MILITARY ESCALATION IN THE FAR NORTHEAST OF NIGERIA : STATUS UPDATES (IV)

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  1. beegeagle says:

    NIGERIA, BENIN, CHAD, NIGER AND CAMEROON AGREE ON 8,700 TROOPS AND COPS FOR JOINT REGIONAL ACTION AGAINST BOKO HARAM

    http://africa.afpmobile.com/pl/svt/si/afp/po/opafrica/sc/afp_en_africa/dk/afpmobile.02-07-2015.8311/ms/ffb7iEff0Z/r/1423405497/pa/301096/uid/

  2. beegeagle says:

    FROM MC USMAN

    The frontline is surprisingly silent, saw huge convoy of military truks moving towards ****** in Yobe

  3. beegeagle says:

    FIVE PERSONS KILLED IN NIGER MARKET BOMBING

    VOICE OF AMERICA
    8 February, 2015

    At least five people were killed when a bomber struck a market in the town of Diffa in southeastern Niger on Sunday, after the army repelled an attack by Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram on the border settlement.

    It was the second attack by Boko Haram in three days on Niger’s
    southern border region, where some 2,500 Chadian troops have gathered ahead of a planned military offensive by regional powers against the Islamist group.

    Niger’s parliament is due to vote Monday on a proposal to send its troops into Nigeria to help fight Boko Haram.

    Residents in Diffa said fighting was heard between 6 and 10 a.m.(0600 to 1000 GMT) in the southern outskirts of the town. “There was fighting between security forces and elements of Boko Haram who tried to enter the town,” said a military source. “Fighting is taking place around the bridge at Doutchi. There are many dead.”

    Bombing in market

    Local residents said a young boy carrying explosives blew himself up in Diffa’s market. Local radio Anefi, however, said the bomb was thrown by a young man on a motor-bike who escaped. “We have carried five dead bodies out of the market,” said a member of the local emergency services. “There are around 15 wounded, some of them in a serious condition.”

    Chadian forces already crossed into Nigeria last week to the south of Lake Chad to attack Boko Haram in the town of Gambaru, bordering Cameroon.

    On Saturday, the governments of Cameroon, Chad, Niger, Nigeria and Benin agreed to establish an 8,700-strong regional force. Chad has deployed some 2,500 soldiers to neighboring Cameroon and Niger as part of this effort.

    Boko Haram has seized territory in northeastern Nigeria as part of a five-year insurgency to carve out an Islamist state on the territory of Africa’s top oil producer and biggest economy. Around 10,000 people were killed last year.

    Nigeria’s electoral commission on Saturday postponed a
    presidential election that had been scheduled for next weekend
    until March 28 due to security concerns over Boko Haram’s
    insurgency.

  4. beegeagle says:

    This is more appropriate, bro.

    http://nationalmirroronline.net/new/scores-of-boko-haram-terrorists-killed-in-borno/

    NAIRALAND ain’t a news agency. Only relevant if it is an on-the-spot report or a photostory. Interested foreigners would want to read the hard news story. Thanks all the same.

  5. Colloid says:

    We thank God for the kind patriotic, competent, and committed calibre of officers we have. Ogas in the house, any news from the frontline? I heard BH had gone silent since their heavy human/equipments losses.

    • saleh says:

      most probably the begining of the end for bh

      • Colloid says:

        Oga, this is a game of “probability”, it is a game of “Total annihilation”. They surrender or no surrender, we are RESOLVED to decimate them once and for all. The time of “kid glove” don waka, na time wey Army go show dem the “STUFF they were made of” don come o.#VictoryForNigeria

      • Colloid says:

        Sorry. Meant to type “this isn’t a game of probability”.

  6. jimmy says:

    http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/02/election-postponement-us-deeply-disappointed-kerry/
    The continued waning influence of the US please NO POLITICAL TALK on the POSTPONEMENT.

  7. Manny Aaydel says:

    Dear Ogas, with increasing BH footfalls in Cameroon and now Niger, methinks we might eventually see an LRA-type scenario where the UPDF kicked LRA out of Uganda and into neighbouring countries (CAR, S.Sudan). I believe that Nigeria is already becoming too hot for the insurgents and they’re ‘relocating’ to easier climes. I shudder to think of what will happen if they entrench themselves in these places. Ultimately, the agelong maxim comes true..he who rides the tiger… I pray I’m wrong.

    • asorockweb says:

      Oga Manny,

      Cameroon, Niger and Chad are not shy about asking for help.

      If BH is kicked out of Nigeria, then you can start your stopwatch to see how long it will take for BH to disappear.

      • sizzorkay says:

        It’s not even gonna work in our favor, we kick them into those countries, then guess who’s gonna come to the aid of chad of Cameroon, in our backyard? France.
        Now imagine France engaging terrorists right next to Nigeria, not bad as long as those fools are dead, but eventually France might launch attacks on them within Nigeria during a pursuit. And we don’t want that.

  8. beegeagle says:

    So MDGR and DMTR were recently recaptured? When were they ever captured? Do AFP have fact checkers or they just spin and spin?

  9. ozed says:

    Have been cracking my brain as to why the west is suddenly so hostile to Nigeria and is actively fighting us across the local and global media. At last i think i have it. Its the Petroleum Industry Bill, which is with the National Assembly. If passed in its current form, all the International Oil Companies (who are mainly western) would have to settle for a much reduced take than they currently get. Meanwhile the Eastern oil Companies (China, Korea, India) are apparently itching to come in and take up those oil blocks.

    They have been pressuring GEJ and his team without much success. No wonder everything the Nigerian Government does now is wrong, and they deserve no help.

    I may be wrong but i cant think of any other major areas of disagreement. Hope they havent made a deal with the (presumed) incoming government.

  10. Augustine says:

    Not likely MNJTF can stop all fleeing Bokos, the insurgents will flee into Chad, Niger, Cameroon in small pockets and numbers, especially foreign origin mercenaries. Many will dissolve into Nigerian civilian populace and throw away their AK-47, relocate to other northern states where their faces will not be known, start a new life, especially Nigerian citizen Bokos.

    What Boko Haram will do afterwards is not predictable, can fizzle out permanently, can slowly regroup and rebuild for the future.

    I would repeat my call for Nigeria to fence off ALL her northern borders along international boundaries from Kebbi, Sokoto, Zamfara, Katsina, Jigawa, Yobe, Borno to Adamawa. I have explained details of this on another thread and no need to repeat. Great wall of China centuries ago, and New ‘wall’ of Saudi Arabia last year 2014 are examples of wisdom that only fools will argue against.

    Stop crying thief thief when your house has no door !

  11. beegeagle says:

    CHADIAN troops pictured in hitherto unseen Chinese-built self-propelled artillery guns

  12. buchi says:

    oga augustine nah today we don det shout about building a suitable border line fence throught out the NE and some areas in the East of nigeria (calabar,taraba)down through the core north to thr nw and nnw…
    i used to think that althru nigeria had no border fencing
    well i was damn.wrong when i saw pictures of the seme border down to areas north from lagos…(badagry et al) they were fenced i mean really fenced with truck sized carriage detectors placed at the border gates…we need to replicate this action in the north east..even if we cant get carriage detectors every where at least the fence with a buffer zone should be buily
    we have played big broda a lot and looks how we are being paid bck.it istime for nigeria to be selfish and put ourselves first

    • Kola Adekola says:

      Seme border is fenced indeed, and behind the fence there is reasonable military and police presence. Sadly, there are smugglers routes too. We will need to frown absolutely at any type of border crossings if the fences we build will serve to stop terrorists who can come through smugglers routes singly or in small groups.

      We need to make an integrated plan for our border areas that would encapsulate retraining, posting off officers, duplication of work by various services, IT and military posture/doctrine.

  13. Naijaseal says:

    I’m beginning to agree with oga Augustine about the border fence. Either that or mine the porous borders, leaving only designated and official border crossing points. Anyone attempting to go through illegal paths has him/herself to blame.

