SPEARFISH OVERWATCH

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Overwatch gives you a scaleable and flexible package to support travellers in complex environments. It allows organisations to meet their Duty of Care to their staff

Spearfish Overwatch is becoming one of the fastest growing areas of our business. We understand that when you plan a trip for yourself or your team you may require more than one service. At its core Overwatch provides peace of mind to the traveller before and during their visit in a scalable and flexible manner. This way we are on stand by ready to give you access to the tools and on the ground expertise and knowledge if and when you require it.  

When you are planning your visit Overwatch can provide you with a Trip Risk Assessment. before you fly. To ensure that assessments are as accurate, reliable and timely as possible, the Spearfish team draw upon a network of vetted local contacts, and employ social media scanning software and commercial intelligence sources. In addition, pre-travel briefs are then delivered to help prepare travellers for their trip. These assessments also provide approved hotel, personal security tips tailored to each location, and airport arrival guidance.  

On the day of your departure you will be introduced to one of our Regional Security Advisors, usually via a messaging app which is also monitored by our UK team in Winchester. This keeps travellers informed of security incidents in their vicinity, allowing them to access immediate advice. We scan thousands of live social media reports, monitor local media and liaise with a network of local contacts, alerting travellers as and when necessary. 

In emergencies, Spearfish Overwatch can quickly locate the traveller, and respond accordingly. Our Senior Security Advisors and RSA’s provide initial crisis response until the client team is ready to join the proceedings. We are on stand-by, ready to support any welfare or logistical issues you may have. 

CASE STUDY 1

Whilst in country a client contacted our UK Overwatch team to assist in resolving some urgent logistical issues. The Regional Security Advisor was immediately informed and within the hour had been in contact with the client and was able to book her a vetted hotel and driver.

CASE STUDY 2

During a client’s recent visit to Abuja Islamic Movement of Nigeria ( IMN) protests broke out. Our local team’s expertise meant they were able to inform our client in real time and ramp up support to make sure that their welfare and duty of care was met.

Our pricing structure for our Overwatch is as follows;  

  • TRIP RISK ASSESSMENTS £250  

  • OVERWATCH £50 per day per group 

  • SECURITY PLANNING/ PROTECTIVE SERVICES - quoted on a per mission basis. 

To discuss Overwatch or any of our services please contact us at andymunro@spear-fish.com or here. 

Spearfish Implement Induction training in Sokoto, Nigeria

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An Induction/Orientation indoor training anchored by SSO Sokoto. The training was more of discussion with just about 12 staff in attendance.

Where the Spearfish West Africa Security Risk Management Team was introduced to staff and how far we intend to go in managing/mitigating the risk associated with the context they work in. At present, Sokoto is bedeviled with threats of armed banditry, abduction/kidnap, herdsmen attack etc.

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NAIROBI HEAT COURSE - 23rd -25th July, 2019

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OUR COURSES ARE ABOUT EMPOWERING THE INDIVIDUAL TO HELP THEM OPERATE IN HIGH RISK ENVIRONMENTS.

COURSE PRICE £995 PER PERSON

ACCOMMODATION & TRANSPORT CAN BE ARRANGED ON REQUEST

KENYA’S COMPLEX AND SOMETIMES VOLATILE LANDSCAPE PRESENTS A RANGE OF RISKS THAT CAN THREATEN THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF PERSONNEL. THIS COURSE GIVES AN AWARENESS AND UNDERSTANDING OF THE THREATS AND PROVIDES STUDENTS WITH THESES SKILLS TO RECOGNISE, ASSESS AND MITIGATE THOSE RISKS.

DAYS 1 & 2 ARE A MIX OF THEORY & PRACTICAL DEMONSTRATION COVERING THE FOLLOWING;

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WE BELIEVE THAT PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE IS THE BEST WAY TO LEARN.

