Smart-looking Nigerian troops march into Damboa on either side of an Otokar Cobra APC

Nigerian troops undertake confidence-building patrols after the insurgents were cleared out of Damboa

Nigerian troops atop an unfamiliar armoured vehicle(surely not a MOWAG APC) move into Damboa with a M56-2 105mm artillery system in tow

Nigerian troops in a TATA truck enter Damboa with a M56-2 howitzer trailing

Nigerian soldiers clustered around a M56-2 105mm artllery piece at Damboa.



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  1. beegeagle says:

    The front end of the armoured vehicle looks like that of a MOWAG but the elevated rear end which looks like it has a hiab on it, does not look like a MOWAG….except it is a purpose-built variant for the Artillery Corps.

    Good morning. I hope you have a restful Sunday

  2. Akin Oges says:

    Good morning Oga Beeg. Sorry to go off on a tangent. I found this a very interesting read:

    Col. Ogbehor

    Colonel Paul Ogbebor (retd) was the first Nigerian to be admitted into the Nigerian Defence Academy in 1964 and the only 16 pioneer Cadet One graduate still alive. He was also the commander of the 83 Battalion of the Nigerian Army during the Nigerian Civil War. In this interview with ALEXANDER OKERE, the former military head of the Signal Brigade in Lagos speaks about his escape from the post-1976 coup death list, his premature retirement, national insecurity and other issues

    As a pioneer product of the Nigerian Defence Academy, what is your assessment of the academy now?

    I joined the academy in January 1964 and that was the first time officers were being produced in Nigeria. We must thank (the then Nigerian Prime Minister, Abubakar) Tafawa Balewa and other leaders at that time for choosing to put money in such a thing among very competing priorities. The Nigerian cornerstone foreign policy was world peace. So, they (the Nigerian government) didn’t prepare for any war at all. It was just symbolic having the military for the sake of having it. That was why in the first three years, only 61 of us were taken (admitted by the academy); when there was no other intake because the government couldn’t decide whether they wanted a strong military that could go to war or to have a military for flag showing. It was in our fourth year in the academy in 1967 that another set came in. The NDA was affiliated to the University of Ibadan. So, we sat for what was called the NDA examination, which was equivalent to the National Certificate Examinations or Advance Paper, and later sent to the university.

    But now, the NDA is a full-fledged military university awarding first degrees, masters and even PhD. You can see that because of new technologies, the army officers have to be well educated to be able to read, interpret and be involved in research and development in the military. The officers then were not trained for flagship and some rudiments, should there be a war. But the ones there now are trained to go to war because we know there will be war and if that is the case, there will be modern devices. There is no single officer from the NDA today in the Army, Navy or Air Force who does not have a minimum of a second degree. But in those days, 90 per cent of the officers in the military were school certificate holders, except those from the NDA who were NCE holders.

    What was your experience in the Nigerian Civil War?

    I served in the civil war and had the opportunity of being a pioneer officer to form two divisions under the late (General) Murtala Muhammed. I formed and commanded the 81 Battalion, which went all the way from Lagos to Okene (Kogi State), where we started operations. We captured Auchi, Benin, Agbor and Asaba. It was after our first crossing that we sustained severe casualties, which led to the fusion of the 9 Battalion and 81 Battalion to form the 83 Battalion. I commanded the battalion and was given Warri Area Command. The command extended from Warri to Yenagoa, Escavos, Asaba and Ore. I was in charge of that command at early age and I am grateful to this country for that. It was after then I was moved to Onitsha to capture Nnewi but in that process, Owerri was recaptured and our soldiers were encircled. However, four of us were picked to reinforce the Third Division, with Olusegun Obasanjo as the General Officer Commanding. It was there that I experienced fighting in the riverine area, which is a different warfare. We recaptured Owerri and ended the war after capturing Uli-Ihiala.

    Why did the Nigerian army suffer such a defeat en route to Onitsha?

    Murtala was a highly intelligent officer who formed a division from nothing. Before the war, Nigeria had two brigades. I was told to form a battalion, which is usually made up of a minimum of 760 people, but I was given only 11 soldiers. I went to Iddo, rounded up some area boys and conscripted some prisoners from the Ikoyi Prison, who formed the 81 Battalion then. We were provided with some ammunition when we got to Ondo and were kitted in Okene. I also trained them in the use of the guns. In three months, they were ready for battle. Murtala, knowing that he was covering a large expanse of land, had a mission to secure the oil areas under the capture of the Biafran army to enable the government to get some revenue. But within a month, we moved from Okene on foot to capture Benin. Three weeks later, we captured Asaba but we could not cross to Onitsha because the Biafrans bombed the Niger Bridge the next day. That seemed to end our journey.

    After some consultations with the Army Headquarters, we decided to cross over through ferries. My battalion successfully crossed and landed in Onitsha and started advancing. But unfortunately, the Biafran soldiers intercepted us and opened fire. When we retreated to where we came from, we discovered that our already established bases in Asaba and Benin had been blown up. We did not know how it happened but many of our soldiers died. As we tried to return to the bases, we were either shot or captured. Some of us jumped into the river to escape and many of them drowned. I was lucky to have survived by climbing onto a boat with a bullet wound in my ear and that was the last I knew. It was in a Benin hospital that I found myself later. The casualty figure was estimated to be at about 5,000 soldiers.

    How was your encounter with Colonel Dimka?

    In 1971, I was removed from the infantry and sent to America to study telecommunication engineering. And I placed in the signals when I came back. In 1975 when Murtala became the Head of State, I was posted from Jos to take over the Signal Brigade in Lagos. But on February 13, some people rushed to my office in Apapa to say there was a problem. They said there had been a coup. So, I mobilised the officers to defend the brigade. It was at that point that David Mark came to say that the Chief of Staff had moved the headquarters from Marina to Bonny Camp. He also instructed us to secure Apapa and establish communication. I got in touch with Kaduna, Ibadan and Port Harcourt. It was then that I was told Colonel Dimka ran away, while others involved in the coup had been arrested. We could not find Dimka and the body of Murtala who was killed, but we saw his official car shattered with bullets. We could also not find Obasanjo. We had a meeting to decide on what to do because the Head of State had been killed. It was during the search for the body of Murtala that Obasanjo got in touch with us. He said he had crossed over to Takwa Bay and asked us to arrange to bring him back. We also found the body of Murtala later on at Obalende before he was buried in Kano the next day. However, on March 19, 1976, a month after Murtala’s death, I was told that the Chief of Army Staff, Theophilus Danjuma, wanted me to appear before a panel set up to try people involved in the coup. When I got there, they asked me what I knew about the coup and General Samuel Ogbemudia. I told them that I knew nothing. They said I should follow them in my car and before I knew it, I was in Ikoyi Prison, stripped almost naked and detained. I was later transferred to Kirikiri Prison for another three months. But one afternoon, they brought me out to say, “Sorry about what happened. We had the wrong information and we have taken the decision that with what you went through, you will not be happy with the military and, as such, you are retired.

    You must have felt bad about that and have you forgiven the Nigerian Army?

    I felt very disappointed because the military was my life. But my six months in prison helped to orientate me that when there is life, there is hope. In prison, I saw people being taken out and shot to death. They were adjudged to know about the coup after a trial. I cannot say if they were culpable because I did not partake in the coup. Murtala was my idol. The effect of his death has not left me till today. It was later that I found out through a junior colleague that I was number 41 on the list of those to be executed at the Bar Beach in Lagos. I saw that my name had been struck out by General Bali, who was the convening officer, because I had no case file.

    So, God saved me because he wanted to change my life and I have forgiven everybody involved in my detention; even one late Adoloju, who (allegedly) forged documents that I was involved in a coup. However, nobody believed him because I had not been interrogated on that. I was only asked what I knew about the people who were brought from Edo State, since a coup would not have been planned without my knowledge. When I realised that God had spared my life for a reason, I knelt down and thanked him.

    What is your relationship with Gen. Ogbemudia now?

    I take him as a father and I even visited him in Abuja two days ago, where I spent some time with him in the night.

    What is your assessment of the Nigerian Army in the fight against insurgency?

    The Nigerian Army remains the best trained, educated and exposed officers in the world. Anywhere they have served, they have got accolades. But as I stated in a write-up, it is only the Commander-in-Chief who can declare a war today and the type of war that we should fight is a political decision. The country has agreed that there is an insurgency and the army is doing everything to fight it. Insurgency, itself, means that citizens of a country have conspired and resorted to arms to change the government. It is called a coup when carried out by the military. Boko Haram started being active in 2009 and that was when the late President Umaru Yar’adua was in power. He was a northerner – an Hausa-Fulani – and a Muslim. They could not have wanted to change his government because they didn’t like him.

    If you look at it, these people (sect members) are just criminals. The people operating Boko Haram today are just criminals. Otherwise, they would not have shot at the Emir of Kano or killed the Emir of Gusau. Also, whenever they launch their explosives, they don’t kill only southerners, they kill indiscriminately. And they do so to intimidate the government and Nigerians and create fear, so that they can move freely, steal money and get logistics to maintain themselves. Today, the military has been using all the tactics at its disposal but they are not working. Why? They are not working because we are fighting the wrong war.

    We are told that people come from outside Nigeria to join some Nigerians for terrorism. By definition, once foreigners come into a country, it becomes an invasion. So, we are fighting a war of invasion. The strategy adopted by the military is also not effective; the terrorists come in, create mayhem and escape across the border. They have a hideout outside Nigeria and they bring foreigners along with them when they come in. We must change our tactics.

    The military should adopt a police action, where they can use strategies to uproot the terrorists and then hold the ground. The military has not been doing that; they only deal with the terrorists, leave the ground and return to their barracks, allowing the enemies to come again. They (terrorists) hit the military bases, institutions, banks and cart away money. Again, before the (Biafran) war, the whole of the military was less than 5,000. Within six months, we built up to over half a million. That is what happens everywhere in the world; every military keeps only the nucleus of the soldiers that they can hold and train. But in war time, these soldiers are enlarged. We are told that the total strength of the military today is about 150,000; that figure cannot fight and hold ground extensively because some are fighting oil thieves and kidnappers, while the rest fight bombers. We don’t have enough people fighting the war.

    What do you think should be done at this point?

    Recall all military officers who retired in the last 10 years to join the active ones today to fight successfully and hold the ground and eliminate the insurgents. War is too serious a matter for novices to dabble into. Also, what we call Boko Haram today manifests in different forms. The other day, ex-Biafrans seized a radio station in Enugu. There are oil thieves and pipeline vandals in the Niger Delta. There are kidnapping and robbery everywhere; these are all vestiges of Boko Haram. There is only one root cause of the problems – the young man who left the university is roaming doing nothing. If somebody can offer him N100,000 to commit that offence, he will do it. To solve the problem of Boko Haram and other allied offences, Nigeria should start creating an egalitarian society.

    In the short term, finish the Boko Haram problem by increasing the people on the field fighting and the people should hold the ground. The government should also use the opportunity to liaise with the United Nations to started negotiating with Boko Haram because every war ends on the roundtable. Nigeria must task and finance the state and local governments, as well as traditional rulers to help because terrorism affects everybody. In the long term, make it an emergency to create employment for the youths. Create 30 per cent for agriculture from whatever resources we have, so that we can get the youths involved. Create 25 per cent to improve the quality of education, so that they youths can be involved in national development. Nigerians are dying under self-help. They provided their own water, electricity, security and transportation. The government must invest in all these things. Realistically, there is no reason we should still be reviving the railway lines the British left for us in 1914. At this time, every city in Nigeria should be connected by rail. We have soldiers, prisoners and area boys. Bring them together to build the railway lines. That was how the Americans and British built theirs. The Nigerian Army built the railway lines between Ijaw and Baru in 1965. If they could do that then, is it now that they cannot build railway lines? When the lines are built and the cities are connected, the cost of transportation will reduce.

    Is that all to be done?

    Again, salaries are too low in Nigeria. As of 1987, the minimum wage was N250 and one naira than was equivalent to 1.7 dollars. If that is multiplied in addition to the ratio of inflation, you will get an equivalence of N60, 000. Then, a litre of petrol was 12 kobo and a bag of cement was sold for N14. Now, the same litre sells for N97, while a bag of cement goes for N2, 000. Can you imagine the rate of inflation? If you do the compilation and take the average, no person should receive anything less than N100, 000 in this country today. That should be the minimum wage. How? It is very easy; just add N50 to pump price of one litre and set that money aside to pay the salaries of all Nigerians from first charge. Then, the money set aside for security votes should be stopped because you cannot create insecurity and use money to fight it. If that is done, there would be a surplus. Nigerians will now have enough to spend and enough to save and take part in the development of their country. The government cannot do it alone.

