NIGERIAN MILITARY REPORT 63 INSURGENTS KILLED IN BATTLES ; MULTINATIONAL JOINT TASK FORCE THWART INFILTRATION ATTEMPT IN THE LAKE CHAD REGION

CTCOIN troops on patrol at Baga

An Army Special Forces commando leads CTCOIN troops of the Multinational Joint Task Force on patrol in the Far Northeast district of Baga bordering on the Lake Chad

LAGOS, Dec. 30 (Xinhua)

At least 63 Boko Haram fighters were killed in raids by the Nigerian army following recent pre-dawn attacks on a military barracks in Bama town by the militant sect in the northern state of Borno, a military spokesperson said on Monday.

The military launched ground and air
operations on terrorists locations in the forest at ALAFA, about 21 km from Bama, dealing a heavy blow to Boko Haram fighters, said Major General Chris Olukolade, the defense director of information.

“Over 56 terrorists died in the ensuing
intensive fight over the weekend and in another development, troops of the Multi-National Joint Task Force foiled an attempt by terrorists who were massing up on an island on Lake Chad with a view to carrying out an attack on some Nigerian communities,” Olukolade said.

He added that another seven of the
terrorists died while others fleeing in
different direction towards Niger and
Chad are being trailed by troops. Two soldiers were wounded in the
operation which is meant to track fleeing terrorists, Olukolade added.

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. Over 50 Boko Haram terrorists were killed less than 10 days ago in the course of exchange of fire with ground troops in the northeast restive state of Borno.

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.

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29 Responses to NIGERIAN MILITARY REPORT 63 INSURGENTS KILLED IN BATTLES ; MULTINATIONAL JOINT TASK FORCE THWART INFILTRATION ATTEMPT IN THE LAKE CHAD REGION

  1. freeegulf says:

    splendid! good job NA. this is how they should strike and destroy terrorists gatherings and assembly areas. the terrs should not be given the chance to maraud villages and attack facilities. whenever they herd together and number more than 50, they should become the target of air and artillery strikes.

    • jimmy says:

      The wise has spoken. Nigerians will be responsible to seeing the end to this problem. The sooner we realise this the better.

    • Obix says:

      Great job by the forces! @freegulf, did you say more than 50? If not for you know why, i would drop a nuclear bomb if i see more than 2 of them herd together, he he he!
      To all our boys and girls having restless times and risking their lives fighting BH terrorists, we wish you all a happy new year! Our prayers are with you all!

  2. gbash10 says:

    Nigeria needs spy satellites to give real-time video feeds for both day and night!we have too many capability gaps.

    • jimmy says:

      Nigeria already has something that like any other nation is classified.That is not the problem.The problem and solution comes down to will power,combined with boots on the ground intel,combined with decisive action by the intelligence officer, and the brigade commander.When these three come together it is a cold blooded thing of beauty.

  3. freeegulf says:

    haha colonel general obix, u wan erase even the trace of them. comrade eraser lol

    its always the best way to get them, hit their safe havens, their rear bases. Make them completely unsafe wherever they herd. It should be the joint productive effort the intel guys, NA, NAF, SF operators, and the weary villagers that re tired of BH menace.
    @gen jimmy, yes o, without good citizenry responsibility this miscreant would not be vanquished. the attitudinal change should be embraced by all, from the leaders to the masses, and the military effort should be stepped up to surely annihilate these vermin

    Season’s greetings guys. we all pray for a fulfilling new year. Amen.

  4. igbi says:

    kudos to NA and NAF, and please do more.

  5. beegeagle says:

    FURTHER DETAILS ON THE MNJTF ACTION IN THE LAKE CHAD DISTRICTS (COURTESY: “VANGUARD NEWSPAPERS”)

    “The Multi-National Joint Task Force
    foiled an attempt by terrorists that were
    massing up on an island on Lake Chad
    with a view to carrying out an attack on
    some Nigerian communities.

    “Seven of the terrorists died, while
    others fleeing in different direction
    towards Niger and Chad Republic are
    being trailed by troops.

    “Intelligence reports have confirmed that some of the wounded terrorists were seen in a canoe, paddling towards
    Tumbun Telkandam in Chad Republic.”

  6. Yagazie says:

    Nice one by our millitary/security operatives. The only thing I would add was that if wounded terrorists were seen in a canoe paddling towards Tumbun Telkandam in Chad Republic – they should have been pursued and engaged and wiped out.

    If I am correct, the Multi- National Joint Task Force in that region comprises of troops from both Niger and Chad in addition to troops from Nigeria, so engaging in hot-pursuit over the border into Chad shouldn’t be a problem. However I am not on the ground and so will defer to the millitary commanders on the ground/those with a better understanding in these matters than I do, as to why this was not done.

