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Abu Ali’s Death: "Why Boko Haram Is Killing More Nigerian Soldiers" - Premium T by tafrica(m): 8:31pm On Nov 07, 2016
Nigeria has been in mourning since Saturday when news broke that Muhammad Abu-Ali, a lieutenant colonel, and Nigerian Army’s most efficient fighter died in battle alongside five soldiers during an exchange of battle with the terrorist Boko Haram.

Military insiders said the Army has launched an inquiry into the circumstances that led to the death of the country’s bravest commander and five of his troops.

But a top military officer with deep knowledge of the North-East operation has granted PREMIUM TIMES an exclusive interview detailing how the officer and his soldiers fell and why more and more soldiers were being killed by Boko Haram in recent times. The officer requested anonymity because he had no permission to discuss operational matters with the media.


EXCERPT:

Thank you very much officer for agreeing to talk to us. We are sorry to hear of the death of Lt. Col. Abu Ali, a gallant and brave officer who gave his all to his country. We also learnt that he was killed alongside some soldiers. What really happened?

What happened was that Boko Haram terrorists ambushed our troops on Friday night at Mallam Fatori. Lt Col Abu Ali was killed on his way to reinforce troops there.

Information available reveals that one officer and 49 soldiers were withdrawn from Mallam Fatori on Friday morning and Boko Haram attacked at night indicating they possibly had advance information of the troops reduction in number.

Six soldiers and 14 Boko Haram terrorists were killed alongside Lt Col Abu-Ali, who was granted special promotion in 2014 for his gallantry in the fight against Boko Haram.

There is great mourning across the theatre of operations. Everyone is in mourning mood. May God grant the senior officer Aljanat Firdaus.

But why are attacks and killing of Nigerian troops becoming rampant in the past weeks?

It is sad that the Nigerian Army is announcing that the attacks are being carried out by remnants of Boko Haram terrorists when all reasonable persons can see that Boko Haram is still a formidable force. The Nigerian Army is more concerned with pleasing the political class while the grassroots people are still suffering.

It is the duty of the Nigerian Army public relations department to make the Nigerian Army look good but it is also necessary for the Nigerian Army to take practical steps to end this insurgency by improving the equipment state of the Nigerian Army and telling the government the true state of affairs.

What is the true state of affairs?

The truth is that from September to November this year, we have lost so many troops that can’t even be accounted for.

Prominent amongst those lost are Maj DS Erasmus and 8 soldiers – 25 Sep 2016 due to IED / ambush along Bama – Banki road. Lt Col K Yusuf and 83 soldiers missing in action on 16 Oct 2016 when Boko Haram attacked troops location at Gashigar. Lt Col M Abu-Ali and five soldiers were killed on 4 November 2016 on their way to reinforce troops at Mallam Fatori during Boko Haram attack.

On 5 November 2016, two soldiers were killed at Kwada during Boko Haram attack on troops location. One soldier was wounded while another two were declared missing in action.

In another attack in Kangarwa on 6 November, one soldier was killed while four other soldiers were wounded in action. Thirteen Boko Haram terrorists were killed and unconfirmed number of them was wounded.

Why are attacks on troops becoming more and more regular?

It’s dry season here and the ground allows smooth movement of vehicles. Boko Haram terrorists have a better knowledge of the local terrain so they can easily access troops location and escape.

Furthermore, there’s pressure on Boko Haram terrorists around Sambisa general area hence they seem to have pooled forces together to concentrate on the northern Borno axis.

So what can Nigerian authorities do to reduce casualties on the side of Nigerian troops?

The major cause of casualties on troops at the moment is poor equipment state. At the moment, the equipment in the theatre are mostly worn out and almost obsolete. Provision of adequate equipment is the only answer for now. Troops confidence is a function of sound and functional equipment.

Remember that man without equipment is at best inefficient and machines without man are almost useless. This points to the need for adequate equipment in the theatre to minimize casualty rate in the theatre.

What kinds of equipment are obsolete, and what kinds are needed at this time?

The tanks (especially Vickers MBT) in the theatre are so worn out that they often do not get to action most times troops are under attack. This is why the semi-serviceable T-72 tanks are being moved everywhere in the theatre. This explains why Lt Col Abu-Ali was almost everywhere there was threat as he commanded the T-72 tank Battalion.