    Nowadays, Nigerians are not involved in national development, they are just living. Also, retirees are treated poorly; that is why everybody in position steals against the rainy day. I advocate that the government should pay all retirees and unemployed a minimum of N25, 000. The excess money should be used to give life to Nigerians. Take the United States for instance; in 1972, there were cases of people burning house and killing other people until government managed to create a formula for the distribution of national wealth. Now, there is no person in America who does not live within and above subsistence. If somebody takes care of your education, transportation, security and transportation, do you need to steal? You don’t need to steal money, so that your children can go to school because all these things are already provided.

    Nigeria must also engage in real research like the developed countries like Japan, America and Britain are doing. We can do it because Nigeria has so many brilliant people; so many ideas wasting away because they are not channelled. There are so many researches done in the universities but they are purely to get promotion. After getting promotions, such research materials go nowhere.

    What do you think would be the fate of the report from the just concluded national conference?

    The delegates have done very well. Left to me, the recommendations should be subjected to a plebiscite and whatever comes out from that should be embedded in the Constitution. The contributions of the over 400 delegates are not enough to speak the minds of Nigerians. If you want to create something that is sustainable, throw it to the whole of Nigerians as a plebiscite.

    Do you subscribe to the creation of state police?

    State policing is a good idea. Until 1966, we had native police who lived with the natives. They knew people who were strangers in a community and were effective. It is not like bringing a northerner to Benin, where he does not understand the language and the culture. The Police should be constituted by the local governments – not even the state governments – to work within the local governments, while the federal police should remain for federal matters.

    What about the fear of putting the Police in the hands of governors?

    There is nothing like that. In the military, we call it the fear of being afraid; you just conjure fear and live by it. It is not real. In America, you will find state police. Where there is conflict between federal and state matters, the federal government takes priority.

  3. beegeagle says:

    Thanks, Oga Akin. Our defence correspondents have screwed it up again. Please amend this howler in the preamble as follows


    “the only 16 pioneer Cadet One graduate still alive”


    “one of only 16 pioneer Course 1 graduates still alive”


    Off the top of my head, some of Colonel Ogbebor’s coursemates who are still alive are

    Lt General Oladipo Diya

    Lt General Aliyu Mohammed Gusau

    Lt General Salihu Ibrahim

    Lt General Joshua Nimyel Dogonyaro

    Major General Rabiu Aliyu

    Major General Ishola Williams

    Rear Admiral Allison Madueke

    Brigadier General Ikegwuoha

    Notable among those who have passed away are Major Gen Mamman Kontagora, Rear Admiral Steven Aloko and Brig Gen Dan Archibong.

    The Regular Course 1 intake mustered for training in March 1964 and they were commissioned in March 1967. Prior to the inception of thr Nigerian Defence Academy in March 1964, we had what was known as the Nigerian Military Training College (NMTC) which organised six months officer preliminary training courses between March 1960 and March 1964.

    Some of the more recognisable cadets of the earlier NMTC Course 1 included Lt Generals TY Danjuma and JA Akinrinade, Major Generals Emmanuel Abisoye, Martin Adamu, Brig Gens Sam Ogbemudia and Paul Eromobor, Colonel Simon Uwakwe et al

    NMTC Course 2 mustered in Sept 1960 and its leading light was Commodore Ebitu Ukiwe.

    NMTC Course 3 had the likes of Lt Gen Mohammed Wushishi, Major Generals Joseph Garba, Abdullahi Mohammed, George Innih and General Domkat Bali on its roll. They enrolled sometime in 1961.

    NMTC Course 4 mustered in April 1962 and had Major Generals Muhammadu Buhari, Shehu Yar’Adua, Abubakar Waziri, Muhammadu Jega (Emir of Gwandu), Zamani Lekwot, Abdullahi Shelleng, Anthony Hananiya, Paul Tarfa, Alfred Aduloju, Brig Gen John Ola Oni and Colonel Chris Ugokwe

    NMTC Course 5 mustered on December 10th 1962 and had Generals Ibrahim Babangida and Sani Abacha, Lt Generals Jeremiah Useni and Garba Duba, Major Generals Sani Sami (Emir of Zuru), Gado Nasko, Mamman Vatsa, Paul Ufuoma Omu, Brig Gen Robert Akonobi, Colonel Sani Bello.

    NMTC Course 6 which wound down the operations of that institution had the likes of Lt General MB Haladu, Major Generals Ike Nwachukwu, Yohanna Kure and Duro Ajayi and Brig Gen Malami Nasarawa.

    The NDA Course 1 officers were therefore immediate juniors to the NMTC Course 6. So there you have it…a bit of the generational turnover of the Nigerian Armed Forces.

    • Akin Oges says:

      Whaooo… All these details in that one body wey you get Oga Beeg. Lol… Seriously, you are just an institution. Bless this nation for having guys like you about. Always a delight reading your succinct pieces.

    • jimmy says:

      oga AUGUSTINE had published bits and pieces of this article, Honestly OGA BEEGS YOU HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THE DEPTHS OF DEPRAVITY OF OUR DEFENCE JOURNALISTS( capital letters mine) When I read it the first time it stated clearly the only surviving member of the first 16 . I said that cannot be right. Before I could put it all together you did. it then hit me from your list : Major General Rabiu Aliyu.This ex Gen very cerebral is on Facebook under a page called the Nigeria nostalgia project he is a trove of RESEARCH He tries to set facts straight/ right he actually has an archive of their passport photos of that “FIRST” Golden intake that he published on Nigeria Nostalgia project you would think any journalist worth his salt would at least check to see if any others are alive but alas that is too much work.

    • Augustine says:

      Na wa o ! Such info dey inside one man head? Oga Beegs may I clone you please? Thanks

    • AOk says:

      If indeed these are Nigerian soldiers training in Germany 1963, can anyone identify who they are?

    • Martin Luther says:

      Men Guy,
      See how information management works for real. That news paper columnist should be ashamed, what is the grantee that the details on offering are not all false.

  4. Oje says:

    Oga Beeg, did you study in this country?

  5. Oje says:

    Those infantry men should have at lest one attached chopper riding shotgun for reconnaissance and interdiction. Where are they marching to?

    • AreJames says:

      Soldier men marching into war like in the 60s. I made the same point you are making and someone said they took the pictures after they had disembarked close to the objective.
      I think we have some old fashioned people running the NA and this old TTTPs have been in place for at least four decades. That is why the new weapons coming in are going to provoke re organization and re training. Let us even hope the “general merchants /general contractors /clearing & forwarding agents – supplied weapons even work in the first place. Some of us would have preferred bilateral govt to govt defence cooperation agreements as the basis upon which weapons are bought after which strategic alliances are thereafter developed with the weapon manufacturers.

      • ozed says:

        Oga Are James, it is quite normal to disembark to march into territory which could still habour enemy troops. Even if you had APCs sufficient to carry every man (which even the US Army does not have), the experience of the Russian army in Chechnya has shown it is suicide to ride mounted into urban or semi-urban areas where enemy ambushes could be lurking.
        When you are mounted, a single RPG strike will take out 10-12 men even if you are in an APC (am sure you know very few APC can stand an RPG strike, and that would probably need to be a Bradley, Warrior or other high end IFVs), when you are dismounted and advancing with the men properly spaced out (like 1m between each man), it is far more difficult to hit more than a few men before the others take cover and return fire.
        It is true we don’t have as much equipment as we should have, but let us not ascribe every single thing to that!!!

      • ozed says:

        Oga Are James,
        It is normal to march into combat zones dismounted. That way you limit the chances of the enemy using one RPG to take out 10-12 men.
        When dismounted and well spaced, the soldiers are more difficult to hit and by the time you hit 2-3 men the other can pin down and return fire.
        The Russians tried to ride into war in chechnya and took heavy casualties as a result as i am sure you know very few APCs or IFVs can survive an RPG strike. In any case, no army in the World can afford to put every single man into an APC (and even if there was such an affluent country, i am sure we can agree that Nigeria is not one of them).

        It is true we don’t have the levels of equipment we would like to have, but we must not ascribe everything to lack of equipment.

      • jimmy says:

        . http://odili.net/news/source/2014/aug/22/506.html
        OGA AreJames
        I try not to defend the NA OR THE NAF but in the battle to retake DAMBOA. The NAF were heavily involved. I posted a second link because I went toe – to -toe with a blogger oga menatta on this blog about the shortfalls of the NAF this second link proves that I was WRONG AND HE WAS RIGHT FOR THAT I APOLOGIZE. LT .GEN Ihejirika (r.t.d.) did a lot of good things however one of his major failing during this war is diplomatically revealed by the current CAS ( I tire for Naija defense journalist COAS IS DIFFERENT FROM CAS) the failure to communicate objectives or operations with his counterpart in the NAF has led the NAF to be blamed for quite a few things that I and a lot of other people blamed them for, Damboa was retaken with NA/ NAF COORDINATION as alluded to by the CAS .
        This in my opinion could be one of the reasons why he was not promoted to the joint chief of staff after serving for a record four years 2010-2014 as COAS .

  6. cryptologist says:

    Well-done Oga Beegs, waking up to see these pics, you can’t imagine the speed of me sending the link of this article to some of my friends here. I’d been itching to backup my claims that my native country liberated Damboa in an ISAF and Op Serval style LOL.. I do hope our strategists will do as Col. Ogbebor suggested “Holding grounds”. Here is where the Police mobile force & CTU comes in. Brig. Gen. Alabi-Isama was also shining star among NMTC Course 1. Course 1&2 were d only ones who got in on merit.

    • beegeagle says:

      Yeah, bro. Brigadier General Alabi-Isama was part of the NMTC Course 1 intake. Reason why they were the Brigade Commanders and Sector Commanders under the GOCs who got into the NA a bit earlier during the 1958-59 epoch which preceded independence.

      During that war, we had an altered adhoc arrangement whereby battalion/regimental COs were under brigade commanders, brigade commanders functioned under sector commanders (sector commands encompassed the AORs of at least two brigades) while sector commanders reported to the GOC. NCW-era divisions sometimes had as many as seven or eight brigades and 35,000 men under arms. That was why the sector commands was innovated to tightly control operations.

      Some of the officers who came through that 1958-59 intake include General Olusegun Obasanjo, Gen Murtala Muhammad, Lt Gen Gibson Jalo, Major Gens IBM Haruna, ID Bissalla, Mohammed Shuwa, John Obada etc.

      Funny enough, my uncle just showed me a photo which my late dad and Gen JJ Oluleye took during the NCW at Issele Uku. Though not a military officer, the war brought the young, educated men of that era close together. So that was how Colonels Murtala Muhammad and Oluleye and Major da Cocodia became his wartime acquaintances. 2 Infantry Division operated in today’s Edo and Delta States, most significantly in the Umunede-Issele Uku-Asaba corridor. The aforementioned officers were in 2 Infantry Division where Murtala was GOC.

      The irony of it all was that it all started with my late dad being picked up and interrogated by agents of 2 Infantry Division. They could not understand what a UPenn-educated graduate was doing in smalltown Nigeria. They imagined that he was an enemy collaborator and this was happening in a tiny corner of the MidWest which had produced so many senior officers who had defected to Biafra – Biafran top commanders such as Conrad Nwawo, Mike Okwechime, Henry Ochei, Nzeogwu etc. But they were wrong in their suspicions for nobody seemed to realise that in 1967, most Nigerians had moved as close to their ancestral homelands as possible. Indeed, my papa’s mentor and godfather, Rev SW Martin is documented in Nigerian history as the first Ibo and/or or Ibo-speaking individual to have graduated from a university anywhere….(ahead of Drs Zik and Nwafor Orizu).

      Rev Martin was always domiciled at Issele Uku and my old man worked for his mission which owned churches, schools and hospitals at the time. Well, it all ended happily. Reason why he lived to have me as a son after that unfortunate fratricidal war had ended. Major Fred da Cocodia actually went on to get married to a cousin of my late dad’s.

      • jimmy says:

        Just to let you U PENN is regarded as one of the top IVY league schools.
        oga beegs hope you are doing fine with all this kata kata.

