200-300 (or 500 according to some) men on foot, motorcycles and vehicles; they got to the base, penetrated it, and destroyed buildings, vehicles and aircraft.

      It was a devastating, well planned and well executed operation.

      The issue here is less that they attacked the air base, they would have been foolish not to. No army is immune to having its strategic bases attacked as the attack on Marine Air Wing in Camp Bastion by the Afghan Taliban, the Pakistani Taliban attack on Mehran Naval Air Station in Karachi, or even the attacks on the US Embassy during the Tet offensive in Vietnam show. The issue is that they attacked it in force; all the aforementioned attacks were infiltrations using stealth and deception to gain access.

      The attack on Maiduguri was a mass attack by mechanised forces approaching with massed vehicles under the cover of darkness. In other words a target that should have been easily detected and destroyed.

      This is as much a Boko Haram success as a Nigerian failure, thus we will look at it from both sides of the map and from the strategic, operational and tactical perspectives.

      Enemy:

      Tactical: the enemy reportedly fought with skill and with such tenacity that it took air strikes on and around the base itself to dislodge them. They then managed to withdraw in some sort of order back to their safe areas.

      Thus Boko Haram was able to infiltrate hundreds of men and dozens of vehicles over 50-60km, launch a coordinated night attack, penetrate several bases long enough to steal vehicles and burn buildings and withdraw whilst under air attack.

      These are military skills somewhat beyond a few hundred peasants and escaped prisoners with rusty AK 47s. There is a step change in skill level similar to the sudden deployment of VBIEDS in 2011 that hints that either Boko Haram has a strategic reserve they’ve been hiding away somewhere or they are drawing skill and resource from elsewhere.

      Operational: Boko Haram has shown that
      ◾They have the ability to plan and execute complex coordinated attacks
      ◾They have the ability to coordinate a large number of men in order to attack multiple targets, in the absence of mobile phones (i.e. they possess some other means of communications)
      ◾They have the ability to infiltrate men, arms and ammunition despite the checkpoints and state of emergency
      ◾They have the ability to generate sufficient armed men to launch mass attacks
      ◾They have a level of discipline and motivation that belies a force mainly reliant on coercion, the men who took part in this attack still have the will to fight and were motivated by more than fear be it money, religious fervour or desperation
      ◾The enemy has sufficient operational vehicles hidden away that it can throw them away in an attack of this sort
      ◾They have captured sufficient uniforms to be able to successfully masquerade as soldiers

      Strategic

      The pattern of recent attacks sees the enemy generating at least one spectacular attack or mass casualty event in a 3-4 week period, which they are worryingly able to sustain despite the military pressure. Initially attacks such as Benisheikh were viewed as angry spoiling attacks but those on Damaturu and Maiduguri would need a level of planning and coordination that can’t just happen on demand. We do not know how many spectaculars have been prevented but the ones that got through did so to devastating effect.

      The dynamic of this conflict is as ever fascinating, it is difficult to say with certitude what the enemies tactics or strategy will be but it is the opinion of this reviewer that there is a strong correlation between the alleged ransom payment for the French family kidnapped in February, the fighting in CAR and the use of Northern Cameroun as a safe area. This is Boko Haram’s first year as an aggressive rural force, so one cannot say what effect dry season, fighting in CAR, the French intervention to the North West and South East of this theatre will have but the enemy has clearly regained the initiative.

      Friendly:

      The NSF has suffered a fairly embarrassing reverse. Why?

      Tactical:

      Combat power: apparently there were only 20 men protecting the NAF base, a fairly ridiculous number of men, however even 20 men, properly equipped in well built, well sited, fortified positions will defeat, degrade or at least delay an overwhelming enemy. However the failure to provide adequate troops to task is a failure of command.

      Operational

      Intelligence: there are reports that a warning came through 3 days ago but was ignored. Whether true or not for such an attack to be launched the enemy needed to carry out reconnaissance, gather arms, ammunition, recce staging areas, approach routes, withdrawal routes, form up, attack and withdraw. At each of these stages there would have been opportunities to discern the enemies’ intentions.

