NORTHERN NIGERIA INTERNAL SECURITY SITREP- Week Ending 31 January 2015

Situation Friendly Forces

25 January

7 Div imposes a 24 hour curfew on MAIDUGURI to aid mopping up operations following the Boko Haram attacks

Media reports state that the NPF has detained a suspected IED maker in ARIKIME District, POTISKUM, YOBE State. The suspect is described as male, mid-thirties named BA’NA, who moved from DAMATURU, YOBE State 3 years ago and worked as a water vendor and stonemason. He reportedly claimed responsibility for 4 IED attacks. 9 other suspects were reportedly detained as well.

26 January

Nigerian forces supported by air strikes have begun operations to retake MONGUNO, 15 soldiers and 25 civilians were reportedly killed

Staff at CBN donated 115 bags of rice, 15 jerry cans of cooking oil and bales of clothes to IDPs in DAMATURU, YOBE State

The Curfew on MAIDUGURI was lifted at 6.00am

Troops clearing the bush in the vicinity of MAIDUGURI were reportedly ambushed by gunmen, resulting in 53 reported enemy casualties

NEMA stated that 5,000 IDPS from MONGUNO arriving in MAIDUGURI are being screened and then accommodated in a partially completed Housing Estate.

28 January

Elements of 213 Bn and 234 Bn, supported by 331 Field Artillery Regt reportedly recaptured MICHIKA, MADAGALI LGA, ADAMAWA State, reports indicated an APC was destroyed and an unspecified amount of arms captured. An enemy counter attack was repelled with artillery support. Enemy fighters are reportedly withdrawing towards GULAK and GWOZA.

29 January

Nigerian and Chadian forces are reportedly closing in on GWOZA, GWOZA LGA, BORNO State. Chadian forces are reportedly occupying positions to the east and Nigerian forces to the south in the vicinity of GULAK.

NEMA states that NIGERIA has sent 540 tons of aid to Nigerian refugees in NIGER Republic via the Governor of DIFFA Prefecture Yakouba Saumana GAO. The refugees are camped at GAGAMARI, BURA GONI, BOSSO, GYASARE, GARIN DOGO, GESKERU, DIFFA, SAYAM, GUDUMARI, GAMARIN, MAINE, SHATAMARI and YUSKOU

The Leader of the NIGERIA Vigilante Group in MONGUNO, Mohammed SANI claimed that prior to the attack he had seen helicopters dropping supplies around insurgent positions in the vicinity of KWALARAM and CHIKUNGUDU Villages. He stated that the gunmen who attacked MONGUN looked like Chadians but that there were some locals as well. The locals attacked the town and the foreigners attacked the barracks. He also alleges that a helicopter dropped some men b fast rope during the battle.  This however corresponds with an account from a Twitter source stating that 2 x Nigerian SF teams were deployed to MONGUNO by helicopter during the battle.

Coordinator National information centre Mike OMERI stated that intelligence reports indicated that Boko Haram was planning to use livestock as IED carriers as well as males disguised as cobblers to attack public places

30 January

Commander MNJTF Brig. Gen Enitan RANSOME-KUTI and his Chief of Staff Col G.A. SURU have reportedly been arrested by military authorities for failing to hold BAGA. Two of the MNJTF subordinate unit commanders Lt Col HARUNA, CO, 134 Bn (ex 12 Bde) and Major ALIYU CO, 174 Bn (ex 9 Bde) have been arrested for their role in the issue. The officers have been detained in 21 Armoured Bde Officers Mess. Brig Gen YEKINI, commander 5 Bde (formerly based in MONGUNO) is reportedly under close watch in hospital.

The Nigeria Army shelled Boko Haram positions in the vicinity of MAIDUGURI, BORNO State around 5.30am.

The COAS Lt Gen Kenneth MINIMAH stated that the Nigeria Army curriculum was being updated to reflect experiences from ongoing COIN operations at the Passing Out Parade CHINDIT Cantonment, ZARIA, KADUNA State.

The Supreme Court set aside the life sentence imposed upon Tahal RODA a Lebanese citizen convicted in 2013 of terrorism and weapons charges.

Situation Enemy Forces

24 January

Gunmen mounted in pick up trucks and motorcycles attacked MBORORO, SHAHU, LIDDLE, GARTA, KAMALE and GHUMCI Villages in MICHIKA LGA, ADAMAWA State around 8.00pm. An unspecified number were killed and abducted while the houses were burnt and looted

25 January

Gunmen attacked KONDUGA, KONDUGA LGA, BORNO State around 6.00am but were repelled with heavy casualties.

Gunmen attacked GUBIO, GUBIO LGA, BORNO State, but were repelled with heavy casualties.