  7. Oje says:

    Something wrong my comments are coming under Oje’s name.

    Anyway, @Are James.
    It is normal to enter combat ground dismounted. This reduces the risk of a single RPG strike taking out 10-12 men in an APC. Especially since we know very few APCs or IFVs are immune to RPG strikes. Indeed the Russians tried this to their chagrin in the Chechen wars and took painful casualties. When men are dismounted and well spaced, it is difficult to hit more than 2-3 before the others pin down and return fire.

    In any case no army has enough APCs to mount all their infantry, not even the US Army (not to talk of the less affluent armies like ours). It is true we do not have as much equipment as we would like to have, but let’s not link everything to that!!


  8. peccavi says:

    Shuo, do infantry fight from vehicles?
    Anyway they are not infantry, they are combat support troops, i.e artillery, they would be taking up positions 5-10km behind the infantry. You can see from their uniforms they haven’t been slogging through the bush.

    But yes soldier should walk into contact, and in areas in which there is a high risk of ambush dismount as well, it means all weapon systems can be brought to bear on the enemy and the risk of casualties reduced

  9. jimmy says:

    OGA Peccavi you were right, and oga XNUR was wrong you correctly identified the M56-2 ARTILLERY105mm howitzer incidentally the unreliable wiki list Nigeria as being one of the largest importers @ 200 pieces. I hope these will be used tactfully and strategically in the retaking of GWOZA. Interesting facts about GWOZA but that will amount to a derail.

  10. beegeagle says:

    Yeah, I was wondering what Oga Peccavi was on about when he said M46 105mm because he got the gun calibre correct but mixed up the M56 with M46.

    To be sure, the M46 is a Soviet 130mm long range artillery piece which has been serially mass produced around the world, most notably as the Type 59-1 in China. Nigeria acquired eleven pieces of those PLUS four M81/M85 152mm howitzers in the early 1990s from Romania.

  11. beegeagle says:

    M56 105mm gun

    M46/Type 59-1 130mm gun

  12. beegeagle says:

    Yeah, Bharat.

    One understands that SOLTAM undertake those conversions of 130mm guns to 155mm pieces but Nigeria have not taken up that option. Maybe because the gunners field 120+ units of Bofors towed and Oto Melara SP arty.

    Or maybe it is the need to retain the “open architecture” of the inventory where Sino-Russian and NATO style assets are fielded in tandem.

  13. Bharat says:

    @Jimmy, Gentleman, for commonality. 155 mm is getting common and standard all across the world. Your FH-77B Bofors too is of 155mm. ( probably 39 cal.)
    For many reasons many armies are standardizing to 155mm artillery. One of them being it gives better performance.
    It isn’t about subscribing to NATO standard.

    Even in rifle bullets 5.56×45 or 7.62X51 both are called NATO standard bullets. Russia had 5.45×39 (some AK series), 7.62×39 for AKM and 7.62X 54 for Dargunov DMR.

    • jimmy says:

      Thank you for the clarification. I am also for commonality and common sense.I saw what happened @the beginning of gulfwar2 where the yankees ran out of the same 155mm eithier tank or arty shells and begged the french to dip into their reserves to which the french said non.Nigeria due to what happened in the 90s should never find themselves in that situation. For example some western countries believe passionatley about gay rights.Nigeria does not.Nigeria should not have a Nato standard most definitley not.

  14. beegeagle says:

    Here is one of the two AW 101s which were initially built for the Indian Air Force in 2013 but which got mired in controversy and were bought off by our NAF. Does she not look unusually solid?

    I understand that one of them is NAF 280.


    • Bharat says:

      Actually not, India actually had contracted for 12 ( 8 VVIP and 4 VIP version) of those beauties. With 3/4 delivered and is presently in New Delhi. One among them is pictured above. We haven’t returned those. Though we have en cashed the bank guarantees.

      So, most probably two you are getting are among the 8 which weren’t delivered.

      But, with 3 engines they are solid choppers. But costly, near about $ 600 million for 12.
      VVIP version also has self-protection suit.

    • jimmy says:

      Well done OGA BEEGS, OGA BHARAT
      If this is what the NAF is getting this is good.OGA BAHARAT it appears you are well versed do these HELIOS have at least decent protection against small arms fire i.e do they come with some version of the titanium bath tub common in American Helios to protect the pilots ?i.e. at the under belly.

      • Bharat says:

        “Most variants of the AW101 are equipped with self-defence systems such as chaff and flare dispensers, directed infrared countermeasures (infrared jammers), ESM (electronic support measures in the form of RF heads), and a laser detection and warning system.[55] British Merlins have been outfitted with protective armouring against small-arms fire.[56] A chin-mounted forward looking infrared (FLIR) imaging sensor has been fitted to some variants.[57]”

        From Wiki

        little correction for previous reply the Indian deal was for $748 million.

  15. beegeagle says:

    MAJOR training sorties on more serious aircraft underway. That is from a reliable source.

    Remember that Oga Gbash was even made mention of Il-76 landings yesterday and we all know that the NAF do not own any Ilyushin transport planes. Let us hope that the NAF get it right for the sake of our collective sanity. Nigeria needs COIN assets and 4G jets…not utility transport assets of any sort.

    • Are James says:

      Yes. Let me seize the opportunity to correct my earlier projection on the IL-76 reported landing at TAC. They were more likely dropping combat jet aircraft in kit form for reassembly than choppers.

  16. cryptologist says:

    I now understand the adhoc battalion, brigade, sector arrangement. The Asaba/Iselle uku/agbor axis got the brunt of the 2Div agression because of the defection of some Ndokwa senior army officers to biafra just as you mentioned and the massive casualties suffered by 2Div on the Niger river. But its on record that the ndokwa/ukwani axis had collected signatures from it higly educated natives/civil servants and traditional leaders pledging alleigiance to Nigeria.

  17. Bharat says:

    @Jimmy, General, Indian VVIP choppers had the following technical requirement, among others
    ” bulletproof cabins, flare dispensers, secure wireless/satellite communications, missile warning systems and some level of defence against Electronic Warfare (EW) systems.”

  18. Bharat says:

    @Jimmy, General, Indian VVIP choppers had the following technical requirement, among others
    ” bulletproof cabins, flare dispensers, secure wireless/satellite communications, missile warning systems and some level of defence against Electronic Warfare (EW) systems.”

    So, as AW101 was selected based on them, yes they are protected against small arms.

  19. drag_on says:

    As long as it is adapted for military use it’s fine,that helicopter is lined with lots of kevlar.
    Its british designation is E101 Merlin, and is used by their Navy as a replacement for the chinnok. The canadians wanted to use it to replace their Sea-kings but politics killed the deal.

  20. Bharat says:

    AW101 VVIP cut out.

    • drag_on says:

      Well. if it is burning a hole in Augusta’s pocket am sure they will be ready to dump the luxury components and sell it at a discount.

      • jimmy says:

        if it was just sitting in storage it was burning a hole in their pocket .I WANT TO HOPE AGAINST HOPE THE BRITS decided to give a discount but they have by all indications been bought anyway bottom line.
        Please LET THEM NOT BE USED strictly for UTILITY helios. Can someone in the naf have the guts to use them as troop carrying HELIOS

  21. drag_on says:

    That may spell the end of our sea knight hunt. Not bad,if it’s for military use.

  22. drag_on says:

    I have read the full article, it is apparently 2X,designated for VIP. :/
    I shall remain silent on this one.

  23. Augustine says:

    Boko Haram declares Gwoza Islamic caliphate…

    Nigerian Army denies, but agrees Gwoza is in Boko Haram’s full control.


    FG, NA, NPF, you guys better plan to garrison NE Nigeria town by town, or else the garrison I said you should do and you refuse, is exactly what Boko Haram is doing. They fought and won Gwoza and refused to leave, they put a strong garrison there and declared Gwoza an Islamic Caliphate, excised from Nigerian territory and ruled by Boko Haram….until Nigeria goes back there to recapture it.

    Ask my opinion, I believe Nigerian army will recapture Gwoza. Just a matter of time.

    Anyway, Nigerian Army + Police, refused to garrison lands that we have, Boko Haram has decided to do it and teach us 1,2,3 and A,B,C of war. Beware of BOKO-ISIS.

  24. Lordfej says:

    Not to sound like an alarmist, I just watched a video of the enemy over running what I presume is an FOB. From my observations it seems the enemy is just a rag tag group of people carrying bigger guns and they seem to know how and where to pick a fight. What I mean is, they go for soft targets. A ready solution to this problem is to reduce soft military targets by making all these FOB highly defensible. May God bless Nigeria and may she overcome

    • Are James says:

      Thank you. I still believe the air force is still to blame for most of the lapses involved in the BH attack of so called soft targets and indeed all BH successes to date.
      This is in spite of all I have read earlier on this thread from @Jimmy.
      There has been no proactive patrolling of the theatre and they have operated merely as a “call when you are in trouble outfit” to the army. Someone has obviously mis-communicated the doctrinal role of NAF in war as that of a transportation outfit or as mere spectators who look on while the army fights. For countries like the US and France however, the air force leads into war. Please look again at the capabilities offered by the NIMASA gulf of guinea surveillance planes and imagine this kind capability deployed over land areas of the N. East. Wouldn’t we have located camps months before Chibok and cleared them with carpet bombing or at least cluster bombs?. What we have now in place is merely an ineffective emergency response system for supporting the army, a system that waits for calls from forces on the ground before acting and when communication lines get mixed up and platform availability is low then BH carries the day.
      The NAF is the only outfit that is not vulnerable to ambush by the enemy, the only outfit that can pick its fight with BH on its own terms day and night. With the precision munitions of the day, it is the only outfit that can fight with the minimum of level of collateral damage and extract painful casualties on the enemy with super accurate but low calibre ordinance (250kg bombs, precision rockets, air to ground missiles). If there is no transformation of this force and the acquisition of dozens of combat aircraft including deep strike platforms, I foresee them getting irrelevant in war when CAS assets get transferred to NA Aviation. They will then indulge their aspirations to be a glorified airline to the fullest extent possible.

  25. Augustine says:

    Gwoza is not hard to recapture for Nigerian army, hill or no hill.

    Thanks to Oga Are James for this photo ;


    The terrain hill gradient is not too steep where people live. Gwoza is no piece of cake to win, but it is not a big deal for an army trained in USA/UK/EU/ASIA.

    Nigerian army has the best mix of training I know of in this world, unless another country sends officers to about 10 different countries as we do. Mix of doctrine and training that we have is enough to retake Gwoza. However to win the entire Insurgency war as a whole, Nigeria needs more than the equipment/weapons we have today. About 50% of Nigerian army equipment you see on Wikipedia are NOT in serviceable condition or very reliable, they are also almost all obsolete, or poorly armed versions with less options and features according to our bad procurement decisions and Ijebu gari stingy nature in military spending.

    Recapturing Gwoza is just one battle among many in this war as a whole.

    A well planned, well rehearsed assault will take Gwoza for us. Well planned and rehearsed like the world class Israeli army Entebbe raid on Ugandan airport to free hostages.

    Personally, I will launch my attack at dawn, move up hill a few hours before day break, and start firing immediately daybreaks. A night battle will allow Bokos to escape if we route them, our helicopters will not be able to differentiate between fleeing Bokos and our troops. It’s time stop allowing many Bokos run away and return to make trouble another day. Kill as many as we meet in every single battle.

    I will expect less Boko vehicles on a hill top, but will be on hill bottoms. Expect lots of RPGs and 14.5mm guns in well fortified positions uphill and among civilians. Expect 1,000 to 2,000 Boko men garrison.

    Light aircraft like Cessna, Diamond, Beechcraft, will easily do reconnaissance of Gwoza hills all round, and map out the area, detect and record positions of Boko Haram heavy equipment especially 14.5mm to 23mm guns, as well as number of vehicles, APCs, etc A whole week of recce day and night will be used as basis for planning assault operation.

    Special forces on foot at night can do recce of Boko’s fortifications and order of battle, numbers of troops or at least estimate size of foot soldiers. Observe medium calibre infantry weapons like RPGs, etc. Observe sentry positions. Observe escape route and entry routes. This is also for planning stage of assault.

    We may not even use 105mm artillery so we can have surprise element, the hill gradient is not very steep. A lot of 60mm mortars with 3km range, lot of MGLs and Browning HMG will be okay. However, since our men have to climb up hill, we need many helicopters to swarm in lightening assault to position the advance party more than way up hill at best positions within range to rain mortar shells on Boko positions while our infantry charges forward in 3 prong attack formation.