    • sizzorkay says:

      Fencing won’t work, unless if we are talking about something that isn’t gonna be too long. But to fence the entire border regions? That will be a waste, unless there are motion detectors and air surveillance 24/7.
      We are talking about fences that smugglers will gladly dig underneath, or just make a hole thru it and smuggle whatever they want thru, while we sit there feeling secure about some fence that has already being breached.
      Even the Mexican border with the US, smugglers simply tunnel underneath it and move their narcotics . Its all about determination.
      Be ready to have hundreds of vehicles and thousands of border patrol agents, again, 24/7. Its a huge commitment . So we gotta be ready for that,

  14. Kolawole says:

    hi guys….i was thinking about something…i have the blueprint on how to build a f15 fighter jet..how can i bring the airforce into this to assist them build our own jets…the blue print has all we need from parts to the assembling etc…

    • colloid says:

      Really? Great!!! Oga kolawole, please help if you can. We need to show them we got the manpower, intellect, technical-know-how and the will to do whatever we aspire to do. Even me self, my program for the Military esp the Army is still in progress. 10 years from now, they would see a NEW Nigeria where no western media and power be dragging HERE and THERE. The only difference between HERE and THERE is the “T” which is the TIME. We will surely have the kind country we want. #GodBlessNigeria
      #GodBlessNigeriaMilitary
      #VictoryForNigeria

    • giles says:

      funny guy. even if u have d blueprint will u also provide use with d fabrication n cutting tools. wot of days engine

      it’s one thing to have blueprint n another to produce it

      • Kola Adekola says:

        Oga giles.
        This is attitude is what keeps Nigeria down.

        Which do you consider more valuable, the brain that produced the blueprint or the fabrication and cutting tools (some of which can be bought from any hardware store)?
        More can’t buy brains, but money can buy tools.

    • Kola Adekola says:

      General Kolawole, keep your head up and keep striving to be a pride to Nigeria.
      I hope answers can come from some of our Oga’s here.

      We need policies to harness (and vet) Nigeria’s geniuses, it can’t be all about buying Su-30’s. How and when are we going to start making our own?

      Oga Kolawole, I hail you, sir!

      • Kolawole says:

        may i ask cant i create a private defence industry in nigeria that can develop this stuff…like jets and some few weapons…ill bring a team of expert..from my ibo folks that can design fast track weapons and short range missiles

      • Henry says:

        Oga Kolawole, if you have the expertise and the finances to back you up, please start up. The Government would back you up, they have since through BOI been backing Proforce defence.

        The President only recently called for indigenization of defence equipment in one of his campaign rallies.

        Besides, myself and many other Nigerians are sincerely tired of seeing us fielding foreign LAV’s, rifles and MRAPs we should normally build.

    • Oga Kola, just be focussed on what you are doing…Many “patriots” would throw sand sand in ur garri…One day you would come in contact of the people who would put you on track…Be Focused Chief!!!

    • Are James says:

      You don’t have jack to produce jack. Stop bringing this blog to ridicule. Let us be serious please.

  15. colloid says:

    I quite agree that a border fence should be erected. Take Israel as an example. If Nigeria can’t build a border fence, then, they should aerial plant mines for out safety and sovereignty. The borders up north are so porous that even a mouse can’t have such “roads and pathways” leading to it hole. The porousity of our borders had make the Battle against terrorists somehow strenous cox those guys would just crossed through into neighbouring countries and Gbam!!! Dem don go regroup and rearmed.

    • ozed says:

      Guys may i just say very quickly that the mining option is a really really bad idea!

      How educated are the tribes living in this areas? Even if you could explain the danger to them without too many lost limbs, how do you explain to the itinerant fulani and their cattle, who travel back and forth. In deed the mobile nature of the fulanis implies that you cant even reach them effectively to properly explain the danger zones etc.
      Anyway like i said —- really bad idea, We wey the world don already paint black? You want Amnesty International to have a field day?

      Lets look more closely at the walling option, or invest in a proper border guard unit/corps equipped with aerial assets, patrol vans, land radar etc.

      • sizzorkay says:

        Imagine that, the same people jumping up and down on an armed drone that crashed, with visible missile on it lol, how stupid can some people be. Live missile, yet they mass on top of it as if its Suya.
        No way the UN will even allow such, countries are removing mines from their land, we are talking about planting mines on ours. Get ready to be thorn up by the UN, it will just create an issue, and since Naija like playing the good boy, i don’t think we would wanna upset the UN

    • I dont agree with planting mines oooo. its such a dangerous idea and Mines are indiscriminate. 15 years from now the would be killing pple still innocent kids playing around would get blown up even animals would be affected. on the fence idea the cost would be mad and whats the point of a fence if you cant monitor the entire stretch of the fence and if you have the manpower and the technology to monitor the entire stretch of the border fence then you dont need the fence in the !st place. remember that the border is a coupla thousand km long. Even in the US pple still cross the Mexico border regularly.

  16. Naijaseal says:

    @Adetayo,

    So if we do not do mines (extreme,i agree) or fences what else can we do? The itinerant Fulani is an issue that Nigeria has to deal with sooner or later. We too dey do Ostrich for this country sef..

    Anyway, people should NOT have FREE movement in between countries through illegal points, herdsman or no herdsman.

    Since the aim is to control and/or channel the flow of people into/out of Nigeria, a fence is a minimum solution.

    If the aim to eyeball traffic in/out of NIgeria, a MALE drone based fleet or Satellite solution is best.

    I dont know how much a satellite solution would cost, but i know you can get a fixed UAV with an endurance of more than 24hrs for about $300k. I once did a proposal for a 9ja government agency for such a UAV…

    Anyway, such a fleet be set to fly by waypoints, integrate the data collection to extract needed info from it. The technology is available readily.

    • well there you have it, u have given a more viable solution to the problem. NO nation i know of (am open to correction) has a water tight border. securing borders have always been big headache for countries. but the re is no doubt we can do more for ourselves and deploy tech. except we wanna create a mayb 3km wide buffer zone at our border and have it manned by fixed Gun robots like South Kore uses in the DMZ. the use radar and thermal imaging and optics to detect human movt and have machine guns that are said to be able to kill a human at the range of 3km and are fully autonomous. for a proper analogy something linke what was placed on the roof of the wghitehouse in the movie olympus has fallen.

  17. @camouflage1984 Mining has indeed been banned under a number of international treaties and am priti sure Nigeria signed those treaties.

  18. Manny Aaydel says:

    @Camouflage/Adetayo’s Blog, sirs, its true, Nigeria is a signatory to the Ottawa Treaty banning the manufacture, stockpiling, distribution and use of AP Mines (anti-personnel). She is allowed to keep some for training purposes (Army Engineers to train in clearing mines etc). So obviously, we can’t use them. We can however still use anti-tank and other mines (marine variants etc).

    • igbi says:

      perhaps we should retract from that treaty. What are the modalities to retract of signature. And what exactly has signing that treaty helped us archieve ?

  19. BH has released a new video

  20. igbi says:

    I think that forst of all we need to block our borders for our national security.
    Now there are three steps in blocking the border:
    1) physical: a well thought combination of wide ditches and man made or natural obstacles.
    2) technologic: NAF jets and drones should be moving around the border everyday to check that people are not trying to undermine the construction. That should be combined with land border patroles by soldiers and NSCDC and police and costoms and even vigilantes.
    3) Human: establish new settlements along the border and encourage people to migrate there (by offering them economical advantages or free schools or whatsoever). The border community should be made up of patriots and be tasked to report any suspicious activities to the authorities. The border community should be narrowly linked to the authorities, perhaps by deliberately recruiting some of the community members into the DSS. And the patriotism of the border community should regularly be enhanced by state offerings and speeches and visits by important people of the state and “free” and good eduation, job opportunities and all.

  21. igbi says:

    Also border communities should have the capacity to fight against armed invaders, perhaps we should have a sort of national guard recruited from the border communities. That would be the logical next step for the civilian jtf. Of course they should be an arm of the state and dircetly under the regular army. And for federal reasons, the border community should be a mix of all tribes. there should be no notion of tribe in the border community.

    • rka says:

      Let’s see whether there will be any criticism of the Cameroonian/Chadian defenders. I somehow suspect not. It will somehow be Nigeria’s fault.

      I thought the “mighty” Chadians were supposed to be guarding the border along with the all singing all dancing suave BIR?

      Anyway, I hope the abducted people are rescued and are safe and sound.

    • igbi says:

      1) the report didn’t come with the outcome.
      2) the “journalist” didn’t ask the military for confirmation.
      3) the “journalist” is the only journalist reporting this;

      i have no doubt that the report will soon be copied by other “news” papers, but it really has all the appearances of a rumour. But it seems that that is the “news” standards nowadays: publication of rumours.

  22. Oje says:

    ” The corruption in Nigeria, epic even by African standards, was revealed in 2014 to have wrecked the armed forces. This is not unusual but it alarmed neighboring countries, who have smaller but more effective security forces. This accounts for the better performance of troops from Cameroon, Niger and Chad against Boko Haram. The corruption in Nigeria is so bad that political and military leaders are reluctant to admit it, much less do something about it. This has led to strained relations with the United States, which refused to sell weapons to Nigeria unless some real efforts were carried out to deal with the military corruption and incompetence. The Nigerian generals and senior politicians are still holding out, mainly because many politicians believe the loyalty of corrupt senior officers is essential to keeping politicians safe from increasingly angry Nigerians (who suffer the most from the corruption).

