QUESTIONABLE DEFENCE CONTRACTS UNDERMINE NIGERIA’S NATIONAL SECURITY – BUSINESSDAY ; BEEGEAGLE ON THE ROSTRUM

BUSINESS DAY
Wednesday 4, June 2014
June 4, 2014
Author: PATRICK ATUANYA

Four years into an insurgency that has cost the lives of over 12,000 people, including hundreds of military personnel, the Nigerian military only started deploying Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles last month in the major theatre of operations in the north-east.

The Chinese-built CS/VP3 Bigfoot MRAP would be a welcome relief to soldiers who had hitherto been operating in vehicles mostly associated with militias than a national army, such as thin-skinned Toyota Hilux pickup trucks vulnerable to Boko Haram ambushes, small arms fire and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).

The military failed to provide its soldiers in the frontlines with adequate firepower and protection, even as the US Joint IED Defeat Organisation in 2012 rated the Nigerian insurgency as the most IED-intensive in Africa.

Defence sources tell BusinessDay that this is a symptom of the opaque and often corrupt procurement practices prevalent in the military, which often lead to unnecessary delays, wrong or defective equipment purchase, or outright stealing of monies.

“The Nigerian military has pretty much been living on past glory, and currently fields outmoded equipment inadequate in protecting the country from current, emerging and potential future threats,” the defence source said, speaking on condition of anonymity. “The use of middlemen in procurements of military hardware has left the country less secure, and increasingly unable to project its power and influence in the sub-region,” the source said.

Nigerian soldiers were left to man checkpoints in Mali, after showing up with inadequate amour and vehicles that often broke down, leaving the fighting to mostly Chadian and French forces.

The country bought Israeli surveillance drones in 2006 – during the Obasanjo regime – that might have been used to hunt down Islamist rebels, but they have been grounded since then. Sources tell BusinessDay that the drones which cost $17 million (N2.7 billion) apiece were defective from day one, and were “never intended to fly”, while the deal to purchase them was done through a middleman, who pocketed millions of dollars to be shared with top military and civilian officials. Most defence procurements are done country to country without secrecy, as it is done in Nigeria, or directly with the original equipment manufacturers.

“The use of middlemen in our procurement process smacks of sharp practice. The Ministry of Defence can deal directly with equipment manufacturers such as Suncraft, ISI, Norinco, Poly Technologies Inc, BVST, TP Marine, etc without using middlemen. The only fathomable role played by a middleman in the process would be to receive kickbacks,” said respected defence blogger Beeg Eagle.

Nigeria, which has a $510 billion economy and defence budget of $6.5 billion for 2014, still does not field any fourth-generation fighter jets, even though 10 African countries, including Uganda, Angola and Chad currently do. At the same time, there is virtually no modern air defence system in any part of the country.

In West Africa, Chad with a GDP of $11 billion currently has the balance of power against Nigeria, as it fields fourth- generation fighter jets (MIG-29 and SU-25 ground attack Frog foot), which are superior to Nigeria’s F-7 jets. In Southern Africa, Angola, which rivals Nigeria as Africa’s top oil producer, fields 18 SU-30 fighter jets, which analysts say could theoretically hit any targets in southern Nigeria from Angola, including oil fields and major cities, due to its 3,500 km attack radius.

“The military seems more interested in pulling out of the pension scheme and integrated payroll systems which reduce fraud, than carrying out any major threat assessment to Nigeria’s security and acquiring the assets to deal with those threats,” said another source. “The former chief of air staff said on TV that the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) was capable of defending the nation’s airspace after reactivating the 30-year- old Alpha Jets first. This is clearly a case of wishful thinking, lack of knowledge, or of defence planners not giving the president the true picture of the poor state of our military,” the source said.

Most of the airframes in the Nigerian Air Force, including the C-130 transport planes and Alpha jets, were purchased in the early 1980s by the civilian regime of Shehu Shagari. Some analysts wonder why such cannot be replicated again in view of today’s much more dangerous world.

“Our inclination towards seeing defence expenditure as an anathema has seen our NAF robbed of its pedigree,” another defence source said. “Nigeria, which shares borders with the Gulf of Guinea, the Sahel, Central Africa and West Africa, must position her air force to operate across these theatres.”

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  1. Michael Champion says:

    Beegeagle

    This is not entirely true. Middle men serve an important purpose in selling arms to Nigeria. If a foreign company is not incorporated in Nigeria it needs to use a local partner (middle man) in order to do business. Suncraft et al all have incorporated – this costs a lot of money to speculatively prospect for deals, therefore a local partner can be more attractive as it could mean very little initial outlay.

    Mike

    • beegeagle says:

      And the real politik of that in Nigeria has been wildly inflated contracts. A middleman brokered the dubious UAV deal and another middleman brokered the wildly inflated US$25 million deal for a pair of FPCs just a year after a neighbouring country acquired similar assets for US$10 million. Wherefrom the 150% markup? Was that for facilitation, brokerage or incorporation? A vessel cost US$5m nextdoor while ours cost US$12.5m? What explanation can be put forward for that anomaly?

      For as long as I can remember, foreign concerns have had to incorporate locally to do business and most have chosen Nigerian notables – mostly former top functionaries and retired generals as their chairmen with a view to opening doors for them.

      That does not have to coincide with inflated contracts unless the differentials are being passed around as backhanders in lieu of gratification for bureaucratic facilitation and shows of appreciation.