    105mm artillery will be on stand by as back up in case Boko seems to get the upper hand in fighting, we can order a tactical retreat to draw out the enemy for our artillery or just to pound their strongest resistance positions into submission. Light aircraft battlefield observation and target acquisition, plus 60mm mortar/105mm artillery fire control and redirection for accuracy.

    Artillery will help ‘box out’ shield our infantry in case we are overwhelmed.

    This operation on a wide area hill terrain will need almost one personal small radio for every one or two soldiers sticking together as partners. excellent communication at all levels is very important.

    Air support by Mi-35 Hind helicopters is very necessary as we climb up hill, to keep the enemy’s head down with enemy suppression fire until our boys get in close range for fire fight. We also need lots of RPGs with good optical sights.

    I will avoid Alpha jets in this clumsy terrain, they have been accused of friendly fire on our own army and civilians in error.

    I will expect civilian casualties as general battle collateral damage, but I expect any wise human being to have fled Gwoza unless he is a Boko. I will expect civilians held by force as Boko human shields.

    Full time helicopter gunship support is very important to break up strong enemy positions of resistance. Hinds have short range and endurance, need to rotate say 2 at a time to allow the other 2 to return to FOB base and refuel /rest for next random sortie.

    Basically, I will….

    1. Air drop first assault spearhead companies of soldiers by Super Pumas, Mi-171 armed transport helicopter and Mi-35 Hinds, all mortar teams and some infantry riflemen for protection with AK-47 and Browning HMG.

    2. Air drop repeated companies of soldiers mostly riflemen infantry with AK-47 and RPG also by helicopters, until I have a full battalion of 600 men, after flying in three times in assault sorties.

    3. Air drop paratroopers by C-130 and G-222, as infantry with rifles, GPMG, RPG. They will be dropped on two or three locations where no Bokos are know to exist, but should be able to regroup on ground to serve as hill top long range snipers, observers, ground command and control, and back up infantry or third wave assault team and final mop up teams. I will drop a whole second battalion of 600 paratroopers.

    4. I will block all downhill position of escape for fleeing Bokos, as based on mapping and recce before operation.

    5. At hill base, 105mm artillery with 10km range will be ready to support infantry if fighting gets tough.

    I don’t see what is hard in retaking Gwoza for an army. we need to let Boko Haram realize that holding territory inside Nigeria, gets him surrounded and trapped in a small hole he calls a town or Islamic caliphate. He loses mobility on one spot, we pincer him from different directions.

    Gwoza town, here we come !!! The first failed ‘Islamic Jihad Caliphate’ in Nigeria.

    Long live a secular and free multi-religious Federal Republic Of Nigeria.

  26. peccavi says:

    The Boko Haram video of the capture of Gwoza is the worst possible start to the week. Those cattle have APCs, the base actually had an M56 as we were discussing above yet their vehicles were massing in the open and not a single shell was fired. What madness is this?
    A single pass with an aircraft or AH would have broken up the attack, mortars or GPMG or Fire support positions on the hills.
    Man I’m just weak

    • Are James says:

      Any video link?.

    • jimmy says:

      Don’t feel too weak. Remember I told you about .the fact that some men will fight and some men won’t you can promote them give them all the equipment and welfare packages in the world.
      I have sad that some battalion commanders will see their careers end at lt col.Some will rise and some are definitley fall.
      No worries I am glad mr vdeo released the video and declared his caliphate, it is a taunt, that is not the issue, the issue is while the ltcol died

      • jimmy says:

        Died at damboa the one at gwoza lived and he sure with the release of this video will have a lot of explaining to do.
        Gwoza will be retaken.The question is who will lead the attack.

      • Are James says:

        Wey the link na?. Can somebody post it?

    • Deltaman says:

      Ol boy man tire! … not looking good

  27. zachary999 says:

    We need a fighting airforce and we need one fast ! Not a transport airforce…..

    The NA is doing its best but without air power they cannot hold ground in the strenght of numbers they have presently. The AOR is so wide and changing rapidly.

    Those attacking our soldiers in the video know nothing about warfare especially tactics, the soldiers actually had trenches dug and retreated and used some as defensive positions but the firepower from the enemy was too much. Surely, the airforce should have been overhead in 20 minutes and obliterated the FOB. It should never have been standing after the attack !

    I think the time has come for both the MB 339 and L 39 to come to theatre and start dropping things. We have crack instructor pilots who have good training on the A jet and are now instructors on both platforms. They have done weapons training before and we need everything now to finish this terrorists or at least limit their capability. We need a quick change in strategy because this is not working at all….

    Whilst I like new platforms, the learning curve is quite steep. Are we going to have foreign pilots fly them in combat ?

    It is becoming embarrassing and very painful as the days go by…

    I have faith in this army and I know that like its motto,Victory would come soon….

    • AreJames says:

      There was no military assault seen in the video. It was a mob civilian action against an weakly defended military location. Undefended being the fault of the NA and BAD. BH now fields captured APCs and even more Dshks on Technicals. The few NA guys we see had to retreat climbing up the hills under intense fire…. which in physical terms is not easy at all. I suspect BH weaponry/ammunition has increased by another 20% based on the success of this offensive. If I were governing Nigeria, the topmost nigerian leadership leadership would be back home in civilian clothes without pensions and no hope for government appointment in the next 20years.

    • AreJames says:

      There was no military assault seen in the video. It was a mob civilian action against a weakly defended military location. Weakly defended being the fault of the NA and NAF. BH now fields captured APCs and even more Dshks on Technicals. The few NA guys we see had to retreat climbing up the hills under intense fire…. which in physical terms is not easy at all. I suspect BH weaponry/ammunition has increased by another 20% based on the success of this offensive. If I were governing Nigeria, the topmost nigerian military leadership would be back home in civilian clothes without pensions and no hope for government appointment in the next 20years.

    • AreJames says:

      I have severally suggested using foreign pilots flying second hand combat aircraft for now. You cannot wait for the NAF to train all the pilots you need before containing these guys. We are planning disgraceful defeat from these inferiors if we continue to wait. The declaration of a Caliphates is a joke but every day an offensive against them is delayed is adding more brick and mortar to the fantasy and turning it to reality. Meanwhile the supine FG has been deluded into thinking they have hostage negotiations on going with BH and the offensives are probably an attempt by Boko Haram negotiate from a position of strength but this is a big delusion.These are not rational business men, what they want is clear, definable and cannot be wished away and they will not stop. Not every thing is about money and private jets. Nothing is going to save us from fighting these insurgents directly so better do it now otherwise we have unpleasant alternatives.

  28. Delavegas says:


    The video shows the Nigerian army stumbling in full blown retreat under fire up the hills.

    I don’t understand why the government isn’t taking this Boko Haram crisis very seriously.If this newly formed Islamic caliphate holds out long eneough; It will start looking enticing for other extremist Islamic hard-liners from North Africa and the Middle East.

  29. drag_on says:

    I urge caution. Boko haram will be less than economical with the truth. Nonetheless,we need to stop sending rookies to the front without seasoned officers.

  30. peccavi says:

    The Caliphate declaration na shakara, they are just following ISIS and desperately trying to be seen in the same league as ISIS now that Ebola has knocked them off the top spot.
    They will lose Gwoza but maintain their presence in and around that axis.
    They have to be destroyed in situ. That terrain is tailor made for SF troops to get in and call in air strikes or artillery on the town,
    The civilian population needs to be urged to leave as soon as possible and BH cut off in that town and destroyed.
    It just makes me so depressed to see a useless bunch of murderers like this running around freely, honestly someone should be able to die of old age defending Gwoza

    • AreJames says:

      “Someone should be able to die of old age defending Gwoza”. This is very funny.
      Let me just inform you, this could not have happened to the NA/NAF of the 70s and 80s.
      We currently have crass incompetence in the middle ranks and at the top. Maybe we should stop allowing the CIC to pick the Chiefs of Staff. Personal loyalty is currently trumping professional competence. Watching the video, I am actually empathetic of any NCO military man removing his uniform and running away. The BH fought amateurishly, advancing under a rain of heavy machine gun fire against a lightly defended outpost but the NAF, special forces and reinforcing infantry firepower was not there. You cannot rightfully blame lower ranks for “melting to fight another day”.
      This is a time to unleash the civilian, air conditioned, comfortably furnished executive jets against Boko Haram.

      • ozed says:

        Like I suspected, but now can confirm the absence of air support is sad, but it is not the reason for the defeat of the FOB position. As we can see, we had heavy weapons at those bases which we did not even deploy before we had to bale out.

        Nothing good planning and combat leadership would not have addressed.

        We have lots of work to do, even before buying the sophisticated hardware, otherwise we might get very good equipment and still hand it over intact to Boko Haram like the Iraqi Army did.

        Like COAS said we really need an extensive re-organization and repositioning.

      • AreJames says:

        Let us be careful about what the COAS said. I believe he was referring to NA’s overall capability to cope with new contemporary challenges and not specifically to eliminating Boko Haram. Otherwise, who s going to wait for all reorganization stuff and for how long, till 2020?. As for current capabilities, I believe we have the wrong competences deployed in the NE. Some have argued that minus SFs, we have our most well trained troops occupied on guard in the Niger Delta..for what?, sometimes they pop up during elections, why? and I am beginning to believe all that. Look through the list of KIA and MIA officers released by the military, how many of them are experienced veterans in the army?.Few. most are young fresh, newly married officers, the moderately experienced ones manage to survive and reports to base later. In any case, organizing an effective defence perimeter around a town like Gwoza or the overrun FOBs required the kind experience and practical skills that is currently available in the Army. Is it not situational awareness experience?, is it not scouts detecti g and reporting movements from miles away?, is it not sentries being posted around with secure radios?, is it not a base intelligence officer watching everybody to make sure saboteurs are detected?, is it not having a system to man heavy weapon posts in the event of impending attacks?. If they are all these things then we have the people in the Nigerian Army, we have the systems and training.
        What was missing here was the competent people have been deployed far away due to Nigerian factors (there are many factors), faulty field intelligence and air support was hopelessly lacking.

      • mcshegz says:

        Oga AreJAmes i respect your hustle sir
        “We currently have crass incompetence in the middle ranks and at the top. Maybe we should stop allowing the CIC to pick the Chiefs of Staff. Personal loyalty is currently trumping professional competence.” When you say things like this, i cannot but respond in the most vivid and exhilarating manner possible. Does your statement in any way contribute towards the betterment of the said Force. How can you just exude such hate speech. Again, i ask for evidence of your said opinion, is it at all possible that any and every member of the top echelon of our Armed Forces are seemingly incompetent? such delusional grandeur shows lack of will to get to the root of our problems. So you want to burn down the house to kill a rat? for your information the President nominates, the House of assembly does the rest. So what exactly do you want sir? let us know, so we can carefully dissect and debunk your agenda. Nigeria is a Democratic country, with various arms of government. If you don’t like what you see, please quit the aimless pointing of fingers, and get to work. I know we all need to

      • Are James says:

        How many countries can stomach this disgrace?.

  31. Oje says:

    The sheer lack of urgency and lackluster attitude of the Nigerian military to the current space of audacious and daring attacks by BH defies logic. The country as we speak have refused to fully mobilise for war. These guys started with AK 47 rifles, then came in the Improvised explosive devices, the Rocket propelled grenades, then suicide bombers, then female suicide bombers, then they graduated by forming an amoured unit, making use of armored personal carrier, then they stole 3 Nigerian Tanks together with the drivers, then they stole over 200 Mortars, then they started robbing banks. Soon they will be able to pay as little as $1 million for second hand attack helicopters, then artillery units, before you know it Boko Haram has graduated from a rag tagged guerilla terrorist squad to a fully armed conventional opponents with an air-force and amoured column just like ISIS is doing. There are an estimated 30,000 boko haram members, thats more than the combined armed forces of Ghana, Liberia and Togo combined.

    ….And here we are, buying state of the art high tech aerial surveillance platforms no other country in Africa possesses, then relaying their high tech data and surveillance intel to a non existent airforce. I have seen no Chengdu F-7 supersonic jets yet we are reported to have 12. I have seen no Super Tucano attack aircraft three months after the so called acquisition. I have never seen a missile, rocket or even free fall unguided bombs in my life before, i have seen no footage of the Nigerian airforce in actual combat. I have never seen the MLSRs the Nigerian army reportedly has.

