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Fighting Terrorism: Nigerian Army Unveils 277-Man Anti-Boko Haram & Terrorism Special Force



In a bid to bring an end to the deadly activities of the radical Islamic sect, Boko Haram in the country, the Nigerian Army has graduated a 277-man anti-Boko Haram and terrorism Special Force.

The new force comprises of 40 counter-terrorism officers and men; 18 officers and 11 soldiers; three officers and 7 Air Force men, and one leading Arm of the Nigerian Navy. There are also 106 Nigeria Defence Academy cadets; 21 Ranger/Special Warfare Instructors; and 49 specialists in Special Warfare.

According to a source from the Defence Headquarters in Abuja who spoke with SaharaReporters, the Nigerian Armed Forces is actively tackling the Boko Haram insurgency and terrorism attacks and would successfully contain the sect despite challenges.

He said that their military might and strength are enough to overcome the insurgency, but that the trend towards enhancing their capacity will continue.

“I am doing this deliberately to prove to you that we are not what you think we are, based on how arm chair critics have been using your medium to be attacking the military, seeing nothing good in our serious commitment. Today we have done with the Special Forces; we trained 40 counter terrorism officers and men, 18 officers and 11 soldiers, three officers and 7 air force men, and one leading Arm of the Nigerian Navy. We have 106 cadets of NDA. 21 of Ranger/Special Warfare Instructors, 49 in Special Warfare,” he said.

He requested for the cooperation of members of the public in providing useful information that can lead to capturing the members of the sect. To debunk rumours of non-performance in the Nigerian Military, he offered a video footage of members of the special force.

“These people are not living in the sky; they are renting apartments in our society and leaving usual life,” he said. “Let [the public] be reporting such unusual activity and you will see how the fight will be accelerated. I am doing this deliberately and out of our discipline and practice, because I am angry with what I used to read about us by Nigerians in your medium.”

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Are you satisfied with the steps taken by the military? Do you think this is the best way to combat the insurgence of Boko Haram attacks in the country or do you have other suggestions?

Please share your thoughts.

News Source: Sahara Reporters

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  1. Miss NIRA

    May 10, 2012 at 5:30 am

    They really didn’t have to divulge this info to the pulic,you don’t show the enemy the kind of weapons you have. God give wisdom to our leaders pls.

    • Rabina

      May 10, 2012 at 12:59 pm

      Thank you Miss NIRA, I concur with you- they should not have given this information out publicly but then again, it is possible we are not being told the truth…..

    • Oluchi Emma

      May 10, 2012 at 3:18 pm

      My Dear You are very correct.

  2. Baba Usman Yashikira Kw

    May 10, 2012 at 5:47 am

    Yes, the fight against unpatriotic elements has taken fair course. Those who hate the nations Army, police & intelligent service personnel, kill innocent lives at wl, must be dealt with accordingly. -Psychological effect of exposing the sponsors wld be an added advantage in fighting the elements.

  3. Belyping

    May 10, 2012 at 5:59 am

    It is a welcome development and a step in the right direction.

  4. Emman

    May 10, 2012 at 6:07 am

    The army should’t brag about this as it hasn’t really come to light and the men are yet to be tested on the field. The Americans over a decade has spent billions of dollars and wasted thousands of lives in pursuit of same course ( afghanIstan) without winning the battle.

  5. ezekiel Ehizojie

    May 10, 2012 at 6:12 am

    WhatisBokoHaram?Abodythat does not have humanface been allowed to existjust becouse they want tomake money out of Nigeria.Theykill armlesspeople .The mojority soldiers that fight Nigeriaciviwar are from the northernigeria.Do Nigeria care for them today.Who will give you information. Are the.Ex-soldiershappy in Nigeria?All Genarals out for. Politice why?

