A Nigerian Army soldier in an Otokar Cobra APC in counterinsurgency operations in Borno.

16 April, 2014

A total number of 121 students of the Government Girls’ Secondary School, Chibok have been freed this evening in the ongoing search and rescue operations to free the abducted students.

With this development, the Principal of the School confirmed that only 8 of the students are still missing.

According to Major General Chris
Olukolade who spoke with our
correspondent, “One of the terrorists who carried out the attack on the school has also been captured”. He said “Efforts are underway to locate the remaining 8 students.”

Although there were contradictory reports on the number of the abducted, the Defence Headquarters quoted 129.


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  1. drag_on says:

    All indications suggest they were again heading for a forest, I dont mean to be direct,but what do we have the Gulma for? Please, add FLIR(forward looking infra-red) to the drones and get a 2-3 squadron of these drone to patrol the forests, any vehicle moving in the forest at night will stick out like a sore thumb,the same with humans.The heat signature is unmistakeable and unmissable. Surely, the GULMA is the cheapest air acquisition we can make?

  2. beegeagle says:


    WorldStage Newsonline
    17 April, 2014

    The Nigerian military on Wednesday confirmed that it has freed 107 of the 129 female students of the Government Girls’ Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State kidnapped on Monday night by suspected Boko Haram members.

    In a statement, the spokesperson of the Defence Headquarters, DHQ, Maj. Gen Chris Olukolade said eight of the girls were still missing and one of the alleged attackers had been captured.

    “More students of the Government Girls’ Secondary School, Chibok have been freed this evening in the on-going search and rescue operations to free the abducted students,” Olukolade said.

    “With this development, the Principal of the School confirmed that only eight of the students are still missing. One of the terrorists who carried out the attack on the school has also been captured.“Efforts are underway to locate the remaining eight students.”

    Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, earlier said that 14 of the girls escaped from their abductors.

  3. peccavi says:

    Nice one.
    Lets get the remainder and the dogs who took them.
    All the best to the girls and their families and Godspeed to the rescuers

  4. makanaky says:

    Good and Thanks again to our brave men in uniform, what a very heart warming news.

  5. doziex says:

    Congrats to NA. Or which ever unit conducted this rescue operation.

    This is a much needed moral boost for Nigerians.

    Now it’s time to shut down every secondary school and university, until our security forces can guarantee some semblance of safety.

    Send the kids to finish their schooling in other states at the federal govt’s expense.

    These kids are precious to the nation, and we MUST demonstrate that by providing them the best protection available.

    Civil defense units and police officers should be trained AND EQUIPPED for this job.

    NA need not be the only force in Nigeria capable of dealing with BH.

    We all have our parts to play.

    • asorockweb says:


      May I also recommend a surveillance air-arm for the Civil Defence Corps.

      There are now many cheap light aircraft that can be equipped for surveillance only.

      Air Force pilots take a long time to train and that effort will be wasted flying light surveillance aircraft.
      We need dozens and dozens of air assets for surveillance, not just in the North-East, but throughout the country.

  6. gbash10 says:

    well done to our gallant soldiers,rescue the rest and deal with the blood-suckers.Take no prisoners please!

  7. Henry says:

    Forgive my derailment.

    Here is an important piece of press release from proforce defence.

    Proforce defence armoured fighting vehicle

    Our tracked tanks are suitable for front-line combats with a combination of operational mobility, tactical offensive and defensive capabilities.

    Proforce is working on unleashing its tracked Armoured Fighting Vehicles that can carry a variety of large caliber guns and secondary machine guns on an automatically controlled gun-turret.

    These vehicles are set to have all-terrain mobility that provides accessibility irrespective of the dangerous circumstances surrounding the battle field and heavy armour to withstand RPGs, EFPs and other anti-tank missiles.

      • Are James says:

        I wish to state at the risk of sounding like a wet blanket that Proforce does not have ongoing capability to manufacture tracked tanks. They have the continued support and encouragement of all Nigerians and a federal government committed to the development of local defence industry but we are all still a few years away from the promised land.
        So, let us not boast of what we can’t do, raise false hopes and give the wrong impression.

      • Henry says:

        @Are james, I most time refuse to reply your comments, because I find them absolutely ludacris. The press release comes from the company, if you have a problem with it, forward your concerns to them.

      • igbi says:

        Oga Are James, I think you are very wrong. Give me a team, give me the books and in 10 months time, I will have them making tanks. Proforce is doing adverts for its newest products, and apparently that product is a tank.