  2. beegeagle says:

    INSPIRATION:
    (Elsewhere, BEEGEAGLE wrote)

    Our inclination towards seeing defence expenditure as anathema, not to mention usable outlays for hardware procurement, has seen our NAF robbed of its pedigree. We rationalise over the simplest matters which call for snap decisions? Our NAF Ogas are still threatening to defend our country with nothing more visible than COIN assets while TEN AFRICAN airforces fly either Su-27s, MiG 29s, F16s, Gripen and Su-30 jets? Did we not lay ourselves open to mockery by our insufferable outlook on that which we ought to feel ashamed about? Nobody thinks it is an affront on our national psyche that all the useful military establishments on the continent from which Nigeria should derive headsup and know what time it is – Egypt, Algeria, Ethiopia, South Africa, Morocco all fly 4G jets while some, such as Uganda, Chad and Eritrea, unnaturally (on account of their comparatively puny resources) know what is befitting for the image of a serious military establishment and have broken the bank to do the needful?

    In part, the military should be blamed for the situation which they find themselves in today. For indeed, when they could have provided for themselves by fiat all what they should know that they need, the same military actively emasculated itself by either trying to affirm their loyalty to one bloc and remaining empty handed or actually destroying the capacity of the institution on account of short-sighted political maneouvres.

    Why did the Abacha regime for instance, not acquire Su-25s and Hind attack helics, if not to prosecute the ECOMOG operations then to spite those who placed arms embargoes on gallant Nigerian forces doing the world’s dirty job in LBR and SLR?

    http://www.beegeagle.wordpress.com/2014/05/31/chad-acquire-mig-29-fighter-jets/

    II.

    March 22nd, 2014

    As one has pointed out severally, a Nigeria which share borders with the Gulf of Guinea, the Sahel, Central Africa and West Africa must position her airforce to operate across these theatres. So Su-30s with their staggering 2,000 mile radius need to be positioned at our extremes for maximum strike reach in the absence of in-flight refuelling tankers…..

    http://www.beegeagle.wordpress.com/2014/03/20/pakistan-seeks-greater-military-exports-to-nigeria-jf17-thunder-jets-kaan-33-patrol-craft-and-al-zarrar-tanks-in-focus/

  3. beegeagle says:

    The NUGGET

    The use of middlemen in our procurement process smacks of sharp practice. MoD can deal directly with Suncraft, ISI, Norinco, Poly Technologies Inc, Rosoboronexport, BVST, TP Marine etc without using middlemen.

    The only fathomable role played by a middleman in the process would be to receive kickbacks and booty in the name of profit and transfer same to the greedy pilferers within

    http://www.beegeagle.wordpress.com/2014/05/31/chad-acquire-mig-29-fighter-jets/

    • jimmy says:

      ada fun e ( translation : it go better for o it go better for your children and there children because the thing wey you dey it dey make them sit up.

  4. ozed says:

    I saw the article in Business day.
    Probably the best written Defsec article i ever saw outside this blog. Was most heartwarming to see him quote beegie several times.
    Well done Beegie, and to think i was asking you to make yourself heard in the mainstream media just a few days ago.

    Great Stuff!!!!

  5. beegeagle says:

    Yeah, it was a well-structured argument. Systematic and technically sound. So we have our most well-grounded mainstream media defence reporter on Business Day?

    Great departure from the overwhelming practice of reproducing press releases handed down by military PR and a break from curious drivel such as “M-17 fighter helicopter”, “MRAP tank” etc.

    A Nigerian defence correspondent engaging in properly scripted and technically sound ADVOCACY?Surprise..SURPRISE o

  6. Deway says:

    It couldn’t have been said better. Well done Beegeagle. Its not only the Ministry of Defense that is to blame, the top military echelons have their share of the blame if not more of it. No strategic thinking. Besides the navy, none has come out with any strategic plan that lays out their needs and prospects. Even the navy at this time, has no answer to real naval warfare if it comes to our backyard. My conclusion, the MOD, Chief of Defense Staff (whatever his role is) and all service chiefs need help. Please put gra gra aside and eat the humble pie. Kindly ask the “bloody civilian” Beegeagle; as well as Peccavi for help. At this point, Doziex’s suggestion is another way to go.

    • doziex says:

      Yeah oga deway,
      Special advisers for the CIC. are meant to bring the CIC up to speed on relevant topics, so that he is not vulnerable to deceit by cabinet members or other parties.

      We saw George w bush get deceived by the neo cons in his cabinet.

      President Obama is intelligent, but still heavily depends on his advisers.

      President Clinton the one man that demonstrated enough intellectual curiosity, and just knew a lot about everything, still didn’t dispense with his advisers, he debated minutiae with them, and became more of an expert.

      The special adviser, is essentially the presidents brain trust.

      If the position is occupied by know nothings, as party favors, their lack of expertise would be reflected in the presidents actions. And the president would have only himself to blame for that.

      So oga deway, beegeagle and peccavi as special advisers to the president would be a game changer.
      My only problem is that oga peccavi would go there, and start arguing against MRAPs. (LOL)

      As for me, you send me there, Naija would become PMC central.

      • Deway says:

        I read you Doziex, which is why you need more than one defense adviser, let them put all their POVs on the table and let the analysis begin. Its better for Nigeria that way.

      • Are James says:

        Thank you for the George Bush and Neocons example. It is only a President who has ultimate responsibility to the people …all advisers are festering some other nests and should be seen as fair game. Obasanjo put it nicely, you can advise and we can reject.

      • igbi says:

        I think beegeagle alone will do. peccavi being a former british soldier, I think there would be conflict of interests.