      Base protection: for a base of that importance, concentric layers of security would have been expected if not required yet enemy forces got through without being detected. In a well defended base such a large number of attackers would have been engaged long before they even got to the perimeter.

      Key asset protection: attack helicopters are scarce battle winning assets, yet they were parked in the open next to a perimeter wall facing a main road, there was apparently no defence plan that prioritised protecting or defending the helicopters or even getting them airborne. What is the chain of command for the helicopters and whose responsibility was it to protect them?

      Strategic

      The enemy has shown skill resolve and an almost limitless capability to adapt, absorb punishment and retaliate. This is not an ordinary foe and the Boko Haram of Mohammed Yusuf is not the one being faced today. This force has a capability beyond its roots and this attack crystallises several issues.

      Cameroun: the Kanuri people spill over the border into Cameroun, Chad and Niger. The ethno-linguistic links and the legacy of the Kanem-Borno Empire are strong. Mohammed Nur of the UN bombing fame is Camerounian. The Camerounian armed forces are not geared up or mobilised to counter the threat of insurgents or their safe areas in the Far North and the enemy exploits this. The internal tensions in Cameroun between the government of the aged long sitting Christian, Francophone President Biya and the under developed, desertifying Islamic North are again something that the Camerounian Government does not wish to highlight and bring to a head. However this is now Cameroun’s war whether they like it or not, the kidnappings of French nationals and use of Camerounian territory have only one outcome, an eventual contamination of Cameroun’s Far North Region that will yield a local fundamentalist group either by the radicalisation of Camerounian Muslim youth or the setting up shop of displaced Boko Haram in the Far North Region, supplemented by Chadian, Central African and other Islamist fighters.

      Unity of Command: the formation of 7 Division was meant to solve the diverse chain of command issues that ad hoc task forces throw up. This does not seem to have happened, with competing chains of command, failure to share or coordinate intelligence and resources. The Federal Government needs to resolve this situation. All units and agencies in the theatre must be suborned to a single chain of command, whether through AHQ, DHQ or the NSA or even NYSC. It is imperative

      Command responsibility: Nigerian soldiers and citizens died because somebody somewhere did not properly defend Maiduguri and somebody somewhere possibly failed to act on warnings. Somebody somewhere is responsible whether by omission or commission and should be held accountable. A board of enquiry into this situation should be held and the guilty parties punished to the extent of military law. This is not a witch hunt but military discipline and professionalism is founded on the harsh consequences of failure (i.e. death and injury) and there needs to be an accounting.

      Intelligence coordination: I am not sure how intelligence is coordinated in Nigeria or in the North East but it is imperative that it is better joined up with all facets brought in and tied together and better regional cooperation particularly with the Lake Chad states.

      An Airport too far: forgive the writer for engaging in hyperbolic cliché and referencing one of my favourite books but this might indeed be an attack too far. The US has correctly assessed that Boko Haram is not an existential strategic threat to Nigeria or to US interests in Nigeria or West Africa and has sought to do very little beyond make gentle soothing noises due (one would presume) to a combination of war weariness, lack of clear tangible wins for the US, exasperation with Nigerian politics and an inability to actually derive leverage any assistance into influence within the Nigeria Government. It is also the case the Nigeria itself, has been less than clear about what it actually wants from the international community in this conflict. However Boko Haram has demonstrated a continuing trend of exponential capability leaps and despite virtually constant air and ground attacks and large losses have hit a strategic military target at will. Although they would be hard pressed to seriously threaten the oil producing or industrial south they have shown an ability and resilience that could conceivably threaten Abuja (conceivably not practically). The US with its surveillance assets in Niger and space in all probability has a fairly good idea of the challenges facing Nigeria and the opportunities a strong, credible Boko Haram presents to Sahelian and now Central African fundamentalist groups. I suspect that US equipment and training will soon start to filter Nigeria’s way. Properly delivered and used these inputs could significantly damage Boko Haram.

