BATTLEFIELD IMAGERY: NIGERIAN ARMY OPERATIONS IN NORTHEASTERN NIGERIA

An Oto Melara PALMARIA 155mm self-propelled howitzer

A Chinese-built BigFoot MRAP

A freshly-supplied Czech-made BVP-1 Infantry Fighting Vehicle

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66 Responses to BATTLEFIELD IMAGERY: NIGERIAN ARMY OPERATIONS IN NORTHEASTERN NIGERIA

  1. majorohis says:

    looking outstanding!!!

    • Are James says:

      The SP looks mean but the BVP1 looks like a modern troop friendly fighting vehicle that the grunts are warming up to already.

      • majorohis says:

        I see where you are coming from. For me, whenever I see pictures like this…..it is all too nostalgic for me. It is one thing to pose for the picture, it is another thing to be in an active war zone and look calm about it. Deep in your mind, there are a thousand scenarios going on. (like the shit could hit the fan any moment) Yes, you have muscle memory from all the constant training you go through and you know you are a bad-ass, you trust your wing man or battle buddy. But when you are in the heat of it ( even if there has not been any activity) you are standing on needles. Trust me, it is a fine balancing act. My respect to all my brothers and sisters in arms who have gone through this and are going through this and not forgetting those who paid the ultimate price for freedom. No matter what flag you fly as long as you are fighting for your people,for the greater good and freedom, All I have to say to you out there is HOOAH!!! The spirit of the warrior is forever.
        Break// Freedom is not free.
        #neveragain

    • Are James says:

      I think the President has been very clear, open and unambiguous about things in this interview. He also clarified a lot of things regarding pursuit into neighbouring countries and pursuit into ours. A lot of things that even very senior officers would not be permitted to clarify has been clarified by the single point accountable authority here which is the President. All pursuits of Boko Haram into Nigeria are with our permission and we have refused Cameroon those permits in a number of cases because they refused ours. Chad obviously have been permitted within bounds to pursue BH.
      On foreign military personnel, there are technicians and instructors at the war front working with the Nigerian Military. This ratio would be something like 1: 25000 so no serious person should be saying these guys are actually fighting for Nigeria but PMC is PMC. They are mission support personnel on the battlefield (not the office) so they are mercenaries, pure and simple there is no need to obfuscate facts here. The military hardware manufacturing business is going to be incorporating more of ‘SERVICES’ like these in the very near future and this is actually going to arise not just from lack of local technical skills in national militaries but also from the novelty of certain weapon systems and proprietary nature of some technologies deployed. The US had thousands of these kind of personnel in Afghanistan and Iraq during the height of their involvement in those countries.

  2. Tobey says:

    Videos please..those on Twitter should please encourage General Olukolade to release videos..that’s what professional militaries do.

  3. rugged7 says:

    Nigeria Defence Intelligence Chief- Gabriel Okoi during a visit to the U.S within the week insists and i quote:

    “i feel and am very very hopeful we shall win this war. By march 28, I think this operation will almost be completely finished with…”

    I think our intelligence chiefs should avoid giving these kind of deadlines. They lose credibility when it doesn’t come to pass…

  4. Martin Luther says:

    I think Nigeria needs improved media management or she may lose the narrative to her neighbors. Nothing prevents a one-hour documentary even with frontline fighting clips.

    This clip must have been of considerable investments to the Cameroonians and yet I meet Cameroonians coming from Cameroon that still do not believe their country is at war. Just to underscore the difficulty keeping a population informed.

    It is hard work but it must be done

    Just my thoughts

    • Tobey says:

      That is the point..Oga beegs and other beegeagle bloggers have to dig for photos. The N.A has its own cameramen, why can’t they release videos on current progress in the war? I have never been a fan of General Oukolade, all with good reason..the military’s spokesman shouldn’t be a Major General, rather a young Major will get the job done. General Olukolade’s wing has been awful..NTA, who during the 90s, fed us with a lot of clips from ECOMOG operations, has so far been utterly useless. Why does Shekau get to shoot videos of N.A troops running into hills and we can’t do the same to them?

  5. Ufuo says:

    For those who are quick to deny the presence of fair skinned personnel. Here’s a report of the president’s interview with VGA. http://www.reubenabati.com.ng/2015-03-12-Nigeria-s-President-Boko-Haram-Trained-with-Islamic-State.html

  6. beegeagle says:

    MERCENARIES SPOTTED IN MAIDUGURI…recce, trainers or tacticians?

    http://af.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idAFKBN0M80VT20150312?sp=true

    • igbi says:

      There are no mercenaries in maiduguru. Please just ask an army officer.

