200 Cameroonian troops join Nigerian Army to fight B’Haram
London, Feb. 6, 2018 (AltAfrika)-The Nigerian Army has incorporated some Cameroonian troops into its operation to complement the ongoing efforts by the Operation Lafiya Dole to contain the Boko Haram insurgency.
The army said the troops, numbering more than 200 soldiers, seconded by the Cameroonian Defence Forces, were received on Sunday by the Theatre Command in Gwoza.
The attack, which occurred on Sunday, reportedly lasted more than an hour.
It was learnt that about 15 Boko Haram terrorists invaded the area and shot sporadically as they razed houses.
According to a member of a vigilance group in the community, the insurgents “came around 8pm on Sunday. On their arrival, they opened fire on us. There was panic in the area as everyone fled into the bush. Three elderly persons were burnt to death and seven persons sustained gunshot injuries.”
A resident, who gave his name only as Aminu, said the insurgents carted away foodstuffs and livestock before they set the houses ablaze.
According to a statement by the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations and the Operation Lafiya Dole’s spokesperson, Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, the Cameroonian troops will engage the Boko Haram terrorists mainly at the border areas between Nigeria and Cameroon.
The Theatre Commander, Maj.Gen. Rogers Nicholas, said the troops “must exhibit discipline and professionalism in the discharge of their assigned duties. They must also comply with instructions which will facilitate the defeat of the insurgents sooner than expected.”
The army noted that 26 Boko Haram insurgents had surrendered to the troops in the Damboa area of southern Borno.