WAR CRIMES: AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL FINGERS NIGERIAN MILITARY, CIVILIAN JTF

PEOPLE’S DAILY
4 August, 2014

* We’ll investigate claims– Defence spokesman

Amnesty international has alleged that Nigerian Army and civilian Joint Task Force tackling the Boko Haram insurgency in the north-east were neck-deep in extrajudicial executions and other heinous crimes against humanity in the region.

Gruesome video footage, images and damning testimonies gathered by the world’s rights body provided fresh evidence of alleged extrajudicial executions and other serious human rights violations being carried out as the fight by the military against Boko Haram insurgents and other armed groups intensifies.

According to the group, the footage, obtained from numerous sources during a recent trip to Borno state, reveals graphic evidence of multiple war crimes being carried out in Nigeria. It includes horrific images of detainees having their throats slit one by one and dumped in mass graves by men who appear to be members of the Nigerian military and the “Civilian Joint Task Force” state-sponsored militias.

It also shows the aftermath of a Boko Haram raid on a village that resulted in almost 100 deaths and destruction on a massive scale.

Amongst the testimony gathered by the body were voices of witnesses which suggested that extrajudicial killings were rampart during the period under review. “These are not the images we expect from a country which sees itself as having a leadership role in Africa. The ghastly images are made worse by the numerous testimonies we have gathered, which suggest that extrajudicial executions are, infact, regularly carried out by the Nigerian military and CJTF.”

“More than 4,000 people have been killed by all sides in the conflict during armed attacks this year alone.Civilians, who are not directly participating in hostilities, make up the majority of this death toll,Amnesty said.

Residents also informed about a “screening” operation which took place on 23 July 2013 where scores of Nigerian military and CJTF from Maiduguri arrived in the central market around 11am and told all the adult men to gather in one area and take off their clothes, it added.

The footage shows how during this “screening” operation, the military and CJTF fired celebratory shots in the air. Up to 35 detainees were then loaded onto a single military vehicle and taken away to the local military barracks in Bama, the rights group said.

In a swift reaction,Director of Defence Information, Maj-Gen Chris Olukolade said that Nigerian military takes the issue of human rights seriously and will never condone any proven case of abuse by its personnel saying that the claims will be investigated to ensure that such does not creep into the system.

His words, “Much as the scenes depicted in these videos are alien to our operations and doctrines, it has to be investigated to ensure that such practices have not crept,surreptitiously into the system. The Defence Headquarters considers these allegations too grievous to be associated with Nigerian troops, considering the doctrinal and operational contents of the training imparted to personnel on a continuous basis; emphasizing the importance of respect for human rights and dignity of human person as well as observance of humanitarian laws.

Olukolade maintained that the military authorities are deeply concerned about the set of video footage being circulated and which unfortunately has also become reference data for Amnesty International in its report.

He also said that Defence Headquarters in addition to existing Joint Investigation Team (JIT) has constituted a team of senior officers and legal cum forensic experts to study the video footage.

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  1. beegeagle says:

    And the author of that report, Makmid Kamara, possibly a Sierra Leonean who is laughably described as their Nigeria researcher, has been churning out a string of such reports all year. Check the Amnesty International webpage to see how lightly Boko Haram get off in all those reports. What I might never understand is why, anytime things go marginally well for the military or the terrorists appear to lose the initiative, he comes out with a damning report.

    The Nigerian military should either counter the endless string of damning narratives or stop him from entering the country entirely. This state of “free-for-all” cannot continue. It would be nice to know that some people still have spines up there.

    Yesterday on CCTV, I really came to terms with the utter lack of guts entailed in our core response mechanisms. Would you believe that when Field Marshal al-Sisi of Egypt got elected as President of Egypt recently, the U.S Secretary of State Mr Jim Kerry went to pay him a visit (of course, relations with the USA were on the low ebb with arms embargoes etc) AND against all known diplomatic norms, the security details of the Egyptian leader, conducted a search on Mr Kerry…to the man’s visible embarrassment. Yeah, they frisked him before he was allowed to go in and see the Field Marshal. I could not believe my eyes really.