      • igbi says:

        Although I would prefer if a very patriotic and competent army officer was selected and then retired from the armed forces and then offered the job.

  7. COLONEL NGR says:

    Nice one. A new COAS was appointed in january and he has assembled his team with the postings that followed thereafter. Tomorrow the COAS will be presenting his agenda on how he intends to move the NA forward. I thin we need to listen to him to hear his plans before we can appraise the future of the NA in the years to come. The invitation is on display on NA’s official website. Will see if any of our media outlets will be their to give us a full briefing on what happened…….

  8. Akin Oges says:

    Good thing nor dey hide for long na, abi? Oga Beeg you have started something very profound, with an indeterminable depth. It will only get better. Just stay the course; and whilst at it, begin to build your stamina, you would need it to manage all the breath taking successes coming your way shortly. Thank you for all the selfless efforts.

  9. Tope says:

    First CNN now Business Day, everyone who is anyone on twitter knows you, its time to further the ranks, Air Expo we must be there…..beeg eagle should reach out to Businessday n do a cover on their behalf, if they foot his bills they will get the very best reportage I suggest hegoes there.

    As for the COAS speech, I think they are done with weapons audit n da MRAPs in question are rolling in, I hope after his speech we see aggressive campaigns to root out boko haram, ansaru, taliban,hezebollah and AQIM elements in Nigeria and not a dilly dally speech. please what time will it show on NTA

  10. Are James says:

    Against the backdrop of this article, please look at the website of the recently cancelled/postponed Nigeria Air force Expo 2014 to view the list of static exhibitors. I usually play ‘i spy’ every year and look through the exhibitors’ list at these events in order to divine from them the new platforms the NAF planned to acquire or simply just to know the companies with ongoing relationship with NAF.
    This year’s list of Air Expo 2014 static exhibitors reveals the same thing that has just been exposed in this article, a collection of low hitting trading companies, some third rate aircraft maintenance companies of mostly east European origin and the absence of major aircraft / defence equipment manufacturers except maybe Alenia Many years ago, the reverse was the case and the world’s best in aerospace and defence would have had stands at this event.
    These all point to a deterioration in the quality of our procurement system and a preference by the MOD for layering the buying process with too many middle men. There is also a ‘pull factor’ in all these as I suspect the supply contractors are now the people driving the acquisition policy – think politically connected defence contractors engaging our topmost defence planners at watering holes with glossy publications of ‘promising’ but questionable systems that don’t finally work in the field. The correct sequence of events should always be; – (I) defence policy basis, (ii) threat assessment, (iii) threat mitigating strategy development, (iv) defence capability specifications, (v) hardware selection- aircraft, tanks, missiles etc. (vi) hardware sourcing as close to the OEM as possible, (vii) technical and commercial tenders, (viii) hardware assessment and test-operation, (ix) contract signing with warranty and protection claises (xi)receipt of weapon systems (xii) disbursement of agreed partial payment, (xiii) induction of weapon system including full understanding of storage and maintenance requirements by Nigeria, (xiv) full payment disbursement (xv) life cycle maintenance back up contracts and so on.

    • Are James says:

      *clauses*

      • I have listened to the current CDS speak on several occasions. My conclusion about him is that he is more of a politician than a military strategist. Our defense chiefs behave like the average Nigerian politician…keeping their jobs seems more important to them than building a formidable force. The politicians too are clueless about defence issues so they cant even question our defense chiefs when they feed them with wrong information.

      • Are James says:

        I am trying to mask my IP address as I post my agreement to this your post.
        However, our defence chiefs can change based on strong advocacy by knowledgeable Nigerians. These are after all the same people laying foundation for defence/aerospace industry, leading the development of UAVs, setting up AFIT, setting up new air warfare centers et.c.?. As the founder of this blog continues to stress – if we don’t stop shouting, they will soon stop pretending not to listen.

        *There… my IP address is now hidden*…..lol.

  11. beegeagle says:

    lol…hide IP ke? I have kept ALL and all identities and email addresses vouchsafed for FOUR YEARS. That is SACRED and INVIOLABLE TRUST in-depthÈ

  12. Martin Luther says:

    The love of money is the root of all evil, the love of money can make you does heinous things…..

    If you still have pride left in you say ha ha ha ha ha

    Thank God I am not in the military

    • Martin Luther says:

      TWhat did u expect from a back water 3rd world country, did u all think Nigeria was diffirent from Mobutu’s Zaire? Mobutu could have waked d last coin in his countries treasury rather than arm his millitary. He would simply have called in an external army (Morroco) for help when he was under treat with mercenaries to fly 4th rated jets.

      Let us face facts, the Nigerian millitary’s state of readines is poor. Coruption has crippled Nigerian’s ability to wage war. It took two atoms bombs to do that to Japan, fire bombing Dresden to do that to Germany, a huge multinational force to do same to Sadam’s 1990 army

      It is as if the NA is on d defence in d NE. When there are reports of communities beating BH, we hear of BH beating a large company. No air cover, no talk of reinforcements during the course of attacks.

      What is really happening to the army and airforce.

      These guys seem to be just

      PAPER TIGERS

      Can this army fight in two fronts?

      The army seems to have paused their offensive. Information of millitary offensives are not coming in, if there where information, they should be coming or should they not?

      • Martin Luther says:

        http://m.vice.com/read/my-life-with-big-men-0000321-v19n8?Contentpage=1

        This is ur future with d kind of leaders u have, there is no escape believe me. You have to advocate hard to aviod this mess. It is not just Jonathan, it is systemic, it is historic, it is what u all have accepted over the years.

