EXPERT OPINION SAYS “SUPPOSED PHOTO OF SOUTH AFRICAN MERCS IN REVA MRAPs WERE NOT TAKEN IN NIGERIA”

BEEGAGLE’S BLOG
7 March, 2015

This weekend, Nigerian opposition knuckleheads, ever so eager to discredit, floated photographs of what were supposedly South African mercenaries riding in REVA MRAPs.

While the controversy raged on in Nigerian cyberspace, a respected aficionado of South African extraction went to town on his own volition and after exhaustive enquiries, wrote to confirm the fact that the contentious photograph was photoshopped. The photos were certainly not shot in Nigeria.

So take those photographs circulating in cyberspace to be another bad example of how far the desperadoes in Nigeria’s political opposition will go to discredit the military and the FG which controls it. They should be ashamed of themselves.

READ these excerpts

Beegs

Just saw the Linda Ikeji post and the ensuing discussion on your site. For what it’s worth, those pics were taken in Guinea Equatorial:

1) The rear view of Vehicle 2C shows an EG flag and the signpost is in Spanish;

2) The Oando reference of your correspondents doesn’t hold up – the company operates throughout West Africa; and

3) More important, that’s the MKIII version, which EG acquired in 2013. As for Nigeria, they operate the latest MK V version of which you posted an ambulance variant the other day

END

I am also pleased to inform you, gentlemen, that pursuant to the unprecedented build-up of assets which the Nigerian Army are undergoing, we are now operators of the latest REVA Mk.5 MRAPs and battlefield ambulances. In the days ahead, we shall begin to see them in the field.

Watch this space.

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61 Responses to EXPERT OPINION SAYS “SUPPOSED PHOTO OF SOUTH AFRICAN MERCS IN REVA MRAPs WERE NOT TAKEN IN NIGERIA”

  1. beegeagle says:

    Well, we just bailed out the FG from a major political fiasco…even as they have absolutely been of no use to our efforts to provide factual communication in this war.

    As you well know, this rumour of sightings of mercenaries in Maiduguri has gone viral and reached millions of Nigerians. Please counter the false narrative. Copy this weblink and distribute same via Twitter. Do nothing is not an option.

    God bless our embattled country.

    • Omonon says:

      GOD BLESS NIGERIA!!!

    • rugged7 says:

      Interesting…
      My bad…
      I’m no expert in forensic pictorial analysis, so i will gravitate to your conclusion Oga beegs.
      I do have some lingering questions though.
      Maybe better i email u backstage then…

  2. beegeagle says:

    INCOMING ACQUISITION FOR THE NIGERIAN ARMY: REVA MK.V MRAP

  3. asorockweb says:

    🙂

    It’s easy to fool people that see what they want to see.

    I absolutely nailed it!

    Look at the flag at the right edge of the picture in question, then compare to the flag below.

    • Henry says:

      I’ll have to give this to Oga Igbi and Asorockweb, they completely nailed it.

      It is easy to fool people in a politically tensed environment. Good job Oga beeg, as always.

  4. beegeagle says:

    Yes, you were absolutely correct. Our people are too quick to convict the FG. I dunno why. I am more upset at the habits of Beegeagle’s Bloggers who just dump any speculative bit of rubbish posted in Nigerian cyberspace, on this blog.

    • Saleh says:

      Sir, Thanks for a good Job debunking this nightmare however regards the bloggers that posted it imagine the popularity the rubbish would have gained if it was not brought to the attention of the blog which led to it being debunked

  5. sizzorkay says:

    I think its not a bad thing if speculative stories appear on here, if posted here, especially if it wasn’t done on purpose, it gives everyone the chance to debunk it. In my opinion i think that work better, instead of having false story circulating all over the place without a credible forum to debunk whatever claims such story contain. My opinion of course

  6. ozed says:

    Oga Beeg,

    There is no way GOD will not bless you for what you are doing for this Country. Your due reward will come. Have no doubt about it.

    Also let me acknowledge the unshakable fate Oga Igbi showed in the FG on this issue. He has certainly been vindicated in a massive way!!! Keep it up Mon Ami!!

