NIGERIAN TROOPS KILL OVER 200 INSURGENTS IN BATTLE AT KONDUGA

Nigerian troops atop an unfamiliar armoured vehicle move into the Borno town of Damboa with a M56-2 105mm artillery system in tow

LEADERSHIP WEEKEND

13 September, 2014
Written by Abdulkareem Haruna

Boko Haram terrorists yesterday suffered a major defeat when soldiers repelled an early morning attack on Konduga town, killing at
least 200 of them, security sources said. According to an insider in Maiduguri, the terrorists were led by one notorious Amir, a top leader of the sect, who also died hours after he was picked alive with serious injuries.

The officer said the insurgents, in their relentless bid to invade Maiduguri, were ambushed by the Nigerian soldiers in Konduga, 35km away from Maiduguri, and a no-mercy onslaught followed.

“So far this has been the most successful outing in recent times, because we left no stone unturned,” said the officer.“We’ve had hints in the last two days that they would be attacking Konduga with the
intention of taking and using the town to launch a major attack on Maiduguri; we waited patiently for the day and, as God would have it, they came as expected.

“Unfortunately for them, our men were fully mobilized for the engagement and we’re able to hold them for hours until every one of them dropped dead. “We counted up to 200 of them, including one that was attempting suicide bombings. We also shot dead their cameraman and recovered his camera; there were over 200 of their corpses littering everywhere.”

The source added that six of the vehicles that the terrorists used were recovered and brought to the barracks in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

Another top military officer who also confirmed the Konduga attack to LEADERSHIP Weekend in a phone interview said “it is a big victory and our soldiers were disciplined and gallant all through the operation”.

“It was what we can call ‘operation totality’,because we didn’t record one single casualty on our part and we ensured that not a single one of them escaped,” said the top soldier who wouldn’t want to be named in this report.

The officer added that the Boko Haram kingpin who led the operation was recognized as one that fits the description given by one escaped retired soldier that was abducted by the Boko Haram terrorists sometime last year.

“The Amir was alive for some hours before he later died due to serious injury he sustained, but he was heavily bearded and huge, just like that escaped old soldier described to the security intelligence operatives while he was being debriefed. But the big news is that he is dead because we gathered he was one of the deadliest leaders in the sect,” the source said.

Konduga wasn’t the only victory story for the Nigerian soldiers. LEADERSHIP Weekend also gathered that another unit of the Boko Haram terrorists met its waterloo at a village called Ngom, about 15km from Maiduguri.

According to a local vigilante official who preferred anonymity because the soldiers warned them against speaking on any military operation, “Our soldiers have made us proud at noon of today (Friday) near Ngom, a village market not up to 20km away from Maiduguri, when the insurgents attempted to invade Maiduguri through the Gamboru-Ngala highway. They were repelled by the soldiers. Many were killed and some of them ran away, abandoning
their vehicles.”

It was reliably gathered that the insurgents, perhaps in anger and frustration over their defeat in Konduga, tried to invade Maiduguri
through the Gamboru-Ngala road.They attacked traders at the Ngom market, killing 13 members of Civilian-JTF and four civilians before the military arrived to repel them.

Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, was woken by some friendly gun-shooting by soldiers at the outskirts of the city, along the
Konduga-Maiduguri road.It was later gathered that the soldiers were
reacting with friendly firing as they got the hint of the ongoing face-off with Boko Haram in Konduga.

Military choppers continued to hover over the city all day, as residents began to worry over the tensed situation there. The scary
atmosphere later simmered when the victory news of Konduga and Ngom reached the city.

The Nigerian Army confirmed the victory it recorded in repelling the insurgents through a signed statement by Colonel T.O Antigha on behalf of the director of army public relations:

“At about 5:30am today, Boko Haram terrorists launched a massive attack on Konduga town, about 35 kilometres from Maiduguri. After about three hours of fierce fighting, Nigerian troops routed the Boko
Haram fighting force of over a hundred terrorists.

“Further to the staggering loss of men, Boko Haram also suffered extensive losses inequipment. Specifically, three Hilux and one
Buffalo vehicles with mounted anti-aircraft guns, three general-purpose machine guns, over 30 AK-47 rifles and two global
positioning systems have been recovered. Four Nigerian soldiers were wounded in action.

“The entire area is still being combed for terrorists who may have escaped with bullet wounds. Morale of troops remains very high. Photographs taken at the scene of the battle are being expected and will be forwarded as soon as they are received.”

The new development, according to the statement,is traceable to the directive given by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Kenneth
Mimimah, asking troops to liberate every town and village where the terrorists had declared their territory.

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162 Responses to NIGERIAN TROOPS KILL OVER 200 INSURGENTS IN BATTLE AT KONDUGA

  1. ocelot2006 says:

    Yep….pay back’s a b&#tch🙂

  2. Yagazie says:

    Well Done to our NA boys!! Hope millitary intelligence will pore over the recovered items (weapons and video camera) for clues as to where these bast***s came from.

    Unsurprisingly the ‘Biaised Broadcasting Critons’ aka BBC will not report such good news as it does not fit in with their predetermined pathetic ‘doom and gloom’ agenda for our Country/its security services.

    • beegeagle says:

      When I condemn those hypocrites, many might not understand why. Well, most of their Nigeria reporters are also stringers for DAILY TRUST. How come they have not heard about this great rout? My guess is that they have heard but since it is not in sync with their preferred slant of reportage from a blackspotted Nigeria, it will be glossed over.

      Not surprisingly, what they are reporting right now is the collapse of a part of TB Joshua’s church in Lagos. See what I mean? No piece of bad news escapes their attention while they labour against their non-existent consciences to blot out any and all glad tidings.

      We said elsewhere that part of the vendetta stems from the fact that only NIGERIA and perhaps, Zimbabwe have refused to allocate FM frequencies for relay stations to the BBC in all of Africa. We are not a part of their empire….we are even looking to create our own empire. That is one reason behind the BBC’s media siege on Nigeria. Their Nigeria reportage bears the hallmarks of a punitive expedition.

      • toondey says:

        Oga beegs, you still listen to BBC?! I have noticed how a other African staff handle reports coming out of their countries especially a certain Kenyan staff compared to the Nigerians in both Hausa and English service. Don’t you think our fellow Nigerians are culpable especially a certain fellow in English service? I no mention name o

      • chynedoo says:

        The behaviour of the BBC and a section of the British press suggests a well coordinated disinformation plan. The question then is, is the BBC working for Boko Haram by doing its dirty propaganda? The pace at which the BBC reports negative news about Nigeria on its front webpage does not match its lack of interest when the news is positive.
        There are people who believe Boko Haram is a psy-op and BBC is acting out the script.

  3. Henry says:

    Oga beeg, the Armoured vehicle is a Brazilian made EE-9 cascavel. So, it is no longer “Unfamiliar”…….. Lol.

    Well-done to the N.A. The boko bastards were roundly routed, some reports say, none of the attackers escaped alive. Our D-30 howitzers were used to devastating effects, turing the boko-bastards to “instant corned beef”.

  4. saleh says:

    This weekend is starting so well. Hoping for a long weekend. Thanx boys, thumbs up to d vulcans

  5. Makanaky says:

    Where is BBC and others, as it is always gloom and doom for the Nigerian Army !

  6. jimmy says:

    Someone wrote a poem about death stalking boko haram whoever it was i would be grateful if they could reproduce it. The traffic today is huge.

  7. Jibson says:

    In future when historians analyse this war, they will point out that Boko Haram made its biggest mistake when it came out of hiding and started a frontal, open-field conventional warfare with the Nigerian army. The Nigerian army is a well tested specialist in conventional warfare and BH has now played into the hands of NA. Good development. At this point, it is clear that the tide has turned against Boko Haram in this war. The Nigerian army should keep up the tempo. By God’s grace, God almighty will shame all the prophets of doom who wish only evil for Nigeria. The Nigerian army will walk tall at the end of this war. Victory is from God alone.

    • smartboy2000 says:

      Totally agreed with you sir, the 3rd Marine Commandos/3rd Armoured Division are the masters of conventional warfare in sub-Sahara Africa and the enemy made a big mistake by thinking they could create a Caliphate in the North East corridor of Nigeria. Now they have entered the terrain of the masters, whereby the NAF support of forward clearance and the follow-on of the 3rd Armoured Division would open the door for the 1st and 7th Army Divisions to finish the job. God Bless Nigeria.

  8. xnur44 says:

    Jolly good! Keep them away from Maiduguri.

  9. G8T Nigeira says:

    Nigeria may have its problems but definitely we will not succumb to terrorism like Iraq. Dear bloggers its our patriotic duty to identify, criticize, commend, suggest and also to tell a friendly enemy who feeds from telling bad stories about Nigeria. Its high time we go beyond scale to let them know their effort to cause disharmony among Nigerians will only make us stronger. This is not about the president, political parties or regional interest but a futuristic view of what our children will face from these bad reportage. Molestation, intimidation and all. I strongly admit we are not perfect just as any nation but it has become a great source of worry, seeing a deliberate assault on our corporate existence. THE WORLD INCLUDING NIGERIA ENDORSES FREEDOM OF SPEECH BUT NOT ONE NATION CAN GUARANTEE FREEDOM AFTER SPEECH.

  10. Henry says:

    Exactly, it is the EE-11 Urutu.

  11. Nnamdi says:

    Another heartwarming news from the military. These are how they ought to be. Every good news tell itself. Congrats boys!

  12. peccavi says:

    Boko Haram’s Ramadan Offensive 1:

    The current Boko Haram campaign has been going on for at least a year, I have chosen to characterise this as the Ramadan Offensive (9th-28th July) because it’s catchy and because I believe the decisive phase began in June/ July as I will try to lay out below.
    It is difficult (and unfair) to try and analyse an ongoing campaign sitting safe, thousands of kilometres from theatre but it is still an important and interesting exercise, although I will add all the necessary caveats that this involves a huge amount of opinion and educated guesswork.
    Introduction

    Boko Haram’s campaign appears to have the capture or reduction of Maiduguri as its objective. In order to better understand the campaign I have broken it into 5 phases

    1. Preparation of the Battlespace

    Boko Harams preparation for this offensive has been long sighted and meticulous. It has combined an intelligent understanding of their opponent’s strengths and weaknesses and a ruthless singleness of purpose. There have been at least 3 key preparatory actions.

    Finance: Boko Haram has been ruthlessly fundraising, with generous contributions from France via the kidnappings of the Moulin-Fourniers, Francois Collomp and others, ransoms from kidnapped Nigerians and Camerounians, a systematic taxing of Camerounian and Nigerian traders, villagers, smugglers, market people and business people in the border areas as well as straight forward armed robbery and highway robbery.

