NIGERIAN ARMY RETAKE KEY NORTHEASTERN TOWN

PRESS TV
8 September 2014

The Nigerian army has recaptured the northeastern town of Bama from Boko Haram Takfiri militants and blocked their advance towards Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state.

A government official said on Monday that the militants had been driven out of Bama, located 70 kilometers (45 miles) southeast of Maiduguri.”Bama has been recaptured by the soldiers and I can confirm to you Maiduguri is safe,” the official stated.The government forces are also fighting a southwards push into neighbouring Adamawa state by Boko Haram, said the unnamed official added.

A number of residents and businessmen from Bama also confirmed
that soldiers were in control of the flashpoint town. Thousands of civilians have fled the recent offensive by the Takfiri group.

Meanwhile, the key northeastern town of Michika has been
captured by Boko Haram, the fleeing residents said. People fled into bushes as gunfire rang out in the town which had been under attack since Sunday, they added.

On Saturday, the militants took Gulak,an administrative headquarters of Adamawa state as the nearby towns of Duhu,Shuwa and Kirshinga fell in assaults over Friday night and Saturday, witnesses said.

Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for a number of deadly attacks in Nigeria since the beginning of its armed militancy in 2009. Over 10,000 people have so far been killed in the assaults.The Takfiri group — whose name means “Western education is forbidden” — says its goal is to overthrow the Nigerian government.

NGD/AS/MAM

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58 Responses to NIGERIAN ARMY RETAKE KEY NORTHEASTERN TOWN

  1. saleh says:

    These insurgents operate like cockroaches poping up at different places, hope it does not over stretch the NA

    • Augustine says:

      Nigerian army too should start operating like cockroaches popping up wherever Boko Haram pops up.

      Time to have Nigerian soldiers in civilian clothes, operating with special recognition signals, ID Cards, face to face oral passwords, sapper mini explosives to plant for enemy equipment sabotage, satellite phones….some kind of surprise elements infiltrating towns as under-cover soldiers.

      Getting information on ground, forwarding accurate enemy movement and numbers to HQ, sabotaging Boko Haram covertly using behind enemy lines SF/Recce tactics.

      Nigerian soldiers covertly drifting into near enemy zones disguised in plain clothes and mixed with civilians, soldiers who speak the local language, increasing numbers according to the growth of enemy numbers. Able to sabotage the enemy from behind and within with good numerical strength slowly built up, shock and awe tactics, able to strip off civilian clothes and emerge with DSS or NA T-shirts when need to be identified by friendly forces arise.

      Men able to communicate and withdraw stealthily from area if NAF or artillery option is to be used, have a rallying point, get picked up by friendly forces. All members of each covert platoon should know each other by face, special secret body and facial marks can be used for covert battalion size identification.

      Boko Haram does not have a monopoly of common sense. Nigerian army should be innovative and creative. This war is a war of both fists and wits !

  2. ozed says:

    In the last thread, Oga Buchi suggested a paratroop attack on BH’s rear end, and we agreed NAF would be hard pressed to support such an attack with logistics for any length of time.
    But the more i think about it, the more it seems like what we need in addition to the increasingly conventional war effort is Deep penetration raids by SF (using All terrain vehicles, bikes or horses) to launch ambushes on BH’s supply lines which must be growing in size and stature given their growth in size.

    Take off at night to lying up positions on the key Boko supply routes e.g. madgali/gwoza road etc, execute short sharp ambushes (3-5 minutes of high volume fire and then bug off fast) to kill and destroy men and materials, and ex-filtrate before dawn.
    However, these must be specially armed and equipped teams:
    – 15 to 20 man teams
    -NV googles
    – semi automatic grenade launchers
    – Light machine Guns
    – As much ammo as the men can carry

    However, dont know if our SF boys are trained for this sort of operations.

    • Henry says:

      Navy SBS are trained to carry out this sort of operation. Also In 2012 NADCEL, the army carried out a Para-drop demonstration.

      However, you cannot open a front behind the enemy without the requisite assets available. For such an operation to be successful, the operators would require at-least 2 helicopter gunships to provide considerable fire-power.

      • ozed says:

        An airborne assault would struggle like i said.
        The deep penetration assault relies more on stealth than air support. they would typically only call in an air assault if they were compromised, or if they discovered a major enemy asset.
        Examples of this sort of operation would be the activities on the SAS and Long Range Desert Group in the Western Desert in WWII, the Chindits of WWII and the South African Recce Commandos in Angola.

