UK Special Forces Operates Secretly in Nigeria and 18 Other Countries

UK special forces secret operation in Nigeria

UK Special Forces Secret operation in Nigeria and 18 Other Countries, Report Reveals


  • UK Special Forces

  • Covert Operations and Controversy

  • Security Experts Express Concerns

  • The Need for Transparency and Democratic Oversight:

  • Call for Government Response



According to a report published by Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) and highlighted by The Guardian UK, the British Special Air Service (SAS) and other UK special forces have conducted covert operations in Nigeria and 18 other countries over the past 12 years. The revelation has sparked concerns about transparency, democratic oversight, and the breach of national sovereignty. Experts have weighed in on the matter, emphasizing the implications of such operations without prior approval or cooperation from the host countries.



Covert Operations and Controversy:

The report sheds light on the clandestine activities of UK special forces in Algeria, Estonia, France, Oman, Iraq, Kenya, Libya, Mali, Cyprus, Pakistan, Somalia, the Philippines, Russia, Syria, Ukraine, Yemen, and most recently Sudan. It suggests that the Prime Minister and Defense Secretary have authorized deployments even when Britain is not officially at war. This raises questions about the lack of transparency surrounding these operations and the need for democratic oversight.


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Security Experts Express Concerns:

Major Bone Efoziem, a retired security expert, considers the UK special forces’ secret operations a breach of Nigeria’s sovereignty and a reflection of the country’s deficient security architecture. He points out the unauthorized entry of international security personnel into Nigeria, their possession of prohibited weapons, and their operation within the country’s territorial boundaries without identification.


Former spokesperson of the Nigeria Police Force, CP Emmanuel Ojukwu, emphasizes the importance of prior approval, certification, and cooperation between countries for military or paramilitary operations to take place. Without such permission, it could be seen as an act of evasion or even a declaration of war.


Retired Colonel Gbolwole Majekodunmi, an expert from the NDA Regular Course 13, raises concerns about the potential leakage of sensitive military information and the implications it may have for Nigeria. He highlights the possible presence of communication gadgets and internal agents among non-governmental organizations (NGOs) operating in the northeastern region of Nigeria. This could lead to the disclosure of the location of military arsenals, putting Nigeria at risk, especially from neighboring Francophone countries who may exploit this information. The potential leakage of such sensitive intelligence to foreign powers is a grave concern.

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The Need for Transparency and Democratic Oversight:

The revelation of UK special forces operating secretly in multiple countries, including Nigeria, underscores the importance of transparency and democratic oversight in such operations. The lack of prior approval and cooperation with the host countries raises questions about accountability and adherence to international laws and diplomatic protocols. Experts and observers argue that without proper authorization, these operations may not only violate national sovereignty but also potentially escalate tensions and conflicts.


Call for Government Response:

In light of the report, there are calls for the Nigerian government to address the issue and seek clarification from the UK government regarding these covert operations. It is essential for the Nigerian government to ensure that its sovereignty is respected, and the necessary protocols are followed to maintain diplomatic relations between countries. Additionally, experts emphasize the need for stronger security measures and improved intelligence to safeguard Nigeria’s national interests.



The revelation of UK special forces operating clandestinely in Nigeria and other countries has generated significant concern among security experts. The lack of transparency, breach of sovereignty, and potential risks associated with these covert operations underscore the importance of robust democratic oversight and adherence to international laws and protocols. It remains to be seen how both the Nigerian and UK governments will respond to these revelations and address the concerns raised by experts and the public alike.