President Goodluck Jonathan and Vice President Namadi Sambo(in the background)

President Goodluck Jonathan and Vice President Namadi Sambo(in the background)

3 May, 2014

In the wake of a second bomb blast at Nyanya, a suburb near Abuja, the nation’s capital, Nigerian authorities summoned an emergency security meeting to review the security situation in the country.

The meeting chaired by President Goodluck Jonathan with Vice President Namadi Sambo, service chiefs, heads of security agencies
and some ministers in attendance,condemned the latest bomb blast in Nyanya, Abuja, and urged all security agencies to rise to the occasion and rescue the abducted school girls in Chibok, Borno state.

The meeting while commiserating with the families of the deceased in the latest Nyanya blast directed full medical treatment for the victims at government expense.

Briefing State House correspondents after the meeting, the Minister of Information Mr.Labaran Maku,said the meeting instructed the security agencies to adopt additional proactive measures and increase public awareness to enhance public safety and to end the senseless attacks on Nigerians.

Mr. Maku said “President Jonathan at the meeting directed the security agencies to increase surveillance as Government collaborate with neighbouring countries to stem the tide of insecurity in the country.

“The President directed security chiefs to increase surveillance and
expedite investigation into the explosion to ensure that those behind the heinous act are arrested and brought to justice.”

On the abducted girls, Mr. Maku said a fact-finding committee has been set up to unravel the contradiction and inconsistencies on the information giving as a way of ending the crises.

Mr. Maku said “an extensive and intensive aerial surveillance by the
Air Force has been carried out in all the routes leading into and out of Chibok and to the Chad and Cameroun borders to locate the kidnapped girls.” The meeting further appealed to the members of the public to furnish security agencies with all the information that will assist in the rescue of the girls.

“The President also shares in the pain and anguish of the parents and guardians of the Chibok girls abducted by the terrorists. The
President’s heart goes out to these our unfortunate daughters who have had to endure the trauma of abduction and separation from their loved ones. The government and people of Nigeria stand solidly by them,” Mr. Maku added.

“Government also appreciates the public outpouring of support and the sentiment expressed so far by all Nigerians,including civil society groups who have come out to condemn the abduction of the girls and terrorism in the country. Government strongly believes that
the people of Nigeria, standing together, will overcome the current
security challenges. The President has directed that the security agencies should intensify efforts to rescue the Chibok girls. The
President assures Nigerians that wherever the girls are in the world,
we will get them back, apprehend and punish the culprits,” the Minister added.


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  1. Joe says:

    I was watching CNN this morning, and they showed a video clip of Abubakar Shekau in front of an otokar cobra in desert camo, while threatening to sell the kidnapped chibok girls.
    What is going on in this country?
    How do they get their hands on an OTOKAR COBRA?
    This is really sad.
    I will try and find a video

  2. Augustine says:

    @Everbody, is Shekau alive?

    Why should 200 girls be in school inside a war zone? We should blame the school head and parents their error, I won’t put my own sister in a school inside war zone when my head is correct.

    Israeli sniffer dogs may help, parents can bring the girls clothes for the sniffers and special forces in a stealth operation helped by icheokwu hand launched glider drones split in four groups searching in N, S, E,W cardinal directions.

    Gentlemen, can we use sniffer dogs in this situation, will it work?

    • Are James says:

      The UAVs you described and sniffer dogs will work. I suspect however that nowhere in Nigeria’s history has this scale of search ever been done (institutionally) before. So everybody is in head scratching mode. The FBI will come with organization and coordination advice but it would require to be at least a NA division supplemented by CJTF, local hunters UAVs and helicopters. And we have waited almost three weeks.

  3. asorockweb says:

    Mali war – Operation Serval (English subtitles)

  4. Henry says:

    This is what happens when the government/ successive governments fail to properly fund the military.

    Good for nigeria, we have been/continue to be embarrassed in the media across the world.

