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OPINION: How To Prevent ESN, Unknown Gunmen, Bandits And Jihadists From Attacking Military Bases

Southeast Nigeria has seen an upsurge in attacks targeting security forces in violence that officials blame on the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), a separatist group seeking independence of the indigenous Igbo people.

Northeast fares no better as the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) group that split from the Boko Haram movement in 2016 has become a dominant threat in the region, attacking soldiers and military bases.

The Northwest is also joining in on the trend with the Nigerian military reportedly shutting down its camp and evacuating its soldiers from the Zagzaga community in the Munya local government area of Niger state on 22nd April, 2021, over bandits incessant attacks.

This incessant attacks on military bases in Nigeria underscores the precarious security situation in the country.

Military bases, whether temporary or permanent, require extra protection and vigilance. Enemy incursion or terrorist attack are just some of the threats a military security system must detect early enough to protect assets, supply lines and troops.

A military base located in a conflict zone and neighbouring with a village or a small town is vulnerable to unsuspected terrorist attacks and as such, military bases are high-value targets which need special protection.

Way Forward

Every military base and police stations in the country should be protected by a complex integrated security system consisting of different CCTV, radars, electro-optical and other security equipment. 

Below is a diagram illustrating how a military base should be protected;

The Unattended Ground Sensor (In green cirlces in the diagram) should be deployed to monitor blind spots and provide covert and concealed protection of approach routes.

The UGS sensors (Pictured above) offers wireless, modular and scalable sensor solutions able to detect, classify and identify threats moving in critical areas and infrastructures.

A unique mechanism of day/night settings applied in UGS allows avoiding nuisance alarms on a human during daytime and activates automatically for night hours while all personnel is sleeping. Sensors alert on foot-born intruders approaching the base.

This security system is good for the protection of remotely located military bases.

The U.S. military has used unattended ground sensors in one form or another since 1966. Tens of thousands of UGSs have been emplaced around Afghanistan and Iraq, forming electronic perimeters around combat outposts and keeping tabs on remote locations. It's a way to monitor the largest possible area with the smallest number of troops.

The Nigerian military and the police can also benefit greatly from wireless communication between the system components, operating in a self-configuring mesh network.

Military bases in conflict regions are of high strategic and tactical importance during military missions. They are the stepping stone from which further operations are conducted, they run the supply lines and provide support, shelter, health care facilities and infrastructure, therefore they need maximum protection.

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ESN Igbo Nigeria Northeast West Africa Province

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