INSURGENTS KILL 29 STUDENTS IN YOBE COLLEGE ATTACK

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

NEWS AGENCY OF NIGERIA
Buni-Yadi (Yobe)
Feb. 25, 2014

The authority of the Federal Government
College, Buni-Yadi, in Yobe, on Tuesday
confirmed that 29 of its students were
killed by insurgents who attacked the
institution on Monday.

Mr Ibrahim Abdul, a Senior Master, gave
the figure while receiving Gov. Ibrahim
Gaidam during a sympathy visit to the
school. Abdul said that 11 students also
sustained various gunshot wounds. He said that all the hostels and classrooms were burnt by the insurgents who attacked the college at about 11.30 p.m.The attackers, who were said to have
arrived at the college in several vehicles,
also burnt down 40 houses.

The governor described the attack as
inhuman and unfortunate. Gaidam called on security operatives to evolve more proactive and intelligence approach to curb the menace of the insurgents. He announced a donation of N100 million to assist the victims.

NAN reports that the college was the
fourth educational institution attacked in the state in the last eight months.

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93 Responses to INSURGENTS KILL 29 STUDENTS IN YOBE COLLEGE ATTACK

  1. Oje says:

    This is konbuburacious. Dammit. Such cowards, why attack civilian non combatants? Corwardice at its lowest form.

    • Blackrev says:

      that’s what makes it difficult to fight terror. they attack both civilians and security forces. there isn’t enough army to protect the whole country.

      it would have made sense if the police was well trained enough to guard these soft targets. but what beats my imagination is how slow or should I say non responsive our security forces are whenever such attacks happens.

      we have a very long way to go.

  2. tim says:

    Very very sad news……..I pray to God to give our leaders,the wisdom to make the right decisions, in jesus name.

  3. Yagazie says:

    May the souls of these dead innocenct children rest in perfect peace and may GOD give their inconsolable families the fortitude to bear this irreplaceable loss. Our Govt should hold it’s nerve at this trying time. The BH insurgents are resorting to desparate headline grabbing attacks on soft civilian targets in an attempt to provoke us into rising up against our Govt or provoke our millitary into a heavy handed response. I have previously stated on this blog that our millitary and security services are doing an exceptional job under very challenging circumstances and deserve our unflinchng and whole hearted support. Nothing less will suffice. I would also respectfully suggest that our Govt could look at how the Algerians dealt with a similar Islamic Insurgency in the 1990s when the terrorists took to the wholesale slaughter of the inhabitants of villages in rural /remote areas of the country. The Algerian Govt responded by ensuring that its millitary was given the necessary tools to effectively deal with the insurgency. It was a long and bloody affair but the Algerian Govt eventualy won. Insurgencies are by their very nature long, bloody and drawn out affairs. This is not conventional warfare and there is no quick fix/easy solution. Apart from the ‘international dimension’ to this problem (i.e. – cross border attacks, foreign mercenaries, inflow of funding and weapons from abroad etc) , the BH insurgents are contnually varying/chaning their tactics and as such we will have to be prepared to buckle down for the long haul and ensure that our security services are adequately resourced and motivated to deal with this insurgency. We will eventually overcome. GOD Bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

  4. drag_on says:

    Attacking unarmed innocent children!! Are they even men? What a shower of cowardice.

  5. Henry says:

    All these killings don tire person. Nothing we never yarn for this blog over the years, plus assurances from the federal government and the joy wey herald the declaration of SOE, yet the killings jst dey continue relentlessly.

    If these cowards get problems with the state, make dem fight the state machinery (army, police, sss et al), no be to dey attacks weak defenceless children wey wan make the most of their lives for school.

    Make God grant our security agencies the knowledge to catch and kill every one of these people.

  6. ocelot2006 says:

    Gentlemen, it took the military FIVE HOURS to respond to this slaughter of innocent children……..FIVE BLOODY HOURS!! This is why I have been clamouring for medium lift utility helicopters to insert, and extract, Q’S and Special Forces into hot spots like this. What are the idiots at the presidency and Ministry of Defence doing? And what’s been done to protect critical communication infrastructure (BTS sites) spread across that region (heard the terrorist took out the radio cell serving that area)? The intelligence services equally need to sit up, cos they’ve failed these innnocent children woefully.

    Until we address these issues, these horrible acts of terror will NOT end, and more statements of condemnation will be issued (like it solves shyte)

    • peccavi says:

      What use are medium or heavy lift helicopters if you don’t know where you are going and can’t fly at night?

      • ocelot2006 says:

        Don’t some variants of the Mi-17 come with NVGs and FLIR? Do you expect the troops to wait till dawn till they come to the rescue of innocent men, women and children being slaughtered? Nigeria will not be the first nation to run a rescue ops at night. Why can’t we provide the necessary tools to our troops that will enable them carry out their job, rather than a new jet for the presidential fleet? The necessary training can be provided.

        But if you have a better option, let’s have it.

    • doziex says:

      Vertical envelopment.

  7. asorockweb says:

    Am afraid this can happen is most parts of Nigeria.

    Our dormant lack of planning, training, equipment and manpower is coming back to haunt us.

    Boko Haram needs to make the headlines and the blood of Nigerians is the fuel that will get them there.

  8. jimmy says:

    I wonder what it is going to take for the f.g. to train equip our army, airforce and Navy to respond to a situation anywhere in Nigeria @ night/ during the day/ or in the morning, This to me is baffling it took the security forces five hours to respond to a massacre at a f.g college forget the headline grabbing attention seekers when is enough not good enough they had time to separate the sexes to determine in their dastardly opinion who lives and who dies.
    I pray with EVERYTHING that is within me one day SOME ONE WILL DECIDE THE DAY SHEKAU will die like a dog in the street and that just like he has murdered the od Lord will take care of him too. Sorry I did not mean to get preachy I just feel for the parents who sent their sons to school doing the right thing and this what they got in return. MAY GOD CONSOLE THE INCONSOLABLE.AMEN.

  9. cutievik says:

