NIGERIAN ARMY GET FIVE NEW GOCs; NEW BRANCH CHIEFS AT ARMY HQ AND DEFENCE HQ ALSO EMERGE

NEWS AGENCY OF NIGERIA
Abuja, Feb. 12, 2014

The Nigerian Army on Wednesday in Abuja announced the redeployment of 107 senior officers, including 36 Major Generals and 61 others. The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.- Gen. Olajide Laleye, who announced the postings while addressing newsmen on developments in the army, stated that some of the officers affected in the exercise included five new General Officers Commanding (GOC).

Maj.-Gen. K.C. Osuji is now the GOC, 1
Division, Kaduna; Maj-.Gen. E.F.Abejerin is now the GOC, 2 Division, Ibadan, while Maj.-Gen. John Zaruwa, is the new Commander, 3 Division, Jos.Maj.-Gen. T.I. Debi now commands 81 Division, Lagos; while Maj.-Gen S. Yusuf, takes over at the 82 Division, Enugu.

Laleye said that Maj.-Gen. Unsaid Bindawa is to remain at 7 Division, Maiduguri, while Maj.-Gen. P.A.T.Akem was appointed as the Army Provost Marshal. He said that Maj.-Gen. A.B. Awala, former Army Secretary is now the Chief of Training and Operations, Defence Headquarters, adding that Maj.-Gen J.A.H. Ewansiha, former Chief of Army Standard and Evaluation, is now the Chief of Training and Operations, Army. Maj.-Gen I.I. Abbah was appointed as Military Secretary, Army.

Other postings included Maj.-Gen. G.A.
Wahab who was appointed as the Chief of Administration, Army (COA), while Maj.-Gen A.T. Jubrin is now the Chief of Army Standard and Evaluation. Maj-Gen. Emmanuel Atewe who was Commander, Guards Brigade, is now Commander Joint Task Force, (Operation PULO SHIELD), while Brig.-Gen. A.B. Omozeje is now the Commander, Guards Brigade.

“Posting in the army is a routine activity that is carried out from time to time to fill existing vacancies emanating from promotions and retirements. “Furthermore, the Nigerian Army wish to inform the media in particular and the public in general that posting and deployment of senior officers should not be used to overheat the polity.

“Insinuations and mischievous
interpretation of a purely professional,unbiased and thoroughly thought out process should not be trivialised by undue and unfounded speculations,” Laleye said.

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  1. to4shizzle says:

    5 GOCs at Once, Well this is something to raise the eye brows over…….. Only one GOC was Retained shows new Shift in Leadership Strategy, Hope Da New CoAS will show us how Brilliant he is based on so many Positive Reviews, Good News all the Same, Oga Beeg care to throw a lil spotlight on da new GOCs?
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    • beegeagle says:

      At first glance, it is apparent that what the COAS has just formed is a “War Cabinet”. There will be no let up in the offensive against insurgents.

      From this point, a good chunk of the generals who have emerged as branch chiefs and GOCs have already been deeply involved in driving the COIN operations either as top trainers or frontline commanders

      * In his capacity as Commandant of the NA School of Infantry, Major General K.C Osuji was a core driver of the retraining program which churned out no less than 15,000 troops for JSTF and QRG operations through the heady days of 2012 and 2013. He is an infantry thoroughbred, tall and straight as a ramrod.

      Haven operated for long in the KD-JAJI-ZAR military continuum, he is at home in his new role as GOC 1 Mechanised Infantry Division

      # Major General JAH Ewansiha held sway for 18 months as the top commander of the JSTF in N.E Nigeria. As Chief of Training and Operations, he shall continue to play a key role in training and combat operations as COIN warfare deepens.

      # Major General Garba Ayodele Wahab was before now, GOC 1 Mechanised Infantry Division. Long regarded as a model soldier, his AOR touched off on a string of majorly volatile states and cities including Kano, Kaduna, Zaria, Sokoto, Birnin Kebbi etc. Under his overall command, the major theatres of urban guerrilla warfare that were KANO, Kaduna and Zaria have practically been pacified.

      For good measure, Gen. Wahab is a 2013 recipient of the COAS Award for operational competence. A disciplinarian and stickler for regimentation who has a MP background to boot, he is the new Chief of Administration, Nigerian Army.