    The problem however is, we still will not learn anything. We continue to make reoccurring mistakes that continue to embarrass the whole nation, every nigerian.

  5. drag_on says:

    WASHINGTON) — The U.S. State Department said on Monday that it would send a senior official to Nigeria “in the coming days” to discuss the kidnapping of nearly 300 schoolgirls.

    Undersecretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy and Human Rights Sarah Sewall was on her way to Africa on Monday and will spend time in Nigeria “to meet with senior government officials and other key stakeholders,” according to State Department Deputy spokesperson Marie Harf. Harf did not go into specifics, but said that the U.S. would do “everything possible” to locate the girls — echoing a statement Secretary of State John Kerry made this weekend.

    “Our counterterrorism assistance to Nigeria focuses on intelligence and information sharing,” Harf said, “and also improving their forensics and investigative capacities.”

    Well,U.S. intelligence sharing will be a bonus.
    Something we have to accept is the fact that this whole B-Haram issue is really not a military failure,but a policing and intelligence failure. We really need air assets to police Borno,Adamawa and Yobe. Boots cant police these areas, As i said somewhere, these 3 states are the combined size of England. Borno is the hotspot,so a hind operating base should be 5-mins by air from borno. The new tucanos can criss-cross the states. while less armed helics can be located in and patrol adamawa and yobe. Then a helicopter force whose primary mission is to patrol just the border areas with Cameroon,Chad and Niger.
    Finally, a whack around the head for our intelligence guys to get their heads screwed on right so the can find sekaru. The president needs to put pressure on them by daily demanding his location .

    • doziex says:

      Yessir !!

      The soviet union used mine fields, and equipped it’s border guards with hundreds of MI-24 hind attack helicopters.

      Boots, alone are insufficient.

  6. drag_on says:


    Abducted Nigerian schools girls “likely” moved out of country – US
    06/05/2014 | 12:46 AM |

    WASHINGTON, May 5 (KUNA) — The US said Monday that there are many indications that many of the kidnapped school girls in Nigeria have “likely” been moved out of the country.
    State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf told reporters “we have many indications, many of them have likely been moved out of the country to neighboring countries at this point.” She stressed that the US “strongly” urges the Nigerian government to expend all efforts to find the girls, to hold the perpetrators accountable……….

  7. wocon45 says:

    So BH releases a 60 minute video, in the background are two new looking APC’c and a technical mounted with AAA . Shekau says “I am president in Islam”, he declares war against christians. Great! and someone wants me to believe our government knows what they are doing.

  8. beegeagle says:

    The nearest sub-Saharan African country – and the only other one at that – which fields the Otokar Cobra APC is Rwanda.

    So these were either stolen from the NA or captured in ambush or in the field.

    • Are James says:

      …and the only way this happens is ambush by BH ‘boy scouts’ carrying RPGs, crew running out of ammo, the vehicle itself running out of diesel or just brazenly driven into BH camps by saboteurs. If you put all film clips of Shekau posing against backgrounds of armoured cars together, I would say they have a total inventory of about 10 armoured cars. We may have to blow our own stuff from the skies.

      My major problem now is that the FG seems to have decided to hand out the ‘grunt work’ of finding the Chibok girls to the Americans. Very big mistake.

    • Augustine says:

      Algeria’s police has Cobra APC. Libya was to buy Cobra APC in January, Iraq has 600 Cobra APC. All photos of Nigerian APC in NE zone are full green. The NA desert camo Cobras were probably for Mali. Boko has same type of desert camo uniforms and same AK-47 used by Nigerian army. Would all those be captured from us?

      Boko produced 3 fake Shekaus in one year, why should I believe everything they say?
      Terrorists play mind games and crafty psychology.

      Where did they get the first Mowag APC ? We did not deploy that in NE i assume.

      The real Shekau is dead, my conclusion. Why? well, the original Shekau has a fresh young face and slim body, more refined and cool mien.

