The news of the”premeditated” attack revebrates around the world. Nigeria’s action is a gift to France, the perfect rationale to execute its Libyan style demolition of Nigeria, only this time without NATO. The French President condemns in the strongest term the unprovoked invasion of its ally and calls for a United Nation Security Council Resolution on Nigeria.
The Nigerian government dismisses French allegation of invasion. Nigerian boots are not in Chadian territory, how can this be an invasion? The Nigerian government says it preempted an attack, hence acted in self defence and is ready to provide evidence to the United Nations. Nigeria points to the presence of two French Frigates off the West African coast as provocative and promises to provide satellite imagery that shows the build up of military hardware and movement of troops along Nigeria’s.
France urges the Chadian Army not to respond to the attacks just yet. In painting Nigeria as the aggressor Paris hopes the Nigerian military would hold off further attacks, buying France valuable time to deploy enough forces to the region.
Chadian passivity worries Nigeria’s military planners. Why isn’t Chad taking steps to retaliate or defend against further attacks.
As the diplomatic fallout of Nigeria’s action continues, France begins deploying two fighter squadrons into Chad and South Western Cameroon. The Carrier Battle Group Charles d Gaulle position themselves 400 nautical off the Coast of Nigeria. Defensive systems and and cruise missile deploy with these force.
29 October 2020.
In the early morning of October 29, France launches between 10 and 15 MdCN cruise missiles at the National Space Research and Development Agency NASRDA in Abuja. The strike took out the Satellite control Station, the administrative complex and Research station. The missiles were fired form two French Warships operating off the coast of Gabon- FREMM Provenve and FREMM Aquitaine.
The missiles hit their mark. The entire complex is obliterated, leaving Nigeria at the mercy of French missiles. Death count : 700. Among them, 12 Chinese engineers.
China is furious. The Chinese Foreign Ministry issues a statement condemning attack in the strongest possible term.
We condemn all unilateral military action and the missile strike by French warships against our strategic Allyson the region, Nigeria and call for French naval vessels to leave the West African coast.
In the wake of the attack launches a land invasion with 5 divisions of armour and 20,0000 soldiers. The size and capability far out match the defending Chadian army. To protect French interest in the region, the French president orders his military to assist Chad. The military task is to stop the Nigerian advance.
Anticipating French intervention, Nigeria bought stealthy cruise missiles with 1,000 NM range from China.
A Nigerian Air Force ATR-42 Surveillance plane from the 1sr Reconnaisance Squadron locates two French Warships transiting the coast of Gabon. With the loss of its satellite tracking and command station Nigeria relies on its fleet of airborne and surveillance aircrafts equipped with long wavelength and surface radars. As Nigeria’s air defense asset the ATR-42 can detect, identify and track ground and shipborne targets far from Nigeria’s coast. When a target or threat is located the surveillance plane provide direct information needed for interdiction and ground units.
80 Multiple Launch Rocket Artillery augmented by over 100 artillery guns and howitzer with enough range open fire with a massuve barrage that saw over 80 Muktiole Launch Rocket Systems and 200 Artillery guns firing along an area 8.5 miles long. Thats one artillery round every 15 feet, As many as 800 shells wee fired in the first 30 minutes.
The French radar operator aboard the FREM Aquitaine screamed – multiple incoming in confusion. The incoming projectiles presented a different signature from those expected. Surely these were not cruise missiles…..
The simultaneous arrival of hundreds 122mm rocket projectiles and 155 high explosive howitzer shells confuses the air defence radar, as a result a third of the projectiles hit their mark.
French casualties are high. Television crews transmit pictures of French crews trying to put out a fire caused by exploding shells. The shells also cripple the Provene. Two French Frigates are crippled off the West African coast.
In the wake of the attack Nigeria’s president requests that the full resource of the nation be mobilised fully for war. With the successful attack on French ships Nigeria was under no illusion. It was in a state of war with a European power.
The Nigerian Navy deploys its flagship NNS Thunder and NNS Okpabana to the gulf of guinea. These ships were deplpyed because of their anti submarine warfare capabilities. The Anti submarine warfare capable AW101 helicopters are deployed to patrol the coasts for enemy submarines.
To be continued.