NIGERIAN FORCES DISCOVER HUGE ARMOURY BELONGING TO TERRORISTS IN BALMO FOREST OPERATIONS; OVER 80 GENERAL PURPOSE MACHINE GUNS, RPGs AND RIFLES SEIZED

DEFENCE HEADQUARTERS NIGERIA
(Press Release)
11 July, 2014

The mopping up operations in Balmo
forest is yielding more discoveries of
arms stockpiled in underground cells in the forest. Troops who have been
excavating various sites in the forest in search of hidden weapons, have so far recovered over 10 rifles along with
parts and accessories as well as more
than 80 General Purpose Machine Guns, tubes of Rocket Propelled Grenades and Launchers, cables, wires and thousands of rounds of assorted ammunition.

Also recovered in the search are uniforms of security agencies including protective clothing.

Meanwhile, suspects captured in the
forest have been taken into custody and are volunteering information linking the activities in the forest with other terrorist activities in the country. The mopping up operation continues.

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65 Responses to NIGERIAN FORCES DISCOVER HUGE ARMOURY BELONGING TO TERRORISTS IN BALMO FOREST OPERATIONS; OVER 80 GENERAL PURPOSE MACHINE GUNS, RPGs AND RIFLES SEIZED

  1. drhobert says:

    Wonderful one there boys!!!!At least even d most skeptical individual would believe did one.Stories wit proof,days wat we talking aby

  2. Deway says:

    Very good news, I pray the current momentum is maintained. A fall out of the Libya war. If possible, they should use their weapons against them.

  3. ceberus89 says:

    I hpe some crooked politicians will also be arrested

  4. Augustine says:

    The part that I don’t understand is that newpaper reports say the ID card of some prominent politicians were found in the forest. Why would the politicians keep their ID cards inside Balmo forest. is that their office? Funny.

    • drhobert says:

      Oga Augustine u just read out my thoughts.I support d crackdown on sponsors cos dats d only way to bring down dis sambisa terrorist.By cutting down its trees from d root.By d story of finding ids of prominent sponsors of d sect in d BH camps to me is highly improbable.For a group as smart as bh I dnt think dey would make dis childish error.

    • Are James says:

      80 GPMGs? Where are these weapons coming from?.
      As for politician ID cards maybe the cards were business cards left to provide quick contact phone numbers. Were these active supporters, victims of Boko Haram protection/kidnapping rackets or the blurry lines between the two we will soon know.

      • bigbenjy says:

        In veterans.com u will see an article about BH which the talked of 9 active generals in NA who are behind BH activities and like always they trained NC hmmmm.

      • Are James says:

        wow. in the old days it is hanging. nothing less

  5. jimmy says:

    The dhq have done a much better job of covering events through the social media. Though not perfect, there is now an understanding that they have to be actively involved., they have to do the things necessary when outright lies are told about us to refute such claims . Once again well done and welcome to the social media age.

  6. rka says:

    A slight deviation, although relevant to continued operations;
    http://leadership.ng/news/377558/insecurity-naf-graduate-17-intelligence-gathering

    • jimmy says:

      OGA RKA
      We did not get to talk about this and it bears mentioning. The graduation of these Intel officers is a big boost to the intel capabilities as it is .One will expect that they will have on the job training with what is going on in the North east.
      I am also going to abide by OGA Henry’s blogs on being patient on procurement assets for the NAF. However this welcome news as these people will cut down on the collateral damage.

      • rka says:

        Oga jimmy, hopefully they will provide personnel for the intended surveillance aircraft expected , although I tire for dis wait and see. .

  7. Are James says:

    Just as topical and important. I think the FG reads this blog…. sometimes.
    http://odili.net/news/source/2014/jul/11/876.html

    • jimmy says:

      Oga rugged we now know these meaningless hearings are packed full of human rights officials/state dept officials who have no idea of what is going on.make them continue to vet while the real fighting is going on .Last weekend we had confirmed now five intense fire fights the mandated constitutional duty of the armed forces is too fight.They are not in the biz of waiting around to be vetted while 14 year old boys and girls are getting their throats slit. These hearings amount to nothing as we already know events are moving at a much faster pace on the ground.We know that they are taking the fight to the enemy,locating caches,armouries,storage depots and depriving the enemy of sleep and rest .We are seeing pictures daily,so we don’t need nor care for your vetting,this is the same dept that took two years against the wishes of several us security agencies who declared bh a full fledged fto before they declared a fto. T-Mobile. America’s First Nationwide 4G Network