    The Army chief complained of inadequate
    funding.
    The Senate Committee on Defence and Army
    on Wednesday in Abuja directed the Chief of
    Army Staff to relocate temporarily to
    Maiduguri.
    The Thompson Sekibo-led Committee made the
    call at the 2014 budget defence of the
    committee.
    Mr. Sekibo said the committee condemned
    what it described as the atrocity being
    unleashed by the Boko Haram sect on innocent
    citizens of North Eastern Nigeria.
    He said that as part of measures to curb the
    activities of the Boko Haram sect, the
    committee also wanted all schools and health
    institutions from now on to be provided with
    special security.
    “We heard of your planned relocation to
    Maiduguri, we hereby as the committee
    overseeing your activities, direct that your
    office relocates temporarily to the 7th Division
    in Maiduguri.
    “This is so that you take urgent and
    appropriate steps to quell the situation.
    “The Chief of Army staff should also
    restrategise on possible new ways of curbing
    these excesses and mobilise all military
    resources and face the insurgents,” Mr. Sekibo
    said.
    He said because of the situation, the
    committee would receive the budget proposals
    without going through the lines.
    “No one goes to the town square to dance
    when there is fire in his house.
    “For us, the quelling of this insurgency and
    giving confidence of safety to Nigerians is of
    utmost priority.”
    The committee further called on President
    Goodluck Jonathan to mobilise all the needed
    resources for the Armed Forces to face the
    challenge.
    “This battle must be won to sustain our
    nation’s stability and unity as it is only in the
    atmosphere of peace and tranquility that
    development can be carried out,” Mr. Sekibo
    said.
    He also said the committee would take a tour
    of the three affected states when the senate
    resumed from its recess.
    In his response, the Chief of Army Staff,
    Kenneth Minimah, said that the Army was in
    dire need of more funds.
    Mr. Minimah, a Major-General, assured the
    committee that the Army was up to the task
    and it was just a matter of time before it would
    bring the insurgents to their knees.
    Meanwhile, the Senate Leader, Victor Ndoma-
    Egba has described the Tuesday Yobe killings
    as “crossing the border of decency”.
    In a personally signed statement, Mr. Ndoma-
    Egba said the killing of about 40 students
    showed that the sect planned to plunge
    Nigeria into a “bleak and blank future”.
    The Senate Leader said: “It is obvious that we
    are now dealing with a bunch of animals to
    whom human life is now totally meaningless
    and worthless.
    “When you attack students, you are attacking
    the foundation of the country’s future. So this
    attack to me, is to plunge the nation into a
    bleak and blank future.”
    He called for an urgent modification of the
    security strategy to include hot pursuit as this
    was permissible in international law.

  10. asorockweb says:

    It is good that Gen. Minimah is moving to Maiduguri.

    He should take a battalion from the guards brigade with him – it’s time to start re-distributing the risks of being a Nigerian.

    • ocelot2006 says:

      Moving part of the Guards Brigade WILL NOT solve so subsequent issues like this if our troops are still not provided with the tools and training they’ll need to deliver troops promptly, day or night.

    • triggah says:

      Hahaha… I like ur Thinking let them bring the presidential fleet pilots and their planes too so as to bomb them with it.

      • asorockweb says:

        Agreed.
        Even if it is to use the presidential fleet to move troops.

        All Nigerians should start sharing the risks and burdens of this war.

        The idea that most of the Army is in other parts of Nigeria “protecting” the citizens from armed robbers, while students and villagers are being slaughtered by machine gun armed religious cultists is abhorrent.

  11. cutievik says:

    http://premiumtimesng.com/news/155804-
    yobe-killings-senate-directs-nigerias-army-chief-
    to-relocate-to-maiduguri.html
    @asorockweb Lolz,Guards wetin??

  12. doziex says:

    Even if the entire NA moves to maidugri, they would not be able to protect the population.
    The nigerian police should be trained and equipped for counterinsurgency as well as law enforcement ala the gendameries we see in many francophone countries.
    Civillians in the affected areas MUST organise their own security, and then marry their efforts with that of the police.
    Just like communities organise as night watchmen against robbers, civilians can organize with police or military training and assualt rifles.

    For years, I have pointed out NA’s need for an airmobile out fit. Heliborne troops. (1) for rapid response to tragedies such as this school massacre
    (2) For search and destroy missions.

    While point security is necessary, a dynamic security posture is what would contain these terrorists.
    Road patrols, combing the forests, recon teams, ambush teams, search and destroy teams must all bedevil bh and stick to them like white on rice.

    But even at this late stage, NA still lacks transport helicopters and the training to make the army proficient at vertical envelopment.

  13. doziex says:

    Intelligence driven, sec ops led hunter/killers teams have to be constantly hunting and tracking bh, keeping them on the run, and on the back foot.
    They should be preoccupied with survival, so they dont have the breathing space to victimize school children.
    As I have said many a time, these hunter killer heliborne skills need to be honed thru years of experience.
    The buffalo battalion of the erstwhile SADF where the best at these insurgent tracking skills.

    At the time pre 1996, when EO was in sierra leone, a similar situation prevailed. Rebels seemed untrackable, the appeared out of nowhere and attacked, making everywhere seem unsafe.

    The experience of these ex SADF forces now in executive outcomes was telling, as they understood and solved the prevailing confused situation in very little time.
    Heliborne and ground search and destroy teams were their stock n trade.

    • Are James says:

      I second your point that constant surveillance keeps the BH in evasion mode and they just don’t have the time to kill innocent and harmless kids. Modern ground surveillance using helicopters and turboprops is however easier to do at night than you make it out to be. When a chopper deploys the most modern IR surveillance gear at night, everything lights up from the sky and groups of insurgents becomes visible either on foot under brushes or in vehicles moving from place to place. I also believe the acquisition of the slow moving turboprop Super Tucanos aircraft which have the right ratio of speed to detection time and proven service in the south American drug wars is just the right acquisition to make at this time of the war.

  14. Are James says:

    The DHQ made a big mistake by stopping the scheduled rotation of troops at the frontlines. I suspect some of these soldiers have been doing tour of duty for more than two years without seeing their families and the fatigue is beginning to tell at the platoon and company level. So on top of the current problem of inadequate hardware caused by corruption, it would seem man management and duty tour rotation administration is the current big problem. Once again it is against tradition of the Nigerian army to withdraw from duty posts in advance of enemy action this way.

  15. peccavi says:

    The point is that without basic things like maps, communications, radios, a clear form of alerts then it doesnt matter how many helicopters you have, you can’t do a thing.
    You don’t just strap on NVG’s and fly, it takes alot of training an practice.
    The constant refrain for buy more kit, buy this, buy that, neglects the simple reality that kit is only as good as the people who use it and the people who use it need to know how to use it.

    In this day and age of GPS, helicopters could still fly at night and either land troops or at least illuminate the battlefield with flares or a searchlight. But if troops aren’t trained theirs no point. But I completely agree, these troops need to be relieved, some have been there since the days of JTF. Its ridiculous, a relief in place needs to take place

    • doziex says:

      Oga peccavi, I knew you would jump at the chance to deny our need for helicopters, just because I said we need to buy them.

      The induction of assets like helicopters, always comes with the necessary training and maintenance deals, so I am not sure what you are objecting to here.

      Anyone that thinks we dont need transport helicopters at this point in the war should please quit this blog.

    • jimmy says:

      One of the most basic tenets of being anofficer in the NA is map reading.This area is well known to all tri services of the armed forces.From reliable sources I can also attests to the fact the tri services have their own secure radio/communication system.The problem comes down to this pele oga peccavi make you no vex troop carrying helios at night,The NA fought at night in liberia/sierra leone and have fought at night in the ne.That is not the problem,the problem is. One of getting @a minimum 9 to 10 Sf @ a time to inerdict and eliminate the leaders of bh before the attack happens, and when they do not intecept them to kill them/cut of their route of escape. One solution work/arrests the well known smugglers in the region and coopt them.Another solution train the helicopter pilots at night with the gps and the night vision.third solution there are 64. Boarding schools you can. Employ retired. Army personnel armed to patrol and communicate at the earliest sign of trouble.for now though all fg schools have to be guarded. -Mobile. America’s First Nationwide 4G Network

  16. freeegulf says:

    oga peccavi, are you saying the military is not lacking in terms of hardware?
    yes, we need to keep screaming HELICOPTERS!! there will be no successful COIN without helos.
    thank you very much, but these officers do know how to read and appreciate map.
    let them buy the copters, training, GPS, NVGs, all we come hand in hand with the acquisition.

