Nigeria redeploys troops to Lake Chad region
Nigerian chief of Army Staff Yusuf Buratai
ABUJA, Oct. 31 (AltAfrika)-Nigeria has redeployed troops to the Lake Chad region to flush out remnants of the Boko Haram terror group, army chief Tukur Buratai said Tuesday.
The troops would operate particularly within the Lake Chad islands and its surrounding areas, Buratai said.
“Boko Haram remnants which are virtually within the border areas of our neighboring countries would have to be properly identified and flushed out in a joint effort,” the army chief told reporters. “This is a task that we must ensure is accomplished.”
Despite the heavy presence of multinational security forces from Lake Chad Basin countries, including Chad and Cameroon, Boko Haram continues its senseless killings in the region.
Nigeria has made considerable gains against the terror group, dislodging Boko Haram fighters from the Sambisa Forest, the group’s largest training camp in the country, early this year.
Boko Haram has been blamed for the death of more than 20,000 people and displacing of 2.3 million others in Nigeria since 2009