      • rugged7 says:

        Oga Jimmy,
        A lot of people on this blog make a lot of excuses for the insults hurled at Nigeria from the americans and even those chameleons-the south africans.
        I keep telling people that these americans ARE NOT OUR FRIENDS.
        The other day, the south african intelligence service was bad-mouthing Nigeria to the chinese. Just to get a few dollars of investment for south africa at the expense of Nigeria…
        Here, the americans open their dirty mouths to yarn all manner of trash.
        Is that the way you treat “friends”????
        I bet u they couldn’t even talk this way to egypt or ordinary ethiopia without getting deported STAT.
        I get a lot of information about the ethiopians and their military, and they are constantly poking at the eyes of the americans without any repercussions. instead u have the american on bended knees over them.- They supply modern weapons to the ethiopian army despite clear human rights abuses…
        Nigeria should grows some BALLS and tell the americans to go jump in Oguta Lake…

      • jimmy says:

        Oga rugged. Thanks for your comments. I am glad you are in such a position. I am not at this stage worried about what the state dept is doing. My comments are directed to the American military personnel who are in Nigeria, who for best reason and practices have kept their mouths shut.To date the state dept has long ago been discredited since Kerry became Sec and we all wait to see him go with his hypocritical double standards.The state dept is one arm and as it is does not speak for the defense dept if in doubt about my comments visit nairaland and see some of the recent photos from sirus black. T-Mobile. America’s First Nationwide 4G Network

      • rugged7 says:

        Imagine the americans asking the Nigerian Army to submit a list of soldiers to be vetted before they can be trained.
        Ooooh, the humiliation and embarrassment is just too much to take.
        The same americans hold consistent military “exercises” with countries with far worse human rights records.
        It’s hard to stomach this kind of crass hypocrisy from the americans

      • jimmy says:

        Do you honestly think the Nigerian Military has time for such nonsense? T-Mobile. America’s First Nationwide 4G Network

      • rugged7 says:

        On top our money for the training sef…

      • jimmy says:

        Take it easy oga rugged.There is a lot going on that does not meet the eye. I woke up today and answered you because it was important ,now to all my fellow generals today is my birthday. T-Mobile. America’s First Nationwide 4G Network

      • rugged7 says:

        No mind me bros. Just ventilating..
        Happy birthday Oga Jimmy, wishing you a great one.
        Lots of nkwobi, pepper soup and a cold bottle of Star!

      • Eeben says:

        That’s an unfair comment Rugged7. Not all South Africans are chameleons. Some of us are deeply concerned at what we see happening in your country.

      • rugged7 says:

        @ Oga Eeben,
        With all due respect.
        Be advised that i hold no grudge against u or south africa.
        My comments are not meant to be insulting. I am just saying it as it really is.
        It is sometimes very easy to see who ur TRUE friends when the shit hits the fan.
        Go through what your defence intelligence chiefs said about Nigeria to the chinese.
        Even Judas iscariot could not have been as perfidious to Jesus…

  8. rka says:

    Happy Birthday Oga jimmy and many happy returns.

  9. Henry says:

    Happy birthday oga jimmy!!!!!

  10. Spirit says:

    To the Beegeagle and my dear cybergenerals,

    I throway salute o.

    I have been away for a while as my line of work entails continuously writing exams and acquiring certificates. I tire for dem.

    To my Oga Jimmy, respects sir. I wish you the best birthday of all.
    May your birthday be like you ; ‘Awesome’!

    I have been following recent developments, and I am very happy with the way our military have taken this war to BH of recent. May they continue to press on onto victory.

    May the sun never set on the gallant soldiers who keep vigil and constantly go into harms way, so that Nigerians can sleep.

    Amen.

  11. gbash10 says:

    Happy Birthday Oga Jimmy, I wish you
    the very best in life!

  12. COLONEL NGR says:

    I am missing alot of things this days due to my hectic work schedule. Thanks Oga beeg for the good work you are doing.
    Happy birthday oga jimmy!

  13. Tobey says:

    Its like SiriusBlack’s Thread is back after the hacking.
    http://www.nairaland.com/1801690/photos-nigerian-armys-campaign-north

  14. CHYDE says:

    HBD oga Jimmy

  15. cryptologist says:

    Happy belated Birthday Oga Jimmy. Igba odun, odun kan. This american attitude to nigeria makes me praise Gen. Victor Malu till date.

