The Commanding Officer of HMS Iron Duke and a senior Nigerian Navy officer salute as the 32 metre OCEA FPB 98 Mk.II patrol craft, NNS Dorina P101 sails past.


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  1. Augustine says:

    Oga Beegeagle, I am almost 100% sure that officer in the picture is the dynamic Admiral Alade, the man is in love with our navy camouflage uniform. I think he enjoys the colours.

    Britain, if you want to become Nigeria’s true friend, do like America and China. Take all our 3 Lynx ASW helos away, and from your own stocks, gives us for free, 6 units of that class of Lynx Anti-Submarine Helicopters injected with new long life, fully upgraded to the German new specifications for modernization, load them with machine guns, torpedoes, ASW radars and dipping sonars. Load the helicopters with stocks of spare parts, train our pilots and engineers for free. Then finally upgrade all our 136 units of Vickers Mk III main battle tanks, bridge launchers, and recovery vehicles for free all with fully digitalized systems.

    China is trying to out-do you Britain, rise up to this new challenge.

    Shell petroleum has been drinking Nigerian delta oil and gas for half a century now, since when my father had not even started dreaming of primary school.

    Britain, time for you to prove that Nigeria is not your friend only for playing commonwealth games every season. God save the Queen. Thank you prince of Wales. PM Cameron please make a difference, you belong to the dynamic new generation.

  2. xnur44 says:

    Maritime nations conduct exercises with fighting ships but NN present boats, what irony!

    • ozed says:

      Na wa O!! Xnur44,

      it is true that our misadventures in procurement and defsec generally can be frustrating. However, we are where we are and so it may not be fair to compare us to the UK navy or indeed the navy of countries who have been working hard to build up their economies for the last few decades.

      Given where we were when the niger delta wahala started, i don’t think the Navy have done too badly given the resources available. its in the army and the air force we have been sleeping (Boko haram seem to be making plainly apparent to us).

      • xnur44 says:

        My dear Ozed! ever since President Shagari (1979-1984) implemented Adm. Akinwale Wey’s Naval master plan of 1970 (post civil-war plan) and President Obasanjo bought the ‘Aradu’, what manner of excuse do we as a nation have?. You can affirm what other nations deploy to fight piracy and their ships have paid us port call, can we still hide from it and continue to offer excuses?

  3. xnur44 says:

    There should have been a followup order after the two (2) OPVs by now.

  4. Augustine says:

    Oga xnurr44, Nigerian navy remains our most modern armed force in Nigeria. They have good plans, but need good money from government. two good frigates and two good submarines cost $1 Billion total. Your wish is good, but back it up with prayers.

    Give Nigerian navy the money, I bet they will not let you down….Onward together !

  5. ugobassey says:

    The prayer should be that God should ‘Clean House’ and remove all the kleptomaniacs, tribalists, orchestrators of nepotism and ‘god fathers’ from the corridors of power.

  6. peccavi says:

    Completely off topic

    Around 5.00am on 27th July approximately 200 gunmen attacked the Camerounian Deputy Prime Minister’s home in Kolofata, Mayo-Sava Department, Extreme Nord Region. The Deputy PM was in Maroua however his wife and family had just arrived from Garoua in an official convoy for Eid el Fitr.
    The attackers attacked the local BIR (Battalion d’Intervention Rapide) based pinning them down for the duration of the firefight which lasted for a least 2-4 hours. The Gendarmes defending the compound suffered at least 3 casualties.
    After overrunning the property the attackers (described as teenagers led by a youth in his 20’s or 30’s) asked for the Deputy PM, Amadou Ali by name, not finding him they took his wife Francoise Angel Ali, her sister and 2 family member’s hostage. At the same time they abducted the Lamido of Kolofata, Seini Boukar Lamine, his wife, 4 children and their servants. It is not clear if this was a simultaneous pre planned attack or a consecutive opportunistic attack. 3 male members of the Ali household survived the attack and were left behind. It is not clear if they hid away or if the attackers decided not to take them however 7 other family members were killed as were 5 villagers caught in the cross fire.
    Response from the Camerounian forces consisted solely of the Gendarmes on guard and the 4 BIR soldiers from based in the village. Ironically an armoured vehicle deployed in Kolofata had been redeployed to Kousseri, scene of an earlier deadly attack on Camerounian forces.