      Conclusion

      There are very little immediate positives from this attack other than GSM services have being restored; meaning people no longer need to ply dangerous highways just to make phone calls and can call for help or pass on information to the authorities.

      In the longer term the Federal Government ought to be able to parlay this disaster into a lucrative pitch to the US, for the surplus kit being brought back from Afghanistan, hopefully cultivating the lobbying efforts by the manufacturers and suppliers who will be eyeing the lucrative maintenance and upgrade contracts to follow, Nigeria can put in persuasive bids for surplus recce and troop carrying vehicles, helicopters, counter IED kit saving huge capital costs and more importantly hard worn knowledge and experience.

      The enemy has regained the initiative, friendly forces must absorb this defeat and accept the lessons learned in order to move on and defeat the enemy.

      This was attack was a tactical and propaganda victory for Boko Haram, so it would be churlish not acknowledge this, so to Boko Haram; ‘Well done, good effort, enjoy it while it lasts’.

      • igbi says:

        I think you are using the word victory very loosely, all that we lost was two helicopters, and they have already been replaced. If you want to talk about victory or defeat then you have to look at the outcome: has the Nigerian armed forces become weaker from that attack ? Is the base in boko haram possession ? The answer to those two questions is no. So what did the gain: the answer is propaganda ! The facts you are not emphasizing in the right manner is that the base which was attacked was undermanned. And you are saying that the fact our armed forces used a jet to bomb the terrorists shows that the terrorists were fighting with such “tenacity”, I think you are very wrong in that analysis. An airforce base was attacked and the airforce replied by sending a jet to destroy the enemies who gathered en mass. And again, how did you get the idea that the terrorists “withdrew” orderly, and didn’t run away like “pregnant women about to enter labor” ? And your talk of the “exponential” growth of the terrorists ability seems to not sit well with the fact that the base was manned by only 20 men !
        What I see here is that the base was undermanned and that we paid the price. Now why was it undermanned ? Can we talk about sabotage ? And please can you tall me the difference between a surprise attack and infiltration ? One other thing you overlooked was the geography of the area which was attacked, and that is very important. You have to identify the road the terrorists took and then you will tell where they came from and how they managed to get to that base, it seems to me that you can’t call yourself an analyst without doing that. As far as I am concerned, if the enemy had to sneak in from somewhere, under the cover of darkness and avoid our defenses to reach the base, then that qualifies as infiltration.

      • igbi says:

        One other thing which you overlooked was the production of the video.
        It took them 10 days to produce their propaganda video, that should have provided you with some information. And that should also emphasize the importance of having video experts analyze the terrorist videos and perhaps give an indication on where the bastards are making their videos and with the help of who. An other thing is that the AFP seems to be complicit with the terrorists, and I think they should fall under the surveillance of the SSS. But it is possible that the team of the AFP which gets the video from the terrorists or which helps the terrorists to make the video is in cameroon.

    • Obix says:

      This is shocking! See the kind of impunity with which they operated, as if this was a deserted airforce base. kai! I’m really dumbfounded!!!

  3. Henry says:

    The video seems to have been blocked in nigeria. I can’t view it.

    Anyway………. Although this is a massive failure on the part of the nigerian military, I’d also like to add that OGA igbi raised many good points. It is also pertinent to note that this, despite the brazen nature, is the first attack in maduiguiri in over 4 months.

    The main question however is, why was the base severely under-manned and how were they able to muster so much men to carry out such an attack? Emotions aside, the attack on the air base showed the nigerian airforce is restless mosquito who would not just go on the flesh of B-H.

    Another point is, I believe we are severely under-gunned, we lack enough heavy machine guns and night equipment. If we had enough heavy firepower to defend the base, we would by now be discussing a different topic. We can only hope that the US approves the plea for assistance/ transfer of equipment made by our CDS when the commander incharge of the US africa command paid him a visit.