      • igbi says:

        Please take no offense but tell me why do you keep acting as a deranged person ?
        Just tell me what that your comment has contributed.
        You need to give an explanation for this “we hear of BH beating a large company”,
        link and prof and also which “company”. You are not getting away with this, not this time.
        Here we deal with facts, not some hallucination !

      • Martin Luther says:

        NA capitulating without a fight

        Stalin believed France would put up a good fight against Germany. In two weeks they capitulated

        Stalin was shocked, he asked his advisers if the French actually fought at all or if French men can’t fight. Part of his grand plan of the West exhusting themself was over.

        The French before WWII had the rep of exactly what the NA is currently. General who wore collars for Fashion and officers who wore ranks as part of style

        Promotions were said to be by petronage, the French were PAPER TIGERS,

      • igbi says:

        Oga beegeagle I think our friend martin here has lost it. Please can you try and reason with him before he damages your blog further ?

      • Are James says:

        Something big is in the offing. Very hush, hush….
        If I tell you more I would have to kill you shortly after.

      • jimmy says:

        That we know the Na has been very quiet. T-Mobile. America’s First Nationwide 4G Network

  13. Owi says:

    Reading this article is frankly quite depressing. This reinforces the basic fact that the armed forces cannot be viewed in isolation of the general rot within the system and is in fact actively complacent in its own demise.
    God help us

  14. Yagazie says:

    Oga Beegz- the Business day article had your ‘footprints’ all over it. Well Done. A well written and factual article in a respected nigerian daily. Next I respectuflly suggest that you should reach out to the Gaurdian (posibly with an unsolicited e-mail article) with your brilliant analysis of the potential threat airpower in Algeria, Sudan and now Chad pose to us- not to talk of the fact that navies in the Gulf of Guinea are slowly recapitalizing their fleets with WARSHIPS and not OPVS – which in any serious country will be operated by the Coast Gaurd. Even the in-coming Chinese built P18Ns have no ASW or ASuW capabilities and as such are simply Ocean Patrol Vessels and not warships in the true sense of the word. Once again – WELL DONE.

  15. AY says:

    This is really disheartening.
    On another note, oga beegs what do you think of the IOMAX archangel manned border patrol and surveillance aircraft? It has both ISR and direct action capabilities. Perfect for our vast borders and keeping the movement of the bokoharam gang in check.
    for more information

  16. Augustine says:

    Can somebody help us question why Nigeria paid more than average price for her 204 Cobras, and we see many Cobras without smoke dispensers, and they carry weak machine guns instead of cannon? We paid about 50% more for each Cobra and we got about 50% less of the value a Cobra APC could have in terms of hardware options. Any answers?

    • doziex says:

      Chief, you are right.
      Turkish Cobra APCs, has a gun that can be remotely controlled from inside the APC.

      So, no gunner need be exposed up top.
      So, if we spent 50% more for each APC, what exactly did we spend it on ?

      OFFICIALS THAT STEAL FROM MOD CONTRACTS, SHOULD FACE TREASON.
      AS THEIR THEFT AIDES NIGERIA’S ENEMIES.

      • Are James says:

        The money for the Otokar Cobras and a lot of the acquisitions from ST Kinetics came from the NNPC so you can imagine how dodgy the deal must have been.
        All that was Obj. era anyway..so dem go don burn all the files and wiped all the disks.

  17. ifiok umoeka says:

    Oga Augustine, do u have the details of the deal?

  18. COLONEL NGR says:

    The situation is not that bad as it seems. The officer corps especially those who were commisoned before 1990 are battle tested and well trained. This guys were trained in notable military institutions all over the world. They have good ideas and can plan battles. But how do you that without tools? This guys are doing their best with the tools they have. The decision to re-equip the army and eliminate the corruption associatted with it lies with the government and the defence ministry. I am genrally concerned about the future of the officer corps, the current recruits are not joining the army because they are passionate about it. They are joining because they want a meal ticket.
    At the SSC selection interview last year, many of the candidate expressed optimism about sitting in the office and making money. Many thought that NCOs were the ones who go to war and not officers. They wondered why they will be going for bush exercises since they are graduates and hope to get office jobs. There is groing concern about the quality of officers between the rank of 2nd lieutnant and lieutnants. This is not because the quality of training has reduced but because the individuals have a poor mindset of what wearing the uniform entails.

  19. Tope says:

    Are, pls abeg kill me make I at least know more, this big stuff that many people have been sayig has to be super

  20. Eeben says:

    Hello All,
    Forgive me for going slightly off-topic but I need to say that equipment is only as good as the user. Even with the best equipment, a good end result is not guaranteed unless the user knows what he is doing.
    MRAPs, UAVs, precision-guided weapons and so forth are force-multipliers – but they are NOT and never will be strategy, operational design or tactics.
    Whereas I am thrilled to note the arrival of new equipment for the NA, a lack of training and incorrect tactics can result in the enemy capturing this equipment and using it against the NA. Whereas that is always an inherent risk of war, it should be minimized as far as possible.
    Given the very damning continental and international media reporting on NA, it is obvious that the NA has not grasped the informational environment. That is a direct consequence of it not being an element of your National Security Strategy. The perception being created is thus that the NA is outclassed and out-manoeuvred by BH. This perception has a way of spilling over to the populace. When that happens and the populace feel abandoned by government, the entire state comes under threat as protests (non-violent and violent) are likely to erupt. This will play into the hands of BH.
    I believe what we are seeing is a classical approach to ensuring an unstable Nigeria and a subsequent division of your country into 2 separate countries. The approach is basically:
    1. Create the problem
    2. Internationalise the problem
    3. Intervene and divide.
    The NA needs to, as a matter of urgency, revisit its campaign strategy and adapt. It also needs to revisit its doctrine – and FIRE those who have been responsible for poor training and placing the lives of good men in danger.
    And for those wondering if I am trying to “get a contract” for STTEP in Nigeria, I am not. I am just concerned at what I read and stating the obvious.
    My best wishes,
    Eeben