  7. beegeagle says:

    OK, Saleh+Sizzorkay. But we should be careful really. See how someone dumped B52 pics on Nigerian cyberspace the other day and it found its way here?

    Moving on with the photo analysis, you can also see that those cars do not follow our our current Nigerian numbering pattern. These are the LA 234 BG-type of number plate and not LAGOS AA 234 BDG pattern…with the “Centre of Excellence” embossed and the numbering set in a green-and-white background.

    • Sizzorkay says:

      That’s exactly why i said we should always accomodate such errors and those with military knowledge on this blog can examine it and debunk it. So without ppl like oga beegs and others, a lie if left alone without being debunked will spread like wild fire and be accepted as the truth. So i personally appreciate the effort oga beegs and others put into debunking such rubbish. Lord knows I’ve made my share of errors on here, but i often table it here because i doubt it in the first place, and having it here means people with better info can correct it. Because without your voices and knowledge, false info will stay as true info, and that’s a great disservice to the country.

  8. engineerboat says:

    Its just a pity that some Nigerians have been badly programmed, that everything about Nigeria is bad.
    Fellow Nigerians something urgently needs to be done to Reprogrammed this people for the good and betterment of this Great NIGERIA.

    NEVER AGAIN!
    NEVER AGAIN!!
    NEVER AGAIN!!!

  9. beegeagle says:

    Gentlemen, I hear that the British are already smuggling themselves into the picture..

    MUBanks MOHAMMED wrote:

    http://www.economist.com/news/middle-east-and-africa/21645737-west-african-forces-may-last-be-gaining-ground-back-foot

    The British are claiming responsibility for the successes against Boko Haram…

    As always we allow them get away with this.

  10. beegeagle says:

    Pls all the small boys that love to write gibberish on my wall, I do not like to read your childish BBM+txt language. If you do not have the patience to write in proper English, write in proper pidgin or leave here. What is..

    “aff cyn som of dose. Dey wea many buh…”

    You expect me to publish that kind of baby purge? Dang..

  11. beegeagle says:

    A credible source reports sightings of at least 30 REVA MK.5 MRAPs in his part of the AOR. Do not misconstrue to indicate that the photo at the top of this page which was taken in EQUATO-GUINEA. Minus the flag, those are REVA Mk.3s and that is not what the NA acquired.

    We have already informed you that the NA are taking delivery of a consequential number of brand-new and more advanced REVA MK.5 MRAPs and battlefield ambulances.

    So no contradiction in that. Photo-shopped image of Reva Mk.3s taken in EQUATORIAL GUINEA. Nigeria are however taking delivery of REVA Mk.5 MRAPs concurrently but that has nothing to do with the dubiously sourced photo above

    SOFTANONY sent this

    LOL…first time commenting for years. I can categorically tell you that troops (my regulars included), mixed with very insignificant numbers of probably South African ex-military passed my FOB. Close to thirty of those REVA APCs,with Nigerian soldiers mounting almost ninety-nine percent of the HMGs, while the foreigners one percent and driving few trucks (maybe for fun).

    • giles says:

      when dis issue of Reva mrap came up,I divided and estimated that we may have around 30+/- mrap and it seems I was correct.

      • mcshegz says:

        Oga Giles. I respect your hustle sir.
        You mean 30+ Reva Mrap’s though, right? because we neva count dem Chinko bigfoot ohh, hehehe.
        Honestly, to the Oga’s at the top, please do not continue to risk the lives of our infantry, abeg, enough of these soft-skinned motorized infantry, we are in need of more fully mechanized infantry; APC’s IFV’s, MRAPS, armed with multiples of >= 12.7mm caliber heavy machine guns, please, please please, continue to localize the manufacture of these machines, Oga’s, set up private companies with foreign technical assistance to secure these contracts, employ Nigerians, make money, no one will object to your making profit this way, its legitimate business. Toyota pickups with stern-looking soldiers will scare most sensible human-beings, but, we are not fighting humans anymore ohh, these are demons from the depths of hell, always high on cocaine and amphetamines, the only thing they understand is fire power, enough to rip bodies in half. Like Oga Beegeaagle said, you cannot scare them with GPMG’s.

