NORTHERN NIGERIA INTERNAL SECURITY SITREP- Week Ending 14 February 2015

Situation Friendly Forces

08 February

The BORNO State Police Command stated they had found 147 unexploded devices from AUNA Village in the vicinity of JAKANA, KONDUGA LGA around 9.00am, the devices were destroyed in situ and appear to have been left over from previous Boko Hara attacks

09 February

The NAF began operations in the SAMBISA Forest, BORNO State

The Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission Professor Attahiru JEGA has postponed the National Elections from 14 February to 28 March for the Presidential and National Assembly elections and 11 April for the Governorship and State Assembly elections citing a letter from the NSA stating he could not guarantee security for the elections.

Elements of the Special Task Force seized a trailer with arms concealed in it in JOS, PLATEAU State. The vehicle broke down on a bridge and the weapons (type/ quantity unknown) were discovered by traffic policeman. The driver was detained0

The NSA Col Sambo DASUKI (retired) stated that the intention was to dismantle all Boko Haram camps in 6 weeks.

10 February

NEMA has formed a panel to investigate allegations by the International Centre for Investigative Reporting (ICIR) CALABAR, CROSS RIVER State that hundreds of girls had been raped, trafficked from the camps and maltreated

11 February

The ADAMAWA State Universal Basic Education Board (ADSUBEB) stated that 800 children affected by the insurgency were undergoing therapy

Brig Gen Victor EZUGWU 28 Brigade, ADAMAWA State requested that the state government provided medical and other basic services to the people of the liberated areas such as MICHIKA, BAZZA, MUBI, MAIHA, GOMBI and HONG whilst receiving a delegation from the ADAMAWA State Insurgency Victims Support Committees.

12 February

DHQ responded to the Nigerien accusation of Nigeria Army cowardice with a series of tweets accusing Nigerien forces of being looters and supporting Boko Haram. Words truly fail me

The Nigerian Army and CJTF vigilantes state they have detained 40 suspected Boko Haram members disguised as herdsmen in the vicinity of NGOM, MAFA LGA, BORNO State

Mike OMERI, the Coordinator National Information Centre, stated that there were intelligence reports of Boko Haram recruits moving from training areas in GEIDAM, MAIRI and DUPCHA, BORNO State

Nigerian forces allegedly supported by Chadian, Nigerien and Camerounians have begun ground operations in SAMBISA Forest, BORNO State.

14 February

Elements of 5 Bde commanded by Brig Gen UDOH supported by air craft began operations to secure MONGUNO, MONGUNO LGA, BORNO State. The operation is being led by 7 Div Commander Gen LO ADEOSUN.

Nigerian forces have cleared 2 Boko Haram camps in BALMO Forest, BAUCHI State recovering an unspecified amount of arms and ammunition

Situation Enemy Forces

08 February

Gunmen attacked DAMBOA, DAMBOA LGA around 12.00pm but were defeated by elements of 195Bn, supported by artillery at KALLA Village in a 5 hour firefight. Enemy forces reportedly withdrew to SAMBISA Forest after losing several dozen men and vehicles

Suspected nomadic gunmen attacked CHEMBE, TSE MUE, TSE SHIGBE, MGBAKPA and ORAGBAI, UKEMBERAGYA Ward, LOGO LGA, BENUE State killing 30 people burning huts and farmland. Residents are reportedly fleeing to TARABA State

Gunmen attacked a military base in GAIDA, YOBE State casualties are unknown

09 February

Boko Haram released 3 videos through its normal channels. One 28 minute effort featuring the individual referring to himself as Shekau flanked by 8 armed men, mocked the multinational effort. He seemed particularly upset with CHAD’s President Idriss DEBY ITNO who he said ‘would burn in hell’. Another video featured footage of al Baghdadi of ISIS, previous enemy propaganda footage and a voiceover discussing the SOKOTO Caliphate. The third video featured the 01 December 2014 attack on DAMATURU, YOBE state

Gunmen attacked a police station in KANAMAMA, GEIDAM LGA, YOBE State with small arms and IEDs, burning it down and abducting the DPO, who was later found murdered

10 February

A clash between two rival gangs in NAKA, GWER WEST LGA, BENUE State leaving 4 people, the NPF recovered 2 x locally made pistols

Approximately 50 x suspected nomadic gunmen attacked VAASE Village, UKUM LGA, BENUE State killing 5 people and Villages in AGATU, AGATU LGA killing 5 people around 5.00am. The attackers burned and looted property in the 2 Tiv Villages

11 February

Gunmen attacked AKADA BANGA Village, BAMA LGA, BORNO State abducting 20 people including women and children returning from WALASA Village market. The bus they were travelling in was found abandoned in the village

An attempted PBSIED attack in TOSHUWAR KASUWA Area, POTISKUM, YOBE State outside the campaign office of the Governor Ibrahim GEIDAM around 5.00pm failed, when the male bomber alighted from a tricycle taxi and aroused the suspicions of locals by his behaviour, he allegedly ran into an abandoned building and his device detonated.