      # Major General Ilyasu I Abba was until December 2013 when he attained the rank of Major General, the accomplished Commander of the 3 Motorised Infantry Brigade HQed at Kano. From the lowpoint that was a citywide invasion in Jan 2012 when suicide bombers and insurgents let loose on Kano for 3 days, Gen Abba quietly but most effectively rolled back the debilitating threat posed by terrorists through innumerable raids on IED factories, daily gunbattles, attacks on and demolition of hideouts etc.

      The Nasarawa State-born General whose son was a Lieutenant as of 2012 left a mark as far as operational competence goes and like his erstwhile GOC, Gen Wahab (3 Bde is a formation under 1 Mech Division), General Abba is a 2013 recipient of the COAS Award for Operational Competence.

      #Major General Emmanuel Atewe, before now Guards Brigade Commander, also played a big role in the urban CTCOIN operations around Abuja which has seen a remarkable turnaround in the security situation.

      The Delta-born Atewe now moves back to the Niger Delta region as JTF Commander.

  2. asorockweb says:

    A thoughtful article from a detached observer – the BBC’s Will Ross
    Did Nigerian military splits help Boko Haram:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-25978785

    • igbi says:

      If not being on the scene of action and often guessing what he claims to be facts makes him detached then yea he is detached.

    • Are James says:

      One gets concerned the way the NE campaign is unfolding. I am worried by the fact that in the latest attack on Konduka, BH was reported to have driven into the town in 39 Hilux van “Technicals’ mounted with machine guns, had all the time to kill 53″people and abduct 25 teenage girls.
      I for one now believe the Nigerian military is only jerking us around as to their willingness to eradicate BH. The problem is more than petty rivalry, I think there is an element of subversive sabotage involved as we saw during the Niger Delta crisis. Imagine a group of guys successfully hiding 39 ‘Technicals’ in shrubs and bushes at the Northernmost tips of the border with Cameroun and we say we have an air force.

      • asorockweb says:

        I believe the C-in-C is not asking the right questions … or the political leadership has it’s head in the sand … or they don’t really care. BH makes headlines and they worry for 6 hours. Then it’s back to politics as usual.

        There is no subversion or sabotage; stop grasping for the easy answers – if there is, it is to be expected and cannot be used as an excuse.

        Have our C-in-C asked the right questions?
        How many communities are vulnerable to BH attacks? – we shouldn’t be afraid of the answer

        Based on resources at hand, how many of these communities can we guarantee protection for?

        What additional resource and personnel improvements are needed to guarantee the protection of most communities in the NE?

        THESE ARE QUESTIONS that must be asked and answered. After that, one must find the political will to plan and execute on the answers that come back, no matter what those answers are.
        For starters, communities that can’t be protected must be evacuated.

        To let poor villagers to be subject to attacks by machine gun armed religious cultists for several years is approaching criminal negligence.

  3. jimmy says:

    Maj.-Gen. K.C. Osuji is now the GOC, 1
    This is the only two star that i have read about but it will help if BEEGS can give us some more information.

  4. doziex says:

    New young experienced commanders, is always a good thing.
    But the assets to win a protracted COIN struggle in north east nigeria is not coming yet.
    And president GEJ has to take the blame for that.
    The nigerian airforce is neither ready for a counter insurgency nor a conventional war.

    There is no urgency to equip our armed forces, and put them on any serious war footing. This is where our CIC has precided over an exceptionally poor job. And he will have to be held accountable for this at the polls.

    Whether BBC journalists have decided to give nigeria a fair shake, I could care less.

    however, I will tell you all this much, if we don’t get about the business of acquiring the necessary weapons and know how to wage a COIN war, we are going to lose it.

    No matter how many bright generals we think we have.

    There must be an unappologetic resolve by our president and our law makers to bequeath to the nigerian armed forces the capacity to wage war whenever necessary to defend our people and our interests.

    • igbi says:

      First of all GEJ dragged his foot before declaring the state of emergency, and now still he doesn’t think it is necessary to fund the armed forces. The budget is ridiculous and the airforce keeps being neglected.

