A NAF Alpha Jet prepares for AFISMA air recce/border patrol in Niamey, Niger

A NAF Alpha Jet

December 22, 2013

Nigeria’s military has surrounded a village in the northeast to flush out Islamist rebels who fled there after reportedly snatching soldiers’ wives
and children during a daring attack on an army barracks nearby, witnesses told AFP Saturday.

Suspected Boko Haram fighters stormed the barracks in the town of Bama early on Friday, spraying it with bullets before torching the compound. Several Bama residents told AFP the
insurgents also abducted several of the soldiers’ wives and children during the attack.

Asked about those details, northeastern military spokesman Mohammed Dole refered AFP to Nigeria’s defence headquarters.Defence spokesman Chris Olukolade could not be reached for comment.

Bama residents said the Boko Haram
gunmen fled to the nearby village of
Abbaram after the attack, where the
military sent hundreds of troops on
Saturday. “The soldiers have besieged the village and more troops are deploying in hundreds,” said Ibrahim Idris. “Nothing is happening yet but from the huge number of troops deploying and the large number of Boko Haram in the village one can imagine what may happen”.

Karim Bunu, who also lives in Bama,
described Abbaram as a village of some 250 people. “We are afraid of what will happen to the people of Abbaram because whichever way one looks at it, they are facing a serious security threat,” he told AFP.

A third resident, who requested
anonymity, said the Islamists were
holding in Abbaram the “women and
children of soldiers,” who had been
kidnapped during the Friday attack, in an account supported by both Idris and Bunu.

In November, Human Rights Watch
reported that Boko Haram has
increasingly used kidnappings as a tactic,abducting scores of women and children this year. After staging an attack on the military, the insurgents typically flee to far away camps to evade pursuing troops, but their escape was slowed on Friday by fighter jets which dropped bombs on the major routes leading out of Bama, according to the military and witnesses.

“I counted 18 burnt all-terrain vans
belonging to the Boko Haram gunmen
pulverised by military jets,” said the
unnamed resident, who identified
himself as a member of a military-backed vigilante force which has formed in the northeast to fight the insurgents. Air force jets continued to fly over the region on Saturday, residents said.

The Bama attack was the second major Islamist assault on the army this month, casting further doubt on official claims that the rebels have been weakened by a seven-month-old military offensive in the northeast.

Boko Haram’s four-year insurgency,
which has killed thousands, is aimed at creating a strict Islamic state in Nigeria’s mainly Muslim north. The group has been declared a terrorist
organisation by the United States.

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  1. igbi says:

    The terrorists are about to learn what steel a Nigerian army soldier is made of.
    A lot of terrorists are about to get buried.
    Well done N.A. Plan well laid, well executed.

  2. gbash10 says:

    @Igbi,are you congratulating defeat and the poor tactics of the NA?Haba! for the second time in a month BH is having the balls to carryout surprise attack on the NAF Base,NA artillery unit and now Bama barracks!please excuse us,damn.The military service chiefs are lying to Mr President and the Nigerian people period.

    • igbi says:

      We don’t have all the details yet but it seems the NA has trapped the terrorists. They can’t run away this time. Perhaps all this was a trap set for them. The army trapping the terrorists is a big success. Do you agree or not ?

      • doziex says:

        I dey. Laugh o.

      • franky says:

        LOL trapping ur enemy while using ur family as bait…..bros

      • igbi says:

        The thing which is clear to me is that boko haram thought it was a peace of cake to attack a Nigerian army base, and now they are faced with reality: overrunning 20 air men with hundreds of terrorists is something, trying to overrun a Nigerian army base is suicide.
        It seems to me that the terrorists plan failed, hence they ran to a village and took hostages. If family members of soldiers were kidnapped then I hope we realize that civilians have no business in an army barracks. The fact still remains that the terrs are trapped.

  3. gbash10 says:

    The NN special forces should be flown to Bama to coordinate the house to house combat,with the objective of killing the enemy and to rescue the hostages.BH will sure use the hostages as human shield,hence,it is the job of the special forces to go in,speed and precision are the watch-word here,Gods speed,they know you are coming.

    • Are James says:

      Agreed. But even going farther than that, the SF should be deeply buried in the forests of the NE and NW Cameron. They should be people you don’t see often in the military formations, their routine work should be permanent surveillance, mapping, hunting and harassment of BH. They should be terrorists to BH. Usually they should be under their own command and their operations should be so ‘bad’ the term ‘plausible deniability ‘ as been used to describe ways of protecting civil authorities from the legal wahala of their operations.

