By Gom Mirian, Abuja
The Chadian authorities and Niger Republic in collaboration with Nigeria have unveiled a massive joint offensive clearance operation to totally curb out terrorists activities in the country.
The Acting Director, Defence Media Operations, DHQ, Brigadier General Bernard Onyeuko, who made the disclosure in a statement on Thursday, in Abuja, said the joint operation would dislodge and completely rid the the Island of Lake Chad of any form of terrorism.
According to him, the troops to be engaged in the operation were sectors 2 Multi-National Joint Task Force of the Chad Republic, sector 4 Multi- National Task Force from Niger Republic and sectors 3 Multi- National joint Task Forces of Nigeria respectively.
“The Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) have launched a coordinated joint offensive to dislodge and completely rid the Islands (Tunbuns) of Lake Chad of any Boko Haram/ Islamic State West Africa Province presence and activities.
” The troops involved in this massive operation are the Sector 2 MNJTF (Chad Republic), Sector 3 MNJTF (Nigeria) and Sector 4 MNJTF (Niger Republic)”. He stated.
Onyeuko stated that the joint operation has become imperative as terrorists turned to take advantage as the world’s turns to focus more to the coronavirus pandemic to plan cowardly attack soft and hard targets on troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE in the North East region.
” It would be recalled that following the sustained onslaught and decimation of the Boko Haram/Islamic State’s West Africa Province’ elements by the troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE, the criminal insurgents retreated into the Tumbuns of the Lake Chad from where they plan and cowardly attack soft and hard targets.
“These heinous acts necessitated the contiguous nations of the Lake Chad basin to jointly launch this massive onslaught on the terrorists across the common borders extending into the Northern Tumbuns of the Lake Chad Basin in Nigeria. Aside from the Combined operations, troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE are equally engaged in the conduct of simultaneous blocking operations aimed at decimating those criminal insurgents who are escaping the onslaught at the Lake Chad general area”, the statement read.
He further called on the general public not to hesitate providing any credible information regarding terrorists movement in the region to aid military operations in the area.