  4. rka says:

    BLOODY FRIDAY: 25 killed in Boko Haram, military clash in Borno

    http://www.osundefender.org/?p=137383

  5. jimmy says:

    I am going to restrain myself Oga Peccavi.like OGA Henry I will stick to the facts may the souls of those gallant soldiers who died rest in peace they did their duty those of us living need to do ours
    1.Fact there were some Boko haram operatives that were caught three days or less before the assault on the base, this is the first case of airforce intelligence failure, the fact that no one could glean enough INTELLIGENCE and share vis a vis air force/ army / navy/ dss is a combined INTELLIGENCE failue
    2. The ultimate sense of responsibility lies with the air force base commander and indirectly with the AIR FORCE CHIEF OF STAFF. The attack commenced AT 3 A.M affixing bombs. ammo belts and fuel pods should of being A 30 MIN OPERATIONS this was not the case.
    3 Airbases/ Army outposts/ Naval bases are inevitable targets, the lack of preparedness especially at night and on a weekend ( boko haram’sfavourite time) is a lack of discipline something is rotten and it is starting from the top.
    4. When JAJI was attacked Senior army officers paid the price . when the moguno (SP) base was attacked bh paid a heavy price . this is not the case here
    5. The AIRFORCE can expect another attack with all respect to igbi . this was a very soft easy target with a clear cut victory , as such due to lack of coordination a well trained naf regiment they will attack another airforce base ( even the same airforce base again) before the end of the year
    6. I am beginning to sound like a broken record Cameroon / ( FRANCE) is playing a very dangerous game they are the proverbial frog ( BH) carrying the snake (bh) across the river to ( NIGERIA) as long as they do not attack some tired looking gendarmes everything is cool as long as ( white )

  6. jimmy says:

    French citizens are returned unharmed everything is cool .
    The continued paying of ransom for HOSTAGES will eventually inevitably go horribly wrong because this what logic dictates.
    7..inevitably SF forces form Nigeria will cross into Cameroon The roly poly of an naf chief should at least be awake when this happens.
    8.Yes we will get the ” NON LETHAL AID” from the U.S. this is surprisingly is not the issue , the issue is on our side of the fence what happens when the next air force base is attacked what will be our PUNITIVE RESPONSE ? will we be ready?.

    • igbi says:

      Right from the beginning, I have been advocating that we do something with stubborn cameroon, dictator biya seems to be following orders coming from france. The last french hostage who was freed should have been kept in jail/(protective costody) for at least one month, in order to get info from him and to incriminate the french government for paying his ransom. I agree with yo on everything except the “victory” part. This is not a football game, destroying two helicopters doesn’t count as a “goal”, what matters is the outcome, and apart from propaganda to impress the public and destroy our moral, that attack archived nothing. Militarily, that attack was a failure. Just imagine if the NA attacked a boko haram hideout and only manages to destroy few peaces of equipment which are replaced by the terrorists as quick as lightening and NA doesn’t take the hideout , we surely wouldn’t call that a victory. Now some people even went as far as saying boko haram had the initiative ! We need to be a little bit more serious ! I hope that base gets attacked again, this time the streets will be littered with the bodies of dead terrorists.

  7. igbi says:

    When can we officially say that cameroon/france is giving support to boko haram ? The seventh division should have a battalion in Cameroon.

  8. igbi says:

    In that propaganda video, I didn’t see the terrorists using any APCs, nor did I see any image of the artillery base. Some people have been claiming things that even the terrorists didn’t claim in their propaganda video.