  3. Henry says:

    Instead of the media to report Boko-haram attacks for what they are, barbaric, inhumane and cowardly, they’ve instead become the official mouth-piece for the senseless spread of propaganda. They give boko-haram this larger than life posture. A bunch of gun touting miserable terrorists and their media collaborators.

  4. Henry says:

    Navy SBS are trained to carry out this sort of operation. Also In 2012 NADCEL, the army carried out a Para-drop demonstration.

    However, you cannot open a front behind the enemy without the requisite assets available. For such an operation to be successful, the operators would require at-least 2 helicopter gunships to provide considerable fire-power.

  5. Blackrev says:

    Oga Beeg, cefore I continue I would like anyone on this blog who has connections at wharf(Lagos) to confirm what I’m about to say. My dad owns some trucks that’s affiliated to a haulage firm that’s attached to Maersk. I visited home today and he was gisting me about work. He told me something that raised my spirit and has forced me to break my silence here.

    He said new containers have been arriving since last week and the military contracted his company to move the containers to a location(sorry I can’t say it here) from where they are moved to their final locations. These movements are happening as we speak cos he said a lot of the containers are still at the wharf and are only moved at night.

    He specifically told me the one that couldn’t be hidden were tanks (he couldn’t say which, since he isn’t versed in military matters). He said the phones of the drivers and everyone at the terminal at that time were seized.

    I am confidently tell you sir that our military is secretly arming up for something big. I pray it’s the offensive General Minimah was talking about.

    • asorockweb says:

      Nice – though you may have given out too much personal details.
      “I am very close to someone that owns some trucks …”

    • Are James says:

      Years ago it used to be only Koko and Burutu ports that had the distinction of handling military wares. Just to ensure secrecy. Using the Lag wharf now definitely indicates volume, volume, volume. More than the facilities at the other smaller ports could handle.
      So my earlier joke about clearing and forwarding might have been portentous.
      Something big gonna happen.

    • jimmy says:

      Good news to be expected I would of like you to of left the places out. All the same it is something that people who view this blog have been expecting.

    • tim says:

      White containers,right?

    • peccavi says:

      Ogas, I’m not a fan of censorship but this is operational info and at the minimum dates, quantities and locations should be redacted

  6. jimmy says:

    http://www.ngrguardiannews.com/news/national-news/178149-q2-crude-production-rises-to-2-21mbpd
    Here is some unrelated but still very good news. OGA BEEGS INDULGE ME because you know i am very big on the financial side. Nigeria’s benchmark should be 2.1mb.d. We are exceeding this by 10% this is good news.

  7. egbeigwe says:

    It is time that the FG / Nigerian Council of State take more drastic steps to improve the equipment available to the military, such as.
    1. Direct all state Governments to buy two helicopters each for the military. The states that can’t afford it should go and borrow. The states that can afford it should do more.
    2. Every LGA should buy one APC or IFV
    3. Add an additional 2% to Vat in the country for 2 years to finance military equipment purchase. This would yield N284bn ($1.8 billion USD) per year.
    4. Company income tax should be increased by 5% for 3 years for companies that make more than 500million in profit..

    It is very important that we all pitch into the war effort while we still have that option.
    The military on its own part should:
    1. Produce a clear road map of their required acquisitions (wish list): equipment list, quantities, prices and delivery time lines. So if the politicians are not meeting up the public would know.
    2. Clearly engage with the public to educate them on the importance of these equipment and what they do and show them demonstrations when the equipment is acquired. That way they would see that their money is working. They can collaborate with Nollywood to produce war films and documentaries that would be very interesting but packed with information and accurate details. This is done in the USA where their military collaborate with Hollywood to create blockbusters to promote their army.
    3. Stop secret purchase of basic required military equipment that is available in the open market which every army should have. At least 80% of equipment purchase should be done through an open and transparent process that does not involve middlemen

    • Are James says:

      @egbeigwe
      Very good ideas but why do you guys want to keep indulging the money class. There is too much gov’t subsidy for wealthy people, it is like a reverses Obamanomics going on in Nigeria. How many billionaires pay correct taxes in Nigeria?. How many are taxed for the wasteful executive jets they are buying and operating?. Some of them have three. Leave personal income taxes for people earning below N1million a month as they are but every other thing should be hammered at 45% for the next one year for security. Also leave company income tax, otherwise they will lay off young people. However, of you are in the refined petroleum product distribution business it should be 50% on your profits for defence and security purposes for the next one year. Executive jets owners, all parking fees should be jacked up by 100% to pay for our young NAF pilots. RUBBISH !!!.
      LGA funds should be left alone in terms of deducting security funds but the LGAs must from now on take care of all police stations and divisional police offices in their jurisdictions and also contribute to their operational costs.
      All these should be packaged as a bill and sent to the legislature under some fancy name – Special Defence and Internal Security Fund bill …or something.