  5. Colonel says:

    Oga beeg, i noticed that the directorate of policy and plans at the army headquarters has been split into two, each with a seperate commander. The new director of plans is Maj.Gen T.C UDE. He was commander 41 DIV ENG in kaduna and was also in charge of internal security. He worked closely with Maj.Gen wahab Garba. Maj,Gens Wahab, Abbah and Ude have been reunited at Army headquartes with the new postings.

  6. Solorex says:

    I am not exactly a fan of George Bush-but I remember one of his statement during the war- a reporter asked him if he considered it fair to be bombing poorly trained foot soldiers scampering in and out of fox holes with precision strikes, cruise missiles and heavy artillery ; he responded- This is not a game, it is war- our aim is not to be fair-our aim is to create unfair advantage for our troops in a every way possible, in terms of might and technology for quick conviction of the opposing forces!

    Bulk of our troop transport are 4wds- Boko haram transports are technicals(same but different names), We train hundreds of troops in counter insurgency monthly-Boko haram trains hundreds of youths in terrorism monthly with consistent real life performance evaluation, We fire RPG7 they fire RPG 7 back at us,AK47-Ak47, we attempt to overrun Sambisa forest they retaliate trying to overrun Army barracks and Air force barracks. Clearly our only advantage is a well-funded administrative structure (strategy), artillery and airstrikes (questionable- we know that they have AAA mounted behind pickup trucks).

    I believe that we have retooled the administrative structures enough (posting this, promoting that) we need to create an largely unfair advantage-We need to quit politicizing this and bring out good fund and create the unfair advantage-More Gunships, More Coin jets, More Amour, take it to the next level where they won’t be able to cope. We have nearly won for over 2 years but we never really won-we have a stale mate that we need to break -we need a hero-somebody that will create the unfair advantage and crush the enemy once and for all!

  7. drag_on says:

    I believe we ordered 6.No. Mi35Ms’ all-weather Night attack Helios with NVG,FLIR and ATGMs. We have made a preliminary interest for the Super Tucano. This is what the Air-force say they want to tackle the insurgency. It’s up to the Army (they have the largest budget) to decide what they need. I’m a bit surprised we ( i may be wrong) don’t seem to have sniper units that can cut of the head of boko haram in the forests up North and cause panic. Hopefully am wrong and COIN troops have sniper units.

  8. Yagazie says:

    Ogas Asorockweb, Solorex and Doziex- nice write ups. I couldn’t agree with you more. BH with 37 vehicles attack a town 45 kilometres from Maiduguri (HQ of the 7th Infantry Div) and have the time to raze most of the buildings and kidnap female nigerian citizens – without being challenged by the security forces. It begs the question, what our intelligence operatives are doing (especially as there were reports that security operatives were informed of the impending attack a few day before hand), what our Airforce is doing and what our millitary is doing? The evidence of need for light recon/armed helos by our security forces is now overwhelming. Why are steps not being taken to reactivate our MB-Bo105s or purchase surplus ex German Army stocks? During the civil war, it took Gen Gowon (who was just 32 year of age) a period of about 6 weeks to import Mig 17 fighter jets from the then Czechoslovakia/Russia for use by our then nascent airforce? Why the delay in acquring helos for use in the current conflict? Have just read on the defence web website that Angola will only be purchasing 12 of the 18 ex indian airforce SU-30MK aircraft and that the other 6 will be upgraded and sold to another intrested buyer. Once again we have been presented with the opportunity to purchase some SU-30 jets – albeit 6 in number. Are we going to let this cahance slip yet again?

  9. rka says:

    It is the lack of urgently in procurement that is the real concern. Even the few aircrafts that have been ordered, there doesn’t appear to be any hot purchases.

    I really think we are expecting to win the war by matching the firepower of our enemy and thinking better training will prevail.

    Well, it ain’t enough. Get serious or we will continue playing cat and mouse and end up being ridiculed for not getting to grips with a genuinely difficult COIN war. Nobody will listen to excuses and it really doesn’t matter who ran away or who stayed or whatever. I am beginning to think that a division alone isn’t enough as the troops appear to be too spread out.

  10. Colonel says:

    The procurement structure is filled with civil servants who dont understand the urgency required for military planning and operations. As longs as the bulk of our procurement structure is under the ministry of defence, things will remain the same. The ministry of finance is mnot helping matters too. Why not create a special account for defence purposes and give them first line of charge on the federation account. The political class know nothing about military operations, i guess they still equate the military to the police.