  21. Tope says:

    Then Colonel the fault lies with the trainers, Officer corp members arent just selected because they are graduates frankly I dnt think people should apply to officer corp, you need to be recommended by NCOs after undergoing training, that way you have the brightest battle tested n patroitic innovative officers to watch n use experience, Imean from that stage you will know office types and feild types just by talkin to them so I would recommend 4 years of NDA, 1 year of COIN and special warfare training ie. Jungle, mountain, desert, survival trainings n infantry practise,2 years of battle experience which qualifies you for office corps, then 2 years of office corps training, you will have a very strong core of leaders if you do such.

    • ozed says:

      Wow! that would mean your need over 6-7 years to become an officer. This is guaranteed to give you a highly experienced and hard core, but numerically very inadequate officer corp. No sizable army can operate like this. Which probably explains why no professional army that i know of uses this model you are proposing.

  22. buchi says:

    hallllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllleluyah thank u very much oga beegz.finally some people are getting hit in the face.just advised my friend who is in the army about new techniques and equipment mix exclusively from this great blog.and u could imagine the rude response i got.no wonder they refuse to learn.it is my opinion that hot,innovative,tech driven NA troops should at least try this blog so the scales can fall from their eyes.my guy in jos wants me to convey his thanks to u oga beegz he and his unit constructed a new rifle specs using their original AKs(added a home made grenade launcher and locally made magnum scopes).if he send s me the pic i will share on this blog.says his unit now has a full compliment of this locally made specs.but the launcher is a bit wozzy.bring the hardware abeg..

    • ozed says:

      Like i have said before on this blog, the Nigerian army is still configured like the British Army of old. All emphasis is on courage, resilience and pure ‘ get up and go’. There seems to be very little emphasis, regard or interest in the brain-work side of soldiering where you would find innovation (in technology and tactics), strategy, long term risk assessment etc.

      As a result, the response to any complaints by the boys on the front line is typically a simple ‘shut up and march!!’.
      Consequently, no systems have been put in place to distil and internalize lessons from SL, Liberia etc. or other armies’ experiences in Counter Insurgency etc.

      However, something is different this time that i hope will force changes going forward, unlike the SL, Liberia and other experiences which could be hidden, this current humiliation is happening on home turf, in the harsh light of day and in the information age where information spreads at the speed of light.

      I hope we learn from this humbling experiences and at last realize our potential as a Country (at least as far as Def Sec is concerned).

      • doziex says:

        Oga Ozed I say AMEN to that.

        May be this time we will learn.

        However, the patient doesn’t always survive long enough for the doctor to get it’s act together.

    • asorockweb says:

      Oga buchi,

      The pic of this pumped-up rifle will be worth it’s weight in gold!

      • ozed says:

        Aso, more saddening is that i have said severally that the infantry need more shock weaponry e.g. rifle launched grenades etc.
        Little did i know some of the poor chaps have gone as far as fabricating their own versions, and their bosses lack the foresight to develop it and roll it out on a large scale.

        Really sad if you ask me.

      • asorockweb says:

        The everyday trooper is the guy that feels the most need, and therefore has the most incentive to innovate.

        The rifle-attached grenade launcher is a very simple device – it can be mass produced in Akwa. Just say the word and you will start getting a thousand units a month.

    • Henry says:

      Oga doziex, that report is 100% false.

      • doziex says:

        There are many more like it.

        From different sources, and you want us to believe they are all lies ?

        How about the one on BBC this morning about 200 or more slaughtered villagers.

        Nigeria should at least arm these villages to protect themselves.

        NA needs to be re equipped and advised ASAP so it can reassert it’s authority over northeastern Nigeria.

        In the meantime, give these hapless villagers AK-47s, so they can try to stay alive.

      • Eeben says:

        It doesn’t matter if the report is true or false. It appeared before the government or the NA made any statement – and even more discouraging, it appeared in foreign media outlets and has now blown-back to Nigeria.
        Sadly, the first casualty of war is the truth and in case the NG and the NA haven’t realised it, they are being targeted with an effective psychological warfare/negative propaganda campaign and as your armed forces are “from the people, for the people”, this type of deception has a nasty way of finding itself as “truth” amongst the populace.
        The damage this type of reporting does to the image of the NA and morale of the populace is incalculable.
        The adage that “If you tell a lie enough, it becomes the truth” is something the NA must guard against.
        Be wary, you are under assault – and it is going to get worse.

