October 28, 2015
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The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) said it had between July and October 2015 conducted a total of 1448 air sorties in support of the ongoing counterinsurgency operation in the northeast and also deployed over 300 ground troops from its special forces to fight along with the Army in the field.

The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Abubakar disclosed this on Wednesday when he received in audience officials of the Centre for Crisis Communication (CCC) led by the Executive Director, Air Commodore Yusuf Anas (Rtd) who paid him courtesy visit in his office.

The Air Force, he said, is doing everything possible to see how peace can be restored in the troubled areas as soon as possible. According to him, the air component is fully integrated in the counterinsurgency operation plans and as such, NAF is using different aircrafts in its arsenal including F-7NI, Alpha Jet, C-130 AC, Agusta 109 LUH, Mi-35, Mi-24, Mi-17, Super Puma Helicopters, among others to carry out logistics support, reconnaissance and combat operations.

“Where ever the army is going in the battlefield, we give them the air support, provide intelligence and clear the ground for them to operate optimally. There are challenges no doubt but God willing, we will meet the expectations of the people and the deadline given by the Commander-in-Chief as the government is giving us necessary support and encouragement”, he stated.

Air Marshal Abubakar expressed his appreciation to the Centre for Crisis Communication for the important job they are doing in trying to streamline and harmonize crisis information in the country for effectiveness noting that information management is critical to success or otherwise of military operations especially the counter insurgency operation embarked upon by the Nigerian Armed Forces.

“If you manage information well, you kill the morale of the enemies,” he opined. He disclosed further that NAF has embarked on a number of quick impact projects in the north east aimed at winning the hearts and minds of the people. In this regard, it has provided medical facilities including clinics, medical laboratories, medical wards and drugs. It has sunk boreholes, provided 50,000 liters overhead tanks, constructed toilet facilities and shelters for internally displaced persons in the north east.

Earlier, the Executive Secretary of the Centre for Crisis Communication, Air Commodore Yusuf Anas (rtd) briefed the Chief of Air Staff on the mandates of the Centre and congratulated NAF for the good work it is doing in the north east while condoling it on the death of a number of its officers in a couple air crashes in the course of the operations. He assured the CAS of the Centre’s willingness to partner its information department to bring to public knowledge the various efforts and sacrifices of the Nigerian Air Force.

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Ground troops of the Nigerian Airforce Regiment

27 October, 2015

In a renewed drive to further degrade the Boko Haram terrorist s, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) said its Alpha Jets have successfully carried out airstrikes and destroyed the sect’s vehicle workshops, fuel and ammunition dumps all within the Sambisa forest.

According to a statement by Air Commodore Dele Alonge, Director of Public Relations and Information,Nigerian Airforce, this feat 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.

The Chief of Air Staff,Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar therefore assured all Nigerians that with these successful strikes on the insurgents, their capabilities have been further degraded to pave the way for the final onslaught by the land forces to meet the Commander-in-Chief, President Mohammadu Buhari’s directives to bring insurgency in the North-East to an end.

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A T72 AV tank of the Nigerian Army at Konduga.

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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By Paul Lewandowski
October 19, 2015

President Barack Obama told Congress on Friday that he will send 300 US troops to Cameroon. The troops will play a non-combat role in the war against Boko Haram.That war is currently led by a coalition of Nigeria and its African neighbors: Cameroon, Benin, Chad, and Niger.

The US troops will provide “airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance” to the African nations as part of a larger effort by the US to support fighting against the extreme Islamist insurgency. American drones will also be used to help Nigeria with one of the most expensive aspects of the mission, airborne reconnaissance.

Obama worries that, without US support, Nigeria and its African partners will be unable to beat back the insurgents. The Nigerian military has fought Boko Haram since 2009, and in recent years the government’s ineffectiveness has become apparent, as the insurgent group continues to execute high-profile attacks.

Boko Haram has, so far, repelled Nigeria’s government from a large, rural swath in the north and reportedly controls about 20% of the country. The group has also expanded its attacks to neighboring Cameroon, Chad, and Niger. The fighting has displaced 1.1 million people and killed tens of thousands. This has continued despite a cross-border offensive by the coalition of Nigeria’s neighbors, which began earlier this year.