    Nothing like some stress to expose fundamental problems in a society. Delaying the elections was seen by many Nigerians as a cynical ploy by corrupt politicians to give them time to figure out how to prevent too many reform-minded candidates from getting elected (despite all the corrupt practices used to rig elections). In short, Boko Haram is not the only revolutionary movement Nigeria’s corrupt leaders have to worry about.

    Many Nigerian military commanders are surprised at their inability to cope with Boko Haram. After all the Nigerian military put down a tribal rebellion in the south a decade ago and has carried out successful peacekeeping operations for decades. The difference was the southern rebels were basically gangs of oil thieves and not out to conquer and rule the Niger River Delta (and all the oil fields there) using mass murder and slavery as primary tactics. The peacekeeping operations were generally taking place in countries where the fighting had ended and the peacekeepers were carefully chosen for this duty and rarely stressed as they are now by Boko Haram. This stress extends to the Nigerian Air Force which is, for the first time, facing effective ground fire. Boko Haram doesn’t just get its ideology from other Islamic terrorist groups but also practical advise on how to deal with armed helicopters and low flying bombers (machine-guns, especially larger caliber ones, can be very effective). This has led to several helicopters and jets being lost and forced warplanes to fly higher (and less effectively if bombing) or to not use armed helicopters at all if Boko Haram has organized effective ground fire. Not all Boko Haram groups are doing this, but more are and the air force is scrambling to come up with new tactics to deal with it. Already this has included the use of Chinese UAVs, hastily purchased and armed with Chinese versions of the American Hellfire missile. The air force has to better train the operators of these UAVs if they are to be of any use and at least one if these UAVs has already been lost. The generals are still under pressure to heed the American advice and that may yet happen. But so far it has not.”

    http://strategypage.com/qnd/nigeria/articles/20150209.aspx

  23. igbi says:

    The attack was launched as a part of actions to suppress the Boko Haram terrorists.

    Maj-Gen Chris Olukolade, the director of defense information, told the journalists that the army had been attacking the forest and other hideouts of the terror group since Monday night.

    The military used its war drones to reach some of the Boko Haram camps in the northeast but there was no information about casualties on either side. The army said that they are still dedicated to protecting the civilian population at whatever cost.

    Olukolade said: “We are still committed in ensuring that we degrade their ability to continue their activities and eventually eliminate them.”

    “The mission is on. There are no allowing terrorists anywhere. As many times as they come, it will only give us the opportunity to decimate them.”

    It was learnt that troops of the Nigerian army, under instruction to raid Sambisa Forest in Borno State with a view to ending the years of Boko Haram insurgency, have started bombarding the borders of the forest near Adamawa state.

    Sources close to the area have confirmed that aerial bombing started yesterday.

    According to a soldier, who is serving with the 7th Division and confirmed the information, but asked not to be named, “special forces have been mobilised from different part of the country, especially the 81st Battalion, to Yola over the weekend and the operation starts today (Monday).”

    “What people may have heard or seen today may not be unconnected with the operation. They have to do the bombardment of the forest starting from the fringes before the artillery troops would begin to advance. But be rest assured that before the end of this week the forest as well as many communities under the control of Boko Haram would be reclaimed”.

    The soldier said he himself and most of his colleagues were happy with the United Nations decision to constitute an international joint task force to fight the Boko Haram insurgents.

    On Saturday, Chadian forces recaptured the northeastern Nigerian town of Gamboru-Ngala after a fierce battle with Boko Haram that involved a ground and air campaign.

    Gamboru-Ngala, about 145 kilometres east of Maiduguri, was captured by Boko Haram last year.

    A soldier involved in the operation said Chadian forces were working under the African Union agreement to help Nigeria in its fight against Boko Haram.

    The Borno state governor, Kashim Shettima, has recently disclosed that the over 200 school girls abducted from Chibok, Borno, by Boko Haram are still alive and being held in Sambisa Forest.

    Additionally, Boko Haram survivors recently told how they had escaped from Sambisa forest, where the insurgents were located.

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  24. igbi says:

    Nigerian Military Not Corrupt But Patriotic – Olukolade

    By Ebriku John Friday
    — Jan 20, 2015

    Following allegations against the Nigerian Armed Forces that it is callous, insensitive, corrupt and incompetent, the military headquarters has denied the allegations, saying it is “very unfair and unfortunate”.

    Defence spokesperson General Chris Olukolade, who stated this yesterday via his Twitter handle @GENOlukolade, while responding to questions from his followers with the hashtag #DefenceNGspeaks, insisted that the army’s men are patriotic and committed to the fight against terror.

    He said, “We thank all our friends who have utilized the forum to interact with us. We assure you that we will keep this channel alive in our efforts to ensure sustained engagement with Nigerians and our friends all over the world.

    “The campaign aimed at presenting the leadership of the Nigerian Armed Forces as callous, insensitive, corrupt and incompetent among many uncomplimentary descriptions is very unfair and unfortunate.

    “Contrary to this misinformation, the leadership and the entire rank and file of the Armed Forces of Nigeria have remained highly patriotic and committed to ensuring the success of well-thought-out plans and operations to achieve the defeat of terror and restoration of peace and security in all parts of the country.”

    He gave the assurance that the security agencies had the necessary capacity and urged the people to trust in their capability to deliver on their mandate of securing life and property.

    • Are James says:

      $32bn in five years. Nigeria should have 200 of the latest combat jets, 400 tanks and 600 IFVs. You explain where the money went. We know what is called propaganda, the word was invented centuries ago but we also know when things are not adding up and our expenditure on defence does not add up with what is on ground. Nigerians are very very ambitious and enthusiastic about their country that is why what is happening is generating great anger in some people.

      • igbi says:

        I already made an analysis of the budget, you got it totally wrong. The budget was verry unsufficient. Notice that the budget was not 32 billion dollars a year, but the claim is that if you cumulate the budgets of the 5 last years then you get 32 billions dollars. I am not sure of this claim first of all, because I know that the budget varies according to the year. And I know that madame Okonjo was cutting military spendings at some point. My conclusions in my last analysis showed that about 66% of the budget was spent on salaries. Then you also have to do maintenance of equipment and you also have to finance deployments for internatl security. All that meant that the budget was insufficient. Nigeria is a vast country with more than 180 million people. A small military budget like this is far from enough.

        “Our latest data shows that Nigeria spent $2,100,000,000 on their military in 2012 which amounted to 1.0% of the country’s GDP that year. Check out the chart below for more Nigerian military budget data. We can only publish the past 12 years, but SIPRI has data as far back as 1988 on their site.”
        http://militarybudget.org/nigeria/

        @arejames, you look more and more politically motivated. Please let us try and keep politics aside, this iis national security related. Thank you.

      • igbi says:

        you certainly don’t expect from soldiers to be buying warplanes with their salaries, or do you ?

      • Haba na!!! $32 Billion bawo na.!!!! Hopw is that even possible. Thats like 6 Trillion naira!! In 2day’s currency.

  25. igbi says:

    The video in full:

  26. igbi says:

    Don’t beliieve the USA/western propaganda. Believe your soldiers.

  27. beegeagle says:

    MC USMAN@19:13PM, February 9th.

    Update

    Boko haram invaded Kanamma LGA in Yobe State. Kanamma LGA is a border town with Niger Republic. Scores killed,DPO kidnapped

    • igbi says:

      Does that mean that it was a police barracks which was attacked ? And given that the DPO is said to be kidnapped, does that mean that it was a cross border attack and that the terrorists have already fled into Niger ? Could we have more details ?

      • Olumide says:

        I don’t know but It seems to me that BH insurgents are seeking out and attacking soft targets and lightly defended positions to match the propaganda, the now familiar western media narrative of an escalating insurgency even though NA current momentum is destroying BH offensive capabilities.

  28. jimmy says:

    The best thing that could of happened to the NA was for boko haram to attack Niger , Chad and Cameroon with the direct attacks on Chad especially it appears for now we have their full cooperation ditto Niger.
    It is now up to the entire ARMED FORCES of Nigeria to follow through starting xxxxx 2015.
    God speed.

  29. beegeagle says:

    CHAD PUTTING HER BEST FOOT FORWARD…if na we now, 9 Hilux and one Cobra APC. We dey yab sha. Kai..