      • rugged7 says:

        Oga Igbi, they may not necessarily be mercenaries.
        But the President has made it quite clear that foreigners are there as trainers and technicians. They may not be doing any actual fighting.
        Again, I don’t want to rehash what was discussed before….
        I still think we should stick to facts as much as possible.
        But, I will be frank, with all due respect to Oga beegs, I still think those pix of the REVA’s we saw were taken in Borno state.-Unless it was an expert photoshop.
        I have seen new pix which clearly show keke napep and the license plates of cars in that area.

      • igbi says:

        well direct me to those pics and please don’t use the clothing or the architecture of the road as proof any more (other african countries also have roads and clothes)

      • igbi says:

        I am waiting for your link.

      • rugged7 says:

        The foreigners are there mostly as trainers and technicians.
        The way the 2 of them died in a blue on blue indicates their primary role may not be actual fighting.
        One of them resigned from Iraq to come to Nigeria. He probably felt it was safer….
        http://www.timeslive.co.za/local/2015/03/12/sa-military-contractor-killed-in-nigeria

      • igbi says:

        still waiting for your link

      • igbi says:

        rugged7, the link please.

      • rugged7 says:

        Oga Igbi, I won’t put up the picture unless Oga beeg gives me go ahead.

      • igbi says:

        You know what, I think you made it up.

      • igbi says:

        Either the pictures don’t exist either the pictures are an other hoax.

      • rugged7 says:

        Oga Igbi, I think by now u know me well enough to understand that I will not gravitate to lies or abuses.
        I can email it to u or send it to oga beegs mail.

      • igbi says:

        Please stop calling me oga. And look, it is not about abuses or lies, it is just that I saw the way you analyzed the first photo and I am sorry but I have to be frank in matters such as this, I can’t sugar cut this. How can you claim that the photo was taken in Nigeria because of “the architecture of the road” or “the clothing of the people” does that actually makes sense ? Why would you claim you have a photo while you refuse to post it ?

      • rugged7 says:

        Oga Igbi,
        I’ve sent it to oga beegs ovi email account.

      • igbi says:

        Also I don’t trust easy. Even if you were a familly member of mine I would still ask for proof.

      • rugged7 says:

        lol.
        OGA Igbi dey find my trouble sha.
        I am sure u also saw where I mentioned that i’m not an expert in forensic pictorial analysis.
        Anyway, I’ve sent the pix to Oga beegs.
        I no get power for too much argument…

      • igbi says:

        Well what can I say, I still can’t see the photo, I stand by my statement until proven otherwise.

    • beegeagle says:

      Been engaging #REUTERS AFRICA on Twitter. Go and see

    • asorockweb says:

      Reuter did us a dis-service by not including the picture in-question. This makes it impossible for anybody to cross-examine their evidence.

  7. rugged7 says:

    President Jonathan: Cameroon refused Nigeria right of hot pursuit. Foreign technicians for maintenance of equipment and update Nigerian troops on use of new equipment,
    http://www.voanews.com/content/nigerias-president-says-boko-haram-trained-with-islamic-state/2676217.html#hash=relatedInfoContainer

    • igbi says:

      the video is a little bit hard to watch because of the fact that voa felt obliged to put boko haram propaganda images in it.

    • igbi says:

      I am wondering, what are they trying to archieve by flooding the entire interview with boko haram propaganda ? Are they trying to help boko haram recruit ? Please let us send this voa out of Nigeria and let us stop granting them interviews.

  8. igbi says:

    you can’t say that trainers are mercenaries. They are trainers.

    • igbi says:

      I can’t even confirm that the president said this because the 45 second video is filled with boko propaganda and that made it unbearable to watch.

  9. igbi says:

    I am increasinly getting tired of the media broadcasting boko haram propaganda each time they interview a Nigerian official on the matter. Don’t they know that they are promoting the terrorists ?