  9. peccavi says:

    Oga Igbi, I read your initial response and was going to congratulate you for joining the ranks of the reasonable until I saw you had restarted your jihad into Cameroun and wanting to declare war on France and AFP. Guy I wither….
    But anyways, the attack was a victory for BH. The objective of the attack was not to capture and hold the base, the objective was to seize it and destroy aircraft and materiel, which they achieved.
    You can see the video was filmed in daylight which means the enemy was still sufficiently comfortable, congregating in large numbers, driving around the base packed in vehicles way after sunrise.
    Pregnant women about to enter labour, do many things my friend but running is definitely not one of them!
    They withdrew in a reasonable order that much is clear from (a) the video (b) all accounts from the area.
    Re tenacity. Again read my piece of force protection, let me reiterate, if you have to call air strikes down on your own base, it generally means the enemy needs alot more incentive to move than harsh language and a gentle hint.
    The difference between a surprise attack and infiltration? Is an incorrect question, infiltration is a means of getting towards or breaking into an objective, so if 10 or 20 Bh had snuck into the base and run riot that would be a surprise attack by infiltration, when 2-300 drive up in trucks that’s a full scale deliberate attack and should have been detected and destroyed way before getting close.
    I have to identify the road they came in? Shebi you go pay me for that one abi I be witch?
    Terms like inoitiative, defeat, destroy, infiltrate, raid etc are definitive military terms with specific meanings. Whenever I write these things I try and edit to use laymens terms so I don’t get misconstrued but its not always possible.
    The enemy has the initiative, initiative in this context is like a pendulum it swings backwards and forwards, and it means whoever has broken into the others operational cycle and is operating at will without the other side having an effect on their operations. I think we can say that BH ticks those boxes in this last week.
    Again let me reiterate conflict, war, geopolitics etc is not like a relationship with youre girlfriend, there should be no emotional detachment. If you do not identify failures on your part you will repeat them and you or your men will die. This is what happened in Maiduguri. A perfect killing area was left to be overrun by BH, when any half way competent commander would have stacked their bodies in front of the fence.
    If the base was guarded by 20 men then it was incompetence
    If it was guarded by 200 incompetence
    They should not have gotten onto the base in those numbers, simple
    And yes lets send a battalion into Northern Cameroun, I trust you will be writing letters to their families when they don’t come back?
    Ask nicely and I’ll explain the full mechanics of a cross border raid and why it is essentially one of the stupidest ideas known to thinking man

    • ifiok umoeka says:

      Ouch

    • igbi says:

      I wish I had more time to study this, then I would give what we could call real analysis, since those who call themselves “experts” don’t seem to know what they are doing.
      Singing praises for terrorists doesn’t qualify as analysis. And in that video, you can see many scenes, and you should not expect the terrorists to give images of themselves running away like pregnant women. And once again you fail to understand basic analysis. Instead, you focused your attention on amplifying boko haram propaganda, but luckily you have given up the APC claim. Basic analysis would have you looking at a map and gathering information instead of just falling into the trap of propaganda. All I pointed out were the weak points of your “analysis”. You were absolutely not objective in your “write up” and your subjectivity as always tended towards praising terrorists.
      Call me all the names you want, all I do is use logical thinking and I will not let half baked “analysis” ruin the moral of my people.

    • igbi says:

      You are not asking yourself the right questions, and that is obvious.
      By your reply I can also see that you feel too big for your shoes.
      What you should ask yourself if you were really interested in defending Nigeria (which I doubt) should be: how did this happen ? And your “analysis” should be focused on that. Instead you are quick to congratulate the terrorists and call their terror attack a “mechanized ” battalion attack. You are playing into their propaganda game, that is all.
      And once again, if you attack an airforce base, then you should expect jets to bomb you.

      • peccavi says:

        Bros, I’ve not called you names nor have I made any claims, I have simply reported information from open sources and multiple sources state that an APC type vehicle was used in the attack. This has not been disputed by anyone except yourself due to your superior knowledge of the situation in Maiduguri.
        You understand there is a difference between a company and a battalion? And a mechanised battalion is not the same as people riding in trucks and 4WD?

        Feel free to write your own analysis of events. I greatly look forward to it.