    BMP-1 IFV

    Chinese-built WZ 523 APC (not to be confused with the more advanced WZ 551/Type 92 APC)

    http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/p

  30. drag_on says:

    However, he said France could not be expected to get involved in every crises around the world and accused other major powers of inaction in Africa.

    “This is a message to the international community and the biggest countries. Do your work! Stop giving lessons and take action!” Hollande said.

    “In Africa, we have to help the Africans a lot more to fight terrorism, because if we do not then other countries will be destabilised,” he warned.

    http://uk.mobile.reuters.com/article/idUKKBN0L927N20150205?irpc=932

  31. igbi says:

    http://loveworldplusnews.org/army-routs-boko-haram-fighters-in-damboa/

    Troops from the 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, over the weekend, killed scores of Boko Haram insurgents in an ambush near Damboa town in southern part of the state, security sources and witnesses said.

    Damboa was taken over by the Boko Haram mid-last year but it was liberated by the Nigerian troops, a development that paved the way for residents who fled to Biu and parts of Gombe State to return to their homes.Since then, the Boko Haram insurgents, reportedly mobilising from Sambisa and Alagarno forests have made series of attempts to take over the town, the latest of which was on Saturday.

    It was gathered that the insurgents, armed with sophisticated weapons, drove towards Damboa around noon but were intercepted by troops deployed from the 195 Battalion.

    “Acting on a tip-off, the troops left their station in Damboa and ambushed the approaching terrorists in Kalla village which is just five kilometres away,” said Goni Mustapha, a resident of Damboa.

    “They had a deadly encounter for many hours which terrified many of us here in Damboa. We even contemplated leaving our homes but some senior officers directed that we should remain behind, assuring us that nothing would happen. Around 5pm, the soldiers that went to the battle front returned to their base.”

    A youth vigilante, Mukhtar Ahmad, said most of the insurgents that mobilised to attack Damboa were killed.

  32. asorockweb says:

    National Security Advisor Sambo Dasuki, who this weekend secured a delay to Nigeria’s presidential elections, said “all known Boko Haram camps will be taken out” by the time of the rescheduled vote.

    “They won’t be there. They will be dismantled,” he told AFP in an interview when asked what gains could be made against the Islamists before the new polling date of March 28.
    (http://www.vanguardngr.com/2015/02/sambo-dasuki-vows-crush-boko-haram-election/)

    The last time a top security official said something similar almost a year ago, Nigeria had no capacity to actually execute a large scale offensive. Now, things are very different.

    After the GOC of 7 Div was shot at, the NA seems to have adopted a 4 step process:
    Step 1, RESTRAIN (Contain Boko Haram, and deny freedom of action)
    Step 2, RETRAIN (Elevating basic troopers to advanced Infantry)
    Step 3, REEQUIP (Protected mobility, IFVs and Tanks)
    Step 4, RESTORE (Lunch an offensive with enough troops and firepower to both clear and hold ground)

    How did the NA fare in each step?

    Step 1, RESTRAIN
    A failure.
    The strategic objective to hold major cities was a resounding success, but FOBs in Gwoza, Bama, Gamboru, Mubi, Mungonu and Baga were lost.
    Critically, thousands of citizens lost their lives and the people’s confidence in the army was greatly diminished.
    In the space of geo-politics, the fact that we have soldiers in Darfur and cops in Somalia became laughable because more people are being killed in Nigeria than in the international “war zones” that we are helping out with.

    Step 2, RETRAIN
    A success.
    Troops that have been retrained to advanced infantry level have already played critical roles in the ongoing campaigns, notably in Damboa and Hong.

    Step 3, REEQUIP
    Satisfactory.
    New equipment is evident in the operations of the army, and the newly acquired T-72 tanks have already played decisive roles in a few battles (the recovery of Mubi, the protection of Maiduguri.) But the indoctrination of new equipment has been delayed by geo-politics and bad contracting practices.

    Step 4, RESTORE.
    Undecided.
    This is the current phase. The National Security Adviser seems certain that Nigeria will be whole again in the coming weeks. The most important thing about this phase is to remain on the offensive, even if it take 2 years. The NA should never go back to the RESTRAIN phase.

    Just a little something to ponder regarding the campaign against Boko Haram.

    • jimmy says:

      I would like to add one more step Better Intel despite the very BAD SETBACK @ BAGA it appears the INTEL has gotten better / better Training tactics ( They go hand in hand) The battle for BIU, DAMBOA, and Maiduguri and just outside Maiduguri.
      Iknow we were advised to do a write for Defence reform , but I am going to wait till Gwoza and Baga are firmly back wearing the Green White Green Flag.

      • asorockweb says:

        True. Intel seems to be coming primarily from the Air Force.
        I purposely left the NAF out of this analysis.

    • On point bruv!! The reason why Nigerians are skeptical abt the NA is cos of failed promises and bragging and grandstanding that amounted to nothing. However with this resurgence the NA has the opportunity to redeem its image

  33. G8T Nigeria says:

    Very good analysis my friend. One good thing about any war is having someone who spits fire. Words that communicates strength.

    • asorockweb says:

      Yes, you speak of leadership.
      Unfortunately, soldiers and officers were left to battle their own demons by themselves.

  34. asorockweb says:

    A new infographic from citizen.co.za, I believe this one is an AFP infographic.

  35. Omonon says:

    Good Morning my Ogas.

    BATTLE MODE REACTIVATED.

    GOD BLESS NIGERIA!!!

  36. beegeagle says:

    FROM MIKE

    I’ve been an avid reader of your blog for upwards of 4 years and I must say that you have done a very good job by helping to intimate Nigerians about the goings on in the military. I’ve commented a few times but the comments have never made it past moderation.

    I am sending this mail as regards a member of your blog who goes by the name “@oje”. Over the years that he has been contributing to the blog, I have noted that he is a warmonger who would love nothing than to see Nigeria go into a war with all our neighbours and if “possible” with the western powers. On every thread he advocates for the attack on Ndjamena and Yaoundé. I would like to throw this question to him “Will he lead the attack himself or will he sit back and fire bullets from his computer screen”.

    The fact that there is an insurgency going on in our dear nation does not mean that we should waltz our way into a war with our neighbours. I believe the he does not understand that Nigeria’s relationship goes beyond just being side by side with each other.

    On the thread about our new supposedly missile armed F91 stealth ship the first question he posed was as to ” how far the missile can travel and if it could be launched into Yaoundé from Calabar or Port Harcourt”. What sort of lunatic is that?

    Lastly, be wary of such people because they will ultimately become the yardstick by which your blog will be judged. Keep up the good work.

    PS. Tell “Igbi” that sometimes he can sound like a broken record.

  37. beegeagle says:

    BOKO HARAM ATTACKS N NIGER, CAMEROON

    VOICE OF NIGERIA
    9 February, 2015

    Nigeria’s Boko Haram militants launched new attacks in Niger and
    Cameroon on Monday as the group’s leader vowed to defeat soldiers fighting the group.

    Witnesses say Boko Haram gunmen attacked a prison REB in the
    southeastern Niger town of Diffa but were driven back by Niger’s army. There was no word on casualties or whether any prisoners escaped.

    Later, reports from northern Cameroon said militants had seized a bus with at least 18 people on board. A resident from the town of Koza told The Associated Press that the militants drove the bus back toward the Nigerian border.

    A new video posted to YouTube showed Boko Haram chief Abubakar Shekau mocking the regional force being assembled to combat the Islamist extremists. Shekau said a force of 7,000 soldiers is small and his fighters can kill them one by one.

    He also threatened Chadian President Idriss Deby, whose troops battled Boko Haram fighters last week in Nigeria, Niger and Cameroon. On Saturday,delegates from Nigeria,Niger,Chad,Cameroon and Benin solidified plans to create a regional force to fight the militants. The plan calls for deployment of up to 8,750 soldiers. Niger’s parliament was set to vote Monday on a measure authorizing troops to enter Nigeria.

    Boko Haram has killed thousands of people since launching its
    insurgency since 2009 and controls dozens of towns in northeast
    Nigeria. Regional concern grew last month when the group seized a multi-national base on the shores of Lake Chad.

    Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission cited the security situation as its reason for delaying presidential and parliamentary elections for six weeks until March 28. The opposition All Progressives Congress protested the decision,and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement that Washington is “deeply disappointed” by the postponement.

    President Goodluck Jonathan has come under intense criticism in Nigeria for failing to end the Boko Haram insurgency. Political observers have said he and the ruling PDP party are in danger of losing at the polls.

