Nigerian Army troops witness the landing of a Nigerian Air Force Mi-24 Hind attack helicopter

Nigerian Army troops witness the landing of a Nigerian Air Force Mi-24 Hind attack helicopter

LAGOS, Feb. 5 (Xinhua)

The Nigerian Air Force on Wednesday said it raided suspected hideouts of rebels in the northern state of Borno, one of the three states under a subsisting state of emergency. The operation was part of the ongoing
efforts to rid the state of insurgents from the volatile areas like Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, spokesman for the 79 Composite Group of the Air Force Chris Erondu said in a statement reaching Xinhua.

The raid came up barely 24 hours after suspected armed robbers attacked traders in northeast Yobe State on the Ngalda road, killing 19 of them and injuring five others in Bara village.

The operation was conducted in
Bulabulim,Yujiwa-Alagarno, all located around Damboa axis of Borno State, Erondu added, noting that the raid was carried out after surveillance in the areas.

The airforce spokesperson said the results were remarkable as the insurgents have retreated to neighboring countries including Cameroon, Chad and Niger Republic and have suffered heavy casualties.

He said the 79 Composite Group of the Air Force have also maintained constant security watch on Maiduguri and neighboring communities to prevent future attacks.

The Nigerian military recently launched the bombardment of Boko Haram’s enclave around northern states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe. The threes states have been under a state of emergency declared by President Goodluck Jonathan eight months ago, due to Boko Harams’s insurgency.

Attacks have been on rise in recent
months in Borno, a state bordering
Cameroon, Niger and Chad, where the
threat from Al- Qaida’s North African
branch AQIM is looming.

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  1. peccavi says:

    No be to talk say you raid something be the issue, give proper BDA, what was hit, how was it hit and what was the outcome. Let these militayr PRs start realising they are not briefing school children.
    How hard is it to publish gun camera footage? there is very little operationally sensitive material that can’t be redacted. And that footage will be picked up by major networks and give Nigeria more positive publicity than these anodyne statements

    • doziex says:

      Oga no be say you talk.

      But as I said before, how does one cover an institution, that wouldn’t give the barest minimum information to facilitate that coverage ??

      Thats why the economist and the guardian can insult the nigerian armed forces, at will.

    • Anas says:

      Gbam seconded oga pecavi and besides after bombarding these terrorists ‘s positions ground troops were nt inserted via helos inorder to carryout mop up operations against surviving terrorists the NAF gets a 5 out of ten 4 this ops

  2. jimmy says:

    oga peccavi, oga doziex you both have hit the nail on the head. We live in an area where my son knows and literally has forgotten about computers /facebook/ social interaction activities than i can even fathom and i am the engineer! and yet time and time again the pr department of the defence continues along the same predictable path.
    The armed forces has done a tremendous job under very difficult, often myopic tight fisted polices of this administration however in terms of sensitizing the public they have not. They are stuck in telling us what they think we want to hear and see.When Gen Colin POWELL took the stage and at one stage was labelled the most trusted man in AMERICA 50 SENATORS WROTE TO HIM NOT TO RUN FOR THE PRESIDENCY.ALBEIT THIS WAS GULF WAR1
    My point is this we do not need to see dead bodies who cares ?what we need to see is live footage on a gunship, and Nigerian personnel on the ground in the Sambisa forest, close to the border, and live interviews even if there faces are covered with civilians and local leaders, we did this i during the civil war for crying out lord, nothing of operational intelligence was lost.THIS REASSURES PEOPLE AND ENCOURAGES THEM TO BELIEVE.

  3. Tope says:

    They Say a Picture speaks 1000 words..let da Nigerian Airforce, Army and Navy Speak in Pictures or Videos from now on, enough of Newspaper Style prose pls.

  4. Are James says:

    I have serious issues with the way this war is being prosecuted.
    I still don’t think we have the right mix of combat experienced Generals directing affairs.
    First we must congratulate them for having finally discovered that air strikes are an effective way of keeping BH disoriented and ever on the move, hope this translates to a rejigging of the air force and the improvement in overall capabilities for deep strike. However the most annoying thing about the war is being prosecuted is this penchant of bombing BH, driving them out to neighbouring countries, then calling a news conference to declare victory only to for us to hear in a weeks time that the guys have come back and vented their frustration on hundreds of civilians.
    The basic question now really is why there was no ground action against the fleeing insurgents?

  5. jimmy says:


  6. ifiok umoeka says:

    Oh, by the time they trek down there (or are conveyed by their ‘famed’ pickup) them BH would have been close 2 the Cameroon/CAR border thanking their stars and the lack of assault copters for saving their lives!

  7. igbi says:

    here, it says that boko haram is sending threatening letters to cameroonian government to stop them from cooperating with Nigeria—boko-haram-met-en-garde-le-cameroun-cameroon.html

  8. rka says:

    The plot thickens.

  9. ifiok umoeka says:

    Oga Igbi speaks french!

    • igbi says:

      Frankly, the article is pretty long, I once tried to translate one article for this blog but my patience and time ran out, indeed, I am still preparing an exam which is coming very soon. But basically what the article is saying is that boko haram sent threatening letter to the Cameroonian government in which it states that if cameroon cooperates with Nigeria then it would be subjet to terrorist attacks. The article says the letter was delivered the day following the Nigerian offensive which saw Nigerian troops chasing about 400 boko haram terrorists into the cameroonian city of Limani. (they are talking about the attack in which it was said that Nigerian soldiers killed boko haram terrorists in cameroon). The article also says that during the attack of boko haram terrorists in Cameroon by Nigerian soldiers, the cameroonian soldiers mobilized in suport to the Nigerian offensif and that displeases the terrorist leadership.
      In an other paragraph of the article it says that GEJ had discretely visited the cameroonian dictator to ask for the authorization for hot pursuit in cameroonian soil. The article says that the meeting was held in closed doors and that the result of the exchange is unknown.