ON DAY 3 THE STUDENTS USE WHAT THEY HAVE LEARNT AND ARE PUT THROUGH A SERIES OF SCENARIOS AND PRACTICAL SITUATIONS.

Spearfish West Africa leads on essential Security Awareness Training travelling to clients in the field

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We offer Security Awareness Training across the globe as well as UK. Our team of experienced trainers and Regional Security Advisors come to your offices and depending on your requirements can spend 1/2 day or a full day with your team.

Yesterday, Neal Peckham, our Nigeria Security Manager, took one of Nigeria based clients through the Bi-Annual Security Awareness Training session.

The purpose of this training is to educate staff on the current security situation in their environment, to refresh their memories on personal security awareness and equip them to develop new techniques and methods that are essential when facing possible security issues both during and after working hours.

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This refresher training is part our clients security management strategy in meeting Duty of Care obligations to its staff whilst coincidentally evidencing commitment to safety and security to their respective clients.

As a result of this training, staff should be better equipped to identify indicators to potential threats in their work and home environments, to quickly assess clear and present threats and to respond appropriately.

Other topics addressed included health and safety management in the office environment, fire prevention and response drills and information on defensive driving.




Armed Opposition Group Attacks - Borno State, Nigeria

THE SITUATION

The Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP), a splinter of Boko Haram (BH), is growing in power and influence. In December 2018, ISWAP overran a major military base in Baga, on the shores of Lake Chad, which the Nigerian army had previously recaptured in February 2015. Although on 21 February 2019 the Multi-National Joint Task Force[i][1] (MNJTF) launched Operation ‘Yancin Tafki’, aimed at “making islands and other settlements in Lake Chad untenable for Boko Haram Terrorists”, there is no evidence that forces have since retaken Baga. It is therefore a reasonable assumption that Baga is, for now, the de facto ‘capital of the caliphate’ from which ISWAP is mounting its operations.

From its territorial base of Lake Chad, ISWAP is waging a guerrilla war across north-eastern Nigeria, southern Niger and elsewhere on the lake’s periphery. By filling gaps in governance and service delivery, it has cultivated support among local civilians and has turned neglected communities into a source of economic support.

ISWAP’s approach also appears to have paid dividends in terms of recruitment and support and is currently estimated to have 3,500-5,000 members. In contrast, BH is estimated to have roughly 1,500-2,000 fighters.

During the past eight weeks there has been a significant increase in ISWAP’s operational tempo in Borno State. This chimes with an uptick in rhetoric from ISIS regarding the establishment of a caliphate on the African continent, a thematic trail uniting the insurgent campaigns in Mali, Burkina Faso and NE Nigeria, and early indications of new ISIS campaigns beginning in eastern DRC and Mozambique.

On 26 April there was a significant attack in southern Borno in which a military Forward Operating Base (FOB) at Mararaba Kimba (31 km NE of Biu) was overrun by a large insurgent force. The security forces had to withdraw in the face of overwhelming opposition, losing both manpower and equipment in the process.

ASSESSMENT

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ISWAP earlier this year in Borno

The scale, tempo and possibly the geographical range of ISWAP operations will continue to grow as they recruit (both seasoned fighters[2] and local recruits) and increase their military inventory at the security forces’ expense.  Although Nigerian and MNJTF forces look to be well resourced with both weapon systems and logistical support, they appear unable to withstand the ferocity of ISWAP assaults.

Despite total air superiority, security forces appear unable to dominate the hinterland between their bases, giving ISWAP almost complete freedom of manoeuvre between and around the FOBs.

In southern Borno, the fact that attacks on Mararaba Kimba and Delwa were highly mobile, attackers were reportedly using at least 15 gun trucks, and that their successes were subsequently reported on the Amaq news site[3], all lend credence to there being an ISWAP combat team operating south of the Damaturu-Maiduguri road.  Use of multi-media platforms continues to be a key part of the campaign strategy for both sides in efforts to influence a broad range of stakeholders. At this moment, ISIS messaging appears to have the lead over the Nigerian Government and the military.

