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Has Boko haram Turned Maiduguri and Borno Into Nigeria’s Afghanistan?

Great video by Sahara TV interviewing Al-Jazeera’s Yvonne Ndege who visited Maiduguri in Borno State. Due to Boko Haram activities in the the state’s , and the Joint Task Force’s (JTF) heavy presence, the state has been heavily militarised.


While residents welcome the JTF’s presence, daily life has been badly affected with normal routine civilian life being heavily disrupted by fighting between Boko Haram and the JTF, JTF curfews between 9pm and 6am. However residents are so frightened that they do not leave their homes before 11am since gun battles between the JTF and Boko haram tend to rage in the early morning.


Some residents also accuse the JTF of indiscriminately arresting civilians whom they suspect of being Boko Haram members, and of summarily executing suspects. In their defence, the JTF say it is next to impossible for them to distinguish civilians from Boko Haram members since Boko Haram members might live with family members who are not members.




UN Peacekeepers in Africa

There are currently over half a dozen United Nations peacekeeping missions in Africa.


Good discussion by the Economist on the various United Nations peacekeeping operations in Africa from Sudan, Congo, Somalia et al.

Johnny Mad Dog

One of the most emotional and harrowing films about child soldiers and the civil war in Liberia. The film’s “actors” include actual child soldiers. For those who want a realistic depiction of the brutality of Liberia’s civil war – watch this emotive film.

US Army to Train Nigerian Army



The U.S. army is to provide counter-insurgency training to the Nigerian army. This is probably linked to the increasingly deadly attacks by Boko Haram.







Nigerian Army – Postings



Air Marshal Oluseyi Petinrin Chief of Defence Staff
Lt-General Chikadibia Isaac Obiakor UN Military Adviser for Peacekeeping Operations, UN Headquarters – New York
Lt-General Onyeabo Azubuike Ihejirika Chief of Army Staff
Air Vice Marshal Mohammed Dikko Umar Chief of Air Staff
Rear-Admiral Ola Sahad Ibrahim Chief of Naval Staff
Major-General Joseph Shoboiki General Officer Commanding, 1 Division, Kaduna
Brigadier-General M.D. Abubakar General Officer Commanding, 2 Division, Ibadan
Major-General S.O. Idoko General Officer Commanding, 3 Division, Jos
Brigadier-General Kenneth Minima General Officer Commanding 81 Division, Lagos
Major-General Sarkin Yakin Bello General Officer Commanding, 82 Division, Enugu
Major-General Moses Obi Chief of Operations at Army Headquarters
Rear-Admiral G J Jonah Commandant, National Defence College – Abuja
Air Vice Marshal Sunday Ali Leks Commandant, Command and Staff College – Jaji
Major-General Chukwuemeka Onwuamaegbu Commandant of the Nigerian Defence Academy – Kaduna
Major-General Aminu Maitama Deputy Commandant of the National Defence College, Abuja
Major-General Babagana Monguno Chief of Defence Intelligence*
Major-General TI Oliomogbe Commandant, Army College of Logistics
Major General BC Azurunwa Chief of Logistics at Army Headquarters
Major General J O Okunbor Commandant, Training and Doctrine Command
Major General BS Usara Chief of Administration, Army Headquarters
Brigadier General U Buzugbe Military Secretary – Army
Major-General S.U. Abdulkadir Chief of Army Standards and Evaluation (CASE
Major-General O Akinyemi Director, Peacekeeping at Defence Headquarters
Major-General US Ussien Chief of Training and Operations (CTOP)
Major General SU Abdukadir Chief of Research and Development
Major-General EE Bassey Director of Administration, Defence Headquarters
Major-General Bala Usara Director of Sports at Defence Headquarters
Brigadier General MA Nasamu Commander – Army Headquarters Garrison, Abuja
Major-General JA Okunbor Director of Policy at Army Headquarters
Major General AA Olaniyi Commandant, Nigerian Army Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (NAEME)
Major-General G.G. Umoh Commandant, Nigerian Army Signal Corps
Brigadier General SY Audu Director of Military Intelligence
Major-General AK Amao Commandant, Special Vehicle Plant (SVP), Bauchi
Colonel EJ Atewe Commander, Guards Brigade, Abuja
Brigadier-General AB Marwa Commander, 22 Brigade, Ilorin
Brigadier General PT Boroh Commandant, Nigerian Army Peacekeeping Centre, Jaji,
Brigadier-General KTJ Minimah Commander One Brigade, Nigerian Army, Sokoto
Brigadier-General OM Sho-Silva Director of Physical Training
Brigadier-General BM Badewole Commandant, Nigerian Army School of Military Police
Brigadier-General OO Oshinowo Commandant, Nigeria Army School of Artillery
Brigadier-General Yusuf Bomoi Commandant, Nigeria Army School of Engineering
Brigadier General G Bauka Director Foreign Liaison, Defence Intelligence Agency
Major-General YD Pyeng Provost Marshal
Brigadier-General AK Kwaskebe Director of Training at Army headquarters
Brigadier-General JS Kwabe Director of Operations at Army Headquarters
Brigadier-General Labaran Director of the Defence Industries Corporation
Brigadier-General Audu Defence Attache in New York
Brigadier-General Chima Commander, 4 Brigade, Benin
Brigadier-General AC Olukolade Director, Army Public Relations
Colonel Mohammed Yerima Director of Defence Information

*Son of Alhaji Shettima Monguno – Nigeria’s first Petroleum Minister

Major General Moses Obi – Force Commander, United Nations Mission in Sudan

Major General CO Omoregie – Commander, Joint Task Force (“Operation Restore Hope”), Niger Delta

Major General OA Akinyemi – Chief of Policy and Plans, Army Headquarters

Major General Cecil Esekhaigbe – Defence Adviser, Nigerian High Commission, United Kingdom

Brigadier General AB Marwa – Commandant, Nigerian Army Armoured Corps

Brigadier General AI Muraina – Commandant, Corps of Finance