    And as we speak, the same Egyptian President turned down an offer to attend the ongoing U.S-Africa Summit in Washington. Talk about nations which demonstrably have spines. All of that to demonstrate their disgust at the turn which US-Egyptian relations have taken since the July 2013 ouster of Egypt’s former leader.

    NIGERIA, the dear but sheepish good boy of the global community which always needs to be validated from abroad, cannot control access to the northeast if only to keep researchers and journalists with dubious designs at bay?

    The lesson of Sri Lanka shows clearly that for Amnesty International, all can never be well except the security forces of a nation are getting bludgeoned by non-state actors? Are Amnesty International still not calling for a witchhunt in Sri Lanka, five years after the Tamil Tigers got crushed in battle?

    For the ICC, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, with their plethora of black Judases within, the colour of justice remains BLACK and its mother continent is AFRICA. What is going on today in Gaza? What do HRW and Amnesty have to say beyond muffled grunts of disapproval?

    • Owi says:

      I am curious to know if everybody here has watched that video. In my opinion, the objective of the report becomes irrelevant in light of the grave atrocities being committed. The heinous acts allegedly being carried out by what appears to be Nigerian soldiers in that video transcend whatever sinister objective the western media might have. The foremost debate should be on if these crimes were actually committed by our soldiers.
      The consequences will be grave if these allegations are not extensively investigated and the military are allowed to carry on as if nothing has happened. This will serve to engrave impunity into the standard doctrine of the Nigerian armed forces and the normal rules of engagement will no longer apply.
      Already we see cases of indiscipline within the rank and file on the increase. At this point the least of our concerns should be how the western media is making us look and we should be pushing for a proper probe into this video.
      If in the end it is proven false, then we can all breathe a sigh of relief and then challenge amnesty and every other propagator of what will then be proven to be false news.

  2. Startrek says:

    THE HIERARCHY OF THE NIGERIAN SECURITY FORCE MUST NEVER ALLOW THIS TACTICS BY BOKO HARAM AND THEIR SPONSORS TO SYDO USE THEIR WELL POSITIONED COLLABORATORS MASQUERADING AS HUMAN RITE CAMPAIGNERS AGAINST NIGERIANS. FAR AS I KNOW AMNESTY INTL IS MOSTLY A BODY OF ATHIRST WHO DO NOT BELIEVE THE TEACHINGS OF THE HOLY BOOKS HENCE THEIR DEFINATION OF HUMAN RITE IS SATANICALLY SKEWED.
    PLS COULD SOME ONE ENLIGHTEN ME ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO DRAFTED THE SO-CALLED HUMAN RITES CHARTER …?

  3. Sele says:

    not until our political leaders stop listening to this rubbish by AI, we will continue to struggle with BH. its high time we start ignoring any rubbish they publish or say. 2 officers and 7 soldiers were killed over the weekend in maiduguri general area

  4. Obix says:

    Crap, total crap! We’ve been here before. Amnesty International will always trash the NA and let BH off in any situation. They are called a watchdog, but i call them the master’s dog. They are fulfilling their master’s agenda. Crap i say again!

    • beegeagle says:

      They are funded by donations, most of which comes from the developed world. That is why they are curiously benign in their reportage of the activities of those countries’ troops. What have we heard in Afghanistan and in Israel other than mere slaps on the wrist? Amnesty International can only say so much lest their benefactors clam up and wind down the financing.

      Conversely, not much comes from Africa so they can write and hyperventilate here. They are a posse of false-hearted hirelings.

      Our troops are no saints but these attempts at playing up any minute semblance of wrongdoing, real or alleged, is not lost on some of us. We already mentioned that WW 2-scale casualty figure which Al Jazeera tried to introduce to the narrative when they threw up an incredulous allegation of 3,000 persons killed in one town. I mean, where are the individual or mass graves to support claims of such killings equal in scope to Srebrenica?