  4. gbash10 says:

    Please where our military are erring,lets point it out,where they excell we hail them with patroitism!
    In the case of the NE,Defence HQs planning has failed us completely,we need new hands and new ideas!

    • igbi says:

      Is the terrorists being trapped a failure ? I would like to point out anything thing you wish, but I think this very operation by the armed forces is a success.

    • igbi says:

      Moreover the terrorists came once again from cameroon. I have been warning about Cameroon to no avail. Any strategy that stops short of going into cameroon is not a winning strategy.

  5. cutievik says:

    @Igbi your comments most times leaves me dumbfounded,I am trying to see things from your patriotic veiw bt how do you relate the events of the attack as a victory of the NA?
    Have stated it earlier on the other thread when the airforce base was hit I said and I quote “When truth stares you in the face you just have to accept it”…This attitude of the NA reacting after attacks is simply appalling! I stand to be correct knowing fully well that barracks had been on BH target list for so long,so they should have taken preparatory measures,and this time BH they succeeded no doubt.
    Hostage rescue is not a job for a thousand soldiers,as Ogagbash had said earlier on let special Navy forces be drafted in fast or the SSS would also serve,This radom organised attacks of BH on bases should be halted fast!.

  6. Solorex says:

    House to house search by special forces in a once and for all storm operation will yield too much casualties, both to special forces and hostages, bearing in mind that the insurgents are already suicide minded.

    The militants are also probably very panicky due to the unexpected response ( the burnt vehicles). Care must be taken because the situation is delicate( insubordination will be an easy crime to commit here) .

    Firstly take away every single soldier that has a relative taken hostage from the operation. Be careful not to encourage a mass attempted break out that might necessitate non systematic exchange of fire. Surround the village and ensure total hemming. Try negotiation(most likely will fail),psychological pressure of overhead flights and speakers. A last resort solution might be to consider long range sniper shots to wane them down, use of special ops spotters to direct missiles ( not bombs),mass use of non fatal gas in a nighttime operations to free hostages. My heart goes out to those women and children in pains and bondage at the moment because their husbands Served Nigeria.

    I still don’t know why we can’t take simple,straight forward decisions to protect even our soldiers family- each barrack should have well guarded safety bunkers built for non combatants refuge, there should be at least 3 rings of well spaced (say 50m)full concrete barrier round all barracks in the north now. If the worst comes to the worst clear and put a mine ring of 300m around the barracks or move the barracks to a more secure location.

    By now, there should be more APC on the streets than regular cars for patrols, also- there should be a blanket Ban of non military 4×4 drive in several towns-everybody should travel with regular vehicles.

    • Are James says:

      You were right about the taking of hostages being a self protective measure by BH to prevent air force jets bombing them as they escaped, which as we have seen was did not work. The mind bugles at how many civilian hostages were killed during the bombardment of the BH vehicles?.
      The permanent solution is to have the Special Forces doing what they should have being doing, deep buried surveillance operations within Cameron itself, harassment strikes at BH mini camps, the border towns should be swarming with SF and SSS/NIA.
      The army authorities really need to get this right, if these kind of attacks happen and it demoralises the soldiers. The President may be the first CIC to have a mutiny on his hands… God forbid.

  7. Obix says:

    My Ogas, i understand what Oga Igbi is saying. He is not in any way praising the NA for allowing BH to attack the base. He is rather saying that for the first time probably, the NA has been able to trap fleeing terrorists in a well coordinated operation with the NAF. I believe Oga Igbi will not praise the NA that they once again failed to be proactive in the first place.
    @Oga Gbash yes, there’s need to send the NN SBS chaps up there.

    • igbi says:

      My point exactly.

    • igbi says:

      Apart from the use of “first time”, I agree. But it seems to me that the office of the president which instead of telling the soldiers to wipe out the terrorists keep telling them to watch out for human rights abuses was not able to stop the soldiers from performing their duty this time. Jonathan needs to realize that as the CIC he is a member of the armed forces. He is running away from his responsibilities and all he care is to not be accused as committing human rights abuses, therefor instead of encouraging the soldiers he keeps repeating the words “human rights abuses”. He even did the unthinkable in Paris when he suggested the planned force by france could be allowed into Nigeria ! Jonathan does know fully well what his job is about.

      • Obix says:

        @Oga Igbi, i withdraw my “first time” phrase in my earlier comment. But this is probably the first detailed report we’ve heard of a retaliatory pursuit and trapping of BH terrorists with such coordination by the armed forces. No matter what, since the BH were able to take hostages along with them, it shows that their attack was “relatively successful” Let’s hope we’ll get details from the MOD!