    The Ukrainian President Poreshenko yesterday pledged to spent $3 billion over the course of 3 years to modernise the Ukranian armed forces, we see the gains they are making against Russian backed Rebels. In Nigeria we spend $6 billion on defense, officially we are the 3rd biggest defense spender in Africa yet none of this reflects on the ground. We in this blog have been very sentimental and try to portray the Nigerian armed forces in a positive light… but enough is enough. We cannot pretend or wish away the effects the incompetence of the Nigerian armed forces.

    • igbi says:

      1) Nigeria never spent 6 billion dollars on defence.
      You are right about one thing: how come Nigerian military doesn’t use more rocket technology by now ? I know we have a space program, therefor we have people who know rocket technology well. Anyways we could train people on rocket technology.

    • mcshegz says:

      Oga Oje, i respect your hustle sir
      “We in this blog have been very sentimental and try to portray the Nigerian armed forces in a positive light… but enough is enough. We cannot pretend or wish away the effects the incompetence of the Nigerian armed forces.” Oga abeg, speak for yourself. The word is patriotism, it doesn’t mean i disagree with your opinions but there is no way on this green earth that you can call the Nigerian Armed forces incompetent and get away with it. So abeg, say what you have to say without the double speak oga, and please enough with the generalizations, if you know someone who isn’t doing their job, name such person, lets move on from there.

  32. Oje says:

    Nigeria spent (at least on official paper) in excess of $6 billion. Jonathans $2 billion emergency funding to buy equipment (I wonder why the Nigerian military uses the term ‘equipment’).

    • AreJames says:

      It was $6Bn even many months ago. People are obviously not adding recurrent to capital expenditures.

    • igbi says:

      approximately 6 billion dollars were budgetted for “defence”, because for NOI defence means every uniformed man carrying a gun: NSCDC, Police, and real defence.
      The police has about 300000 personnel. So ask yourself how much salaries they would need. And in these conditions ask yourself how much has been disbursed for the uniformed men (defence + civilian): the last report I read gave : “N130.7 billion to relevant authorities, including the army, navy, air force, police, and civil defence. – See more at: https://www.premiumtimesng.com/business/161390-jonathan-signs-nigerias-2014-budget-defence-gets-20-per-cent.html#sthash.UCqL15Mb.dpuf

    • igbi says:

      “Out of the total provision for the sector, Mrs. Okonjo-Iweala said between January and April, government had disbursed about N130.7 billion to relevant authorities, including the army, navy, air force, police, and civil defence.

      Of the disbursed figure, about N85.9 billion was to take care of the personnel costs of the agencies, which was handed to the military authorities for direct payment to their personnel.”
      – See more at: https://www.premiumtimesng.com/business/161390-jonathan-signs-nigerias-2014-budget-defence-gets-20-per-cent.html#sthash.UCqL15Mb.dpuf

    • igbi says:

      So out of the 800 million dollars which were spent, 66% was spent on salaries, I did the calculation myself. but let us keep in mind that the report was written in may. But there is still onething which is not going to change: 66% of the budget gets spent on salaries of the police, the NSCDC and the real Defence. So the money spent on equipment for the police the NSCDC and the armed forces is less than 34%, so if the entire budget is disbursed we will spend less than 2 billion dollars on equipment for all the uniformed men.

    • igbi says:

      Notice also that between january and april, less than 272 million dollars was spent on equipping our soldiers, our policemen and our NSCDC altogether !

      • Are James says:

        Please don’t quote budgets. Quote actual expenditures. It has been averaging $6BN a year for the last 3 years for defence and security. The argument here is that we deserve better. It is not a curse to be a black man. We are reading reports of many civilianised military jets obviously ordered maybe years ago now being paid for and delivered under the cover of funds meant to clear the Boko Haram menace is this fair?.

      • igbi says:

        What you don’t get is that that is not enough !
        66% of the budget is devoted to salaries.
        “It has been averaging $6BN a year for the last 3 years for defence and security”, so you thought there were some years in which we could avoid to budget money for the military and the police and the sss and the nscdc ?
        What I am proving is that even that is far from being enough!
        66% is spent on salaries, and we are not talking about huge salaries here ! But some haven’t waken up yet, to notice that sani abacha days are over.

    • mcshegz says:

      Oga Rka, i respect your hustle sir.
      Na wah for wetin? i dont understand sir

      • rka says:

        Must i spell it out? If you don’t feel humiliated that Nigerian troops fled into Cameroon, I do.

      • Are James says:

        Fleeing to Cameroon is to avoid Nigerian Army sanctions for going AWOL. This is actually a serious national security issue if they are up to that number and DHQ should get on it immediately.

    • mcshegz says:

      Oga Rka, i respect your hustle sir.
      HAhAhaH, Oga, sorry oh, in this day and age, you source is not at all reputable, you only need to ask around. If Oga Beegeagle never talk am, me i no go believe am, so, abeg, hold on to your humiliation for now.

      • rka says:

        Oga mcshegz, nobody will celebrate more than me if this story is false. I go just wait and see, but with a Cameroonian military man being quoted, i fear the worst.

    • mcshegz says:

      Oga Rka, i respect your hustle sir
      Relax, Oga, thats how they work, just like that, dem don catch you for defense, the onus lies on the said reporter to prove and provide evidence to support their claims.. No be so journalism suppose work? Like when they say all through out Syria’s conflict, “this video cannot be independently verified” but dem go still show am, why air it if you can carry out your basic responsibility of verifying claims? thats bbc for you, not just bbc, dem plenty. My point is, will bbc ever in their life publish a claim about the British Army without having overwhelming evidence and proof?

  33. igbi says:

    How much money want into politicians pockets betwaan january and april ?

    • ozed says:

      Corruption is abominable but it is not the explanation for everything under the sun. It does not explain
      – Why tanks and medium artillery could not repulse and attack by light infantry in Gwoza
      – Why the commander of the troops at Gwoza would not have scouting positions on the heights to have seen the Boko Haram long before they got into the town
      – why the retreating troops could not spare a few minutes to toss 1 grenade each into the abandoned tanks and APCs, or spike the guns
      – Why all the air assets we have not been armed and were not sent into the air to bomb the advancing BH as they came

      Soooo many questions, none of which is directly connected with the corruption of politicians (or even Generals for that matter).

      • igbi says:

        Saying things like “corruption of the generals” encourages anarchy in the military, anarchy in the military leads to …
        At least notice that the police, the nscdc, the sss and the armed forces had been given only 272 million dollars to share for their equipment and training purposes and that for 5 months.
        I think it is possible that some personnel/deserters/moles are selling those “abandonned” equipment. The guys who allegedly ran to cameroon look very suspicious to me, they even let cameroon disarm them ! If that news is true then their names should become public knowledge, cameroon should be asked to send them back.

      • igbi says:

        that is 54.4 million dollars a month for the police nscdc and armed forces to share for each and every need they have (incuding training, equipment, rehabilitation of barracks and police stations).

      • igbi says:

        mistake: it is 68 million dollars not 54, the report was about 4 months.

    • mcshegz says:

      Oga Igbi, i respect your hustle sir,
      hehehehe, you wan be politician… omo e pay ohhh lololo

      • igbi says:

        The budget of the military is ridiculous, that of the politicians is much higher.

      • igbi says:

        And I am only using data provided by NOI in may, i hope things have changed, but seeing that the national assembly went on hollidays in the middle of a war and that they left the one bilion dollar request to rest untill september doesn’t look goood to me.

  34. Oje says:

    Hmmm, I will keep quiet this time. MeanwhiLe. …..

    The shit has hit the fan.
    500 nigerian soldiers defect to Cameroon.

    • mcshegz says:

      Oga Oje, i respect your hustle sir.
      Meanwhile, the same source refused to acknowledge our victory in Damboa, so Oga abeg, your source is biased, in fact greatly skewed in favor of the enemy. Don’t believe everything you read, propaganda 101

  35. jimmy says:

    For those of us on this blog who believe this war will END this year, this is a sobering reality.
    The war will not end this year, this war will consume a lot of lives due to the inefficiency and complacency of the NA and the NAF .
    These two arms have to work together
    1) Incompetent commanders who cannot or will not execute A SCIENTIFIC withdrawal and leave weapons for the bh must be removed from command.
    2) I do not view it as an embarrassment you are going to see incompetence come to the fore front in this war due to commanders who got to their positions by simply passing exams.
    3) GWOZA as I told OGA are James is the center of gravity it WILL BE RETAKEN because it has now become a national embarrassment.
    4) Approximately 500 troops fleeing into Cameroon is pathetic but inevitable, I stand by my statement the men who will fight will fight they will also die FIGHTING so that others will live
    5) The lack of preparation on account of 500 men indicates A SERIOUS BREACH of MILITARY discipline 480 should of been split up into 4 companies of 120+ men they could could for help / EVAC, or dug or prepared for night AMBUSHES, these men especially their officers were not prepared to do anything except one thing- and that was not to FIGHT
    6) The f.g. needs to request their extradition back home
    7) These men need to be removed from the entire theater of operations
    8) The most senior officers of these men need a lot of explanation to do .
    9) Gentlemen this is going to be one HELL OF A WEEK.
    Good morning.

    • ozed says:

      Oga Jimmy you are so right!!!

    • mcshegz says:

      Oga Jimmy, i respect your hustle sir
      If your post was predicated on bbc’s recent post without author, then i reasonably disagree with your view points, some of them, not all. As per you wishing, praying and having the audacity to write that the war doesn’t end this year and that many people will die?, i ask respectfully if you are one of those blood lusting prophets of doom we hear shouting and screaming about the inevitable break up of Nigeria? or maybe it was just an error on your path, if its the latter, i guess we can always forgive. Opinions like that best be kept to ones self, shey you catch my drift?
      I agree with the fact that if a commander cannot and does not improvise means to ensure that weapons and ammunition do not get into the hand of enemies, he or she should be removed, agreed, there is no place in the force for such individual.
      Gwoza will surely be taken, all be it by heavy and severe pounding and shelling, if and when all civi’s have been asked to vacate the premises, then its bombs away, no long tin.
      The rest of your post will not be commented on because the veracity of such claims have not been substantiated. Just because bbc says it doesn’t mean its true, moreover because bbc says it, i will be a little be more cautious

      • jimmy says:

        oga mechz
        Nos4–7 please IGNORE and WITH THE SAME INTENSITY and ANGER I do tender my unconditional , sincerest apology no buts ifs about it. to the people concerned.
        Let me repeat this to you so we are clear there is no doubt in my mind as the SUN rises tomorrow followed by the MOON @ Night . GWOZA WILL BE RETAKEN ( CAPITAL EMPHASIS MINE)
        The NAF has to decide for the love of GOD to tell Nigerians why they cannot attack bh columns in broad daylight, even if they are using propeller driven planes throwing grenades out the window like WW1. Let me be constructive in my criticism.
        For the war to end before the end of 2014. 1.The naf must fly 24 hours a day ( DAY AND NIGHT) that means they have blanket surveillance on the four cardinal points of the North east ( North, South, East, West) that means they tell someone in the presidency they need a blank cheque on jet fuel supplies if the presidency wants the war to end
        2.The NAF does not need any single utility HELIOS or planes they need attack helios , JET FIGHTERS AND BOMBERS AND GUNSHIPS, AND HELIO TROOP CARRIERS.
        Bluntly put every time they buy a utility Augusta for “oga” that is equivalent to extending the war by one calendar month.
        Everyman dies but once and those that tend to cling to life the most tend to die first.
        During the civil war battalion commanders make HORRIBLE MISTAKES that is why it took 3 YEARS in fact sector/ division commanders made mistakes Muritala comes to mind. The LT . COL who did whatever he did has a lot of explaining to do as a SERGEANT you do not leave valuable equipment behind for the enemy, this is not the first time this has happened for example IN WW2 American Soldiers during the battle of the bulge upon retreating left their fuel dumps intact for the Germans to fill up their TANKS.
        @ OGA PECCAVI calm down do not “throw out the baby with the water”. The officers in the 7th who have been found wanting should be transferred down south those who have fought and proved themselves should be allowed to continue and – act as an example to the incoming soldiers transfer the Bad Soldiers keep the good ones in every organization there are bad eggs and there are good ones- this notwithstanding the LT .COL responsible for GWOZA needs to GO forgiving is one thing being stupid is another enough lives have been lost on his “stupid aje butter ass” ( sorry forgive my manners i no go translate no be evertnig oyinbo nahim go sabi) .
        The Army needs to reorganize kia kia quick those officers who are reticent in combat or who simply cannot fight for lack of am ore explicit term should put in their papers and not become a total embarrassment to our country Nigeria.
        Mr PRESIDENT with the greatest amount of respect , please come home.We need our fighter jets now.