      This is getting out of hand. So is the level of quackery exhibited by our own people. This fellow called Kamara claims to have been in Maidiguri for five days. Who let him in, ab initio?

  5. beegeagle says:

    Not surprisingly, Amnesty International have photos of men supposedly killed by Nigerian security forces. The news out of N.E Nigeria all year has been about BH laying waste hamlet after village in remote frontier districts. Do they not have any photos of people slaughtered by BH in those many attacks or are they afraid of reprisals and prefer to dissipate energy on Nigerian forces?

    https://www.amnesty.org/fr/node/46326

    More hearsay by Makmid Kamara and Al Jazeera TV.

    http://www.afghanistantimes.af/news_details.php?id=7043&&cid=2

    Al Jazeera famously showed a masked and supposedly Nigerian soldier last year who claimed that he was part of a group which murdered THOUSANDS of people extrajudicially in a village. Thousands in one stand…would you believe that? The report remains unverified.Mind you,for all the carnage against civilians by BH this year, they have barely claimed 3,000 victims. That is the same number that Al Jazeera claimed were killed in one community by the Nigerian military. And they claimed to be quoting a Nigerian soldier.

    http://www.m.aljazeera.com/se/2013531142139248993

    Before then, Reuters uncharacteristically wrote a report about a supposed massacre in October 2012 in Borno. In a show of true class, Reuters later recanted.

    http://www.beegeagle.wordpress.com/2012/11/20/video-clip-on-extrajudicial-executions-reuters-withdraw-nigeria-violence-story-4/

    It is the same sort of ‘street theatre’ videos of questionable origin which Kamara appears to largely rely on all the time as he goes about his barely disguised campaign of calumny against the same ‘murderous’ Nigerian soldiers who gave life and limb for closet terrorists such as himself to be free in their own countries?

    As for our people, it is clear that they are not up for this propaganda blitzkrieg mounted against Nigeria.Let them continue carrying files about like civil servants instead of rolling up their sleeves.

    Would you believe that, afraid of the soft power of India’s BOLLYWOOD in Pakistan, the Pakistan Army and the ISI have covertly sponsored the production widely available videos aimed at discouraging the exodus of Pakistanis to find roles in Bollywood? They simply do not want to see national cohesion against an existential threat, undermined. How about that for far-sighted perceptions of the national interest? We neva start for dis we side o…at all, at all.

    Then in a matter as serious as raging warfare, Nigerians are still communicating like unpaid bureaucrats even when our nation is assailed on all fronts by insurgent-friendly and hostile propaganda?

    • Obix says:

      Yes, Beag! Our people think that media propaganda is space science but the fact is that he who wins the propaganda war always win the public opinion war. IF you see the amount of resources the Russians are pouring into daily propaganda around the crisis in Ukraine, they will even make you believe that they don’t have borders with Ukraine. The Ukrainians meanwhile give daily press conferences aimed at giving the citizens up to date information on the battles with the rebels and at the same time discrediting Russian propaganda. I still don’t see any harmony between our MoD, Ministry of information and our press to this effect. The Propaganda fight has to be taken not only to BH but also to their sympathizers! Journalists like this Makmid Kamara should never be allowed into Nigeria .

      • Henry says:

        Defence headquarters is going to release a statement on this report by 1pm. So, I’m patiently awaiting their response.

  6. beegeagle says:

    If only for the sake of preventing the spread of Ebola, this guy had no business being in Nigeria at this time.

  7. peccavi says:

    The HQ response is well crafted and correct.
    The crimes in those videos are completely abhorrent and anyone who serves Nigeria involved should be punished to the maximum extent of the law.
    If they are cases of impersonation then DHQ must lay out how the conclusions were achieved, i.e. when and where the weapons were lost, discrepancies in uniform etc.
    I really hope that it is a case of impersonation

    • igbi says:

      “If they are cases of impersonation then DHQ must lay out how the conclusions were achieved, i.e. when and where the weapons were lost, discrepancies in uniform etc”.
      Everybody who has followed even a little bit knows about the cases of impersonation. The villagers who were killed by boko haram disguised as nigerian military for one. The videos of shekau in which him and his followers are wearing Nigerian military camo and standing next to the same type of APCs fielded by the Nigerian military (I don’t think you missed those videos). The camos which were seazed by Benin Repubilc, the camos the NA found in forests recently recovered. Amnesty international, just used a youtube video, I sported that video about a month ago, it was obvious that that was a case of terrorists impersonating Nigerian soldiers while committing atrocities. Take a good look at their uniform, you will notice that it is not correct.