      • Are James says:

        Let me just make the point that the new dimension of threatening sovereign governments is sure proof of growing Al qaeda involvement in the BH uprising. This is increasingly reading like what is happening on the new territory they are carving up between Syria andcIraw.They almost certainly have foreign fighters and advisers now and hence the bar has been raised even further.

      • Are James says:

        I also just did a rough translation of a reaction by a Cameroonian to this same article.
        The writer’s fear is that the Cameroonian president’s advancing age, ill health and psychological make up may be the major hindrance to effective action from their side of the border against BH.


        81 years is a very ripe old age . I’m not also sure that I live up to that age . but run a country asks probably the qualities it is a little difficult to get when you get to that age. I think paul biya was still an honorable exit in 2011. but like any good African dictator, he finds refuge in his own logic. It must now be recognized that it is more hands on Cameroon . even if boastful occasionally on television after a short cure of blood oxygenation in Geneva . for how to conceive that such serious facts that a war in the neighboring country , the head of state, chief, do not talk only through general speech without taking the real extent of the danger that threatens the country of which he is nevertheless the guarantor of peace and stability. a lack of participation in summits on the political situation in this country, in this case the RCA…”

  10. gbash10 says:

    Some sort of supersonic flight over TAC,I was able to identify an Alpha jet that flew towards the North today.
    Please fellow Cybergenerals,is it that the NAF does not have enough aviation fuel to train or fly those F-7NI Airguard fighters?How can our fly-boys be proficient in handling these 3rd generation fighter jets?
    Menetti mentioned that their are only 5 F-7 that are operational now with 2 deployed in Yola!
    What has happened to the remaining 7 jets?

  11. gbash10 says:

    Has any body confirmed the story about the GEJ administration acquiring the Italian Air Force Tornado IDS fighte-bomber jets for the NAF?

    • jimmy says:

      Please can if possible quote your this point in timeunless there is evidence to the contrary. I have not seen anything concrete.we have seen chief to chief visit from the pakistani and nigerian counterpart. T-Mobile. America’s First Nationwide 4G Network

    • Are James says:

      No Tornado IDS jets for Nigeria. The 4th generation (but subsonic) Super Tucano appears to be a possibility in 2016. I foresee tremendous efforts in the near term to keep the F7NI above the current 60% availability levels, pursuance of continuing upgrades on the remaining MB339AN to MB339CD level and revamp of the L39ZA.

      • Are James says:

        …and the Alpha jet upgrades may have been discreetly suspended for now due to operational demands of the NE theatre.

  12. gbash10 says:

    Oga Jimmy, I was refering to Oga Oje’s comment sometime ago on this blog about the Tornado story!

  13. igbi says:

    A recent video from alqaida affiliates in the Sinai shows terrorists firing a MANPAD against an Egyptian helicopter gunship. So I think we should be careful, it seems alqaida and its affiliates (including boko haram) might have some MANPADS with them.

  14. jimmy says:
    May their souls rest in peace. i sincerely hope this plane was not due to it being overloaded ala what happened in Nigeria or that it had not been serviced properly. Once again may their souls rest in peace.

  15. rka says:

    It looks like the Air Force has identified MANPADS as a threat, which is one Oga Igbi’s concerns above.

  16. Tope says:

    Not to sound. Harsh or anything but until we See 4th Gen Fighters in Nigeria, the Airforce will still be playing Catch up its as simple as that, you want to protect Niger Delta use Sukhoi’s or Tucano’s. U want to finish Boko Haram den get more ATR 42s for more signals and Intelligence, Den go on a long splash n get 50 Mi-24vs and Mi-35s den we know we r serious to crush dis Two National Threats Enuff said

    • igbi says:

      I hate the way they keep saying things like: soldiers and policemen who were stationed there fled. First of all the person writing the article wasn’t there and therefor can not even say if there were soldiers there or not. I get that basically they are putting effort into describing our soldiers like cowards. And again, if our soldiers were such cowards then why didn’t boko haram hold the village or just march into maiduguri, because under those hypothesis, the soldiers in maiduguri would have done the same. And I am still waiting to see a western journalist who can tell the difference between the uniform of a MOPOL and that of a soldier, or just a western journalist who knows that camouflage is not peculiar to the Nigerian army (because they keep calling it “Nigerian army uniform”).
      And now again they are giving the figure of 1000 houses: I think these journalists have lost touch with reality. This is starting to like like their rubbish report about Baga. By the way where are the dogooders from amnesty international, it seems it is ok for them when it is boko haram killing civilians but not ok when the army is killing boko haram.

    • igbi says:

      In less than two hours all the other news papers will be copying that “news” with no independent research and some will modify some details to make it more dramatic, just watch. Once you’ve started to understand the media, they look very predictable.

    • igbi says:

      I hope that at least the government would start funding the army well after this.
      I can’t believe that it is now that the government is reducing the budget of the military.
      Jonathan, I have given up trying to understand you.

    • igbi says:

      Please some one should try and identify where the terrorists were coming from.
      And has mr president agreed that we need to fence/mine our boarders yet ?

  17. igbi says:

    By the way, I read a french paper lately, in that paper the french priest who was kidnapped by boko haram says that some villages cooperate entirely with the terrorists, but he still didn’t say if he was held in cameroon or Nigeria.

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