  17. I heard this morning on AIT that NAF is carrying out aerial display in Abj? any confirmation?

  18. Spirit says:

    Please, does it mean those little kids;
    1) Will never laugh again?
    2) Will never fall in love?
    3) Will never marry and have kids?
    4) Will never contribute to the development of their community, nation and humanity?
    haba! This is too much for me to take.
    Does it mean;
    5) The abducted girls are now sex slaves?
    6) How will their parents be consoled?
    7) We will never see them again?

    More than 50 kids now!
    Jimmy, Freegulf, Peccavi, Doxies, Are James, Beeg, these could have been our kids you know!

    DOes it mean that NA lacks the capacity to move troops from Lagos to Maid under 5 hours? I am assuming that the nearest military base is in Lagos) Does it take 5 hours?

    BH now attack everyday. As in EVERYDAY! Please I need to know what is happening here. I don’t know. Does it mean that a 150 yr old Army of the 8th largest producer of petroleum in the world CANNOT FIGHT AT NIGHT?

    Does it mean that the whole world hates Nigeria so much that nobody is willing to ‘teach’ us how to fight at night and no nation is ready to sell NVGs and helicopters for rapid response?Does it mean that our politicians don’t know/understand that this nation is ‘burning’ down and that it’s only a matter of time before this scourge spreads to every part of the country?

    I don’t know what to say.

    May God bless my country; the 20th saddest place to live in in the world.

  19. freeegulf says:

    the question is when will the acquisition of these much needed choppers start? During the ND insurgency, experts said the navy needed at least 150 – 200 patrol boats to effectively patrol the delta. The navy did their bit. For the current crisis, the army will need at least 40 medium and light utility helicopters. Also, NAF inventory of MI-24/35s should be more than 2 dozen

  20. freeegulf says:

    oga spirit, i m with you on this. but you should know that this has always been the MO of terrorists. they always go for soft easy targets.
    the army cannot guard every village. if they man some vulnerable villages in borno, the terrs will shift their diabolical acts to yobe, by the time the army gets to yobe to repeat same pattern in as in borno, these terrs would move over to adamawa. its just the nature of terrorists.

    what should be done is to retrain the ATS of the police, backed by the civil defence corp. these forces have more responsibility to protect these villages. the job of the army is to take the fight to the terrorists.

    the army is fighting with one hand tied. without the political will and the weapons hardware to back the current SOE, the bloodshed will continue.

    this crisis will be algeria 2.0
    how the army will perform, and how they can mirror the algerian tactics, remain to be seen.
    they still have the golden chance of wiping out these vermin. but this gap is closing fast

    • ocelot2006 says:

      Ona Free gulf, I totally concure on the need to Utilise NPF and NSCDC units. But I don’t think it’s necessary to retrain the NPF’s CTU (ATS). Any MOPOL squadron/unit can handle this. And they’ve got the right armour/MRAPS. There’s also need to send in those Police Mi-17 helicopters donated by Ukraine, while NSCDC officers be deployed to protect our communication infrastructure. My concern though is that these MOPOL units will be outgunned as they are not armed with heavy weapons. Therefore there may be need to rearm them with FN SAW machine guns or GPMGs and RUGS. With training of course.

  21. triggah says:

    I’m a strong supporter of having dedicated attack helicopter, not helicopter with transport capability. If you want air assault use a transport chopper escorted by attack helicopter that’s the way to pair them. Having troops in the cabin compartment in our Mi-24s will cause distractions for the pilot because they’ll have to look after the welfare of the troops thereby taking there attention away from the battlefield. The Russkies are going to replace all their Hind (crocodile) choppers by next year with more dedicated Mi 28 and Ka 50 shark while the Mi 17, Mi 8 will still be fielded for transport. We need to get our thinking straight and not copy other countries ORBAT. We need a unique plan, strategy e.t.c to deal with our problem. Attack choppers plus precision strike capability we must have full stop.

    P.S has anybody seen the A.T.E Super Hind mk V? (upgrade mi-24s Hind) Jeez those guys are not smiling! Ugliest beast ever seen. If you decide to go with any military platform strive to get the best of it.

    • ocelot2006 says:

      In this case, we need a mix of both. Attack helicopters to provide armed escorts for the transport helicopters, take out any ground threats, and provide combat air support to troops on the ground. The medium – heavy lift helicopter are need to quickly transport/insert much needed troops into these hot spots to repel these attacks, protects innocents citizens, and serve as mEDEVACs to evacuate the injured (soldiers and citizens) from these isolated places to hospitals/trauma centres wherever they may be.

  22. drag_on says:

    @ Oga Deway above
    Abeg, if they want to slash their paycheck by 95% let them stay in Abuja for all we care. Their salary alone will buy us 12 (nos) Su35s in a year comfortably. 108 senators and 360 reps @ $150,000/month(conservative) =$70,200,000/mnth. That is a full spectrum su35/mnth on assembly members salaries.

    • drag_on says:

      By the way,that is Nos. 4, Full spec. F-35 stealth fighters a year. Let’s not even calculate the number of years of our democracy into those numbers.

      NOTE: This does not in any way mean i want a certain alternative form of Government, It is much worse.

  23. peccavi says:

    Oga Doziex: you will note I was responding to Oga Ocelot2006. I was makeing a wioder point about the need to be able to use assets correctly. In every single one of my posts about COIN tactics I have highlighted support and attack helicopters as crucial.
    The point is simply that for you guys the solution to lifes problems is buying kit as if it will then work wonders all by itself. You know the French army had more and better tanks and more artillery than the Germans in 1940, yet they were still beaten. Why? Because the Germans concentrated their tanks and artillery and the French dispersed theirs as infantry support.
    Tactics, doctrine and training are more important than kit.
    The point I was making, possibly not too clearly is that there is no reason why this stuff is happening with the assests we have except that the commanders ahve failed to plan and train for this eventuality.

    It come down to intensive staff work.working out time and distance reaction times, having an Air QRF on standby, having the GPS coordinates of all landmarks a clear early warning system that is tested regularly, with fail safes in place etc.

    Non of this needs new equipment, it just needs intensive staff work, training and doctrine

    • ocelot2006 says:

      Noted. But of what use is a so – called QRF if they cannot response to cases like this in a timely manner, no thanks to the absence of platforms like helicopters that would have shortened their response time?

    • beegeagle says:

      Peccavi, I am assuming that a recurring decimal in this conflict has been that of men and material being “spread too thin”

      While I agree on the need for stepped-up recce and infiltration and being primed for night operations+getting all geographical landmarks charted like you have suggested, I do not think in ANY WAY WHATSOEVER that the military have nearly all that they need to function optimally and round the clock in that theatre.

      For the life of me, the CAS, interdiction of fleeing insurgents and insertion of commandos for rapid reaction require a boatload of choppers to accomplish. That is why all these villages get cut off and nobody can reach them or bring a slice of hell down to the enemy?

      For emphasis, that AOR is half the size of Vietnam and six times as large as Northern Ireland. Even if we aim to achieve a measly one-eighth of their level of provisioning, how many transport,scout and attack helics did the Americans deploy in Vietnam?