The artillery Shilka guns are even the worst. Boko Haram terrorists fear the effect of Shilka guns but I still wonder why almost all Shilkas are not serviceable in the theatre.

Even more worrisome is the fact that the Nigerian Army has not procured more Shilka guns because they are Russian made and the bottleneck to buy them is not too much like those of Western countries.

But the impression being created is that troops are better off now in terms of equipment than under Jonathan

Unfortunately, for every battle we engage in, the equipment keep wearing and to worsen issues, these equipment were not procured with their fast-moving spare parts. The big question is, how many equipment has the present government procured and where are they deployed for use?

So does it mean troops are using just AK 47 to fight Boko Haram?

That’s our personal assault rifle, which is needed after long range weapons have done much of the job but unfortunately the long range support weapons are inadequate. Eg AA GUNS, mortar tubes, artillery weapons like shilka guns etc.

So how did we achieve the initial upper hand, cutting down Boko Haram down and capturing territories from the terrorists?

The upper hand started in February 2015 due to the arrival of T-72 tanks in the theatre. Chadian troops also assisted in mounting pressure on Boko Haram terrorists at the same time. This resulted in Boko Haram splitting their forces to several places at the same time.

So how did we lose the plot?

Recall that there were mercenaries that fought with Nigerian Army troops in the first and second quarters of 2015.

Yes

Boko Haram seems to have good strategist who study our modus operandi and cause them to adjust accordingly. The Nigerian military may need to reappraise its approach to counter insurgency operations.

Those mercenaries really assisted us and their withdrawal signalled the gradual regrouping of Boko Haram terrorists. This is because their withdrawal was sudden and not in phases.

But why was their withdrawal sudden?

The new government terminated their contract.

What did the mercenaries bring to the table that our troops lack?

They came with armoured fighting equipment. Above all, they had night fighting capabilities.

Do you have any further information on the attack that killed Lt. Col. Abu Ali? Especially about attack coming after withdrawal of some personnel.

There is a plan by the authorities to carry out an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding his death. He’s to be buried by 5pm today (Monday) at the national cemetery.

But why were the men withdrawn?

They were to carry out attack elsewhere in the theatre. The only controversy is why they were suddenly forced to withdraw that fateful day.

Is it not standard practice to have replacement on location before pushing men elsewhere?

It is, but exigencies of duty make us to do things haphazardly at times.

Thank you very much for talking to us.

Thank you too.

http://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/headlines/214716-exclusive-lt-col-abu-alis-death-boko-haram-killing-nigerian-soldiers-top-military-officer.html

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Re: Abu Ali’s Death: "Why Boko Haram Is Killing More Nigerian Soldiers" - Premium T by tafrica(m): 8:34pm On Nov 07, 2016
Are we truly winning the war?

only God knows how demoralized these soldiers are right now. Losing a brave leader, whom they seemed to love, and also recall they recently lost 83 men to BH. Media houses aren't reporting true situations in NE.

Why hasn't this present govt procured any weapon? what have done with our defence budget?
Why did we withdraw the mercenaries.

Seems initial upper hands were GEJ's efforts; weapons he bought and mercenaries he put in place.
This govt needs to stop politics and fight BHTs holistically.

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Re: Abu Ali’s Death: "Why Boko Haram Is Killing More Nigerian Soldiers" - Premium T by thesicilian: 8:46pm On Nov 07, 2016
In war there are casualties. Our troops need more support now more than ever

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Re: Abu Ali’s Death: "Why Boko Haram Is Killing More Nigerian Soldiers" - Premium T by amazingspiderma: 8:50pm On Nov 07, 2016
Nigeria's problems are all manmade.

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Re: Abu Ali’s Death: "Why Boko Haram Is Killing More Nigerian Soldiers" - Premium T by TI1919(m): 8:52pm On Nov 07, 2016
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Re: Abu Ali’s Death: "Why Boko Haram Is Killing More Nigerian Soldiers" - Premium T by DickDastardly(m): 8:53pm On Nov 07, 2016
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Re: Abu Ali’s Death: "Why Boko Haram Is Killing More Nigerian Soldiers" - Premium T by nzeobi(m): 9:03pm On Nov 07, 2016
Bring back the macineries and then mobilize with every thing we have, though such radical ideologies are not often defeated with brute force but with superior ideologies.

