Browning M2 12.7mm HMG-armed Landcruiser gun-trucks of the Nigerian Army in Mali

Browning M2 12.7mm HMG-armed Landcruiser gun-trucks of the Nigerian Army optimised for easy egress, counterinsurgency operations and desert warfare


Nigerian army soldiers chased and killed about 60 suspected members
of the country’s violent Islamic sect Boko Haram in Cameroon’s territory on Wednesday, PANA learnt from reliable sources Friday.

During the confrontation in the localities of Bankili and Amchide in Cameroon’s northern province, eight Nigerian soldiers and four civilians were also killed.

During the clashes, Cameroonian army soldiers deployed to the localities ensured the protection of the local populations, while Cameroon’s administrative authorities in Bankili and Amichide
intervened to calm frayed nerves, as many locals protested the incursion of the Nigerian troops.

Cameroon northern region is a hotbed of terrorism blamed largely on Boko Haram, which launched its violent campaign in northern Nigeria in 2009, a campaign that has killed thousands.

Cameroon has reinforced security in its northern border with Nigeria, Chad and Central Africa Republic, setting up new military, gendarmerie and police units in the area.


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  1. to4shizzle says:

    This is What we have been clamouring for, more operations like this till we decimate them, the Border Town peeps in Cameroon will have to bear with the incursion of soldiers and if they want us gone then give quick real time info on possible hide outs and once they are cleared all will be normal.
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  2. rka says:

    Way to go. Keep the pressure on, no let up. RIP brave soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice.

  3. Deway says:

    Permission to digress a bit. I had no idea that the Ethiopians had some serious heavy military industrial complexes. These guys are producing their own tank and artillery shells;(apart from what we already know, their ability to overhaul and repair their fighters and attack helics). Just scrambled on this video, thot I should share

    • Are James says:

      As an engineer, I would say low tech engineering.This kindnof thing and much more is what Nigerian needs in the area of defence industry. We even have better CNC based manufacturing base than what I have seen in this clip.
      We only need the political will and the prioritization of resources to develop the defence industry. Think of Palestinians in their hemmed in havens in Gaza and West bank producing rudimentary rockets or Hezbollah assembling UAV s from Iranian blueprints and you ask why are we not doing much more.

  4. Akin Oges says:

    I think the Cameroonians may have noded to “see no evil, hear no evil, get the job done”. Therefore plausible deniability. Very well. The sticky point is, the shackles are removed for the boys to get the job done. Thumbs up to the boys at the frontline. My condolences to the families of the fallen heros. God grant you the strength to stay strong.

  5. doziex says:

    People on this blog, are prematurely giving the cameroonians credit for acting as friendly responsible neighbors.
    Major General Olukolade, the army spokesman shouldn’t worry too much of NA crossing into cameroonian territory.
    They know what needs to be done, if they don’t want NA on their territory.

    The nigerian armed forces should quit being shy when they need to be showing their fangs.

    We have asked Cameroon nicely for their sincere, brotherly cooperation. Since that has not being forth coming, we have the right of self defence, by any means necessary.

    In other words, the general should be making threats of our impending invasion, and not denials.

  6. A wise General does not open a war in a second front. Invading Cameroun….are we for real. Shit like this can get us…but seriously we dont need any issues now with any nation….we might just implode!!!

    • igbi says:

      Actually you are wrong, war is a unifying factor, it would create a common ennemy for the nation. The greeks, the romans, the napoleonic french, etc… understood this very well and used it as a political tool to unite the people under them, the Ghengis Kahn also used it. I am not saying that that is a reason to fight war, I am just putting your argument to sleep.

      • True Oga Igbi…but how united are Nigerians in fighting BH? We still have some elements giving tacit support to them simply cos d C-in-C is regarded as an “outsider”! Until we started to holler on this blog, northern leaders refused to openly support the War on Terror!!!

      • igbi says:

        The northern elders forum” is irrelevant. That title it gave itself was not deserved and the youth know them to be nothing but crooks. The last time I checked the north was supporting the war against terror. Although I understand your frustration.

  7. jimmy says:

    IT I IS THE CONSTITUTIONAL DUTY in fact it can be deemed an impeachable offense or dereliction of duty if repeated attempts have been made through conventional international orthodox diplomatic channels to involve the govt of Cameroon and alert them to the fact that they are haboring a group that has been officially designated an FTO or a proscribed group by the uk govt that means the entire eu and the united states. SO NIGERIA has the legal means of pursuit if their territory and citizens are killed. .