    Logistics: Boko Haram has stolen large numbers of trucks and other vehicles in the past 12 months. It is believed that fuel is obtained in the form of tax on fuel smugglers from Nigeria, bought legally in Cameroun and stolen in Nigeria. Ammunition and heavy weapons are believed to be sourced through the Sahelian and Central African arms market. At the same time Boko Harams most generous suppliers have been the Nigerian people and security forces. Weapons, ammunition and equipment captured from the Nigerian forces has significantly boosted the stocks of Boko Harams. Food seems to be obtained sometimes benignly by purchase whilst on most other occasions is stolen from villagers’ or vehicles in transit.

    Manpower: For the past 12 months Boko Haram has been actively recruiting more fighters from 3 key sources. Al Majiris i.e. disaffected, unemployed or impressionable youth from Northern Cameroun (and to a lesser extent Northern Nigeria). Forced conscripts young men (and women) abducted during raids or at illegal checkpoints in Nigeria. And finally mercenaries: professional criminals and fighters from Nigeria, Cameroun, Sudan, Niger, Chad and Central African Republic employed as foot soldiers, weapons specialists and in some cases junior commanders.

    2. Shaping the Battlespace

    Boko Haram appears to have skilfully shaped the battle space using various methods the key ones I would list as urban IEDs, ethnic violence, raids and propaganda.

    Boko Haram painstakingly rebuilt their urban IED networks and systematically reactivated them. The focus of the early attacks was Borno State with 5 attacks up until April with 3 VBIEDs being detonated in and around Maiduguri. In April came the first attack outside the North East with a VBIEDs in Nyanya, Federal Capital Territory. Nyanya was attacked again in May with an attempted attack in Yobe State in May and 2 attacks in Kano and Jos, Plateau State each. June saw a female suicide bomber in Gombe State, 1 attack in Yobe, 2 in Kano, 1 in Adamawa, 1 in Abuja, 1 in Bauchi and then in July, 1 in Gombe, 1 in Bauchi, 2 in Kaduna, 2 in Borno, 2 in Yobe and 7 in Kano State.

    As can be seen the urban IED attacks reached their peak in number and geographical spread in July (i.e. during Ramadan). These attacks generated powerful images of destruction, inflicted high casualties (but not as high as those being created every week in rural areas) which had the effect of diverting strategic and operational attention to urban population centres. Troops and intelligence assets and resources were dedicated to attempting to interdict IEDs and protecting the population centres.

    In February just prior to the restart of the IED campaign well-armed fighters described as Fulani began attacking villages in the Middle Belt, North Central and North East. The attacks were as widespread as Zamfara, Benue, Plateau, Nasarawa, Kaduna, and Taraba States but in an area roughly between longitude 7⁰and 12⁰ and latitudes 7⁰ and 10⁰. These fighters although described as Fulani did not appear to be Nigerian and generally attacked tribes or villages that had historical disputes with Fulanis and Muslims or pastoralists and farmers. Thus these attacks not only caused civilian casualties but reignited the pre-existing cycles of violence, tying up large amounts of military, police and intelligence resource, to first stop the attacks, neutralise the attackers, maintain the peace and then attempt to stabilise the conflicts.

    At the same time Boko Haram mounted vicious and well-coordinated raids against towns and villages mainly in Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa States. These raids were characterised by extreme and indiscriminate violence particularly against civilians and destruction of property.
    Boko Haram also increased its propaganda efforts with crude but effective and consistent messaging reinforced with brutal ‘propaganda of the deed’ activities such as circulating footage of beheadings and murders of captured servicemen and civilians, spreading rumours of attacks, random attacks farms and village, using ‘night letters’ to threaten villagers etc. Videos released to the media all supported their central messaging and maintained the central themes of condemning democracy, secularism and western influences, paying tribute to fellow jihadis worldwide (to the best of my knowledge they are yet to return the compliment), boasting of past and future deeds, showing off weaponry, threatening other local Islamic leaders and railing against Western powers and national leaders (both alive and dead). Their highpoint was the GSS Chibok abductions and resultant #BringBackOurGirls campaign which in all probability had an effect far out of proportion to their expectations however they very skilfully exploited the notoriety they gained to achieve one of their most coveted goals, of being considered a major jihadi player in the international media.
    Their propaganda efforts have also been inadvertently assisted by the confused and generally poor messaging from friendly forces.

    Terse press releases, contradictory statements, negative local and foreign reports of mutinies and desertions, allegations of war crimes, allegations of corruption, poor welfare and resourcing of troops all resonate with Nigerians who are used to stories of corruption and incompetence. This narrative is further enhanced with reports of purchases of VIP aircraft for the political elite whilst troops (incorrectly) complain of insufficient arms and ammunition. The failure of friendly forces to counter this narrative in a believable, accessible and consistent manner is fairly strange and it is important to not underestimate the fairly decisive effect the loss of the media battle has had on Nigerian military and civilian morale.

    Collectively these actions had several effects; they diverted the attention of the security forces, fixed large amounts of security and military personnel and frightened the populace by creating an impression of an all-powerful, brutal enemy with a wide indiscriminate reach. The refugees and IDPs from massacres and ethnic cleansing created a humanitarian crisis and depopulated these areas making it much more difficult for the security forces to gather information but conversely making it easier for the marauders to manoeuvre and hide.

    The most important effect it had was of dispersing Nigeria’s combat power, forcing the military and police to mobilise and deploy more and more units to deal with different crisis. Forces had to be found to secure the urban population centres against IEDs as well as prevent the rural ethnic attacks as well as conduct operations in the Niger Delta, North East and Foreign Peace Keeping Operations.

    This dispersion of combat power is key to many of the issues facing the current counter insurgency effort. Forces deployed in North Central, North East and Middle Belt are manoeuvring over huge areas characterised by poor infrastructure, difficult terrain and isolated population centres. This means the enemy using pickup trucks, motorcycles and their legs almost always have the initiative and majority of the security forces time is spent reacting to insurgent attacks after they have occurred.

    In order to protect the population the security forces must be widely dispersed, however this means the outposts are usually undermanned and thus vulnerable to attack requiring huge logistics resources to sustain them. If the logistics cannot keep up with the pace of operations it means food, water, fuel and ammunition either runs out or has to be rationed, vehicles, radios and weapon systems cannot be properly maintained, all of which has a depressive effect on troop morale and makes commanders less keen on risky proactive offensive measures for fear they will have no way to evacuate casualties, replenish expended ammunition or stores or be cut off without relief.

    Troops being dispersed over vast areas in small numbers can barely maintain a sustainable sentry rotation system much less go out on patrol or pre-empt attacks, meaning that they are generally unable to have an effect beyond their base positions against which of course the enemy can concentrate their forces at leisure.

    From a strategic point of view it also ruins the troop rotation system for example troops from 3 Div or 81 Div for example who should have been replacing those in 7 Div or at least providing a reserve element or battle casualty replacements end up deployed themselves and needing troops from other Divisions to backfill them, leading to troops stuck on operations for extended periods and becoming tired and demoralised.

    3. Isolate the battlespace:

    The enemy has used isolation operationally and tactically with positive results by ignoring international borders in order to facilitate their attacks and protect their withdrawals, develop safe areas and generally protect their flanks and rear.
    International: The key terrain (in this observers view) is the axis from the Northern tip of Lake Chad down to Mubi, Adamawa State, encompassing the Mandara Mountains. This area is key to the enemy for training, moving between the 4 border countries, storing arms, fuel and ammunition, recruiting and attacking and withdrawing.

    Cameroun constituted their rear/ safe area, where they took advantage of the underdeveloped area to develop bases and support structures and forge links with local politicians. In the main they limited their overt actions to high profile kidnappings (the proceeds of which flowed through the hands of the regional elite), recruitment of poor disaffected youth and preying on poor townspeople who generally have no voice anyway. This situation could not last as this commentator predicted in the previous articles.

    After the #BringBackOurGirls abductions in April, it would appear that Boko Harams high profile contacts were no longer able to protect them and Cameroun began to move against them. Boko Haram skilfully pre-empted serious counter measures by kidnapping more foreigners and launching attacks upon border towns in several Prefectures of Extreme Nord Region such as Mayo Sava and Mayo Tsanaga.

    In July Boko Haram began major operations in Cameroun attacking Gendarmerie, Customs, Police and military posts in the vicinity of Zina, Zigague, Fotokol, Amchide etc and bases in major population centres such as Kouserri and Kolofata.

    Attacks on these outposts had the effect of pushing Camerounian forces away from the border, whilst attacks on the main bases and ambushes along the highway had the effect of forcing the thinly spread Camerounians to focus on defending these towns and trying to keep lines of communication open, preventing them from interfering with Boko Haram operations or interdicting their supply lines to Nigeria.

    National: Within Nigeria there have been persistent and repeated attacks on towns such as Bama, Buni Yadi, Gamboru Ngala, Damboa, Gwoza, with these attacks preceded by attacks on surrounding hamlets and villages, with Boko Haram cutting off access roads with ambushes and IEDS.

    In June Boko Haram’s raids began to include attempts to destroy bridges with IEDs, with bridges at Dhimankara, Garkida, Gamboru and Katarko damaged or destroyed. This had the effect of further isolating communities and channelling civilian and military vehicles through certain routes, which Boko Haram could easily interdict with illegal checkpoints and ambushes. These routes become impassable to all but the most heavily armed units, which again by virtue of being road bound could only advance on a very narrow front thus were also extremely vulnerable to ambush. By these methods, Boko Haram has systematically, isolated, cut off and then captured several towns and villages and eventually whole Local Government Areas and denied huge swathes of countryside to friendly forces.

    It can be seen that Boko Haram have not only managed to isolate the Camerounian battlespace from the Nigerian battlespace but with the capture of Gamboru Ngala and Dikwa to the north east, Bama, Gwoza and Madagali to the south east and Damboa and Buni Yadi to the south west they have succeeded in isolating Maiduguri, leaving only the West-North west axis free for reinforcement or withdrawal which is in itself vulnerable to interference from enemy forces in Buni Yadi.

    4. The Attack

    In June/ July the same time frame as the peak of the IED offensive, ethnic cleansing and major operations in Cameroun, Boko Haram began to move fighters down from the Mandara Mountains to Ashigashiya and physical occupy the area in the vicinity of Gwoza. The local people used to constant raids and massacres realised that in fact Boko Haram was not going anywhere and began to leave. Much the same way at a local level Boko Haram would isolate a target area and then attack, having isolated the Nigerian and Cameroun battlespace they began their main offensive confident that their flanks and rear were secured. Their technique consisted of the constant attacks on villages, generally depopulating the countryside, leaving the main population centres which contained the garrisons, cut off and vulnerable.