      As we speak, I am willing to bet on the fact that there are no more than ten units of Hind attack helics and even fewer Hip transport helics in that AOR which is comparable in size to England and Northern Ireland put together.

      Brother, truth be told, that is pathetic. Not with the industrial scale mass murder going on up there. Not with over US$50 bn in the Forex Reserves and ECA. Not while fully functional, top-end Mi-24s and Mi-17s available off the shelf for US$3.33-4 million. Not while we can get 24 decomm units of airworthy Bo-105s configured for hot pursuit/scouting/interdiction for US$15 million from the Germans.

      My measured opinion is that we are not only shortchanging ourselves in terms of equipment, we need to get cracking immediately. Troops are spread too thin in the AOR and so is purpose-built equipment.

      • drag_on says:

        Oga beeg ,an education as to the vastness of Africa is required.
        To give you a sense of just how large Africa is,pls check the link below
        copy and paste to your browser.

        collective-evolution.com/2013/07/01/the-true-size-of-africa-have-our-maps-been-misleading-for-over-500-years/

    • OriginalPato says:

      Tell them peccavi, tell them. Most people on this blog believe throwing money around on equipment without the requisite doctrine, strategy and training will work miracles.

      • beegeagle says:

        STILL, Pato, how much more training support do they really need? The CTCOIN training partners as we speak are the USA, Pakistan and Israel. The basic CTCOIN pre-deployment training programs which has been ongoing at Kachia, Jaji and Kontagora since 2011 has the best elements of their curriculum finetuned to incorporate local needs and experiences. The Combat Engineer and K9 units are US-trained.

        So are the current training partners not good enough (???) or is there something which I am not getting right?

      • triggah says:

        Sorry Mr pato have you ever heard of any acquisition that comes without crew training and maintenance? Definitely when you buy any military equipment it almost always come with the option of training crews for it. Haba. Besides since this is an ongoing conflict patapata they send their own officers to train with you in-country while the war progresses. Please let’s focus on the issue at hand and leave side distractions.

    • bigbrovar says:

      I am in complete agreement with Oga peccavi here on the need to get the basics right first before thinking of buying hardware.. The key to insurgency fighting is training and tactical awareness. This is way more important than hardware anyone who doubts should go and read about the US campaign in Vietnam where the kernel of the US war strategy in combating the Vietcong was to rely on superior overwhelming fire power, the air (sustained bombing, air strikes, artillery etc).. In the end all their effort proved ineffective at curbing the Vietcong and the rest his history.

      Boko Haram has shown that they are very tactical and have adapted time and again each time leaving our security forces in the dust. Right now they have succeeded in taking initiative, forced our security forces to maintain defensive positions hence allowing BH to choose the next point of attack. Right now the army leadership seem completely clueless on the best way to tackle BH.

      Before we can even talk about hardware, we need to first know the enemy, this is where intelligence is very crucial, Intelligent is what would allow our air-force to perform surgical strikes against the insurgent .. I read an account of the French intervention in Mali, How every weapon and materials recovered from the enemy was tagged, recorded and and sent to the intelligent unit for analysis. Counter insurgency is essentially an intelligence war and right now I don’t see how we are making progress in that regard. We lack direction or leadership in our approach against the insurgent and everything seem reactionary. The command structure of the army itself seems bogus and one can not point to a specific oga at the top responsible for the whole operation.

      For me the issue most facing the army is that of leadership, fix that before we can even begin to talk of hardware. Throwing all the hardware in the world to the army would not solve the BH problem, not with the way things are handled.

      • peccavi says:

        Thank you.
        Again Op Serval is in essence the best practice, hopefully when I can find an open source report, I’ll try and write a comparison to my analysis at the time.
        But this is also what I’mm alluding to when i refer to maps etc. The French intelligence preperation of the battlespace was first class. They had identified all the identifiable allowing them to negate the enemies local knowledge and advantages, in fact at some points they went completely low tech to confuse and defeat the enemy. Firepower was used at the precise point of need not willy nilly. it was textbook minimalist manouvre warfare.
        The point though is we are not making use of our home advantage, we have satellites, the US is on our side, we need to get our territory mapped and have ready made contingency plans for all situations. The staff in the AOR are busy with day to day operations so get a G2 and G3 cell seconded over to plan future operations

  24. drag_on says:

    @ Oga beeg.
    The Education is obviously not meant for you,but those who don’t know

  25. peccavi says:

    Oga Beeg, you are preaching to the choir. Again re read my posts on Op Entirety, using air ground forces etc. My wet dream would be combined kiowa/ gazelle or MBBs/ Hueys.
    Keep the hinds for deep strike into Chad, Niger and Cameroun, while the little choppers are used to lift small packets of troops and provide close support, much more manoeuvrable, easy to find HLS’s etc.

    But the issue is even the kit we have we are not using properly, a 5 hour response time is ridiculous. That either means They didn’t get the warning on time or did not get the machines operable on time or troops on standby or had no contigency plan or had no maps or night flying capability.
    These are all failures of planning and leadership.

    We need a wholescale relief in place, relieve 7 Div replace with another division reinforced with another Brigade, give them leave and retraining and after 6-12 months put them back in the fight.

    There should be no reason that a QRF could not get there by land or air in time with adequate warning. Some of my best childhood memories are from my FGC.

    We need to be proactive in calling for solutions, as alluded to I agree with much in terms of rearming and re-equipping but it is only 30-40% of the problem

    • freeegulf says:

      how can u relieve an entire division? hmm u seem to be forgetting the part about morale.
      this is pure confusionist theory and would be a bad idea.

      from hindsight, one it seemed a bad idea to replaced JTF. as a tri service unit, DHQ had the prestige to fight for. now, NA is making it look like their own separate battle. however, nothing can change the div now, its there to stay. training, replacement, rest, re not the answer to the needs of the NE.

      without changing 7 Div, simply rotate the troops. troops currently in the NE that have been there for over 9 months should be rotated and troops from other formations should pick the fight. 7 Div stays, period.

  26. doziex says:

    Its not like anyone could ever accuse nigeria of wasteful defense spending.
    We exist in an environment, where prochurement is almost non existent.
    We are saying buy, buy, buy, because there is little to no acquisition of any kind taking place.

    Whether we are talking about the french in OP servral, the KDF in southern somalia , ISAF in afghanistan or the coalition in iraq, the availability of sufficient kit and logistics was always a given.
    Even the UK in afghanistan demanded more helicopters to add to their already formidable capability.
    PMC operated helicopters had to be hired to add to ISAFs already formidable capability.

    We followed the KDF and the French malian ops on this blog. And I am already on record pointing out that the existence of adequate airpower has prevented al shabab or the malian insurgents from bringing their technicals and other weaponry to bear on troops.

    I long ago warned on how this war will turn, when BH gets technicals, cause NA simply doesnt have the air power to observe, fix and neutralise this units. So now, we have mechanised BH units in technicals and captured APCs launching frontal assaults on army bases, air bases and major towns like damaturu.

    The French neutralized most of the enemies dangerous mobile assets with air power.
    We have seen chad, niger, ivory coast, guinea as well as sudan bulk up on su-25s, mi-24s and like aircrafts in the midst of combat, and NAF wants to take forever to field the little we have decided to prochure.

    So in conclussion, you guys are barking up the wrong tree complaining about prochurement in our armed forces, there isnt any going on.