        And finally, pregnant women do not run! DO I need to explain female anatomy as well

      • igbi says:

        OK, I think if they “captured” an APC then they surely would have shown it on their propaganda video. And as I explained to you I don’t have time. I have my own job. Although, my analytic skills will always point out the holes in your write-up. Don’t expect me writing on this blog for a very long time, not even to point out incorrect analysis, I just hope someone else does it and also that the public is as skeptic as I am.

    • igbi says:

      There is a scene in the video in which some terrorists are spotted in a lorry, and to you, that qualifies as withdrawing in order… that is some expert analysis right there ! And as I can see you can get some “eye witness account” on how orderly the terrorists “withdrew”, yet non on how they reached that zone (the road they took) and the geographical weakness of the area. There was no explanation on how the attack happened. I think the word analysis doesn’t fit that write up.

  10. ifiok umoeka says:

    B4 I go back 2 d sideline, how many mil mi 24/35hinds do we have? what percentage does 2 hinds represent in our hind fleet? What is the rate of mission availability of the hind(eg how much hour to service for an hour operation)? How important are the hinds to ops in the NE(and thus affecting BH)? Perhaps if we have these ans, we’ll know the true cost of the 2 birds,…just perhaps!

  11. ifiok umoeka says:

    Ouch

  12. ifiok umoeka says:

    Tread carefully folks, christmas is around de corner!

  13. asorockweb says:

    @Igbi, Peccavi is objective and has always been.

    It’s tempting to praise BH’s ability to execute, but they kill too many unarmed, innocent people.

    The Air Force failed to protect it’s most important base in the nation’s most important war.
    The Air Force has more generals than it has attack helicopters. Yet I don’t sense that BH took heavy fire while they stormed the base.
    The primary role of Air Force infantry is base protection, yet BH fighter had time to loiter about in the airbase.
    If a significant portion of your asset-base is in one location, shouldn’t you have a significant number of defenders?

    This is a victory for BH.
    DSS failed. DMI failed.
    The army failed. The Air Force failed.

    • jimmy says:

      OGA asorock, OGA peccavi, Thank you for your objective analysis. I want to make this brutally clear please count out the day we start spinning mistakes that happened even LT COL DOLE Mohammed will tell you some very bad went WRONG and it will not get fixed just because BH had a victory lap at an airbase it happened in Pakistan and it happened on what is essentially US territory both in Afghanistan and in Vietnam.
      OGA igbi no one is talking of propaganda we are talking of a serious breach and the inevitable consequences calling AIRSTRIKES or ARTILLERY on your base is the AMERICAN EQUIVALENT of Broken ARROW that means a base is about to be overun.
      This is fact people died NOT TWO WOUNDED this fact the base commander had prior intelligence he did not act sufficiently or his request was turned down . This is fact the first jet to arrive was from yola since this is the second DELAYED air response you hold the air chief responsible ( remember DUMARATU?). Please read about CAPT William D. Swenson U.S. ARMY who had to cope with the ineptness of Generals that resulted in loss of life in Afghanistan TWO MARINE GENERALS lost their jobs because of one incident.
      The CHIEF of AIR STAFF is under considerable pressure to perform and in many of his peers eyes he does not pass muster.That is why he was sent with the other chiefs to go to Maiduguri .
      God forbid we stop pointingout when things go wrong and only praise when things go right.Then we do a great disservice to our country.

      • peccavi says:

        Thanks Oga.
        My views as ever are my own and could be wildly wrong and unpalatable and I know for sure that they almost definitely will bar me from taking part in this struggle but let the truth be told

  14. Are James says:

    Okay. I just watched the video on APR.
    Every body at the upper echelon of the defence hierarchy should go. The CAD does not deserve his uniform. I don’t care if this comment is not posted. This couldn’t have happened even in Benin republic or Liberia. For one thing, I have seen hospitals in the US with more security enhancing buildings and layouts than this joke of a temporary airbase. I initially thought the base was attacked by a highly disciplined commando arm of BH not knowing that it was a mob action by hordes of fanatics high on drugs and indoctrination. So this is what a 1 trillion naira defence budget buys black Africa’s richest nation. Big pity.