SPEARFISH RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Ensure compliance with your organisation’s journey management procedures.

  • Seek the latest situation report from local contacts immediately prior to travel.

  • Remain alert to and report any changes in the local security environment.

  • Carry identification documents at all time.

  • Cooperate with security forces if you encounter them.

IMPACT

  • Access into Borno State will remain extremely limited whilst the risk level remains EXTREME.

  • Access along the Maiduguri-Damaturu road will be disrupted when military ‘cordon and search’ operations are under way. Use of the road will be constantly reviewed against the risk of BH attacks in the vicinity of the route.

  • Operational delivery in Yobe State may be disrupted, with security related constraints applied by the SRMT in response to Boko Haram activity in specific border LGAs.

INCIDENTS in MAY & June

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MAY

During May ISWAP conducted significant attacks against security force FOBs in Magumeri (3 May), Ganjigana (10 May) and Gubio (20 May), all located between 40 and 80kms from, and generally North West of Maiduguri. In each case the bases were overrun, ISWAP took what stores, ammunition and equipment they found useful and destroyed the rest.

To the south of Maiduguri, ISWAP reported killing 15 troops in an ambush on a convoy near Sabon Gari (35km NE of Biu) and supported the news on Amaq with photographic evidence. Despite this, the Army denied the incident, branding it fake news.

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JUNE

At the beginning of June ISWAP conducted multiple attacks on military FOBs. On 1 June, Dalwa, 25km south of Maiduguri, was attacked and overrun, with the subsequent loss of military manpower, supplies, ammunition and equipment.  Reportedly, the assault was launched from Alagarno forest in Damboa LGA using four Armoured Personnel Carriers and 12 x gun trucks.

Having overrun the base, the insurgents reportedly destroyed a T55 tank and commandeered 2 x gun trucks, a troop-carrying lorry, one armoured personnel carrier, a mortar and a large quantity of ammunition. The Army reoccupied the base with reinforcements from Maiduguri after ISWAP had left.

In what appeared to be a concurrently timed attack on the evening of Saturday 1 June, ISWAP launched an attack against security forces in Dikwa, 83km East North East of Maiduguri. Although this attack was unsuccessful in dislodging the military, subsequent attacks against Marte and Kirenowa, north of Dikwa, both succeeded in overrunning the FOBs. ISWAP subsequently claimed fourteen Nigerian soldiers killed, six vehicles and four armoured vehicles destroyed and two vehicles captured. Although there is no clarification from military sources, it is reported that escaping troops made their way from Marte to Dikwa, whilst large numbers of displaced civilians also fled to Maiduguri.

On 12 June ISWAP attacked a military FOB in Kareto in the North Western part of Borno. only 16km from the border with Yobe State. In a statement published in Amaq, ISWAP claimed 20 soldiers, including the commanding officer, were killed and a tank and a Shilka ZSU-23-4[4] were destroyed. ISWAP also stated they captured 7 4x4 vehicles and burned the base, then "withdrew safely".

Despite the presence of an ISWAP force in that area being freely reported by various media sources, it appears that the security forces were unable to mount an effective military response as ISWAP then went on to attack Damasak, 22km North of Kareto, on 15 June.

Although BH remained relatively inactive over the reporting period, on 16 June they demonstrated their continuing capability to mount an attack by sending in three suicide bombers to the village of Mandarari, near Konduga. This attack targeted a sports venue and associated catering stalls, reportedly killing at least 30 and injuring more than 40 civilians.

Footnotes

[1] The MNJTF comprises troops from Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon.

[2] There is evidence that ISIS fighters have joined up with ISWAP having migrated from failed ISIS campaigns in the Middle East.

[3] Amaq is reportedly the ISIS official new outlet

[4] The ZSU-23-4 is a Russian made tracked anti-aircraft platform.