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PostSubject: FG hires European mercenaries to fight B’Haram   2015-03-13, 05:03

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There are indications that Nigeria
has brought in hundreds of
mercenaries from Eastern Europe to
strengthen its war against militant
Islamic group, Boko Haram.
The Eastern European mercenaries
have joined their South-African
counterparts and Nigerian soldiers
fighting the insurgents.
According to Reuters, rumours
about the use of foreign
mercenaries against the Islamist
militant group gained substance
this month when pictures surfaced
on Twitter showing Armoured
Personnel Carriers vehicles on a
street in Maiduguri, Borno State.
In the picture, which appeared on
Twitter on March 6, a white man in a
khaki, a tee-shirt and body armour,
was standing beside a heavy-
calibre machine gun on top of one
of the sand-coloured APCs as the
column drove through the streets
at dusk.
The newswire stated that its
reporter with knowledge of
Maiduguri was able to verify the
location of the photo as the Bama
Road near the University of
Maiduguri.
Security and diplomatic sources
said the number of the mercenaries
was much higher than the hundred
or so previously reported.
When contacted by The PUNCH, the
spokesman for the Defence
Headquarters, Brig.-Gen. Chris
Olukolade, said “I don’t know
anything about the claim”(the
involvement of mercenaries in the
fight against Boko Haram).
He added, “I just know Nigerian
military and security forces are
putting in all resources, training
and experience acquired over the
years to address security
challenges.
“Our neighbours operating under
the auspices of the Mutlinational
Joint Task Force are also backing
our efforts from all our borders with
them. We also have some offers of
training and intelligence from
friendly countries.”
Attempts by The PUNCH to speak
with the Director-General, National
Orientation Agency, Mike Omeri,
who coordinates the National
Information Centre, on the issue
proved abortive as he did not pick
calls to his mobile phone.
He was also yet to reply a text
message on the use of mercenaries
in the North-East as of press time.
President Goodluck Jonathan had
on Wednesday, said that two
companies were providing
“trainers and technicians” to help
Nigerian forces in their efforts to
end insurgency in the country.
He did not name the firms or the
nationalities or give numbers.
It was gathered from a West African
security source and a South African
defence source that the
mercenaries were linked to the
bosses of a former South African
private military.
The company is known for its
involvement in Angola’s 1975-2002
civil war and against Revolutionary
United Front rebels in Sierra Leone
in 1995.
It disbanded in 1998, under
pressure from the post-apartheid
government in Pretoria to curtail
mercenary activities.
Foreign fighters paid $400 cash
daily
A West African security source said
the foreign fighters were being
paid around $400 a day.
A South African defence contractor
confirmed that South African
company leaders were involved in
the deployment of the
mercenaries.
An Abuja-based diplomat said the
South Africans were backed by
soldiers and hardware from the
Eastern Europe in an alliance
against Boko Haram .
“It’s an incoherent mix of people,
helicopters and random kit from all
sorts of different sources, but there
is an element of internal cohesion
from the Nigerian Army,” the
diplomat said.
“It appears to be a desperate ploy
to get some sort of tactical success
up there in six weeks for the
electoral boost,” the diplomat
added. The numbers of soldiers
involved were in the “low
hundreds; he added.
Editor of African Armed Forces
magazine, John Stupart, identified
the troop carriers as Reva III,
manufactured by a Pretoria-based
company called Integrated Convoy
Protection.
After reports of South African
military trainers first surfaced in the
Afrikaans-language Beeld
newspaper in January, Defence
Minister Nosiviwe Mapise-Nqakula,
made clear her displeasure, saying
any deployment would be illegal
under 1998 anti-mercenary laws.
“They are mercenaries, whether
they are training, skilling the
Nigerian defence force, or scouting
for them. The point is they have no
business to be there,” she was
quoted as saying in domestic
media.
The minister added, “The police
have a responsibility to ensure
that, when they come back, those
people are arrested and the
[National Prosecutions Authority]
has a responsibility to charge them.
There are consequences for going
out of the country and provide [sic]
any form of military assistance as a
mercenary, not as part of the
deployment by government.”
South Africa bans its nationals from
participating directly in hostilities
for private gain. Georgia, seen as a
major source of mercenaries, has
laws before parliament
criminalising participation in a
broad range of foreign military
activities.
The appearance of foreign private
soldiers comes four months after
Nigeria’s ambassador to the United
States, Ade Adefyue, said
Washington was not helping the
struggle against Boko Haram, and
had failed to share intelligence and
sell Nigeria the weapons it needed.
South African dies
A South African mercenary has been
killed in Borno State where he was
participating in the fight against
Boko Haram.
Leon Lotz, an apartheid-era
Koevoet operative, was reportedly
killed on March 9 in a friendly fire
incident when a Nigerian tank
destroyed the wrong target,
according to Daily Maverick
newspaper.
Lotz is reportedly from KwaZulu-
Natal and was involved in the
support and maintenance of
vehicles used by the Nigerian Army.
According to a Daily Maverick
source, Lotz was working for a
private security company called
Pilgrim Africa Ltd.
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PostSubject: Re: FG hires European mercenaries to fight B’Haram   2015-03-13, 21:09