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Re: Abu Ali’s Death: "Why Boko Haram Is Killing More Nigerian Soldiers" - Premium T by ezugegere(m): 9:05pm On Nov 07, 2016
"So how did we achieve the initial upper hand, cutting down Boko Haram down and capturing territories from the terrorists?

The upper hand started in February 2015 due to the arrival of T-72 tanks in the theatre. Chadian troops also assisted in mounting pressure on Boko Haram terrorists at the same time. This resulted in Boko Haram splitting their forces to several places at the same time.

So how did we lose the plot?

Recall that there were mercenaries that fought with Nigerian Army troops in the first and second quarters of 2015.

Yes

Boko Haram seems to have good strategist who study our modus operandi and cause them to adjust accordingly. The Nigerian military may need to reappraise its approach to counter insurgency operations.

Those mercenaries really assisted us and their withdrawal signalled the gradual regrouping of Boko Haram terrorists. This is because their withdrawal was sudden and not in phases.

But why was their withdrawal sudden?

The new government terminated their contract.

What did the mercenaries bring to the table that our troops lack?

They came with armoured fighting equipment. Above all, they had night fighting capabilities."

The upper hand recorded was not Buhari's doing but Jonathan's!

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Re: Abu Ali’s Death: "Why Boko Haram Is Killing More Nigerian Soldiers" - Premium T by Siberia101: 9:19pm On Nov 07, 2016
Buhari go and purchase 200 T72 Tanks, a Thousand Shilka Guns, 300 105mm bofor Guns

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Re: Abu Ali’s Death: "Why Boko Haram Is Killing More Nigerian Soldiers" - Premium T by tafrica(m): 9:22pm On Nov 07, 2016
I don't know why you people tag lalasticlala in your posts, but let me also just do that wink
Re: Abu Ali’s Death: "Why Boko Haram Is Killing More Nigerian Soldiers" - Premium T by papaejima1: 9:25pm On Nov 07, 2016
We shouted about these stuff earlier and they called us wailers.
Now, the mercenaries were withdrawn because according to Buhari they were not doing anything and our troops were more than capable to defeat a ragtag band of insurgents especially with himself (Buhari) personally leading from the front!

He said GEJ bought expired weapons and told us he was going to buy what we have never seen before.
But till this moment, we are yet to see a common Shilka Gun

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Re: Abu Ali’s Death: "Why Boko Haram Is Killing More Nigerian Soldiers" - Premium T by okosodo: 9:46pm On Nov 07, 2016
Jonathan was the one that even made them get the upper hand but they released propaganda that jonathan did not provide the necessary support even though he was the originator of the meceneries support. Buhari ended the contract with the meceneries. All we can see now is that this government is getting praises for a feat it didnt achieve. I have every reason to believe that the army is cutting deal with boko haram from this incisive revelation as buratai continue to sacrifice the lives of young men to his friends

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Re: Abu Ali’s Death: "Why Boko Haram Is Killing More Nigerian Soldiers" - Premium T by Blue3k2: 10:11pm On Nov 07, 2016
Wow millitary man Buhari lost upper hand. I'd expect more from him in this regard after studying in American war college. I think the issue is foreign funding funding. Boko haram is likely getting funding from their whahabbi ideological master from Saudi Arabia. If we cut the tap they won't be able to sustain themselves. Boko haram will have no were to run because the have enemies on all sides of border.

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Re: Abu Ali’s Death: "Why Boko Haram Is Killing More Nigerian Soldiers" - Premium T by Emekamex(m): 10:19pm On Nov 07, 2016
->The summary being that lack of functional weapons is the major cause of our downfall, coupled with moles in the military.
->The solution being that military needs serious intelligence to be able to fish out saboteurs and the FG needs to do its job by making sure our defence budget is managed how it was planned by creating financial transparency in the military.

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Re: Abu Ali’s Death: "Why Boko Haram Is Killing More Nigerian Soldiers" - Premium T by Nobody: 10:56pm On Nov 07, 2016
The heroes of the war against Boko Haram are the patriotic men in the battle front fighting day and night with insufficient equipment. Nigerians deserved to know the truth on the true state of the welfare of these gallant men!