      • mcshegz says:

        Oga Jimmy i respect your hustle sir.
        Tuale baba, i will never seize to appreciate your candor and demeanor as relating to the issue at hand. I respect and tip my hat to you for having the will and courage to apologize when you deem fit. It does not signify weakness rather, in my opinion shows the strength of your character.

  36. giles says:

    rka.broda did one na slap to d face. imagine BH over running a military base.for all does hour no air support. did is a shame to d Nigerian military.vvip na wetin return does things and get better CAS platform. Isis start like play just like boko haram is all so starting

  37. cryptologist says:

    VIA Youtube: We tend to look at the physical soldier, what about the psychological soldier. When majority of your recruits are from from the Nigerian youths who share the same social & mental fads. You will be getting d ‘DOROBUCHI’ generation n the ‘SKELEWU’ guys to come become Soldiers:— Capt. Umar Aliyu (rtd) on Channels TV today http://t.co/2X2cF4tAzf

    • Are James says:

      The truth of what you have posted here throbs with moral power.

      • ozed says:

        Oga make we no take this thing to ridiculous lengths. Are you saying one cannot enjoy Dorrobucci and skelewu and still be a brave soldier? Dats like saying US soldiers who bounce to Jay Zee et al cannot fight?

        The truth is that the average man with good training and surrounded by the right culture can become a good soldier. We are not talking of becoming Delta Force ooo!

        To become good infantry, amour etc. you just need to train the average guy very well and enshrine him in a strong Unit culture and he will fight to the death to protect the pride of the Unit and the life of his buddy in the next foxhole.

        Where i suspect we have lost ground is in the quality of training and the Unit ethos. But again i am on the outside and can only guess.

      • Are James says:

        Dorrobucci is against all military ethos. Skelewu is even worse. The enemy is praying to their god as they scamper unprofessionally firing their guns… for Christ sakes. War is some serious shit requiring depth, skill and concentration. As a soldier, the less involved you are in popular culture the better.

    • mcshegz says:

      Oga Are James, i respect your hustle sir,
      HAhahahahahah, Omo, make men/women no enjoy pop, say becoz wetin oga??, That won na theory abeg. As long as na human being dey fight, dem go dance and flenjor baba. Unless we start to make robots that do our bidding, until then, men go dance, shak, fu*k, smoke, jaye, saye, every every join body. You wan make man get ptsd say wetin, after the war finish nko? how does him/her relate and reintegrate with the world? To all our brave warriors, enjoy life jare, we all must die someday, till den skelewu, skelewu,

  38. drag_on says:

    Why is it that BBC always have the scoop?
    How come CNN and( astonishingly) Aljazeera never seem to have these so called first hand News of the BBC?
    The last news about BH to come from CNN is this:
    ’85 Nigerian hostages rescued from Boko Haram”

    Aljazeera’s last news on BH is:
    “Nigerian police missing after Boko Haram raid” and “Nigeria rejects Boko Haram ‘caliphate’ claim”

    Even AP has not picked the News. I’ll comment when it is generally reported.

  39. freeegulf says:

    its pretty much obvious that the picture from the NE is very vague indeed. we are back to the Nigerian factor once again – the more u look the less u see! there are lots of unexplained activities up north that simply cant be explained away as lack of equipment or competence.

    other than the likes of gens peccavi, jimmy, and xnurr, the one blogger i truly respect his deft tactical appreciation is oga ozed. he is no alarmist, nor fantasists, rather, he’s got good martial keenness.
    a lot of bloggers have been heaping blame on the air force. yes, the blame is big enough to go round. however, NAF should not be blamed for the inability of the NA to defend their own FOBs.

    guerrilla warfare/COIN is stressful, arduous, with too much ebbs and flow. it is also a very dirty war. as such, we should condition our minds to hell raising casualties on all sides (especially civilian casualties).
    there will be casualties, there will be bases overrun, towns captured, liberated, and more probes and infiltration. these are all part of COIN. however, what i don’t get is why cant the army defend there own FOBs?

    you don’t need the air force to sufficiently repel a rag tag attacking group. they, the army, have got all that is needed to break up a massed force. what happened to their mortars and field guns? whatever happened to outposts with fighting patrols preventing enemy mass grouping and disrupting assembly of these miscreants. its just so terrible the way these guys are losing bases to such mismatch miscreants.

    proper recce, aggressive patrols, outposts with working comms situated some kilos from the FOBs, watch towers, pre-registered fire for the support weapons, good use of ground. all these will prevent any FOB from falling. and should give the defenders massive advantage over raiders. the only use of the air force here is probably for reinforcement and supply. these bases could easily withstand these terrs day or night. i still keep saying it, the more we look, the less we see!!

    this is either crass incompetence or sabotage. the army is fighting itself, and very disjointed. junior and mid level leadership seems to leave a lot to be desired.

    i don’t believe we need massive expansion of the army. these lazy fellows can barely cater for the 100K plus they currently have. they will simply be overwhelmed by the mind boggling administrative and logistics tasks that are needed for an army greater than this current size.

    i say we use the army more in fire man task. let the NCDCs be expanded rather and used in garrisoning towns and villages. the army should leave all these incessant tasks and be reorganized as a more mobile battle groups and take the fight to the enemy.

  40. Oje says:

    The terrain in Northern Nigeria is exceedingly different from that of the North Vietnamese. Theirs is a true jungle, not the vast desert like terrain you have in the North East. Reconsiance by air is pretty easy, vast open wilderness. No much natural shelter to hide when in full attack or retreat. Where is the nearest airbase to the epicenter of this battleground. It’s like we don’t have an airforce, we fly what private individuals in the West buy and fly for recreation a d leisure. It’s been 5 YEARS yet there is no single operational name. No mission, no objective, action react war of attrition. There is no excuse for the needless loss of life of innocent civilians bearing the brunt of this battle.

  41. Martin Luther says:

    Bros, Is the word capitulate English? Please somebody explain what I am seeing? or is this ISIS in Iraq?

  42. Delavegas says:

    It’s a thing of shame and alarm seeing the army scatter and melt away from before this criminal group.

    Don’t the officers read military history and learn about how General MacArthur of the US army marched his men out of the Philippines, from Manila to Bataan in order to escape the Japanese advancing forces in WWII.

    It’s really absurd that almost 500 soldiers ran away and got disarmed in Cameroon when they could have made a tactical withdrawal maneuver through Cameroonian territory. Couldn’t they have contacted the Cameroonian military or the Multinational Joint Task force in that combat theater to facilitate their passage? I can bet that the Cameroonians would have allowed them passage. aren’t both countries allies after all and equally affected by this menace?

    Boko Haram is slowly building up it’s strength and capabilities. My hope is that the urgent return from Germany of Mr President would be seen as a call to duty and this menace be tackled head-on, no quarter given.

  43. rka says:


    I should have known, Dem done change story. My bad..

    • mcshegz says:

      Oga Rka, i respect your hustle sir.
      At least dem try, dem quick quick change am. But most importantly, i am proud of you as an individual because you devoted equal attention to both headlines. Some people might not be bordered to do that. I gbadun you parole Oga.

      • rka says:

        Oga mcshegz, I really should have known better because i have complained about them before. Thanks for your observation..

  44. mcshegz says:

    As regards Nigerian soldiers on Cameroon soil, read response from defenceinfo. You either believe the absolute authority on the Nigerian Armed Forces, or you present your case replete with evidence that proves otherwise.
    “The Nigerian troops that were found in Cameroon was as a result of a sustained battle between the troops and the terrorists around the borders with Cameroon which saw the Nigerian troops charging through the borders in a tactical maneuver. Eventually they found themselves on Camerounian soil. Being allies the normal protocol of managing such incident demanded that the troops submit their weapons in order to assure the friendly country that they were not on a hostile mission.Following necessary discussions between Nigerian and Camerounian military authorities, the issues have been sorted out. Subsequently, the troops are on their way back to join their unit in Nigeria.The reference to the incidence as a defection is therefore not appropriate considering the discussion between the two countries’ military leadership and the series of contacts with the soldiers who have confirmed that they are safe.Meanwhile, troops are repelling a group of terrorists who are trying to enter the country through Gamborou Ngala. A group of them who fizzled into the town are being pursued.”

  45. Are James says:

    We believe DHQ.
    The whole story also opens up some interesting forensic analyses into what must have happened.
    I think 480 men disarmed during ‘a tactical manoeuvre’ into Cameroon confirms all the points being made about the difference that would have been made by effective air support. They certainly were not overwhelmed by sheer numbers alone so they must have been involved in elaborate an entrapment tactic gone awry. Also, it is now pretty obvious that Boko Haram as a military force may actually be finally hemmed in around the 2 or 3 Borno/Adamawa LGAs currently in contention and are now merely going for broke in a last gap attempt to wrest something out of a hopeless situation. They definitely are not that strong within Cameroon as previously thought especially if na Cameron troops our guys go jam for down there.

  46. peccavi says:

    This is not a good news week for Nigeria. It is not a good week for the officers and men of 7 Div.
    We really ned to get a grip of whats going on.
    The video alone shows that BH should never have got anywhere, their weapon handling is poor and their use of cover and roads leaves them vulnerable to indirect fire. That sole 105mm gun should have decimated them before they even got that close. There should have been fall back positions on the hills that would have called in the artillery and poured automatic fire into the enemy. proper obstacles should have been on the road not just logs of wood.
    Whoever planned that defence should be shot to be honest. If you told e they infiltrated and fought house to house I for hear, but to drive up in broad daylight and overrun the base capturing an artillery piece and a fucking tank is a disgrace.
    People need to stop politicking and face saving and make the hard decisions. 7 Div needs to be relieved in place, even if wwe leave those towns with BH lets do so and then comprehensively destroy them rather than this ding dong of defeats.

    I’m just tired, a tank, artillery and artillery piece, BH driving APCs, I just tire

    • AreJames says:

      Okay so they now have a field artillery piece and we saw them loading shells from an armoury inside the FOB. They have captured some more armoured cars and a Shilka (they might even get that one to work), hundreds of Ak 47s from a MOPOL training centre and so many more.Anybody commenting on this blog saying air power is not really required to take Gwoza is going to be at the wrong end of some verbal invectives coming from me (fair warning). This is no more a group of insurgents. This is a conventional army we even had to take evasive manoeuvres into Cameroun for. So if you say no air force required I will abuse you.

      • ozed says:

        Before BH entered Gwoza they had nothing that well organized infantry could not have dealt with. Due to the incompetence of our middle level commanders, we will now need air support or a merciless artillery bombardment to take that town.

        Goes back to what Pecavvi (with my willing collaboration) has been singing, the bigger problem is training and doctrine. The equipment problem is secondary and in the realms of ‘nice to have’ (as far as the Boko haram fight is concerned).

        One good thing for our armed forces, there have been lots of lessons learnt (if them go gree learn am). I hope our Army now knows that air support can no longer be used to paper over cracks in combat competence. The failures in the Gwoza defence are not even about lack of experience, they are about failing to implement basic defensive tactics which you would have learnt on day 1 of Company battle tactics 101 (i guess there is a course like that) at NDA.

        Really sad!!!

  47. zachary999 says:

    We do not have the full picture of the encounter. We do not know for how long the NA troops tried to hold the position under sustained fire. I can tell you for a fact that there are so many of our technicals that have failed the NA consistently due to age and poor maintenance. Shilka, expired ordnance (Mortars & shells since 1967) etc

    We would never know how this gallant soldiers fought for hours without any air support ! no video from DHQ to counter the BH propaganda. For goodness sake even the soldier that was in retreat in the video went to a trench and took position to provide covering fire for his colleagues.

    The whole communication setup stinks, no psy ops, no briefings by the joint ops command, you easily can pick holes in this statements…

    And for the NAF, i can only but say ‘GOD dey’, some people are even dreaming of jets been reassembled in makurdi…

    • mcshegz says:

      Oga zachary999 i respect your hustle sir.
      Incoherent 🙂

    • ozed says:

      Ok OOO! I hear you.