    • doziex says:

      Seconded on the General Malu comment.

      He became irate when he saw the americans came primarily to grand stand. Helping came a very distant second.

  16. Obix says:

    @Oga Jimmy, Happy birthday to you! More stars on your shoulders/

  17. Augustine says:

    Happy Birthday Big Bros Jimmy, anything you chop remain from the party?

  18. Augustine says:

    New Boko Haram video, a new Shekau face, asking for prisoner exchange…

    Boko displays new APC…can anyone identify the APC type? It resembles Nigerian army’s new acquisition STREIT SPARTAN MK III APC, still a resemblance, not sure until we see all sides of the vehicle….but looks very very much like it !

    Nigerian army should tell us how Bokos are getting Nigerian APC’s in clean mint condition.

    Those APC’s were bought with public money, we have a right to know how we lost them to our enemy who now turns our own weapons against us to attack and go back to his base safely.

    http://thenewsnigeria.com.ng/2014/07/13/boko-haram-claims-lagos-abuja-attacks-in-new-video/

    • Are James says:

      I think we may have an intra institutional war ongoing that we have mistakenly classified as an insurgency. I am beginning to take back all negative comments about the professional competence of the NA. BokoHaram is not James Bond. I think there’s serious stuff going on. There is a need for serious internal purging of the ranks. The kind that Hitler unleashed on the Wermacht or Stalin did against the Red Army. We experienced this during the ND crisis, soldiers moonlighting as militants. And these were no rumours, soldiers were found, tried and jailed.

    • giles says:

      it really look like d spartan APC.wer did does idiots get did hardware and who maintain it for dem

      • AreJames says:

        That’s NA’s desert camo colours. How did they learn how to drive it?. Some of those vehicles may have been password ignition key protected.

  19. Augustine says:

    28 year old civilians in Nigeria install GSM linked trackers on their $6,000 tokunbo cars. Does Nigerian army not install satellite linked trackers on their $250,000 brand new APC’s ? We should be catching that Boko ‘Shekau’ by now with tracking links from our NA ‘lost’ APC’s, leading NA special forces to his secret camp where he is making videos.

    Who is sabotaging Nigeria? Who is doing this to us in war time?

  20. tim says:

    And those trackers have microphones in them, and let you know the exact location of where the car his and to hear what the robbers are saying, I know this becos I have one in my car, and my car was stolen and was held hostage!!! The guys were listening in,to know when to disable the car, when they dropped me off!!!! I hope that is why those amoured vehicles are with BH………… If they were they would know where shekau was this month!!!

  21. jimmy says:

    I want to thank every single one of my cyber generals who wished me happy birthday it really made my day

  22. ozed says:

    Oga Jimmy happy Bday o. Many happy returns.

    Pity about the levels of competence (or the lack thereof) that our military is deploying in this war. I hope someone is learning something from all this ‘wombling and fumbling (apologies to Fanny Amun).

    Really sad.

  23. Buchi says:

    Oga jimmy hapi birthday….the apc is a streint and I think the video was shot at damboa base.cos I dnt want to believe that those guys have access to the keys……….whats abt trackers…i smell a rat…
    As for the video .to me its damage control after been hit by waves of attack..just to tell us say he still dey ohhhh.

    • agee says:

      Mr Augustine same thing I have wondered for ages, tracking vehicles and equipments are a lot easier this days, the RFID technology I have read severally would help cut the cost on inventory tracking for the military and I believe track the location of stolen equipment and also last handle them at d armoury; that’s if they wey stolen there. In practise things might diff
      er a little though.

  24. beegeagle says:

    Happy birthday, my good Egbon Jimmy. You are lifted, sir.

    • jimmy says:

      You are welcome, and Once again I am thankful that I can truly say and beat my chest I have NIGERIAN friends that belong to ALL parts of Nigeria.

  25. doziex says:

    Oga Augustine, I can assure you that the picture of the captured streit APC is authentic.

    The streit APC is not necessarily new to the NE conflict.

    Months ago, a saw the burnt out streit apc amongst some trenches. So, if BH can destroy them, they can surely capture them

    However, we need all the apcs we can get.
    We need instruction on the appropriate tactics, to improve their survivability.

