- A military operation code – named Operation YANCIN TAFKI has been launched against Boko Haram insurgents in Lake Chad and other African countries
- The operation comprises troops from Cameroon, Chad, Niger Republic and Nigeria
- The aim of the operation is to take the battle to the remaining last hideouts of Boko Haram terrorists
The Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) which comprises troops from Cameroon, Chad, Niger Republic and Nigeria have commenced a military operation code named operation YANCIN TAFKI to defeat Boko Haram insurgents.
In a statement by Colonel Timothy Antigha, chief military public information, MNJTF, the force stated that the operation would take the battle to the remaining last hideouts of the terrorists.
The statement read: "The aim of the operation is to take the battle to the remaining last hideouts of Boko Haram Terrorists within the designated area of responsibility of the MNJTF and subsequently rout the terrorists.
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"It would be recalled that a couple of months ago, a summit of the heads of states and governments of states of the Lake Chad Basin Commission, chaired by President Buhari, met in N’Djamena, Chad, to fine tune bilateral engagements aimed at dealing with the Boko Haram problem.
"This operation is therefore expected to give concrete and far reaching expressions to the resolutions of that summit.
"Furthermore, the MNJTF recognizes the challenges of effective coverage and reportage of a conflict, especially in the age of fake news.
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"The force is confident that the media in the affected countries will remain resolute and committed to professionalism and the common goal of eliminating terrorism in the Lake Chad Basin, as well as the stabilization of the area for the millions of its inhabitants currently displaced."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Major General Chikezie Ude, Field Commander, Multinational Joint Task Force on Boko Haram insurgency, said operations of the team were currently being executed by 10,250 military personnel.
He told some Nigerian journalists in N’djamena, Chad, on Friday, February 8, that the number of the personnel, drawn from Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon, the four countries involved in the task force operations, rose from 7,600 in 2015.
Ude, therefore, said that the operations did not have challenge of personnel, adding that the size of the troops had led to the huge decimation of the insurgents in the Lake Chad Basin.
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