    Boko Harams tactics in major attacks appears to begin with an assault by waves of foot soldiers, who are brought forward on motorcycles or dropped off from vehicles nearby. At a guess one would presume these are forced conscripts, child soldiers or less experienced fighters. These initial human wave attacks have the dual objective of fixing friendly forces and causing a huge expenditure of ammunition. If they are successful they proceed with the normal looting, murder and burning, if unsuccessful then the second wave attacks consisting of more seasoned fighters supported by vehicles mounted with heavy weapons. Boko Haram propaganda videos have shown mortars and captured artillery pieces, it is unlikely that they have the correct aiming systems or appropriate skills to use these weapons accurately but as area weapons for harassing fire they would suffice.

    The enemies’ strongest assets in the attack is their mobility which gives them the ability to concentrate forces and firepower at their convenience against thinly spread friendly forces are so they can confidently advance form up and concentrate forces for an attack confident that there is a high probability they won’t be detected and if they are there are insufficient forces that can respond quickly before their attack develops. The second strongest asset is their ruthlessness. Their willingness to inflict heavy punishment on civilians puts psychological pressure on friendly troops who feel both vulnerable due to the incessant attacks around them and impotent due to their inability to stop them.

    5. Defend:

    Boko Haram has consolidated their gains by aggressively defending the captured areas. This has been made all the more easier by friendly forces insistence on generally attacking in a predictable manner using the main roads and deploying from nearby towns. As Boko Haram has already isolated these areas by destroying bridges, cutting roads and ambushing lines of communication, the assaulting forces are channelled into easily laid ambushes. The element of surprise is lost by the fact that troops deploy from towns which are generally close to the fighting and by logical extension already under observation by the enemy. The advantages of airpower appear to be negated by the enemies’ skilful use of camouflage and by embedding themselves in civilian areas. By making maximum use of their mobility and attacking new targets they also keep the security forces constantly off balance in having to react to new crises.

    6. Conclusion

    Boko Haram’s strategy for this campaign appears both ancient and modern in construct. They have essentially laid siege to Maiduguri by incrementally cutting off the roads leading to the city and capturing towns along those roads.

    Short of a major counter offensive which pushes them out of the captured towns, they are well poised for a prestige battle at the gates of Maiduguri. Logically there is no way they should be able to capture or hold a city of 1.2m, but their tactics of isolation and psychological warfare combined with an unimaginative defence could allow them to actually penetrate the city.

    It is the opinion of this reviewer that Boko Haram does not intend to capture or hold Maiduguri nor do they have the capability to do so, a more logical intent would be to attack the town hold a portion of it and force friendly forces into a brutal and embarrassing prestige battle to push them out of Maiduguri. A series of attacks on Maiduguri or even gaining a toehold on the city would provoke a ferocious response, most likely with artillery and air strikes. This would serve the double purpose of drawing friendly forces into the meat grinder of urban warfare, and causing devastation to the people and city of Maiduguri, for whom the enemy seem to particularly dislike.

    The destruction, civilian and military casualties would generate huge embarrassment for friendly forces as well as a humanitarian disaster. Unless friendly forces can score a devastating victory leading to a headlong enemy retreat, a slow, grinding counter offensive to painstakingly clear the towns, villages and surrounding countryside of Boko Haram will follow, causing more casualties and destruction.

    I will add one final caveat, this is the opinion of an observer who is trained in Western doctrine based on maps and open source reporting. I have this interpreted this campaign in a way that makes sense to me and it might not in any way correspond to Boko Harams thinking or planning. I have not touched the interesting internal politics that has seen this amalgamation of forces or factions. One cannot fully understand what objective they would have in capturing Maiduguri or Borno State or how they can translate any success into anything other than an embarrassment for the state and suffering for the people but then again I do not live in or understand their world or way of thinking.

    This is a strange campaign in which hunter has become the hunted. The general convention is that the security forces have to win every time and insurgents merely have to not lose. However if Nigerian security forces defend Maiduguri successfully, they have at least ‘not lost’ but they are still far from victory.

    In the next instalment we will look at the campaign from friendly forces perspective and attempt to identify counter measures (hint: Cameroun will feature heavily).

    • Augustine says:

      Oga Peccavi, may God bless you for sharing what you know with Nigeria, how many hours it took you to write the above field scenario simulation-analysis-battle theatre masterplan, I would not know, but your full energy and knowledge went into it, on behalf of my fellow Nigerians, I say thank you sir.

      Nigerian army and air force, please digest it, you have this free of charge from Soldier Peccavi courtesy of Beegeagle’s blog, the true voice of true patriots of Nigeria.

      Thank you.

    • Deltaman says:

      Excellent analysis Oga Peccavi, we eagerly await the next installment.

    • beegeagle says:

      Well structured and comprehensive writeup. Well done.

    • Yagazie says:

      Oga Peccavi- a very detailed and well thought out analysis of the situation on ground. WELL DONE. I sincerely hope that it is read, digested and acted upon by those in the ‘right places’ within our Defence establishment.

  13. freeegulf says:

    congrats to the armed forces. like i said earlier, the moment this vermin turned hit and run warfare into conventional war and holding ground, the staff officers in 7 Div should have praised their creator for delivering these miscreants into their hand to be annihilated. they have made the job of the staff officers even better now, and will feel the true iron and steel of the NA.

    with the territory that these terrs are presently occupying, they would be extremely stretched trying to hold on to them and also supply them. SF operators would now become guerrillas to these boko yeye.
    these terrs need to be pressured from cameroun and chad also. a strong counter offensive by the military would denigrate the combat capability of BH to the point where the police and civil defence corp would easily stamp them out

  14. freeegulf says:

    congrats to the armed forces. like i said earlier, the moment this vermin turned hit and run warfare into conventional war and holding ground, the officers of the 7 Div should have praised their creator for delivering these miscreants into their hand to be annihilated. they have made the job of the staff planners even better now, and they will feel the true iron and steel of the NA.

    with the territories that these terrs are presently occupying, they would be extremely stretched trying to hold on to them and also supply them. SF operators would now become guerrillas to these boko yeye.
    these terrs need to be pressured from cameroun and chad also. a strong counter offensive by the military would denigrate the combat capability of BH to the point where the police and civil defence corp would easily stamp them out

  15. ugobassey says:

    For those that were comparing the series of ISIS victories in Iraq with what BH is currently doing in Nigeria, the difference is this:
    Unlike Iraq, the Nigerian military has been fighting since its inception. From the Congo, Biafra, Liberia, Sierra Leon, Sudan etc. The Nigerian military is by far a better professionally trained institution that the Iraqis could ever hope to be. They have had over 50yearsof constant deployment to the point where I could almost say “fighting is in their genes “

    • Are James says:

      Must have been a big attack from their own standpoint. Boko Haram lost their ‘stolen’ Buffalo MRAP. Something tells me NA has started making use of snipers on the battlefield.

      • OriginalPato says:

        @Are

        With the way the NA eliminated most of the insurgents at Konduga, its most likely BH were ambushed both “vertically” & “horizontally”.

  16. Buchi says:

    Oga are I am beginning to think as much well what I do knowbis that regarding bama thr NA are in full control those guys that went to konduga must have gone unnoticed around..anyway gudnite for them bad dreama with no virgins.
    Oga beegz in as much aa we berate BBC for their un paralled abuse of the nigerian image I must confess that the nigerians working for them are no good take a certain mike okwoche.since kumla duomor passed on I expected him to pull in the nigerian rethoric show the nigerian spirit in any form just like kumlor did for ghana even going as far as wearing the ghanian jersey in one of his focus africa programs.but this mike has not even opened his trap to aclaim the fact that he is a nigerian
    Bbc hausa na wash worst bunch of propagandist
    Tolu bbc reporter in nigeria that guy needs to be flogged

    U go to al-jazzera u have femi oke who suprises my three days ago by finally saying she was nigerian.i was shocked cos I thought she wanted.to continue to live under the shadow of her grand masters with poor projection of nigeria

    Yvonne jegede nko rubbish.
    So oga beegz unless nigerian working.for this agencies show uncommon patrotism and move away from the rethoric am sorry to say that they are worst than the frontpage or frontline reporter.hapi weekend to all bloggers and NAF and NA Godspeed.

    Continue the night time attacks

  17. Bush man says:

    Thank you Good GOD! BBC, CNN and your malicious alies, where are you now! Hypocrites!
    The Roman Observer, where are you now.
    Thank you good GOD!
    GOD NIGERIA!

    • beegeagle says:

      See the #VICTORYFORNIGERIA page which Oga Rugged7 suggested. Top of the page and in true BBC fashion, we have their man Fidelis Mbah sounding like he wants to weep because BH have taken a knock.

      https://mobile.twitter.com/hashtag/VictoryforNigeria?src=hash

      @Oga Buchi. Peter Okwoche is ordinarily a cool chap from Benue (an Idoma). He wrote to me via this blog email address many months ago and he undoubtedly follows proceedings on this biggest DEFSEC blog in sub-Saharan Africa. I would be surprised to lrarn that he had changed.

      First of all, I watch CCTV AFRICA LIVE 6-7pm. TRY THAT. Given the comparatively biased reportage of the BBC, their 6:30PM FOCUS ON AFRICA slot is of secondary significance to me. Again, BBC RADIO are far more indepth on Nigeria than the summarised TV content. And Peter had left radio so I am not keeping track of his work anymore.

      We do have a few balanced Nigerians at the BBC such as Bilkisu Labaran, Bola Mosuro and, hopefully, Peter Okwoche. Abdullahi Kaura Abubakar sounded balanced and patriotic when he used to report on the Niger Delta Insurgency (well, President Yar’Adua was alive, some compatriots from his region feared that Nigeria was about to break up….was that why he reported with sensitivity back then?). I still feel that Abdullahi is a balanced chap who is somewhat different from the others at BBC HAUSA and he might be under pressure to toe the odious line.

      BBC HAUSA are pathetic, whether speaking in Hausa or English.They might as well be opposition party activists. As for the crude and scathing Chris Ewokor, I guess he is constrained to earn his keep whichever he deems fit.

      • rugged7 says:

        Oga Beeg,
        I still believe the best way to go is for Nigeria Army to block BBC Hausa service and ALL other BBC service in Nigeria.
        They ain’t worth crap…

      • AreJames says:

        Don’t block. Broadcast your own at a nearby frequency preferably in Hausa. That calls for a lot of content – government programmes for northern youths, pro national unity stuff, employment generation programmes, wholesome Islamic stuff, anti takfiri stuff et.c
        Make sure you Hop frequencies often to create distortions to ‘sensitive’ programming from BBC. When they complain say sorry, we looking into it.