  38. beegeagle says:

    EXCERPTS

    Olukolade said Boko Haram militants can no longer hide in neighboring countries. He said the collaboration among neighboring militaries has left the insurgents with no place to hide.

    “We have committed ourselves to working to ensure that we achieve the result of making the whole place secure, and every effort is being made toward that end in the sense that we are increasing our staff power. We are improving on collaboration with other forces,” he said.

    Olukolade said the regional cooperation has been paying dividends
    in the fight against Boko Haram. “You will recall that, when the state of emergency was originally declared, we were unable to curtail them substantially. And, they simply left our shores and went elsewhere to increase on their mischief. Now, we are enlisting the support of other nations around us and, hopefully, that should make it difficult for them to
    have any other place to escape to,” he said.

    http://m.voanews.com/a/nigerian-military-hope-to-contain-boko-haram-before-election/2634443.html

  39. beegeagle says:

    MC USMAN WROTE

    Igbi. The attack in Kanama happened about 3 hours ago, I used to have a unit of my men posted to that area. I manned the area for two years before we were moved to Geidam. The military also withdrew from the area due to non Boko Haram activity in that area. MOPOL units were also moved to 41 Base Damaturu. Effectively, it was only the DPO and a couple of just 3 policemen were left. Boko Haram according to my information practically surrounded the area killed suspected CIVILIAN JTF members.

  40. beegeagle says:

    ROSCOE CHIPPED IN THIS BIT…

    One thing we have to do, no matter what. Is to try and understand our enemy and adapt to them. BH has not gone to ground, they have tried counterattacks at Diffa , Fotokol and are continuing their hit and run style attacks inside Nigeria. And they managed to wound a ranking officer in Chad which means they know how to target command and control nexus points of friendly forces. Note that they also injured the ranking officer in Monguno, meanwhile Chad forces are still “stuck” at Gamborou , is that by design or are they compelled by current fighting?

    What is going on in the Madaagli axis? And on the Abadam, Baga, Malam Fatori axes have Chad become bogged down in Malam Fatori defending against the threat of being flanked to their rear (Diffa) or being cut off from supply bases? Why are they not pushing on to Baga and Doron Baga?

    Limited information does not mean nothing is happening, I am assuming a lot of conflict going on in Adamawa axis and in parts of Borno, as usual however, we are not hearing from our Army spokes people about it.

    In Afghanistan ISAF gave daily press conferences listing ALL operations that occurred during the day with WIA and KIA. If it was special forces they gave it some nebulous term (raid) , but generally they gave daily reports. Why ? Because this is a war of the mind as well as a war on the field, in this 24 hours news cycle if you do not fill the information vacuum, people will get their information from somewhere else, in the fog of war. We have Western Media and BH being the only sources of daily (and I do mean daily news). The Chadians and Nigeriens are also releasing good and immediate information. Nigeria needs to follow suite.

    • I agree< the lack of information is damaging to our rep and to the morale of troops and the nation. the more we hear of successful operations the higher the morale will be. Also silence tends to imply that you are hiding something, you cant get the civilian populace on your side and to supply intel if they are suspicious of you.

  41. beegeagle says:

    “JE SUIS FOTOKOL”, CAMEROONIANS MARCH IN SUPPORT OF THE ARMY

    VATICAN RADIO
    9 February 2015

    Thousands of Cameroonians marched this weekend Saturday in Douala, the commercial capital of Cameroon, in support of the Cameroonian army which is confronting the Nigerian Islamist terrorists, Boko Haram.

    Adopting the French slogan, “Je suis Charlie” which became synonymous with resistance against the 7 January 2015 Charlie Hebdo attack, Cameroonians declared, “Je suis Fotokol.” On 4 February this year, Boko Haram, in a gruesome attack, killed scores of villagers in Fotokol. The Cameroonian minister of Defence put the number of those killed at 81. Residents of Fotokol said the number was much higher.

    Fotokol is a Cameroonian town in the far North of the country. The town is about 300 metres across a small river from the Nigerian village of Gamboru.Cameroonian soldiers were deployed to Fotokol in 2014 to provide security for residents and allow children safely attend school.

    The Saturday marchers in Cameroon carried placards praising the army and calling for peace. Organisers of the march said they had invited Cameroonians to write messages of solidarity and support that would be sent to the troops on the frontline.

    “I wrote a letter to the soldiers. I just told them that they are in my thoughts and I assured them of my prayers and support,” said Nelly Nyake, a high school student. She also said, “I hope that God protects them as they fight to defend our nation.”

    Similar demonstrations and marches in other cities were planned.

    • kolawole says:

      And you know what, in my beloved country “NIGERIA”..what do we get for putting our lives on the line? Abuses !!Only if Nigerians the kind pain widows of slain soldiers and officers are going through. A 56 RC officer died last week. He had just got married and left behind a three month old daughter that would never knw him…RIP Capt Oni.

      • Augustine says:

        R.I.P Captain Oni of the Nigerian army….we do have heroes…died that we might live in feeedom.

      • Are James says:

        This is a charismatic leader motivating his people. Let him enjoy reward of his efforts.
        A war hero who knows how the game of leadership is played. He will unify his people around an idea and against an enemy. He will promote stories of heroic actions in his own and international media. He will not scrounge on weapons and allowances for his troops and there will be heroes in Chadian army. The war will be about the privates, corporate and sergeants doing heroic actions to combat BH not about Generals talking out of both sides of the mouth and when there are KIA there would be flag draped caskets and ceremonies welcoming the dead bodies. Most Nigerian Army KIAs are still in the forests and shallow graves of Nigeria’s north east.

      • igbi says:

        @arejames why must you always say unfounded staements. You are becoming a professional liar. This statement of yours “Most Nigerian Army KIAs are still in the forests and shallow graves of Nigeria’s north east” is a terrible lie. Not just a lie, but a lie which could destroy morale. Also are you advocating that Nigeria should do away with democracy and get itself a dictator ? Because you seem to be elogizing dictatorship and ill talking democracy. Just a reminder: Chad is under a dictatorship ! I sthat what you want ? And all the vertues you are giving their dictator exist only in your imagination, chadian economy is Idriss Derby’s pocket money. And also what I find worrisome is that you seem to think that the well being of the people shouldn’t stress the people and that only the “leader” should stress about it. To you the people showing support to their brothers in uniform is a reward to the president ? I think you have got it totally wrong, it is only common sense to support your brothers who are taking the risk for you to keep on living.
        Arejames, you can not play politics with everything. try and leave the military out of your campaign for APC. How can you say such terrible things. I almost vomit while reading your comment.

      • asorockweb says:

        Rest in peace our brave captain.

        The ones we need the most are the ones getting killed.

  42. beegeagle says:

    When will the SPIN end – read Feb 9th log!

    https://www.strategypage.com/qnd/nigeria/articles/20150209.aspx

    So Nigerian went into Liberia and Sierra Leone after the wars had ended? Here are the facts.

    Nigerian-led ECOMOG troops entered Monrovia in Liberia sometime in August 1990. The war was in full bloom and the NPFL of Charles Taylor were only ONE MILE away from capturing the Presidential Palace. ECOMOG rolled back that advance and after President Doe got slaughtered by Prince Johnson’s forces in September 1990, Alpha Jet aircraft commenced ground attack missions while naval artillery commenced shore bombardment in tandem with army operations.

    Is this what happens where fighting has supposedly ended?

    http://www.corbisimages.com/images/Corbis-0000259606-030.jpg?size=67&uid=072c50c1-b6da-45a6-97a2-ff1428c51bfb

    Nigerian ECOMOG artillerymen engage rebels using a battery of four 105mm field howitzers, October 1st 1990

    MOVING ON

    Nigerian troops moved in as part of a bilateral military cooperation agreement with Sierra Leone as early as 1991 and in his memoirs, Eeben Barlow of Executive Outcomes PMC detailed both air strikes by Nigerian Air Force pilots flying Alpha Jet and Nigerian artillerymen

    https://beegeagle.wordpress.com/2013/02/13/against-all-odds-eeben-barlow-excerpts-on-joint-operations-involving-executive-outcomes-nigerian-forces-sierra-leone-army-and-kamajor-militiamen/

    Again, how can STRATEGY PAGE suggest that fighting had ended before Nigerian troops entered Liberia and Sierra Leone?