  10. freegulf says:

    mercenaries and trainers are two different aspects. merc here is the ugly word. there is nothing bad in having technical crew to help maintain and introduce our guys to these unfamiliar hardware.
    but there are no foreigners fighting for us under the banner of the nigerian army. i think we should be careful with the way these words are being used. we are modern enough and mature enough to conduct maneouvre warfare. for those that doubt this, they are completely unfamiliar with our army.

    good job NA, very on point, give ’em hell

  11. igbi says:

    This foreigners are very funny, when we have a setback they laugh at us and call us all kinds of names. When we overcome they start claiming our victory as theirs and making up stories of their people doing the fight for us. It seems like everybody wants to claim our victory. Before we reclaimed Baga, there was no claim of “foreign mercenaries”. Now that we are clearly destroying boko haram, every foreign country is claiming that they it is their people doing the job. But ofcourse none of them has time to provide proof.

  12. Are James says:

    I think the President has been very clear, open and unambiguous about things in this interview. He also clarified a lot of things regarding pursuit into neighbouring countries and pursuit into ours. A lot of things that even very senior officers would not be permitted to clarify has been clarified by the single point accountable authority here which is the President. All pursuits of Boko Haram into Nigeria are with our permission and we have refused Cameroon those permits in a number of cases because they refused ours. Chad obviously have been permitted within bounds to pursue BH.
    On foreign military personnel, there are technicians and instructors at the war front working with the Nigerian Military. This ratio would be something like 1: 25000 so no serious person should be saying these guys are actually fighting for Nigeria but PMC is PMC. They are mission support personnel on the battlefield (not the office) so they are mercenaries, pure and simple there is no need to obfuscate facts here. The military hardware manufacturing business is going to be incorporating more of ‘SERVICES’ like these in the very near future and this is actually going to arise not just from lack of local technical skills in national militaries but also from the novelty of certain weapon systems and proprietary nature of some technologies deployed. The US had thousands of these kind of personnel in Afghanistan and Iraq during the height of their involvement in those countries

    • igbi says:

      What you don’t understand is that words matter and the foreign press and south africa especially is already claiming that it is foreigners who are doing the fighting for us.
      You have to use the right semantics or you will drive the wrong feelings and ideas. There are no mercenaries, what we have are technicians who might very well be people who have never served in any military. Myself I could do this kind of job if maths was a required field. And if I were not a Nigerian would you call me a mercenary ?

      • Are James says:

        Okay, I agree that the semantics should be right and that should be driven by knowledgeable people on this blog. Preparing an MI 35 chopper for a mission, servicing an MRAP or demonstrating a laser target designator to a Nigerian sergeant is not really fighting the war for Nigeria and we should be using the right terms to describe that service.

  13. beegeagle says:

    You are right, Are James. Not to forget that non-advisory roles for PMCs namely, acrual fighting, is off limits for South Africans.

    Anyway, I have bared my mind to REUTERS AFRICA on their Twitter handle

  14. rugged7 says:

    Life picks up in liberated areas…

  15. beegeagle says:

    I think the BVP-1 was specifically acquired because it is both an APC and an AFV rolled into one – like bringing the impact of something sterner than a Panhard AML 60 and a MT-LB to the battle at once – mobility, protection and firepower all at once.

    Not too long ago, I saw Ukrainian rebels powering a BMP-1 IFV. The maneovreability and mobility was impressive.

    Imagine what this would do to a BH technical from 500 metres out? I think the role of this IFV is to serve as a destroyer of BH technicals.

    • ozed says:

      Also the BVP/BMP 1′ 76mm gun is better than lower caliber high rate of fire weapons (e.g. 12.7mm or 23mm cannons) at attacking enemy protected by masonry or mud walls, and thus is good for built up areas.

      A single HE shell into an enemy strong point takes care of it and the troops can move on to the next ones.

    • asorockweb says:

      Rate of fire for the BMP-1’s main gun in 1 round every 10 seconds.
      And to fire accurately, it has to stop or move very slowly.

      The main gun on the BMP-1 is poor. If we buy re-gunned BVP-1s then OK.

      • Are James says:

        Okay now I understand all the flak against this model of BVP 1 from the gunnery perspective, It is an unstabilized, low rate of fire weapon. How accurate is it whilst stationary or slow moving though we don’t know. The only IFVs I know that give the accuracy with rates of fire and vehicular motion you want are some pricey new German stuff or the new Otokar Cobra upgrade.