      These fake Shekaus are older, rough faced, plump body, and very unrefined personalities.

      I will agree is a NA cobra if our army confirms it.

  9. wocon45 says:

    Oga beege sometime ago, you put Bornu into certain geographical perspectives by comparing it to France , Belgium etc . I can’t remember the exact wordings, can you help me locate the thread?

    At this point, acquisition of Otokar Cobra APC’s in either scenarios by BH will no longer come as a surprise. They have remarkably remained effective at their core value proposition which is to F#@k shit up. #Bringbackourgirls is gaining social media momentum, more than anyone would have imagined my president thinks #Americawillknow and my first lady reminds all that there is God. Ngwanu!

    • beegeagle says:


      Borno State is equal in size to the land area of SIERRA LEONE and three times the land area of RWANDA (less the lakes)

      It has a rather great north to south expanse which exceeds its east-west span. From northernmost tip to southermost end, it spans a driving distance of 500 kilometres – reason why it contains forests, savanna and desert terrain from south to north. In the southeast, Borno is bounded by the cave-strewn and extinct volcanic Gwoza-Kerawa Hills and Mandara Mts which form the borderlands with Cameroon in the sector. To the northeast of the state, we have the Lake Chad frontier with Cameroon, Chad and Niger.

      It is a diverse and expansive frontline.

  10. beegeagle says:

    The joint effort between the US and the UPDF in the CAR aimed at tracking Joseph Kony should be the template here.

    The 100-strong US contingent only provided support such as erecting moveable GSM antennae so that people in remote areas could call in to report any sightings of bands of loose LRA goons.


  11. Eeben says:

    Some time back when the troubles started in Mali, I wrote that Nigeria was the actual prize. It was obvious then that problems were heading towards Nigeria. However, we warned the Malian government approx. 4 months before the collapse of what was coming. It was ignored – at great cost to Mali and the region.
    Whereas I cannot comment on Nigeria per se, problems of this nature occur when strategies are based on a lack of intelligence and are not aligned. Unaligned strategies expose the state to major dangers as the situation is easily exploited by threat-networks and other hostile forces. Insufficient intelligence also prevents accurate intelligence predictions as it is the predictions that enable us to plan for what very probably is going to happen.
    The answers to preventing these types of actions lies within Nigeria and the continent.

  12. beegeagle says:

    It cannot be deemed to have been successful. Kony and co. have kept their heads down though.

    Not prescribing any particular cause of action one way or the other. Merely saying that if the FG have already advanced plans along those lines, they should follow the aforementioned template…and also take immediate steps to acquire any capabilities needed. Nigeria is big and buoyant enough to acquire whatever skill sets are needed to independently respond to the ebb and tide of this insurgency.

    Intelligence and surveillance help?Why are there still gaps stemming from skill sets and equipment at ANY level of the COIN operations and why have they not been remedied after three-and-one-half years of a full-blown insurgency?

    The training and werewithal needed to determine the outcome of the Nigerian Civil War had been acquired and deployed within two-and-one-half years.

    • Eeben says:

      There is a lot more to the Kony mission than meets the eye. We structured, trained and mentored the Special Operations Groups (SOG) for the UPDF and I deployed with them into S Sudan, DRC and CAR. They had almost immediate results. However, when an armed force has to rely on contracted air support who have no desire to see an end to the problem,(a problem ended implies a dried-up well of money) the situation is difficult to end.
      That said, the UPDF to a man – from CDF to the lowest rank we trained want the problem resolved. It is the “others” who benefit from its continued existence who try to prevent success.
      Our departure from the jungles of CAR left a bitter taste in many mouths as it became obvious the UPDF are being prevented from ending Kony’s reign of terror.
      The UPDF however remains an effective fighting force with good men.