    Amadou Ali is Kanuri and the most senior Northern politician in Cameroun. He has been part of President Biya’s inner circle since 1982, with a long history in security and defence matters. He began his career in local government as Deputy Prefect of Adamaoua Prefecture, moving to head a Directorate in the Ministry of Territorial Administration and then to the National Gendarmerie, first as Delegate General and then Secretary of State in 1985 (after a failed coup by Gendarmes).
    This Coup led to several security reforms in Cameroun led by M. Ali, such as the formation of the Garde Presidentiale (GP) and the formation of the GIPGN the anti terrorist branch of the National Gendarmerie modelled on the French GIGN and reorganisation of the intelligence services. He then served in 3 different cabinets as Secretary of State for Defence till 1997 and then he was appointed Minister Delegate at the Presidency in Charge of Defence.
    During his time in Defence he oversaw the formation of a variety of specialised airborne and amphibious units such as BTAP, BSA and arguably Cameroun’s best unit the Israeli trained BIR. This unit was formed primarily to deal with highway robbers, bandits and poachers who operated in Northern Cameroun, roaming between that country, Chad and CAR, a task they performed extremely well. It was these specialist units who backfilled regular Camerounian units during the Bakassi conflict with Nigeria leading the few successful defensive actions by the Camerounian forces.

    From 2001 to 2004 he was Minister of Justice, neatly countering Cameroun’s military inabilities by overseeing the judicial victory that gifted Bakassi to Cameroun. In 2004 he became Deputy Prime Minister. Considered intelligent and well connected he has lasted for decades in key strategic posts in a regime that regularly side-lines or imprisons anyone who could present a threat to the Oga at the Top (as M. Ali can testify having overseen one such arrest and imprisonment of a regime member as Minister of Justice).

    M. Ali has been deeply involved in the Camerounian response to the Boko Haram insurgency due to his extensive defence experience and local knowledge. He oversaw negotiations for the release of the French family, the Moulin-Fourniers kidnaped in Cameroun by Ansaru using local intermediaries. Their release reportedly saw 1.6bn CFA Francs (£2m) flow into Ansaru’s/ Boko Harams coffers.

    M. Ali was also leading a local anti Boko Haram recruitment campaign, having been warned by local police that 450 young people had joined Boko Haram from Kolofata alone by April 2014 and were being trained in the Mandara Mountains.

    The attackers were alleged to speak Kanuri, French, Arabic, English and Hausa and demonstrated an intimate knowledge of the town’s layout. At the same time Camerounian media reports an alleged denial by Boko Haram (who have never been coy about claiming high profile kidnappings or attacks) while others point the finger squarely at Ansaru. But why would Ansaru launch such an attack in Cameroun?

    As we know Ansaru was founded in 2012 and included Boko Haram members who fought with MUJAO in Mali.
    Ansarus attempts to bring AQIM/ MUJAO type jihad to Nigeria (with greater discrimination in targeting, avoiding attacking Muslim civilians, honest and transparent accounting of funds etc) came to a sticky end when they were allegedly betrayed by Boko Haram and most of their leadership liquidated.

    However their business model of kidnapping westerners for ransom, sub contracting for criminals and obtaining protection money from wealthy locals appears to have been fully embraced by Boko Haram and the surviving elements of Ansaru have joined forces with Boko Haram to conduct kidnaps in Northern Cameroun, where one of Ansaru’s leaders, Mamman Nur a Kanuri comes from. Nur is allegedly active in operations around Damboa, near Kolofata which is one of the key towns in the insurgents Camerounian ‘vital ground’ for recruiting, training and supplies.

    The other interesting Ansaru link is that MUJAO’s presence in Gao had a lot more to do with narco trafficking than jihad and they essentially hired themselves out to certain factions, as enforcers and guards. Likewise certain Malian politicians became well known as intermediaries between AQIM and western kidnap negotiators. These intermediaries also reportedly took a cut of the ransom as a fee/ dash or ‘biscuit money’. The line between intermediary, sponsor, co conspirator and concerned local leader are sufficiently ill defined to make any judgements.

    The generally lawless nature of Gao does somewhat resembles the Borno/ Extreme Nord region with 4 nations in close proximity, differing tax, currencies and markets and porous unpoliced borders making it a smugglers paradise, in which local law enforcement and officials do what they need to do to survive (and prosper) in a difficult posting.

    During the negotiations to release the Moulin Fourniers liaison and finances were allegedly handled by a business man from Amchidie. Further unverified allegations hint that local criminals contributed the seed money for the operation on the understanding it would be reimbursed from the ransom and there have been disputes about whether this investment was ‘equitably’ returned.

    The link from this to the attack is that the Camerounian government’s point of contact was M. Ali who allegedly utilised the Lamido of Kolofata as a go between.
    In the last few months M. Ali has also spearheaded a reportedly successful campaign to reduce Boko Haram recruitment in the area as well as coordinating the Camerounian military response which has seen the BIR if not cutting off Boko Haram supply of men, money and arms at least disrupting them.

    In the last few weeks over 22 Boko Haram members were also imprisoned without appeal (in addition to the alleged ransom, Boko Haram prisoners in Cameroun were also reportedly released).