    • Udenyi Ekpagu

      May 17, 2012 at 8:17 am

      Udenyi Ekagu:. Boko Harram is simply an Antichrist sect, who thought it is their appointed time to destroy the world but they are wrong just as Jesus usually say, who will say when Jehovah has not said, Nigerian GVT should spend more money to install crime-detection camera in all the notable cities to complement the effort of the Nigerian military and God with the help of the Christians prayer against them all over the world will wipe them off the planet earth including the sponsors and their family lineage

  6. chris

    May 10, 2012 at 6:19 am

    dis a gud step….am tire of dis boko haram bomb here today n nw dat wat tomoroow dis one nation it must stop

  7. Igboke C mr

    May 10, 2012 at 6:23 am

    boronu shud b dcare state of emagency,, action 2 action

  8. Wolex

    May 10, 2012 at 6:29 am

    I think it’s a right step in a right direction by the Nigerian Army, It’s now left for the goog citizens of this country to assist them with right informations. God bless Nigeria.

  9. faith

    May 10, 2012 at 6:43 am

    I pray D̶̲̥̅̊ε̲̣̣̣̥γ̲̣̣̥ completely kill all BH members from the suffered of the earth!!!

  10. Kula A.Sixtus

    May 10, 2012 at 6:52 am

    We are very glad to this,with this by the grace we shall finish this terrorist in the few days.

  11. Kelvinlion

    May 10, 2012 at 7:08 am

    We like d idea very much,bt pls nd pls de shld also b wl equipt wit technology. God bless Nigerian Army, GOD bless My country Nigeria.

  12. Odunlami Daniel

    May 10, 2012 at 7:12 am

    This is an unbelievable story,but it is not polite to reveal the story to public.Nnt too bad,I know the LORD shall see you through.(Amen)

  13. kerry

    May 10, 2012 at 7:16 am

    Boko Haram is an Idea… and u can kill an Idea with guns… Ask america. You kill an idea with a better idea that offers more. like the one the west sold to Africa a 100 years ago, it was called Freedom

    • Udenyi Ekpagu

      May 18, 2012 at 10:11 am

      Kerry, Dat depends on wat u call an idea in ur house or field, d western u mentioned came with education, development of our b/4 hidden natural resources. Bt ur frnd Boko haram offered Nigerian bombardment, suicide bombing and targeting mainly Christian gathering. Is dat what ur teachers taught u is d meaning of an idea? Or u are stylishly telling Nigerians u are happy with what is going on in Nigeria today. Pls Kerry try to think b/4 u air anything next time

  14. Ejembi B A

    May 10, 2012 at 7:39 am

    I schooled in an army barracks and have high level of confidence in the abilities of the army to contain this BH insurgence. Apart from their unequalled discipline in service, they have often performed creditably well in all peace keeping operations when involved. I believe they need our prayers and cooperation in reliable infomation supply. While we sleep in our comfortable houses, they risk their lives protecting us. They at least deserve our respect.

  15. Tim

    May 10, 2012 at 8:52 am

    It looks like child’s play , don’t see any things special about it ,they need more training and need to eat well. They look starving and skinny.

  16. Seun

    May 10, 2012 at 9:14 am

    one word “Rubbish.” Another tactic to loot funds. the north eats up more than its fair share of blood shaing, money, oil and so much more. I think its about time that Southern Nigeria stop, supplementing and catering for these people. No one nigeria bull, because that aint reality. Sometimes I wished Awolowo had kept his promise when he promise that southwest would leave nigeria if the east left. Chief Obafemi Awolowo had stated that “If the Eastern Region is allowed by acts of omission or commission to secede from or opt out of Nigeria, then the Western region and Lagos must also stay out of the Federation”. I know definitely we all would have been better off, if some men had kept their words. anyways, this i believe is absolute nonsense , they created boko haram -which has no true face- but the sponsors the government knows. So how they gonna stop it, by killing and arresting innocent people? God where are you, please help us do to these corrupt leaders what ghana did to the corrupt leaders. Amen.

  17. nigeria

    May 10, 2012 at 9:21 am

    Ʊ guys are senseless. Ў☺ΰ are telling people Ў☺ΰ want to fight how Ʊ want to fight them? Are Ў☺ΰ telling them so dat D̶̲̥̅̊ε̲̣̣̣̥γ̲̣̣̥ find a solution to ur schemes or what? Secondly, I didn’t see police in all the people mentioned. Don’t police use guns or D̶̲̥̅̊ε̲̣̣̣̥γ̲̣̣̥ are angry that the check points are withdrawn or it’s just another way of showing ur assumed superiority of military to the NPF. Nigeria has more psychological problems than physical ones.