  8. ifiok umoeka says:

    Here we go again

  9. Are James says:

    My major issue is the fact that Boko Haram was permitted to hold territory. They actually controlled a vital bridge for a while for Christ sakes. Same mistake is being made in Iraq bit but at least that could be excused by the fact of tribal and sectarian support.We need to face the reality that we need to have visible military presence at the border towns and do a lot of air patrols, hence we need to spend money, hence we need to find the money, hence we need to stamp out corruption in government, hence… many hences.

  10. beegeagle says:

    Thank you, Oga Akin. I hope you have a restful weekend as well, my brother.

  11. peccavi says:

    Nice to see the invade Cameroun gang have returned. Hopefully you have filled out your forms for the Nigerian Army so you can join in as well.

    Abeg make we hear word

    • igbi says:

      First of all the Nigerian army is selective, very selective. And I am pretty sure none of us here (including you) would pass the selection process. And second of all, denying a safe haven to boko haram seems to be quite reasonable. Oh I forgot you have got some magical method made in Britain. And once again no one is asking for the invasion of Cameroon rather we are asking for strikes on Boko Haram bases in there and the destruction of those bases. And I am glad to see that the Army are already applying that.

      • jimmy says:

        Rarely do I want to respond your comments however since you included all of us in the selection process,Let me be very clear on the credential selection process,two of my uncles reached the rank of colonel ,one of whom was the first bomb disposal experts in the nigerian army,the other was a chilhood friend of my dad,my classmate,in highschool whom I still intereact with made it to the rank of major. Not withstanding I definitley would of made not just past the selection process but at least to the rank of colonel,so please do not group all and everybody in one group unless you know everyone and their individual background and more crucially their relationships to those who are the most senior officers, after that it boils down to individual will power and common sense. T-Mobile. America’s First Nationwide 4G Network

      • peccavi says:

        So in other words you’re not good enough for the Nigerian army? Ok try the French Army, in a few years they might send you to Cameroun and you can start the invasion by yourself.
        When you stop playing call of duty and actually find an Army that will accept you let me know and then possibly you can educate me on your deep military thinking

      • igbi says:

        oga jimmy, joining the Nigerian army doesn’t depend on the people you know. It depends on your performance during the selection period. I was born in a Nigerian army barracks, and I spent a bit of my childhood in the barracks. I know some people who are major generals by now. That in no way qualifies me as someone who could qualify to be in the Nigerian army, I have heard about Nigerians who didn’t make it into the Nigerian army but had no difficulties making it into the US marines. I know someone who was selected, yet his twin brother who looks like him in every way couldn’t make it. If you think you can make it and you are not too old then go and try, just pass the tests.

      • jimmy says:

        Who died and made you the commandant of the nda?what is insulting is grouping everybody’s ability when you decided to group everybody on this blog that is when I entered the fray..I am not allowed to speak for anyone else’s abilty except mine.and you pass the nda exam and then you need recommendations from possibly a serving,or retired officer,just because you pass don’t mean you get in. T-Mobile. America’s First Nationwide 4G Network

      • igbi says:

        “military thinking”, really ? Did you really say that ?
        I have a masters degree in pure maths, that is where my thinking comes from !
        For the rest I learn in history books and books about strategy. I also know “game theory” which is very famous among economists but is also a good tool for generals.

    • Igbi…one pf our Oga’s in this blog suggested that we threaten invasion….in Africa that alone can start a war!!!!!

  12. peccavi says:

    You understand that joining an army is not based on you looks right? That it is generally based on you ability to pass certain physical, mental and other tests?
    You grew up in a barracks in Nigeria yet you are in France declaring jihad on Cameroun, do you understand how ridiculous that is?You have not in your time on this board made a single militarily or strategically coherent statement, yet you seem to spend all your time insulting and criticising others.
    Oya now, use your game theory and let me know how you will strike Cameroun.

    • igbi says:

      Wow, all you have just said to me seems to apply to yourself very well.
      I think you are one of those few people who can auto-psychanalyze.
      I like that once again you played the person who doesn’t understand metaphor or has comprehension problems. And for your info, I was about to become a St Cir cadet when I got uncomfortable with their questions and I thought they were going to use me to spy on my own country, I then resigned. I have the feeling you wouldn’t have done the same.

  13. rka says:

    Easy guys, we are all for defeating BH. We all just have different ways of going about it and should agree to disagree without getting too personal, I beg o! lol.

  14. Are James says:

    lol…I personally would like to defeat BH without any army. Its not an enemy that should be giving us sleepless nights.

  15. doziex says:

    Wow, I went to work, and folks have already turned my suggestion on it’s head.

    OGA Peccavi, I just can’t deduce what is motivating your comments here.

