NIGERIAN MILITARY ESTABLISH NEW TASKFORCE BRIGADE TO FIGHT BOKO HARAM; GARRISONED AT BENISHEIK AND NGAMDU

A T72 AV tank of the Nigerian Army at Konduga.

XINHUA
26 October, 2015

Nigeria’s Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, on Monday said a new Task Force Brigade in the restive northeast town of Benesheik in Borno State was strategically established to end insurgency. Buratai made the remarks while addressing soldiers deployed to the new brigade in Beneshiek and Ngamdu.

This location is very important and strategic, he said, noting that the new Task Force has great impact toward defeating the Boko Haram group.

“You are better trained and equipped than the criminals and you have to be professional and responsive,” he added.”You should have no excuse not to be on patrol, ambush or raid operations,” he said.

The army chief assured the troops that government would provide them with all the necessary kits and equipment to facilitate their success to end insurgency. Buratai charged the soldiers to apply tactics, battle procedure and fire discipline.

He assured the civil population that the army would maintain high standard of professionalism in the course of its duties.

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15 Responses to NIGERIAN MILITARY ESTABLISH NEW TASKFORCE BRIGADE TO FIGHT BOKO HARAM; GARRISONED AT BENISHEIK AND NGAMDU

  1. Ola says:

    My gut feeling is that this is one of the fruits of working with BMATT in Nigeria. I believe this brigade is a condensation of various units trained by different countries. So far, I think NA has received short or medium term training from Russia, UK, Pakistan, India, Israel, US, apart from the 72 SF trained by STTEP. Hopefully, this unit will be allowed to gel together and mature. If it is what I think I see this brigade serving as a test bed for the future NA SF, I also see an SAS styled unit being drawn from the core of this brigade.

  2. This Unit requires a very HIgh level of mobility and i hope they get the equipment required particularly air asses. BH needs to know that its always within quick reach of the NA and that we have them constantly in our sights.

  3. jimmy says:

    I am beginning to draw the conclusion that the COAS has drawn out the long term strategic plan , that going forward after the BH insurgency is over, The Nigerian army will have an additional Division that will be a Stand Alone SF Division.
    OGA OLA
    Edward @ Don Klericuzo on twitter is reporting that :
    BMATT led by LT.COL Stewart Howells commenced 1 week training of 150 Warrant officers and Senior Non- commissioned officers i.e. Sergeants and Staff Sergeants. I do not want to derail this thread so I will stop here.

    • Ola says:

      Yea, I just saw this on Channels TV portal now

      http://www.channelstv.com/2015/10/27/britain-trains-150-nigerian-army-personnel/

      I suppose this 5 day workshop is just one of the packages of several training modules. I also suppose BMATT goes with the “train the trainer” strategy with the NA so that training modules can be faster adapted across the NA. I suppose the UK is really focusing on the fundamentals like conventional and unconventional battle discipline and survivability as well as core COIN routines. The UK has learnt a lot in modern times especially from the War in Iraq and later Afghanistan and the UK armed forces training modules have been adapted accordingly and I firmly believe knowledge would be passed on to the NA. I wish to see at least 10% of the NA converted to a fighting force comparable to the Royal Marines where an average soldier scores above average on marksmanship, where SF troop never goes on full auto on his weapon and a maximum of 2 bullets are dedicated to a target. The NA has all the fundamentals to achieve this, coordination and discipline are the main things primarily needed and I hope the BMATT would help NA achieve that.
      I am excited for the NA with the restructuring that I perceive is on going!

  4. drag_on says:

    ……’The army chief assured the troops that government would provide them with all the necessary kits and
    equipment to facilitate their success to end insurgency. Buratai charged the soldiers to apply tactics,
    battle procedure and fire discipline…..’

    Is this a means of boxing bokoharam in by using the garrison effect?
    I know Oga Augustine has advocated for this method and I supported him on it. However, if it is,do we really have the required logistics and response network?

    • colloid says:

      I QUOTE
      However, if it is,do we really have the required logistics and response network?
      END OF QUOTE

      QUOTING THE STATEMENT
      ***’The army chief assured the troops that government would provide them with all the necessary kits and
      equipment to facilitate their success***
      END OF QUOTE.
      I think that answered your question Oga Drag-On.
      They would surely be provided the needed gears and equipment to make their campaign a success. Let’s hope these comes fast.

    • colloid says:

      Besides, we need more ‘eyes in the skies’ in form of ISTAR platforms/assests. More rotary deployment(esp. For the NA aviation wing) will facilitates a better, more responsive, well-coordinated and successful raids/ambushes/strikes and offenses. We shouldn’t be fighting “blindly”–when there’s no “bird” to give cover or pass Real-Time info to troops on ground.
      We need to Bleed Less, not the other way round–those scumbags should be the one bleeding profusely.
      Am really hoping(and praying) that all our men/officers would be PROPERLY kitted and armed.
      #GodBlessNigeria
      #GodBlessNigerianMilitary

  5. drag_on says:

    In other news.

    In a renewed drive to further degrade the Boko Haram Terrorist (BHT) Assets, the Nigerian Air Force
    (NAF) Alpha Jets have successfully carried out airstrikes and destroyed the Sect’s vehicle workshops,
    fuel and ammunition dumps all within the Sambisa forest.
    This feat by the Nigerian Air Force came as a result of a painstaking Intelligence, Surveillance and
    Reconnaissance (ISR) efforts by the NAF’s Unmanned Aerial vehicle (UAV) and ATR-42 platforms.

    http://www.saharareporters.com/2015/10/27/nigerian-air-force-strikes-boko-haram-terrorist’s-vehicle-workshop-fuel-and-ammunition

    More of same. Intensive surveillance combined with unrelenting bombardment will disrupt their Command and Control, and Logistics. Don’t you just love it when different platforms work together to achieve a goal neither can achieve on its own? The ATR probably did the General search,the drone the more thorough and finally the big gun came in with the wrecking ball.

    • jimmy says:

      Tears in my eyes :”)

      • colloid says:

        Oga Jimmy, there are 3 things involved that could probably point to your mood:
        1. It’s either you did that because you are happy with the well-coordinated strike(s)
        or
        2. You are happy that there’s better sync between the Ground and air forces–less or no rivalry.
        Or
        3. You are doing that because (maybe)you’ve seen what is waiting ahead for BH and their technicals.

  6. jimmy says:

    hehe oga colloid
    Exactly , Exactly oga colloid all of the above.

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