    • igbi says:

      Even the very well known kidnapping of the chibok girls was done by impersonators.
      So nobody can claim to have been following and yet deny knowledge of boko haram impersonating Nigerian troops. DhQ, those videos appeared about a month ago on youtube, I managed to have one of them banned from youtube. the defence information bureau needs to be following developments on the internet and especially youtube.

    • Kay says:

      Would have been better if they had been proactive with a statement like this once this video was first pointed out in public domain.

      • Eeben says:

        Kay, what is the possibility that it was an act perpetrated by BH posing as NA? After all, they have captured uniforms and weapons?
        Rgds,
        Eeben

    • beegeagle says:

      RIP to the fallen U.S General. America are a far more useful partner to Nigeria at any rate, so I am never shy to show solidarity.

      As you can see, the BBC choose their causes and select their fall guys. IF that had been a Nigerian General, the beeline would have been “this must be hugely embarrassing for the Nigerian military”. In this case, it does not cast a shadow on the capability of any of the militaries. Terrorists impersonate soldiers in Nigeria and in Afghanistan; in both theatres, there are military personnel who are closet members of the terrorist group on ground.

      Unfortunately, the BBC make no excuses in Nigeria until they are involved. The FIRST TIME that the “sheer size” of the SoE area featured on the BBC was on the day after the ISR assistance of the UK was activated. All of a sudden, they realised how huge the conflict area was as they ambled their way in a small chartered plane from Abuja to the Far Northeast.

      Remember I told this house on the day that they were preparing excuses for the real possibility of failure. Alas, it is one thing to lapse into idle tattle about special forces heroics from afar. Truth is, if anyone from anywhere, however well trained they pretend to be, tries to overreach themselves over these Chibok girls, they would almost certainly all get shot dead and the commandos themselves are sure to pay a very steep price against those suicidal BH goons who have nothing to lose.

      Three months since May, what has the foreign ISR support yielded in concrete terms? Their plane even developed a fault in Ghana. If that had been a Nigerian plane, it would have been linked to corruption in their typical inclination to always reach for the overkill.

  8. beegeagle says:

    If you close early enough from work or are connected to satellite TV at work, endeavour to tune in to CCTV AFRICA LIVE everyday at 6PM (GMT+1). It is a comprehensive hour-long bouquet of news as it SHOULD BE, rather than subtle propaganda offensives disguised as news.

    DSTV Channel 409 if you are in Nigeria.

  9. drag_on says:

    An attempt to stop the helicopter sale from the U.S.?

  10. beegeagle says:

    Owi, the first thing I noticed was that the soldiers wore jungle camo. In that theatre, seventy percent of the troops would be dressed in desert camo at any time.

    BH have attacked village after village and survivors said the men came dressed in NA camo until their fanatical chants gave away their identity. We have seen NA armoured vehicles and trucks in BH videos. BH have previously beheaded or slit the throats of renegade members and other people. Get to Youtube and see. HOW do the foregoing make it incontrovertible that the NA are surely culpable in this matter?

    On the contrary, this chap has preyed relentlessly on the Nigerian military for well over a year now while making sure that the terrorists get off lightly in his reports. He makes himself seem like a compromised operator.

    This night, the Kamara chap was telling the BBC in a stutter and like he just hit on eureka, that the one of the troops wore the strips of “OP FLUSH”. That, to him, constitutes INDUBITABLE proof? The terrorists dress up in army uniforms and drive in stolen/captured vehicles and cannot get mere strips which get sewn onto uniforms or embossed on flak jackets?