Gunmen mounted in pickup trucks attacked MONGUNO, MONGUNO LGA, BORNO State from MARTE and BAGA with small arms and IEDs around 3.30am. 103Bn, 243 Bn, and elements of 5 Bde supported by a Self-Propelled ZSU 23-4 ‘Shilka’ AFV initially defeated the insurgents but were compelled to withdraw after another prolonged firefight when attacked by another wave due to alleged ammunition shortages. Casualties from the reported 1,400 man unit included an unknown number of friendly dead and friendly wounded including 5 Bde commander Brigadier General YEKINI. Airstrikes (reportedly by F7 fighter bombers) were conducted until nightfall to destroy insurgent positions and deny friendly weapons and ammunition to the enemy

Gunmen mounted in APCs and pick up trucks attacked MAIDUGURI, BORNO State around 12.30am with small arms, RPGS and IEDS. The attackers initially attacked via DALWA, JINKIN-MORONTI and LIMANTI but were beaten back around 3.30am with support by artillery, attack helicopters and fast jet. A second wave attacked around 5.30am through NJIMTILO along the JOS-KANO Road in the vicinity of the 1000 and 707 Housing Estates and attempted to attack the airport, 333 Artillery Battalion Barracks and other positions. The attackers were repelled by NAF personnel and elements of 7 Div with attack helicopters in support inflicting approximately 56 enemy casualties, a Cobra and 2 other unknown variant APCs, 2 x Toyota Hiluxes, at least 1x 105mm artillery piece, machine guns and other unspecified weapons as well as 3 VBIEDs contained in Volkswagen Golf cars. 38 soldiers and 10 civilians were reported killed. Combined CJTF and Nigerian forces cut off the enemy withdrawal routes at KAMBARI, KAGA LGA. Pursuit operations in conjunction with the CJTF continued as far as AUNO, JERE LGA

Suspected Nomadic gunmen from LOKO, NASARAWA LGA, NASARAWA State crossed the River BENUE by boat and attacked ABUGE, OKOKLO, OGWULE, OCHOLOYAN and 2 other villages, AGATU LGA, BENUE State killing 17 people. Several thousand people are reportedly displaced and moving towards OTURKPO. The gunmen are reportedly moving in the direction of OGBAGAJI, AGATU LGA.

26 January

The al-Urwa al Wutaqa Twitter account published 2 photos purportedly from a Boko Haram training camp for child soldiers

Gunmen mounted on motorcycles and pickup trucks attacked MICHIKA, MADAGALI LGA, ADAMAWA Stes around 2.00pm with small arms, they then moved on to MURVA, BORORO, GHUMCI, GARTA KASA, KAMALE, BOKA, FUTU and KWABARIDE Villages. Casualties are not known but are presumed high.

27 January

Suspected Nomadic gunmen attacked ANYIIN Village, LOGO LGA, BENUE State around 1.00am

2 suspected Fulani gunmen attacked a wake with a rifle in YANGAL FADAN Village, ZANGON KATAF LGA, KADUNA State around 9.00pm killing 8 people and injuring 12, burning yam barns and animal pens. The attackers were also suspected of stealing cattle from another Fulani man

28 January

The YOBE State Commissioner of Police Marcus Kwalati DANLADI denied reports that an IED maker had been detained

The al Urwa al Wuthqa Foundation released a 5.28 minute video with a masked man carrying a Nigeria Army Ak 47 with other masked men beneath a tree speaking about Boko Haram. The man had a southern Nigerian accent and wore a Chadian Army uniform, footage showed Nigeria army vehicles and unknown weapon systems

29 January

Abu Musab AL BARNAWI has given a media interview to al Urwa al Wuthqa Foundation (which claims to be the official communication arm of Boko Haram), both interviewers and interviewee were masked and discussed why they took BAGA etc

Suspected Nomadic gunmen attacked TUNARI and NWONKO Villages, WUKARI LGA, TARABA State killing 27 people and injuring an unspecified number in the latter. Several properties and several acres of farmland were also burnt.

Insurgents allegedly attacked MAIDUGURI with rockets but were defeated by the CJTF

Media reports state that villages in the vicinity of MAIDUGURI along DIKWA Road have reported a build up of insurgents mounted in pick up trucks, motorcycles and camels.

30 January

Suspected Nomadic gunmen attacked CHEMBE, TSE MUE, IFER, MBBAKPA and ORAGBAI Villages, UKEMBERAGYA Ward, LOGO LGA, BENUE State around 5.30am, killing 9 people

Situation External Forces

25 January

US Secretary of State John KERRY arrived in LAGOS and met candidates from both major parties in the upcoming election. He stated that the US was prepared to render further assistance upon the conclusion of the election

Gunmen mounted on 10 motorcycles attacked TAYER, MAYO SAVA Department, EXTREME NORD Region killing 5 people and injuring one other

26 January

Chadian Media reports state that Nigerian, Chadian Nigerien and Camerounian forces had completed planning for a large scale joint operation against Boko Haram focussed on 3 towns, GAMBORU NGALA, BAGA and BANKI, in order to destroy their safe areas and cut their supply lines.

27 January

The Nigerien Government has lifted the ban on refugee camps in the south as refugees from NIGERIA continue to flee into DIFFA Prefecture. UNHCR which reports over 150,000, states that they have one camp 25km north of DIFFA in SAYAM FORAGE with 600 refugees and another further north in KABLEWA but it was difficult to move people away from the border area

Gen RODRIGUEZ Commander of US AFRICOM stated it would take a huge multinational and international effort to change the trajectory of the Boko Haram campaign.