Obama fears that, if Boko Haram continues increasing in strength, it could threaten the stability of Nigeria, Africa’s biggest national economy and a valuable US trading partner. Should the insurgency gain direct control of more Nigerian oil , it could grow even stronger, much like ISIS has in Iraq and Syria. Indeed, Boko Haram has formally made an alliance with ISIS and, like the group fighting in the Middle East, has declared itself a Muslim caliphate .

Meanwhile, the fall in oil prices this year has only added to Nigeria’s compromised status. Nigerian oil provides about three-quarters of government revenues and is crucial for the overall national economy. Should oil prices remain low, Nigeria will be severely handicapped in the war against Boko Haram.

By placing US troops on the ground near Nigeria, though in a non-combat role, Obama wants to ensure that drones and other sensitive US military technology are not misused.

International groups have accused Nigeria’s military of corruption and human rights violations. Obama fears that providing lethal aid to Nigeria’s military, without oversight, might further contribute to Nigeria’s corruption and mistreatment of civilians.

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24 October, 2015

Nigerian Army said troops of 5 Brigade Nigerian Army have been able to comprehensively destroy all Boko Haram camps and enclaves at the border towns of Kerenowa and Chikun Gudu as well as their contiguous villages in Borno State

A statement by Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman,Acting Director Army Public Relations, during the ongoing operation, troops discovered and destroyed over 20 well fortified terrorist camps in the general area of Kerenowa. He listed the camps to include some at the gateway to Kerenowa, Gumada and Dogon Gida.

“In addition, the troops have also discovered that to evade aerial reconnaissance and bombardment, the terrorists have dug twin tunnels to conceal their facilities and routes in and out of the camp. Among facilities discovered were training areas equipped with instructional and training materials that include wooden guns, amongst others,” he said.

“The troops have also cleared Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) along the road linking Marte, New Marte and Kerenowa. “It is apparent that the Boko Haram terrorists lacked the will to fight as they are in obvious disarray, abandoning their camps fleeing and leaving behind vehicles, solar panels used to power devices, food and other logistics, beddings, various IED making devices, cables and cords.

“The advancing troops’ morale remains very high and they exude confidence and zeal to destroy all known Boko Haram camps along their axis of advance.

“We still reiterate our call for citizens to remain confident in the ability of our troops to eliminate all remaining vestiges of the terrorists before the year runs out in line with Presidential directives. Citizens are also requested to kindly provide useful and credible information to the military about any known terrorist or sympathisers.”

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19 October, 2015

The Multinational Joint Task Force formed by Nigeria and neighbouring countries to jointly fight the Boko Haram terrorists has commenced operation.

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai who confirmed the development said that troop contributing countries Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger and Chad are expected to operate within their territories.

Speaking when the Republic of Netherlands Defence Attaché to Nigeria, Colonel Eric Adriaan de Landmeter paid him a courtesy call at the Army Headquarters last week, the COAS described the Nigerian Army as a force to be reckoned with at all times, assuring of it’s determination to end Boko Haram activities soon.

General Buratai thanked the Defence Attache for the visit, emphasizing that the two countries have been participating in Peace Support Operations for a long time. He further stated that Netherlands is a country with good innovations in many areas and commended them for expressing concern on the current security challenges facing the nation.

Earlier, the Defence Attaché thanked the COAS for the audience despite short notice and commended the Nigerian Army for their effort in the current fight against insurgency. He further stated that his country was interested in what is happening in Nigeria, stressing that Netherlands have the capacity to offer specialty in many areas to the country especially with the current security challenges facing the country.

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Cameroonian troops deployed to fight Boko Haram

19 October, 2015

Six U.S. armoured vehicles have been deployed in Cameroon to help the country fight the Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram, a senior Cameroonian military officer based in Maroua of the Far-North Region said on Monday.

The vehicles have arrived in the country less than a week after U.S. President Barack Obama announced a decision to send 300 troops, along with surveillance drones to Cameroon in order to enhance the nation’s effort to counter the terrorist group.

The officer said some members of U.S. troops deployed in the Central African Republic are also expected in the region, who will train the Cameroon defence forces on making good use of the armoured vehicles.

The islamist Boko Haram sect has been using mostly young girls as suicide bombers in the Far-North Region of Cameroon. Its many other attacks along the western border of the country has also forced close to 200,000 farmers and business operators to move further inland for peace and security.

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