    He talked a lot about how their forensic experts painstakingly match videos to developments on the ground and pay attention to the environment and accents. That is a boatload of bull. There are Nigerians from every state resident in Borno, what marks one accent out as being that of a soldier and the other, that of a BH goon? There are Kanuri, Shuwa Arab and Hausa folk in BH as there are in the Nigerian Army…..more in BH on the aggregate. The military and BH alike are active in Borno….wherein lies any peculiarity for forensic experts to decipher?

    The chap was simply out of his depths and I am sure he is just one one of these poorly grounded “waka pass” researchers who have to earn their keep at someone else’s expense.

  11. Oje says:

    Oga Eeben spot on. I have railed several times that the biggest threat to world peace is not nuclear weapons or terrorist, its the main stream liberal Western Media. Taking advantage of the unfortunate kidnap saga they knew damn well that giving prime time media attention to Boko Haram will no doubt result in more attacks no manner how senseless. Bombing the same motor park twice in Abuja was proof of this. The unprecedented media airtime will not come every day hence they strike to create as many carnage as possible before their Prime time airtime with CNN expires. In Europe they have done exactly the same. Putting the relative obscure and impotent pro Russia bandits on prime time galvanised these bandits to take advantage of this once in a life time media airtime to pursue their course. Playing the good guy vs bad guy card they have forced Russias hand, today there are 30,000 troops massed on the Ukrainian border…think world war three.. what about Gaza? Beaming to the world the images of children and women bloodied but deliberately cutting out the hundreds of Rocket launchers in residential houses provides an all too familiar package, weve seen it before, this is GAZA SEASON 6. The more shocking and depressing stories out there, the most ratings and earnings they will get. Business is booming.

  12. Oje says:

    Oga Eeben spot on. I have railed several times that the biggest threat to world peace is not nuclear weapons or terrorist, its the main stream liberal Western Media. Taking advantage of the unfortunate kidnap saga they knew damn well that giving prime time media attention to Boko Haram will no doubt result in more attacks no manner how senseless. Bombing the same motor park twice in Abuja was proof of this. The unprecedented media airtime will not come every day hence they strike to create as many carnage as possible before their Prime time airtime with CNN expires. In Europe they have done exactly the same. Putting the relative obscure and impotent pro Russia bandits on prime time galvanised these bandits to take advantage of this once in a life time media airtime to pursue their course. Playing the good guy vs bad guy card they have forced Russias hand, today there are 30,000 troops massed on the Ukrainian border…think world war three.. what about Gaza? Beaming to the world the images of children and women bloodied but deliberately cutting out the hundreds of Rocket launchers in residential houses provides an all too familiar package, weve seen it before, this is GAZA SEASON 6. The more shocking and depressing stories out there, the most ratings and earnings they will get. Business is booming.

  13. Henry says:

    NAF have officially launched their un-manned EOD vehicle, and 2 other much UGVs which look like surveillance vehicles.

    http://www.naij.com/70792.html

    The same EOD Oga beeg profiled on this blog.

  14. peccavi says:

    We lose the battle by losing focus.
    Is the most important thing the BBC or AI or the fact that Nigerians are being murdered?
    The Arabs got tired of Western portrayal of their issues so launched al Arabiya, al Jazeera etc
    NTA is still profiling big mens children’s weddings
    Every time there is a Boko Haram video, we eventually get a press release. In an age where people share videos virally, somebody somewhere believes the answer is a press release, which is generally boring and inaccurate.