      • asorockweb says:

        Oga Are James,
        Some of your suggestions sound like class warfare; no need for that.

        The real problem is that the bulk of the FG budget goes to salaries and servicing politicians.

        You can’t sop Nigerians from being rich. I for one, pray that all Nigerians become rich.

    • asorockweb says:

      Clear, concrete and practical ideas.

      AWESOME!

      • AreJames says:

        We need a fundamental change to the tax code. We can’t be sharing daily oil money ad infinitum to all tiers of govt and call that fiscal management.
        More taxes will double the revenue and make the rich people you are defending richer by being more efficient and effective in their business instead of being stuck to the feeding bottle of govt. The defence budget in particular should be free from oil proceeds.

  8. Russellinfinity says:

    Sir black Rev,
    Use the back Channel frequency for such chatter next time. And they are not for the big final push. Remember the recent audit of army equipment, it’s part of a long term strategy and more are coming.

    • jimmy says:

      OGA RUSS
      Has spoken I would like to go back channel with you ABOUT THREE BURNING MATTERS . I will go through Beegs.

    • Blackrev says:

      Hehehehehe.. I beg to differ my brother, i would only be giving too much if if I had mentioned the time and exact location this took place. Believe me, i know these things. Aside from that, what I’ve said is what should be in the news in the first place.
      My old man did this same job in Europe before coming back home and I can tell you that he also transported weapons shipments there. Difference is that ours is done in secret and they knew what they were moving then.
      This unnecessary secrecy will not help us my brother if we truly want to end corruption in arms acquisitions. Nigeria does not produce any sophisticated weapons that should be kept secret. If we are buying, then it isn’t so secret

      • AreJames says:

        Agreed. Roger that.
        You have kept the vital parts of the info secret.
        As for the stuff that came in. We should be seeing it all on Oct. 1st so why the hush hush.

      • Deway says:

        Blackrev, I will agree with you on that. But since this is Nigeria, you could have reached out back stage so MOD doesn’t trace this contractor and blacklist him. I was in Ethiopia few months ago and in broad day light I counted 9 T-72 MBTs all layered up with ERA bricks being transported towards the north. No coverage, no secrecy, even the locals in towns where these tanks passed thru were not one bit in awe or amazement. You can imagine the effect these would have had in a Nigerian town. The previous day I saw 2 Ural trucks each with ZSU 23-2 AA cannons on them being cleaned by the road side. Over there its no big deal.

  9. Henry says:

    Egbon Jimmy, I couldn’t agree more. Our SBS guys are very well trained. I just hope they deliver on their training when the need arises.

    • Augustine says:

      My worry is that SBS men are very few. Not keen on letting Boko Haram waste Naval men. I prefer the army does it’s own job by itself with training and tactical ops help from SBS. The Boko theatre gets messy with traitors, deserters and mutineers and all that, not keen on directly deploying our clean SBS make dem no come pollute dem for us.

      • Henry says:

        Oga Augustine, on that angle, I agree with you. However, I’m a proponent of Joint OPs for our services, so as to build better understanding and effectiveness in the military.

        In nigeria, the police hate the SSS so much. This sort of rivalry and mistrust plays into the hands of the terrorists. This is my issue.

  10. ugobassey says:

    I would like to suggest if no other reason than psychological victory, the DSS and SBS work together to track down the whereabouts of Shekua, eliminate and take procession of his body. This can be happening while the NA and NAF continue their campaign against BH. If such enterprise was successful, the psychological impact would be devastating on BH not to mention the psychological boost it would give our boys in the front.

    • Blackrev says:

      I don’t understand this story. Is a platoon led by lieutenant or Lt-Col?

      • AreJames says:

        I usually leave out those fine details of the story. SR don’t know Jack about the military. If the story is true which is likely, he was part of an advancing element of troops when this happened. He could not have been leading a small platoon.

  11. ozed says:

    Also note that his injuries were slight, while sahara made it seem like they were life threatening. In addition in SR’s version that encounter resulted in 24 casualties and made the NA forces flee and abandon Mubi.
    The people are just the propaganda arm of Boko Haram. Is it that they hate PDP/GEJ so much that they will sell their souls to the devil???

  12. beegeagle says:

    Oga MCSHEGZ, mek we exec backstage abeg.