      Dont be surprised that BH will get those shells and mortars which you claim were not working to work and turn them on us.

      Your statement is even a larger indictment on the Army command, you mean those heavy equipment were logged all the war from Maidugiri or Yola without as much as a test check on the equipment and ammunition???

      God forbid!!!

  48. cryptologist says:

    GOD!*sigh* I am just getting a grip of myself since when i woke up to see the said video. The C/O of this unit ought to be shot plain n simple. What kinda frontline cadre officers are we churning out from Kaduna&Jaji? Oh no! we got a lot to change in our tactics and doctrine. Its just fustrating that simply manouvers can’t be carried out by our army back home. O SU MI O… The battle space in gwoza is perfect to deal a K.O punch on those Mofos called B/H but d Tank, 105mm were mere beautications. SAD.

  49. cryptologist says:

    With the summary execution of those 20 civilians in that video by BH and the beheading of James Foley by ISIS, All of a sudden, the bleeding hearts in d enlightened west could see whats going on in the real world while they talk bout “HUMAN RIGHT” “LIBERTIES” n a bunch of other empty slogans behind which there is noffing but goddam Hypocrisy n Rhetorics. I hope we in the West know Nigeria, Syria, Iraq and Israel is just the frontline but their aim is the West. About time we allstop this extremist MADNESS!!

  50. WachanGuy says:

    The disturbing video that surfaced this morning is beginning to make me question the sincerity of certain members of our Armed Forces. For pete’s sake, bloody civilians like myself and other beegeagle’s bloggers know that a base with such heavy weaponry should NEVER be so easily overrun, and even if that happens, plans should be in place to ensure the uselessness of the weapons in the hands of the invading forces.
    On that note, I second Oga Peccavi that whomever planed the shambolic defence of this FOB deserves to be shot or at least court-martialled. Failing to plan=planning to fail and obviously there was zero planning for the events that unfolded at that facility

    • AreJames says:

      It is what we have said; no intelligence, no scouts, no emergency response, no manning of high calibre weapons, poor communications, no airforce, no booby traps, no ordered retreat, nothing. An untrained mob without skilled movement must fire just walked in wasting high calibre bullets for a few hours and took over a NA FOB. I am almost certain the number of casualties on the NA side was zero or in single digits which is very strange.

  51. Oje says:

    Gentlemen. please and again i say please lets stop trying to ,make our selves feel better and manufacture ”reasons” for the fleeing of Nigerian infantry units into Cameroon..”Tactical Withdrawal?” are you kidding me. This is not about patriotism, we turn a blind eye on defeats and unprofessionalism of the Army but are quick to jump the gun when something positive happens citing the gallantry of our fighting men. I dont care what anybody thinks, neither do i care if i am labelled an unpatriotic lunatic but the sooner you choose to accept the truth the better. The President all fs a sudden is in Germany. Police Stations are being overrun and burnt,we keep losing military hardware with their full load of munition to the Haramites. Now the world is waking up to the declaration of an Islamic State on Nigerian territory, 50, 000 Nigerians for now are cut off from the rest of the country… whats worse? we see footage of Nigerian soldiers FLEEING into our major geopolitical foe in the sub region.

    I am ashamed, i am sad, i am angry because we are victims of a massive deception and might realise this when its too late. Boko Haramn seized 300 motar rounds months ago, as of this writing the Nigerian Army has lost a total of 6 Tanks, dozens of armoured personnel carriers, an undetermined number of anti aircraft guns.
    We all mocked the Borno state Governor when he said that the military were outgunned and had not enough arms to confront the terrorist,what did we say? He is lying and not sincere. Finally the army has vilified him, but at what cost?
    Now i am very worried. Boko Haram is projecting the image of a group that have no interest and capability in turning a huge chunk of Northern territory or wage war against the South which makes no sense. The more armories they steal the less we see them on the battle field. Now they declare a caliphate in villages were %90 of Nigerians am sure have never even heard of just so we dont freak out. Eventually they are hell bent on their objective make no mistake. Unable to take on the Nigerian army head on man for man tank for tank they have adopted a costly war of attrition. Fighting and destroying justy enough to make headlines and retreating. They are sapping the energy and morale of our armed forces, they have succeeded in creating confusion and a case of hopelessness. The more we fight the more we get weaker, and weaker, our soldiers are not defecting. It will get to a critical point whereby the Nigerian army is so battered, demoralised and unwilling to continue this war if attrition which is becoming more and more expensive.

    When it gets to critical mass we will realise we have been fooled. With an army of 40,000 men, dozens of Tanks, artillary, motar bombs, anti aircraft guns, even attack helicopters Boko Haram will unleash a full scale war on the South knowing fully well the weakened and demoralise military will be unable to put up a good fight. We are talking about a full scale conventional war not hide and shoot. With 50,000 men and lots of Tanks, big guns,artillery, APCs you name we will find our selves facing possible full scale civil war. Besides the Nigerian army no other country except boko haram can deploy so much men into a conflict. The entire Ghanaian armed forces is 15,000 men. Cameroon 30,000 men. Do the math and you will see how extremely difficult it will be to go against these men and pray to God they do not form an alliance with territory hungry ISIS.

    • ozed says:

      Oga Oje, calm down.
      Don’t worry about the 480 men, to be honest it was always a doubtful story that 480 armed men will flee and hand over their weapons to Cameroonians. Desertion is typically done in small groups. An entire company cannot just desert, even if they did, they would go piecemeal not in good order carrying their weapons.

      Sounds more like a maneuver gone wrong due to faulty maps, map reading or instructions, and in this case, disarming to the Cameroonians would simply be in line with international convention.

      The truth will emerge in the end, but i really doubt that they were fleeing from Boko Haram.

    • Nnamdi says:


      May God Almighty who sits in heaven and directs affairs of mankind bless you hugely.

      This shame has been at our face all while long but most peeps here play ostrich and deny it as political PR by opposition and unfriendly media. By the way, you are guilty of being an alarmist, unpatriotic and easily decieved by a lot of people here for seeing these dangerous indices and raising concern. We are only to believe report from serially condirmed lying DHQ and ignore other sources. By the way, whats the work of DHQ if not to disinform you and I? The chicken has come home to roost.

      I don’t think anybody here wishes failure for the military, but you can’t face Yenogoa and tell me you are on way to Dutse , expecting me to believe because it is DHQ or NTA.

      Every anger and criticism on this blog of the military asuh as I have seen is in constructive sense of it. The only danger I see is hiding from the ugly facts behind a finger with excuse that the source is untrustworthy, yet awaiting a much less trustworthy (for obvious reason of course) source because it is the official source. See denial? Simply waiting to be told what you want to hear. Shekau is dead…no! He’s not dead. Chibok kidnap was a scam… No it was real. Damboa has fallen………no its under control. Damboa has been retaken!…no, it never fell! Gwoza has fallen!…no BBC can’t be trusted. …and the long chain of denial goes on and on, all denominated by the fact that majority wants to believe what they wish irrespective of facts available – or at least , verify the correctness of emerging news.

      We started loosing this war long ago. We were counting battles scores here but majority refuse to look at overall strategic objective. We never achieved it at any time, but the enemy has always had it.

      Good morning house! Hope the coffee smells nice. This is the morn of awakening. This is a badly prosecuted full fledged war on our doorstep, no time for APC/PDP bickering nor season of burying of heads in sand.

    • Nnamdi says:


      May God Almighty who sits in heaven and directs affairs of mankind bless you hugely.

      This shame has been at our face all while long but most peeps here play ostrich and deny it as political PR by opposition and unfriendly media. By the way, you are guilty of being an alarmist, unpatriotic and easily decieved by a lot of people here for seeing these dangerous indices and raising concern. We are only to believe report from serially condirmed lying DHQ and ignore other sources. By the way, whats the work of DHQ if not to disinform you and I? The chicken has come home to roost.

      I don’t think anybody here wishes failure for the military, but you can’t face Yenogoa and tell me you are on way to Dutse , expecting me to believe because it is DHQ or NTA.

      Every anger and criticism on this blog of the military asuh as I have seen is in constructive sense of it. The only danger I see is hiding from the ugly facts behind a finger with excuse that the source is untrustworthy, yet awaiting a much less trustworthy (for obvious reason of course) source because it is the official source. See denial? Simply waiting to be told what you want to hear. Shekau is dead…no! He’s not dead. Chibok kidnap was a scam… No it was real. Damboa has fallen………no its under control. Damboa has been retaken!…no, it never fell! Gwoza has fallen!…no BBC can’t be trusted. …and the long chain of denial goes on and on, all denominated by the fact that majority wants to believe what they wish irrespective of facts available – or at least , verify the correctness of emerging news. Then I ask again, how do we feel here after gang-bashing news sources over “unfavourable” news item with heavy arm-chair analysis of all kind only to see news directly or otherwise confirming the earlier news? Dont we feel as low as same sources we maligned for not giving us candy-like news?

      We started loosing this war long ago. We were counting battles scores here but majority refuse to look at overall strategic objective. We never achieved it at any time, but the enemy has always had it.

      Good morning house! Hope the coffee smells nice. This is the morn of awakening. This is a badly prosecuted full fledged war on our doorstep, no time for APC/PDP bickering nor season of burying of heads in sand.

      • doziex says:

        At least Oga Oje and Oga Nnamdi knows how I feel.

        I was actually not going to make any comment about of this video.

        Because it is simply the honorable thing to do. if you have a heated debate with someone, or a name calling session on a very particular issue, and when evidence comes out that vindicates one position, it is the honorable thing to say, ” brother, I was wrong, and you where right on this issue”.

        I do it regularly on this blog. I have no issue giving any blogger, fight or no fight, the credit if their analysis are on point.

        I have even suggested to Oga Beegeagle that we do this as a regular exercise.

        Since their is not a lot of material to post these days, we can systematically repost or revisit bloggers opinions on specific issues of times past.

        It will simply reveal the quality of the analysis being rendered by us.

        While I am a military enthusiast, my primary reasons for posting my opinions and analysis on this blog, is to hopefully reach the Nigerian military brass, politicians and other influence peddlers in Nigeria.

        I have observed the Nigerian military closely, intimately and on a daily basis through at least 3 major conflicts, the Liberian war, the sierra leone war and the MEND war in the Niger Delta.
        So, some trends, have became fairly easy for me to recognize.

        I always knew NA secrecy was designed to hide embarrassing debacles like that seen on this latest video.
        Not for intelligence purposes.
        I always knew that NA will fall apart if BH reached a certain level of sophistication. Evidenced by the wide scale use of ” Technicals ”
        So, I always keenly observed what other armies did, to deal with this threat.

        Well, we have now reached the proverbial fork in the road, whether Nigerians want to confront it or not.
        Ignoring bad news, is NOT a solution.

        Honestly debating the horror that awaits the nation is a start.

        We have 2 choices join together and put our best foot forward as Nigerians sans corruption and opportunism, and crush our common foe BH, or fall back to our various tribal regions and seek survival that way.

        But whether we like it or not, the islamists are coming.

        Through the force of arms, and thru the treachery of corrupt leaders, BH would soon usurp what is northern nigeria and the legacy of Usman dan Fodio.
        They would continue his march to the atlantic.

        As for the rest of us are we ready ?

        Will OPC be the salvation of the yorubas ?

        Will MASSOB or Bakassi Boys be the salvation of the Igbos ?

        Will Mend defend the southern minorities and all their oil weath ?

        OR can Nigeria find a worthy leadership to rally around and save ourselves ?

        As the video shows, like ISIS in the middle east, BH is now reinforced, not only from fighters from chad and sudan , but by significant armory from the Nigerian army.

        Sans the Nigerian army, are any of you all ready for the coming onslaught ?

  52. egbeigwe says:

    While it is very sad to see the video, we should realize that it must have been edited to show what the book Haram film crew wanted to depict.
    If you look at the video closely particularly the parts showing the Nigerian troops, for example at 29mins 20 seconds, the soldier was running then took cover and turned to fight like a trained combatant before the changed the scene.
    It is my belief that the troops shown in video are the brave ones that left last and I salute them.

  53. Martin Luther says:

    If you looked at the Gwoza video, there was no visible sign of heavy fighting, no smoke, no destruction and the FOB was clean. What really happened? It looked like a mini Mosul to me, so what is really, really happening? There was enough firepower in that FOB to hold down the BH contingents until air strikes arrived or reinforcements; instead, BH was gifted with amour. Artillery could have bleed BH men from 15 to 30KM away. One strafing run could have made a huge difference and lastly, the FOB should have been bomb or destroyed when abandoned.