    Every country fights for its interest, if you are waiting for BBC or CNN to report Nigeria then I would strongly suggest you first ask what NTA or Channels are doing.
    The US apparently set up a TV station in Northern Nigeria with $6m, how much is it to maintain a private jet?
    I will say clearly and unequivocally, the first priority is to find the truth about these allegations, identify the perpetrators, if members of the security forces, try and punish them. If not clearly set out the reasons why they can’t be Nigerian forces and seek to punish them.
    The second priority is to learn how to counter bad news, turn negatives around and stop getting caught in these traps

    • AreJames says:

      Thank you very much.
      Indulging in self pity and symptomatic behaviour of persecution complex is not the answer here. Let us admit it…. there are tired heads in our defsec space. The DDI knew that this video was going to come up and even forewarned everybody about it months ago, yet for some odd reasons it felt that releasing that lame warning statement was enough, …10 paragraphs typed double spaced, spelling checked… and everything will just go away… and all in a days work, let’s all go home at 5pm. This pedestrian approach to war is unacceptable, we even displayed better information warfare skills during the civil war of the late 60s. As in the conduct of the war itself, the information war as presently waged is reactive, defensive and down right mediocre.
      That video should have been analysed to the lowest millisecond, the things that don’t add up should have been listed and a cogent report and alternate video disproving the original video should have been made. A complete media blitz should then have commenced targeting all digital channels. I am completely disappointed, the people who shut down a civil airliner with 300 people on board have even shown more aplomb and robustness in defending themselves than the men of the NA who could not have been involved in this act.

  15. igbi says:

    In that video, one of the impersonators gives himself away because his trouser don’t match his shirt. The guy is wearing two different camo. An other guy on that video is wearing a camo, but has an other uniform attached to his waist. One of the guys is clearly wearing a camo over some other outfit.

  16. AreJames says:

    Gentlemen,
    I need you guys to read through the statement by the DDI in response to the AI video end say honestly if there is no tacit admission of guilt in that Statement. We can continue to do all these paper tiger things here with all righteous indignation but it will be of no effect because the people who should react robustly using the proper choice words have decided to capitulate intellectually in the face of the allegations. Statements to the effect that…”we shall investigate and punish perpetrators” is further confirmation that yesterday’s people are too many in the management of our defence and security establishment.

  17. Kay says:

    @ Eeben
    Ans=Probable.

    My grouse is why take it till late to the nth hour before this video was acknowledged. Impersonation or not, the onus is on us to prove we are running above board if the allegations of beatings, rounding up or beheading are presented to us.

    • AreJames says:

      My major problem also, why set up an investigation panel and make it an open declaration immediately after the AI allegations?. This is tantamount to putting some probability of credibility (excuse the expression) to the allegations. Also proves that we are not on top of our game. Is AI now the trigger for action on the human rights front?.

  18. Startrek says:

    A RRQUIM FOR THE UNJUST

    AND IT CAME TO PASS THAT JONANIAH THE SON OF MERCY THE FISHERMAN PROPHESY TO THE CHILDREN OF MEN LIVING IN THE TRIBUTARIES OF OTUEKE, AND IN THE SAND OF THE DESERT, AND IN THE PLAINS OF THE HIGHLAND AND IN THE VALLEY OF THE NRI KINGDOMS. THAT YE SHALL SOON BE NO MORE CALLED THE DAMMED. IT IS SOONER THAN THE LATER THAT A COUNTRY CALLED NIGERIA SHALL BECOME A NATION AND THEN WE SHALL SURELY RETURN THE FAVOUR.
    TO THOSE WHO COHORT WITH OUR ENEMIES I SAY DIG FAST COS THERE LIES YOUR DOOM

    LONG LIVE NIGERIA

  19. Startrek says:

    A RRQUIM FOR THE UNJUST

    AND IT CAME TO PASS THAT JONANIAH THE SON OF MERCY THE FISHERMAN PROPHESY TO THE CHILDREN OF MEN LIVING IN THE TRIBUTARIES OF OTUEKE, AND IN THE SAND OF THE DESERT, AND IN THE PLAINS OF THE HIGHLAND AND IN THE VALLEY OF THE NRI KINGDOMS. THAT YE SHALL SOON BE NO MORE CALLED THE DAMMED. IT IS SOONER THAN THE LATER THAT A COUNTRY CALLED NIGERIA SHALL BECOME A NATION AND THEN WE SHALL SURELY RETURN THE FAVOUR.
    TO THOSE WHO COHORT WITH OUR ENEMIES I SAY DIG FAST COS THERE LIES YOUR DOOM
    LONG LIVE NIGERIA