      • igbi says:

        Oga Are James, with all due respect, I don’t understand this your comment, unless you want to say that you know proforce better than the people running it. They are advertising their product, and you are here saying they can’t produce that same product.

      • AreJames says:

        Kindly open the link and look through the Proforce brochure. If you see any picture of a tracked armoured vehicle or even a description of such a product in the text then call me whatever you like. I am an engineer of 25 years and I know what it takes to not only to develop a tracked fighting vehicle but the more serious investments required to start manufacturing them.
        Pakistan is currently dangling a JV arrangement with us to jointly produce an armoured tank and we have all made comments about that, what you guys don’t know however is that as far back as 1985 when I left university, that country had 200 medium scale foundries and probably 5 very large ones. This is what we call basic engineering infrastructure.
        The FG is currently making the right moves in this direction but I won’t kid you the financial layout and technical effort is considerable but well within the scope of what we can achieve.
        I still maintain that the press release was made by overzealous PR staff of Proforce who don’t know what they are talking about.

      • AreJames says:

        There’s also talk in the brochure of UAVs and God knows what.
        I leave it to the discriminating faculties of the readers of the brochure what to believe.They have my continued admiration and I think government should do all that is possible to support them in actualizing this visions but to claim you actually have the products developed and ready to roll off some production line is stretching it a bit.

      • igbi says:

        @Are James, I think you missed a few things here:
        1) Someone shared a link from a company, and nobody brought up any debate, it is just a link either you like it or not.
        2) The people who made that webpage (proforce) are much more credible than yourself in matters concerning their own production.
        3) Your debate lacks following and also verifiability and (excuse me for the term ) sense.
        4) One thing people need to understand is how to prove things: bringing in your claimed credentials is not a way to prove anything.
        5) You should understand that the reader also has eyes and doesn’t need you to comment on a brochure for him.
        6) Kindly call proforce and have a chat with them and if you feel the need then beg them to remove their ad.
        7) I do recall the senate thanking China for helping Nigeria in mass production of APCs.

  8. Deewon says:

    Good day Gentlemen. i would like to inform you all that four german navy ships are presently in our territorial water and are now sailing towards the port. the vessels are F220 Hamburg
    F263 Oldenburg
    A1413 Bonn
    A1412 Frankfurt am Main.
    and also to inform you that just days ago, USNS Spearhead was also in lagos

    • Are James says:

      Exercise Obangame is starting later this month or next. Lets not get too far ahead of ourselves with negative speculations. We need the exercise for our sailors to hone their seamanship, logistic, communications and weaponry skills.

  9. Deewon says:

    Affirmative Oga Are james. Cameroon, Benin and Ghanian navy ships are also in lagos

  10. asorockweb says:

    The funny thing is, I thought the schools were already closed.

  11. Solorex says:

    Its all over the TV and local papers that only 14 girls were reunited with their parents (as a result of self effort.) The State Government,School authority and Locals are saying 249 students were abducted not 129. Irrespective of whether there was indeed a successful rescue operation or not, We are extremely pained at the way this information management thing is handled and the resulting embarrassment. How did we get our teeth broken this badly eating bean cakes?how difficult can it be to harmonize and manage information within such a small confine. If the Girls have been rescued-well show some on TV and lets hear from some parents that have their girls back already!How difficult can this be? We have a way of turning straight forward things into a debacle and give unscrupulous people a chance to create their own stories and turn everything into a debacle!

  12. startrek says:

    @solarex there is no debacle … we say BH is better equipped and when the army starts doing their thing we accuse them of killing a Particular group. if the military rescued victims in an on going operation its only reasonable that they need to debrief them before releasing them. more over it will not be wise to send them back to the schools….

  13. Kf says:

    It is obviously now clear that the defense headquarters have been feeding us a healthy dose of outhright lies and propaganda. I am a civilian and sadly will no longer believe communiques issued by the defense spokesman. The top echelons of the military should be probed as to how the security votes are being spent and perhaps the search for this young girls be left to local vigilantes and hunters and aggrieved parents.