Very weak govt
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PostSubject: Re: FG hires European mercenaries to fight B’Haram   2015-03-14, 05:09

Weaker than the weakest
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PostSubject: Re: FG hires European mercenaries to fight B’Haram   2015-03-14, 08:09

worse government
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PostSubject: Re: FG hires European mercenaries to fight B’Haram   2015-03-14, 08:32

@sunnyga wrote:
worse government
Hmm, best words
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PostSubject: Re: FG hires European mercenaries to fight B’Haram   2015-03-14, 09:09

u guys u leave d man alone.i beg.u shouls be praying for him to lead us well.do u thing buhari can do beta.u are all shouting for change.was it not how u people shouted dat u want gej.now buhari.just pray dat GOD will be done for this country.do u think all these politicians care for u.there must be hidden agenda y buhari wants to president by force.this is his 3rd attempt if im right.pls take a clue from obj.went he came in.he gatherd men of GOD for prayers.yet.his government to me is d worst.the militaary ang ex military dragged us to where we are now.i dont lije nigeria style of politics.rhey dont play by d rules.so my people lets pray for GOD's will.GOD bless nigeria
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PostSubject: Re: FG hires European mercenaries to fight B’Haram   2015-03-14, 10:07

Well said bro. It's true we are the one shouting 4gej to become president b4 it became it and we are saying we dnt want him anymore.
I belive the reason why GMB wnt to become president by not loosing hope as u said "by force" in ur msg is to correct the uncorrected as we think and even if he didn't do so if luckily he is elected.
There will be changes in govt and new set of ppl will replace somebody like david mark & finace minister & so on.
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PostSubject: Re: FG hires European mercenaries to fight B’Haram   2015-03-14, 10:26

we need change...
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PostSubject: Re: FG hires European mercenaries to fight B’Haram   2015-03-14, 10:39

YES, CHANGE IS THE ANSWER.
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PostSubject: Re: FG hires European mercenaries to fight B’Haram   2015-03-14, 10:48

change?
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PostSubject: Re: FG hires European mercenaries to fight B’Haram   2015-03-14, 11:06

Yeah, change mean GMB
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PostSubject: Re: FG hires European mercenaries to fight B’Haram   2015-03-14, 13:27

@eddyvic wrote:
Yeah, change mean GMB
Yes bro, say baba! say buhari!
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PostSubject: Re: FG hires European mercenaries to fight B’Haram   2015-03-14, 14:17

@OLOBE wrote:
@eddyvic wrote:
Yeah, change mean GMB
Yes bro, say baba! say buhari!
You sabi person
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PostSubject: Re: FG hires European mercenaries to fight B’Haram   2015-03-14, 23:03

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