    1st I said NAF needs the Su-24 or better yet the SU-30MK to give nigeria a deep strike option against foreign BH bases.

    You ridiculed the idea.

    Now you also ridicule the idea of threatening strikes against a Cameroon, that is not keen on acting against it’s soil, being used as a rear base for BH assaults on nigeria.

    I agree with oga Ifiok’s previous point that Nigeria is not equipped to invade cameroun, let alone deal with the fall out from France, but he at least admits that NA needs to re equip for such an eventuality.

    But you oga peccavi, never met a weapon system you liked, as long as it is being suggested for NA.
    Is there no advantage to having a strong nigerian armed forces in your book?
    Or is it just a British thing. You know, UK gets to buy eurofighers, dalton destroyers and what not, but woe betide nigeria, if we desire a jaguar jet, with it’s full. Compliments.

  16. asorockweb says:

    Guys, when you move on from this thread, let’s forget this little session of “hand bags”

  17. ozed says:

    Guys abeg take am jeje. We are all on the same side —- i guess???

  18. peccavi says:

    Igbi, you appear to hate France with a passion yet were willing to join their Army? I’m sure their loss will be Nigeria’s gain, once more let me know when you join. If you need any tips on getting through basic training let me know, I’ll be glad to assist.

    Oga Doziex: I’m sure by now you should be used to my writing style by now. I think I clearly said there are many reasons Nigeria needs Su-24s but BH is not one of them.

    When you start a thread on Britains defence needs and defence priorities you will be privy to my views on the UK and its defence requirement. My views have been clear and consistent and I can make them clear again, defence is not just going through a magazine or order book and picking out a piece of kit because it looks shiny or because someone else has it, it has to be for a reason and fit for the purchasers purpose.
    A SU 24 is better suited against a more conventional enemy or at least an insurgent group with territory and fixed positions, for an insurgency you need a small well armoured aircraft with a heavy payload. i.e. a Tucano, AT6 and the like. As suggested above.
    Nigeria’s biggest problem is wasting money without thinking

    • doziex says:

      Yeah oga peccavi, I am used to your contrarian style, but I am afraid our procurement shy officials may misunderstand your consistent contrarian argument, against any suggested procurement.

      You decribed BH assault on NAF’s air base as a ” battalion sized mechanized assault” or something to that effect.
      This means that they use conventional tactics and formations we it suits them.

      Likewise, NAF must be ready to deliver the needed strike against whatever formation BH is using.
      So tucano air attacks or mi-35 attacks would suffice against some formations, and the heavy payload delivered by the SU-24, we suffice against more distant, larger formations.

      NAF should be ready for whatever form this battlefield takes.

      We are all offering serious analysis here, Nobody is flipping through a magazine looking for shiny toys.

      • peccavi says:

        Aha but the devil is in the detail Oga!
        There is a difference between a mechanised battallion assault and a battalion sized mechanised assault.
        The former is a conventional assault by mechanised infantry, the latter is a using a battallion as a unit of measure and describing their mode of transport.
        It might seem like semantics but it is an important distinction.
        A SU-24 would be useful in this case and in many cases but if you want to avoid the type of situation that occurred where Senator Ndume’s convoy was attacked and no hits were scored then you want to have small prop driven aircraft with heavy payloads that fly slow enough to acquire relatively small fleeting targets and destroy them in detail rather than fast jet which without laser designation is trying to drop iron bombs on a small moving target going at jet speed.
        So as contrarian as I can be there is always method to my madness

      • igbi says:

        @peccavi, senator Ndume’s convoy was never attacked.
        I know for a fact that many of the alshabab were British of African descent, and I know that the two beheaders of Lee Rigby were British of Nigerian descent, perhaps you can enlighten us about the apparent tolerance for terrorism in some circles in Britain.

    • igbi says:

      You are wrong I love France, but I love Nigeria more. And I am not going to stand by the anti-African (especially the anti-Nigerian ones) policies made in France, if the french Jews can say loud and clear that they are Jewish before being french then why wouldn’t I be allowed to say that I am Nigerian before being french ? I stand by France when it is in need but not when it acts like a predator.

      • igbi says:


      • peccavi says:

        Ok oh.
        Well you need to be able to run 2.4km in 15 minutes (very easy) and complete 44 press ups and 50 sit ups 2 minutes. (really easy)
        Be a man and join up
        Or else learn how to discuss and interact with people (even those of a differing view) without insults and vituperations

      • igbi says:

        perhaps you didn’t get the part where 3000 passed the test and only a few hundred were selected.

      • igbi says:

        sorry, 30000 passe the test and only a few hundred get selected. Moreover I am 26.