People from the AGATU Community, BENUE State attacked Fulani herdsmen in ODAGBO OKABA, ANKPA LGA, KOGI State killing an unspecified number and destroying property

12 February

Gunmen attacked the market in GAJIGANNA, MAGUMERI LGA, BORNO State around 8.30am killing 7 people and stealing foodstuffs

A female PBSIED detonated in the BIU Central Market in BIU, BIU LGA, BORNO State around 3.30pm killing 8 (2 of whom died of their injuries in hospital) people and injuring at least 17 people.

Approximately 25 gunmen mounted on motorcycles attacked ALKIDEOW Village, MAFA LGA, BORNO State around 4.30am killing 9 people and trying to steal cattle they then went to MBUTA Village, JERE LGA, BORNO State around 7.30am killing 11 people and burning several shops and houses. CJTF Vigilantes from ZABARMARI pursued the gunmen after the attak, who reportedly fled to MAFA-DIKWA

An IED detonated near a police station in YOBE State

14 February

Several hundred gunmen mounted in approximately 36 pickup truck and dozens of motorcycles attacked DADINKOWA and HINA, YAMALTU/ DEBA LGA, GOMBE State with small arms, IEDs and crew served weapons around 6.00am, the attackers distributed anti election leaflets, typed in Hausa. Another enemy force then attacked LINJI Village, with one element mounted in trucks breaking through to GOMBE City around 9.00am getting to JEKA DA FARI Roundabout, in the city centre via STATE LOW COST, BOLARI and other districts, burning down 301 Artillery Regt quarter guard, the but were repelled before getting to the main base by MOPOL and Army with air support, from 2 x Alphajets and 1 x Mi35, the insurgents burnt police stations, public buildings and looted shops

Approximately 9 x gunmen mounted on 3 (or 4) x motorcycles attacked a police station in KIBIYA KIBIYA LGA,KANO State with small arms around 4.30pm but were repelled by the NPF after an 1 hour firefight. One gunman was reportedly killed in the firefight, the others fled, stealing a Toyota Hilux from 3 travellers who had stopped to change a flat tyre in the vicinity of FALA Village, TUDUN WADA LGA. The villagers at FALA unfortunately mistook the robbery victims for Boko Haram, murdering one (a university professor) and injuring the other two who were handed over to the police. The 2 survivors were released by the police the next day and the stolen vehicle was pursued by the police to BURRA Town, NINGI LGA, BAUCHI State where it was abandoned

Situation External Forces

08 February

The South African Department of Defence denied that the SAAF and SANDF were providing any support to the Chadian Forces nor had they deployed to the region.

The Nigerien Government have declared a 15 day state of emergency in DIFFA Prefecture imposed an 8.00pm to 6.00am curfew on DIFFA Town

Camerounian forces conducted further search operations in FOTOKOL, LOGONE ET CHARI Department, EXTREME NORD Region. 35 people in total have been detained.

Gunmen attacked a bus going from KOZA to MORA, MAYO TSANAGA Department, EXTREME NORD Region, CAMEROUN around 1.00pm stealing it and abducting the 20 passengers aboard driving it to ADANGADANA, MAYO MOSKOTA Department near NGUETCHEWE. 12 male abductees were murdered, 5 females released in CAMEROUN and 3 other females allegedly released in NIGERIA

Gunmen attempting to attack KOLOFATA were intercepted by a BIR patrol in the vicinity of KERAWA, MAYO SAVA Department around 8.00pm resulting in 11 enemy killed, 10 x BIR soldiers injured and 1 x vehicle captured. The insurgents retreated to WARAWIDE Village.

09 February

Gunmen attacked the prison in DIFFA and were repelled after a firefight with Nigerien forces

Gunmen abducted at least 30 bus passengers in the vicinity of TOUROU, MAYO TSANAGA Department, EXTREME NORD Region.

Gunmen attacked KOLOFATA, MAYO SAVA Department, EXTREME NORD Region stealing food and livestock

A VBIED detonated near a customs office in DIFFA around 3.00pm killing one and injuring 15

The Nigerien parliament voted 102 to 0 to contribute 750 troops to the new multinational force.

10 February

Gunmen attacked N’GUIGMI, N’GUIGMI Department, DIFFA Prefecture with mortars and machine guns but were repelled. The town was another staging point for the ANT during their advance.