    We need the air component also to win this war.

    20 – tucano A29s.

    15 – su-25 frogfoot
    15 -su-24 fencer
    45 – Mi-24/35 attack helicopters
    40 – mi-17 troop transports.

    Omar bashir’s SAF just acquired all these from Russian surplus stocks.
    GEJ can direct NAF to do likewise if he wants to.

    This meaningful acquisition will wipe the smirk off shekau’s face, and hasten the conclusion of this conflict.

  26. Are James says:

    These APCs were stolen neat. They were not taken in a fire fight. No RPG marks, no bullet scratches, no captured APC crew members (MIAs) begging for their lives.

  27. freeegulf says:

    oga jimmy, happy birthday Herr General. continue with the isiewu and odeku. happy days re here for us

  28. Are James says:

    HBD @Jimmy

  29. Augustine says:

    Boko Haram claims they have bomb attacked Lagos…True or false?

    http://www.punchng.com/news/bharam-leader-i-ordered-apapa-lagos-bombing/

  30. Number one says:

    Happy birthday oga jimmy

  31. Akin Oges says:

    Happy Birthday Oga jimmy. And greetings to all the Generals in the house. Oga Beeg, trust you are good Sir?

    • Are James says:

      If the NAF had used the right weapons (precision glide bombs or maverick air to ground missiles) on some un mentioned convoy months ago, this problem would be history now.
      What would have followed would have been a quick burial, some obituaries in the papers and problem solved. …..well, well, opportunity may soon present itself

      • Obix says:

        Oga Are, The NAF has been effective hitting BH convoys not to talk of an unarmed civilian convoy. Maybe the plan wasn’t to eliminate him but rather to tell him “we know everything”. If not, he wouldn’t still be breathing now.

  32. triggah says:

    Insightful read

    defensenews.com/article/20140713/DEFREG04/307130020/Multirole-Combat-Jets-Propagate-Across-Sub-Saharan-Africa?odyssey=nav%7Chead

  33. freeegulf says:

    how FOBs and cantonments gets attacked and military vehicles taken as booties still confuses moi.
    how do they protect these bases? i just cant fathom a base with even a minimum of three fighting vehicles falling to rag tag insurgents.

    what happened to clear field of fire. before these miscreants even got that close, what happened to aggressive fighting patrols? these patrols are supposed to be carried out in steady measures in order to prevent the forming up of oppo forces. fighting patrols would always stop enemies from converging in significant numbers, thereby preventing oppo force larger than a probe.

    what happened to base protection; trip flares, barb wires, directional mines, booby traps, guard towers, screening checkpoints, outposts ( to delay an attacking force enough for the main base to rally support and action plan) pre-registered fire. what happened to proper tactics?

    with sound tactics, even checkpoints would be extremely costly for terrs to overrun. without revealing much, it should be basic for an infantry leader to position various checkpoints in ways that they interconnect and support each other.

    what happened to proper reconnaissance. you don’t need to be a delta tier one warrior in order to execute these manoeuvres.
    it is curious to see that i did not mention air support.
    not only should we utilize what we have now while salivating for better and more hardware, but we should also be able to do very much with our current arsenal.
    yes its shameful that our air power is not as far reaching as it should be. however, the army has enough to turn these vermin into mere bandits lacking the ability to assemble more than 100 jihadists for an attack or raid. what they, the army, has, can very much grind boko haram to near dust state.

    what i have highlighted above are the basics of any combat involving a standard army.
    these tactics and operational art are not just taught in west point or frunze academy. its the bread and butter of any self respecting army. and it is baffling that terrorists can attack bases, FOBs, checkpoints, kill sojas, steal vehicles, haba!! wheres the bracket fire from artillery. where are the pre-registered killing zones. what happened to channeling the banzai terrorists to a particular killing zone of the defenders chosen.

    what happened to hot pursuit, cut off and blocking troops, vertical envelopment, counter ambush tactics.
    if terrorists can attack facilities, escape, and still leave rear guard fighting units to ambush pursuing troops speaks volumes not of their innovation, but our lack of answers to basic tactics from oppo force.

    there is a lot to this current insurgency than one can openly explain. the army is just being used in merry round rofo rofo fighting without being allowed to go for the jugular.
    i really don’t know if we can ever do things properly without nigerian factor as spoiler.

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