  8. igbi says:

    Pay attention to the road taken by the terrorists, that is very important. Cameroon again !

    • naijaseal says:

      Cameroun is playing Ostrich; they do not want to stir up more wahala for themselves, hoping this is a Nigerian wahala. I laugh when people say Cameroun is a peaceful place; just watch what will happen when that old dictator Paul Biya dies.

  9. naijaseal says:

    Nigeria has to take off the kids gloves. We know BH is hibernating in Cameroun and maybe Chad. We’ve seen them come in from there bases there and strike in Nigeria then retreat. This has been repeated several times, yet we are timid about taking action? I just do not get it.

    If Cameroun will not act, we have a legitimate self preservation interest to cross the border and strike. Let’s see what Cameroun will then do. One or two airstrikes on well identified BH bases in Cameroun will do. I’m tired of alll these hide and seek games…

  10. cutievik says:

    This rescue operation as it stands now would surely be a focal point for the Nigerian Government,Armed forces, and all stakeholder concern,The international community on getting the hold on this wouldn’t let go until the very end just like the Kenyan saga,I can only pray and hope the best hands we’ve got take hold of this situation and bring it under control in soonest…
    The lazy journalism of most Nigerian media is something I for one cannot understand in this sense the NA PR most put on hands on deck in making sure only I repeat “only” the accurate news fold is let out,I kindly urge them not to keep us aloof of happenings but rather keep nigerians abreast of the situation…..My heart goes out to all the hostages under the suppression of the terrorist,my prayer for their saftey is constantly being uttered and the wisdom for a smooth Hostage recovery OPs upon our special forces i pray also been made……God bless The FRN…….

  11. ozed says:

    From another account i read, the terrorists focus on getting within RPG range of the barracks and lob HE rounds into the barracks living quarters. Pretty difficult to defend against.
    The main question for me has always been why we never see them coming? Why don’t NA have tripwire type forces deployed on all major access routes into the main cities, an baloon mounted lookout systems with thermal or night vision cameras to see major vehicular movements all day long. Good reaction, but the initial defense planning/execution still needs a lot of work.

  12. cutievik says:

    The govt should take appropriate steps aganist BH bases in cameroon before things get out of hand.

  13. gbash10 says:

    The camerounians are very hostile to us,I do not know why our leaders would not understand that this our neighbour is a big threat to Nigeria!For BH to attack targets inside Nigeria and then retreat safely into Cameroun is unacceptable,the NAF should commence striking BH targets inside Cameroun.
    Any body that harbours a criminal is an accomplice,and should be punished in one way or the other.
    Those of you who are always against our call for the FG to acquire the SU-35S Multirole fighter,una don de see how BH de open our nyash make the whole world see,it is now happening.
    The NAF is suppose to be the striking SWORD of the Nigerian military!
    For all I understand,the NAF is just a supporting arm of the NA right from its creation,during the Civil War,post-civil war era till date.

    • Russellinfinity says:

      Air Marshal gbash10,
      The FG we have come to know since 1999 “cannot afford” to buy a high tech multirole Fighter like the SU-35s because of:
      1.It’s abysmal understanding of the needs of the NAF
      2.”Competing” demands (we’ve been hearing this age old tune)
      3.The tight fisted fiscal orientation of those who control the finance of the nation towards the military.
      4.The NAF brass hats might not see the need for such a high tech fighter at the moment.
      5. Going by the points listed above, the NAF cannot maintain such an aircraft because of the high cost involved (this is a twin engine, technologically advanced behemoth of a fighter)

      Realistically, let the NAF acquire the JF-17 block 2 with a mix of SU-25 ground attack aircraft. Then more Mi-35 hinds,MI-17s …until then I can realistically hope that they can or will turn a listening ear when next we scream for a 5th generation multirole jet.

  14. Solorex says:

    There is no incontrovertible evidence that the terrorist have the government of support of the Cameroonian government or people( as a matter of fact they don’t); Cameroonian Military (unlike Nigeria) as limited ability and resources ( the whole military ( army+Navy+Air-force) is less than 40,000 soldiers) to deal with sophisticated insurgency and would naturally try as much as possible not to be part of the solution( you have to be part of the problem before you can be part of the solution)-

    Nigeria will also not want to add regional conflict to the list of our problems by violating our neighbor’s borders militarily. The results can be very complicated ( we could loose face and recognition internationally and France would not be happy).