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Re: Abu Ali’s Death: "Why Boko Haram Is Killing More Nigerian Soldiers" - Premium T by PaulIdu: 11:04pm On Nov 07, 2016
From the article it's clear that we started winning the war in early 2015 when our T72s arrived

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Re: Abu Ali’s Death: "Why Boko Haram Is Killing More Nigerian Soldiers" - Premium T by MONITZ: 11:25pm On Nov 07, 2016
Sabos everywhere,we keep wasting the best and brightest minds in our midst on the altar of politics and sectionalism.

Nigeria eats her babies,it is all about all man to himself and immediate family,then any wonder y most aren't ready to die for her? It's grab and grab as much as u can wen the opportunity presents itself.

Who remembers or talks about Samuel Okwaraji anymore,twenty seven years after his demise while on active duty ?

They leave us with the impression that anyone who dies while on active duty is on his own because no sooner has the person's remains been interred than he will be forgotten......

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Re: Abu Ali’s Death: "Why Boko Haram Is Killing More Nigerian Soldiers" - Premium T by DozieInc(m): 11:52pm On Nov 07, 2016
So upon all the noise this administration have done nothing... let the truth keep unfolding.

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Re: Abu Ali’s Death: "Why Boko Haram Is Killing More Nigerian Soldiers" - Premium T by Omololu007(m): 11:55pm On Nov 07, 2016
i thought some mumu in the foreign section said merceneries didnt fight...yeye dey smell grin

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Re: Abu Ali’s Death: "Why Boko Haram Is Killing More Nigerian Soldiers" - Premium T by Blue3k2: 11:56pm On Nov 07, 2016
Omololu007:
i thought some mumu in the foreign section said merceneries didnt fight...yeye dey smell grin

Tag them.
Re: Abu Ali’s Death: "Why Boko Haram Is Killing More Nigerian Soldiers" - Premium T by haggai247: 12:04am On Nov 08, 2016
why is premium times not reporting the truth nobody should try to trace me you will only caught innocent people who know next to nothing the real sabotage sabo-toa are as follows

1 Captain A. A. Hussaini, the operationsofficer of 195
Battalion in charge of Mata Local Government Area
where Boko Haram still control some areas.
2, Lieutenant I. H. Irro, a liaison with 152 Task Force
battalion.
3, Staff Sergeant Alexander Chiegwe, the guard
commander of the main check point from Mafa into
Maiduguri,
4 Lance Corporal Yakpon Dona.

the death of this friend might make me fight dirty with my small knowledge
the army should investigate the following names

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Re: Abu Ali’s Death: "Why Boko Haram Is Killing More Nigerian Soldiers" - Premium T by romme2u: 1:53am On Nov 08, 2016
this is getting interesting and may likely reach temporary site. make i book my flight shaperly before take off.

*******thinking Loud **********
###In every war there are PROFITEERS###

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Re: Abu Ali’s Death: "Why Boko Haram Is Killing More Nigerian Soldiers" - Premium T by oduastates: 2:01am On Nov 08, 2016
I have not seen much of a game changing strategy in the conduct of this war. A slight improvement from dumbo but it is still archaic.
Where are the cattack helicopter gunship that Nigeria should be buying in numbers? At least 100 should be bought and be available within 15 minutes to support any unit under attack from these terrorists
As usual,My guess is that tribal considerations is over riding good judgement in the choice of commanders.

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Re: Abu Ali’s Death: "Why Boko Haram Is Killing More Nigerian Soldiers" - Premium T by Osezzua(m): 3:19am On Nov 08, 2016
There is nothing as dangerous as fighting a man who has openly shown he's willing to die for a course. Clearly this is the major challenge BH poses to our military. Time for bickers and banters is over, lets all collectively confront this monster threatening our co-existence. Nigeria is at war.
The truth about BH can never be known by mere simplifications of religious and ethnic bias. It transcends the obvious facts wherewith. How did a small group of religious enthusiast rapidly turn into a monstrous BH. Maybe we can start telling ourselves the truth by looking critically into that narrative. Nigeria needs help........ Cry for help Nigerians