  18. philipa

    May 10, 2012 at 9:25 am

    my suggestion is that the government should name the sponsors of the group, and by punishing the source of funds for these people, then bh can be stopped. I believe that politicians who created and funded these groups are still in office, and dont want to be outed, but they must with God’s help. As for this nonsense training, who gives a hoot, this ish aint nothing, just another ways for these corrupt leaders to try to fool us. Infact sha i want a military government, no more democracy, cuz it doesnt work for nigeria.

  19. kem

    May 10, 2012 at 10:08 am

    dumb people……….we need solutions and not strategy that are yet to be executed………….my son, my leaders, GET WISDOM

  20. kiki

    May 10, 2012 at 11:07 am

    LOL! please this video is funny. So its karate they want to use against bomb eh? Hmm ok let me not be an enemy of progress so ‘good first step’

    • irokoroots

      May 10, 2012 at 1:14 pm

      I don laugh die, I thought I was the only one that saw it. The video actually looks like a Ghanian action film. I find this effort foolish but thats just my 2 cents. good luck to them taking knives to a gun fight.

  21. Partyrider

    May 10, 2012 at 11:10 am

    The truth is to defeat boko haram you don’t need gun men,well they need people who can hack computers,bug houses,Spies , you need very intelligent people..except if all they want to do is point and kill and above all you need to find their sponsors and not just that,the presidency needs to have the balls to persecute these sponsors cos they are obviously in government. Once you cut off their sponsors they will crawl back to the hole they came out from..
    Secure the borders especially those that connect with Niger republic which is up there in the north. This is what the SSS should be doing but Alas..
    Believe it or not there are boko haram members among these military guys..

  22. Ureshemioshukunuofa

    May 10, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Some pple are just talking without qualm of concience, dose military men are endangering their life just 4 d sake of me & u, why can‘t we appreciate & pray 2 God 2 strenthen & empower them so dat them can restore peace in dis country (NIGERIA).

    • philipa

      May 10, 2012 at 11:44 am

      i beg no be for my sake jare, i no dey for naija sef. I dont trust anything the 9ja goverment does anymore, we had to depend on uk to punish ibori, when nigeria just gave him a pat on the back. These military guys are just goin to continue where the stupid nigerian police stopped and keep murdering innocent people in thname of finding boko haram and its leaders, when the leaders are the politicians that sent them on an empty errand. so my dear i dont care anymore, i just pray that God helps provide us a true leader with integrity, and expose all the evil doers.

  23. Amos Ibrahim Saleh

    May 10, 2012 at 11:14 am

    good approach,keep it up.

  24. Michelle

    May 10, 2012 at 11:28 am

    I just hope the graduates do not contain same elements sought to be eradicated

  25. LPS

    May 10, 2012 at 11:31 am

    hehehehehe..apologies for lol

  26. mimi

    May 10, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    LMAO LMAO i hafff cried from laughter! kia nigerian government is a joke! LWKMD abeg… but serious so na so they wan take fight boko? am i missing sth or what? so they would fight the bomber by pushing him to the ground and beating him….please they should say sth else. first it was dogs they were training to fight boko, now this…..! kia

  27. ted castom

    May 11, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    accrdin 2 wat pple has bin sayin d sponsor r either ex military men or politician, i av dat b/liv dat d boko haram r comprises of dismssd force men and few civilian after serving 4 more dan 5yrs jst a mistake or suspect/hatetrade u dismssd sumbdy wit family i beg which work u wt mak e go do wen boko haram dey board xactly 9ja delta issue na dismssd force men ful der after rejabing dere bro u wey no get bro sori y bh go stp, mr GEJ do sumtin abt dis dismssd and rejab stp recruiting rejab does dat wrote dey luv d job dats y is jst a mstak try dis and c ur excellency luv 9ja

  28. oladaยน

    May 16, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    pls,no matter what dey keep lukin and continue say VICTORY COME FROM GOD ALONE. God hav mercy on Nigeria

  29. Franklin

    June 20, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Wel, our military are good but d problem we hav are ppl wit great experience and tactic helping d boko haram and sponsor by great money making men just for d seat of presidency. Kill them or giv them d seat.,it end boko haram.

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