Military steps up air bombardment to tackle Boko Haram- DHQ

Three days after the extremist Boko Haram sect overran the commercial town of Mubi in Adamawa state, the Nigerian military says it has intensified deployment of troops and equipment around the area.

It also said it has revved up aerial bombardment with a view to restoring normalcy to communities sacked by the insurgents.

“Necessary deployment of troops and equipment is ongoing to reverse all recent violation and breach of security by terrorists and criminals operating in parts of the country,” the spokesperson for Nigeria’s Defence Headquarters, Chris Olukolade, a Major General, said in a statement Saturday.

“The highly coordinated air bombardment is already yielding required results in the mission to repel the unwarranted attacks on citizens especially in Adamawa and Borno States as land forces are also conducting mopping up operations to apprehend retreating terrorists and facilitate restoration of normalcy in some of the affected communities.”

Mr. Olukolade, who promised to release more details as the operation progresses, said the military and security agencies “remain committed and optimistic for positive outcome of ongoing operations.

The Nigerian government had on October 17 announced that it was suspending military operations against the extremist group after both sides agreed a ceasefire.

Part of the deal was to see the return of the more than 200 girls abducted by Boko Haram insurgents from Chibok, Borno State, on April 14.

But Boko Haram soon launched fresh attacks on towns in Borno and Adamawa States, and the girls failed to return on expected dates.

On Wednesday the insurgents descended on Mubi, Adamawa’s second largest city, sacking residents, killing scores and planting its flag there.

There were also reports that Boko Haram insurgents overwhelmed security forces and overran Madagali down to Bazza, both in Adamawa State.

The situation in Mubi is so dire that the Benue State Government has sent vehicles to evacuate its students studying at the Adamawa State University in the town.

The university campus is said to have fallen to the insurgents after lecturers, students and security agencies fled.

In a state-wide broadcast in Yola on Saturday, the Adamawa state governor, Bala Ngilari, said a high-powered committee has been inaugurated to address the problems faced by people displaced from the town by the insurgents.

He said he had so far sent 77 vehicles in the past two days to evacuate affected persons to designated camps.

Mr. Ngilari’s announcement  came a few hours after a former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, issued a statement describing Boko Haram’s takeover of the town and hoisting of its flag there as “a tragic act and a worrisome affront to the corporate integrity of Nigeria.

Mr. Abubakar, who was abroad when the attack took place in his home State, told a group of journalists on arrival on Friday that: “with what I have gathered so far from online news reports and other sources from Mubi town, the situation is very unfortunate and undermining for our country”.

“If the reports are true that the Armed Forces had abandoned their assigned duty posts a few days before the overrun, it was an indication that the attack was not sudden after all. If the Soldiers also left behind their ammunition and armoured carriers at the mercy of predatory insurgents, it raises a question of complicity in the sordid episode,” he said.

He described as most unfortunate a situation were unsuspecting civilians, who relied on security agencies for their protection and were expecting an improvement in their security status as a result of the announced ceasefire, were suddenly left defenceless and at the mercy of the marauders.

Mr. Abubakar frowned at the suspected connivance that might have fuelled the sudden retreat of the military in the face of imminent invasion of a vital commercial town, less than three hours away from Yola the Adamawa State capital.

“No Commander-in-Chief or General that is worth his salt will surrender his territory with folded arms and running heels,” Mr. Abubakar said.

“On every occasion that leaders from the North-East raised an alarm about the dangerous trend, we have either been ignored or called names,” he said.

“If there’s any iota of truth in the suspicion of the people that they were deliberately abandoned, then it becomes a dangerous trend and a bad omen for Nigeria and all Nigerians,” he said.

The former vice president said he was heading to Yola to meet with those managing the displaced people and see what assistance he can render to reduce the sufferings of the people.

But in its statement Saturday, the Nigerian military said it remained “committed and optimistic for positive outcome of ongoing operations” aimed at “terminating the insecurity in parts of the country”.

  


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  • amazing2012

    Is it after they have killed people, drive people from their homes and capture towns that you will step up bombardment ? Gwoza is gone, Mubi is gone and many towns. Why can you confront them I. The bush where you can heave less human casualty ? Why do you want to fight in towns, at homes are you women ? It seem is deliberate ! When you want to win election in Ekiti, you sent 20,000 troops but Sambisa is he’ll to you !! Cowards !!! Bukurtu solders, only BRT and mammy market you know !!!

    • Otile

      Gen Christian Olukolade is a good man. Do you want him to lose our young soldiers pursuing Muslims? The lives of our soldiers are very precious, man. The best way to fight the Muslims is to bomb them from the air.

      • amazing2012

        Please OTILE confirm to me your religion ! It seem you are a prostrated youth who has no moral direction.

        • Otile

          I don’t want to communicate with you anymore, You have people and speak blasphemously. Until you clean your thoughts don’t talk to me again.

          • Lala

            Go and sit down on your pooh! Who do you think you are!? Shameless homo ignoramus!

