An operative of the Police Counter Terrorist Unit stands in front of a Landcruiser truck

16 January, 2014

The Commissioner of Police in Maiduguri, Alhaji Lawal Tanko, on Thursday confirmed Boko Haram attack of a Police Station at Banki town in the state.

“I confirm there was an attack on Banki town by suspected members of the Boko Haram in the early hours of Wednesday. “The police station in the town was partially affected. I lost an officer and some of my men sustained injuries,’’ Tanko said.

A resident of the town, Mr John Samuel, who survived the attack, had told newsmen in Maiduguri on Thursday that the attackers rode on motorcycles and Hilux vehicles and used sophisticated weapons for the attack. “They drove from the bush around 2 a.m. on motorcycles and Hilux vehicles and carried sophisticated weapons,’’ he said.

Samuel said that the gunmen used rocket propelled grenades to attack the police station which led to fire outbreak “Some policemen at the station tried to engage the gunmen in a shoot-out but when they realised that the invaders had superior power, they fled,’’ he said.

He said the gunmen also raided homes and killed some residents of the town before fleeing.


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  1. Are James says:

    Now we see the need for the Special Operations Command.
    Men on foot and okada who just go into the bush to kill these guys and come back.
    Sniper rifles, grenades and LMGs. Nothing fancy just sharpshooting.

  2. tim says: Seems cameroons army, has risen to the task of tacling boko haram.

    • rka says:

      The pressure is increasing on BH. People are going to be moaning about indiscriminate attacks by the army/airforce etc. Keep up the pressure I say.

  3. doziex says:

    NAF should purchase used SU-24 Fencers for air strikes on BH safe havens in Cameroon or Chad.

    French Mirage 2000-5s, and Rafales based in Chad makes it necessary that NAF should seriously consider multi role fighters like SU-30MKIs.

    Our reputation as a toothless bulldog is exacerbating existing problems.

    Case in point, Cameroon’s lack of respect for Nigeria’s abilities, is fuelling their nonchalance to our BH problem, which in turn is making that conflict intractable.

  4. doziex says:

    Let’s not let the perfect be the enemy of the good.

    These used fighters are cheap enough to get as a stop gap solution.

    It doesn’t preclude NAF from other choices down the line.

    But doing nothing is just reckless, and smacks of throwing caution to the wind.

    • Are James says:

      Sudan has 12 SU24, range 2000 km, weapons stores 8000 lbs, Angola is getting some of theirs. These machines are old but at $25 million each for the extended life verdions and considering the threats, they are very tempting as deterrent. This goes beyond BH containment though and they are actually an overkill considering that specific mission but based on intra continental geo political thinking , I favour their acquisition.

  5. ifiok umoeka says:

    By the time we get all these heavy hour airframes as stop gaps, we’ll just stops as we’ll run out of funds

  6. Solorex says:

    We do not need Su-24 to deal with Boko Haram, a decent haul of more Mi35s and existing Alphas should suffice for the next few years. However, nearly all the Alpha jets are seeing their last decade in very active service. There are plans to reactivate the L39s (basically for training and probably light attack to reduce mission load on the alpha jets?), we also wonder what has happened to the Machiss till date and what intentions NAF have concerning them? Replacement for the Alphas will most likely be an upgraded version of Honglu L15- Chinese airframe, Western Avionics, good for 4G training and excellent for COIN. It most likely will not show face till we are about a year or two away from procuring a 4G fighter.

    What should be very important on our mind is not to acquire aircraft only but to also acquire underlying maintenance and upgrade technology. I am still a bit disappointed that AESTL is yet to form major alliances with notable companies like Mil ( despite the fact that we have been a constant customer every years for the past 4 years-most likely will be for the next 2-3 years also). This is what will allow us to get value form whatever we buy.

  7. ifiok umoeka says:

    Oga Optimusprime007, that’s what I’ve been saying and I think Peccavi has been saying the same thing in his own way, we need 2 make proper procurement plans over a period with payment options and when those expire, what will replace them, why and how we’ll get them! If we had that in place in the 1st place, we wouldn’t be in this mess!

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