  19. doziex says:

    OGA Peccavi, you and Oga Igbi funny O!

    Anywho, back to our own squabble, a slow moving, thin skinned tucano would be easily shot down by a convoy of technicals. Even a low flying jet plane would be in considerable danger.

    As for the SU-24, it’s variable geometry wing design, allows for it function in both supersonic and subsonic speeds. That is why like the UK’s Panavia Tornado IDS, it’s a great strike aircraft.

    So even with dumb cluster bombs, the Fencer can strike a moving convoy, or a stationary base. And it carries enough payload to saturate the target in one sweep, in a way our current Alpha Jets with their pin prick strikes, cannot do. I believe that’s why our pilots seem to always get some of the convoy leaving the rest to escape.

    The SU-25 frogfoot, is better in the ground attack role, if distances aren’t too much.

    But when you absolutely, positively have to reach out and touch your neighbors, one cannot do better than the Fencer or the Flanker for where air threats exist.

    • peccavi says:

      Ehe Oga but earlier in another thread I was asking what is our doctrine. Are we going for deep strike, protect the homeland, close air support etc?

      Lke I said I think 2 squadrons of Su-24s (or SU 24 type air craft, one North East, one North West, able to cover the area of Southern Niger, Southern Chad and Northern Cameroun is needed in order to support armoured or mechanised operations in that terrain. For COIN the Tucanos are a proven asset. Thin skinned in not the issue, the issue is survvability and accuracy. There is no point having big expensive fast jets flying around that can’t hit a damn thing, I’ve had situations where we’ve had F 16s, etc on call and can’t use them because the target is too small and mobile for a JDAM and too fast for their cannons. In one situation all we got were repeated shows of force (i.e. flying low over enemy positions with full afterburners), which the enemy is quite used to by now. the only jets that were useful were A10s and Harriers. I never had a Harrier personally but A10 is just awesome.
      However combat experience from Brazil to Vietnam has shown that small turbo prop aircraft are the best tools against an asymmetric enemy. Imagine a Squadron of Tucanos in Yola, Maiduguri, Calabar and Warr, with constant Combat Air Patrols, over the area. The enemy cannot cough without getting smashed. They also can land on normal roads or dirt strips thus some bases and FOBs can be converted into emergency strips/ refuelling bases thus extending their range.
      Oga na Tucano/ AT6 all the way. Or even the Yak. I’m not picky but we need a small turboprop with range and payload

      • doziex says:

        Okay chief how about a draw. Eh!

        Nigeria can more than afford both aircraft.

        I think you missed your calling as an accountant. You pinch pennies pass Madam Okonjo. LOL.

      • beegeagle says:

        Those two airframes, we need like life-saving drugs. The Tornado is okay but it is still outclassed for striking range by the Su-27. The awesome 400km range BVRAAM on the Sukhoi are simply compelling.That is key for threats which emanate within the farther reaches of our near neighbourhood eg northern Mali.

        – 18 ALX Super Tucano COIN

        – get the best twelve units of Su-27s available from Russian stocks and from 2020 begin to phase in batches of four Su-35s.

    • jimmy says:

      Reach out and touch lol! T-Mobile. America’s First Nationwide 4G Network

  20. rka says:

    Music to my ears oga Beeg.

  21. peccavi says:

    I concur but the SU 27 needs to be used for protecting the southern ports and cities as well.
    I would suggest a final complement of 36 Su 27s (or an equivalent fighter bomber) and 32 Tucanos.
    The balance of our strike capability should be Maritime strike. Again the platform s irrelevant as long as its cheap and easy to maintain, with good range, navigation and payload

    • beegeagle says:

      The Aermacchi MB 339s, as long ago as 1990 and earlier, were dedicated to maritime strike and operated out of Calabar.

      Once the “sparingly used and therefore, fresh” Aermacchis are returned from upgradation in Italy, I am sure that they shall revert to that role.

      Now that the makers of the L39 Albatros have been taken over by Alenia as well, I expect that some of Nigeria’s dedicated attack variant L39ZA Albatros light attack jets shall also be upgraded and anywhere between four and six units of those spread to the 75 Strike Group and 79 Composite Group.

      Those would be used for COIN operations in NE Nigeria ala the A-Jet…same way that the Syrians are currently fielding the earlier variant that is the L39ZO in their war against rebels

  22. doziex says:

    Glory be to the Almighty !
    Oga peccavi, actually suggested we procure a weapon system.
    Ah! Oga president, you must concur.
    36 SU-27s and 32 tucanos it is, no more no less. LOL.