  13. Augustine says:

    @Eeben Nigeria may be facing embarrassments and imperfect but not poor intelligence, in this war against Boko Haram. However, America/NATO did not do better in Afghanistan and Iraq. The USA spent about 10 years with all their super intelligence looking for Osama Bin Laden inside Afghanistan’s mountains, caves, and desert, while the Osama guy was actually sleeping with his wives inside a big house on a street inside a town in Pakistan.

    Nigeria killed Boko Haram leader Shekau in about 2 years, shot by special forces right inside his own forest camp/base. That is a first class army, though armed with second class weapons.

    USA/NATO pulled out or are pulling out of Iraq and Afghanistan without ending terrorism. The super powers failed in their overall objective and are too ashamed to admit it.

    Mali was overrun, it’s army and air force was defeated. Nigeria has decimated Boko Haram all alone without foreign help. Boko was losing the real battle with my army, and they saw imminent defeat, therefore they changed tactics to kidnapping civilians and suicide bombing cities.

    I think Nigeria has proved it’s military might in Africa, only regional powers like Algeria ever decimated Islamic terrorists of this calibre all alone without foreign help.

    If Nigeria needs help now, should be American drones, maybe a dozen of them and no foreign soldier from another country will do better than my army has done in Nigeria. Boko Haram is a mobile, moving, hidden, stealthy and somewhat ‘invisible’ target that runs across the borders of 5 different countries to operate.

    If Nigeria has strong neighbours in the class of Algeria, Boko Haram will be all dead by now.

    • Eeben says:

      I agree with your comments, Augustine. Nigeria must solve Nigeria’s problems and it can do so. The point i was trying to make and that perhaps did not shine through was the fact that we cannot rely on foreign troops to solve our problems when some of their governments were the cause of the problems in the first place.
      When our vital and national interests collide with the foreign interests of other governments, we can expect that our problems will escalate.Your point taken on Iraq and Afghanistan – plus several more.
      You have the manpower and the experience other forces lack to defeat BH. Your forces are showing they are able to defeat this attack on the Nigerian people. The military will is strong and evident. As long as political will is there to support military will, you will prevail.

    • doziex says:

      Oga Augustine,

      I too am a proud Nigerian,
      But we cannot YET hold a candle to the counterinsurgency sophistication and achievements of the US and the UK.

      We are right to worry about the adverse effects of them getting involved, but we cannot say that we got nothing to learn from them.

      I have always said that afghan and Iraq ops are templates both NA and BH can aspire to.

      What NA and BH are doing now in maidugri, was put on display at and advanced level.

      NA should definitely be learning COIN best practices demonstrated in Iraq and Afghanistan, because BH seems to be emulating al Qaeda’s best practices too.

      President GEJ has welcomed the US and UK help, along with their baggage.

      In my opinion, a PMC such as Col. Barlow’s out fit STTEP, would get us world class expertise, ( in a training and advisory role ) on our terms, sans the western, colonial and nationalism baggage.

  14. makanaky says:

    How did we get here ? have we learnt from our past mistakes ? are we ready to remedy the present situation ? how do we prevent future occurrence.
    I think Beegeagle answered this questions so many times but people that matter most will not just listen.

    • ozed says:

      Oga Makanaky,

      This is what you get when you do ‘last week’s’ work ‘today’. In our case as far as counter terror and counter insurgency preparation is concerned we are trying to do today what we ought to have done continually and incrementally since the early 2000s at the latest.

      Sort of the situation with power — We have been asleep in the last 20-30 years, suddenly we wake up and expect things to be quickly brought back to normal. Unfortunately even if you start on the right track today (as i believe we have now done) , reliable power in Nigeria will probably not happen for another 15 years.

      In the case of anti terror/insurgency tactics, resources and equipment, our best personnel only have the benefit of weeks of training and roughly 1-2 years of experience, with access mainly to equipment for conventional war, and a leadership that is virtually as inexperienced as the man they lead at this type of battle. Other Countries e.g. India,Pakistan, Isreal etc. have been at this for years.

      in other words — My brother we just dey reach school, its too early to be asking what time we can go home.