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Re: Abu Ali’s Death: "Why Boko Haram Is Killing More Nigerian Soldiers" - Premium T by Blue3k2: 3:32am On Nov 08, 2016
Osezzua:
There is nothing as dangerous as fighting a man who has openly shown he's willing to die for a course. Clearly this is the major challenge BH poses to our military. Time for bickers and banters is over, lets all collectively confront this monster threatening our co-existence. Nigeria is at war.
The truth about BH can never be known by mere simplifications of religious and ethnic bias. It transcends the obvious facts wherewith. How did a small group of religious enthusiast rapidly turn into a monstrous BH. Maybe we can start telling ourselves the truth by looking critically into that narrative. Nigeria needs help........ Cry for help Nigerians

GIant of africa asking for help for a threat they fostered. These guys are funded by Saudi Arabian money. They follow the whahabbi doctrine of extremism demanding sharia. Our millitary probably has moles tipping off these boko savages. If we got serious about taking out threat they would be dead and burried. The issue is the people on ground support the currupt ideologies these idiots want.

I agree we need kill the Boko haram threat. After that we need to roll back the Islamic sharia and religious influence in government. Demand education and work program for these illiterate populations. This way they won't be so will to join death rape cult.

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Re: Abu Ali’s Death: "Why Boko Haram Is Killing More Nigerian Soldiers" - Premium T by Pangea: 3:39am On Nov 08, 2016
From all indications,
There is a resurgence
And Buhari seems not to understand what is going on.
I think we have made a great mistake!

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Re: Abu Ali’s Death: "Why Boko Haram Is Killing More Nigerian Soldiers" - Premium T by o42austino(m): 5:15am On Nov 08, 2016
It's clear now that we are losing the war, I said it before that their is no need to place order for brand new weapons when your already at war because they take time to build and your best shot is 2—4years before they start arriving and by then war is lost or won. The best thing to do is buy used weapons from your client inventory and work on it for speedy delivery to the theater and that's how Jonathan and Dasuki got the upper hand in this war... Buhari ordering of brand new attack helicopters is to be blamed for what this boys are passing through, he should have spent that money in buying from Russia black market of used Mi35 attack Helicopters and equip it according to the needs of NE theater, acquiring of more used T72 from Russia, Ukraine and Czech Republic would save us time.

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Re: Abu Ali’s Death: "Why Boko Haram Is Killing More Nigerian Soldiers" - Premium T by PedroJP(m): 5:16am On Nov 08, 2016
Emekamex:
->The summary being that lack of functional weapons is the major cause of our downfall, coupled with moles in the military.
->The solution being that military needs serious intelligence to be able to fish out saboteurs and the FG needs to do its job by making sure our defence budget is managed how it was planned by creating financial transparency in the military.



This afonja has twisted it again. The best summary is that your bubu is a dulle and deceiver.



From the information, buhari has been feeding us lies, he has been giving boko upper hand with his orders and rulings, he has been receiving praises for what he did not achieve ( though we know b4 now that he doesn't take responsibility of any ugly condition even the ones he caused but we will be fast to gather all praises and claim being responsibile for good results he might not have known where the thinking and thought was done.





Buhari is boko haram and boko haram is buhari. This is another way he has to champion his islamic ideology.

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Re: Abu Ali’s Death: "Why Boko Haram Is Killing More Nigerian Soldiers" - Premium T by chesterlee(m): 5:20am On Nov 08, 2016
Buhari has infiltrated the military with his lies that's why they are failing!



The moment we realise that this war is far from being won...They better for us!!!

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Re: Abu Ali’s Death: "Why Boko Haram Is Killing More Nigerian Soldiers" - Premium T by PedroJP(m): 5:27am On Nov 08, 2016
Meanwhile. Buhari promised to lead the war against bokoharam from the front.

What he is doing inside our pool of petrodollars is what we don't know and has even drained it without adding a digit to his kg.


Buratai only comments, i wonder when he will be in the forefront of the war with Bubu.



Someone please tag that yoruba pastor called Osu something and tell him we can't see bubu in the war front as he promised.



Fact is, under buhari everything is turning around for the worst. Na curse dem curse bubu ?

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Re: Abu Ali’s Death: "Why Boko Haram Is Killing More Nigerian Soldiers" - Premium T by kabman: 6:00am On Nov 08, 2016
We are not serious in this country.lets purchase russian and chinese 5th generation jets and stop begging western countries.

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Re: Abu Ali’s Death: "Why Boko Haram Is Killing More Nigerian Soldiers" - Premium T by SuperSuave(m): 6:20am On Nov 08, 2016
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