COUNTERINSURGENCY OPERATIONS IN N.E NIGERIA ; NIGERIAN ARMY SOLDIERS AT THE FRONTLINES

Nigerian soldiers and an Otokar Cobra APC advance in a combat zone

PHOTO CREDIT: CHANNELS TELEVISION

Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Kenneth Minimah addresses troops of the Nigerian Army’s 7 Division during a visit to Maiduguri

PHOTO CREDIT: AIT NEWS

Nigerian Army soldiers navigate through a sandbagged position with a Toyota Landcruiser truck leading the way, followed by a Toyota Hilux and another Landcruiser

PHOTO CREDIT: VANGUARD NEWSPAPERS

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24 Responses to COUNTERINSURGENCY OPERATIONS IN N.E NIGERIA ; NIGERIAN ARMY SOLDIERS AT THE FRONTLINES

  1. buchi says:

    At last for once uniformity in combat fatigues.if we can maintain this uniformity and add little more innovations on our combat fatigues backed up with intensive PR enlightenment.the phrase “attack wearing military uniforms” will be reduced,if not eliminated and good info.
    i suggest
    (a)compulsory placement of the Nigerian flag and the army insignia(which is used but not consistently) with deep made golden or green identification marks for the words on the sleeves for every troop..
    (b)compulsory use of the REG no of every soldier placed also on the sleeves.with a well protected database security structure(to avoid hacking om external sources)
    (c) the use of code words which differ from village to,village within the battle space(just like the Vietnamese did during the Vietnam war)this code should be given only to the village head and must be communicated to any patrol that goes into these villages to prevent attacks from BH in uniforms
    (d) A mobile checking system with which any individual can confirm if a soldier is real or fake(no offense)like the NAFDAC model using the reg no(with a good database security system)
    (e) code books for every patrol team specifying the codes for ea ch village and the answers(can be interchanged with the teams)
    (f)a good comms department (no matter how small,in every FOB,i know it exits but its capacity i don’t know)
    (g)i don’t know if this is possible but if the state govts can get all leaders in the villages portable emergency beacons interfaced with the networks which is within radius of the nearest fob(i think a nautical raptor beacon with its system receiver goes for about $20K it wouldn’t be bad investment would it.
    even if mobility is a problem information should at least be made mobile while our troops uniform should be made unique alongside better equipment.at least we can now differentiate bw BH and NA troop.but the helmets still need a lot of work in uniformity.
    (i stand corrected!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

  2. jimmy says:

    These are some very good ideas. A lot of your ideas boil down to communications not surprising, the other half boils down to pride in appearance and pr social media moves.
    I am aware that when soldiers go on missions sometimes that it becomes a hybrid of personnel i.e. sf/ sbs/ infantry, intel personnel/ mixed sometimes with NAF personnel, however for the moving/ skeptical/ fickle public sometimes images like what is shown above speaks volumes.
    What this picture should show is their is uniformity in purpose we are one we are the 7th.
    More on this 7th later.

  3. Are James says:

    @Buchi.
    This is very good. Thank you very much.

  4. Are James says:

    This looks promising: What we need is immediate transfer of six JF17s with pilots from PAF stocks while more long term things are cooking.

    http://www.channelstv.com/2014/06/10/jonathan-meets-with-pakistani-president-hussein/

    • asorockweb says:

      I didn’t realize PAF had pilots for sale๐Ÿ™‚

    • beegeagle says:

      TRADE and DEFSEC is mostly what is being discussed. Defence Minister, Gen Gusau was visibly in attendance. I expect to see real dividends

    • gbash10 says:

      Cyber generals,yesterday and today a lone fighter jet flew at supersonic speed and at roof-top over Makurdi,I was indoors so could not identify that jet.After work I saw a fighter pilot outside a bank in North Bank,Makurdi,instead of seeing a flyers wings on his left-breast pocket,I saw a small Gold jet plane.
      @ Xnur,is the tiny jet now replacing the flyers wings?
      When I saw the Pakistani President on NTA Network New at 9:00PM, I then thought of mentioning the JF-17 Thunder fighter jet,heads up people!

    • Are James says:

      The post was hastily typed. Please excuse the suggestion therein that pilots were commodities to be purchased at a price. However, defence cooperation is a universe of possibilities including secondment of pilots. We used foreign pilots during the civil war and we already using them in high tech surveillance looking for the Chibok girls.
      What I am merely suggesting is the need to quickly cut BH to size with a rushed deployment of six JF17 jets with Pakistanis flying them as the NAF seems to be having problems inducting new jets or operational problems on the Alpha Jets.

    • Are James says:

      I just have the feeling that a lot of the delay in getting the NAF pulling its weight is lack of pilots for the new jets. Defence cooperation is a whole universe of possibilities including importing pilots. We did it during the civil war anew we should do it again if lives depend on it.

  5. beegeagle says:

    UNRELATED

    AL QAEDA MILITANTS CAPTURE US-MADE KIOWA AND BLACK HAWK HELICS IN IRAQ

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-06-10/al-qaeda-militants-capture-us-blackhawk-helicopters-iraq

    Hmn..Chinese helicopters are about to get some crossover tech. Let’s see..these shall get into Iranian hands and from there the Chinese shall be taking a close look at them for any usable technologies

    • Anas says:

      Oga beeg I doubt if iran if iran can lay its hands on this bird cos this al qaeda folks hate iran and shia islam wit a passion .

    • giles says:

      i pity for iraq,boko haram tried it in nigeria but failed.thumb up my gallant nigerian forces

  6. giles says:

    pls is nigeria buying the jf-17?

  7. Tope says:

    Sorry to Derail, I read Page 42 of Business Day today and Headings is as follows NIMASA LAUNCHES SATELLITE SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM, it goes on to show the collaboration of nimasa, navy, airforce n ghana navy using the centre, the RMAC and the ATR planes, nw im wondering if NIMASA is piggy backin using NigcomSat assets or it has its own satellite launched for this, according to NIMASA director the system pinpoints any vessel including planes hovering in our EEZ at 200 nautical miles, pls Oga Beeg if u can find more info on this it would help.

  8. jimmy says:

    OGA TOPE
    Please supply the link

  9. Tope says:

    Oga Jimmy I bought d hard copy, try goin to business day website im sure it will be there.

  10. ifiok umoeka says:

    Oga Are James, u’ve said it well! It takes time to get an aircraft operational and it takes a while to get a pilot acquainted with the aircraft! In the mean time, its no problem to have other do the flying while our flyboys get trained up!

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