  15. CHYDE says:

    Here I am watching the Minister of Finance on CNN saying Nigeria will accept help ( Technology that can help in detecting…) from any country SMH

    • kenee2 says:

      You have just opened i think the proverbial can of worms, interest in money by individual commanders as opposed to soldiers welfare and capability.

    • asorockweb says:

      “With the latest development, the current practice of allowing each unit of the armed forces to source for its hardware directly from vendors of their choice might be discontinued”

      We plead for a more transparent government, but our journalists are a big problem as well.

      Does “each unit of the armed forces” mean the three branches of the armed forces, i.e., Army, Navy, Air Force? or does it mean battalion-sized formation?

      Am I meant to believe that each battalion commander is given a budget to equip his own men, or is the Journalist trying to say that the Chief of the Army Staff orders for, and pays for all army equipment?

      • doziex says:

        Oga Asorockweb,
        The problem seems to be, where ever the money goes, corruption follows.

        The service chiefs during Admiral Ola Saad’s and General Ihejirika’s tenure were hinting that MoD was not supplying what the armed forces ordered. Then the cash was in the hands of the MoD.

        There was a post on this blog about that.

        I believe the CIC has to take personal responsibility in defense procurement, and dare any official to steal a penny.
        “Sharp cuts” has bedeviled the system on the MoD or NA side.

        Military salaries, and equipment procurement, has to be privatized to bring in transparency, and reduce corruption.
        NA should state the equipment it needs, and open bidding by various suppliers should take place. The wining bid should be based on speed of delivery, cost, and perhaps deal sweetners by the suppliers.

        The CIC’s office must supervise this process, and let it be known that corruption involving national security items, would be considered treason.

        Yoweri Museveni of Uganda personally attends to these matters of procurement and national security in his country.

  16. kenee2 says:

    It’s pretty much obvious those are captured Nigerian army Cobra and I think a Piranha 3, whatever the configuration they should all have gps tracker systems at least. Generally speaking by taking one of those vehicles you position should literally be given up.

    We then with helicopter gunships ( have we got any left ) deploy a rapid response force of special forces.However, it seems we do not have any rapid response forces that are pro actively engaging the enemy. Otherwise we wouldn’t be in this mess.

    • Eeben says:

      It is for that reason that Special Operations Groups (SOGs) are required. Not only do they locate and engage the enemy or threat, they win time for everyone.

  17. kenee2 says:

    Chyde, thanks for that you have just exposed the issue at the heart of the matter corruption, Individual divisions procuring their own equipment considering the Naija factor a recipe for disaster.

    • Are James says:

      You would be surprised at just how recent the change to individual procurement started within the Nigerian defsec space..It couldn’t have been more than 3 to 4 years ago that the armed forces Chiefs of Staff successfully wrestled procurement away from the MOD. It was celebrated in the papers (and reported on this blog). It was like a labour union had just won big concessions from management …lol.
      Since then we have bought UAVs that did not work, ordered MRAPs that are currently not being used in large numbers to justify what we paid, trainer/combat aircraft revamp projects were delayed due to poor management but more importantly the tech. integration you needed between platforms for joint operations became lacking..

      • asorockweb says:

        Oga Are James,

        I understand you want to fight corruption but some of your facts are wrong.

        The UAVs were ordered in 2005/6 by the then minister of transport.
        The stories related to the nasty UAV deal is posted somewhere on this blog.

        I am not sure which MRAP order you are bringing up, I know the police have ordered MRAPs, not sure about the Army, Navy or Air Force.

        In terms of procurement, the MOD maybe as ineffective as the Armed Forces.

        But, I think procurement should be handled by the MOD, it’s a bureaucratic process, that’s why we pay our civil servants.