  15. tim says:

    We are not employing technology effectively, why can’t government hilux and APC’s in the NE, have trackers, and hidden mic’s?at least my own car has it……I can know the exact location of my car, and the tracking company can hear what is been said in my car, it has been done once when my vehicle got stolen at gun point.we all know, the hilux and APC’s are boko prime targets, why don’t we allow them have a few, taking them as war prizes, listen to their conversations at what ever intelligence center, and track their locations…….. For a cheap technology like this that doesn’t even cost up to 30k naira, and very effective…………on the day my car was stolen, they had an hostage in it……..we listen to their conversations…..and wait, till we heard them drop off the hostage, before disabling the vehicle, and this is a common civilian vehicle…… Ask these generals how to share 10 billion naira effectively without leaving a trace, that is when their brains will work well.

    • peccavi says:

      Oga the issue is systemic,you first need an environment where ideas like this are considered on merit not on National Character, which service arm etc etc.
      Like I said defending a base and strategic assets like helicopters should be a no brainer but it didn’t happen, instead we hear about billions being spent. Every 10 minutes people are flying around the world to do courses on technology we don’t have and don’t need.
      The Rhodesians had a similar trick, in that they planted doctored radios for Insurgents to capture, because they knew they loved listening to news, whenever they picked up a signal they would home in and strike them. The insurgents didn’t figure it out to till the end. Know we know from escaped hostages that BH loves hearing about themselves on the radio, so exactly the same trick can be used, alongside, bugged and booby trapped vehicles.
      Like I said, you have to fight the enemy at their level not yours

      • tim says:

        I hope they use use it………makes intelligence gathering a lot easier….. Like sitting in their midst and getting their first hand gist.

    • Obix says:

      @Oga Tim, that’s a brilliant strategy. I hope the ogas at the top are reading!

  16. Makanaky says:

    Its very obvious going by the scale of attack, modus operandi and BH tactical withdrawl from the airforce base, The Nigerian military forces has failed woefully tactically and intelligence gathering.
    We are not even talking of mapping BH in the outskirt of Maiduguri we are talking of inside the city itself.
    Lets not beat about the bush it was a clear and major victory for BH as they made a powerful statement.

  17. wocon45 says:

    No body is mentioning the fact that the burned down old MIG-21’s (I counted up to 5) that we wanted to sell as scrap.😦 Thankfully they were not our A jets.

  18. cutievik says:

    @rka,thanks for the info…………

  19. rka says:

    @cutievik, no problem bro.

  20. G8T Nigeria says:

    I hope we don’t turn this wonderful blog to that of naira land where insults prevails.

  21. peccavi says:

    Oga Igbi, we all have full time jobs. Do you think anyone is being paid for these blogs or updates. If you are interested enough to rant and critique then put pen to paper.

    You have watched 47 seconds of a 16 minute video and you know everything there is to know about the incident?
    Anyway I blame myself for thinking you had become reasonable and even answering you

    • peccavi says:

      Bros if na all this one dem use I for no vex, its the basic things we are not getting right. I swear tomorrow we will hear of multi billion contracts for electric fence, CCTV, UAVs, Israeli mercs and all the other nonsense

      • igbi says:

        whose side are you on ? It is clear you are not on the Nigerian side.
        Even though you now write disclaimers before publishing your praises to terrorists, an intelligent man can see strait through you.

      • tim says:

        Mr igbi,calm down……you have watched too many american action movies, this is reality over here.