Chadian forces from the Sudanese borders are reportedly being sent to reinforce FOTOKOL

11 February

2 x female PBSIEDs detonated in DIFFA, killing only themselves

Nigerien forces shot dead a suspected male PBSIED heading on foot towards a military base in DIFFA

Canadian media report that Canadian SOF from the Canadian Special Operations Regiment (CSOR) are reportedly in DIFFA Town the Canadian Department of National Defence stated they were there as part of the preparation for the US AFRICOM sponsored, African led Exercise Flintlock, which will be hosted in CHAD 16 February to 09 March

Gunmen mounted in 2 x APCs and 14 x vehicles attacked ANT positions in GAMBORU NGALA, NGALA LGA, BORNO State around 4.00am, dismounted gunmen reportedly used tunnels to close with the Chadians. They were repulsed with the help of an attack helicopter, reportedly killing 1 Chadian and wounding 12. The Chadians claim 13 enemy killed and 3 enemy vehicles destroyed and 1 captured

12 February

Approximately 30 gunmen mounted in at least 3 x motor- canoes attacked NGOUBOUA Village, MAMDI Prefecture, LAC Region CHAD killing 5 civilians and 2 soldiers and burning the village before they were repelled by Chadian forces. Chadian helicopters reportedly destroyed enemy boats as they retreated across the lake.

Nigerien Army spokesman Col Mustapha Michel LEDRU stated that 260 Boko Haram members had been killed since 6th February and an unspecified number of men and weapons captured

Several thousand civilians fled DIFFA, DIFFA Prefecture, NIGER Republic following enemy attacks, with 7,000 reportedly arriving in ZINDER

Gunmen attacked MABASS, MAYO TSANAGA Department, EXTREME NORD Region abducting 7 girls and 4 elderly women and burning down a mosque and a church

The Chiefs Of Staff of 10 Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) met in YAOUNDE, CAMEROUN to map out an anti Boko Haram strategy to complement the LCBC MNJTF.

13 February

Camerounian forces have been sent to reinforce MABASS.

The ANT has begun cordon and search operations in GAMBORU NGALA, detaining 9 x men and 1 x woman inside a tunnel. The suspects were handed over to BIR in FOTOKOL

2 x women and 5 x children were detained by Camerounian forces crossing the EL BEID River. They were alleged to be Boko Haram ‘wives’ fleeing the fighting

Mohamed Ibn CHAMBAS the UN Special Representative for WEST AFRICA stated that the UN expects more from the Nigerian military.

Table 1 Insurgent incidents1

Insurgent Incidents  IED Vehicle IED Suicide IED Small Arms Small arms+IED Other wpns Theft Kidnapping Foreign Attacks
7 1 5 7 2 2 1 3 13

Analysis

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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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9 Responses to NORTHERN NIGERIA INTERNAL SECURITY SITREP- Week Ending 14 February 2015

  1. Deltaman says:

    Nice summary, great effort!

  2. Owi says:

    i always look forward to your weekly reports.

    cheers

  3. asorockweb says:

    Nice SITREP, Oga peccavi.

    Back at the other blog, we had a discussion about funding for BH.

    Look at this twitter feed
    https://mobile.twitter.com/ChiefBisongEta1/status/568737025240784896?p=v

    It says:
    “Some pick-ups captured from BH are found 2 have passed through Agades in Niger and were among 100 shipped from Dubai through a Libyan port.”

    What do you think about that?

    • peccavi says:

      Thanks Oga, the funding and supply lines of Boko Haram, to my mind are local and foreign
      Lake Chad area is one of the smuggling hot spots of Nigeria, fuel electronics, cement, food stuff etc going out to the Sahel and Central Africa. Textiles and other gods coming the other way.
      Just like Mali was not just about AQIM but about control of the narcotic and smuggling routes there is an economic incentive to this war.
      Chad became involved when BH started using IEDs on the Waza Kouserri Road. This road leads to N’Djamena. Most of their goods come from Cameroun and Nigeria.
      With BH in control of the Lake Chad/ Mandara area, they were able to tax all goods going through.
      So to my mind it is no surprise that we will see vehicles that have come frm Libya, that is an established smuggling route and a source of weapons.
      Where we should be focussed now is a clear anti smuggling effort as part of the COIN effort. Smuggling has not only destroyed the economy of the north but has provided funding for Boko Haram and their supply line,

      • asorockweb says:

        Thanks.
        With all that has happened this week, your next SITREP should be golden.

      • asorockweb says:

        Also, I remembered that Dubai is an international trading hub. So even if 100 trucks arrive from Dubai, it doesn’t necessarily mean that middle easterners are supporting BH.

  4. peccavi says:

    The next sitrep will most likely be formulaic as I don’t have enough time to write up all I need to.
    Essentially we know the time scale we are operating to, BH must remain in the field till March 28. How are they going to do that?
    And how are we going to stop them?

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