The first commander to lead troops on offensive in Somalia almost a decade ago, Brigadier Jeff Nyagah, has been deployed back into the war-torn country.
Born in Loitokitok, Kajiado District, Nyagah was the Commanding Officer of the first KDF unit to ever cross the border in pursuit of the Al-Shabaab militia.
On 16 October 2011, 1Kenya Rifles (1KR) launched a military offensive against Al-Shabaab across the border called Operation ‘Linda Nchi’. The unit was then commanded by Nyagah, who was then a Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col).
The operation against Al-Shabaab was so prompt and vicious against the militia, catching the group unawares. Nyagah’s unit destroyed the terror group, pacifying major towns from Dhobley, Tabda, Hosingow, Belesc Qocani, Xayo, all the way to Afmadow.
The operations made huge gains against the Al-Shabaab, prompting the group to place a bounty on his head, in a desperate move to scare or even kill him.
In a statement to Al Jazeera in December 2012, the Kenyan military spokesman then Colonel Cyrus Oguna confirmed the intelligence reports that Al-Shabaab had offered $8,000 for his death.
Nyagah recounted his experiences in Somalia to Daily Nation newspaper in 2019. He narrated how he led his troops to many victories that led to the capture of Al-Shabaab’s strongholds.
More Nyagah’s exploits have been captured in major KDF publications that include ‘Majeshi Yetu’ and ‘The Soldier’s Legacy-Army Book’, found in leading bookshops.
KDF through their social media pages yesterday 26th February, announced that Brigadier Nyagah had been returned to Somalia, taking over Sector II command from the outgoing commander Brigadier Paul Njema.
The incoming Commander Brigadier Nyagah will oversee the operations of the 10th AMISOM KDF contingent.
A ceremony to mark the change of command took place at the AMISOM Sector II Headquarters in Dhobley.