  13. Tope says:

    Ah This wan wey Beeg n McShegz dey meet back stage anoda Exclusive in Sight, From Gbash, Russel and nw Blackzrev shows dat We have been recieving military weapons from Yonder, hard to keep this Secret so wats da point, at this lowest ebb shouldnt that be the reason to tell all, if new tanks hv been purchased den our vickers n T55 need to be unleashed (the Working ones) to form a Blockade, Weapons Audit must hv shown gaps for Our COAS to say in Calabar “a need to reorganise and retrain with new wewpons we have”. with the Flurry of activity of arming up dat has passed under our lazy journalist nose and even SIPRI logs, I dey fear dis my country military, meanwhile is it likely da RASIT system we have was deployed to Mali, think back to a thread Beegs posted about Special Radar Vehicles and Pingazuer trucks being sent to Mali earlier in the Year, where are those Surveillance trucks right now?. Everyday on Social media sites we hv been slowly keeping the faith of the Army alive, We must not let up.

    In my Opinion Navy SBS need not come into the Foray now, maybe much later when Battle Field is completely saturated, lets nt play all our cards immediately, like a Good chess player you think 3 steps ahead, I believe Battle Assessment Strategy shows dat rather than allow Boko Haram distract at Small Towns, NA is holding Key Towns or plans to hold on to Key Towns Preparing for Boko Haram Move on Maiduguri, im sure dat dey might be Baiting them on, and when the Rats bite the cheese, the Trap will set, Onward Together, Victory is From God Alone.

  14. jimmy says:

    http://www.punchng.com/news/obasanjos-soldier-son-shot-by-boko-haram/
    It appears someone is reading our comments Oga beegs Very interesting……. hmmmm

  15. jimmy says:

    http://www.tribune.com.ng/news/top-stories/item/15564-fg-may-declare-total-emergency-in-n-east-monitoring-officials-politicians-in-borno
    It appears that something really, really big is about to happen. This visit to our neighbors means there is going to be at least a two pronged operation one towards the CHADIAN BASIN and the other towards the Cameroonian axis of the ngala- gamboru wahala. it is hoped they will start with the RETAKING OF Gwoza…….. If they have not started already.

    • rka says:

      It is all very good news Oga jimmy. I think BH are the ones going to end up encircled.

    • Are James says:

      I don’t trust all these fake bilaterality in fighting Nigerian BH. So many meetings have already been held on a multilateral level, let them just do their part of the job.
      This new meeting with Chad is (purely my suspicion) going to have us going through the ridiculous gesture of throwing $$$s at them annually on the promise of them securing borders and hunting for BH in S. Chad. I have cracked my brain and I am almost 100% certain of this. We need to get serious about self defence from a position of strength and the kind of powerful orbat that comes with the ever present threat that we can cross borders to hunt the insurgents. Otherwise they will continue to get cynical….afterall it pays them more in terms of peace to have the insurgents on our side than driven from Nigeria.

  16. drag_on says:

    Defence Hqs

    Ag. Adamawa governor visists Obasanjo’s son in hospital
    Daji sani

    Nigerian troops have recaptured Bazza, a suburb of Michika local government in Adamawa state from the outlawed Boko Haram insurgents who had taken control and hoisted their flag on Monday.
    A senior military source confirmed to This Day that the Nigerian troops were making effort to recapture Michaka and has so far recaptured Bazza town after a fierce battle in which soldiers killed several Boko Haram militants.
    “It was after our Air Force jets bombarded their strongholds mounted on roads that the troops moved in on a clearing mission,” the officer revealed
    He said more troops have been sent to Michika, Gulak and Mubi to combat the insurgents.
    Meanwhile, the Acting Governor of the state, Alhaji Umaru Fintiri Tuesday visited Obasanjo’s Son , Lt.Col.Adeboye Obasanjo at Federal medical Centre,(FMC) Yola,where he is undergoing treatment after a gun attack by insurgents.

    http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/army-recaptures-bazza-from-boko-haram-in-adamawa/188598/?

  17. jimmy says:

    http://odili.net/news/source/2014/sep/9/805.html
    I have given up on figuring these guys .

    • AreJames says:

      @Jimmy
      Thank you for posting. I want you to note twl things.
      1. This was not done by the lame duck 7Div.
      2. 3 Div Jos is actually more familiar and trained in the terrain than this artificial 7Div which I am still convinced is not really part Nigerian Army in orientation, doctrine and standard of discipline.
      A more offensive posture and hard hits on the flanks of BH ragtag columns with a lot of Air power thrown in will fetch quick victory. But this strange 7Div I just don’t know.

      • AreJames says:

        The 1 division from Kaduna just arrived in Sector just two days ago. It They were the subject of the post by the nairaland guy who saw them boarding C130s at the Kaduna airport. Just a few days and the difference is clear already.

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