    BATTLES IN SIERRA LEONE

    https://beegeagle.wordpress.com/2010/08/07/ecomog-recorded-account-the-battle-of-freetown/

    https://beegeagle.wordpress.com/2012/07/14/ecomog-war-stories-nigerian-military-take-freetown-plus-other-engagements/

    So FIGHTING HAD ENDED whereas this scale and intensity of air operations was ongoing, THREE YEARS after Nigerian forces entered Liberia?

    https://beegeagle.wordpress.com/2012/08/30/ecomog-air-operations-during-the-liberian-civil-war-a-brief-overview/

    • asorockweb says:

      Please don’t take “Strategy Page” seriously.
      Even “Strategy Page” doesn’t take “Strategy Page” seriously.

      I took note of them after they had an article titled: “Nigeria, sexy beasts”, or something to that effect.

  43. Augustine says:

    beegeagle says:
    February 10, 2015 at 8:53 am

    ROSCOE CHIPPED IN THIS BIT…
    Why? Because this is a war of the mind as well as a war on the field, in this 24 hours news cycle if you do not fill the information vacuum, people will get their information from somewhere else, in the fog of war. We have Western Media and BH being the only sources of daily (and I do mean daily news). The Chadians and Nigeriens are also releasing good and immediate information. Nigeria needs to follow suite.

    REPLY
    Truth….real truth….reason why Chad is now called the new West African regional military super-power fighting on 3 battle fronts at the same time, saving Nigeria, Cameroon, and Niger Republic all 3 at the same time like a Rambo one man army.

  44. Augustine says:

    Oga Beegeagle, even that our ECOMOG war history, how many photos and videos does NA and NAF have to show the world the great job they did in battle? I watch videos of British army battles dated 1914-1918 World War I era still shown to us in training and seminars today 2015.

    NA and DHQ silenced @Sirius Black, did they replace him? Has the media blackout won us the war? What records and proof of our military effort do we have to show the world when the war is over with Boko Haram?

    Nigeria approximately….30,000 troops, 1,000 armoured vehicles/artillery pieces, 100 aircraft…..deployed against Boko Haram.

    Chad approximately 3,500 troops, 100 armoured vehicles/artillery pieces, 10 aircraft….deployed against Boko Haram.

    If precaution is not taken by Nigerian government and Nigerian military PR and Information machinery, at the end of the war, the score card will be….

    Chad contributed 10% of the fighting forces and takes 90% of the glory.
    Nigeria contributed 90% of the fighting forces and takes 10% of the glory.

    If our military is bad in PR, what is the job of the Federal ministry of Information ?

    • ozed says:

      See ? This keeps coming back to the points i raised on this blog on another thread.
      30,000 troops? Are you for real?
      What else is the military doing that a matter as serious as Boko haram merits the attention of only 30k soldiers?

      Na how many soldiers we get sef? If we claim to have an army of even 110,000 men, there is no way we dont have up to 80,000 fighting men. How come only 30k are in the hottest spot to date?

      Are we sure say we get reach 110,000 men? When dem say make our military join for the manpower audit for Federal government Ministries, departments and agencies as part of the implementation of IPPIS, them no gree. Now we need the men who have been collecting salary all this while to come and do their jobs, and they are appearing in dribs and drabs!!!

      O Gaa ooooh!

    • asorockweb says:

      Oga Augustine,
      Where did you get your numbers from?

      Augustine said:
      “1,000 armoured vehicles/artillery pieces, 100 aircraft…..deployed against Boko Haram”

      • Augustine says:

        asorockweb, learn how to do your own research, I am tired of having to spoon feed you, and your intentions are always suspect, plus inherent laziness you display. Go back to published news reports in the mast three months and get those number estimates, I won’t waste my time explaining ANYTHING to you because you seen not to be worth the waste of time….NNS Aradu refit cost and border fencing cost saga comes to mind ! Go spend your own time researching whatever you want to know.

      • asorockweb says:

        Tank sah🙂

        I guess everybody will know what to make of those numbers; the numbers speak for themselves.

  45. beegeagle says:

    ROSCOE CONTRIBUTED THIS BIT..

    Nigeria needs to use the Western press (pardon the term use). To do this we must grant them access, the price of access should be some limited editorial control, They cant say anything with regards to special weapons and tactics or something that should affect national security. You grant access by allowing war reporters to the war front for indepth analysis, Similar to the reporting on the Peshmerga or in Afghanistan, You start with an exclusive for AIT/ChannlsTV then find a friendly news agency like PressTV or Xinhua and give them an exclusive, Western press agencies abhor being left out and will start to lobby for access.

    Daily press briefings will give them some one to Lobby, have press briefings in Lagos and don’t invite unfriendly local reps, this will ensure they are changed soon enough. They lobby you give them an opportunity to embed in the Adamawa axis or in Borno, they embed for like 1 month and even go out with the troops or see what an attack is like (they love that stuff). Bring in Sebastian Junger/David Axe to do interviews. They will report stuff and wont politicize it. Also have local TV channels create their own programming, we don’t want to see politicians talking, talking, we want Tank crews talking, arty crews talking, infantry talking.

    In this was we can reverse the spin, if we do not… The spin will be believed in Lagos and Abuja, people will watch BH videos out of a morbid curiousity, I mean there is no one else to watch? Who else is doing Rambo videos right now except BH? Where is 9ja Rambo? Our own people right now believe that the entry of Chad has reversed the tide. And that the current military leadership is not up to it, and that BH may have helicopters and have BIG MACHINE GUNS that the Nigerian Army does not have, they also believe the Army likes slapping unarmed civilians and runs away in the face of Heavily armed with advanced weapons book haram. We need to show our own heavily armed army using arty, using tanks, deploying in maneuvers, not just training. We need embedded journo’s and daily press releases, you cannot control the whole narrative, you can only frame a counter narrative. Sorry to NA, but the current press strategy is not working. You need to change.

    The office of the NSA basically admitted that the Govt War propaganda thing is being slowed down by issues of speed, the office is set up and has no budget, so nothing has happened. this is a sad excuse and frankly whoever is supposed to run that office should be fired and some one else that understands how to work with the govt internal bureaucracy should be put in their place. Olukolade on his end should start daily press convo’s or at least press releases.

    Propaganda and narratives has become a science, and there is a lot of history on how to do it right and how to even revise history. We need to learn from the best and execute.

    • I agree oooo, if we get int’l Journalists embeded with the NA they will see our booys fight bravely will witness injuries and see BH up close and personal, the will see when our men fall. inevitably the result will be to humanise thier view of the NA but it will not stop their criticism of the military brasss if the foot soldiers ddont get what they need.

  46. beegeagle says:

    MORE FROM ROSCOE

    MC USMAN’s comment above on Kanama should give us pause, we are effectively playing a game of Whack a mole with BH in the NE, even with the current offensive, We do not have enough troops in the North East, and the CJTF is too lightly armed! this is a significant gap, CJTF are the front line, we need to support them so that they can cover for our soldiers when the soldiers are not there, if we do not equip them then let them have at BH coffers when BH are decimated. We should also teach them small unit tactics, they need to become our own Peshmerga/militia with embedded military officers or NCO’s as advisers. We cannot win with 30K troops over that landmass, we need 100’s of thousands. This is a historical fact based on recent engagements in Iraq, Afghanisatan, Chechnya , Colombia. The Nigerian army needs the CJTF to be a significant fighting force if we do not want to turn into a conscript army.

    The enemy is vicious, they will continue massacres just to dissuade people from joining CJTF. CJTF is our people, they are you and me if our cities and towns are over run by a criminal madmans army bent on anarchy and destruction, just like we would take up arms to defend our streets and cities, we need to support the CJTF. And we need to support them significantly, embedded snipers in small units, grenadiers, mortar men, armor. Yes.. I said it. The CJTF need to be come the Niegrian National Guard.

    • asorockweb says:

      The mechanism for arming the CJTF is already present: The Civil Defence and Security Crops (CDSC).

      Our lawmakers are too busy with other pursuits to create new legal structures.

      In vulnerable areas, CJTF becomes CDSC. In these same areas, CJTF should be given guns, communications, and attached to an army or MOPOL unit.

      The CJTF is being used effectively in Maiduguri and it’s environs to extend troop presence. The experiences gained from Maiduguri could be exported to other areas.

      • giles says:

        arm who CJTF,hmm d way dey operate with clubs n cutlass is OK. inorder to prevent blue on blue attack. and also regulations will be a problem

      • asorockweb says:

        True.

        But we have to choose between several bad choices.
        I believe armed CJTF is better than murderous Boko Haram.

  47. sizzorkay says:

    http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2015/02/badluck-jonathan-150210053307570.html

    Can’t we ban this outlet from operating in Nigeria? if they do that is, i don’t know. I mean, what on earth.