Gunmen attacked ASHIGASHIYA, LOGONE ET CHARI Department, EXTREME NORD Region killing 7 people and burning part of the village

Gunmen attacked GNAM GNAM Village, WAZA Commune, LOGONE ET CHARI Department, EXTREME NORD Region killing 3 people, they also attacked GOUGOURO and BLANGOU burning much of the villages.

28 January

The Chadian Foreign Minister Abderahim Bireme HAMID stated that CHAD did not fear reprisals from Boko Haram as a result of their intervention. While not discounting the probability he stated they would not be deterred and had undertaken certain measures such as diverting traffic from the MAROUA-KOUSSERRI Road that goes to CHAD from CAMEROUN to the YAGOUA-BONGOR Road.

Elements of the ANT deployed to FOTOKOL, LOGONE ET CHARI Department, EXTREME NORD Region, CAMEROUN.

Amnesty International claims Nigerian military leadership had forewarning of the attacks on BAGA and MONGUNO. The report claims commanders at BAGA had repeatedly warned of a build up of Boko Haram and civilians fleeing in November and December 2014 and requested reinforcements. The report also stated that Boko Haram fighters had warned local villagers after taking BAGA that their next target was MUNGUNO and that on Wednesday 21 January 2015 they had told the villagers in NGURNO, they were going to attack MUNGUNO and the villagers should leave. The villagers reportedly informed the military.

Camerounian media reports that the Chadian/ Camerounian force will be called Op Logone 2015, commanded by Camerounian Lt. Gen. Rene Claude MEKA with Chadian General Ahmat Darry BAZINE as deputy and a Colonel (nationality/ name unknown) as Chief of Staff. The force HQ will be in MAROUA, DIAMERE Department, EXTREME NORD Region. Cameroun will contribute units from RMIA 4 (both military and Gendarmerie). BIRs OP Alpha will maintain its autonomy but will be under the tactical command of Op Logone 2015 as the situation dictates. Staff for intelligence (J2), logistics (J4), Communications (J6) and media ops (J9) are to be nominated. They are expected to have Camerounian main and Chadian deputy or vice versa.

Enemy forces in GAMBORU NGALA, NGALA LGA, BORNO State fired 7 rockets (type/ calibre unknown) into FOTOKOL, LOGONE ET CHARI Department, EXTREME NORD Region, CAMEROUN.

29 January

At least 3 unknown (presumed to be Chadian) aircraft attacked MALAM FATORI, ABADAM LGA, NIGERIA around 8.00am. The aircraft reportedly suppressed enemy positions in the Local Government secretariat and District Heads Palace. Elements of the ANT approached via Lake CHAD and DIFFA Prefecture, NIGER Republic clearing the enemy from the town. ANT pursuit operations have reportedly reached ABADAM, ABADAM LGA. DHQ states that the NAF has been conducting air strikes in the vicinity of MALAM FATORI

Elements of the ANT detained 10 suspected Boko Haram members in the vicinity of Lake CHAD. It is unclear which country they were detained in.

Elements of the ANT have reportedly occupied KINGALLAM Island, KUKAWA LGA, BORNO State on Lake CHAD allegedly clearing Boko Haram positions

Gunmen attacked Chadian positions in the vicinity of FOTOKOL, EXTREME NORD Region with small arms and IEDS. The Chadians reported 3 soldiers killed by IEDs and 18 wounded. They claim 123 gunmen killed. Chadian forces claim to have entered GAMBORU NGALA, NGALA LGA supported by Chadian attack helicopters and artillery as well as Camerounian artillery. Cameroun is also reportedly providing logistics support.

The AU has called for a 5 nation force of 7,500 to fight Boko Haram

30 January

The AU has endorsed an ECOWAS plan for a 7,500 man force to fight Boko Haram

31 January

The Iranian Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Amir Hossein ABDOLLOHIAN speaking at the AU Summit in ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPA (where IRAN has observer status) stated that IRAN was ready to assist NIGERIA in the campaign against Boko Haram, based on their experience of fighting in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and other parts of the Middle East.

2 x Unknown attack helicopters  (type/ nationality unknown but suspected to be Chadian) conducted air strikes in the vicinity of GAMBORU NGALA, NGALA LGA, BORNO State

UN Secretary General Ban KI MOON expressed support for a multinational AU force

Table 1 Insurgent incidents

Insurgent Incidents  IED Vehicle IED Suicide IED Small Arms Small arms+IED Other wpns Theft Kidnapping Foreign Attacks
0 0 0 9 4 0 0 0 5
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About peccavi

A Nigerian with interests in defence, security, geopolitics, the military particularly small unit tactics, COIN, stabilisation and asymmetric warfare
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One Response to NORTHERN NIGERIA INTERNAL SECURITY SITREP- Week Ending 31 January 2015

  1. asorockweb says:

    Oga Peccavi,
    Awesome. Professional.

    I would suggest a daily SITREP; things are very guild right now.

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