Cameroonian troops and Toyota Landcruiser gun trucks armed with Chinese-made twin 14.5mm anti-aircraft machine guns.

by Kareem Haruna
July 14, 2014

The security pact between Nigeria and Cameroun has begun yielding results: the Camerounian soldiers clashed with the insurgents during which a Cameroonian soldier and a number of militants were wounded in the half-hour exchange of gunfire.

The militants reportedly fled back to Nigeria following the cross-border raid,” the forces added. It was the second such strike by Boko Haram in the region over the past few days. On July 8,militants attacked a border post in the town of Zina and took away vehicles, guns and ammunition. In May, Cameroon declared war on Boko Haram in response to atrocities committed by the group.

The national security adviser, Sambo Dasuki, on Wednesday in Abuja said Nigeria respects the sovereignty of its neighbours and had no `territorial ambition” over the disputed Bakassi Peninsula with Cameroon.

Dasuki spoke at the opening of the Nigeria/Cameroon Trans-Border Security Committee holding from July 8-11. “I wish to expressly say that Nigeria does not have any territorial ambition; the resolution on the Bakassi Penisula issue is a clear indication to this.’’

On his part, the head of the Cameroon delegation, Mr Rene Sadi , minister of territorial administration and decentralization, said that the meeting would assist both countries to urgently take measures to wipe out (acts of) criminality from the borders.


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  1. rugged7 says:

    “…two sophisticated helicopter gunships with in-built night vision technology capable of neutralizing the nocturnal manoeuvres of the deadly terrorist group…”
    My question is, why do they choose to buy these helicopters in small numbers??? How much do they cost that they can’t buy additional 12 for back up and normal wear and tear?
    I doubt if these boys upstairs are taking this fight with the seriousness it deserves…

    • rugged7 says:

      If BH destroy this two now nko? we wait another 5 years for them to be replaced?
      These brasshats should wake the f…k up

    • AreJames says:

      I don’t believe we brought in just the number quoted in the article. However more importantly, I think we did not pay for stuff on time even after making budgetary provisions for them, thus keeping us behind on the queue for delivery by the OEM. Someone upstairs will answer to God and Nigerians for delaying or mis applying defence funds while youndg soldiers and poor civilians are being killed. I am even suspecting we took these choppers out of stocks earmarked for another African country with intervention at the CIC level on an emergency basis just to hold things together for now.

  2. tim says:

    In fact, we now have the latest aircraft for surveillance and intelligence gathering. More of these weapons are on their way but these (helicopters) are for URGENT purposes. I can assure you that more equipment are coming, serious ones,” the source said…….. I doubt if the military would divulge the total number of assets it has coming in……

  3. drag_on says:

    The helicopters are probably the Mi35m’s.

  4. beegeagle says:

    Oga Rugged7, while it is important that they must pile on these assets in batches of 8-12 airframes in one loop IF they hope to make a dent anywhere, the emphasis on night fighting capabilities suggests clearly that a phased delivery of the state-of-the-art Mi-35M day-night attack helos has commenced.

    It is clear that it is a phased delivery because this year’s defence budget clearly stipulated the acquisition of SIX Mi-35M attack helicopters.

    Last year, it was six Mi-171Sh Terminator assault helics and three Mi-35P attack helics which the NAF were in the hunt for. Along the line, it also emerged via a Russian compilatory document posted by Oga Are James, that four Mi-17 helicopters were quietly squeezed into the order.

    That is why I have consistently stated that for 2013-2014, inclusive of ongoing deliveries, the NAF have a total of NINETEEN Mi-17/Mi-171Sh Terminator/Mi-35P/Mi-35M transport/assault/attack helicopters coming to their inventory.

    Added to the ALX Super Tucano and the JF17 Thunder, I believe that this year’s delayed Air Expo 2014 to be held in commemoration of the Golden Jubilee (which fell due in April) of the NAF, promises to be the most edifying…the first whiff of a serious and modern airforce since the glorious Shagari years.

    • rugged7 says:

      My Chief, with all due respect, i would ask them to cancel the Air expo and send the airframes into combat where they are needed.- NOT static displays.
      Better they are shot down in active combat than being kept in storage/reserve.
      But even with the 19 airframes(terminators, HIND)- a small number in itself; it is rare for them to be used in hot pursuits, rapid ambushes or quick response to village attacks.
      So, what really is the problem?? pilots, maintenance, or some one somewhere is just plain old incompetent?
      By now they should have cut up the north east into small grid sectors for quick kinetic responses.
      Beats the heck out of me.
      We are 5+ years down the line in an insurgency, i expect a lot better from a military who have fought, bled and died on 3 continents…

  5. Henry says:

    They are most likely MI-35M’s. First two helicopters delivered. However we all knew about this orders and the chief of air-staff did hint that the Airforce have taken delivery of new helicopters in his last public address.

  6. jimmy says:

    I am going to take a different angle oga beegs, henry, rugged7. Regardless of Numbers 7 or 12 and the numbers do matter. The deadliest part of these type of missions for Army patrols has been at Night. The strategy of the NAF must be Night patrols of INSERTION, INTERDICTION, AND ELIMINATION dead men don’t talk nor do they wake up to cause wahala, they stay dead. The NAF needs to stay up at Night.
    OGA XNUR where you dey now? we urgently need your two KOBO I BEG I DEY GROUND.

  7. AreJames says:

    The most annoying part of the This Day article was a comment by a military officer describing the choppers as very expensive. Nobody asked anybody for the the price dem don dey talk say the ting expensive. These are choppers being bought by Kenya, Sudan, Angola, Algeria. These kind of comments give the impression of a lack of awareness of modern developments by people in the defsec space or just trying to give a ‘buildup’ for when questions are asked about how much was spent buying the choppers. My own counter is that Nigerian private individuals have about 200 private jets..these are also very very expensive nothing can be too expensive for our airforce.

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