    • ozed says:

      My bro leave all those ones. Na politics be that.

      Dont you know APC is using an international PR firm to do their spinning. Have these guys said anything worse than what APC says in-house here? Or do you forget that everything on our local media is monitored and read abroad?

      Welcome to the global village.

    • buchi says:

      i gave them a piece of my mind rubbish

    • Deway says:

      After receiving multiple insults from western and our very own local media, it is now an Ethiopian coming out without any form of decency and decorum to insult our own president, a sitting president. This should not be allowed to lie low, even if our president were Idi Amin, this should not be allowed to fizzle out just like that. This guy really did cross the line.

  48. igbi says:

    @arejames, you have shocked me with the kind of comments you keep making. And you have also shown that you are here to campaign for APC. But what a terrible way to campaign. National security is above elections. Francly I can’t read your comments anymore. Just like those of that guy who wants to push Nigeria into fighting pluton. I have had it. I am taking a long break from here.

  49. asorockweb says:

    @Are James:
    Most NA KIA have been honourably buried.

    Stop trying to use “hurt” to fix the NA.

    You also forget to criticize the political masters.

    This is a democracy; leadership comes from elected politicians, not generals.

    Trying to create a gap between ranking officers and the lower ranks will not help Nigeria find victory.

  50. Kay says:

    Inside Gamboru

    • egbeigwe says:

      I wonder why the Nigerian Army cant post similar videos of their successes. They need to take the media war very seriously. even if they decide to ignore the international media space due to their obvious bias, winning over the Nigerian masses is essential. The army needs lots of money to buy equipment. wining over the masses would make it easier for the politicians to act. at least they would see were their money is going.

    • Kay says:

      When horizon seems clear, they should watch for sleeper cells and those particularly sympathetic to the terrorist scum.
      Godspeed to the soldiers involved as they go for a sweep to the next town.

      About NA PR, I won’t comment on it anymore.

  51. Omonon says:

    AFRICA HAS COME OF AGE!!!
    On January 11th 1976, General Murtala Ramat Mohammed, the then Head of State of the Federal Republic of Nigeria addressed the Extraordinary Assembly of the then Organization of African Unity (OAU). The address was very decisive and part of which I quote here;
    “Africa has come of age. It’s no longer under the orbit of any extra continental power. It should no longer take orders from any country, however powerful. The fortunes of Africa are in our hands to make or to mar. For too long have we been kicked around: for too long have we been treated like adolescents who cannot discern their interests and act accordingly. For too long has
    it been presumed that the African needs outside ‘experts’ to tell him who are his friends and who are his enemies. The time has come when we should make it clear that we can decide for ourselves; that we know our own interests and how to protect those interests; that we are capable of resolving African problems without presumptuous lessons in ideological dangers which, more often than not, have no relevance for us, nor for the problem at hand.”

    GOD BLESS NIGERIA!

  52. beegeagle says:

    MC USMAN WROTE…

    Beegeagle.
    I hope you don’t mind me throwing questions at you this early (lol…): has the NA taken deliveries of the T84 Oblot tanks? Last I heard they were been held back in Ukraine because of disagreements by the tank manufacturing factory workers. Please, I just need education on this subject; I am not been awkward. Have a blessed day ahead. Thanks.

    I really want to know has the NA taken deliveries of the T84 Oblot tanks? Last I heard they were been held back in Ukraine because of disagreements by the tank manufacturing factory workers. Am yet to see any in Damaturu where I did my own tour of duty. Please, I just need education on this subject;
    Thanks.

    ON A SAD NOTE

    I regret to announce that the beheaded body of SP I**** I****** Ga***, DPO Kanama has been found some kilometers away from Kanama and has been recovered back to Damaturu. A native of Tafawa Balewa LGA Bauchi state, the late officer was kidnapped and beheaded alongside one other Police sergeant after Boko haram militants over run their division.

    • asorockweb says:

      Sometimes we forget how brave our policemen can be; Imagine being stationed at the very edge of your country with only a handful of fellow cops.

      May his soul rest in perfect peace.

  53. beegeagle says:

    ROSCOE WROTE AS FOLLOWS…

    Al Jazeera is not pro West. The article you see above is evidence of a failed PR strategy, plus it seems its mostly Nigerians/Africans that are writing for AJ about Nigeria, so even internally there is no coherence about the message going out. There is both internal and external frustration with the Nigerian PR strategy, its architect should either transfer speedily or plunge headlong into fixing it, because right now there is no message, I think there is a wayyy better message in the political PR than in the military PR , And it shows you the difference between private enterprise (Political PR run by Part Machinery) and public enterprise (War PR run by NSA/Nigerian Govt). Political PR rxn time is in hours, War PR is in weeks/Months, endless baksheesh for internet footsoldiers trolling multiple boards vs Patriotic Nigerians facing vicious backlash for their perceived covering up of NA sins. US lobby for Nigerian Presidents image, while Ambassador has to put his career on the line to verbally whip the US policy.

    That said, obviously US – Nigeria foreign relations are at a low note, methinks the Obama administration is king making, since they have decided they do not like the present Nigerian administration, I believe the view is reciprocal.

  54. beegeagle says:

    TheSaint, check your email.

  55. victor says:

    Oga beegs i advise that instead of getting expensive Russian su-30s and su-27s ,why don’t we just get the Chinese copies.The j-11s and j-16s are the same thing, but just chinese.

    • jimmy says:

      Because we have extensive experience with Russian airplanes be it helios or migs going back all the way to the civil,we also have extended relations, which are strategic to us ,which putting it bluntly it is selfishly in our best interests right now to buy the su27s and Su30s with parts and fed ex logistics from russia than from anyone else. If you honestly do not belive go ask the EGYPTIANS what they are going through with the Americans. T-Mobile. America’s First Nationwide 4G Network

      • tbite says:

        Yes because Nigeria does not have extended relations with the Chinese? I hope you realize that China is essentially the most strategic country for Nigeria economically speaking.

      • By extensive relations am sure he was referring to Military relations and u dint respond to his comment about extensive experience with Russian military hardware. However I believe we have to source equipment from different sources, that way when relations with one source become frosty we wont get stuck.

      • jimmy says:

        Thank you Adetayo Tbite ,please read carefully before you reply to some of my comments.While Nigeria burned ,the countries of the us and uk twiddled their thumbs,Russia specifically asked what we wanted,China has sold us stuff,lotsof stuff but the stuff that has been airlifted has been by Russian planes the antonovs. In reality we need both countries, but Russia is more strategic to our interests because they took in 1,200 of our men for right now sf training no strings attached no jumping through hoops,we are going to get more Tanks,more custom made ifvs and missile systems both artillery and anti aircraft systems from them,you want me to go on ,go read what a senior fellow from Chatham house said about Russia in bbc news. Assymetric warfare needs helicopters and aircraft do you get my drift? Once this silly election is over, the real sparks will fly. T-Mobile. America’s First Nationwide 4G Network

      • tbite says:

        I read your comment quite clearly, make no mistake. I was just saying that AS A WHOLE, China is more important for Nigeria than any other country on the planet including Russia. But I am not disagreeing with what you have said about their military contributions.

    • Kola Adekola says:

      My Oga’s, we need to get not just the Su-27 descendants, but Su-55 descendants as well. Lets get our attack planes under one roof. We can try to get the same shared development terms that India has used so successfully to grow its indigenous advanced fighter capabilities – this is something the Chinese might not be able to offer, because of legal issues around Russian licence’s.

      The Su-55 is a trainer aircraft that can replace the Alpha jets. It is a far more potent plane; it is supersonic with 4+ capabilities, is equipped with the Su-27’s advanced radar and other advanced avionics, as well as hefting a 3000Kg weapons payload.
      Also, the Su-55 will reduce our training costs, with pilots not having to fly abroad for 4+ generation training.
      More importantly, the Su-55 has not been bought by any nation, so it offers possibilities for co-development that will tune it to our unique needs (call it “Nigerianisation” if you will).

      There are far more opportunities with going Russian for fighter jets than going Chinese.

  56. Martin Luther says:

    ChiefBisong Etahoben @ChiefBisongEta1 · 15m 15 minutes ago
    @Andrewfootie @Pol_Sec_Analyst Honestly, it is and one wonders what is responsible for this resilience.Can this still be termed asymmetrical

    ChiefBisong Etahoben @ChiefBisongEta1 · 28m 28 minutes ago
    Fighting 4 over 5 hrs now between Chadian army and BH in Gambaru with BH using tunnels 4 first time to surprise Chadian troops.

