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Communication Failure In Zamfara Caused Deadly Attack On Troops by lalasticlala(m): 11:06am On Sep 14
The attack on a forward operation base of troops deployed for anti-banditry operation in Zamfara State Saturday morning was aided by the failure of communication among the fighting forces, Daily Trust can report.

Gunmen had killed 12 security personnel comprising nine naval ratings, two policemen and a soldier during the raid on the base in Mutumji, near the banditry-ravaged town of Dansadau. Citing security sources, AFP news agency reported that the attackers stole weapons and also set houses on fire.

“The attackers stormed the base around 10:30am and engaged the troops in a fierce gun battle,” one security source said.

“They subdued the troops and killed 12 of them. They include nine naval personnel, a soldier and two policemen.”

A second security source confirmed the casualties.

The base in Mutumji is described as a key site for logistics and reconnaissance in the army’s fight against bandits in the area.

‘No communication among troops’

A credible security source told Daily Trust that bandits took advantage of the lack of security communication gadgets and laid siege on troops at the Mutumji.

“While the jamming of GSM in Zamfara has gone a long way in taming the bandits, it also has a negative effect on troops because communication among them was also extremely restricted,” the source said.

“Most of the foot soldiers relied on normal phone networks instead of any of the specialised communication gadgets that should be deployed during operations such as the one going on in the North West.

“Only the top commanders have military radio or walkie-talkie, meaning those in the frontlines would only use their personal mobile phones which are no longer accessible.
“The bandits took advantage of this and attacked them at their forward operation base. As you can see, the attack was launched on Saturday but it only came to the fore days after,” he said. Another source said there was the need to deploy specialised communication gadgets for the troops.

“The ban on communication in Zamfara and parts of Katsina is not bad in its entirety but the military high command should have taken note of the adverse effect on troops.”

Telecom suspension costly, has no NSA clearance – Source

A security source told Daily Trust that the shutdown of the telecom channels was not well-thought-out and bypassed the due process of getting clearance from the National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno, who oversees cyber security.

“What really happened was that Matawalle made a request to (Communications and Digital Economy minister) Pantami who went directly to the president who approved without input from the office of NSA.

“That decision has a national security implication. No country will disconnect the network without analysing national security implications. By that action, several national security surveillance capabilities that rely on the network were shut out. Before now, it will be inconceivable for NCC to do this without approvals from ONSA.”

The security personnel said he could not ascertain “If Pantami acted without advice or purposely disregarded the NSA”.

But an aide of Pantami said the directive to shut down telecommunications in Zamfara State was issued by President Muhammad Buhari to top officials involved in the security issue.

A media aide to Pantami, Yusuf Abubakar, told Daily Trust that the minister couldn’t have bypassed the National Security Adviser (NSA) to obtain a directive from the president as he isn’t the official involved directly on the Zamfara security issue.

Abubakar said: “The directive (to shut down telecom sites) came from the president and both (the minister and NSA) are working for the president. I don’t think there is any need for the minister to comment on it. More so, this is a security issue and everybody shouldn’t be commenting on it. The minister is not the chief security officer of Zamfara and he has no (direct security) role to play in the security situation there.”

How bandits bypass communication ban

Daily Trust gathered that the bandits whose activities were adversely affected by the jamming of communication networks were devising means to bypass the blockade.

One of them who spoke to Daily Trust said some of them were using Thuraya satellite phones, while others use Airtel and Glo, the two networks whose services were still available in some parts of the state.

“There are places where you can make calls if you have Airtel or Glo line,” said Shehu Rekeb, a renowned bandit by phone. He boasted that they still could afford items they needed despite the ban on weekly markets and phone networks.

But a source familiar with happenings in Zamfara said most bandits have fled to places like Kebbe and Tureta in Sokoto State and Birnin-Gwari in Kaduna to escape the blockade in Zamfara. Rekeb, who confirmed relocation of some of the bandits to Lambar Tureta, in Sokoto, said he and other kingpins remain within their “known location in Zamfara”.

https://dailytrust.com/how-communication-failure-caused-deadly-attack-on-troops-in-zamfara

Re: Communication Failure In Zamfara Caused Deadly Attack On Troops by Appdriod: 11:09am On Sep 14
They blocked networks to kill troops.
Hmmm
Please who controls communication in this country?

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Re: Communication Failure In Zamfara Caused Deadly Attack On Troops by StRichard(m): 11:09am On Sep 14
Seems bandits are more coordinated than our so called troops

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Re: Communication Failure In Zamfara Caused Deadly Attack On Troops by slawormiir: 11:09am On Sep 14
Damnnn niggar
Isoright

What really happened was that Matawalle made a request to (Communications and Digital Economy minister) Pantami who went directly to the president who approved without input from the office of NSA


Bunch of incompetent moda fuckkking fools
Just cut off communication without an alternative

Then the so called bandit were smart enough to devise means to bypass the communication blockade by using a Thuraya satellite phones....while other bandits were smart enough to know where glo and airtel networks are still working despite the blockade

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Re: Communication Failure In Zamfara Caused Deadly Attack On Troops by MrrGary: 11:09am On Sep 14
Nigeria..