    • Are James says:

      The lies were deliberate and somebody should be losing his job, i’m sorry.
      It was always fishy a story and I realize now that we all suspected it was but were too lost in the ‘encourage our troops’ euphoria’ to say it out.
      The DDI story was so ‘lagging’ of false newspaper reports and so lacking in ‘coal face’ detail that it just could not have been credible. Also the embellishment that it was the Special Forces that effected release was downright dishonest and further proves it was a deliberate act of headline grabbing.
      I can understand the wildly accepted typical psy ops value of sometimes downplaying own losses while exaggerating enemy losses in war time, even deliberate dis information to confuse the enemynis accepted but when the innocent young lives of our kids are involved I think it is quiet but intense surveillance, sobrlety and disciplined communication that is required instead of playing to the gallery on falsehood.
      By the way, in case everybody here is afraid to ask this question I will.
      What is the value of a young Nigerians life when at least 12 choppers and 3 low flying jets were not scrambled that early morning to comb the whole state looking for the kids? Its at least 30 mins to cover the distances the kidnappers’ trucks would have traveled in any direction if you do a staggered sector scramble of the aircraft from the nearest airbase.
      Was it because some or all of the ‘available choppers’ were required for the PDP rally in Kano the next day?. Why were UAVs not deployed immediately? Is it because the cost and effort of operationalizing them have still not been worked out months after acquisition?.
      On diverting scarce national defence resources to cover VIP security duties we need to ask questions of our collective leadership when confronted by a militarily weak but insidiously evil a force as BH and their backers ….what degree of discipline, selflessness and sacrifice they want to bring to the table. I am actually coming round to the view that there must have been local pooiticalnforces that inspired this war against an incumbent office holder. However it is my view that the way to vanquish them is to be grim, determined and clinically cruel in bringing down the power of the nigerian state on these forces.. The alternative leadership style of slackness,, tolerance for corruption and self seeking behaviours will lead us into the kind of defeat that is going to be studied by students of military history for years to come.
      You are not going lead a winable war against Jihadists, mass murderers and suicide bombers by being an ‘ajebota’, self pampering CIC.
      Grim, hard, spartan and self sacrificing leadership behaviors is the best way to motivate soldiers in the heat, cold, rock, sand, blood and gore of battle.
      But then again I might just be talking bullshit.

    • igbi says:

      Ok, why don’t you go even further ! perhaps we should just disband the army and let everybody defend himself and his family against boko haram !
      So I beg you to speak wisely. This your comment is totally wrong. This is the attitude that can not be tolerated. If you are so unhappy then I suggest you go to the north-east with your boys and do the job, if you can’t do so then give respect where respect is due.

      • Are James says:

        I am actually playing mouthpiece here for all the men in uniform in the NE theatre of war below the rank of Colonel who have my utmost respect and all of the affected parents, some of whom have started combing the forests themselves to look for their loved ones they have my sympathy
        The opinion I have expressed here is deliberate and is designed to have the effect that it is having now – annoying, irreverent, goading, provoking anger, then deep thought and hopefully a re assessment of the attitude of our three branches of government to the war.

  14. Are James says:

    CNN is now piling it in. The Western world is particularly sensitive on gender issues.
    Big PR trouble.

  15. OriginalPato says:

    Alas! If only the DHQ could learn something from this fiasco.
    We have satellites, ELINT/SIGINT aircrafts, balloons, drones both indigenous and foreign, all manner of advanced surveillance equipment, but seem not to know how to use them. And yet people clamour for SU27s, SU30s, F16 and so on this blog..

    • Are James says:

      Operational capability has three dimensions – People, Process and Technology (or Hardware). It does not end with acquisition, it actually starts from that.

      If I ACQUIRE a gun to defend my family, I just own the gun and good luck with that.

      It is after I TRAIN myself to shoot, decide on a procedure for OPERATING the gun during an attack, know where to buy replacement bullets, do a few security drills with my family so that everybody knows what to do. It is after all that that we can say I have holistic CAPABILITY associated with owning the gun.

      • peccavi says:

        Succinct and on point

      • Deway says:

        Oga Are James, you’ve made a point I’ve been trying to make but didnt know how to. Acquisition is not everything. We have satellites, APCs, helicopters, airforce jets, interceptors, artillery pieces, mortars, RPGs, UAVs, 100,000 strong army etc etc. How are we using them???? What is the true capability of our current army?

      • asorockweb says:

        Oga Are James, well said.

        That is the kind of argument that everybody should be able to understand.

        If you throw in the pre-conditions that you insist on the continued occupation of your current house and that no member of your family be violated, you have a more complete picture.

        For those who didn’t get it, I believe this is how this analogy translates to the national level:

        The pre-conditions are the political requirements – territorial integrity and sovereignty

        The family – The people

        You – The military

        The gun – Equipment

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