West Africa's Army Chiefs Finalise Plans to Tackle Boko Haram


Nigeria’s defence chief of staff, Gabriel Olonisakin, is currently in Chad Republic to discuss the deployment of 8, 700 strong Multi National Joint Task Force, MNJTF, to confront Boko Haram.The defence headquarters said in a statement that the Chiefs of Defence Staff from the Lake Chad Basin Commission member countries met in N’Djamena to discuss operational plans against the terrorist group.

The meeting, the defence headquarters said, is focused on finalising details of deployment of a joint force to fight Boko Haram which has sworn allegiance to ISIS and has killed hundreds of people through suicide bombings in the last three months.”General Olonisakin has been working round the clock towards actualising the presidential directive to end Boko Haram terrorists activities within three months,” Rabe Abubakar, defence spokesperson said in the statement.

Mr. Abubakar said during the meeting, modalities for the deployment of a joint force to two command posts in Nigeria and Cameroon, were discussed.”Also, officers seconded to the MNJTF in N’Djamena were ordered to report immediately to their post, as operation at the Force Headquarters has commenced,” he said.

Present at the meeting were the Chiefs of Defence Staff from the Lake Chad Basin Commission member countries, MNJTF Commander and other senior military delegates.Member countries of the Lake Chad Basin Commission include Cameroon, Chad, Niger, Nigeria and Benin Republic.

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