NORTHERN NIGERIA INTERNAL SECURITY SITREP- Week Ending 07 March 2015

Situation Friendly Forces

01 March

A military helicopter reportedly dropped 3 objects around WALAWA Hill, GOMBI Hills, in the vicinity of GOMBI Town, GOMBI LGA. The NPF stated that the military had dropped them and they were ‘expired bombs’.

Nigerian forces cleared KUKAWAGERI and GUJBA Towns, GUJBA LGA, YOBE State

A female accused of being a PBSIED was attacked and set ablaze by a mob in MUDE LAWAL Market, BAUCHI, BAUCHI State around 7.00am when she refused to be searched, leading to suspicions she could be carrying explosives.

03 March

Nigerian forces attacked BAMA, BAMA LGA, BORNO State supported by aircraft, withdrawing after a sustained firefight. Civilians who took the opportunity to escape revealed that the town has been fortified with a series of IED belts on all approaches covered by strong enemy outposts and has been reinforced by enemy forces.

04 March

NAF attacked enemy positions in MADAGALI, MADAGALI LGA ADAMAWA State and GEIDAM, GEIDAM LGA, YOBE State

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) stated approximately 2,000 human rights abuses had been recorded in BORNO State in the past 4 years.

Nigerian forces attacked MAFA, MAFA LGA BORNO State

Nigerian forces declared MAFA clear of enemy forces

The British Military Advisory and Training Team to NIGERIA (BMATT-N) led by Brigadier Johnny BOURNE (1RGR) held a joint session with the COAS Lt Gen Kenneth MINIMAH at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, JAJI, KADUNA State.

The CDS AVM Alex BADEH visited CHAD to continue discussions about the MJNTF structure and Concept of Operations

05 March

The CAS Air Marshal Adesola AMOSUN stated that the NAF had destroyed Boko Haram command and control in the North East whilst addressing the Senate over the 2015 Defence Budget

06 March

Nigerian forces have secured MARTE LGA, capturing an unspecified number of AAA and other weapons and unspecified amount of ammunition. Nigerian troops reportedly did not suffer any casualties, enemy casualties are unknown.

US missionary Rev Phyllis SORTOR (77) was released to security forces and church authorities presumably in KOGI State. The details and circumstances of her release are unclear

Aminu OGWUCHE and his 5 co accused pled Not Guilty to 8 charges at the Federal High Court, ABUJA related to the 14 April explosion at NYANYA Motor Park. The trial was adjourned till 17 March 2015

07 March

DHQ stated that Nigerian forces had liberated BUNI YADI and BUNI GARI, GUJBA LGA, YOBE State

Situation Enemy Forces

02 March

Ihyarev youths from MASEV, IHYAREV and NONGOV, GUMA LGA, BENUE State attacked BAA IHYAREV in the vicinity of ITYOO TYU, GUMA LGA burning property and farmland, killing 2 adults and a 7 year old child and injuring 2 others

Approximately 150 gunmen disguised as herdsmen attacked KONDUGA, KONDUGA LGA, BORNO State around 7.00am with small arms and IEDs. A VBIED contained in a Volkswagen Golf was used to initiate the attack but stopped when the driver was shot, the attackers used a herd of cows to mask their approach but were engaged by troops supported by 2 x Helicopters resulting in 73 enemy and 1 friendly killed in the 5 hour firefight.

A suspected PBSIED was shot by local hunters in TASHAR MARGI Area, GOMBI Town, GOMBI LGA, ADAMAWA State as he attempted to detonate a device at the Mosque during dawn prayers

Boko Haram released a video called ‘Harvest of Spies’ showing the murder of 2 men accused of being spies, the video was in Hausa, subtitled in English, French and Arabic

Gunmen ambushed Nigerian forces in the vicinity of PULKA, GWOZA LGA, BORNO State but were defeated

03 March

Enemy forces are reportedly massing in GWOZA, GWOZA LGA, BORNO State and have asked women and children to leave. The enemy has reportedly received new weapons in ‘cartons’ and is also reportedly executing young and old men

Gunmen attacked mounted on motorcycles NDJABA, DAMBOA LGA, BORNO State around 5.30am with small arms and IEDs killing 68 people and burning the village

04 March

Gunmen attacked SHANI, SHANI LGA, BORNO State around 9.00pm defeating the NPF and killing 9 people abducting an unspecified number and burning houses and vehicles.

05 March

Gunmen attacked NGAMDU, KAGA LGA, YOBE State around 6.30pm with small arms

07 March

An audio message by a person referring to themselves as ‘SHEKAU’ announced ‘…allegiance to the Caliph of the Muslims…’ a reference to Daesh. Daesh as usual has not bothered to respond

At least 4 explosive devices detonated at 3 locations in MAIDUGURI, BORNO State killing at least 58 people and injuring 146. The first attack took place at BAGA Fish Market and consisted of 2 x female PBSIEDs who arrived by Keke NAPEP Tricycle. The first PBSIED joined the security queue to enter First Gate and detonated her device around 11.30am with minimal casualties, the second PBSIED then detonated amongst the crowd who gathered around the Post Office Shopping Area killing approximately 18 people. Another device exploded at the MONDAY Market around 12.00pm reportedly by a female PBSIED killing approximately 15 people, the next device was reportedly concealed in a car or debris in a car market opposite the BORNO Express Motor Park, detonating around 1.00pm killing 10 people.