  18. drag_on says:

    The should run forensics on that captured recording device,not just the contained footage but the erased data as well.The erased data may give more to us.

  19. Spirit says:

    I dey dance, I dey dance, I dey dance oooo.

    150 or 200, na dem sabi. They got what they deserve. They can gladly go and meet the more than 10,000 virgins waiting for them.

    Oga peccavi, na your father born u o. I am trying to imagine the years of combat experience and training that your analysis above reveals. Khaki no be leather. I hope our military will be able to get some nuggets from it, and I hope someday you will serve your fatherland is a higher capacity.

    As for the on-going battle in NE Naija, I still advise our military to maim some of these bastards instead of killing them all. This will have the underlisted effect;

    1) Its is sometimes more demoralising to see ones comrades in arms soaked in blood with shattered bones protruding and limbs blown off than seeing them dead.
    2) The effort/energy expended in trying to drag such WIA away from the battlefiels ties up men that otherwise would have been engaged in active combat
    3) Since such WIA would often not be able to walk/run away, transit entities (technicals) that would otherwise have been deployed to satanic purposes will be used to ferry them to the rear end of the battle thus reducing the menace possed by such ZSU-24 fitted entities.
    4)BH bastard will have to deploy resources and men to tend to their wounded. Such men are automatically out of actions for a while.
    5) Retreating on foot while carrying a WIA is slower and more difficult than normal retreat. This will afford Blue forces the opportunity to deploy drones/HUMINT to follow/track the retreating forces to their hide out which SF can then ‘light-up’ for the fly boys to practise ‘night-bombing’ on (bring images of C-130 Specter in action to my mind).

    Mind you, just a limited number of BH men and 2 to 3 technicals that will not be able to pose much threat should be given such treatment. Others should be allowed to go meet their virgins on time o.

  20. Spirit says:

    Not one soldier died in this operations, while 200 dead Boko rams were counted!
    My ogas ,my weekend is made.
    May the sun never set on our soldiers.
    Amen.

  21. jimmy says:

    UNRELATED
    The black SCORPION is dead
    Brig GEN B.A.M. Adekunle is dead.

  22. Spirit says:

    God almighty!

  23. Spirit says:

    Oga jimmy,

    Please tell me its not true.

    • jimmy says:

      IT IS TRUE

      • smartboy2000 says:

        Yeah it looks like our Civil War hero has gone. May the Lord rest his soul in perfect peace. This is the end of an era of a military genius. My Lord General Benjamin Adekunle was a great hero to me and I spent my early childhood listening to war stories of the 3dr Marine Commandos. This great man sacrificed everything to get us a final win in battle. History would one day reward this great man for serving his country. Rest in peace “Black Scorpion”

      • freeegulf says:

        Great loss. it was reported that he had been sick for a while. our first great tactician.
        adieu brigadier

  24. Oje says:

    Im glad the Nigerian Army a d Airforce have perhaps for the first time in years gained the initiative, this coinciding with the delivery of the first batch of 40 helicopter gunships including the MI 35 means Boko Haram are in for a tough ride, rather than bringing the war the Nigerian military is bringing the war to Boko Haram. After the defeat of Boko Haram the Nigerian military must launch an all out offensive on Southern Cameroon.

    This should be far easier judging by how 500 Nigerian troops were able to enter Cameroon Ian territory, piercing miles in before the Cameroonins were aware foreign soldiers were in it territory, ..The first one might have been a simple oversight but the entering 6 days later of another 460 Nigerians into Cameroon unimpeded again shows Cameroon will not survive an onslaught with Nigeria. I was on Cameroonian blog and you need to see how disillusioned they are, saying Cameroon has nothing to fear from Nigeria’s peasant military. I asked them the size of the CameroonIan army that want s to take on Nigeria., they said with pride 20,000 IN THE ARMY, 600 MAN AIRFORCE and a Navy of 1,000 personnel…… very formidable I said, I then asked if they knew Boko Haram had more men than the entire 3 branches of the Cameroonian military combined. I was met with silence, 30 mins later my account was deleted or blocked. ….to put things into perspective here are so e of their comments.

    “You guys are making me proud. If only you were present when i was mocking my Naija colleagues at work yesterday, you would know the value of your services to the Cameroonian people. You are now demonstrating to Cameroonians and the world at large that you are not only good at repressing unarmed Cameroonians but you can also take the battle to an equal and opposite force. Good job! However, I would be even more proud if you guys could refrain from using excessive force against peaceful, unarmed Cameroonian civilians trying to express their basic rights.”


    with no disrespect during the bakassi crises My cousin told me they have nothing to fear from the Nigerian army for its the equivalent of Cameroon police ,One Senegalist peace keeping force sent by the OAU also confirmed the affirmation, Today its clear to every body that our great neighbor merit a better military force,they learned no lesson in Liberia 1997, Population is not security.
    Nigerian government should ask help from Cameroon to crush BH, remember in 1970 the biafrans where at the verge of success when the Cameroon force was deploy and that changed the tide.”

    ……read more.
    http://www.cameroononline.org/cameroon-troops-shell-boko-haram-camp-inside-nigeria/

    • AreJames says:

      Military training at the NCO level is actually better in Francophone Africa. We have a more intelligent officer corps though. Their Gendarmes are actually very good and well equipped… no offence meant. However overall national capability to make war, Nigeria can conquer and dominate the whole of west africa for centuries….if we so wished.
      We need to get our acts together in Nigeria, our neighbours are getting more advanced. So no more softie excessive materialistic culture only interested in easy money. Skelewu, Kurukere and dorobucci should be downplayed.

      • smartboy2000 says:

        Well said sir, with technical modern warfare in a symmetrical or asymmetrical theatre, the Nigerian Military Forces have the capability to destroy any West African opponent if well funded. The issue is that the political overlords can’t see beyond their next oil block allocation, that they have neglected the Military Development for so long. I think with Boko Haram, the ruse has come home to bite them in their behinds and they all seem to be panicking a bit now. God Bless Nigeria.

  25. Oje says:

    And this is why we must invade Cameroonian territory, this time in an offensive with intent. First Biafrans, then Bakassi now Boko Haram..are we so myopic we do not understand our tiny neighbor will be fine with a divided Nigeria n.

    “Why bad new? You are ignorant of the fact that the Cameroonian government brought this onto to it’s own people. By paying Boko Haram millions of CFA to secure Foriegn European national to put up faces and propaganda they didn’t know it was going to blow up in their faces like powder? Where do you think Boko Haram got the money to buy the weapons they now use or their “reason d’etre’ of attacking Cameroonians. They know the government will negociate with them for “high profiled hostages”.

  26. Augustine says:

    BATTLEFIELD PHOTOS FROM KONDUGA
    ==================================
    http://www.naij.com/290104-nigerian-army-releases-photos-konduga-battle.html
    .

    • asorockweb says:

      Oga Augustine,

      Does are not battlefield photos.

      The pictures were taken in Maiduguri,;they are pictures of some vehicles recovered from Konduga.

  27. Augustine says:

    Nigeria to build new Special Forces Brigade….A kind of special ‘Anti-Boko Haram Brigade’.
    http://www.punchng.com/news/fgll-establish-new-special-forces-to-tackle-terrorism-jonathan/
    .

    • jimmy says:

      YES OGA AUGUSTINE
      My fellow cyber generals this is day of days a day for the ages
      1)When the President of Nigeria recognizes a real threat and decides to act upon it and announces it at the P.O.P. of Nigeria’s #1 defence Academy it will certainly raise my eyebrow
      For the Moment of clarification going back to my template, I am going to base it on the premise that a Brigade of SF would be slightly smaller in size but nonetheless I would still base it on the fact that it would consists of 3 BATTALIONS ( for streamlining purposes because officers and men would be expected to share and have multiple roles I would say 2000 men including officers instead of the conventional 2400) for clarity i would for this discussion name them bat1, bat2, bat3
      This brigade”777 should be modeled after the closest thing that are military personnel are intimately familiar with The SAS of the british they should be trained for a minimum of six months and former or current SAS should train them. EACH BATTALION SHOULD HAVE THEIR OWN HQ OUTSIDE OF BORNO STATE with their backs to the ocean LAKE CHAD AWAY FROM civil population on land donated to or given by the STATE OR FED GOVT
      Batt1 hq @ EPE OR BADAGARY area of operation classified proximity area ngala. gamboru axis
      Batt 2 hq @ JAMESTOWN OR BRASS AREA OF OPERATION classified along the chad / nigerian border/ to the” swamps”
      Batt2 hq @ Damboa/ or ADAMAWA AREA OF OPERATION classified proximity MANDARA MOUNTAINS , on the border tight rope between ADAMAWA AND BORNO STATE.

  28. Oje says:

    Oga James, disciplined training without hardware is like taking an empty gun to a gun fight, doesn’t matter how good a marksman you are, you will lose.

    Nigeria

    Army : 150,000
    Reserve : 32,000
    Paramilitary 200,000
    AIRFORCE
    24 Alpha Jets
    12 J 7 Chengdu
    2 AT Surveillance plane
    12 Aermacchi MB-339
    17Aero L-39 Albatros
    17Aero L-39 Albatros
    5Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules
    5Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules
    7Agusta A 109
    6Agusta AW 109 LUH
    3Eurocopter AS 332 Super Puma
    10Mil Mi-35 Hind
    3Mil Mi-171
    12Mil Mi-34 Hermit
    3 Eurocopter AS 332 Super Puma
    Personnel 10,000

    Cameroon
    4 Dassault-Breguet/Dornier Alpha Jet
    1Aérospatiale SA 332 Super Puma
    Personnel 600

    It will be a good thing if Cameroon sees Boko Haram daring attacks as a sign of Nigeria’s weakness and uses this opportunity to launch sneak attacks. Boko Haram or not Nigerian forces will be just kilometers away from Yarounde before their “Daddy” (France) is able to come to their rescue…

  29. Yagazie says:

    Oga Are James and Oga Oje….please let us be very careful in the type of comments we make on this blog.

    I dare say that comments like:

    ‘…After the defeat of Boko Haram the Nigerian millitary must launch an all out offensive on Southern Cameroon….’

    ‘,,,,,Nigeria can conquer and dominte the whole of West Africa for centuries…if we so wished..’

    contribute to the breeding of mistrust and hatred for Nigeria and Nigerians amongst our fellow Africans and makes our reginonal and contigous neighbours suspicious of our overall intentions and thus non co-operative with us in security matters.

    We all know the problems we had in dealing with the rebel groups in both Sierra Leone and Liberia- during the ECOMOG years and that was when the nigerian army was only deployed to some parts of these countries.