        #FenceNigerianBorders
        #UpArmNigeria
        #VictoryForNigeria
        #NeverAgain

      • beegeagle says:

        Yeah but we do not have the end-figure yet. What the guys are saying is that they have counted about 35 units of Mine Protected Carriers in the field. It does not mean that all the units have been delivered. I am sure that my men will have real figures to give us in the days to come.

        What I have consistently heard is that we have an order for 120 BigFoot MRAPs. I assume that with attrition in the field, we are probably down to 180 units of Otokar Cobra.

        My ideal array for now would be

        – 200 units of Otokar Cobra
        – 100 units of INKAS LAPVs
        – 100 units of Streit Spartan Mk.3 APC
        – 200 units of IGIRIGI APCs
        – 180 units of Reva Mk.5 MRAPs
        – 120 units of BigFoot MRAPs
        – 500 units of BTR-80A APCs

        Add to those tracked APCs – 200 Steyr and 67 MT-LB and we are probably getting together the basics to support the suggested six infantry divisions and a division-sized SOCOM

        For IFVs, add 144 BTR-4 IFVs to 40 BTR-3 IFVs, acquire 50 units of 73mm gun-armed BVP-1 IFVs and 100 units of 30mm cannon-armed BVP-1 IFVs and finally, use 72 units of T55 tank chassis and 90 units of Vickers Mk.3 tank chassis to make 162 units of improvised tracked 30mm cannon-armed IFVs.

        Put the MOWAGs into storage and keep eight units at the Infantry Corps Centre. If we have major coastal ops, the MOWAGs can be a force multiplier but they are clearly not meant for desert fighting.

        Look at the REVA Mk.5 photo above and note the funnel-shaped ventilator by the front passenger door. The REVA Mk.5s are clearly desert operations-compliant.

      • igbi says:

        It is still only hearsay. Don’t conclude too fast.

      • igbi says:

        @giles

    • asorockweb says:

      @Softanony,
      Why would the sighting of Caucasian looking men (I assume that that was what was sight) be assumed to be the sighting of SA nationals?

    • igbi says:

      @softanony, I am sorry but I do not believe your story. First of all the fact that you were able to count the percentages, and I don’t see exactly why a Nigerian army convoy would be having some foreigners as gunners, or is it that we don’t know how to shoot a gun ? First we debunk the picture, then we have someone coming and claiming an identity which is probably false and as you said, this is the first time you are commenting, this indicates that you are commenting for the sake of that debunked picture.

    • igbi says:

      I think it would be best to have rules stopping people from claiming identities when there is no way to verrify that said identity.

  12. beegeagle says:

    Additional sightings of SIX northeast-bound REVA MRAPs at a highland city REPORTED. Crewed by Nigerian troops.

    Trailed by technical staff of REVA who were following in Hilux trucks. They would operationalise the brand-new systems and provide training on maintenance in the field.

  13. camouflage 1984 says:

    Maina Kachallah ‏@am280mag · 26m26 minutes ago
    Survivors reaching Maiduguri tell of stories of a satchet of sphagetti sold for 1000 Naira in Chad, which is unacceptable to them!!!

    How true? Reason for Tchad corporation?

    • mcshegz says:

      hehehehehe…. dem nor know? shebi dem dey play ostrich before before… hhahahaha, 1k, for spaghetti? whishh levels…lololo, that wan alone is enough for them to wanna fight. Hunger no be small tin ohh, Derby nor say if him people hungry too much, dem go bundle am commot for deir…. hahahaha… cant stop laffing man. Land-locked country behaving gangsta..hehehehe. Abegii, let the fencing of our borders begin in earnest then we’ll see who’s who, agamas feeling funky. mtchewwww
      Oga camouflage 1984. I respect your hustle sir.
      #FenceNigerianBorders
      #UpArmNigeria
      #VictoryForNigeria
      #NeverAgain

    • demola says:

      if true, then that’s what I call economic power

    • Are James says:

      Hunger wins all wars. The reliability of that weapon is 100%.