    • Bigbrovar says:

      Truth is I have lost faith in our armed forces and their political and civilian leadership.. I saw the CoS at the Centennial celebration all dressed up with broad smiles on their faces and I shook my head at their lack of shame.. Thousands of children are drying under their watch and they are buying attending dinner parties. That is the extent of apathy among our leadership.. How else would u describe the upping of a chief of staff whose base was sacked and air platform destroyed by insurgents to chief of defense staff? We really have no shame or strategy or clue or even the will to fight this. Let’s call on the French or the Brits to come safe our ass as we are completely and utterly unwilling to end this.

    • drag_on says:

      Oga doziex, is it not obvious to all already? The nations you mentioned use specific types of Air platforms we don’t have. Do you know that the Kenyans have a version of the super tucano? The French Airforce use PGMs and GPS bombs. The su25’s being used by the Nigerien’s and chadians can deploy 500kg Laser-guided munitions and air to ground missiles. Our f-7s and Alphas can only deploy dumb bombs. A terrorist only need to be picked up by a french drone armed with a laser designator and their technicals are history(they will never see it coming).We could put lasers on our drones/albatros,but where is the su25s? We should not be using dumb bombs in this day and age. The only silver lining is that it seems as though the Mi35m’s are Day/Night birds and use ATGMs. We cant patrol the North East with just boots on the ground,it is huge(6x N.Ireland) and the troops have to be rotated. The U.S. use now, mostly predator and reaper drones in COIN. Europe use PGMs, and we want to use Gunships? How successful was Russia with that? Can we scramble 4helics at any given time to any emergency location,considering their maintenance cycles? Boko haram never stray far off from their havens across the border. If we are to get them we have to deploy systems capable of large range day/night surveillance. But as oga peccavi said,we have to use our brains as well, we should have a heat map of their attacks that should give us an idea of their most probable location and allow us to concentrate our forces.

  27. asorockweb says:

    The gaps in our system/society is wide enough for 100 Boko Haram trucks, moving abreast, to drive through.

    The Federal Government College in Yobe state is an obvious target and should have been protected, or at least defended – BUT come to think of it, so was Bama.

    Even a one hour reaction time would have been too late.

    The only way to get a reaction time quicker than one hour is to use the local forces/police.

    In any of the security meetings that is held with political leadership, did anyone ask “FGC Buni-Yadi, is it protected? is it safe?” – we don’t need a gunship to ask this basic question.

    If the question was asked and the answer was “NO”, they should have told the parents to pickup there children, or redistribute the kids to safer schools.

    If the question was asked and the answer was “YES”, then it is time to start trying people for criminal negligence.

    Good roads are now a security issue – unless we are willing to buy hundreds of helicopters.

    The FG has to realize that they can’t wish Boko Haram away. Even if Boko Haram is destroyed today, the gaps in our system ensures that there will be a Boko Haram version 2.

  28. lordfej says:

    http://www.vanguardngr.com/2014/02/dhq-commences-special-operation-flush-insurgents/ please does this mean that the recent special command elements are already operating

  29. peccavi says:

    Ehe Oga Doziex you were correct in your predictions, I happily concur and bow and tremble.
    But you still seem to be missing my overwhelming point, which is buy, buy buy is only sensible when you know what you are buying. In the previous thread where you mentioned MRAPs, AMISOM and ISAF I pointed out we are facing a different type of threat.
    If you do not properly assess a threat but simply go out an buy kit because the Israelis, ISAF etc are using it, you are just turning a problem into an expensive problem

    • doziex says:

      I just dont see what harm you percive in nigeria’s aquisition of MRAPs.
      While it is true that rpgs can defeat mraps/apcs, the likelihood of that happening can be decreased by the accompanying infantry tactics.
      Slat armor can also be wielded on, to reduced the mraps vulnerability to RPGs.

      However, on the pro side, mraps offer survivability against up to 50 kcal rounds. Whereas, a ride in a hilux truck is a death sentence.

      In iraq, as soon as iraqi forces upgraded from hilux trucks to US up armored humvees, they became better able to dominate their battle space, they fought and stopped running.
      Also, in Amisom, UPDF experienced the same improvement as soon as the west underwrote their Mrap purchases.

      Just the improvement in troop moral and the reduction in troop vulnerability, however slight, is worth the purchase.
      The result would be more robust patrols, more domination of the battle space, and a force more eager to engage with the enemy.

      If you ask me, MRAPs, attack and transport helicopters, tucanos,drones , a heavily armed and fortified attack jet like the Su-25 frogfoot and ofcourse counterinsurgency warfare advisors is what the doctor ordered for this conflict.

      As for my predictions, fair is fair, I was slammed when I made many of them, so my accuracy should be acknowledged when I am proven right.

      • peccavi says:

        I don’t recall slamming you (maybe I did) I’m actually genuinely appreciating your foresight. I just thought their tactics would be different.
        Like I said, analyse the problem, in Somalia the IED threat was and is high, both roadside and VBIED, in Nigeria it is now mainly handheld or person borne, the biggest issue is the fast, heavily armed technicals and motorcycle mounted foot soldiers, overwhelming positions. So you need something that is as fast and well armed, not heavy MRAPs which are restricted in their movements. There are a plethora of vehicles that have armour protection, speed and firepower without going down the MRAP route simply because UPDF have them.

        Personally I would rather have a Hilux, WMIK, (maybe Humvee biut I dont like them) Jackal or any other light recce vehicle than an MRAP. the objective is to be able to close with and destroy the enemy with firepower rather than not get blown up
        Attack jets etc are wonderful but I am a fan of lighter weapons, again this is a preference and I’m arguing from that view point. A hind is an awesome platform but in a war ike this lighter attack helis, dedicated light ground attack like Tucanos, Yaks, etc are much better

  30. OriginalPato says:

    @Oga Beeg, the NA has made strides in CTCOIN training but really hasn’t adapted doctrine nor develop strategies for the current situation.
    @triggah, yes the Russians, Germans etc will train our pilots, ground crew and ancillary staff nko? Abi were you not aware that entire fleet of F7 was grounded not too long ago. We had to import Pakistanis to get some to fly.
    Moreover just like Oga Peccavi said what’s the point of buying kits and gadget without developing an overall strategy of fighting the enemy..

    • freeegulf says:

      oga pato, i get where u are coming from, but your point is too extreme and far off.
      yes, we need the will power, both political and military. yes, some of us found it strange that NAF got the defence top notch job when they couldn’t even secure their prized assets in a conflict zone. and of course, there is a need to be more rigorous. but like someone mentioned, what is the need of the QRF if there are no assets to lift them to the hot spots?

      peccavi admires the french ‘minimalists’ approach to operation Serval, but he forgets to mention that this so called text book COIN ops had fighter jets, drones, and choppers as part of the campaign. what has NAF got? which new hardware have they introduced into the theatre since launch of the SOE?

      if the air force, army and SSS are doing their optimum best ( in terms of procurement, without political headaches, and seriousness to combat these marauders ) the high losses in terms of civilian deaths and army casualties could easily have been avoidable, or best, reduced to a minimum that makes BH archaic.
      without the needed materiel, these ops will continue to be prosecuted on an hamstring budget with these BH completely safe in havens in cameroun.
      like i mentioned ealier, you re on point about leadership, in fact, this was the main reason i told oga doziex, that bringing in PMC isnt the solution. however, putting a gag on calls for defence procurement is a non starter. we need these weapons, and even the ‘minimalist’ approach wouldn’t be possible without the needed and proper kits.

