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Nigeria ignored intel on Boko Haram, says S’African mercenary group

Nigeria ignored intel on Boko Haram, says S’African mercenary group
November 25
23:41 2018
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Specialised Tasks, Training, Equipment and Protection International (STTEP), a South African mercenary company, says President Muhammadu Buhari rejected intelligence warnings about operations of Boko Haram in Borno state.

STTEP was employed by former president Goodluck Jonathan in January 2015 to assist the Nigerian army in the war against the insurgents.

In a Facebook post on Sunday, Eeben Barlow, STTEP chairman, said Nigerian soldiers have been reaching out for help since his company’s services were terminated.

Barlow is speaking out in the wake of the deadly killing of Nigerian soldiers by Boko Haram insurgents.

The latest attack in Melete village, Borno, is believed to have led to the death of no less than 100 soldiers.

Weighing in on the development, Barlow said Buhari’s administration did not allow his company to complete the objective of “degrading and destroying” Boko Haram in Borno.

He wrote: “There is, in a purely military sense, no such thing as a ‘technical defeat’—something the President, as an ex-military man ought to know. Sadly, he also chose to make the successes of 7 Infantry Division and 72 Mobile Strike Force (MSF) his own, when it wasn’t.

“President Buhari and his team were, however, part of the political leader group that led the vocal charge about STTEP’s presence in Nigeria. Indeed, they made it known that the company’s presence would not be tolerated under his office.

“The initial 3-phase campaign strategy (known as ‘Operational Anvil’) to degrade and destroy BH in Borno State, was rejected by his advisors.

“Many of the men we trained as part of 72 Mobile Strike Force have remained in contact with us (STTEP), pleading for our return to Nigeria. They have also told us that they have been used to a point of exhaustion.

“Prior to, and following our departure from Nigeria, we issued numerous intelligence warnings to his government. These intelligence warnings were all rejected in favour of a false belief. Neighbouring countries were advised not to listen to us as it was claimed to be a cheap attempt to ‘get a contract’. Chad, Cameroon and Niger are now also reaping the benefits of rejecting intelligence in favour of an agenda-driven narrative.”

In a statement released on Saturday by his media team, the president described the attack as a national tragedy and warned Nigerians against politicising it.

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6 Comments

  1. facts
    facts November 26, 01:12

    this comment isn’t out of concern but anger at a terminated multi billion dollar business contract . i think this boko haram matter goes beyond mercenary deployment

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    • Lars
      Lars November 26, 17:42

      Multi billion dollar contract…….do you have evidence to back up your assertions or not ?

      In your professional opinion – I assume you are a military man judging by your statement, what would be the best solution to this crisis ?

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    • Mazi
      Mazi November 26, 21:57

      If you knew anything about Eeben Barlow, you would swallow your words in shame.

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  2. Naija Watchman
    Naija Watchman November 26, 17:28

    Possibly they are working for Boko Haram to force the hand of govt to re engage them

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    • Tj
      Tj November 27, 01:54

      How would you say something like that? Was Boko Haram not in existence before their services were sorted for?
      For your information, the most success we recorded in this war was when these guys were around. Take it or leave it!

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    • Lars
      Lars November 27, 12:48

      I think you have been watching too many low-budget movies…..get real please. make informed comments or else refrain from making ridiculous statements

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