  11. igbi says:

    I hope General Ihejirika will be a candidate for the upcoming 2015 elections, we need someone serious in power.

  12. ifiok umoeka says:

    Oga Solorex and co, thank u! Until our leaders resolve 2 end this, I guess we just have 2 pray 4 those poor victims whose gov repeatedly let them down…and I thought that the primary duty of a gov is to protect her citizenry from all threats, domestic and foreign! Until we get serious about airborne early warning systems and the assets (man and machines) to act on the intel generated promptly…if not in real time, we’ll not stem the tide! Then, we go after their backers and we go after them in their hideouts, then and ONLY then, will their end come

  13. giles says:

    Pls wot’s going on in NE Nigeria? Is the problem from the Presidency or the military leaders. I am tired of all these senseless kills. How I wish Ihejirika was d new CDS. Badeh! Badeh!! Badeh!!! Pls wake up o

    • Are James says:

      Ihejirika would make an excellent minister of defence or maybe minister of state for now under Gusau.
      Money has to be found to permit at least 3 planes in the air, 24 hours over the 7 Div AOR, planes with IR sensors and other electro optical suites.
      The SOF Command has obviously not started working at what they were created for and I suspect its the lack of insert/extract helicopters and the question bugles the mind; what happened to the 2012/2013 appropriation for helicopters.
      A more serious but incipient issue is the accuracy of air force strikes on BH. Analysing news reports of the last few weeks, one finds evidence of poor targeting of BH assets on the ground causing them to recover, regroup and attack civilians.
      NEW, IMPROVED BH
      A very successful ambush was recently undertaken against the Nigerian army at a town close to Konduga causing the death of nine soldiers. This is proof that experienced foreign fighters have actually joined BH and more funds have come in.
      In short this war has become more evenly matched which is unacceptable. The only instrument of our superiority now is Air operations which though expensive is sure to keep the enemy hampered, immobile and on the defensive.

      • giles says:

        wich air operation,are does alpha jet built for does kind of operation.i would lik d israeli to be invited to help us cos dey knw hw to us wot dey have to get wot dey want

  14. doziex says:

    Oga giles has just hit the nail on the head.

    We need PMC expertise to guide our actions, to make them account.
    I understand we nigerians are a very proud people, but this has to be done.
    And the resultant lessons have to be learnt.

    If our jets and helicopters are not optimized for the maximum destruction of the enemy, who better than Col. Ellis to show our young pilots what adjustments to make.
    After his ops with EO in SLR and angola, the man has been keeping himself busy working for ISAF forces in afghanistan
    Mind you, isaf is the nato force in afghanistan, and every last nato country is more capable than the NA, so if they can hire pmcs to augment their capabilities, why cant we?

    If Col Barlows out fit or some isreali pmc can be brought in before things get worse it will be ideal.

    Oga Freeegulf has said that mercs are suited for non professional armies. True. But there lies the difference. Mordern day PMCs can offer a variety of military services.
    Be it VIP security, facility protection, police training, spec op training and follow on mentoring/advising services.

    So its just for us to honestly figure out what we are deficient in , and purchase the corresponding package.

    Watch NA blossom with confidence and ability if this synergy occurs. If not, we can continue the status quo, which is to play checkers and not chess with our bh problem.

    • igbi says:

      The problem is simpler than that: the FG needs to fund the military.
      Right from day one we have been talking about the borders, but tell me what the FG has done about the borders ? You are missing the point with your EO solution, unless the EO will actuallt replace the government and will provide funds to the troops and will mine and ditch and wall the borders.

  15. doziex says:

    Oga igbi, there are ways of dealing effectively with boko haram, even in our less than optimum circumstances.
    In angola, nobody could control the borders, Unita had their own airstrips that flew in all manner of weaponry, in exchange for diamonds.
    The EO solution was drop in a 4 man recon unit behind unita lines, with MANPADs to shoot do incoming transport planes.
    What a company like EO can bring to NA, is simply their operational experience.
    Advise us on tried and true tactics, that get the job done.
    Our officers are already steeped in text book knowledge. With the advise that comes from operatiional experience, NA would be untouchable.