    We should try as much as possible to contain them within Nigeria or engage diplomatic means to get Cameroonian support, we could persuade them with good stuffs for an heavy hybrid joint patrols of the bother and provide helicopters for the same

    • igbi says:

      I disagree, diplomatic moves have failed, it is time for action. If france is not happy then so be it. We can not take this anymore. We need to do something about cameroon.
      Willingly or unwillingly, cameroon is giving boko haram support. And we must put an end to that.

    • igbi says:

      should Nigerians keep dying to make france happy ?

  15. camouflage1984 says:

    I still find it hard to believe that while our leaders are aware that Boko Haram recent attacks are from their bases in Cameroon, they seem not to be doing anything about it not even a simple stern warning to Cameroon! Are we afraid of France or ourselves? I am confused at the same time embittered!

  16. gbash10 says:

    Please you should try to understand what I am driving at here,when in 1999 the Indian military were engaged with militants in the Kargil conflict,the Army bombarded militant position to no avail,when the Air Force responded with Mirage2000,MiG-21 and MiG-27,the militants were dislodged from their position,though the Indian Air Force,IAF,lost 2 MiGs and an attack helicopter to Pakistan Army air defence weapons,it quickly changed its posture and resorted to the use of Precision Guided Munitions(PGMs) from standoff ranges which allow them to stay well outside the Pakistani air defence weapon systems.That conflict change the mindset of IAF leadership,from purely tactical support element to a more dominant and decisive force in the changed nature of warfare.

  17. jimmy says:

    I think there is talk going on between Cameroon , Nigeria and France. The contents of only which they are privy.
    i am glad they cut of the escape route of the BH and all their vehicles it appears were demobilized hence the escape on foot with hostages. This has to be a delicate operation and unlike what has been said some of the soldiers whose wives and children have been taken have to be part of what is going to essentially a very dangerous rescue operation because real time identification of hostages from bh needs to be done.
    We are beginning to see a shift of what we have repeatedly hammered GEJ about maybe now he will be more focused.
    The NAF WHOM I HAVE REPEATEDLY CRITICIZED deserves tons of credit they did their job no buts ifs about it. There has to be what i would call situational awareness especially of those army barracks close to the border.
    There are very simple cost effective measures that the NIGERIAN ARMY CORP OF ENGINEERS CAN DO berm the perimeter of the barracks WITH EARTH AT 4 TO 1 SLOPES which makes it impossible for all 4X4 vehicles to traverse.
    APPROACH Israel and the America for motion heat image sensors I will not go further than that in this issue.

  18. cutievik says:

    Do we have any heads up on d ongoing operations?

  19. mudisa67 says:

    The battalion commander should be redeployed for negligence.

  20. peccavi says:

    I was actually writing a piece on the stages of an attack and how to respond when this happened to perfectly illustrate the point. The enemy has allowed themselves to be caught in daylight and the NAF’s reaction time was faster than they anticipated and thye have been caught in daylight. At least 18 vehicles destroyed in the retreat.
    The irritating thing is the army had pre warning but did not evacuate non combatants ot at least try and protect them, nor did they attack the Boko Haram forming up points and most annoyingly still allowed BH to break into the base.
    But we can see that improvements have come
    The question is what happens in Abbaram. I forsee a veritable disaster.
    The important thing is to surround the town seal it off and start negotiations. The enemy is not going anywhere if the cordon is tight. Get them to release the villagers first and then try and get them to release the children. Unfortunately it is unlikely that BH will negotiate.and the boys will have to go in

  21. igbi says:

    TO maintain the war against Boko Haram insurgents by the Defence Headquarters, families of all soldiers in Kuru Mohammed Barracks in Bama have been evacuated.

    The evacuation is to screen the population in the barracks and limit the number of casualties during attacks against the insurgents along Bama-Cameroon borders route.

    The action will also enable the military to sweep the barracks of mines which might have been planted by the insurgents.

    The insurgents had at dawn on Friday attacked the barracks leading to the killing of many Boko Haram members and the death of about 15 soldiers and civilians.

    The military was still taking stock of the death toll as at press time on Sunday.

    It ws gathered that the Defence Headquarters decided to evacuate the families of all soldiers in the barracks following intelligence report of likely infiltration or mix up of insurgents with residents.

    A source, who spoke in confidence, said: “As at Saturday, we have evacuated the families of soldiers in the barracks to safer and less vulnerable places.

    “As I am talking to you, only troops are living in the barracks in line with their calling. This temporary measure was typical of what happens during a war. We have declared total war against Boko Haram in the Bama –Cameroon borders axis.”