  31. Most of the time, we take it for granted that there are soldiers are out there keeping the country safe, but do we really appreciate the work that they put in? This is a piece reminding us to take a minute out of our busy schedules just to respect what they do, appreciate them and even pray for their safety. As a kid I had this dream of being a soldier but in the end, I gave up on it because I couldn’t give it my all. You see, a soldiers life is not for all. It requires courage, determination, fire and a spine of steel. For in the dust, sun or rain, a soldier must still remain a soldier before being a person. One has to be ready to have blistered feet, little sleep, poor food. Overworked and underpaid, they are moved from one destination to another with the simple stroke of a pen. They may not be perfect, but these brave men and women have their lives on hold while the army takes first place. They live in a life on limbo and are sometimes sent out to far off and dangerous places for months on end to defend the territories of Nigeria. Their job is to defend the country from internal and external threats and they are doing the best that they can with the little resources available to them. Everyday in Maiduguri and beyond, soldiers are blown to pieces. Their families often don’t even see their corpses or say goodbye. A minute silence, that is what they get in the end. We have a habit of turning it off in our head when statistics of fatality is listed on the news or in the papers. 5 JTF officers killed yesterday at a gun battle with Boko Haram, 2 soldiers killed on the creaks of the Delta, a platoon blown to pieces in Abuja 3 dead, more in hospital…we seem to see these as just numbers, well we can’t afford to anymore. In the blink of an eye, bones are shattered, flesh is scattered, lives are lost, and plans are stuffed out. Families are left bare and dreams are forever frozen, never to be completed again. This is a common occurrence, but one we should never gets used to. These numbers are fathers, husbands, sons, brothers, uncles, lovers, friends and colleagues. They had dreams, aspirations, plans, and lives waiting for them but many get killed in the line of duty. We can’t afford to take that for granted because most times while we sleep, hundreds of them are awake patrolling, protecting, defending and strategizing so that we can wake up in a safer Nigeria. In a country not at war, we are loosing too many soldiers and my prayer is that they and the civilians are spared of further casualties. We aren’t there when a mother is told that her son is dead. We’re safe in our homes when a father has to hold back tears that his only son can only be returned in pieces. We’re living our lives when a daughter is told that her future just flew in the dust with the bombs that ended her fathers life. We’re oblivious of the moments when families and friends are confronted with the reality that they would never see their loved one again… So today, even if we were not privy to their pain, I want us to take a moment to say thank you, and then offer a prayer for those who have laid their lives on the line for us, and for the ones who continue to do so. This imperfect group of patriots who get up each morning knowing that wearing that uniform may lead to their death but having the courage to do so anyway. For the brave men and women of the Nigerian army who fight to keep us safe, may God keep you safe, and we pray you come back to your family in one piece. You are our everyday heroes! (This piece is dedicated to ‘Bigman’. You are a hero yesterday, today and tomorrow) A soldier who paid the price for our safety
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  32. freeegulf says:

    oga peccavi, how can u relieve an entire division? hmm u seem to be forgetting the part about morale.
    this is pure confusionist theory and would be a bad idea.

    from hindsight, one it seemed a bad idea to replaced JTF. as a tri service unit, DHQ had the prestige to fight for. now, NA is making it look like their own separate battle. however, nothing can change the div now, its there to stay. training, replacement, rest, re not the answer to the needs of the NE.

    without changing 7 Div, simply rotate the troops. troops currently in the NE that have been there for over 9 months should be rotated and troops from other formations should pick the fight. 7 Div stays, period.

    like oga doziex mentioned, its not like we are currently spending on acquisition. for a country this size, we re quite acquisition shy. and when finally they desire to buy the miserly few, peeps in defence ministry will all be scrambling to get their cut.
    we are not doing nearly enough. and like marshal beeg said, we have had a COIN program running continuously for the last 3 years. our staff officers are not dumb. the SOE just have to be enforced more honestly without the political blackmails and manipulations that re currently curtailing the military initiatives.

  33. jimmy says:

    OGA PECCAVI THE FRENCH did not have a minimalist approach in operation serval When they ran out of troop carrying planes their normandiane brothers lifted them . When they needed up to date photos silly spats between their AMERICAN BRETHREN did not get in the way of REAL TIME HIGHLY CLASSIFIED satellite photos being shipped to the paris defense headquarters from LANGLEY . In short Paris has the full backing of two of the most powerful organizations on planet Earth NATO and the E.U.
    Please can we agree at least that we are not asking for shiny toys but what has been set aside in budgetary allocations for these HELICOPTERS. it is a crying shame that as the cries of the innocent grow louder that embarrassment shame and guilty conscience will force the f.g to loosen the purse strings to buy the Helios we need.
    This is not an emotional need not a knee jerk need this is a real need in real time that keeps get glaring if it is not 10 people killed here or there it is simply a need to move troops who are ready for combat from A TO B within a specified period of time and yes troops can not be everywhere all at the same time but they need to Somewhere at some point in time.

  34. bigbrovar says:

    The question no one seem to be asking here is. What is our overall strategy for combating BH? are we during a search and destroy or, are we trying to create safe zones and hence isolating the insurgency? What is our overall strategic goal and how do we attain it? I am not against getting the latest hardware and stuff but we need to have an overall strategy otherwise our mission in the NE is doomed to failure. This is not a conventional war (obviously) and BH seem to have perfected the guerrilla warfare doctrine laid down by Mao Zedong ” If they advance, we retreat. If they halt, we harass, if they avoid fighting, we attack, if they withdraw, we follow.” This is what we have seen BH playout their strategy and we seem to lack the antidote to contain them.

    We are dealing with an enemy that is not afraid to take looses in the interest of attaining their strategic goal which they have been doing effortlessly. Ho Chi Minh the former communist leader of north vietnam once had this to say about the American effort “You can kill ten of my men for every one I kill of yours…But even at these odds you will lose and I will win.” BH don’t mind loosing 20 men for every Nigerian soilder they kill, what matters is attaining their goal which right now is creating a psychological circle of violence on the populace. How well do we even know the enemy?

    Without a good strategy.. the US even with all their fire power and superior hardware experienced tactical success in many battles yet strategic failure as a whole. Sadly I see Nigeria going the same route. One of the factors responsible for the failure of Israel in the hands of Hezbollah in 2006 war is the over reliance on technology and the adaptation of the american doctrine of supreme overwhelming fire power.. the idea you can bomb the enemy into submission failed woefully and Israel is widely regarded to have lost that war. Without a sound strategy Nigeria is heading towards the same mistake.

    • doziex says:

      That is why we need experienced advisors be they from friendly governments or privates

      How much help do you think a general like McChrystal or Petraeus would be in an advisory role to the confused situation that prevails ?

      I would actually prefer colonel eeben Barlow or his colleagues who are used to working in african conditions, within african militaries.

      I am not equating NA to angola or sierra leones military, but a blind man can tell that NA is in some trouble now.
      The conventional pedigree of our armed forces is of no use in this counterinsurgency war.