    We have had serious challenges in dealing with the insurgency in our back yard. Two years ago if anyone had said that BH could take on the ‘mighty’ nigerian army in a pitched battle and win – such a person would have been laughed off this blog. When Oga Doziex predicted that BH insurgents with their ‘technicals’ would soon begin to take over nigerian territory if the Fed Govt did not take the BH insurgents seriously, a lot of people on this blog abusively called for his head. Well virutally his predictions on this matter have come to pass have they not?

    We Nigerians arrogantly act under the mistaken and grandious illusion that our size (i.e. population, economy and armed forces) relative to that of our west /central african counterparts means that it is a given that we can ‘take them out’ with relative ease in any millitary confrontation if we so wished. This arrogance was typified last year when the DG of the Nigerian budget office haughtily declared that our millitary budget was 15 times the size of that of Ivory Coast and Ghana. And so what? Was it not only very recently (i.e. in the last couple of months) that it came to light that 95% of our millitary budget goes on recurrent expenditure and that until the current insurgency- the last time we embarked on a massive upgrade/purchase of millitary equipment, was during the era of President Shehu Shagari (1979-1983).

    Gentlement, with our current state of combat readiness, if we were to take on the Chadian army or even that of Cameroun, one cannot be too sure that outcome would be in our favour- and that is putting it very politely. Boko Haram, has been allowed to publicly demystify and cruelly expose our millitary’s shortcomings for all the world to see- thereby damaging the standing/reputation of the nigerian millitary with our neigbours in the region.

    Also lest we forget:-
    – until quite recently our navy existed only on paper and pirates/MEND were having a field day in our EEZ attacking/hijacking merchant ships/blowing up our oil installations at will.

    -until recently, the stongest/most efficient and best equipped arm of our airforce was the Presidential /VIP Fleet.

    – until very recently, the BH insurgents were better equipped than the nigerian army and were winning ‘fire-fights’ and pushing the army out of some towns and villages in the North East and even chasing them out of the country into neigbouring Cameroun on one occassion (remember Gwoza?) We all are living witnesses to these unapalatable hard truths.

    Even the world’s sole super power – the United States – which has the greatest millitary power the world has ever known, would be very hard pressed to conqour and dominate the other countries in West Africa i.e. – Benin, Togo, Ghana, C’ote D’ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone,, Senegal, Gambia, Cape Verde, Guinea, Guinea -Bissau, Mali, Boukina Fasso and Niger – talk less of Nigeria.

    We need the co-operation of all our neigbours in the current fight against terrorism. The ‘mighty’ Nigeria had to get France to call a meeting of Chad, Cameoun, Benin and Niger (our geographical negibours) in Paris to discuss security co-operation with Nigeria. If we were so influential why couldn’t President GEJ summon the head of these countries to a such a meeting in Abuja?

    Let’s not delude ourselves. If these aforementioned countries should decide not to co-operate with us, it would make our task in defeating the BH insurgents that much harder- and for now from a millitary perspective, there is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING we can do to them if they choose not to co-operate. That they choose to do so is because they believe it is in their overall strategic interest (including pleasing France) to so do and CERTAINLY NOT because of the fear of any millitary reprecussions from Nigeria..

    Thus with all due respect to both of you gentlemen, jingoistic talk of invading our neighbouring countries/easily defeating them in battle certainly does not help and should have no place on such a serious discussion forum like this blog.

    • rugged7 says:

      Oga Yagz,
      Nigeria will NOT keep on pussy-footing forever. We both know that the reason d’etre for boko haram’s existence is to undermine Nigeria.
      This is being carried out with the active support of some of Nigeria’s neighbors- Chad and cameroon with the connivance of northern politicians.
      For u to have peace, u have to be prepared for war. And nigeria better start getting prepared to take-on some of it’s neighbors who just want nigeria to fail.
      Cameroon is playing with fire because as soon as biya dies, that country will implode.
      If some countries think they can fund insurgencies in nigeria, then nigeria can also fund insurgencies in their countries too. QED-Quite Easily Done

      • Yagazie says:

        Oga rugged7 – I respectfully do not agree with your view on this matter.

        Firstly, it was Nigeria and Nigeria ALONE which first by its action and subsequently by its inaction that created the Boko Haram monster and allowed it to grow to into what it has become today.

        Secondly it is certainly not in the strategic interest of any of our neighbours to have an unstable Nigeria or worse still have Nigeria as a failed state. The social and economic ramifications for these countries if this was to happen do not bear thinking about.

        We live in an interconnected global community and no country no matter how big it is can be an island and go it alone. We need our neighbours as much as they need us.

        We also live in a very tough/unstable neigbourhood (i.e. West/Central Africa) and whether we like it or not, need as much as possible to get on with our neighbours and not get into the unproductive business of making bellicourse empty threats about invading them/funding insurgencies in their territories.

        Finally whilst it is imperative that we MUST HAVE a strong and very well equipped/trained professional millitary, we must also remember at all times to ‘speak softly but carry a big stick’ – if you get my drift.

      • rugged7 says:

        Mighty Yagz,
        As usual, u look at matters with rose-tinted glasses.
        I sometimes applaud your borderline naivete.

        Whether Nigeria’s action or inaction created the problem; there are clear signs of the voice of isaac and the hand of esau in a lot of the problems of the insurgency-finance, logistics, human resources etc
        Rear bases of boko haram DO exist in chad and cameroon- FACT.

        To the contrary, it is in the interest of Nigeria’s neighbors to have Nigeria weakened. Nigeria is a massive juggernaut-demographically, economically and otherwise. Certain neighbors will NEVER be comfortable with this. We have seen this in the DRC where a large country is consistently facing attrition from it’s smaller neighbors-Rwanda etc. We also saw this during the Biafran war and the Bakassi crises.
        There is oil in the Niger delta and possibly in the Chad basin. It is to their advantage that Nigeria implodes. Because the oil will be their’s for the taking -FACT.

        The reality is that the world is presently in a grave state of flux. no permanent friends and no permanent enemies. Even if Nigeria needs her neighbors, it must ALWAYS be from a position of strength- NOT weakness…
        Nigeria is an anglophone country surrounded by french kissing francophiles who persistently see Nigeria as a threat no matter what. We have lost Bakassi to them, we are loosing some parts of Adamawa and Cross rivers-?including ?tinapa to them via border demarcation.
        Ah ah…Na wetin?? E NEVA DO??

        This is not about bellicose threats, Nigeria MUST be prepared to go to war for it to have peace-FACT. Haven’t our U.S friends prepared war games for a possible Nigeria invasion??? Or are u not aware of this?

        And i end back at my premise without any apologies to anyone…
        *****For u to have peace, u have to be prepared for war. And nigeria better start getting prepared to take-on some of it’s neighbors who just want nigeria to fail.****

    • peccavi says:

      Oga Yagazie,
      Good talk. Very good talk

      • Yagazie says:

        Oga peccavi- thank you my broda. It needed to be said.

        We all need to get a grip and be realistic about our country’s current millitary capabilities viz-a-viz those of our neighbours and focus our discussions on positive/constructive matters that can move our country forward.

        Sadly, one often finds that those who talk so glibly about starting wars/invading other countries have never experienced the horrors of war themselves either as a combattant or as a civilian on the receiving end.

    • Henry says:

      Mighty Yagz, very important talk. Many of us nigerians like to live in denial. This insurgency has exposed our military’s under-belly. I hope we continue to wake up fast.

      • Yagazie says:

        Oga Henry-thank you my broda. You are spot on.

        Hopefully we as a nation will take some positives from this humilliating experience and ensure that ALL branches our armed forces are adequately equipped and well trained (including regular millitary excercises) to deal with any current and future challenge that come our way..

        Let’s also not forget that it was a similar debacle in Mali that led to the overthrow of the democratically elected govt there. Thankfully our millitary is much too professional to embark on such a dastardly venture here- but our govt must not take their welfare/equipment needs for granted.

        The first business of Govt is to provide adequate security for its citizens, without which no meaningful economic activity can really take place. Hopefully also our highly esteemed and respected top minister in the Finance Ministry will now see/believe that the nigerian millitary is indeed A PRODUCTIVE SECTOR OF THE ECONOMY- full stop..

      • Deltaman says:

        Reality is that we do need to sort our our industrial complex, as long as Ajaokuta etc lie idle and there’s no proper power supply all na talk! A state of war is the opportunity to galvanise and develop, see 1970s Nigeria post civil war. Invading our neighbours isn’t what we should be thinking about now! Aslong as we don’t have the supply chain in country to support our war effort, we’re vulnerable.

  30. Tobey says:

    The DHQ’s photos are not at all impressive! They should have done better…Kudos to the boys anyway..

  31. ocelot2006 says:

    Please I have a question for the Ogas here:

    How many Special Forces Units do we have in the Nigeria Army?

    • jimmy says:

      Officially three but with GEJ pop announcement that is about to change. T-Mobile. America’s First Nationwide 4G Network

      • ocelot2006 says:

        So I read, and that’s where it’s so confusing. Which of them are like Tier 1 like the Navy’s SBS? Or are they all basically like the US. 75th Ranger Battalion? And what of the good Ole 72nd Airborne Battalion (is it still intact, OR fully converted to Special Ops unit and renamed)?

    • tim says:

      Actually we have a new special ops unit,they are in Ukraine under going training,what they are specifically been trained for is not something I will want to mention here.

      • rugged7 says:

        Oga Tim,
        Out of curiosity, what is the logic of training them in Ukraine??
        Ukraine has no clear recent history of active spec ops or counter insurgency.
        I would assume places like India, Sri lanka, algeria, israel, pakistan, russia etc would suffice?

      • tim says:

        Well that’s what I heard……I leave logic on that matter to those whose pay grade it is to make those decision

      • ocelot2006 says:

        Ukraine? Oga Tim, I doubt that very much for two reasons:

        1) Our special forces have always been trained by the Pakistani Army SSG and the Isrealis. And we still have the option of going to India, US (Fort Bragg), UK, Russia, and even Sri-Lanka So why Ukraine?

        2)Ukraine is currently at war with Pro-Russian separatists. So I doubt there’ll be time or resources to train foreign intakes.

  32. drag_on says:

    http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/nigerian-air-force-jet-declared-missing/189006/?

    A Nigerian Air Force Alpha jet involved in operations in North-east Nigeria has been declared missing by the Defence Headquarters.
    “An Alpha Jet (NAF 466) belonging to the Nigerian Air Force is missing around Adamawa State,” a statement issued Sunday by Director of Defence Information, Major-General Chris Olukolade.

    “The aircraft, with two pilots onboard, left Yola at about 10:45am on September 12, 2014 on a routine operational mission and was expected back by 12:00 noon. Since then, all efforts to establish contact with the aircraft have not yielded any positive result. Search-and-rescue efforts towards establishing contact with the crew are ongoing,” Olukolade added.

