Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Monday, August 25, 2014

A Nigerian disaster

If confirmed by later news, this is a major "defeat" for the Nigerian army.

Global Security, an authoritative source of military information, says that "Nigeria's military is the largest in West Africa, but is significantly less capable than its size and equipment inventory would indicate."

Boko Haram crisis: Nigerian troops 'flee into Cameroon'
Some 480 Nigerian soldiers have fled into Cameroon following fierce fighting with Boko Haram militants, Cameroon's army has said.

[Cameroon] army spokesman Lt Col Didier Badjek said the soldiers had been disarmed and were now being accommodated in schools.

Clashes are said to be continuing in the border town of Gamboru Ngala…

Last week, a group of soldiers refused to follow orders to go and fight Boko Haram, saying the militants were better equipped...

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At 5:18 PM, Blogger Ken Wedding said...

The BBC news site later changed its headline and the first two paragraph of its report on Nigerian troops entering Cameroon. Here are the changes.

Nigerian troops cross border after Boko Haram clashes

"Some 480 Nigerian soldiers have crossed into Cameroon following fierce fighting with Boko Haram militants.

"Reports claimed that the troops had joined thousands of citizens fleeing the fighting, but Nigeria said they were conducting a 'tactical manoeuvre'…"

At 7:13 AM, Blogger Ken Wedding said...

Another detail from Nigeria

Nigeria: Militants Claim to Rule City ‘by Islamic Law’

The leader of the Islamist militant group Boko Haram said his fighters were now ruling the northeastern city of Gwoza [in Borno State near the frontier with Cameroon] “by Islamic law” …

The military denied that Boko Haram had taken control of the city, although security officials and some witnesses said that the police and military forces there had been pushed out...

At 7:38 AM, Blogger Ken Wedding said...

The Nigerian soldiers (at least some of them) have returned from Cameroon.

ThisDay reported that "Locals of Mubi town at the borders between Adamawa and Cameroun… witnessed when the soldiers were returning from Cameroun in the wee hours, stressing that most of the soldiers were in torn uniforms, wearing shattered and gloomy faces…

"'We saw some of them purchasing second hand clothes at the Mubi main market to replace their torn uniforms.' a source said He said the presence of the soldiers caused serious panic and confusion in area." when we sighted the troops we were afraid thinking that it was the insurgents'."

However, The Guardian quoted Maj.-Gen. Zaruwa, the commanding officer of the 3rd division: "All the soldiers are in high spirit with all their weapons and equipment intact."


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