    The other route, is to make our own mistakes and learn eventually. But even in this case we need an adequately provisioned force to work with.

    • Are James says:

      I agree with @giles that the Alpha jets were not built for what we are using them for. We improvised operational tactics in Liberia and Sierra Leone and have now standardized around a wrong and outdated platform. A forced mistake has become a standard.
      Crew workload must be especially hard in the cockpit during a typical sortie and we have seen targeting errors during the Senator Nadine incident (they actually missed his convoy) yet nobody is making the right noises about all these and the fact that we might be just a few months away from the first mechanically induced crash.
      Maybe someone needs to take a pistol to NNPC to demand just 10% of they are holding on to just to save the air force.

    • Are James says:

      One key advantage of “mercenary war consultancies” like EO is the lack of zombie mentality you find at the top level of most militaries plus the ability to face political leadership and say the truth without the fear of losing your position or your next promotion to a career rival.
      However if you were to invite them into the BH campaign and they actually succeed, I think you would find years after to your surprise that the strategy, tactics and execution were all developed by retired Nigerian Army Executive Outcomes employees (I know how all international consultancies work) which would reinforce the point that the real answers within us and you cannot buy good leadership.

  16. freeegulf says:

    oga doziex, PMCs are not all bad. they can make a difference in war. yes. but you cant reconcile mercs with the nigerian situation. you will find it very hard to marry up these opposite people together.
    it is not because we cant work with military consultants, or the abilities of these PMCs, rather it is about the will of the nigerian state and her armed forces to tackle this menace called BH. dont forget there is an israeli company training the amphibious guys in the ND. so PMCs are not the problem, nigeria, and nigerian factor is.

    you watch these guys on tv and you are current with defence related news. to you, do these guys show any URGENCY to tackle BH? read their body language, re there indications to show the real seriousness and desire to seriously combat the terrs? from the clueless civilian leadership to the CDS, do these guys look serious or even act with certainty needed in times of war? absolutely not!

    from the politicians down to the military top brass, none are showing the urgency that is actually required to terminate the insurgency up north. this country is supposed to be at a war footing. defence acquisitions should be a serious and fast tracked matter. but no, they are busy lining their pockets and allowing these terrs to carry on killing innocent civilians. in fact, there was even more seriousness and focus during the ND insurgency than the current fighting in the NE.

    i guess since there’s no oil in the NE, our rulers don’t see any reason to quicken the pace to finish off boko haramites.

    so this goes beyond military consultants and mercs. even if you contract cols neal ellis and eeben barlow, they will either be contented to just collect their dosh and do some fly bys, or they will be so frustrated that they will leave on the next flight after lobbying and begging for the real deal to start.
    some french mercs that got contracts to fight in zaire for mobutu experienced similar problems. the govt in kinshasa kept promising this and that, and in the end, same mercs where still busy drinking in their hotels with nothing to do, while the rwandan/ugandan backed forces where matching on to the capital. mobutu’s generals where busy securing their loots. same with his political allies. ironically, this same ignorant buffon that refused to construct good roads in zaire ( to discourage invasions from neighbouring countries), was so blind to reality that he kept underrating kabila and dismissing him as a part time smuggler. yes, he was right, kabila was a two time hustler, but kagame, and M7 turned him into a fig head rebel leader, and it worked!!

    let us keep underrating BH until they start closing in on abuja. we do love fire brigade method. sadly, too many lives would have been wasted by then before we can secure a bloody victory.

    there is no WILLPOWER TO COMBAT BOKO HARAM!!!
    neither the military nor the their political masters are moving their feet. they are all contented to simply contain BH, provided it doesn’t spread. wait till BH are able to strike again in other regions of the north, and see how the govt will start pouring more money on the task.

    without the will and true focus, we will continue to hear of these murderous dimwits killing civilians.

    • AreJames says:

      100% agree with you that there is no political will to tackle BH, which may be due to a combination of economic considerations and return on investment. I think the country is being governed by a group of billionaire business men and the NE theatre is not looming large in terms of risk and consequence. Contrast the financing of the war with N60bh that must go to billionaire Niger Delta militants this year.
      It is very very sad to be a civilian living in the NE now that my controversial equation on the value of human life by region based on factors such as the country’s poverty level, social values, civil defence level, HDI and benevolence of political leadership.