      NA went through the insurgency ecomog wars, but buried the heroics as well as the failures.
      So precious years were lost without NA learning from the experience.
      BH finally woke NA up to the counterinsurgency reality of today, and general Ihejirika to his credit has re oriented NA for COIN.

      However, rome was not built in a day.

  35. ifiok umoeka says:

    Hmm, let me start by saying goodmorning sir.
    I don’t think we equip and training should be an either/or! They aren’t exclusive! My Oga Peccavi, we see eye to eye on most issues perhaps except this! When u talk training and doctrine, except u’re saying it will be theories, then I think equipment will be needed otherwise what would a hind pilot train with or how would the QRF practice those drills except with hips or pumas or what ever other assault copters available to them and pls don’t say simulators either!

  36. ifiok umoeka says:

    Don’t let anyone deceive u, Sarvel wasn’t minimalist or low tech in any way! OK granted that the Chadians showed up in their venerable land cruisers but that’s about all! Rafael, mirage 2000s, tigre, A400, predators, harlangs… These don’t sound low tech to me! That TV showed us VBL and VAB doesn’t make it low tech! If u only knew they array of C5ISTAR in plays for that conflict, u’ll be dazed! Interestingly, a lot weren’t from France as has been pointed out! Minimalist maneuvers are only possible were there are overwhelming tech superiority! Lest we 4get, Mali is bare country!

    “That either
    means They didn’t get the warning on
    time or did not get the machines
    operable on time or troops on standby
    or had no contigency plan or had no
    maps or night flying capability…”

    OR THAT THE ASSETS WE HAVE ARE TOO FEW AND AS SUCH WERE IN MAINTANANCE AND WEREN’T AVAILABLE!

  37. ifiok umoeka says:

    “We need a wholescale relief in place,
    relieve 7 Div replace with another
    division reinforced with another
    Brigade, give them leave and retraining
    and after 6-12 months put them back
    in the fight.”

    How long did it take 2 mobilize and move all our troops to NE from the announcement of the SOE? What was the state of BH on one hand and our logistics on the other hand? If u can get those figures perhaps we can calculate how many weeks it would take to relocate a div in the middle of a continues fierce fight!
    By the way, PERHAPS WE SHOULD ALSO RELOCATE THE MILLIONS OF NIGERIANS LIVING IN ADAMAWA, BORNU AND YOBE UNTIL THE REPLACEMENT DIV IS IN PLACE…

  38. ifiok umoeka says:

    I’m sorry Bigbrovar, what do u mean by Israel lost the war?

    • bigbrovar says:

      There failed to achieve their strategic aim which were the recovery of the kidnapped soldiers and to destroys Hezbollah’s capacity to fire rockets or wage war against Israel. Both objectives were not achieved.

  39. ifiok umoeka says:

    What is this talk of over reliance on technology? Do we even have technology? Pls name one that we have now, just one! We talk on the police and civil defence corp defending the villages, are we real? With what? Except u’re saying we field 100,000 infantry men to guard every street, farm etc but 1st tell me where u intend to get them from? Oh, stripe. Them from all formation in and out of the country and leave the rest of the country defenseless right!
    Yes we have hundreds of amoured vehicle but how many of them would even start, how many have their equipment functional, how many can take a .50 cal AP round and shrug it off, how many have their primary weapon operational? If ur ans are all in the -ve, friends we need equipment! Whether new one or refurbs, we need equipment!
    Someone had mentioned how the Russians in South Ossetia used satellite phones to communicate, what we fail to appreciate is the that Gen’s radio failed and he had to depend on a journalist’s radio to get HQ! Is that a plus? Have u read the Russian report of their conduct of the 2008 war? Well they had a lot of hard knock reserved for themselves may I surprise u, replacing the venerable hinds with havocs and blacksharks amongst others are a direct result of the analysis of that war

  40. peccavi says:

    Oga freegulf and Oga Ifiok: it is standard practice, it is a specific drill known as a relief in place and can be done for a section of 8 men or a division of 10,000. Its nothing special. The US relieved their divisions in Iraq each tour cycle.
    The purpose of relieving the entire division is to allow them to all rest and retrain together. when you say keep 7 Div and rotate the Brigades again i partially agree except I think the 7 Div HQ staff need to be relieved, given rest, retraining and then come up with a new concept of ops.
    Oga jimmy: When I say minimalist I mean in relation to the general NATO approach of bomb first, bomb second and bomb last, the air campaign was extrememly targetted, and this was due to the excellent intelligence picture they had built up and thus they were able to target the enemy precisely.
    Minimalist does not mean low tech, low firepower, maybe I’m using the term incorrectly. What I’m trying to say is they used it at exactly the right point. The fighting in the Ifoghas Mountains was old school to the core, boys on the ground taking the fight to the enemy.
    the point is not to fight like France or like Israel or whatever but to develop our own style and doctrine peculiar to our circumstance, terrain and capabilities and utilise it. Not just photocopy what we see somewhere else and then wonder why its not working

  41. ifiok umoeka says:

    My brother, the issue is adhering to the practice of periodic rotation! The standard is 6months and if that was in place, we wouldn’t be talking of moving the 7th out and bringing anor! Again u seem 2 have 4goten that we are talking of the Nigerian armed forces here and what may be common practice by Nato is something else for us, need I remind u of the amount of lift assets we have, both operational and otherwise! How long will it take and what would BH be doing in the interim?
    On the other hand, committing totally fresh men 2 an ongoing operation in that scale (replacing the entire force at ones) negates all that has been learned and in my opinion is very dumb!
    Why not say create a structure 1st with an over all commander with his staff made up of the different components represented across the services then rotate battalions with the entire asset focused on the movement of the battalion only and moving to another one! This will keep distractions down, maintain cohesion and even raise morals! In 2 to 3 months we could have a fresh div in place with all the advantages and non of the disadvantages!

  42. asorockweb says:

    Nigerian Divisions have an AOR.
    They do not rotate wholesale.

    In my book, the transition from the JTF to 7 Div. was premature.
    After the first weeks of the SoE actions against the BH camps, military or political leadership felt that, going forward, Boko Haram could just be managed and slowly eradicated.

    Hence the formation of 7 Div and the dissolution of the JTF.

    I believe military and/or political leadership is still going for the “managed and slow eradication” policy – maybe that’s why we don’t have an overall commander for the fight against BH.

  43. peccavi says:

    The purpose for the RIP is to get 7 Division rested, retrained and refitted.
    I would suggest placing another division there in order to change the game a bit. As I said a RIP is a standard manoeuvre taught in every doctrine, thus there are contingencies and overlap. Logistics consists of trucks of which we have many in Nigeria. It requires planning and coordination, however you cannot leave the same people fighting day in day out.

    Once the RIPis concluded and 7 Div has rested, retrained and refitted they can rotate back in and then every 6 months Brigades or Battalions rotate in and out. however I believe there needs to be a clean break, a rethink and restrategising.
    Completely fresh men are committed to operations regularly. Understand how soul destroying it is to be fighting constantly for months and months while the rest of the army is relaxing.