    These boko haram rats are about to see why Nigeria is the giant of Africa, how I wish I were in the Nigerian army for this battle.

  22. doziex says:

    Methinks it’s time for NA and NAF to use our crack mopol units to provide force protection.

    A unit not involved in the daily counterinsurgency grind, should be tasked with base security.
    The mission of force protection is so important, that alone should be its task.

    This is one of the reasons the US employed ex ugandan soldiers for base protection in iraq and Afghanistan.

    • freeegulf says:

      oga doziex, regarding force protection, the army is just being lazy. its standard SOP that fighting units are divided into 3 or more sub units. one unit goes out on patrol (road sweeping, mine clearance, aggressive patrolling, ambushes), a second unit is on standto (for two major actions; protection of the base, and also as a quick reaction team to reinforce the units on patrol when contact with enemy has started), a third unit will be resting and waiting their turn. this ensures a round the clock pressure on the enemy. and it is far better to have contact while and patrol, than give the enemy the momentum to formup and attack base compounds. except in cases of traps and lock jaw.

      although fighting a faceless enemy seem new to NA, this is however, not the first guerrilla warfare that the army is being asked to prosecute. neither is it the first time that they have secure bases come under attack (not just probes) in rear areas. yes this is home country, but the lessons of LBR and SRL dont need to be re-learnt painfully all over.

      if there is no willpower to prosecute this conflict, they might as well start registering the fighter and paying them off, since that is what our politicians excel at.

      • Deltaman says:

        @ Oga freegulf, I’m inclined to agree with you regarding aggressive contact, it’ll wear out any enemy. Historical note; German division stationed around Normandy during the Allied invasion had been moved from the Eastern front (352 division) , soldiers in that unit are recorded as preferring a return to the Eastern Front because of the intense and consistent contact with allied units around the countryside. You’d expect the NA to take the fight to the insurgents in the bush, what baffles me is how such large motorised convoys can sty undetected and lay siege to the barracks.

      • igbi says:

        The terrorists were not coming from the bush, they were coming from cameroon.

  23. cutievik says:

    For the NAF to wipe out 18 mobile units from BH’s assets indeed speaks volume about the response time…………………

  24. freeegulf says:

    oga solorex, please the time for pure diplomacy and carrot is over! long is overdue, is action and very big stick! cameroun need to feel the steel and understand the meaning of pax nigeriana. for a country with our potency, we should be feared, admired, and respected by equal measure. whether hatred or love, there should be the fear of God in these tiny states.

    well, this might be me thinking aloud alone, for our leaders neither have the foresight nor the patriotism to lead nigeria to a greater height. they re extremely narrow minded and selfish, thinking only of themselves, their political ambitions and families. the rest of nigeria might as well roll over. how unfortunate

    @oga peccavi, seconded, no much use for hi tech space weapons. serious minded authority will easily build formidable defences and take the battle to the terrs. ours lack the will to be pro active.

  25. cutievik says:

    @ doziex,I totally agree with you,it’s hightime Base protection becomes a called duty on it’s own,A well train unit should be assigned this duty and should be heavy armed…

  26. beegeagle says:


    Well, since we are talking NA, I have lately noticed Otokar Cobra APCs in South Sudan where there is an ongoing armed conflict, thanks to CCTV News footage. Other than Nigeria, the only other major UN PK troop contributing nation who we know to field this APC type.

    Again, Ban Ki-Moon spoke yesterday about drawdowns on assets and contingents of UNAMID and MONUSCO deployed in Sudan and Congo DR. Could it be that some of our troops have been drafted to South Sudan from Darfur? Before now,we had police peacekeepers and MILOBs only in South Sudan.

    And we are told to believe that the USA and Nigeria are involved in some diplomatic engagement in South Sudan. So have the NA deployed in South Sudan and in what capacity?

    • Number one says:

      Mr. Beegeagle, do we have artillery/mortar systems in Sudan that can be moved to the South at short notice.

      • beegeagle says:


        As a result of el-Bashir’s paranoia, UNAMID contingents were not allowed to bring mortars, artillery or attack helicopters.

        By special arrangement, Ethiopians later arrived with Mi-35 attack helics in tow. As far as I know, those have been withdrawn.

    • igbi says:

      I don’t think the budget given to the army is even enough to pay the soldiers salaries, talkless of procurement. And it seems everybody (air force, navy, sss) had a bigger budget than the army. It seems this government is trying to starve the army, because they see the army as a rival to their authority.