      1 American life = 500 Nigerian lives (Male)
      = 250 Nigerian lives (Female)

  17. doziex says:

    See, since when did nigeria become so poor, that we cant order 14 SU-25s in 10 days from russia, ukraine or Belarus ?
    But it hasn’t happened yet despite nigeria being in a war, were the air force is its only Trump card.
    That’s why president GEJ simply can’t be reelected.
    I don’t know what alternate universe he is living in, but nigeria can’t afford it.

    Whether he is too dull for the job, or listens to the wrong people, he has shown us that he cant positively affect the outcome of this war.

    He can sack and redeploy who he pleases, the buck stops with him.

    • igbi says:

      Can you imagine that GEJ said he maid Badeh CDS because Badeh never asked for a bigger budget for the airforce and that he was hoping Badeh would teach the other service chiefs how that is done.

    • AreJames says:

      I am getting exasperated here.
      You guys are not reading in between the lines of my posts.
      I now have to get personal, 60 people have lost their lives so I don’t care if I get booted out of this blog. There is no military, defence or security sophistry here to describe what is happening to the way the war is being prosecuted – it is one individual’s failing.
      If you want XXX to strengthen the air force and win the war in weeks. You need to talk to a few people otherwise nothing gets done. (This guy was well selected for this job based on many qualities he lacks). So the CDS should talk in rank order to the following people:
      1, MP (home front)
      2.Danjuma (Brain trust)
      3. Dangote/Otedola (money men)
      4 Ngozi (to count the beans)
      5. Gusau (everybody fears this one)
      6. IBB (Gusau’s boss)
      The reason the air force is weak and the war being badly run in the North East is that these guys have been a little ‘busy’ and distracted with their usual money making preoccupations to care. Forget Mr President, we’ll be doing a thorough psychoanalysis on people like him and why they are occasionally required in high political offices on more suitable blogs and websites in 2015 or 2019 not here.

      Meanwhile the latest press release from the military (don’t laugh), ..”…in response to the Konduga attack, 60 people dead, 25 young ladies taken away. The airforce launched IDS air strikes on suspected BH camps located in 5 surrounding towns. The insurgents were dislodged and large numbers of them have run (AGAIN) to Cameroun and Chad….”

  18. giles says:

    even if we ar to get d su-25 i tink we still need d A-29 cos it has mor loiter time and can feedback real tym data to d command center.about frm bombing d best man for d job is A-29

  19. triggah says:

    People please let’s not get ahead of ourselfs here, hireing mercs is not the solution to our problem. Not that private military contractors is bad in itself (even the USA uses the till date) we all know what needs to be donem lack of modern equipment is our problem we need DEDICATED attack helicopter with precission strike capability, we need special force teams inserted behind enemy line to recon and point key targets for later strike, we need intelligence, surveillance and recon (ISR) aircraft for data collation, we need a DEDICATED ground attack/ CAS plane for COIN missions we need active ground patrol by heavily armour units with explosive resistant armour, we need training and retraining, we need Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV’s), we need informants or SSS,DIA agents working undercover, we need funding, we need insertion & extraction helicopters, we need gunships with modern fire control, nav/comms systems and targeting systems, we need our troops to be well kitted and motivated. If these requirments are met or atleast half then I believe we are on our way to be victorious.

  20. Are James says:

    In addition to these very urgently required acquisitions, we must also remember that the 7 division is also being spread thin over the AOR as we speak. They’ve been forced to station platoon strength units in remote villages for civilian protection guard duties. We have heard a number of reports about these platoons melting away when the BH comes in their hundreds.
    What to do about the situation is to force-multiply and improve on the firepower of these guard units, please let’s not give ear to state governors saying BH is better equipped than the Nigerian military. Its false and disgraceful talk that does not achieve anything. It is necessary however to set the following minimum requirements for platoons stationed in remote locations (the few AK 47s, LMGs, a few RPG and the ubiquitous prayer books we have been depending on are just not enough anymore)