  20. buchi says:

    Now here it comes again a barrage of untold falsehood i have watched the video over and over again and what i can say is that whoever this kamara guy is he should please apply to sahara reporters for training in false propaganda because he simoly isn’t good for it..for starters just as oga igbi was spot on in his analysis of the soldiers gear..i know for a fact and with intel from my senior in high school who is currently serving in bornu that almost 89 to 93% of troops in the NE theater of action wear full desert camo with deep lightish green flackjackets or spotted desert flack jackets most of the others ensure that no matter how irregular they dress they potray the fact that they are nigerian soldiers…despite desertion stories i know that the average soldier in nigeria is proud to be in uniform hence their highhandedness(sometimes)..i can see dat in this video plus hasnt the dude taken his time to analyze BH video too .it just typical with AI and their western paymasters strategy (create an illusion of helplessness,galvanize the viewers sympathy,change their view towards the laudable actions of the NA,NAF et al,push for their dictatorial help and surface applications,give them more chips to bargain with against our govt as regards to their lust for resources and placements)just typical.but i must not fail to condemn the lack of empathy as regards our PR drive.MG olukolade isn’t just fit for the job at all and needs help seriously..we have been screaming blue heavens for months if not years for a revamp of our comms flow but what did we get..a feeble order against positive bloggers like SIRUSBLACk who has immensely contributed to changing the perception of nigerians,i thank God our own field marshal BEEGS did not follow suit else nah serious disaster oh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    just look at how al jazzera galvanized support for hamas so much they they instigated sematic sentiments..much said NTA and other media channels must as a matter of fact sit up or else we will go down the somalia and sierra leone route where troops in the us have no idea that we saved their asses at black hawk down..nigeria AWAKE you are just loke anoda russia do the nnedful

  21. buchi says:

    i was chating with a friend ion FB in britian and could u imagine the barrage of insults he spewed out to me because of the BH and the perception of the defesc forces via crazy western media outlets..when i took my time to compile a list of pic from sirus and beegs pages to him to see he was totaly shocked and am hapi to say he is beginning to change his attitude to this war and is even circulating same to his friends that hold such view abeg OGA beeg GOD bles u

  22. igbi says:

    I never thought amnesty international and the western media could act as silly as this, using a youtube video which appeared more than a month ago. And then claiming it was unearthed by amnesty international. The video is a clear product of boko haram terrorists impersonating Nigerian soldiers, but this narrative suits amnesty international’s purposes. But how does one go as low as that ? This is how they keep fooling their western donors.

    • Eeben says:

      Igbi, I learnt a long time ago that those who shout the loudest when a government regains the initiative and starts decimating armed anti-government forces are the NGOs and “think tanks”. The reason for that is quite simple: If the conflict ends, so too does their flow of donor funds.
      We became victims of their mass disinformation campaign but were, sadly, never able to gain any control over the informational environment. We were accused of cannibalism, diamond smuggling, arms trafficking and so forth. The reason for this? Because we put the rebels to the sword and forced them into a disadvantage.
      Nigeria and the NA in particular are being viciously targeted by these same forces. As long as the conflict with BH continues, they make money and gain influence. With influence, they can spread even more disinformation – and make more money.
      I can tell you stories about these agents-of-influence that will make your hair stand up but that would not change Nigeria’s situation.
      The war the NA is fighting is largely influenced by the operating environment and its impact on the AO. This imbalance needs to be assessed and readdressed.
      That is why I put the rhetorical question to Kaye last night…
      Rgds,
      Eeben

      • igbi says:

        Sir we need to find a way to stop the tyranny of these NGO’s.
        I am thinking about lawsuits.
        These NGO’s like to prey on countries and people their western donors know very little about and are not interested in, then they feed them with lies people lacking knowledge on the situation easily believe.

  23. Augustine says:

    So much noise, so much hype. The war crime video is fake. Nigerian army made a mistake to have admitted possibility of those soldiers being Nigerian and carelessly promising to investigate and punish offenders if found culpable….big mistake !