    The message has to be sent to the terrorists, that if they attempt to launch attacks in Nigeria from bases in neighbouring countries, they will be ruthlessly pursued into those neighbouring countries, hunted down and exterminated. Please note that I am not calling for unilateral cross border raids/air-strikes by the Nigerian millitary on terrorist camps in neigbouring countries- though this is desirable.

    • igbi says:

      Bro, we don’t have a choice, we must strike them wherever they are, whenever they are spotted, we are not going to be using our people as bait.

    • beegeagle says:

      Tnx, buddy. The need for armed scout helicopters and Mi-17s rears its head again.

      The ex-German armed Bo-105s, we can grab 24 units for US$10 million and field those immediately for air interdiction during hot pursuit ops. Such would have wiped out the terrorists fleeing in a canoe and destroyed those fleeing across the deserts of northern Borno into Niger Republic.

      We can then begin to phase in brand-new scout helics (such as the Bell IA-47 of the Iraqi Army Air Corps) by 2020 while entirely phasing out the Bo-105s by 2024.

      As for Mi-17s, we can get TWELVE highly airworthy surplus units from Russian stocks for US$50 million. Is it that total of US$60 million spent on 36 highly usable helics which the Presidency alone have not been able to come up with since 2010…even if they have to whip round from MDAs for this money?

      Na wa. Dis kontri dey panic man sometimes o

  7. Yagazie says:

    Gentlemen- have just read on the BBC news website that a French priest ( Rev. Fr. George Vandenbeusch) who was kidnapped by BH in Koza Northern Cameroun has been released and is now on his way back to France via Yaounde Cameroun.

    Simply put- the perfidious French Goverment must have paid a ransome to BH for the release of this priest. This ransome (or at least a portion of it) will now be used by BH to purchase arms (RPGs, ‘Techincals’ and possibley MANPADs and AA weapons, which will then be used against our security forces in North Eastern Nigeria. Food for thought……

    • igbi says:

      Perhaps it is time to nationalize the french companies in Nigeria and chaze their soldiers out of west Africa, and get rid of cameroon. By the way who told you france didn’t give the terrorists those weapons directly, that is what france does.The FG keeps looking the other way. France and cameroon are doing this for the third time now and the FG doesn’t even say anything about france in the UN assembly or on the international media. It is hard to imgine that Yatradua would have taken this nonsense. I think the payment had been made before boko haram’s 2 attacks against our bases, and I think it is that payment which made those attacks possible. F and cameroon are declaring us a war and we are still playing politics.

    • igbi says:

      something tells me biya gave boko haram those bases in cameroon as a result of negotiations to free french nationals (the family fournier).
      I advocate the rapid equipping of the Nigerian armed forces, then F and cameroon will think twice before doing stupid things like this again.

  8. Yagazie says:

    Oga Igbi – I certainly won’t want to get on the wrong side of you or worse still be your enemy in combat!!

    Attractive as your proposal may sound, I am respectfully of the view that nationalizing French assests in Nigeria is CERTAINLY NOT the way to go for a myriad of reasons that would be too exhaustive to enumerate. In a nutshell – it will not be in Nigeria’s strategic, international, national, economic, diplomatic or millitary interest to even contemplate such a move – period!!

    France is ‘big boy’ on the world stage, being a permanent member of the UN, a member of the G8, G20, OECD, a nuclear power, important member of the World Bank, IMF, and any other international institution of worth. Let’s not forget that it is a strategic member of the EU in addition to being one of the world’s leading economies. Closer to home, it also has an overbearing influence on ALL it’s former coloines in Africa, some of which incidentally surround us -Benin, Niger, Chad and Cameroun. Oh I forgot a ‘minor point’ – it also has a very large and well equipped military that can project power far from its shores and is well versed in the ‘dark arts’ – I will simply leave it at that.

    Let’s not forget that in the not too distant past, we nationalized Britain’s BP because of their support for the then aparthied regime in South Africa. Till today, we are still paying the price with the UK for that action today and in any event the liberated democratic South African Govt of today treats Nigerian and Nigerians with disdain and contempt. Let’s also not forget that the French are not as ‘nice’ or ‘gentlemanly’ as the British. They don’t mind getting their hands dirty.

    Whilst we may not be happy with the French action in paying ransoms to BH terrorists for the release of their citzens (in effect providing funds to enable them purchase weapons to be used against us), there are other subtle ways in which we could express our displeasure or even turn this to our advantage (e.g. – ‘politely request’ that France provides us with military equipment (e.g – armed fennec helos, APCs, VBL armoured cars, Super Puma transport helos, communication equipment, etc ) on favourable terms to enable us combat the BH insurgency which they are inadvertently funding by theri actions.