      • igbi says:

        but again, that info is coming from daily trust which doesn’t think truth has its place in journalism. So I am not sure that the info is correct.

    • Are James says:

      This spending plan better not be true. Where is the appropriation for new jets? All the items listed as defence CAPEX were ongoing projects that have run for 4 years now. It is however quite likely that the Daily Trust has simply reproduced last years defence budget as the 2014 spending plan.

  27. peccavi says:

    As per Cameroun, well the alarm is blowing for them, I hope to present a case as to why Cameroun is going to be the next Mali if they don’t hear word. They are faced with the spill over from CAR and they will definitely lose the North to Boko Haram and Chadian rebels.
    The crux of the matter is that Camerouns armed forces are tiny and are solely designed for regime protection more than anything else.
    However the situation in CAR and in the 3 Northern regions presents a clear and present danger to the Camerounian regime. There are strong separatist tendencies in the south and north, between Muslims and Christians, Francophone and Anglophone. With the free flow of weapons, trained and armed men, these seperatists will eventually move from talk to fighting.
    At the first step we need to maintain the diplomatic pressure, get France involved as na only French Cameroun dey like hear.
    Nigerias wishlist
    1) Over filight rights for Nigerian UAV and surveillance aircraft over the 3 Northern Regions
    2) Hot pursuit up to 50km into Camerounian territory, with strict limits i.e. aircraft can only strike when ground forces have visual on the enemy and no air strikes further than 20km into Camerounian territory, no air strikes within 300m of built up areas etc etc. These will be increased as per the situation
    3) A joint task force with Cameroun BIR units and Nigerian Air borne, combined with Nigerian SF if the Camerounians ask Papa France nicely they can lend them some First Circle SF and surveillance assets. These joint unit will strike BH camps and ambush their supply routes
    4) Combined MOPOL/ Gendamerie patrols along the border.
    5) Activate the Military Region HQon the Cameroun side and embed Nigerian staff officers, Camerounian Liaison Officers at Division and Brigade level in 7 Div, with local authority for hot pursuit.

    If Naija ups their game we will smash BH and push them into Chad or Niger

  28. Number one says:

    Oga Peccavi what role do you think NA tanks can play at this stage of the insurgency.

    • peccavi says:

      None. This is an light/ mechanised infantry conflict. there is no platform BH has that cannot be defeated by an RPG or neutralised by 7.62 or 12.7mm Machine guns.
      If you bring tanks into the game they come with a whole new supply chain for ammo, fuel, treads, spares etc.
      It massively increases the prestige of BH, especially if they trap or destroy one.
      The terrain is not tank terrain, the open desert is better suited for 4 x 4 unless the enemy has tanks, and in some cases even if the enemy has tanks, 4×4 armed with Milan, Javelin, etc are a better deal.Much less the Gwoza Hills or Sambisa forest, you would have to dedicate a platoon or troop of tanks to protect against RPG gunners etc
      Buffels, armoured 4 x 4s etc are the vehicles for this conflicts. Light recce tanks like Scorpions at the biggest push but I dont see what they bring to the game until we push out to cutting their supply lines in the desert

  29. Number one says:

    no arty,mortar,attack helicopter and we are dancing slowly into the civil war in S.Sudan.

    • peccavi says:

      Forget S Sudan, unserious people, just now you get independence you wan fight war. I don’t understand what Nigeria’s interest is there beyond our peacekeepers in Darfur. We need to be getting involved in CAR not S. Sudan

      • Henry says:

        Since the french are already in CAR, I don’t think we should get involved. South-sudan presents a new opportunity for us to show our diplomatic prowess as an african power-house and save the day. That is, if our diplomats play their cards well.

  30. peccavi says:

    Possibly but S. Sudan is not in our sphere of influence. We stand to gain nothing, we have no levers to push in order to get results and any conflict in S. Sudan doesn’t affect Nigeria and doesn’t spill over to us. CAR can via Cameroun

  31. igbi says:

    LAGOS, Dec. 23 (Xinhua) — The Nigerian defense authority on Monday said more than 70 people have been killed in clashes between the army and members of the Boko Haram militant group in the northeast, following last Friday pre-dawn attacks on a military barracks in Bama town.

    “Over 50 of them (Boko Haram) died in the course of exchange of fire with ground troops in the ongoing operations to apprehend fleeing terrorists,” Major General Chris Olukolade, the defense director of information, said in a statement obtained by Xinhua.

    He said the military also lost 15 soldiers mostly from the attack while some died during the pursuit, adding that a total of five civilians also died during the attack.