    Bearing all this in mind with M. Alis background, current role and activities and the complete change in attitudes in Cameroun towards Boko Haram, the key question is not ‘Why was Kolofata and M.Ali targeted?’ but how come it was not predicted and why did he actually bring himself (almost) and his family to Kolofata?

    It could be hubris, a misplaced confidence in existing security arrangements or the false security of past relationships with the insurgents but they have once more demonstrated their ability to take and retain the initiative even at the strategic level at will in their target countries and regions.

    And as their activities on both side of the border indicate their waka waka has not yet finished.

    • asorockweb says:

      Interesting read.

      All Cameroun has to do is fight them.

      The same goes for Nigeria, Niger, and Chad.

      Fight them and they will disappear.

      • peccavi says:

        We’ve been fighting them for 5 years Oga. We need to fight them intelligently

      • asorockweb says:

        @peccavi: We need to fight them intelligently.

        Humans will always try to act intelligently. It’s dedication to a single purpose that is hard to maintain.

        “Fight” is this case means “Struggle.”

        Political Leadership has to dedicate it’s self to the struggle.

        That is all it takes. BH is small but completely dedicated to the struggle. The governments that fight against it has to be completely dedicated as well.

  7. Henry says:

    Oga peccavi, we need to fight them with the right type of equipment. It is only recently I started seeing troops deployed in the north-east using AGL’s and vehicle mounted MGL’s, or even basic AK-74s.

    The french prosecuted their mission in mali almost seamlessly because they had the right sort of equipment to rain down on the enemy, both day and night.

    5 years into the insurgency it is only now that the Airforce is taking delivery of helicopters with FLIR capabilities. A capability which we should have had even before the conflict began.

    We talk of fighting the insurgency intelligently, but you cannot prosecute a mission with substandard equipment. Watch real life operational footage of the operations of the british, Americans and French forces in COIN, it is abudantly clear you win a conflict by bringing in an over-bearing amount of firepower to bear on the enemy.

    I remember speaking to a navy commando who served in yobe state, he said he came out tops in a fire-fight because he is able to send down rounds in larger numbers and accurately than the enemy.

    Tactics are very important, but giving a soldier that decisive edge in battle is just as important (same scale) as good tactics.

    • peccavi says:

      Oga Henry the Navy commando did not win the firefight due to his weapon. A you know you can miss from 10m even with an optical sight. I would suggest it was training and discipline. When you have these then yes weapons will give you an edge. Without them you will get the same result. Watching videos o NATO troops operating is useful but observe the small things that took place before they even got to combat. The 8-12 months of pre deployment training, the welfare structure, simple things like webbing. Look at the Damboa photos, not a single soldier has webbing, so where are his spare mags? grenades? weapon cleaning kit? Where is his water? How can he operate without at least 3 water bottles much less one? So you can gave people Tavors and UGLs but the same problems persist because underlying things are not done.
      When I argue against equipment it is not because I am anti equipment. I is simply that we have a habit off thinking spending money or buing kit solves problems. It doesnt

      • jimmy says:

        oga Peccavi
        I honestly do not want to take the side/ be the silly mouth piece for the NA nor do I want to sound like a person who writes / talks without thinking
        Let me disagree on two very important points and then we will get to Nigeria.
        Point #1″ Emphasis on follow the money”
        “M. Ali has been deeply involved in the Camerounian response to the Boko Haram insurgency due to his extensive defence experience and local knowledge. He oversaw negotiations for the release of the French family, the Moulin-Fourniers kidnaped in Cameroun by Ansaru using local intermediaries. Their release reportedly saw 1.6bn CFA Francs (£2m) flow into Ansaru’s/ Boko Harams coffers.”
        As long as France is willing to Financially replenish the coffers of Boko haram/ Ansaru they will continue to operate on the fringes/ mountains between Cameroon and Nigeria. Please guys hold the emails bh knows though very dangerous it is very profitable to kidnap a french citizen, this is not french bashing this is fact the danger happens when a french citizen INEVITABLY is killed . No matter how intelligent and well armed the Nigerian armed forces become till the money trail is cut off this war will continue.
        Point#2 Forgive me OGA P, being in afghanistain you had a lot of things at your disposal that surprisingly sometimes the Average American soldier did not have one of them being 24 hour air support. There are 2 documented cases of two American bases that were almost overrun . On one base out of 45 soldiers 9 were KIA and several were wounded
        some severely, They had everything except number 300 sweeping down the hills of Gwoza or KANDAHAR is still 9:1 The air support came late when it came it was bombing within the perimeter +/- 10 meters the Marines inside were” corking” their grenades as they were being thrown oga p you have to have Night vision and thermal imaging heat signature equipment on all aircraft at this stage no amount of intelligence or doctrine is going to wipe these scumbags off the face of the earth .Better equipment , with better experienced personnel will win this war.
        POINT 3
        Back to Nigeria: In a move that can be compared to George W giving tax breaks to people who did not need it during the war, The President sacked his defence minister (2013) and did not bother to appoint a defence minster for over a year while the insurgency continued, The war started in 2009 for close to 4 1/2 years despite record profits from oil, telecom, finance , real estate, taxation Nigeria did not seriously start buying coin specific weapons till……. JAN / FEB 2014 …….. Which coincidentally is when the current Minster of DEF LT GEN GUSAU took over , as late as DEC2013 the NSA openly complained to the press that the Financial allotment for his dept for q4 had not been paid ” if you pay peanuts you get monkeys”
        Point #4 I will say it both in Yoruba and in English because it does not really have the same intensity in English ( Ask your friends they will translate ) ” K’eniyan daju ” Roughly translates to be for a person to be utterly ruthless, ( forgive me if you do understand Yoruba not trying to be funny) . This is the part that does not make the headlines that ruthlessness is still not apparent in the higher command it has nothing to do with the excess/ or lack of weaponry it has to with a mindset of real cold blooded ruthlessness combined with intelligence it then translates to the men in the field this is the next stage of the learning curve, the weapons oga peccavi, the nvg, the planes , the four/ five/ ten ammo per pouch will come , it is the last part of the sheer ruthlessness that has yet to take firm root/pervade in ALL sectors( IT IS IN SOME) of the NA this is the part that is still missing.