  57. jimmy says:

    http://www.naij.com/382997-troops-comb-sambisa-forest-hunt-boko-haram-fighters.html
    There appears to be something going on between the pathways leading to the Sambisa Forests and GWOZA.Speculation is the roads to Sambisa is being littered with dead Boko Haram Soldiers
    The Nigerian Army most respectfully I plead with them to issue a Press Conference on Gwoza it is beginning to trend also on Facebook. Please can we have a picture of the Green white Green Flying over Gwoza. I would be most grateful it will also be a boost to all Nigerians .

  58. beegeagle says:

    SOBRIETY taking hold after multi-pronged attempts at taking the shine off Nigeria. #una go hear am

    BOKO HARAM TAKES ON CHADIAN TROOPS IN NIGERIAN BORDER TOWN

    http://www.news.yahoo.com/boko-haram-attack-chad-troops-nigerian-border-town-003646840.html

    • buchi says:

      loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooollllllllllllllllllllllll
      oga beegs u wan kill me with laughter abi

  59. asorockweb says:

    “We have secured all the liberated areas and movement is free in Michika, Bazza, Mubi, Maiha, Gombi and Hong among many other communities.”

    The phrase “movement is free in Michika” tell me that BH activity in Madagali, next town and LGA, is low or absent.

    This is a very good sign; along the western foot of the Mandara Mountains, Madagali is north of Michika, North of Madagali is Gwoza, BH’s self fashioned capital.

    http://www.punchng.com/news/commander-solicits-medical-help-for-liberated-towns-residents/

  60. asorockweb says:

    Oga Beegs,
    is “28 Task Force Brigade” a pre-existing formation in the NA ORBAT? Or are we getting a glimpse of how the NA has structured it’s new offensive against BH?

    http://www.punchng.com/news/commander-solicits-medical-help-for-liberated-towns-residents/

    • beegeagle says:

      My man, that is clearly one of those adhoc type brigades such as we had during the ECOMOG years eg 7 Brigade. That did not exist in the orbat at home in Nigeria.

      Certainly, having followed the metamorphosis of the NA since the IBB years, I can say categorically that we never had a 28 Brigade in the orbat. When 7 Div was created late in 2013, the formations under command were 5 Bde, 12 Bde and 37 Bde – all of them startup formations which never existed before 7 Div was created. Certainly “Task Force Bde” is not the kind of surfix which NA brigades are associated with.

      So a 28 Task Force Bde would be a formation which is probably an amalgam of companies drafted from across the NA and dedicated to the specific task of combating the terrorists. Could be under the direct control of either the COAS or his CTOP

    • Kola Adekola says:

      My Oga Adetayo’s Blog, the T-55 is way way too old.
      We should be modernising our weapons, so must consider only tanks that have an upgrade path to above 3rd generation, or straight 4th generation tanks.

  61. Stormslim says:

    http://lindaikeji.blogspot.com/2015/02/jim-iyke-sammie-okposo-others-visit.html

    This is a welcome development i think we need more of diz from citizens of our great nation, The Military need all the support dey can get.,

  62. sizzorkay says:

    Edward ‏@DonKlericuzio

    1/2. #Nigeria Airforce has flown a total of 5,390 operational missions. 2,648 Ground attack, 1,479 Airlifts & 1,443 ISR against #BokoHaram

    2/2. #Nigeria has a fleet of 24-30 Mil Mi-24V/35P Helicopter’s. Lost 2 during Ops bt nt to enemy fire. It also has Mil-17 & A109 Light Helic

    “Not sure how true, but that’s what i just read from that person’s tweet.

    • asorockweb says:

      The info is a little old.

      It recently came from the NAF chief of operations and plans.

      The numbers quoted on sorties are dated; those are several weeks old now and does not include sorties carried out in the past 4 weeks.

  63. Naijaseal says:

    Anyone following @GENOlukolade tweets ongoing on twitter? Whats happening to Niger republic troops?

    • sizzorkay says:

      Last tweet i just saw from the defense HQ was last posted on the 1st Of February, imagine that, why is it so hard for these people to update frequently

    • sizzorkay says:

      Actually just read his tweets for the first time, and oh boy is he pissed.
      I think Niger insulted our troops, saying their own troops don’t run, and the General unleashed a whole lot on them, verbally speaking.

    • Stormslim says:

      PATRIOTIC! GENERAL OLUKOLADE LAMPOONS NIGER’S DEFENCE MINISTRY FOR CALLING NIGERIAN SOLDIERS COWARDS

      admin | February 13, 2015 | News | No Comments

      General-OlukoladeThe Director of Defence Information, Major General Chris Olukolade, on thursday responded to a rude, irksome comment contained in a release signed by Niger’s Defense Minister, Mahamadou Karidjo which suggests that Nigerian troops are cowards. According to the Nigeriens on their Army, they said; “Our soldiers are not like Nigerians. They don’t run.”

      Gen. Olukolade who rose in defense of the Nigerian Military released a statement via social networking site, Twitter said the Nigerian Military is a Professional Military that accords it’s neighboring forces due respect while condemning the irresponsible comment by the Nigerien Defence describing it as crossing the boundaries of respect by the ‘poor country’, he said:

      Re: NIGER – Nigerian Soldiers remain undaunted despite attacks and insults. They have been maximizing the use of available resources to keep at bay these terrorists who keep flooding in from around. Our troops have with due decency & professionalism respected borders.

      Unlike others reputed for looting, mercenary engagement/collaboration with terrorists as a way of surviving the poverty in their country. Our soldiers have remained professional & sacrificial in protecting their fellow Nigerians, preserving the nation’s assets.

      Despite these jeerings, insults & ill wishes from within or without Nigeria, the Nigerian Soldier has not & will not be deterred. He remains the gallant, brave and patriotic Nigerian Soldier. Although these battles continue, and others are now joining him, never mind; very soon, it will be #VictoryforNigeria. The Nigerian Military remains a great asset and the envy of other Nations.

      He also called on Nigerians to be patriotic, suggesting that despite our internal squabbles and wrangling we must not allow an outsider disrespect our nation, while condemning political actors who “to the press with the Nigerien gaffe hoping to embarrass our military or government. But nobody will disrespect my Mother!”

      “We don’t cross our boundaries. It is unacceptable for any Foreign Government to say our Soldiers run. This is your Motherland! Defend Her!”

      Olukolade condemned the unpatriotic action of politicians who obviously were promoting the story and defended Niger against the Nigerian Military suggesting that they might indeed be sponsors of the untoward remark in their characteristic efforts to ridicule the Military.

      “Poor Niger! Treacherous ones amongst us accorded them effrontery to insult our troops to gain bad press. Don’t compromise your Patriotism!”

      He also had a final punch for the Niger Government; “Our soldiers have been defending our people & Nations wealth from mercenaries supplied to Boko Haram by those who boast that they don’t run” he added.

  64. sizzorkay says:

    Suspected local head of Boko Haram arrested in Niger: sources

    NIAMEY (Reuters) – A suspected local leader of Nigeria’s Boko Haram Islamist group was arrested and several weapons including rocket launchers seized from his home in the town of Diffa in southern Niger on Thursday, security sources said.

    The town on the Nigerian border has come under attack from the militants this past week, since Chad deployed hundreds of troops to the area as part of a regional effort to tackle Boko Haram.

    The man was identified as Kaka Bonou, a trader known to authorities for suspected involvement in trafficking stolen goods, the security source said.

    “Different type of weapons of all caliber including rocket launchers, were found in his house,” one of the Niger military sources told Reuters, requesting to remain anonymous.

    http://news.yahoo.com/suspected-local-head-boko-haram-arrested-niger-sources-185317684.html
    (Reporting by Abdoulaye Massalaki; Writing by Bate Felix; Editing by Daniel Flynn)

  65. Naijaseal says:

    Naija sef, we like making things difficult. DefenseHQ embedd NTA, no, embed Oga beegs, no, embed Channels TV, no. How do they want to win popular support?

    Now i’m getting a clearer understanding why Oga beegs just goes AWOL once in a while.

    Even Niger republic sef don join to abuse too..

  66. beegeagle says:

    CHINA PROVIDE USABLE AND EFFECTIVE, NO FRILLS OPTIONS. Explore your options, Nigeria.

    Chadian Army Type 81 122mm MLRS at Fotokol

    Eland Mk.7 90mm gun-armed AFVs at Fotokol

    Cameroon Army PTL-02 CARA 105mm gun-armed tank destroyer at Fotokol

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