      • Martin Luther says:

        Propaganda is an integral part of war

    • igbi says:

      Oga Doziex, what don’t you understand in the word “propaganda” ?
      I would be grateful if you stopped keying into these kind of obvious enemy propaganda.
      I agree 100% with Oga Col. Eben, and that is exactly what brought me to this blog.
      I witnessed too many people confusing propaganda with news and I had to try and counter that. What I don’t understand is the “freedom of the press” credo that some people keep defending while most foreign journalists writing right now are making propaganda, enemy propaganda. And yet we keep some of those same journalists in our country moving freely. How long did it take Egypt to notice that aljazeera was doing propaganda for terrorists and subsequently arrest their team in Egypt ?
      Algeria as well got read of foreign media during its war against these same terrorists.
      China has its own ways of dealing with media propaganda.
      Yet everybody wants Nigeria to be a model for “freedom of the press”, where dangerously destructive propaganda against the state is a common right to each and every journalist, local and foreign.
      A foreign government would call your own government corrupt everyday and you think they are doing that for your own good. Did you elect the foreign government ?
      I expect everyone on this blog to be able to differentiate propaganda from reality and then enlighten his readers rather than confuse them.

      • doziex says:

        Oga igbi as usual, burying his head in the sand.

        Oga igbi says, ” my mind is made up, stop confusing me with the facts” (LOL)

        The preponderance of articles about the north east are saying the same thing.
        Other signals from the region from the troops, even the commanders are painting the same picture.
        Telling a blatant lie to the public already aware of the truth is not military propaganda.
        Placing emphasis on what looks good is.
        As for the western media, we know they are doing a hatchet job on nigeria, but some journalists like jacob zenn are credible, and the picture he paints about the northeast amounts to the same thing.
        Footage of nigerians in the region telling the same story abound.

        So at what point do you go from fighting negative propaganda to just being a spin doctor yourself ?

      • igbi says:

        I think you are unable to recognize propaganda or you are using it to suit your purpose.
        Stop confusing everything, the last propaganda piece which you posted and which is carried out by many papers was not written by Jacob Zenn.
        And for your information, the accuracy of a story doesn’t grow with the number of papers carrying it. That is actually the first principle of propaganda : repetition.
        Second of all Jacob Zenn did a much better job than most of his western. He clearly understands the boko homos, but he still lacks knowledge about Nigeria.

  23. ozed says:

    Doziex. Its very easy to arm a man.
    What is very difficult is to collect the weapon back when the danger is over.
    Indiscriminate arming of un-educated youth is the easiest way to turn the north East into Afghanistan i.e. close to 100 warlords and a lawless environment.

    We can do that when the FG formally announces that it has given up. Until then, a more appropriate suggestion should be that the Army re-arm quickly (i guess that is the reason for the obvious lull in NA operations) and re-enter the battle.

    • doziex says:

      Oga Ozed, I know that.

      But what if this were to be your village ? Your people ? Your relatives ?

      You don’t think they deserve a fighting chance at staying alive ?

      Due to years of neglect, and present day corruption, NA is simply not able to contain BH in the north east.

      The so called relief is taking forever. I wonder why.

      spec ops troops can embed with these village CJTF’s, and attempt to make them more effective, and answerable to authorities.

      But to leave them defenseless against BH, is the height of wickedness.

      • Are James says:

        Your paragraph 5 holds the answers as to what to do while preparing for the big push against Boko Haram. Too may lives are being lost while we are waiting.

      • asorockweb says:

        Oga Doziex,

        I agree with you almost entirely ( only quarrel with the “due to …” paragraph).

        The issue is leadership.

        A responsible government will evacuate it’s citizens if it can’t protect them. This Nigerian government sent Air Force planes to evacuate Nigerians from CAR and even Libya.

        The vulnerable communities should have been identified many months ago. These communities should either be armed or evacuated.

        It’s that simple.

        People don’t have spare lives to play with.

        If the issue is that we are dedicating all our resources to “bring the girls home,” that should stop. Protect the free and alive; and then “bring the girls home.”

        If the issue is that the NA is resetting it’s self, then evacuate or arm the population. (a blogger mentioned that the NAF was resetting it ops in the NE) .

        Citizens must be protected or allowed to protect their very lives.

        A society that doesn’t protect it’s citizens is not a human society.

  24. doziex says:

    Gentlemen,
    I didn’t even scrutinize the picture Oga Beegeagle posted for this thread.

    In front of the ford ranger initially designed for the mali expedition, there are 2 NA soldiers holding camera equipment.
    You have the heavily armed chap in green cammo, holding the video recorder, then the chap next to him with a camera.

    That means NA has thousands of pictures to drowned the press in, and paint whatever picture of the north east that they want, as colonel Barlow alluded to.

    But all we get is operational pictures and footage in drips and drabs.

    • doziex says:

      Oga Jimmy,
      the Cameroonians are just laying sound ambushes to BH.

      BH is way too mobile not to be succumbing to more ambushes in Nigeria.

      Mobility allows one to cover and dominate more territory, but since the mobile force is road bound, they are vulnerable to ambushes or IEDs.

      The US mobile units in Iraq were ready to counter ambushes, but they weren’t ready for the unseen IEDs.
      NA needs to learn from Cameroon’s BIR, and pay BH back in the same coin. AMBUSHES.

  25. Oje says:

    I do believe the Nigerian airforce us the most incompetent and spineless in our armed forces. Thier incompetence has led to the death of dozens of troops who relied on non existent aerial support. I stated ones the Nigerian army should be given full control of our nations Hhelicopter gunships and the Nigerian army aviation activated and intergrated into a unified fighting unit. There is an American saying ” if you do not have aerial superiority then you have no business going to war” In a bitter war of attrition BH hit and run tactics will wear down the morale of any soldier. Our field artillaries and Long range guns and Tanks are useless in an urban guerilla setting. With an air arm the Nigerian army can conduct offensives deep inside enemy strong hold with round the clock air support. Its not rocket science.