  16. drag_on says:

    The Chadians are redeploying to banki Cameroon. They are probably going to be the Eastern Anvil as we strike at gwoza to make sure BH doesn’t escape.The article states that we have retaken dikwa from them(chad) and they are enroute to banki to block any exit by BH. I guess that says abit about the state of Cameroons’ army. Whatever happens, let them not enter Nigeria because it will be too close to gwoza that a blue on blue could occur.

    mobile.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSKBN0M825420150312?irpc=932

  17. Donian007 says:

    My dear C. Generals, this site is reporting SHIT
    http://www.cameroononline.org
    These guys here needs some brain transplant. JEEZE!

    • Deway says:

      You know the mindset of the average Cameroonian towards Nigeria, so no surprises there. Only one solution to all these: After the elections, we need a comprehensive review of operations during the 6 year insurgency, table out the needs of the armed forces (I think this blog already has done all this but let’s pretend no one read the comments), start doing open tender procurement and arm yourselves to the teeth like Algeria. Enough said. Insurgency in North East, piracy in the bight of biafra now beyond the level off the coast of Somalia. Enough said.

  18. mcshegz says:

    #FenceNigerianBorders
    #ArmNigeriaToTheTeeth
    #VictoryForNigeria
    #NeverAgain

    SUPPORT OUR TROOPS

  19. igbi says:

    The americans don’t want Nigeria’s victory to be known, they want to rubbish it by all means so that Nigeria’s influence doesn’t grow. The south africans share that objectif and you have the westerners who support everything america wants and then comes the jeallous african nations.
    Now it should be obvious to every keen observer that the west is trying hard to destroy our image. What they are thinking is this: “Nigeria how dare you win a war against terrorists without our help ? how dare you ?”

  20. Augustine says:

    Oga MCSHEGZ na you biko ! Thanks for the Nigeria inspirational graphics/artwork.

    God bless you.

  21. Oje says:

    Oga igbi stop sounding like a high school kid with homonal issues. You are making this blog look amateurish and degrading its value. America doesnt want to even get involved, Obama’s pledge of support was a knee jerk reaction and only because the media attention on the missing girls means he cannot escape showing support, left to them they want nothing to do with another war front. The U.S faces a potential nuclear faceoff with Russia over Ukraine, the U.S is under pressure to do more in Iraq and Syria, the U.S new ”Asian pivot” to contain China is stressed and Japan and South Korea have legitimate reasons to doubt the U.S will risk going to war with China over them, defence pact or not. Add to that the Iranian nuclear issues, the rise of domestic unresst with daily protests on the streets of U.S Cities, Cops killing blacks, blacks shooting cops: Just yesterday 2 Policemen were shot, one in the face, the other in the shoulder. Do you honestly think the U.S gives a fuck about Nigeria right now when they face a myriad of threats and problems from nearly all directions? Why should we Nigerians wait for the U.S to announce our military successes? we can do it our selves, we should do it our selves and we are doing it ourselves in this blog, the Defence ministry is doing its path via twitter. Tone down this your endless anti american rants abeg. Channel your anger towards Chad, Cameroon and France.

    • igbi says:

      I think they should rapidly change their policy of allowing mental patients use computers in your mental asylum. Go and take your medicin and let sane people talk. Go and declare war on your baby girl and let men be men. Nobody cares about what you say, you are known as a mad person who wants to go to war with the moon.

      • Are James says:

        You are actually the one guilty of oversimplification and gross amateurishness. @Oje actually displays more international affairs knowledge and is able to understand (dispassionately) what another nation’s particular interests might be with suggestions about what we should be doing to work around it. His only issue is his ‘planned genocide’ against Cameroon and Chad. However from you it is all boring flag waving and childish expectations from the over hundred and something other countries that make up the entire world

      • igbi says:

        @arejames, what the hell is your problem ?
        If I am guilty of being amateurish then why don’t you post that on the comment in which I show amateurism ? Here I am responding to an ignorant conspiracy theorist who is believed to be a mental patient. The guy goes on to attack me and I don’t see what your business is here. I know you are enclined towards defending him and making him look good since he is one of your fellow conspiracy theorists. Look, your opinion doesn’t amount to much since you have been caught several times telling lies or being incredibly gullible. I am at a position to lecture you, not the other way around.

      • igbi says:

        @arejames, one of your biggest problems is that you think people need to do a special show just for you. If you like, go and recruit an other mental patient and have him post on beegeagle’s blog, then give him compliments as you did for fulanstrip, “oje”, and isis, that is your kind of character isn’t it ?

  22. Oje says:

    Oga mcshegz, thats a masterpiece of work and patriotism. Nice one bro.

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