  14. Omonon says:

    Must the opposition politicize every issues in this great COUNTRY-NIGERIA even to the detriment of our very image as people??????
    Are this people not part of this country. Just because they want to gain cheap popularity among less informed people. There are a lot of Nigerians who think they are Nigerians by mistake, and think that everything Nigerian is bad, including also our language. O GOD bless Nigeria my great country and sustain our minds, for some times we seems to show off a very shallow mind set.
    Look at the way Nigerians sell their country so cheap to the enemy, probably for monetary gain.

    BASTARDS!!! HUNGRY POLITICIAN WHO SEEMS NOT TO HAVE REAL LOVE AND PATRIOTISM FOR THEIR COUNTRY!!!

    There is GREAT need for a re-education in this country, for PATRIOTISM IS NOT AN OPTION!!!

    Nigerians are well informed people you know, and this is seen in this great blog-beegeagle.
    OGA BEEG, you will not go un rewarded for your great effort for our beloved country Nigeria.

    GOD BLESS NIGERIA AND SHAME HER ENEMIES!!!

  15. odion777 says:

    Gentlemen there could be much we don’t know really, the British may always have supported us all along in this insurgency but In a discrete manner, the Nigeria Generals are intelligent and will not just allow the British come into the picture and take credit, the British may have allowed the Czech and Ukrainians sold to us some of the equipment we are using presently as they re allies and also don’t forget their integrity is also at stake as they colonised us and been of the commonwealth, they have much to lose with investment in Nigeria also.

    Boko haram pledging allegiance to ISIS is also a new ball game, as Nigeria will now be fighting ISIS in a proxy war, this mean our embassy in foreign countries that are not as secured as the embassy of the United States, British, Iran, Turkey, German etc might be soft target also in foreign countries.

    • doziex says:

      Sorry sir, NA stood by, while bbc awarded the brits with the victory in sierra Leone, after NA had done all the fighting and dying.

      History is simply repeating it’s self cause GEJ is poor at this game of propaganda and geopolitical intrigue.
      So is the nigerian press and the nigerian people as a whole.

      I wonder what it is that has kept us so distracted from what is important to nigeria.

  16. scipher says:

    if the reports of BH joining ISIS is anything to go by, I believe we have enough reason to arm ourselves with more lethal weapons, more particularly 4.5 generation fighter jets as Libya could soon become be a focal point and Nigeria may be required to extend her diplomatic tentacles there..

  17. beegeagle says:

    Say again, Odion…the British allowed the Czech to sell RM-70 modular MRLS, BVP-1 IFVs and T72 tanks?Which of those was made in Britain? T72?

  18. odion777 says:

    Well good point, as none was made in Britain, but I do note they are all allies and neither the Czech or Ukrainians would want to get on the negative side of the British, the more the British openly side with us the more they become target for extremist groups worldwide, so they have to be cautious.

    • rka says:

      Oga odion777, the British are already targets for Muslim extremists. The problem with Britain is the liberal left who are too blind and up themselves to see the danger and are apologists for the extremists.

      Maybe they think they will be offered cups of tea by the extremists if they happen to rule over them.

    • Augustine says:

      Oga, Nigeria has some sort of ‘defence pact’ with Ukraine and Britain has NOTHING to do with it. Let’s not grant speculative glory to those who may not deserve it. Same Britain that wrecked Nigerian air force squadron of 18 Jaguar jets that we paid for with our own oil money drawn from the veins of the people of Niger Delta. Did Nigeria win Biafra war or Liberia and Sierra Leone wars with British help?

    • asorockweb says:

      You over reached.

      Ukraine and the Czech republic are independent nations.
      Nations, even allies, can’t dictate to each other how to make money, as long as there are no sanctions imposed.

      If Britain or the US wants to stop the Czech from making US$200million from a legal arms transaction, then they will have to find a way to compensate the Czechs.

  19. Augustine says:

    mcshegz says:
    March 8, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    #FenceNigerianBorders
    #ArmNigeriaToTheTeeth
    #VictoryForNigeria
    #NeverAgain

    REPLY :

    The above qualifies to become a complementary ‘national pledge.’