  33. Buchi says:

    Whats all dis am hearing abt a missing jet

  34. Buchi says:

    Mr fulan released another captivating propaganda message and confirms that he is a Bh propangada agent.

  35. peccavi says:

    Training in Ukraine? Intriguing? Surely the Ukrainians have slightly more pressing things on their mind right now and to the best of my knowledge have not shown any particular aptitude for SF type missions, particularly in jungle, savannah or hill environments or even urban or maritime.

    The only thing I could think we are getting from Ukraine is maybe tactics and maintenance for the Russian bloc aircraft we are buying.

    I would have preferred to talk to Sri Lankans, Zimbabweans, South African, French, British, Israelis, Indonesians, Brazilians before we started looking at a temperate, North European country that is currently fighting for its life against a bunch of rebels (and their Russian masters of course)

    • AreJames says:

      Many Ukrainian ex Spetznatz (Soviet special forces). They probably have kept those traditions purer than the Russians themselves.

      • ocelot2006 says:

        Way better and far more seasoned Spetsnaz Units with experiences drawn from Afghanistan, the 2 Chechnyan wars, Georgia, and current counterterrorism and COIN operations in Ingushetiya and Date standard against Muslim radical groups, are all found in Russia. So why Ukraine that’s having a hard time containing Pro-Russian militants?

      • peccavi says:

        Very unlikely. The Ukrainian military was severely downgraded by the corruption of past leaders,
        SF skills are very expensive to maintain and without political will, there would be no reason to.
        The Russians have a huge amount of SF, yet even that experienced is hard earned from Caucasian experiences.
        Outside of aircraft maintenance, flying skilss etc I cannot see what Ukraine can offer anyone in military training

  36. Buchi says:

    Oh no not again I hope they ejected out..God pls help them .

    • Solorex says:

      Original alpha jets ( Alpha jet E) comes with Stencel ejection seats- whether they were operational-i’m not sure. We have lost 7 pilots to Alpha jets in 11 incidents while there were 4 documented successful ejection in 31 years. This is a very bad record compared to those that operated the jet in droves -like Germany,France and Egypt. Moreso, those birdies are old (whether they have not logged time or not). We need to start looking at long term replacement. We also need to look at training closely- Alot is crashing- F7,Alpha,Mi35…… this might be a generic problem with NAF

  37. cryptologist says:

    Adieu to the pehaps Greatest Nigerian Military tactician Brig. Gen. Benjamin Adekunle. Its a shame the country nigeria neglects its true heroes but praise charlatans out for pecunary gains. Oga Peccavi did a yeoman’s job with the write-up & i hope our tacticians make something out of it. We are eagerly awaiting the sequel. The A-jet news is really demoralising bearing in mind today is the 3rd day since d incident n the reckage/pilots have not been found. Oga Yagazie, very apt. #VICTORYFORNIGERIA

  38. jimmy says:

    OGA SOLOREX
    Respectfully I disagree we have lost 7 pilots regrettably but these planes some of which have been flying albeit with upgrades have been flying since the 90s during the Ecomog years.I hate to appear to jump on your comments and Ido go out of my way to apologize.The alpha jets have been the mainstay of the NAF throughout this campaign some we know have had AAA INFLICTED on them and regrettably the more you fly under extremely stressful conditions repeatedly you put a lot of stress on the planes themselves it is one of the reasons France is getting rid of its ALPHAS.
    Do not forget as this isis war heats up more accidents will occur with us planes also.
    http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=123157
    This does not mean for instance there is a generic problem with the the Nigerian airforce or the US airforce where two planes collided as recently as 9/13/2014 as we speak one pilot is still missing from the USS CARL VINSON and the search has been suspended.
    Nigerian pilots are amongtst the most well trained in AFRICA AND THEY HAVE THE HOURS TO BACK IT UP.

    • Solorex says:

      You have a strong incontrovertible point Sir- Accidents ramp up when more hours are logged in hostile environment- but i believe in the interest of the lives involved- we must look everywhere for the possible causes. There is a pattern- most of all NAF crashes are not combat related losses or pilot errors but key system/component failure. Except this is confirmed to be a shoot down( which is most unlikely) or Pilot error- we need to start looking at the way we certify birds are fit to fly and how we train the technicians that fix and certify the birds. The F7s are Shinco window makers, the Alphas are renovated hags,the Mi 35s are……..The Augusta? .There may be something more we are failing to see

      • jimmy says:

        Oga solorex You do have a very good point.@least that we know of none of the planes that have crashed have been combat related infact to butress your point,the ajet that was pockmarked with AAA over sambisa returned to base succesfully. So I do agree ruling out combat stress,it has to be either pilot error or mechanical related during pdms. T-Mobile. America’s First Nationwide 4G Network

  39. Max Montero says:

    News of the missing Alpha Jet has reached the Pacific side. Prayers to the missing pilots.

    Max

  40. Augustine says:

    Alpha jet crash, so sad. Engine fatigue, air frame fatigue, pilot fatigue, pilot error, bad weather, enemy anti-aircraft fire, we do NOT know yet what caused this crash.

    Pilots would be communicating with base if they ejected and parachuted safely and have a satellite phone. Augusta helos can do their usual SAR job and find the jet/pilots with come help from Cessna light aircraft.

    My fear is that our over 30 year old Alpha jets may be getting tired, and this war keeps them flying all the time for vital missions.

    Super Tucano should arrive to replace them urgently, what is Brazil waiting for? They should release our squadron of Tucanos and lets save the Alpha jets from fatigue and over-work. Pilot’s lives are precious and it is not east to replace a qualified and experienced pilot, it takes a couple of years for a fresh recruit to attain that level.

    Where are you Super Tucano ? Appear now by fire !

    • ocelot2006 says:

      Amen oh!! Those Tucanos are long overdue. As someone rightfully mentioned, maybe it’s time to look for a replacement for the Alpha jets. It will be sad to see this work horse of the NAF go though. No Nigerian Combat Jet has logged that much combat history.

  41. Oje says:

    Why the furor about this lost Alpha Jet missing? The U.S. Navy last week lost two F/A 18 hornets from the USS Carl Vinson. That said i shake my head when i read some of pacifist comments on here. Do you guys for ones think anybody gives a shit about Nigeria in the sub region? Three times we have been forced to intervene in West Africa in the spirit of Ecowas, $20 billion spent with not even a verbal applauditude from the UN. In Mali our own home grown insurgency prevented us from mounting a Liberia style intervention there, which prompted the Ghanaian editorials to ask if ” Nigeria is the laughing stock of Africa”, this coming from a country whose contribution to the Mali intervention force was 16 army cooks and drivers. 5 years on there is no emergency ECOWAS summit to confront this threat, instead it is Francophone France that showed concern and tried creating a combined force to tackle this threat which as of this writing is yet to see the light of day.

    Boko Haram gets resupplied by helicopters in Cameroonian territory, a huge chunk of their recruiting machinery comes from Chad, the Cameroonian government, backed by France Has made millions of Francs to Boko Haram in hostage ransom with no formal consultation with Nigeria. If we do not establish our sphere of influence like Russia is doing how much longer can we spend billions of dollars fending off external aggression under the guise of terrorism?

    • peccavi says:

      The furore over the lot Alphajet Oga Oje is because 2 pilots may have been lost and the US has more F 18s in museums than we have operational Alphajets so the comparison doesn’t compute.
      As per Nigeria not getting any thanks for our interventions, the first question is ‘Na who send us?’.
      You know the Kuwaitis and Saudis paid for Gulf War 1? The first war in history to be fought on debit.
      The US in Korea, Taiwan and Japan has preferential trae agreements with them, even Russia with its tiny quasi statelets of South Ossetia, etc has brought them into a cutoms union.
      The point I’m making is that every country that intervenes generally does soo for significantly less than altruistic reasons and derives some benefit from it.
      Did we make sure we had cast iron trade, energy or whatever deals with the governnments of Liberia or Sierra Leone?
      Let me correct some statements, there is no evidence BH is resupplied by helicopters on Camerounian or Nigerian soil, the payment of ransom is something the French have been doing all over the place much less in Cameroun/ Nigeria. Did Nigeria propose an alternative strategy that they refused to adopt?
      The payments of ransom for the Camerounians is chop money, much like in Mali, there is a very blurred line between negotiator and sponsor of these kidnappings.
      ameroun adopted the ame head in sand approach to BH believing that they would be focussed on Nigeria and not worry them and if they became a problem Nigeria would deal with them, that fell through when Nigerias unfortunate issues became exposed and BH proved to be no respector of borders or agreements.
      They are ging through the same phases we did, limited troops to deal with the threat, harassing members of the public, corrupt politicians iin cahoots, bullshit press release.
      Remember they announced they had freed the Deputy PMs wife? Well the woman is still in captivity, in fact BH kidnapped the guy sent to negotiate for her release. Why? Because her husband chopped the ransom money fro the French family.

      Cameroun is the key to defeating BH but to lay t at their doo is silly, we are the ones who keep allowing politicians to create these groups and then leave them to go wild like MEND, we are the ones who allowed hundreds to be killed needlessly including Yusuf rather than trying them, we are the ones who after clearing Maiduguri didn’t go all out but sat back feeling cool.
      So abeg when you want to invade Cameroun, let me know where you are going to find the troops to do it and more importantly what you will do with Cameroun after the invasion.

      This chest beating nonsense is wwhat got us here in the first place abeg, lets be sensible

  42. Oje says:

    @ Max, The Chinese are coming, the earlier the Philippine military acquire the necessary hardware they need especially at sea the better.

  43. Oje says:

    Oga peccavi, its time we become realist rather than analysts. We went into Liberia and SL because the ECOWAS charter stipulates economic and social prosperity which cannot happen if its 16 members States are unstable and war prone. We did not seek the consent of the UN to do this, this is what a regional hegemon doeS, Do you think some ”powers that be” are comfortable with the economic, social, military spectrum being dominated by Anglo phone Africa? or do you dismiss Edword Snowdens leak on France in tandem with Cameroon invading Calaba and claiming Obudu? The world is not as simple as you think, we can bury our heads into the sands but we cannot make it go away. Eeben Barrow in tis blog have stated many times we should keep a wary eye on those we call friends, this is beyond BH. We need to take action so that the prospect of destabilizing our country again from Cameroon and Chad becomes very unattractive. They took Bakassi we kept quiet, they chase away Nigerian settlers (violating the 24 month time period the UN gave to allow for the settlers to be resettled) we kept quiet, they deliberately opened the floodgates of their Dam, raining down billions of cubic fts of water into Nigerian territory, costing lives and hundreds of millions of naira in damages, not counting the displaced, we kept quiet,.. they are taking advantage of the Boko Haram insurgency to put Nigeria in its place yet we are still keeping quiet. oK LETS KEEP KEEPING QUIET/

  44. drag_on says:

    On a side note.
    I appeal to the powers that be.SECURE ALL OUR BORDERS,esp the Northern end.
    This is no-longer the time for politics. AQIM is at our borders.They have most likely infiltrated Niger and Mali.
    Let us set our differences aside and become a nation rather than a country, because the enemy is at the door waiting for the first signs of weakness. We all (of all tribes/religion) have paid the price of boko haram. Let us not pay a heavier price of AQIM, an external enemy.