    • doziex says:

      Oga Oje,

      I agree with you that NA should take control of NAF’s 7 mi-24/35s with immediate effect.

      But a lot if this war is going on in sparsely populated environs, and NA should be able to make better use of accurate artillery fire to harass, and counter the moves of BH.

      Just the way the US utilized fire support bases, 1st in Vietnam, then in Afghanistan and Iraq.
      Our tanks should be held in reserve at strategic locations.

      For instance, the BH assault on Giwa barracks, should have run into NA MBTs.

      2 Vickers MBTs, could have decimated that assault force as they approached, and also cleared them out easily with out NAF’s intervention.
      Our MBTs however need ERAs. and Cage armor and infantry protection to survive BH’s bountiful stocks of RPGs.

      • asorockweb says:

        An MBT’s frontal armour should be able to defeat an RPG-7 rocket, no need for ERA, no?

      • Anas says:

        My thoughts exactly, the NA has 136 units of vickers mbt if onli some were put to use during d attack on giwa barracks d tide wuld hv changed in favor of the NA .imagine these tanks being deployed to destroy bh technicals and providing much needed infantry support

      • doziex says:

        Oga Asorockweb,
        No be so o. The RPG7 can penetrate 12 inches of steel the shaped charge design funnels a jet of hot gases that just burns thru the tank.

        The key is for the infantry not to let the rpg gunner get within effective range. But in an urban environment, or an ambush, that is nearly impossible.
        As the russians found out in grozny, and the isrealis discovered in their last anti hezbollah campaign in Lebanon.
        The great chariot the merkava 2 was vulnerable to modern rpgs with tandem warheads.
        See the 1st warhead blasts thru the ERA and the CAGE armor, and the second is the shaped charge that burns through the tanks spraying the inside with molten steel that cuts men to pieces.

    • Are James says:

      All these are good long term solutions.
      What we need now is immediate procurement/hire of second hand armed choppers with PMC (mercenary) pilots embedded with the NA 7 Div. providing close air support and surveillance. Choppers like the old Mangustas with rockets, 20mm cannons and however old working FLIR systems we can lay our hands on will do for now.
      As for the NAF, i have done a number of consultancy projects so i know how slow organizations are to adopt new technologies/processes and I can tell you whatever the NAF has cooking is going to take some time before it becomes relevant to the battlefield.

      In the meantime Boko Haram goes a-killing. The latest attack figure is an unconfirmed 400 people. No serious gov’t should allow what is happening now to continue any longer, We need to determine the short term things we can do now to stop all this killing and the answer is day/ night patrols by choppers and/or UAVs and hunt/strike by dedicated choppers flown by private military consultant pilots.

      • igbi says:

        I think you should review your number, even-though you wrote “unconfirmed”, even the news papers well known for exaggerating give less than 200. And one question : why would we need PMCs to pilot our helicopters ? the airforce is quite big and its personnel are well trained.

      • doziex says:

        OGA ARE James,
        I agree 200%.
        When the soviets faced this ambush, problem in Afghanistan, they took to the skies in mi-24s.
        They operated in wolf packs.
        Imagine 4 groups of 6 mi-24/35, all upgraded with night vision and flir chaff dispensers.
        Taking off day or night for BH hunting expeditions.
        If the Americans choose to help us the way they helped the KDF with target acquisition in Somalia, their drones will will relay real time info to our hind units.
        So while hinds decimate BH convoys and camps from the air, another acquisition of say 40 hopefully brand new mi-17v5s would insert troops in a vertical envelopment or maneuver, to fix and finish BH units in place.
        Tucano turbo props would help a great deal.

        Then after bh has been weakened or hammered for some months, aggressive road patrols or horizontal envelopment should commence.

        Then fobs and check points reinstalled as order returns.

        Pmcs russians, belarussians, (ukrainians should be occupied, fighting for their own country. ) should be employed.
        Their level of involvement should be determined by how many combat ready hind pilots naf and na currently have.

        Of course, Manpads can dismantle this plan, as it did against the soviets, but BH needs a patron with a lot of clout to deliver the manpads.

        They are hard to come by, even if you have money.
        The CIA have been sweeping them off the international arms market for some time now.
        One can see the problem that the syrian rebels are having trying to aquire manpads.

      • Are James says:

        @Igbi
        I don’t think we have enough pilots or flying machines yet to handle the workload required to smash these fast moving BH convoys. It has to be a short term contract with the PMCs to hunt, track and destroy the vehicles. Up to 20 hired choppers may be required doing 24hr patrols.The CAS also spoke about looking for BH supply lines of fuel and water. This is some very urgent, aggressive, short term campaign
        After 6 months when our units have been fully inducted, we can then start ramping down on the contract or use them for training. The senseless killings have too stop, there is no way any country takes this level of mayhem and does not pay a heavy price formers after.

  26. Augustine says:

    ifiok umoeka says:
    June 5, 2014 at 11:21 am
    Oga Augustine, do u have the details of the deal?

    Reply

    Yes I do, it was published publicly by army guide, I don’t feel happy Nigerian Cobras don’t have full options extra hardware after all we paid 50% above average price, means we got 2 Cobras for the price of 3 Cobras, so why don’t the 2 Cobras pack a punch now? See light machine gun on Nigerian Cobra, no remote controlled 20mm cannon, no smoke grenade launchers , occupants gun ports by the sides, night vision periscope, these four options will save our boys in ambush now, Cobra is built to be a mini-MRAP,

    Otokar Cobra..193 Units..NIGERIA..$52.8 Million..Nov 2006 (Nov 2007)..$273,575 per unit.
    Otokar Cobra Average Unit Cost In Market: $180,706 per unit.

    http://www.army-guide.com/eng/product771.html

    • Are James says:

      I think we bought some grenade launchers but mounted them on gunboats for the ND campaigns. This is an example of where we can switch their use from army gun boats to the turrets of the Cobras and procure much more of them. I bet my bottom dollar this is being done already.