  44. freeegulf says:

    these Divs cant be rotated wholly, because each Div has its own AOR. they only rotate troops and officers, including staff officers. the ops does not stop any regular military calendar, things continue smoothly. officers go for their courses, men are rotated, albeit, late and their tour pay always delayed.
    heck, even in LBR and SRL, officers continued to attend courses as at when due.

    @oga aso rock, yes, with the benefit of hindsight i believe JTF should have been kept in place and let the defence HQ run the ops rather than A’HQ. a new Div could have still been created, but this new Div shouldn’t have replaced the tri service JTF. and the CDS should have relocated his office to Maiduguri.

    having a single officer directly commanding these forces is always dicey given the complicated nature of the Nigerian political environment. they fear that a successful field commander might start thinking too highly of himself. this is Nigeria, politics always comes first. we had the same issue of Benjamin Adekunle of the 3MCD fame. same with Buhari after recovering our territories from chad. the same fear led to the early replacement of joshua dongonyaro after he successfully cleared Monrovia of NPLF. same cloud of suspicion around Victor Malu after he stabilized things in LBR. Khobe suffered the same fate due to his success in SRL. such its the sad reality of the Nigerian situation. in a country like India this wouldn’t be a problem. this is because their army is apolitical. however, in a country like Pakistan, it would be a major headache just like Nigeria, history of army hijacking power will scare the political class into diluting the arrow job.

    the best will be to allow DHQ run the ops under a multi faceted fronts, with staff officers from the three services, and other security agencies putting in the punch hours. the CDS should spearhead the ops but in a more subtle way. the air force and navy are a little bit less threatening than the khaki green boys.
    everything in Nigeria is just manage, very unfortunate. hopefully, we will grow to become a stronger and united nation, prosperous and a joy to the black race.

  45. ifiok umoeka says:

    Oga Bigbrovar, I came 4th in my primary 3 and my head master called me up and gave me a public trashing! It took me a while 2 get it, HE EXPECTED MORE FROM ME! Every one expected Israel 2 always come out unscathed but war is like soccer, anything can happen! Israel FAILED in achieving it (very dumb and unreasonable) objectives but that doesn’t mean that hezbollah DEFEATED Israel!
    What surprises me is that we always run 2 this 2006 war 2 support our argument against military tech! In doing so, we forget that Hezbollah was actually using hi tech! From drones to rockets, ASCM to ATGM, NVG to advanced network of bunkers etc! Since then, Hezbollah has actually acquired more hi tech weapons or died trying, they will be laughing @ our ‘all hi tech tools are bad, let stick to desert camo hilux’ thinking!
    By the way, Hezbollah has not fired a shot in anger @ Israel since the in spite of Israeli assassinations and provocation! I thought they won!
    Pls let’s give our boys ad girls the tools they need!

    • bigbrovar says:

      Oga Ifiok, I am not against high tech or hardwares oo, I have many times advocated for a better equipped airforce for force protection and projection, I would be the happiest man the day we acquire, T90s, su30s and the likes.. my take is we need a strategy first while we we acquire the needed hardware we also need a sound strategy. It is the strategy we device that would then throw up what is needed to execute such strategy, We currently have a number of drones and a powerful satellite in space yet we can not even seem to determine what to do with them, whatever strategy we device is what would determine with best hardware we need to go for…

  46. ifiok umoeka says:

    My Oga, if u have followed my previous posts, u’d see that our positions converge! In fact, I think its vision we need! Its the aspirations u have that moves u think of ways of achieving it right? However, we don’t need to star gaze to determine that u need transport or that considering the topography, men available and prompt nature of these missions, that copters are what u need! Or that for sustained ops, u factor in wear & tear as well as maintainance circle, otherwise why would we buy assets in twos & threes? I don’t need to go on!

  47. rka says:

    Newly deployed officers and 5,000 troops are being used in this current offensive.

    “The spokesman of the Defence Headquarters, Major General, Chris Olukolade disclosed that more than 5,000 combatants supported by modern equipment and commanded by newly deployed officers are participating in the latest military exercise which was described as an exercise designed to mark “a new phase in operations to further contain the terrorists and their activities”.
    http://247ureports.com/?p=48278

    • jimmy says:

      oga rka
      what are we supposed to make of this. i want to cautious about this . i want to believe that the bitter lessons have been learned that the NAF AIR FORCE OFFICER IN CHARGE is virtually best friends with the ARMY OFFICER IN CHARGE, No I AM NOT BEING SARCASTIC.I am being serious for any operation to work ,it is very crucial as the Yoruba goes one hand must wash the other.
      So we are are led to believe these are fresh troops that@ 5,000 MEN, NEW EQUIPMENT AND FRESH OFFICERS are more than ready to take on the onslaught, blow back and the final elimination of the boko haram,however before we start to dance they will need more troops the NE as has been repeated on this blog so many times is huge and these troops have to be backed up by Helios/ artillery strikes/ and fixed winged aircraft we can not cheap our way out of this.
      GODS SPEED PLEASE I BEG IF WE ARE DEFENDING THE NAIRA WITH $1B CAN WE ALSO DEFEND OUR TROOPS WITH $1B.

    • OriginalPato says:

      I was at Kuru, Plateau State on Saturday for a bosom friend’s wedding when a convoy of a NA battalion heading towards the NE (I believe they came from Kaduna) passed by, and was shocked to see that the mode of transportation were mostly commercial 18 seater buses. They young chaps were packed like sardines in those vehicles. To make matters worse they NA hired buses from at least 8 different commercial transporters. At least the Army should have trucks and luxurious buses, if they can cannot deploy troops via aircrafts.

      Also yesterday, I saw some navy SBS commandos acting as VIP protection detail for some senior officer. I can’t help but complain about the “bastardisation” of our special forces in protecting politicians and VIPs. Is protecting VIPs part of their job descriptions?

      • rka says:

        High ranking VIPs and top military personnel are usually also protected by SF troops around the world, but not your average politician. That can be done by anti-terrorist Police and the like.

  48. rka says:

    BTW, commercial vehicles are sometimes commandeered to transport troops to a given location but not the frontline. You will probably find that they were being transported to a given RVP and from there with the required equipment to the frontline.

  49. peccavi says:

    Ok so make we enter the gist
    Because a div has an AOR does not mean another Div can’t move into it. Thus 82 Div can rotate into 7 Div AOR and 7 Div into 82 Div. Again the mechanics of the RIP are not what we are talking about, that again is a specific drill and can be worked out easily. In essence the relieving unit arrives, familiarises, performs a hand over and takes over any kit or vehicles being left behind, the existing unit departs, thus there is never a gap.
    The HQ departs last, in with the nbew HQ bedding in and gradually taking over functions and tasks.
    This campaign is not going to end quickly so we need to plan ahead and bear in mind that the burden can not fall on one set of soldiers alone.
    Thus once 7 Div has been relieved, it should be rested, resupplied, brought up to strength and then retrained and prepared for the upcoming task. In order to manage all of this a Corps commander must be designated with a Corps HQ that controls the entire campaign. The Corps Commander should be in post for at least 4 years, i.e. for 8 rotations of sub units, Div HQ should be in post for 2 years. In essence continuity of command will make the campaign logical and systemic.
    However sub units cannot remain in post for that long, 6-12 months on the front line is enough.
    But in order to restart and reset the offensive the entire unit should be relieved as a whole

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