Boko Haram: Nigeria, Chad agree to sustain battle against insurgents
- Nigeria and the Republic of Chad have agreed to continue the offensive against Boko Haram insurgents in both countries
- The Bashir Magashi, the Nigerian minister of defense made the disclosure at a bilateral meeting of ministers of defence of the two countries in Abuja
- The minister stated that there is need to sustain the tempo against the terrorists with a view to ending Boko Haram insurgency
Nigeria and the Republic of Chad have agreed to continue the military offensive against Boko Haram insurgents in both countries.
The Bashir Magashi, the Nigerian minister of defense made the disclosure at a bilateral meeting of ministers of defence of the two countries in Abuja on Thursday, April 9, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
The minister said the multi-national joint task force established by both countries has unleashed deadly blow on the Boko Haram fighters.
Magashi stated that there was a need to sustain the tempo to end Boko Haram insurgency.
Meanwhile, Idriss Deby, the Chadian president, has called on the Boko Haram’s factional leader, Abubakar Shekau, to surrender or be killed inside his Dikoa hideout.
Daily Trust reports that this was coming days after President Deby led the Chadian Army in an offensive against the terrorists which saw about 100 of them killed.
Legit.ng gathered that in a state broadcast to his countrymen, Deby who spoke in French said that Shekau has the chance to surrender now or risk being smoked out of his hideout in Dikoa, warning that the Boko Haram leader would be killed the same way some of his commanders were killed.
Boko Haram terrorists had recently ambushed Chadian troops, killing about 92 soldiers during the raid. President Deby, who said he would not accept defeat, launched Operation Wrath of Bomo to avenge the death of his men.
The operation, which was named after the town where the Chadian soldiers were killed, commenced on Thursday, April 2.
It also had the president leading his armed forces to battle the terrorists at Kelkoua bank and Magumeri where they destroyed several Boko Haram bunkers, recovered cache of arms and arrested a top Boko Haram commander.
It was gathered that the Chadian troops allegedly set free some Nigerian soldiers held captive by terrorists at Magumeri, a local government in the northern Borno state.
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Reports said the Chadian troops dealt the terrorists massive blow and had advanced into neighbouring countries with a vow to destroy them completely in few days.
In another report, Nigerian troops of 3 Battalion/Quick Response Force Army Super Camp 11 Gamboru in Borno state on targeted patrol recently repelled an attack by Boko Haram/ISWAP elements.
This was revealed in a statement sent to journalists on Wednesday, April 6 by the acting director, Defence Media Operations, Brigadier-General Benard Onyeuko.
According to the statement, the troops had yet another fierce encounter with some Boko Haram/ISWAP marauders in a convoy of seven gun trucks and many motorcycles approaching the Battalion's location at about 6 pm on Tuesday, April 7.
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