    1. 2 nos. of platoon radio systems (redundant) to call in air support and cavalry.
    2. Secure (unlock protected) GSM phones for each soldier.
    3. 4 nos. Karl Gustav Squad guns with at least 20 shells.
    4. 5 nos RPG 7 Launchers with 30 rockets.
    5. 8 nos. Sniper emplacements for a small town
    6. 8 nos Light Machine guns properly emplaced with generous supply of ammo.
    7. 4. nos Of 3-man Mortar Crews with portable 76 mm mortars.
    8. Well trained spotters at elevated observation posts throughout the town.
    9. Military Intelligence squad of 6 men in mufti, proprerly disguised. Watching, sniffing and tracking.
    10. Well equipped Medical unit and staging area for Medevac.
    If things like these are implemented those towns become the graveyard of BH. They won’t be coming to raid but running into ambush.

    • freeegulf says:

      well placed emphasis oga Are James, however, i would add that there shouldn’t be platoon sized units spread thin in villages for guard duties. these soldiers will merely become targets and goals for the terrs.
      they will be in extremely vulnerable situations given the lack of adequate logistics supply chain that characterize the nigerian situ.

      given the above reality, what they need re heavy manned bases in gwoza and sambisa forest with constant sweeps and air recon.
      for these villages, patrols should be carried out in platoon strength. i repeat, in PLATOON strength. sending out 8 0r 9 regular soldiers to patrol villages or guard them is unwise. apart from SF and long range recon teams, the regular troops need to move with enough strength and firepower to dominate any skirmishes or ambushes.

      every patrol should be covered or backed by support weapons and long range guns. without direct and indirect support weapons accompanying these patrols, and without the reinforcement of base artillery, the infantry would still remain vulnerable to the terrs. in COIN, you need nearly a 10-1 advantage. since that is sometimes impractical and unavailable, firepower should make up for man power.

      one cannot emphasize enough, the role of air power. if they don’t get their orbat right, soft targets would always pay dearly. the air force for once, now have the opportunity to prove their relevance. they can only do this by being the sharp tip of the spear.
      getting awards and promotion for cost savings and so called judicious use of peanuts wouldn’t get them out of their present predicament. for heaven’s sake, they should be first line of defence. without them, the ground forces and maritime forces will find their task harder to execute. they know this, but still, our CDS is busy winning award for funds utilization without procurement and fast acquisitions.

  21. Tope says:

    Very Strong points we have raised, we need to also look at the Type of Training Received as COIN also, because from the looks of things if COIN Operatives are now in their Large numbers we should be seeing a push back effort but it Seems dia r gaps somewhere, Boko Haram Agents are now on da Attack, I believe dia spies r embedded in da Army and da Military Police and Intelligence need to sniff out these people first. Also Jungle and Forest Recon Units need to set up A Blanket across the Terrain Rite nw to comb n identify new points where dis People flee using into Cameroon. And Also let us Block Cameroon Border Totally. Anyone who runs into Cameroon should be shot on sight

    • igbi says:

      Take a map and measure the border. And then tell me if what you are saying is possible.

    • igbi says:

      On the other hand, we could fence the border and we could mine it with anti tank mines (sometimes you have to overlook international laws and do things in the interests of your own country).

  22. triggah says:

    Mr Igbi mining borders is not an option please! We are not fighting the soviet army. More civilian deaths than BH is very likely. Border fencing Is also next to impossible. our borderline is so vast miles and miles of fence plus patrols both air & land would be required. Its too costly and probably wouldn’t be effective.

    • Are James says:

      Nobody will even sell you mines these days. Princess Diana before she died made sure of that. We are not in N Korean DMZ for Christie. Fencing is next to impossible the US cannot find the money to fence the Mexican border so Nigeria should not waste hard earned resources on a fruit less venture.

      • igbi says:

        yeah, right, Nigeria should not waste hard earned money on protecting the lives of its civilians or making the country stable … ! I am proposing a combo of fencing/mining/ditch and surveillance cameras.

      • igbi says:

        Don’t worry, we can make them and believe me Russia would gladly sell them. At this point even the US would give them to us.

    • igbi says:

      The mining is to prevent people crossing the wrong side of the border.
      And your argument is illogical: not mining the border is costing a lot of civilians (our civilians) their lives. And I also suggest we build a big ditch at the border, one like the ancient Bini one. For the fencing: the nazis did 50 times that in a couple of months with 1940’s technology, so please !

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