    They are gaining ground because of the sahara desert is sucking out the water(and life) out of the people bringing poverty,misery and resentment. A rife, putrid condition for rebellion which when mixed with Saudi relief money and doctrine (and a touch of poor African governments) results in moderate muslims being turned into Islamist driven by poverty and loss of livelihood.

    The Great Green wall of the Sahara initiative should be given great attention, so also the redirecting of the Ubangi river to Lake Chad to support the economy of the N.E.
    The immediate priority though should be securing our Northern border.
    AQIM is watching BH with interest.

  45. My Ogas, the Tale of the Missing jet 2 days Ago is worrying, while we cant rule anything out, the fact that DHQ Says Effort to reach the plane went Dark…dis is not a good sign and since then there hasnt been any hailing again we hv stressed use of comm gear in this war i just hope they are alright, TRACON, NIMASA Satellite Surveillance Centre, NigSat X, ATR should be able to locate it, This brings me to anoda Point, DHQ Must set up Real Time Battle C n C Field Base, i mean if we had Satellite Nav and GPS Uplink with the jets immediately its cut off from base u can triangulate to know position from transponders, just pray that this wasnt as a result of combat so it wont feed to this derilious Boko Propaganda.,With this crash i fear our Alpha Jets all 24 of them need to be rested for lesser missions while Super Tucano n oda Advanced Jets (Which NAF has to BUY) be used for COIN and Air Defence

  46. lordfej says:

    please am i the only one who thinks oje sounds like IGBI? God bless Nigeria

  47. Oje says:

    Are you serious?

  48. Oje says:

    This is not propaganda but a reality check, we can either choose to act to as a long term solution, or transfer the burden unto the next generation by kicking the can again, after all elections are near. There’s is not a single military in sub saharan Africa that has tasted adversity on the African continent more than the Nigerian army. From Liberia to Sierra Leon to Dafur to Mali to the Niger Delta insurgency, this is easily the most combat experience force,this army has seen war up close and all of a sudden we are having deep internal crises just 12 months after the CIA (for reasons best known to them) predicted a ”possible Nigeria break up in 2015”. What sort of country allows its intelligence agency to come out in public telling the media what country will break up? Simple, as Eeben Barrow once espoused,there is more than meets the eye. How does Boko Haram get their funding? In ISIS we know they sell 200,000 + barrel of Iraqi oil at the black market ridiculously cheap. Hezbollah receives funding from Iran and Quater, so who funds Boko Haram? a group that has grown to be the most vicious and barbaric terrorist group, second only to ISIS when it comes to sheer savagery and brutality.

    The terror group netted hundreds of millions of dollars from senior Cameroonian leaders and this has kept them afloat for long. Cameroon is a poor country, who funds Cameroon? France. Also Cameroon has preferred to play the indifferent ”i don’t give a fuck carry your wahala go attitude” when it comes to looking for regional solutions to the stand up to starve off Boko Harams launching points. Cameroon (like %90 of all Francophone countries) is comfortable taking orders from her colonial sugar daddy France who dictate their own term rather than cooperating with her brothers and neighbors. I bet they did not expect to see Nigeria still standing 5 years later.

    Anybody who does not support the notion of a limited all out offensive on select targets in Cameroon is not a patriot, strong words i know but what is the alternative? to continue being a pun in the global geopolitical struggle?

    • rdokoye says:

      It’s not that Cameroonians prefer to be dictated to by France; it’s that the country is ruled by a France-Friendly Dictator. Take away the leader, and you’ll have a new Cameroon, likely one that is more independent thinking.

  49. Oje says:

    My brother men lets take this serious o. This shit is hitting the fan.

  50. ugobassey says:

    I wouldn’t advice FG to go so far as to invade Cameroun but I think we should get Bakassi back…preferably diplomatically and if that doesn’t work….oh well send in the amphibious brigade. Bakassi is less than 20km from my maternal home…..what next? have them annex Calabar?

  51. odion777 says:

    Greeting, Please forget invading Cameroun, we will never dare not so long as they have France and even if they don’t , we still would not dare, this country called Nigeria is one nation today because Cameroun played a part in keeping it so, that was why Bakassi Peninsulla was seceded to Cameroun, as the then Cameroun government made sure the then Biafra government never had supplies through its border and coast line from Biafra sympathiser like France, Israel, South Africa, Portugal, Rhodesia and Vatican city and been recognised by Zambia, CIV, Gabon, Haiti, Tanzania, please see link below.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biafra

    We could not have paid Cameroun for the help then and that was the only way we could repay them by handing over Bakassi , what the Gowon government should have done then was to secede Bakassi to Cameroun for say 100 years or 200 years, but they did not do that and also lets not forget that Cameroun had to betray its colonial Master France to support Nigeria government, as the French where interested in helping Biafra, the Cameroun help made sure the civil war was shortened by a few years, maybe 10 or 15 years and you can imagine the devastation if the war was to last that long, look at the Sudan war, Somali and Boko Haram and then you will understand what it is to cut off supplies during war times as we did with the help of Cameroun against Biafra, so we should be grateful to Cameroun as more lives where saved, maybe the war would have got to Lagos and the Middle belt if Biafra kept getting needed supplies from France , South Africa and Israel.

    • Augustine says:

      Oga Odion777, that is the whole truth about Cameroon-Nigeria-Bakassi-Biafra episode, you have said the truth, and it is a sad one.

      Shows how much Nigeria will be a big loser when we are divided against ourselves…It makes outsiders to come loot us big time.

      Em, abeg, for this Boko war, make Nigeria no cede lake Chad to Chad o ! Na the only big water wey dey there, na thirst go kill person after !

  52. jimmy says:

    http://www.vanguardngr.com/2014/09/reps-resume-tomorrow-debate-jonathans-1-bn-loan-request-ebola-others/
    For those of us who have RELATIVES FRIENDS SERVING IT IS IMPORTANT that we remind our senators and assembly men and woman that this money is for procurement.
    The f.g. in camera accompanied by the members of the tri services need to inform the NASS on a govt to govt basis where exactly the money is going we do not need this $1b to become a national referendum or a freak show it is a lot of money and it is hard to say it is not enough but it is a start.

    • AreJames says:

      The Money is not enough.
      MI 35M that the Brazillians bought (AH2 Sabre specifications) was between $25m to $30m each. We may not have fully paid for the 4th/4.5 gen stuff currently being assembled. At least 2 squadrons of the JF 17 Block II are required at $600m, info on the currently delivered block type has not yet been released so the number may be lower.
      Army needs T90 tanks ($4.5m each), MLRS s, APCs, Radios, Recoilless rifles, Artilery pieces MRAP s and lots and lots of Ammo. UAV s already acquired have to be put in operation.
      I think the immediate requirements would be close to $3B-). The justification is that if we spend capex and ‘re equip adequately immediately we can finish the BH problem in 3 months. After which recurrent expenditure drops very sharply by almost 70%.
      The MI 171sh are dual use, very useful civilian applications to help the economy. Army engineers are going to be involved in reconstruction in the N. EAST which is good for the economy.

      • jimmy says:

        The block II version if we are to believe the unreliable WIKI will not start full scale manufacture till 2016-2017 for the PAF. The inference will be Nigeria got the block I version considering that Nigeria has warm relations with PAKISTAN and they have known to be reliable partners looking for a joint venture on this particular aircraft it stands to reason the block II with upgrades would be around come 2017.
        Although i have no proof it is more likely we have paid for these jets, remember we have been sending pilots according to oga henry way back in Feb / Mar.
        A bigger contract was signed way back in August , you do not sign back to back contract with ANTONOVS arriving with brand new Helios without putting cash down, remember prior to the 35- year- old- useless- Helios from America saga the announcement was these Helios would start arriving in AUG, they have, the good news is the right ones ( Night stalkers) have begun to arrive.

      • rka says:

        Oga Jimmy, they started Block II production earlier this year as Block I had come to an end after 50 air frames were produced.

        It is the Block III, which will feature enhancements, that will begin production in the 2016-17 time frame.

        There is a high probability that the NAF has got a few Block IIs for starters.

    • asorockweb says:

      Some of our journalist engage in mindless speculation, please read below:

      “The question no one wants to consider is, “were they involved in any unauthorised technical manoeuvre to another country?” No one has the answers. Not even NAF investigators. The nation is worried and waiting for this riddle to be solved”

      What ?!

      Well, I have my own poser:
      “There is another question no one wants to consider ‘Did they attempt to fly the alpha-jet to the moon?’ no one has the answers. Not even the NAF investigators.”
      ——–

      Meanwhile, the wreckage of the a-jet may have been found in Adamawa state.

      • Are James says:

        LOL.
        I thought I was the only one who noticed this rubbish. An incompetent journalist trying to look smart.

  53. jimmy says:

    oga rka
    I sincerely hope you are right and I a m wrong. I always quote wiki with caution.That would be very, very good news if we can get block II version followed later on by the block III version.
    Thanks oga rka.

    • rka says:

      Oga Jimmy, no worries. Make u no mind wiki. I subscribe to Air Forces Monthly and I remember reading an article on the JF-17 a few months back when there was a ceremony to inaugurate the Block II after they ceased Block I production.

      • Are James says:

        Wikipedia is just you and me writing stuff, submitting it and trying to be seen as ‘experts’. An authoritative journal like Airforces Monthly may indeed be better for actual detailed info.
        It is quite possible that Nigeria ordered some JF 17 Block 1 because of the urgency of requirement and the gaps that were just two glaring as we had an air force of only trainer jets. On the other hand there is no news of even one Block 1 aircraft sold outside Pakistan as at now. So of we had bought Block 1 at all, i expect them to be in the single digits in number with the bulk being later made up of Block II.

      • rka says:

        Oga Are James, it is a possibility, although remote, that the NAF got Block I because only 50 were built and they went to the PAF.