    Video where the ‘soldiers’ faces were deliberately blocked off from eye view and camera lens, no ranks, no service numbers, no Corp emblems, no names….which court of justice will admit that as evidence in court…unknown, unidentifiable, unnamed offenders…..anybody play that childish game with me will be humiliated in court…zero evidence, zero proof, zero identity…NO CASE….CASE DISMISSED…Do we have lawyers in Nigerian army?

    End of discussion. Short and sharp.

  24. Bigbrovar says:

    BBC just reported that Damboa as been retaken.. information is still sketching.. however a background on what really went down and how Damboa fell… the source of this blog is unconfirmed.. but the details makes for grim reading http://fulansitrep.wordpress.com/2014/07/24/24th-july-nigeria-sitrep-boko-haram/

    • Are James says:

      @Bigbrovar
      This fulansitrep is a classy blog but we need to watch it with them. Not entirely pro FG.
      As people on naira land would say ..pictures or ‘wedontbelieveit’.

    • Are James says:

      I think the NAF let Nigeria down in Damboa. Reading through this SITREP, the BH forces have tripled their ORBAT from the weapons captured alone. Very big mistake they made to hold territory but the nuisance value and loss of lives (army/civilians) may well have been worth it. Once again, I wish I was running the country.

    • igbi says:

      I read one of your conversations with the owner of that blog, and it appears he believes his words need no proof. You asked him who was his source and if his source was reliable. he refused to give even a hint about hus source and he autoritatively claimed his source was reliable and you took that as if it were enough. I also read some other of the owners comments and his choice of words places him among the ranks of boko haram sympathizers. So be careful with who you interact with.

    • Bigbrovar says:

      I have a feeling the new Rangers Special force trained by the US national coast guard were involved (probably with elemnts of SOB) a friend on twitter street reported seeing soldiers in new kit looking mean and professonal .. heading out of maid towards Damboa.. he told me this just this morning before the news came out

      • sele says:

        Hope I am not sensing an idea from you that only them have the capability to pill off such an ops. If I guessed right u are far from correct

      • Bigbrovar says:

        At all, just speculation mixing it with some information I got from some reliable source backstage (which is classified) added to the fact that the rangers brigade were trained for exactly this type of ops

  25. jimmy says:

    http://www.vanguardngr.com/2014/08/butcher-human-beings-2-minutes-says-boko-haram-chief-killer/
    This is where AI and Sahara reporters focus should be
    The judiciary needs to be proactive and ensure a speedy trial for such individuals.

  26. ugobassey says:

    Am I probably the only one seeing things a little differently? It doesn’t matter who is impersonating who and which report is biased against DHQ. As a nation we need to do the needful, namely:
    1) Media Transparency
    2) Be proactive in information dissemination
    3) Constantly hold all military and paramilitary personnel to high expectation
    4) sensitize the local citizens on those expectations
    my Ogas whether this report is true or false if I was a Nigerian citizen living in the North east, I need reassurance from my government that the military is my friend and there to help me. Those 4 items up will go a long way in giving me that assurance.
    they say na pikin way im hand dirty dey fear to chop in front of im elders.

  27. ugobassey says:

    Am I probably the only one seeing things a little differently? It doesn’t matter who is impersonating who and which report is biased against DHQ. As a nation we need to do the needful, namely:
    1) Media Transparency
    2) Be proactive in information dissemination
    3) Constantly hold all military and paramilitary personnel to high expectation
    4) sensitize the local citizens on those expectations
    my Ogas whether this report is true or false if I was a Nigerian citizen living in the North east, I need reassurance from my government that the military is my friend and there to help me. Those 4 items up will go a long way in giving me that assurance.
    they say na pikin way im hand dirty dey fear to chop in front of im elders.

    • peccavi says:

      Your not understanding my guy. Its wat the BC or Sahara reporters say that is important not the fact that Nigerians are being murdered like chickens.
      And you wonder why we are losing?

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