An IED detonated at a checkpoint in BENISHEIK, KAGA LGA, BORNO state wounding 1 x soldier and 2 x CJTF. The devices were reportedly contained on a male and female in a Volkswagen Golf car heading towards MAIDUGURI, which detonated after being at the checkpoint

The suspected female PBSIED murdered by a mob in BAUCHI, BAUCHI State has been named as Tabitha HARUNA (33), according to her family she was mentally disabled

Situation External Forces

01 March

Gunmen mounted in canoes attacked 3 villages in KAIGA, DIFFA Prefecture on islands in Lake CHAD, NIGER burning them down killing 19 civilians

02 March

Chadian forces claim to have captured DIKWA, DIKWA LGA, BORNO State (again), claiming 100 enemy and 1 Chadian killed and 34 Chadians injured

Gunmen attacked BOSSO, DIFFA Department, DIFFA Prefecture, NIGER but were repelled by Nigerien forces supported by Chadian aircraft killing 12 attackers and destroying 2 x vehicles

03 March

Gunmen mounted on motorcycles attacked KERAWA, MAYO SAVA Department, EXTREME NORD Region killing 4 people

Chadian President DEBY stated that ‘SHEKAU’ fled DIKWA on 17 February after the initial ANT attack and called on him to surrender.

UNHCR states that 16,000 Nigerian refugees have entered CAMEROUN recently and that operations would begin to relocate them

04 March

A command detonated IED detonated near a bridge over the KAMADOUGOU River, in the vicinity of DIFFA, DIFFA Prefecture, NIGER Republic, killing 2 x Nigerien soldiers and injuring another. The suspects responsible were chased and killed.

The Camerounian President Paul BIYA dismissed the Col. Charles ONGUENE ZE Commander of 4RG (Region Gendarmerie), covering EXTREME NORD Region. He has been replaced by Col Elissa DAMBOUKA. REHAC a Camerounian NGO had complained of the death of 50 detained suspects in his custody

05 March

Media reports state that Abakar ALI has been captured at the CAR/ CAMEROUN border

The Chadian Minister of Communications Hassan Syla Bakari BEN stated that 40% of the weapons captured from Boko Haram were of French origin

07 March

The AU Council for Peace and Security has approved the formation of the MJNTF

Insurgent Incidents

 

IED Vehicle IED Suicide IED Small Arms Small arms+

IED

Other weapons Theft Kidnapping Foreign attacks
7 0 5 4 1 1 0 0 4

 

 

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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10 Responses to NORTHERN NIGERIA INTERNAL SECURITY SITREP- Week Ending 07 March 2015

  1. George says:

    Thanks for the report. As though we’ve seen an increase in PBIEDs outside the main theater of conflict as BH tries to deflect security forces’ attention from their operational bases. What still intrigues me is how they are preparing, indoctrinating and coordinating these suicide bombers. For the males it’s easier to understand, but for the females I would really like to hear what they are being told.

    • peccavi says:

      They have a better network than we can imagine, the thing is that several of these girls have been captured so the nature of their cell structure should be understood by now.
      However I think in fact for females its easier to use than males. Remember that Nigeria is a male dominated patriarchal society.
      In southern Nigeria people willingly send their children to hawk on the streets or be housemaids, in the north young males are sent to al majiri schools, or to hawk or even into marriage for young girls. In such a situation, where people are uneducated, completely in the power of older people be it parents, guardians, uncles, teachers, mallams, imams etc it is not as hard as it sounds.
      The biggest mistake, Nigerians can make is to think this is a northern problem. With the right conditions exactly the same thing can happen in the south

  2. Kay says:

    Thanks for your sit reps Peccavi,
    About the daesh not responding, there are 2 vids uploaded within the last 2 days from Syria purportedly celebrating bh. Though might turn out insignificant, should be a wake up call to the security apparatus.

    • George says:

      @Kay please could you share the link for the videos? Much appreciated.

    • peccavi says:

      Hi Oga Kay, Daesh main has not replied even if a few followers have. But I still contend even if they do it is due to mutual necessity more than anything.
      Eventually a sort of supply line might open from Libya but I believe that such a link would have happened naturally.
      the whole thing is a psychological operation to make themselves feel better and scare people

      • Kay says:

        Yep. Figured it might be a tad insignificant and more like an ego trip for them. Both terrorists groups losing heavily within the last weeks especially BH getting annihilated.
        Nevertheless, governments should not relent in border controls, any foreign national especially of Middle Eastern descent should be questioned and examined thoroughly before granting entry. For potential African recruits, borders should be aggressively checking for signs of men in groups trying to gain entry.

  3. George says:

    Gents, as much as I see the mutual benefit for both groups. There are deeply rooted cultural issues that will prevent ISIS as Arabs from cooperating with BH. They are extremely racist. History shows how the Arab World promoted slavery for centuries. The Arab world has bot changed much since then still viewing Black Africans as inferior.

    • peccavi says:

      I agree but it will not stop them making common cause especially when desperate Daesh has not properly acknowledged BH until now when they are getting their asses kicked

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