          • amazing2012

            What blasphemy ? Probe it ! Christian like you do not want to hear truth, it irritate them. How will you convince others to accept Christ ?

        • Otile

          I don’t want to communicate with you anymore, You hate people and speak
          blasphemously. Until you clean your thoughts don’t talk to me again.

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            lol, Otile.

            This response from you is akin to a man challenged to a duel who then responds on the retreat that he would be back to fight as soon as can put on his pants!!

            I am laughing in vernacular!!!

          • Guguru

            LOL! I don’t know how to categorize your comments. LOL!

      • Mubi The UN territory

        You are either animal or insane, this is not an issue of religion, BokoHaram do not define their target the kill both muslim and christian alike. BokoHaram is an ideology, is unfortunate that we have incompetent person as C-in-C, who is only good at fueling the crises for political gains.

  • Captain Mark (rtd)

    Dear Editor,

    NO EASY OPTIONS FOR THE NIGERIAN ARMY

    I don’t know what the Nigerian military is thinking about. But in all history no ground was ever recovered from enemy forces by aerial bombardment. In fact, without laser-trained missiles, aerial bombardment in urban warfare occurring inside a national territory can a best yield gross collateral damage without necessarily impacting on infantry enemy forces.

    Boko Haram militias are not known to be in definite cluster formation. If as it is Boko Haram militias claim to control the swathe of territory from Damborou-Ngala to Mubi, its militiamen must be over-stretched and easier to pick off by tactical ground warfare than by aerial warfare.

    Logistical support is bound to be difficult for Boko Haram by its over-stretch. There is however the matter of mountainous terrain bordering likely troops’ routes. If Boko Haram has artillery units dug in and backing its outposts in those mountainous areas, there would be no easy options for the Nigerian Army. At any rate, the Nigerian Army will eventually prevail in this conflict because there’s no definite strategy behind Boko Haram’s uncoordinated advance.

  • Mark C. (rtd)

    Dear Editor

    NO EASY OPTIONS FOR THE NIGERIAN ARMY

    I don’t know what the Nigerian military is thinking about.
    But in all history no ground was ever recovered from enemy forces
    by aerial bombardment. In fact, without laser-trained missiles, aerial
    bombardment in urban warfare occurring inside a national territory can a
    best yield gross collateral damage without necessarily impacting on
    infantry enemy forces.

    Boko Haram militias are not known to be in definite cluster formation.

    If as it is Boko Haram militias claim to control the swathe of territory from

    Damborou-Ngala to Mubi, its militiamen must be over-stretched and easier

    to pick off by tactical ground warfare than by aerial warfare.

    Logistical support is bound to be difficult for Boko Haram by its over-stretch.

    There is however the matter of mountainous terrain bordering likely troops’ routes.

    If Boko Haram has artillery units dug in and backing its outposts in those
    mountainous areas, there would be no easy options for the Nigerian Army.
    At any rate, the Nigerian Army will eventually prevail in this conflict
    because there’s no definite strategy behind Boko Haram’s uncoordinated advance.

    • Alex Chibuzor

      Go on, ye valiant soldiers of Nigeria, and save our invaded nation.
      Kill the northern Islamic saboteurs of our country. Don’t arrest them –
      just kill them. We are not interested in their names. Hypocrites in Amnesty International
      may be waiting on the wings if you arrest these murderous Islamic fanatics.

      The hypocrites would be asking you if you are giving “Islamic murderers” human rights.
      So, please don’t wait or delay to kill these Muslim fanatics on the battlefield of northern Nigeria.
      That’s what the law of war requires you to do – to kill those who declare war on your country.
      Kill them. That is your obligation under the law of war.

      • Dewale Idowu

        Alex,

        No nationalist of Nelson Mandela type can emerge in Nigeria;
        not amid this genocidal war of Islamic Jihad fueled by hate,
        as declared and fought by Boko Haram; and, certainly not with
        the right to rule-by-force ideology of the Hausa/Fulani/Kanuri people.

        Taken together, that genocidal declaration plus the right to rule-by-force
        is strong enough basis in international law to legally partition Nigeria.
        Where political equality is denied by a third of any national population,
        a common nationhood amongst them is denied also.

      • What can we really do to change the following situations in Nigeria? I doubt if
        these comments reach those they are intended for. I don’t want my
        comments to be in vain.
        —————————-
        Why is Nigeria allowing Sharia in Northern Nigeria? That’s the LICENSE that
        opens the gate for those who are faithful to Qur’an and Hadith to
        establish Ummah al-Islamiyah in Nigeria and EXPAND SHARIA.

        Concerning “touch not the anointed”, please send the following IMPORTANT MESSAGE
        to all who can do something about it:

        Like the U.K. Charity Commission, Nigeria needs to start prosecuting
        Religious Fraudsters. Also, Nigerian Officials must stop mixing Government with Religion.

      • bib

        Indeed your valiant soldiers that abandon their posts and munitions even before the arrival of the enemy. Indeed your valiant soldiers that allow the capture of their chief’s village without even a fight. Yes they should not capture them so that their identities should not reveal that they belong. Any ICC watches keenly.