  22. @Igbi, you have to calm down. Peccavi’s write up was spot on. He wasn’t supporting the terrorist, he was stating where the failure of the day came from. From his analysis i can deduce that the Base commander is either a BH sympathizer or he is as complacent as complacent can ever be. If i was the C-in-C, i would gave that man under intense interrogation. The gross failure of securing his base in a war zone is unforgivable(his career should be terminated immediately). The time taking for the A-Jet to be called in to action also points to this. There needs to be a shaking in the Airforce for this (starting from the top). This is not a time to make excuses.

  23. cutievik says:

    Oga igbi, u have to realize when truth stares at you in the face it’s undeniable!we are all patriotic and matured over here so let’s keep it civil,this bashing and immature response to one’s opinion is something I really fear as quite evident on Nairaland that’s why I rarely go there, Oga optimusprime has spoken my mind,so enough said,Oga pecciavi. Please go easy cos In life expect not all men to share your views or to get u on d right foot…….I hail you,Sir!

    • peccavi says:

      Oga Cutievik, this na serious topic.
      So we need to exchange views intelligently, not as if re al life is Call of Duty.
      The issue with Cameroun is very serious, shebi people for this board dey talk am, they and we don’t realise what’s going on there, I hope before the New Year to complete 2 pieces on Cameroun and one on IEDs.
      But I beliweve we are facing a 2 front regional war. It is generally uncoordinated but it will only be a matter of time, alot of countries like Chad, Sudan and South Sudan are playing very dangerous games and others like Cameroun are burying their heads in the sand, while countries like Nigeria are focussed on 2015 and writing letters like school children then proper strategic planning, analysis and investment.
      I believe if the Lake Chad governments do not get their act together, the Far North of Cameroun will be like northern Mali, a terrorist safe Area for Nigerian, Nigerien, Chadian, Sudanese terrorists. Home grown Camerounian groups will spread. The French will inevitably go in but not before the area is totally destabilised, threatening Chads oil pipeline and creating a zone of destabilisation.

      Once that happens the North East will be a perpetual war zone, sucking in more men, money and stuff for no effect. If we had a sane government we would be managing these eventualities, constructing a netwrok of roads, bases and railways for rapid reinforcement, creating manpower intensive projects like tree planting to stop desertification, etc, in fact if we played this well we could get back Bakassi and the Southern Camerouns (ok, sorry thats silly I know but we can hope!)
      the most important thing is a regional framework to combat this problem with the entire NE Nigeria and Far North and Southern Chad a common area of operations under a single chain of command, so combined forces can seek, isolate and destroy any and all enemy within the are before the contagion spreads.

      http://peccaviconsulting.wordpress.com/2013/12/15/central-african-republic-centrafrique-sitrep-as-of-15-december-2013/

      So look at the sitrep, I have deliberately not put an analysis this week, but tell me that is not a total mess there?
      And then when you look at this situation someone is saying we should put a mere battalion in Northern Cameroun and declaring jihad on AFP and you say make I no vex? For a multi division task? Abeg make I hear word

  24. rka…there is no new intel in that story. I think we should stop flogging d story and concentrate on solutions.

  25. rka says:

    Oga optimusprime007, in as much as I agree and don’t want to offend anyone, you can’t proffer a solution without knowing all the facts. I didn’t know that ACs belonging to the army where shelled and recovered from the barracks (if true) by the army. I don’t reside in Nigeria and I only get my info on the internet and not possibly as current as you are.

    Solutions have been presented, although the fact remains that this only happened because of the under manning of the base and possible insider information. If, also the military had been doing their job in a war zone, a mass infiltration of BH wouldn’t have made it anywhere near the city of Maiduguri and it’s environs.

    So sorry, although it pains me, if there are any stories I think can add to the debate,I will put them out there.

    After all, isn’t that what this blog is about?

    Respect.

    • peccavi says:

      Its an interesting article and buttresses my point about BH being a much more capable and disciplined force than presumed, taking away casualties including the bodies of your dead is a sign of a competent and disciplined force, first of all its good for morale even in a secular force, but even more so in a religious one, second it prevents the enemy from accurately knowing your casualties. 100 could have died but you’ll never be sure.

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