  18. peccavi says:

    Well Oga Eeben your comments seem prescient.
    My views remain the same and chime with yours, the moment US, UK or French or any other major powers forces land in Nigeria, then things will automatically begin to happen.
    Nothing that is happening now is beyond the capabilities of the NA as they are currently equipped or even structured.
    Oga Doziex was wondering why I didn’t accept his accurate prediction of columns running around the north at will.
    That is simply because the Nigerian military as trained equipped and structured has the capability to prevent this from happening.
    The constant calls for US/ UK or other nation assistance negates the fact that none of these countries succesfully completed their tasks in Afghanistan or Iraq for virtually the same reason an ill conceived mission and poor political elements.

    There is assistance that will be useful from foreign powers such as ISTAR assets, SIGINT, ELINT etc but a situation like Mali or Uganda is a disaster.
    We either have to bite the bullet, hold our leadership to account and accept the cost in blood, prestige and treasure of getting this right or watch things get worse.
    Nothing in this insurgency makes any sense to me from a conventional sense so I am guessing it is time to take off the blinkers and look at it unconventionally

    • doziex says:

      Yeah men, what makes perfect sense in a conventional war, makes absolutely no sense unconventionally speaking.

      That’s why Coin seasoned units fall right into place when on site, but conventionally oriented forces struggle.

      For them, there is a method to the madness that is insurgency .

      That’s why the COIN advice on the ground is critical, combined with some necessary assets, NA would crush BH in 3 months tops.


      BH as an insurgent force is not yet up to snuff, when compared to Unita, LTTE and some other legendary rebel units.
      If allowed the space and time, they could get there.

  19. asorockweb says:

    Eight more girls kidnapped from a small border village.

    Boko Haram can do lots of kidnappings and murders on a small scale, and it may be virtually impossible to stop.

    Even if their columns are smashed, Shekau can just sub-contract these kinds of assignments out.

    With the level of public out cry, and international condemnation, they may have stumbled across their most effect lever yet.

    • Are James says:

      May i suggest that we dont accept American boots on the ground Borno, even the advisers if when they come should remain in Abuja or Lagos. A joint office should handle the flow of info., work and training between the advisory group and the NA and NAF in theatre.
      The kidnappings including the latest one of a fewer number of girls are targeted at achieving that very objective drag in Americans in, inspire even more global Islamists, escalate the conflict and turn that region into another AfPak like region.
      These kidnappings were/are also preventable by re jigging the lower parts of the security architecture and doibg more some community policing.
      The NA must not be tasked with trying to prevent every attack on civilian population centers, thst will be too distracting. However every major road and inter connecting artery must be on ground and air surveillance. We also need well defended 50man posts of infantry dotting the terrain along the borders with Cameroun which require some of the toughest troops available and must be well supplied by air and capable of being quickly reinforced by other ground troops.

      • doziex says:

        Oga ARE,

        There are ways of getting COIN advise in the mix, without the jihadist attracting States like the US and the UK.
        We pay the contractors, we keep it as private as we want, we determine the terms.

        The US and the UK advisors and assets are coming with their media and national interests in tow.
        They are offering us much needed help, so our objection to any of the resultant adverse effects would be seen as arrogance and ingratitude.

        Colonel Eeben just mentioned the missions he accompanied the UPDF as a trainer/advisor.
        How many of us knew anything about it ?
        The UPDF controlled the terms of the contract.

        Museveni, still remains the visionary leader that he is.

        He has utilized expert advise whether Ugandan, or US/EU sponsored, to drastically improve the quality of his army.
        In urban warfare, jungle tracking, helicopter and fighter jet training.

        That is why he was eager to get his hinds to Kenya to participate in the KDF led offensive against Alshabab in southern Somalia.

        Unfortunately, it was a bridge too far, all but one crashed.

        But the man gets an A for effort in my book.

      • doziex says:

        I also agree NA can’t be worried about protecting every school girl in the country.

        So as you said, the police and even civil groups have to be empowered, and get the right training and supervision to be effective.

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