  27. Martin Luther says:

    Only God, the President and the military know what is happening right now, they seem so quiet while BH seem to be strolling around hunting down human beings as fair game.

    Human beings that are Nigerian citizens, that have at one time or the other sang the Nigerian National Anthem, meant it as well as the National pledge, and believed them. People that call Nigeria HOME.

    I pledge to Nigeria my country
    To be faithful loyal and honest
    To serve Nigeria with all my strength
    To defend our unity
    And uphold and honor our glory
    So help me God.

    I heard the president speaking about a final push on BH the morning news on Channels; I believe this is what @Are James was saying hopefully. He was speaking at a PDP meeting held in Abuja probably yesterday.

    @Are James: “Something big is in the offing. Very hush, hush….
    If I tell you more I would have to kill you shortly after.”

    Nevertheless, I am begging for a stopgap measures please, please. The Chibok girls are still alive and we can get them back, but these people dying are not coming back. We should mitigate these attacks immediately.

    This is a passionate plea, it can be you next time, it can be me, what goes around comes around

    • jimmy says:

      Thank you for the info OGA ASOROCKWEB I wanted to say something witty about there is evidence of SF in GWOZA to OGA Augustine but I will take the higher ground.

  28. Kay says:

    I’ll like to know about the bullet proof vests issued to the army by Marom/DICON? Any data on the level of protection? Of course, standard ammo for BH would likely be 7.62mm or below. Question is can we offer protection up to 7.62mm or too expensive? Furthermore, I presume we might see newer generations developed with modular designs or say ballistic collars…

    • Are James says:

      Ballistic collars?.. too heavy and restrictive. “Movement under fire” is standard infantry training and should suffice. A highly trained sniper however can get you on the neck but the odds are still in your favour anyhow.

    • igbi says:

      @Kay that is a rather suspicious question. Could you present yourself and say why exactly you want this piece of info ?

      • Kay says:

        Huh? Asking about specs (weight, level et al) of bulletproof vests we produce is ‘suspicious’… I can’t help you with your paranoia oga.

        On Marom Dolphin’s website I saw others (tactical vests) with more functionality and possibly more suited for the army hence why I asked if there’ll be modifications in the future.

  29. Augustine says:

    Nigerians should demand that results of the new full audit of Nigerian army arsenal/inventory be made public, the advanced countries of this world do not hide weapons they purchased with the peoples money for the defense of the people.

    Hiding what? Foreigners know more about Nigerian weapons than we Nigerians, we imported maybe 90% of heavy weapons from foreigners. so, hiding what?

    • Are James says:

      My brother, even if the Nigerian defsec culture does not permit the publicity, there are full committees in the Senate and House of Reps providing oversight over each of the arms of the armed services and they should be saying- ”give us a copy of the audit reports”.
      These committees, if you’d excuse my choice of words are presently resourced with some of the dullest, dumbest, most un inspired, most un committed bunch of lawmakers we have ever had. We should have heard some fireworks coming from these guys with all that has been happening in the NE the same way fireworks are coming from the committees in charge of the NNPC and CBN.
      I imagine they just sleep through committee meetings and then wait to draw big allowances everyday for doing nothing.
      They have not drawn the attention of the two main houses to the obvious inadequacy of the NA and NAF in terms defence materiel. All the pressure seems to be coming from private bloggers, the western press and only just recently the ‘opposition’ Nigerian press. They are supposed to be working for us and they are the ones we should wake up into action through letters, petitions and the occasional insult to make them more responsive to the needs of the people. The unprofessional dissenting soldiers in the NE should also stop sending anonymous stuff to SR when we have legislators that taxpayers are maintaining.

  30. asorockweb says:

    Based on the fact that we spend 100s of millions every year on hardware, we need to establish an externally maintained list of suppliers as well as a price list of hardware.

    The office of the Accountant General of the Federation or the National Bureau of Statistics could be in charge of these lists, but paid external consultants should do the actual maintenance of the lists.

    One also has to keep an eye on recently signed contracts by other nations to make sure that we are charged fairly for services like aircraft maintenance.

    I believe this approach would mitigate the situation where the supplier hasn’t registered in Nigeria, but the armed forces has identified one of it’s products as a possible requirement.

    If a supplier has been shortlisted, they now have a higher incentive to register their company in Nigeria, or identify a viable local partner.

    Just a thought, prompted by Michael Champion’s initial comment.

  31. jimmy says:

    http://www.punchng.com/feature/my-life-will-never-be-the-same-again-mother-of-slain-soldier/
    The army has to be extremely sensitive to the needs of the families of dead soldiers.One of the major differences between the wars of S/L AND LIBERIA is the role of Social media. The absolutely disgraceful conduct of having a former US PRESIDENT TAKE CARE OF OUR PERSONNEL SHOULD BE AVOIDED. The army needs to know social media means if you do not take of your personnel SOONER NOT LATER IT WILL BE IN THE NEWS FOR EVERYONE TO KNOW.
    This is a different war none like they have experienced they need to focus squarely on the welfare and procurement of equipment for their troops.

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