    This tells me about poor communication, control and command structure to allow this happen when there was an assortment of solutions list of which would have been blow up the FOB and do not gift BH your amour.

    I do not know what the plans are by the Nigerian military but the patience of the citizens would soon start running thin and they would say, “How is this war been prosecuted?” Then the political elites would have to find an answer on why the people moral and pride (their military) should be filmed scampering after huge fund injections (somebody would have to answer along the line).

    Even after the so called weapons arrive, what would convince a novice like my humble self that our soldiers would not just arrange those weapons neatly and run when the enemy shows up?

    Abi na JAZZ they work so?

    • Are James says:

      No be jazz, na fear. If you are going against a superior power like the NA a little fear working for you goes a long way. BH, a very inefficient fighting force has that working for them now. A belief by our soldiers that they can take heavy casualties in mob action battles that come in many waves. Also we need to know the demographics in terms of age and combat experience of our men at Gwoza. I will stick out my neck to say very young and inexperienced officers and NCOs. Now examine that against the background of previous battles at Damboa where BH just kept losing and coming back and stories of BH severing heads of captured soldiers. Very scary.
      So the combat jets and choppers are needed now if just for the PSYCHOLOGICAL reason that you can fight for as long as possible and if you run low on ammo or something the aircraft will come unfailingly to attack the ground for you or drop needed supplies.
      Please take it from me, the people losing this war for us are not all at the frontlines. Many are in Abuja, big egos, wearing fancy uniforms, many stars, riding in convoys and they just bought themselves neat executive jets. Go figure.

  54. tim says:

    What happened was psychological, hearing the heavy guns shooting made our soldiers nervous,and loose the will to engage,that 1o5 gun should have been blasting due to its range,with spotters up that rocky elevation and snipers hitting the heavy gunners,that way bh would have had a phobia for manning those guns,if they f3kt itwas sure death to man one…..without doubt the officers were incompetent and the Sergeants and warrant officers didnt drill their men well,to improve the response time,the men were too laid back in a war ftont.

    • Martin Luther says:


      Well said, the hills were not even an advantage, the NA troops just did not put up a fight. Imagine 50 men raining down fire from those hill they went to hide, a perimeter would have been drawn. Immediately, and it should be suicide to ride in an exposed technical but clearly it is not.

      This na gobe, original gobe, ayakata

      • Deway says:

        I’m glad some of us here see there’s really a big problem with that video. There was no resistance, no fight, nothing! The usual story from DHQ of holding the terrorists for hours and finally being overrun as our troops ran out of ammo will not suffice this time. Embarrassing.

  55. doziex says:

    As I have said countless times, and would continue to say, Embedded military advisers are the best and frankly only way to raise the moral and fighting spirit of our troops.

    The right group of advisors would bring experienced leadership and knowhow to encourage and reorient our demoralized army.

    Just as the US has sent advisors to “stiffen the spine” of the Iraqi army and the Kurdish peshmerga, facing the onslaught of ISIS.

    It is now late in the day, and many PMCs would probably not take the job.

    But their are always some who will.

    But the training and advisory role alone might not suffice any more.


    Even Colonel Eeben told us months ago, the horse has already bolted, it is too late to now close the barn door.

    He approached Nigerian authorities with solutions, and was rebuffed.
    I have advocated for the same solutions on this blog, and some have respectfully disagreed, while others rained insults on my person.

    But here we are, the 7th is losing territorial control of their AOR.
    We have the first evidence of troops fleeing into Cameroon . And on video, abandoning heavy armory without a fight. Remember I said months a go the 7th was going to be expelled from borno state, if we do not change course.

    Nigeria in my opinion, is now where angola was years ago. We have tried, and clearly failed.
    It is now time to try something else.

    The chief of army staff has now spoken of a major offensive to retake the north east.


    NA brass please lose the foolish pride, that hinders innovation.

    Recall general Victor Malu, general Ndefo and all experienced veterans of the ecomog war in sierra leone. and Liberia, as additional advisers.

    Consult with south Africa’s Paramount group, Colonel Eeben’s STTEP , XE and MPRI.
    In search of a workable solution to our problem.

    A special panel of reputable Nigerians should be appointed to work with reputable international accounting firms to monitor finances allocated to strengthen the Nigerian army.

    All weapons purchases, should be made public for scrutiny.

    If we don’t succeed in keeping corrupt official hands off the money meant for the NA, we are going to lose this war.

    NA should recruit the fittest and warrior like from amongst us. Their are thousands of ex mend fighters that remain jobless.

    They should be recruited into NA or into auxiliary units.

    These men at least are disciplined under fire, and wouldn’t run and abandon much needed equipment.

    • jimmy says:

      i want to say this first so you understand where I am coming from. oga doziex , I read your comments and over the years we have disagreed on the roles but i have the greatest amount of respect for your comments and i know deep down , I have your respect too.
      Today I will go there , since you have been there I will go there with you.One of the few things that the N.A. got right to rebuff COL EEBEN and I say this with the greatest amount of respect to HIM AND HIS CREW .They are not needed now on in the near future.This thread was about how we had shouted ourselves about Damboa it was retaken alas! as quickly as it was taken and OGA AUGUSTINE’S DREAM OF A Fortified town was realized GWOZA fell due to sheer incompetence bordering on MILITARY NEGLIGENCE by the commander in charge, who literally abandoned it without a fight ( the usual reasons did not suffice here lack of weapons, no welfare package, corruption) it was just sheer do not want to fight.There was no savage house to house fighting, there was no civilians complaining of expended bullet shells from aircraft raining down on their roofs to cap it off BH celebrated by executing 20 civilians.
      the towns GWOZA, DAMBOA BIU are either all border town or straddles mountainous regions for all of bh ‘s bluster what has kept successful has been mostly killing defenseless people and the incompetence of battalion commanders and NAF commanders.
      COL EEBEN & his crew may one day fulfill your fantasy ( and it is a fantasy) tell me what happens when things don’t go right when the Nigerians have to do the actual house to house fighting who do they call do they PRAY GOD/ ALLAH/ JESUS/ BUDDHA OR DO THEY JUST GO AND FIGHT AND GET ON WITH IT..
      What happens when oyinbo comes and gets killed in battle do the Nigerians fight or do they run away to live another day.
      Let us go there LT col DOZIEX you are now assigned to retake do you honestly tell your men they are all going to come back alive or retreat at the first wave when then things go wrong.What happened in Falloujah when the tanks had left and the marines were stuck fighting hand to hand with an American shooting from the the roof while Iraqi rebels were shooting inside the house did the Americans not suffer heavy casualties, before they called the tanks back?
      The Nigerians who strayed into Cameroon were either exercising a flanking maneuver/ were retreating /or were attacking enmass it is irrelevant at this stage what is relevant is the commander and his deputy need to learn the map skills and border demarcation skills better.that is the lesson .Muritala failed three times trying to cross Onitsha at the river NIGER. this with the catastrophic loss of men and material is always mentioned, what is not mentioned is the nearly 200 mile march that followed to as far as Lokoja in a flanking move to capture that same Onitsha. Nigerians are going to learn FROM PAINFUL COSTLY MISTAKES
      This is war where advantage is taken of people who cannot or will not bottle it.. There are going to be mistakes made horrendous ones because at the moment Nigerians are still going on vacation both in the pdp and the apc to them it still a game of football . I tell you two people who did not go on vacation the gov of Bornu and the head of NEMA.
      What happens when GWOZA is retaken with heavy loss of life and collateral will you come back to this blog and talk about the next border town that boko resettles to either in Cameroon or Nigeria?
      Nigeria should call upon officers who were captains and majors during the ecomog years including a relative of mine who are now brigadiers to be deployed in brigade capacity roles to lead. Retired Generals like DONGONYARO, OLURIN, ,ALABI, ISAMA SARKIN BELLO ( I know he is the #2 @ the NSA) should be part of the the president’s kitchen war cabinet.-and also act as liaison officers in the field.
      The captains, majors, lt cols need to vetted and screened before being allowed to command sensitive areas in the war theater if they cannot stand they should be transferred down south ” without prejudice”The maximum any officer should serve should be 9 moths to a year before being rotated out.
      OGA DOZIEX THIS IS NOT national pride , this is about the competence of the entire Nigerian Army and the Nigerian airforce and all the intel services they have to figure it out,they retook damboa , the commander and several soldiers died there, they will retake GWOZA the now former commander of Gwoza can learn from the new commander ( if he is not in the brig) what not to do.THEY NOW NEED TO RETAKE GWOZA.

  56. jimmy says:

    sorry about my mistakes typer’s devil was on me WHEN gwoza is taken with heavy loss of life and collateral damage.
    9 MONTHS
    if they cannot stand the heat

    • doziex says:

      Oga Jimmy with all due respect, I now see where we differ.

      You believe that Nigeria has time, and can afford more growing pains and mistakes.

      On the other hand, I believe that we survived the 66 pogrom, and the 67 to 70 civil war. Those were growing pains, we have survived corrupt military rule and corrupt civilian rule.
      Those were growing pains.

      NA has had 3 wars that exposed deficiencies, and ampule time to take corrective action.
      But we as a nation collectively made the decision that a strong armed force wasn’t worth the investment.
      I have always said that a strong military can save a nation from a lot of missteps.

      So we have had our growing pains, and a chance to make our mistakes.

      If Nigeria was a cat, and a cat has nine lives, I would say Nigeria has squandered about 8 of the 9 lives.

      We have made our bed, and now we gonna have to lay in it. We don’t have the luxury to keep “winging it” , until we get it right.

      While we are wasting time doing things our way, and very ineptly at that, the Frankenstein monster called BH is growing in strength.

      And Nigeria would be swallowed in it’s wake if it is allowed to reach maturity.


  57. Oje says:

    All those heavy guns and artillery we have dashed Boko Haram will be used to open a second front if we keep losing territory. We are talking house to house, they are ceasing and consolidating territory. Soon they will set up bases, imagine motar and artillery rounds raining in on Abuja. Like Fractional Orbital Bombardment of the Soviets Americans feared this will be one huge psychological blow. We are afraid to fly our birds because we know they have air defense guns that will make a minced meat of our birds. They hAve more self propelled air defense guns than we have fighter pilots. How long will 8th take to launch a counter offensive to take back those lost territory? We must stop them from consolidating their hold on stolen territory with artillery, amour and motor units before its too late.

  58. jimmy says:

    Not that it will happen but in fantasy land let us imagine fantasy land the bombs do rain down on abuja , do you think the people there will go on vacation or take the war serious . do you think the vice president who went to Brazil to discuss acquiring the Tuscano will now ask the finance ministry to shell out money to get those planes we are not there yet.
    Churchill prior to the elite in Britain just before WW2 started said this the British Lords and Nobles and ( upper class) go to their country homes on the weekend. hitler on the weekend takes over another COUNTRY.
    The political elite have not taken this war serious. I see no difference between the two main parties and this is what is extremely disturbing to me.The opposition acts simply like an opposition who is not ready to support/ help/ proffer genuine advice during a time of National crises. The ruling parties they can simply just pray this war away.
    When the people in the presidency understand the true horror of what is going to happen if they do not act then we will begin to see painful things that Nigeria does not want to believe:
    A.GWOZA is going to be retaken with heavy casualties and COLLATERAL DAMAGE
    B. There is going to be a forced relocation internal displaced refugees in Nigeria
    C. Every Nigerian will eventually be forced to carry an i.d.
    D. There will be more than a few officers who will see their careers come to an end and thrown in jail for incompetence.
    E . BOKO HARAM is more than likely to seize more territory befoe the ARMED truly realize the magnitude of the horror of their problem
    F. This war unless the NAF plays a dominant role will not end this year, words on stone. IF THE NAF IS NOT GIVEN WHAT IS REQUIRED AND THEY CAN HIDE THEIR PROCUREMENTS TO COWS COME HOME IT AINT GOING TO HAPPEN.
    G. The NAF

  59. jimmy says:

    G. The NAF has to become a 24 hour / 7 day a week Armed service not a 9-5 and it needs desperately to expand to 20,000 men and equipment
    H. The choice facing this administration and i do not care who comes to power in 2015 they are both the same is very simple 1. do not spend the money now it is a comfortable feeling, do not retrain

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