  8. Augustine says:

    Pardon me moderator and house members, off topic, but this hot news I cannot ignore….


    Nigeria may be fighting a global network that communicates, may share ideas, weapons, tactics, and new battle experienced men/fighters that will be tough to beat.

    Warning for Nigeria….NA, NAF, arm up, beef up, operate at a level higher than the current.


  9. jimmy says:

    * They had everything except numbers and sometimes 300 Taliban sweeping down*

    • peccavi says:

      Oga Jimmy,
      What you call ruthlessness I call focus. You have pointed out the strategic drift we have in which in the middle of an insurgency you have the Minister for Information double hatting the Defence portfolio. If it wasn’t tragic it would be laughable.
      The money is key but unfortunately if it was just money from kidnapping that would be one thing but BH is financed by many things from protection money, smuggling, illegal taxes etc. But focussing on the ransom payment it raises the legitimate question of whether one goes for the French method of paying what it takes to get your people out or the Algerian method of no negotiation. Both courses have merits and terrible ethical dilemmas attached.
      As per air support, we never had 24 hour air support. You have air support on call, if it comes, good for you. However if another unit has higher priority, bad weather, maintenance issues etc then nothing for you. The situation like you described (Korengal Valley I believe) is only noteworthy because the large number of casualties. It happened a lot. Likewise sometimes aircraft were called out for no reason
      As much as I sound like an anti equipment luddite, that is not my point. My point is and always will be that men win wars not equipment. The Iraqi Army is a case in point. The old Saddam Army with their Soviet era equipment after being bombed to hell still fought better in 1991 and even in 2003 that Iraqi Army 2014. If equipment made thee difference, the current Iraqi Army should have captured Jerusalem by now.
      We Africans seem to love the magic bullet in all we do. To succeed we need some special equipment, or prayer or intervention. When we fail its not lack or preparation or even just circumstance, it is auntie, uncle, pikin is a witch.
      Boko Haram is using AKs, RPGs, motorcycles, Toyotas, DShks, etc, they are doing quite well with all that, so its a case in point that equipment does not make a difference.
      We can use the examples of Biafra, Eritrea etc to show a poorly equipped force can still fight well
      But if we look at the Sri Lankans we can see where re equipping was done well. They identified the key causes of their casualties (1) Artillery (2) gun shot wounds, so they got counter battery radars and artillery, and ensured all troops were equipped with body armour and helmets reducing blast and gunshot wounds.
      The South Africans identified minestrikes as their key casualty causer and developed the Buffell and Ratel.
      So I will state clearly if you give me a choice between the pick of any type of equipment for my men or training and a clear doctrine I will go for the latter. Because with proper training you can make anything work

  10. jimmy says:

    They do have water kits they just are not that visible to the eye they tend to be embedded in the DICON bullet proof vests with a small tube near the shoulder with a blue nob oga beegs can show you or you can look back at some more recent photos.
    Very good write up.

  11. jimmy says:
    Proof that the Navy does not sleep @ Night God bless the Nigerian Navy AMEN.:)

  12. COLONEL NGR says:

    The navy is doing well. Regular exercises and drills for its officers and men. I hope they get more platforms from the FG.

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