    • igbi says:

      I think, this way of going about things is completely wrong. Basing all our policies on fear is not reasonable for a country. France is just a country of some 65 million people whereas we are a country of 170 million people. Our economy is about double that of Algeria, yet france can not even dream of taking action against algeria. Don’t mistake Nigeria for ivory coast, Nigeria is a complete different affair. And you can be assured that even france respects our military, I say this as someone living in Paris and reading french news. Now ofcourse before taking such action we should equip our forces. If we want to nationalize french assets in the entire west africa, then all we need is some courage. Basing policies on fear is what made france and england and their allies ignore hitler even though he was becoming more and more hostile, they finally declared war on him when he annexed one of their allies. It is fear that made the US ignore Japan and germany untill they decided to bomb some US bases and then the US had no other choice but to fight.
      How can france be allowed to give money and equipment to terrorists killing Nigerians and yet we can’t even nationalize their assets in Nigeria alone ? We can take france to the UN with this support it keeps giving to boko haram. And seize its assets which we can say is what france is using to pay boko harm. I think you are confusing france with russia or china, or the US.

    • igbi says:

      I am sure that deep down, you know a country can not prosper this way. We have to get france out of west africa. They have completely emasculated our neighbours (their currency gets printed by the french government ), their treasury is deposited in france, their entire economy is handled by france. Ecowas is not working because france won’t let it, and now we have to lay low while france is helping terrorists murder us ?!
      I respect your practical thinking as always, but remember Nigeria is bleeding.
      I leave it to you experts to discuss solutions, I think I have reached my limit on these matters. Happy new year to all, and I hope Nigeria gets the brightest future, I also hope this blog gets the best experts and the best advises and prospers.

  9. ifiok umoeka says:

    Kudos to our boys for that action, may the gov give them more tools to get the job done this new year, amen.

  10. Kf says:

    Heard the French priest kidnapped in northern cameroon has been set free. Of course no word on ransom payments. I dare say that France is funding indirectly this insurgency. When army pressure bites and cash is tight,one Frenchman a day makes boko haram’s burden light.

    • beegeagle says:

      Well, what I heard was that France+Cameroon have again “settled” BH to achieve this. Are they mildly tolerant of and enriching BH then – doing the “desert storm” in Mali and caving in like putty in Cameroon?

  11. Number one says:

    A happy new year to all Beegeagle bloggers.

  12. tim says:

    We taking the war across the borders soon, not to only cameroon, all we waiting for is for the diplomats to tidy up,and get the GO-WORD….. Boko boys should better start embracing peace now.

  13. Die9myte says:

    I guess issue of french paying ransome to free their citizens is just issue of double standard,and their policy of holding tight to their formal colonies,just in my view. Fighting rebels in mali and paying holed up BH in Diya’s country obviously to expand or exert their big brother role on these colonies,they will likely let BH grow a bit strong,since when Mali is rounding up,CAR is hot when they are through there,I guess Diya’s country will be the next battleground for the french.

    • beegeagle says:

      I have just seen footage of the relocation to Yaounde of the kidnapped French priest on the CCTV “AFRICA LIVE” 11am edition.

      In it, I saw Cameroon SF chaps with baseball caps labelled “BIR” flexing and trying to look menacing in the background. All of that over a man who was apparently released after money changed hands? How about they leave out the showboating on TV and attack the BH menace which has found a zone of safety in Cameroon, a situation which they have accepted with tepid resignation?

      Na wa o.

  14. peccavi says:

    The BIR are actually the only Camerounian forces who can be trusted to point a rifle in the right direction, they are trained to Israeli tactics and standards and have recorded some successes. Na them dey Bakassi now after the regular forces were spanked by Nigerian insurgents.

    however we are focussing on the wrong thing, ransom or whatever is not the point, just like France couldn’t allow kids to be killed or held hostage same with a priest but thats not the point.
    We have Boko Haram. The same Boko Haram that bombs churches on Christmas and Easter, forces Christians to convert or die, slits the throats of Christians etc.
    Ansaru that fought against the French as part of MUJAO, constantly cites them as their enemy Number 1 etc.
    Now these two adorable groups capture a (1) FRENCH (2) PRIEST
    And release him alive and unharmed?
    How many Nigerians have been released unharmed ‘on medical grounds/ humanitarian grounds’?
    In Algeria French monks who had lived in the country al their lives dedicated to providing medical help to poor Muslims were taken hostage, despite all kinds of pressure and ransom offers they were never seen again.

    So the question is which kind of Islamic fundamentalist insurgents take the physical representation of their mortal enemy and releases them unharmed?

    Do you need any more evidence that what Nigeria is facing is not actually an Islamic insurgency but a fairly ruthless money making and political pressure campaign.

    What it also tells us is that the French SF is very active in Northern Cameroun and there is an existing communication back channel that can be exploited to try and generate splits and schisms in Boko Haram.

    • igbi says:

      Indeed the cameroonian media they did mention that northern cameroon is infested with french soldiers.

    • igbi says:

      Terrorists are liers by definition, and what they just did and said is a direct proof to all those who thought otherwise. the only explanation of the release would be that france once again provided weapons and money to Boko Haram and probably asked Boko Haram to deny the ransom.

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