    According to Olukolade, the military operations led to the destruction of over 20 vehicles conveying escaping militants.

    He added that the vehicles were the ones used during the attack on the barracks and were sighted through air surveillance as the militants were making efforts to cross the borders back to their haven in Cameroon.

    Last Friday, the military said Bama barracks was attacked by militants who came from cells located across Nigerian Border with Cameroon through Banki town, adding that high caliber weapons such as anti-aircraft and rocket propelled guns were freely used in the attack that lasted several hours.

    Bama town, about 65 km from Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, had suffered numerous attacks from Boko Haram insurgents, forcing some residents to flee.

    Many residents were killed in May when suspected militants raided Bama Town, killing mostly children and women.

    Violence has intensified in northeastern Nigeria since President Goodluck Jonathan ordered his security forces in May to crush Boko Haram’s four-year-old rebellion.

    The Nigerian forces have been raiding militant camps and launching air and ground attacks on suspected hideouts of the militants over the past two months.

    Borno State, located in Nigeria’s northeast region, is a flashpoint of attacks perpetrated by Boko Haram since 2009, when the sect launched its insurgency targeting churches, security facilities, schools and villages.

  32. ocelot2006 says:

    I believe it’s time the Nigerian govt launches a nunber of covert ops in Cameroun to flush out BH members and destroy their camps. I dont mind if we have specialized units in the military and the NIA like the famed Isreali Army Duvdevan unit or the Isreali Mossad Kidon group that will identify and terminate/arrest BH HVTs in a hostile territory like Cameroun.

    We equally need to put SF operators and NIA field officers on the ground to carry out recon on possible safe havens in Cameroun, and NAF strike team waiting just across the border. The SF recon team identifies a resupply camp and then calls in a strike package, and NAF launches airstrikes into these places. Or a much larger SF strike team+paras could be inserted to take out BH safe houses/camps, terminate/arrest HVTs, and collect intel, and exfil performed by NAF assets (helos).

    • Are James says:

      Totally agree.
      This was what I thought we trained SFs for …..long spells behind enemy lines tracking, disrupting, harassing and killing the enemy. Commando raids are just for the movies, Osama was killed in an operation lasting far more then three years.

  33. julius says:

    This is for Oga Beeg and other guys here on this blog.I was sitting by the creekside in victoria island last night and a drone came down hovering close to where we were….while trying to take the picture it sped off.
    Has this started happening around us in Lagos?
    Note…Proximity to the US embassy was just 600 mettres.
    It had green censors which blended with the green lights most bars around victoria island display at night .
    So u have to be extremely cautious to take note.

  34. JULIUS says:


  35. JULIUS says:

    Looking closely at that picture,its the green light u see speeding off in the sky

  36. ifiok umoeka says:

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  37. AOk says:

    The Presidency is ordering a new Gulfstream 650 and improving hangers and support equipment for the Presidential Air Fleet. The cost for this nonsense should go towards buying ground attack aircraft or three COIN choppers.

    • Are James says:

      I have some unit prices: JF17 Block 2 aircraft-$25mln, SU30 MK2-$53.3mln, Super Tucano-$15mln, MI 35M Chopper-$12mln. Some of these prices are part life cycle figures that including training, insurance spares and some periodic maintenance.
      On the Presidential fleet, let us admit that the intensity of lobbying by powerful personalities on behalf of these aircraft manufacturers can be sometimes powerful, I am talking ex-prime ministers and presidents of western European and North American nations chasing your president to Davos in a mad scramble for markets for long haul executive jets.
      You need to have self confidence and a sense of where you are going as a Nigerian President to put your country’s defence and strategic needs first and say “what I need is a squadron of Grippen fighter jets and top of the line UAVs to secure my north-eastern border and stop Niger Delta oil theft for now’. You need to be more Murtala Mohammed than Houphoet Boigny in your world view and our leaders are just not that yet.

  38. cutievik says:

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  39. Oje says:

    Is there a way we can get those lootocrats in Abuja to view this site (that’s hoping they can comprehend what’s been said on here)? I am really puzzled that an attack on any Nigerian military base is possible. This is Africa’s biggest economy, we have the second biggest external reserve in the continent, we have the United States, Britain and even Israel as allies yet we. Cannot fund a high tech military despite the fact our national survival is at stake. Perhaps the North East is so isolated and economically irrelevant that’s why, afterall we only see it in the news. While we are being complacent Boko Haram has been emboldened. God forbid they day they aquire chemical weapons or some nerve agent, if they do I hope they set their eyes on the lootocratic estates of Abuja and not innocent women and children. Just last week Al Qeada attacked a hospital killing women and chidlren, what’s with these peoples obsession with spilling innocent blood?

