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#BringBackOurSoldiers: Nigerians Grieve as 105 Soldiers go Missing after Boko Haram Battle in Borno

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dreamstime_s_14924139Premium Times exclusively reported this morning that 105 out of a 157 soldier battalion attached to the Multi-National Joint Task Force based in Baga, Borno state, went missing yesterday – on Wednesday November 18, 2015 – in Gudunbali, Borno.

According to the paper, a T-72 battle tank, 105 soldiers, two officers, (including the CO – commanding officer), eight vehicles, a truck loaded with 60,000 rounds of AA ammunition and three artillery pieces were captured by Boko Haram. Another of their sources claims the tank was recovered after heavy fighting.

The source also said the military has been unable to rid insurgents from Baga and nearby towns in Borno due to inadequate equipment.

Premium Times reached out to Colonel Sani Usman, the spokesperson for the Nigerian Army for comment via telephone and he said the military is now organizing a counter-attack –

“I want to confirm the incidence at Gudunbali … the unit attacked is within the area of responsibility of the MNJTF and troops are now organising to counter the attack.”

As a result of the attack, #BringBackOurSoldiers is now trending on Twitter, with Nigerians expressing their fear of the rising level of insecurity in the country and discontent with President Buhari.

 

Source: Premium Times 1 & 2

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18 Comments

  1. ElessarisEllendil

    November 19, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    Wow! just Wow!

    Am I the only one beginning to get extremely paranoid, I just don’t know what to believe anymore. One day its we’re winning!!, the next its no we’re actually losing. Which is it????

    Nigeria needs a military rethink, I’m just tired.

    • ElessarisEllendil

      November 19, 2015 at 5:50 pm

      After giving this some further thought, I’m beginning to lean towards the ‘Nigeria is winning the war side’. Boko Haram’s recent actions seem to be the classical attacks of a wounded animal, or somebody backed to the wall. To give it a basis in history, it smacks more of the Vietnamese Tet offensive or the Battle of Bulge than PLA v Kuomintang. Designed to make the populace surrender to despair with coordinated attacks and a major last gasp offensive.

      For those out of the loop, the Vietnamese generalissimo Nguyen Giap, knew that ultimately the war would be won not on the field of battle, but in the field of American public opinion. So during the Vietnamese new year(Tet), he broke a ceasefire and attacked the Americans where the media glare was fiercest, their embassy, the Khe Sahn Base e.t.c. It ended in Vietnamese defeat ofcourse, but slanted American public opinion against the war, making them believe the Vietnamese were stronger than they actually were. Giap himself admitted as much.

      We, however unlike the Americans do not have the option of retreating 7000 miles back to the safety of our homes, THIS IS OUR HOME!! We have to show those savages that we will not fall into despair, we will not be broken by them, fine they’ve won this one. We will win the next ten and make them a footnote in history. Generations from now in a Nigeria truly the giant of the continent, our grandchildren will see “that this was our finest hour”.

      Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria and God bless our Armed Forces.

      The above does not mean that changes aren’t needed in the Defence and Foreign Affairs Ministries, but that’s for another day. But surely nationalism in our time of trial is better than arguments and even worse ‘@ing’ CNN and BBC for attention. Please people that do that, stop! it makes us look dumb, basically ‘dear white people who we kicked out for ruling us badly, give us attention for ruling ourselves badly’ Makes zero sense to me, but also a topic for another day..

  2. Tolu

    November 19, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    This is an insult?

  3. Bell

    November 19, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    105 soldiers go missing? How do you lose 105 men??! Is this some kind of joke??

  4. adadimma

    November 19, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    The announcement alone is shameful

  5. tunmi

    November 19, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    Buhari doesn’t need to be defense minister, he is already the Commander-in-Chief. And Dasaki stole $2billion meant for the military’s war on Boko Haram. Wow….this could have been avoided

    • Celeste

      November 19, 2015 at 11:52 pm

      Probe Dasuki. But it shouldn’t hinder a serious government in dire need of equipments of acquiring them, while the probe goes on. Please enough with the excuses, its six months already.

      I pray the soldiers are found and reunited with their families.

  6. Naija Pickin

    November 19, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    My heart bleeds for the families of these men & women fighting the war against these insurgents. This is really very sad. So 105 of our men are unaccounted for? My Goodness! Why do I feel like Boko Haram is re-enforcing every minute while our men are disappearing! What can be done ooo! this is very scary. hmmm

  7. mrs chidukane

    November 19, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    This your comment put some hope in my heart. I know our soldiers have been working hard. I pray the missing soldiers come home. I don’t know why people form sadness and at the same time, can at cnn,mtcheew.

  8. anonymous

    November 19, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    When they say a soldier is missing,it means they are dead,i know this cus my hubby is a soldier .u don’t even want to know how these soldiers are being killed daily. May God give their families strength to overcome this trying period and may God continue to protect our loved ones fighting this war against the deadly boko haram.(amen)

    • ATL's finest

      November 20, 2015 at 3:57 am

      Hanks for the info! My heart is bleeding Jeez! This case is getting worse & outta control may God help us all & comfort their families.

  9. Angel

    November 19, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    These tales doesn’t just add up! Based on report, so 105 able bodied men not to mention they are military trained personnel got kidnapped just like that, till today I still don’t believe the #bringbackourgirls ish, which reminds me, whatever happened to oby ezekwesiri? And this issue of people disappearing in thin air abi sambisa forest en masse seem to be only Borno thing. Ok oo

  10. De Kings

    November 19, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    What a terrible condition?

  11. nene+

    November 19, 2015 at 11:08 pm

    I pray for safety for this able bodied gallant men. I pray they will be found alive…..Amen
    I have said it before that i am still not comfortable with the relocation of the military base to Maiduguri. 105 Soldiers???

  12. jhennique

    November 20, 2015 at 9:16 am

    WAIT! 105 GROWN, ABLE-BODIED, TRAINED MEN GO MISSING. THIS IS A LIE! LIKE SERIOUSLY??? IM GETTING PARANOID OVER THIS. ITS JUST A PLAIN CRAZY LIE! HOW??????

  13. Busarni

    November 20, 2015 at 9:52 am

    Oya obyezeks; this is another lucrative venture since you didn’t succeed with BBOG. Come and start with this hashtag. So much for change….,,,

  14. jane

    November 20, 2015 at 10:05 am

    This is why I am in full support of prosecuting Dasuki to the full force, he embezzled money for the military in the fight against BH. Guys remember the army that revolted that almost got court marshaled because they refuse to BH with dane gun and not properly armed.

  15. Sara

    November 20, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    Oh my God! This cannot be true! I sincerely hope and pray that it isn’t! As if its not scary enough to think of what type of powerful group can overcome 105 soldiers, they even carted away ammunition, God help and protect us! Buhari please sit up, we know you are trying your best because you only put in your best in everything but for the sake of innocent lives, we your terrified citizens are begging you to please try harder! I pray for you everyday for God to grant you strength and increase your knowledge so that you can quickly tackle this scourge. As for Mr Dasuki, hmmm if it is indeed true that he touched even a dime that was to go to military intelligence, arms or support for soldiers, HE WILL NEVER KNOW PEACE! May God punish him for every single drop of blood that was shed due to his theft, may God expose his evil deeds and protect all innocents, ameen. Kai the heart of man is desperately wicked, this is someone that i am sure without NSA job is a multi millionaire ohh, why so GREEDY haba! God will punish him if this is indeed true. To me he is a gazillion times worse than Diezani at least she did not steal money that was directly needed urgently to stop loss of lives, and destruction of our country, shame!

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