    • CHYDE says:

      Oga Jimmy maybe you should have a ‘re-look’ at wiki if you go to variants you’ll see where it clearly stated: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CAC/PAC_JF-17_Thunder

  54. peccavi says:

    Oga Jimmy, the issue is not the money, it I what is it going to bee used for and will it bee used to best effect? And what happened to whats already been allocated. All these problems stem from the stupidity, greed and profligacy of the Nigerian political elite. Just for once can parliament do its job and ask relevant questions rather than stupid ones for their press releases.
    Have you watched any of the senate confirmation hearings? Have you seen them even ask sensible questions? Abeg before any loan is taken let the FGN itemise wwhat its for, before tomorrow we will hear another story.
    Oga Oje: analysis should generally be based on realism. If you think we should invade or go to war with Cameroun abeg let me now hhow you conceivably think it can be done or what we do with whatever we have taken.
    I say this with respect but try and look upon military and strategic affairs dispassionately.
    Nigeria cannot defend its own territory at present and you are talking about invasions.

    Na beans?

    Did Cameroun ponsor MEND? or Maitatsine? or OPC or Biafra or Bakassi Boys or MASSOB or Ombatse? Or the kidnappers in the SE, or the Jos crisis?
    Abeg other than Biafra let me know how any of the above ended?
    Make I help you
    MEND boys are currently securing our oil pipelines and bunkering and oil spilss are at an all tie high
    Maitatsine: is dead, yet Kano has been the epicentre of religious riots for years, the politicians and oficiials who supported him are still in office
    OPC: many of the leaders are either politicians or activists walking free
    Biafra: the people who did the 2 coups who started the war are still walking around today enjoying oil blocks. No enquiries or tribunals for the coup plotters of January or July.
    MASSOB: their leaders are endorsing politicians while their members are in prison
    Ombatse: no trials or arrests
    Jos: multiple enquiries, with the results never released
    Kidnappers well all I can say is spend the night in Owerri and let me know
    Boko Haram, well they murdered Yusuf and hundreds of mostly innocent people. Really solved the fucking problem ba? Yet the people who caused the problem are sitting pretty

    Yet we Nigerians keep acting surprised when the next crisis pops up.
    They keep popping up because we never f$#@%ng deal with anything. We kill a few, settle a few and sweep it under the f@#$%ng rug and then start talking about Edward Snowden, CIA, FRance and Britain, like we genuinely need any outside help to f*%$ up our own sh#*
    Abeg make I hear word.
    When your invasion force reaches Yaoundé abeg call me, e get one Camerounian girl I dey toast for there

  55. jimmy says:

    hehe oga peccavi , I go tell madam say you dey play away match.
    On a more serious note I TOTALLY agree with you on the itemization issue, because that to a large degree cuts out the shady middle men. It is also a reason why I am favor of the Helios from Russia because it is a govt to govt deal.
    If you also recall the embarrassing senator who believed we should still be flying migs from the Biafran war hence the need for SENIOR MILITARY officers to go in camera in detail as to what needs to be PURCHASED.

  56. beegeagle says:

    Well, what if the Chengdu Aircraft Corporation, rather than the PAC handled the construction of the JF17s?

    BTW, the construction of the Blk IIs commenced in Dec 2013.

    http://www.janes.com/article/31787/pac-announces-start-of-jf-17-block-2-construction

    http://www.defensenews.com/article/20140210/DEFREG/302100032/Thunder-Resonates-Modernization-Inches-Forward-Pakistan

    The Block IIs were supposed to start rolling out early in 2014. Nothing to suggest that six months thereafter, a Nigerian production run is not feasible. I dunno of any used JF-17s and my source said “BRAND NEW”. That can only be Block IIs.

    http://thediplomat.com/2013/12/pakistan-begins-producing-block-ii-jf-17-aircraft/

    • jimmy says:

      Based on the item:
      “From early 2014 the first Block-II will rollout. Block-II has no airframe changes other than the addition of [an in-flight refuelling probe] which would later also be refitted to all Block-I aircraft. Most of the improvements are in radar and avionics.”
      It does appear for intents and purposes then……. that we are getting the block II version we do not have in – flight refueling capacity so we need not worry about the probe.
      The question will be the upgrades to the radar and the avionics, and (for me) the payload, and whether it can break the ,2000km barrier and back without refueling. i.e. can an airstrike emanate from Lagos drop his payload on “Fotokensol” ( Nigerian side) make its way back to Maiduguri / Lagos and drop another payload .We know the su30 can do it Can the JF17 do it without extra fuel tanks?

    • drag_on says:

      I hope we get some development input sometime in the future if we get the jet.The Chinese will readily agree to that.

    • CHYDE says:

      Oga beegs have you noticed that there is actually a structural difference between the two J17’s in the two links you gave. I’ve seen both pictures before but i just noticed the difference after a close look. Could that have Block type?

  57. Oje says:

    ”Oga Oje: analysis should generally be based on realism. If you think we should invade or go to war with Cameroun abeg let me now how you conceivably think it can be done or what we do with whatever we have taken.
    I say this with respect but try and look upon military and strategic affairs dispassionately.
    Nigeria cannot defend its own territory at present and you are talking about invasions.”
    …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

    Et tu Peccavi? You wanna know how we can do that? ok we can just have two division do a HELL MARCH across the border, 40,000 men with single bolt hunter guns will be too much for Yaounde to handle, i’m tired of this notion that because we are having a hard time with Boko Haram we cannot defend our country from existential threat. It will always be difficult fighting an enemy who do not play by the books of conventional warfare. Conservative estimates shows that Boko Haram might have up to 30,000 + men. Cameroons entire defense force is 30,000 of which %10 are in the police, 1000 in the Navy and about 1000 in the airforce. Today we have more than 50,000 soldiers in the North East Theater, what will be Cameroons response Nigerian invasion on three fronts simultaneously with 10,000 men each? Chinese Machine guns mounted on Toyota Hillux? ARTILLERY ?

  58. lordfej says:

    found a video on the aftermath of the konduga battle, Go to the website liveleak.comand search for bokoharam. I feel better knowing that they met a painful end.
    May God Bless Nigeria

  59. jimmy says:

    OGA LORDFEJ
    I watched it twice, it is gruesome. This video as gruesome as it is makes me very proud of the Nigerian Artillery. They really did something very effective which would not be discussed here but this video shows the arty boys are on top of their game. I also Tank tracks with sections of the road caved in draw your own conclusions.
    I understand now why the ARMY did not release the video however it would still be/ of been appropriate to release still photos of what is clearly the dead commander of this unit that based on bbc was going to rule Maiduguri. However that is a story for another day.

  60. asorockweb says:

    The main assumption I will make regarding the video on liveleak.com (search for konduga), is that it actually depicts the aftermath of the Konduga battle.

    Some observations …

    …It looks like the road was peppered with air-burst artillery, the trees too.

    …Signs of tracked vehicles on the road.

    …It seems they were in the process of collecting the bodies and bring them to the road.

    …Hardly any soldiers in sight.

    …For a town under threat, Konduga has lots of civilians.

    • Are James says:

      Same conclusion here. Airburst artillery or cluster munitions dropped from the air. No evidence of conventional artillery rounds.

      • jimmy says:

        Please do not jump to that conclusion to quickly. I may be wrong ,however if you know or read about German artillery during ww2 especially in forested or tree areas that may be a clue. T-Mobile. America’s First Nationwide 4G Network

      • peccavi says:

        Oga Oje: I seriously don’t have the time or energy to tell you how totally ridiculous you proposal is. So please lets agree to disagree.

    • jimmy says:

      Oga Asorock It seems you watched the movie band of brothers Your assumption on airburst artillery is correct. There were tanks involved in this battle and some of these mofos died from the concussive effect hence the lack of visible injuries. Yes as you can see they were collected for lack of a humane word depot. The interesting thing true to form this was a helter skelter battle and shows what well trained arty crews can do with intel from the sky. I sincerely hope the battle for gwoza is not far off.The enemy must constantly be put on the defensive.The f.g to bring this war to a close must be pratical I.e rekit,watch the video and move on…..to gwoza…..the longer the wait…..the larger the collateral damage…….there has to be a time frame H- hour. T-Mobile. America’s First Nationwide 4G Network

  61. asorockweb says:

    Death sentence for the mutineers (the ones that shot at the GOC).

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-29216432

    • asorockweb says:

      Sad, these soldiers would have reacted differently to the deaths of their colleagues if they didn’t feel the “righteous anger” that comes with “monkey dey work, baboon dey chop”, or more correctly, “monkey dey die, baboon dey chop.”

      The “righteous anger” that comes with thinking that your commander works for Boko Haram.

      The “righteous anger” that comes with thinking that your officers are incompetent.

      We can attribute a big chunk of this “righteous anger” to:
      1) Lack of pro-active leadership
      2) The information starved 3rd-world mindset
      3) BH psychological warfare
      4) A vicious anti-Nigerian Army media campaign
      5) The new world of the internet and social media.

      • jimmy says:

        Righteous anger may be righteous it should never ever translate into firing at a. General.A similar situation would result in a death sentence in the us. Let us wait and see how this situation plays out. Regardless however this is a grim sober wake up call for all officers both commissoned and non commisoned officers in all the armed forces.indiscipline had run rampant for years and bh brought it to the fore.The rot has to stop n-o-w. T-Mobile. America’s First Nationwide 4G Network

      • Are James says:

        Agree with (1) and (2).
        (3) is also a possibility based on the fact that some officers actually worked for BH
        (4) is self inflicted.
        (5) is the hand you have been dealt, NA should make use of it and adapt.
        Those convicted ‘soldiers’ were never soldiers in the first place, military politicians maybe operating at the lowest level.

  62. ozed says:

    It is now clear to me (and i hope everyone else), why DHQ could never release pix of this massacre to the public. Some things are just better kept in secret and viewed only by people who have chosen to see it, not people who might stumble on it and be scared for life.

    There is now a deafening silence in the North East. However, i sincerely hope that our military high command is not fooled into thinking that it is over. We need to keep the pressure on.

    Well done boys.

    • Kay says:

      That video was quite clearly released by a third party. Was seeing snippets of pictures released before finally stumbling on the video.

      Anyways what I want to know is if the military was attacked and the enemies retreated, what axis did they come from? Unless the army is not in control of Bama…

      Also read GPS units were recovered from the terrorists…I’ll choose for navigation but better not be for calling in arty!

  63. Augustine says:

    Sad news……
    http://www.punchng.com/news/12-soldiers-who-attacked-goc-sentenced-to-death/

    If you know the law, don’t break the law, find other legitimate ways to show your frustration.

    Bad news…..
    http://www.punchng.com/news/boko-haram-ambushes-soldiers-in-kogi/

    Fifth column strikes inside Nigerian army again. Only God knows how many of our calamities came from them in the past four years of Boko war !

  64. ocelot2006 says:

    Wow…that’s a lot of bodies

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