  20. odion777 says:

    Great, information noted then on the defence pact, thanks

  21. scipher says:

    all this reportage of Nigerian neighbours been more capable by US

    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2015/02/boko-haram-group-small-flush-cash-150207060647100.html

    I look forward to when we start striking ISIS in the heart of Libya, we’ll see how they’ll structure their articles, perhaps they’d be too embarrassed to report such.

  22. Capt Tobias Wilcock says:

    THIS IS HOW LESSONS ARE LEARNED AFTER MAJOR HEART ACHES, HOPE WE WOULD TURN OUT LIKE THIS AFTER ALL THIS MESS, BH HAS TO BE CRUSHED IN QUICK ORDER, BEFORE ISIS TRIES TO SHOW THAT THAT THOSE THAT ALINE WITH IT’ GETS SOME MERIT TRICLES OF ARMS , ESPECIALLY MAN-PADS , ORDERING VOLUNTEER FIGHTERS TO HEAD SOUTH, WHICH WILL IN TURN TRIGGER WEST TO ACT MORE ROBUSTLY IN THE REGION, TURNING US INTO ANOTHER SYRIA OR IRAQ FOR THEM TO TRYOUT THEIR LATEST WEAPONS OR TACTICS. NIGERIA MUST IMMEDIATELY CRUSH THESE BH GUYS, TO MAKE IT A NON VIABLE VENTURE TO ANYBODY PLANNING TO COME.

    • ozed says:

      Cap’n to be like this would be sweet. However you wont get there just by buying all your equipment. You must make up to 50% of what you need. Then every USD spent on military equipment would generate at least 50 cents of employment in the local economy.

      We must start with the more basic stuff:
      – IFVs
      – wire guided missiles
      – guns from 5.56mm to at least 105mm
      – dumb bombs and unguided rockets
      – command control mines akin to the claymore
      – Multi launch rocket systems
      – turbo prop aircraft for training and COIN etc.
      – patrol vessels and warships up to the light frigate class

      when this is done we can focus our forex on cutting edge stuff like fighter jets, capital warships, MBTs etc.

  23. rugged7 says:

    Nigerian troops in the North East
    Is that a Big foot MRAP or a REVA?
    Haven’t seen that green color anywhere before

    http://sipse.com/mundo/boko-haram-estado-islamico-yihadistas-lealtad-141076.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

    • igbi says:

      That is obviously a Bigfoot mrap.

    • Are James says:

      Well, the Hilux is a very annoying vehicle to be using in war front.

      • mcshegz says:

        I swear, Oga, the more MRAP’s i see, the more annoying those Hilux’s look; arghhhhh. surely, we are getting there. Change;s always painful, we obviously have learnt valuable lessons, one i doubt we’ll ever forget. All the Hilux’s we have now should and must be replaced with Igirigi’s, minimum. Now, we’re talking🙂
        Oga Are James. I respect your hustle sir

    • mcshegz says:

      Green BIGFOOT, just like the guards brigade

  24. igbi says:

    People, we still have no proof that we have many rava mraps, notice that most people claiming that we have such mraps are actually doing so to defend that debunked picture. We have proof of our troops fielding the bigfoot mraps, but not of our troops fielding the reva mraps.

    • beegeagle says:

      Gentlemen, do not be deceived. I do not come here to engage in idle speculation. It is CONCRETELY firmed up that REVA MRAPs and battlefield ambulances will be listed as NA property when you see the next edition of the IISS Military Balance. To be sure, they, SIPRI, Jane’s and Army Recognition all follow this blog, so I am sure that they are all having a very busy time tracking the specifics on the ongoing flurry of acquisitions in Nigeria.

      We know a bit more specifics but will go no further so as not to compromise the integrity of our sources.

  25. beegeagle says:

    Hmn..one of them enjoys legendary status as far as the reportage of these developments goes. He knows the BigFoot MRAP too well. Cannot make such elementary mistakes. The other is just as aware.

    It would be like asking whether Henry or Augustine would know the difference between a BigFoot and a Reva.

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