    • doziex says:

      Oh boy, you be funnyman. Lootocrats ? You couldn’t have coined a better word, for the nigerian politician.
      What a shameful bunch of individuals. You may think no one is taking note, but history will judge you harshly.

      The sad part, is that they know this, and still don’t care.

  40. Oje says:

    Anyone here agrees with me Beegeagle deserves to be given a national heroes medal?

  41. ifiok umoeka says:

    Oga Oje, like the lootocrates, permit me to freely use it.
    I do agree that Oga Beegs deserves more than an award

  42. wocon45 says:

    @ Julius I agree with peccavi, a traditional “drone” will be much louder and wouldn’t hover easily at really low altitudes as you described. It’s most likely a quadrocopter (basically toy on steroids with real potentials too) or an RC aircraft like this . Green, Red etc LED sensors are benchmarks for night time flying in RC sphere of things it helps the pilot keep visuals on their aircraft. Then again, those little things can also be used as great surveillance tools not to mention they are also getting smarter by the day.

  43. wocon45 says:

    @ Julius I agree with peccavi, a traditional “drone” will be much louder and wouldn’t hover easily at really low altitudes as you described. It’s most likely a quadrocopter (basically toy on steroids with real potentials too) or an RC aircraft.Green, Red etc LED sensors are benchmarks for night time flying in RC sphere of things it helps the pilot keep visuals on their aircraft. Then again, those little things can also be used as great surveillance tools not to mention they are also getting smarter by the day.

  44. Delavegas says:

    Developing nations are upgrading their military. Nigeria should closely watch global trends and follow through too

    • doziex says:

      Too bad, the NAF brass that should be setting the tone, are preoccupied with other endeavors.
      According to Badeh, and Umar, alpha jets is all NAF needs to be great.

      • Russellinfinity says:

        It’s really disheartening. While his Naval counterpart is singing for the need of more OPVs, FACs, Frigates and embracing advanced technology, out CAF is busy “reactivating” old platforms and using them to improvise…for sh*t sakes the Alpha jets are trainers. They should know better!

      • Are James says:

        Let us hope they have something up their sleeves.Although contemporary events and our collective experience says …maybe not.
        I just watched a BH video and counted six Nigerian Army vehicles in their possession. They also showed about three Otokar Armoured cars burning and claimed that Nigerian Army troops melt away on sighting them.On top of that my dear President goes to Church after Christmas to announce to fellow Christians celebrating the birth of their saviour that errorism has come to stay. Yet we all agree that the entire membership of BH is still less that 5000. This civilization of government, reluctance to project power and toying with our sovereignty is going to cost us dearly-NE kids are not attending school anymore.
        So how much does it cost to buy two squadrons of fighter jets to do close air support and surveillance, why do we even have just 4 upgraded alpha fighter jets (a remainder of nine were merely PDM ed)?, are the MB339CDs and L39ZAs seeing action, if not why?.

      • igbi says:

        @Are, the video you are talking about is about six month old. That is the video in which boko haram was claiming victory while in reality it was running away from its camps and hundreds of its members were finding their way to our cemeteries or our prison cells. And the 5 vehicles were probably lost by a reckon team or an ambushed little team of soldiers. And no the soldiers don’t melt away when they spot terrorists it is the opposite that happens and that happened. As for the president: I think he should consider letting the spokesmen do their job and he should stop talking. It is him who also said that Nigerians have to get used to being bombed just after his election and the postdoctoral violence. the main reason all of his political allies are deserting him is because his policies and way of doing things serve nobody but himself, and even the rich and powerful are no longer feeling safe because of Jonathan’s self serving policies and lack of interest in his responsibilities as president. The 7th division was established some months back now, and he still hasn’t visited. He writes in the news papers that he shouldn’t be addressed as CIC. He goes outside Nigeria and tarnishes the image of the NA. Even in Nigeria he is tarnishing the image of the NA: In his fight with Obasanjo, his method is to condemn the army fight against MEND, the same army which is under his command now. I wonder if he knows that it is the same soldiers who are under his command right now and that they don’t appreciate how he is destroying their image.
        Frankly, Jonathan is not a good president. He is nothing but a self serving opportunist.

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  45. rka says:

    “Competing demands” has won again, afterall, we have to make sure the politicians are transported in comfort lol. We will have to carry on with 2nd rate fighters.

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