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      Sir, I thought you were spot on until the very last sentence.

      I do not believe our military is sufficiently co-ordinated to take advantage of a protracted supply line required by boko haram either!

      And I do not comment to denigrate our military.

      As you rightly pointed out, the only time boko haram operated in what was close to cluster was when it was confined to the Sambisa Forest, yet our military did not take maximum advantage where civilian and commercial collateral would have been minimal.

      • David M.

        @ Kay Soyemi,

        You are right. You are on point. I myself don’t have much faith anymore in Nigeria’s army counter-insurgency plans. I have seen it demonstrated on the field for five years running. It has been in-effective. It is too late now for me to muster faith without a factual basis.

        With all due respect to Captain Mark (rtd) the Nigerian army has not won my own confidence.

        This war is instead getting more difficult. The main reason of course is the mutiny in the army. Without being a cohesive force there can’t be an army in the real sense of the word. An army divided against itself cannot stand. The ranks are split by disgruntled elements against the officers’ ranks similarly split on either tribal or religious lines. I am sorry. That is not my own idea of a cohesive force which a national army should be.

        • No Comment

          “There is no doubt that our nation is at war. The enemy has clearly and unequivocally
          served the nation notice of its vile intentions. Therefore, a clear, unambiguous and
          decisive military response from the government, beyond the imposition of a state of emergency,
          is urgently required in this circumstance. This is an option we must consider now”.

          “It is obvious that we are dealing with insurgents and well-funded nihilists who
          are determined to violently trample upon the secularity of the Nigerian State
          and destroy the country. A modern, vibrant, progressive, multi-ethnic,
          multi-religious Nigeria is an anathema to them.”

          “Our emphasis must therefore be on winning the hearts and minds of the communities
          in the immediate theatres of conflict. The full might and strength of our
          security services must now be deployed to confront this (Boko Haram) scourge”

          ………………….Brigadier David Mark (rtd)

          Senate President

          [April 30th, 2014]

          • Amphibious

            But one less remarked point in Nigeria is the incompetent way President Jonathan

            prosecutes this Boko Haram war. President Jonathan is almost ambivalent and his
            war plans, rather ambiguous. He started by calling the enemy forces “our brothers”
            – which definition cut against war-time military doctrines. By the time 120 policemen
            and DSS officials were ambushed in Keffi and slaughtered by ethnic militias in Nasarawa
            it was too late when President Jonathan then sprang to action and shifted gear, orally,
            into declaring an all-out war. Surely, a war is to be sensibly fought on several fronts –
            not least in the hearts and minds of the ordinary people of Nigeria who’re most affected.
            But President Jonathan has nearly failed in five years till now to state a narrative
            that could mobilize the populace behind the army, despite his employing hordes
            of media aides and advisers – who’ve proved almost useless.

        • bib

          This is exactly what this govt seems to have planned. Just imagine what was happening at Konduga. “The army has repelled the insurgents” was the story for weeks. The army didn’t advance to take the war to the insurgents bases. Then the bogus cease fire.
          Even now listen to the words of the army spokesman. “REPEL the insurgents”. “Restore normalcy in SOME of the affected communities” Some generals. Some army. Some government!

    • What can we really do to change the following situations in Nigeria? I doubt if
      these comments reach those they are intended for. I don’t want my
      comments to be in vain.
      —————————-
      Why is Nigeria allowing Sharia in Northern Nigeria? That’s the LICENSE that
      opens the gate for those who are faithful to Qur’an and Hadith to
      establish Ummah al-Islamiyah in Nigeria and EXPAND SHARIA.

      Concerning “touch not the anointed”, please send the following IMPORTANT MESSAGE
      to all who can do something about it:

      Like the U.K. Charity Commission, Nigeria needs to start prosecuting
      Religious Fraudsters. Also, Nigerian Officials must stop mixing Government with Religion

    • bib

      Why did the govt allow this situation to reach this point? It only can point to one thing. This govt is not only implicated but that this is its plan

  • Words on Marble

    “One less remarked point in Nigeria is the incompetent way President Jonathan
    prosecutes this Boko Haram war. President Jonathan is almost ambivalent and his
    war plans, rather ambiguous. He started by calling the enemy forces “our brothers”
    – which definition cut against war-time military doctrines. By the time 120 policemen
    and DSS officials were ambushed in Keffi and slaughtered by ethnic militias in Nasarawa
    it was too late when President Jonathan then sprang to action and shifted gear, orally,
    into declaring an all-out war. Surely, a war is to be sensibly fought on several fronts –
    not least in the hearts and minds of the ordinary people of Nigeria who’re most affected.
    But President Jonathan has nearly failed in five years till now to state a narrative
    that could mobilize the populace behind the army, despite his employing hordes
    of media aides and advisers – who’ve proved almost useless.

    ………………Amphibious

    (November 1st, 2014)

    • Guguru

      Hmm! I like this.

  • joe

    Nigerian army cannot succeed in taming BH, because the security advisers are interested party and Jonathan cannot confront them because he need votes from north west.