A finished nation grin

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Re: Communication Failure In Zamfara Caused Deadly Attack On Troops by excomarow(m): 11:09am On Sep 14
The Military should have a deferent method of communicating since the mobile communication is shutdown in the state to avoid casualties

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Re: Communication Failure In Zamfara Caused Deadly Attack On Troops by treesun: 11:09am On Sep 14
Hope Nigeria can see now that the problems are deep rooted than just putting everything to strait and muffling all. It is not just bad tactics, but unsustainable. How will putting off communication help military too to seamlessly communicate. I have lived in the North, the Emirs and umars knows what to do to stop insurgency.

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Re: Communication Failure In Zamfara Caused Deadly Attack On Troops by BeeBeeOoh(m): 11:09am On Sep 14
shocked


The truth is that Buhari's administration loves bandits a.k.a terrorists and vice versa.

You can't fight terrorism when you have soft spots for terrorists.


Know This And Know Peace

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Re: Communication Failure In Zamfara Caused Deadly Attack On Troops by Curious345: 11:09am On Sep 14
Troops should be using thuraya satellite phones.

Corrupt pot bellied generals, swallow all cash and left no crumbs for the boys...

Greedy green

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Re: Communication Failure In Zamfara Caused Deadly Attack On Troops by sirjentul05(m): 11:09am On Sep 14
smiley smiley smiley smileyeyoo wats happening homie...



Mr jentul once said




E be things....
Re: Communication Failure In Zamfara Caused Deadly Attack On Troops by Deserea: 11:10am On Sep 14
Story

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Re: Communication Failure In Zamfara Caused Deadly Attack On Troops by pepetua(m): 11:10am On Sep 14
Make una dey there the lick human blood as if it is ice cream while a country somewhere is testing Intercity airplane taxi, what a monster of a country.

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Re: Communication Failure In Zamfara Caused Deadly Attack On Troops by oluwaseunamos33(m): 11:11am On Sep 14
Mtchewwww. It's a planned work, they know what they are doing

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Re: Communication Failure In Zamfara Caused Deadly Attack On Troops by McAausim: 11:11am On Sep 14
shocked





Failures.... embarassed

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Re: Communication Failure In Zamfara Caused Deadly Attack On Troops by gambia(m): 11:11am On Sep 14
Its well this country.
Re: Communication Failure In Zamfara Caused Deadly Attack On Troops by DoctorDree(m): 11:11am On Sep 14
There is always a excuse

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Re: Communication Failure In Zamfara Caused Deadly Attack On Troops by sureboykris(m): 11:11am On Sep 14
Sad... Will Nigeria survive at this rate? So scary

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Re: Communication Failure In Zamfara Caused Deadly Attack On Troops by yinchar(m): 11:12am On Sep 14
A whole troop in a front line without any reliable communication medium. No walkie talkie, no satellite phones. We all grow up watching war movies in 1990s with one dedicated soldier carrying a bag with long antennas.

This is 2021 for God sake and yet the Nigeria Army is an embarrassment.

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Re: Communication Failure In Zamfara Caused Deadly Attack On Troops by blucum(m): 11:12am On Sep 14
This sounds like a planned attacked tho. I mean shouldn't the military have a different frequency they communicate on? Why should communication blackout affect military comms grin. Nigeria really has a long way to go in all aspects. Nothing is coordinated

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Re: Communication Failure In Zamfara Caused Deadly Attack On Troops by Patrioticman007(m): 11:12am On Sep 14
What ?
Re: Communication Failure In Zamfara Caused Deadly Attack On Troops by 1759Boss(m): 11:12am On Sep 14
Sigh what a shame. Who didn't know it was a catastrophic decision to block all networks?

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Re: Communication Failure In Zamfara Caused Deadly Attack On Troops by WhatCanIsay(m): 11:12am On Sep 14
Nigeria is really a scam. How come that all our security forces lack intelligence? They are only intelligent when it comes to catching yahoo boys and those that criticise the government.

What is military action without communication How can soldiers go to war or be in place of war without communication? I seriously presumed that since gsm communication was blocked that the security forces there will either have an alternative means of communication. That alternative means of communication suppose to be their edge against the forces they are fighting.

I never knew they blinded themselves too. Insane people.

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Re: Communication Failure In Zamfara Caused Deadly Attack On Troops by BleedTears: 11:12am On Sep 14
I remember someone said, blocking network in order to apprehend terrorist sorry bandits.

Is like seeing a snake in your room at night and then you off lights, in order to be able to kill it.

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Re: Communication Failure In Zamfara Caused Deadly Attack On Troops by FutureIsFemale(f): 11:13am On Sep 14
Zamfara Governor: We will ban all means of communication to curtail bandits.

Army Chief: Now that all communication have been blocked, I don't want to hear any excuse from any commander. Onslaught these criminals.

Army Commander: Banned of communication caused dead of our troops.



Confused set of fools.


The FUTURE is FEMALE.

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Re: Communication Failure In Zamfara Caused Deadly Attack On Troops by easyfem(m): 11:13am On Sep 14
I don't really believe in all diz excuses ...... It's bcoz its wat the northern want , wat politician want and wat buari want

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