    Oga beeg, what about the outstanding 36 L-39ZAs already painted in NAF colours, that is in storage in the Czech Republic ?

    • peccavi says:

      Don’t praise God too soon!
      I would actually rather go for the Mig 29 than the Su 27, its cheaper, more operational experience, spares and training would be cheaper.
      Nothing stops us having a L39s and maritime strike but as a fan of attack being the best form of defence, loner range aircraft would actually be needed as well, to preferably destroy enemy shipping in home waters. for that you’d need the Migs or Sus. Or maybe even Mirages. They are proven in their strike and air superiority roles

  23. ifiok umoeka says:

    Enjoyed myself through and through! Like Oga Beegz said,we need both! However, I’d say that if I had funds 4 36 flankers, I’d get 6 27s for starters and the rest in 30s ( if u want 2 go fulcrum, then 29k or wait 4 the 35 super fulcrum, having an arsenal too diverse is unsustainable )! The 27s are @ least 22 yrs old, most planes are designed for 25/30 yrs. Even when not in use, except preserved in a controlled environment, depreciation sets in(that’s physics)!
    If only the west are dependable, I would say go for the korean TA50 and the Swedish Gripen!

    • peccavi says:

      Yes oga they might be designed for 1980s but they are still functional, and with such a wide variety of users, spares, technicians etc wont be hard to find/ train. Gripens seem to be the medium range choice sha but MiGs might be better, you know the Swedes are very moralistic

  24. ifiok umoeka says:

    Its not the Swedes per se, but the fact that close 2 have the gripen is dependent on 3rd party parts, Radar and engine! That’s why India ran away! On the flankers, like I keep saying, the law of physics will always catch up! Airframe fatigue is not beans, more so, if u want 2 restore it 2 zero zero hour, the price goes up (why the Kfir is $20m+ even though its got turbo jet engine) so why not get something later!
    Moreover, if u get high sortie (in training or operations), that drastically cut short the life of the airframe and sends it to the pit more and more and the resultant effect on operations and cost cycle, that’s why the Belarusians retire theirs and where looking 4 su 30s!
    Thus, done invest 2 heavily on things that have a short life span!

  25. ifiok umoeka says:

    Moreover,soviet builds of that era were no for long life but cheap builds for numerical superiority and ease of maintenance, some worth like present day Chinese philosophy! That’s why every thing I’ve read says that the shell life of the 27s 4000hrs while the 35BM is 8000hrs

  26. ifiok umoeka says:

    However, 4 ease of maintenance, if we are getting the thunder, then we get the Mig 35 super fulcrum in a low/high mix and if its the Sukhois, then we look @ a simplified 2 sitter J10! The MK series came as a result of Indian request while we were the 1st customer of the Meko design With it modular design! So, we need 2 get it customized, then we do, provided we get along side a deal that will make us proficient in caring for those babies in country

  27. ifiok umoeka says:

    Sorry, its 6000hrs not 8000hrs

  28. jimmy says:
    This represents an evolution for the enemy unfortunately more innocent people have to die
    may their souls rest in peace.

  29. jimmy says:
    when the govt of the day speaks out of both sides of its mouth then this is what happens.

  30. Augustine says:

    Gentlemen, lets not lose focus please sirs, we have all agreed after years of deliberation and technical analysis on this forum that NAF needs urgently and very compulsorily at least …. :

    = 6 units of SU-30 KN Flanker jet fighter from Belarus
    = 12 units Super Tucanos from Brazil
    = Contract with Pakistan for 24 units JF-17 Thunder to be built in Nigeria with full technology transfer as joint venture partners in the great project.

    Then my personal opinion, we may have these optionally….

    = Upgrade all our F-7 jets to BVR capability or sell them to oil rich South Sudan
    = Upgrade to 4th generation capability, all Alpha jet, MBB 339, L-39 Albatross, or sell them to oil rich South Sudan
    = If the jets listed to be sold above are sold, then buy new trainer jets 12 units L-15 Falcon from China.

    Please gentlemen, let’s forget arms embargo risky Tornado jets, Britain ruined our Jaguar jets. Let’s forget TA-50 jet irrelevant half-American, Gripen jet expensive diversion, MiG-29 hard maintenance beast , SU-27 obsolescent jet.

    About 10 African countries have an air force that will defeat Nigeria in battle and shoot down everything that flies in the air with Nigerian flag or NAF roundel. Imagine Ugandan SU-30 Flanker jets or tiny baby nation Eritrean SU-27 jets eating up a giant Nigeria for breakfast !

    Situation desperate, let’s save Nigeria from it’s fallen military status. Thanks

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