Troops of the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) have been urged to be on high alert in order to check the activities of Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists.
The Force Commander, MNJTF, Major General Abdul Khalifah Ibrahim, gave the charge when he visited troops at the Forward Operating Base at Mallam FATORI and Headquarters 5 Brigade at Damasak in Borno State.
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He congratulated the troops for their operational successes by dislodging their camps and denying the terrorists freedom of action within their areas of operations.
The Chief of Military Public Information, HQ MNJTF, N’djamena Chad, Colonel Muhammad Dole, in a statement while quoting the commanders said the formation and unit have won several tactical victories against the BHT/ISWAP insurgents in their previous encounters.
“This has paved the way for the resettlement and relocation of Internal Displaced Persons (IDPs) and refugees to their ancestral homes.”
“He commended the conduct and content of the briefings which covered operational activities, achievements and challenges of both FOB Mallam Fatori and HQ 5 Brigade Damasak.
“He reminded them that operations remains the best test of a troop’s fighting spirit, hence good training and physical skills are essential elements in the life of a soldier and he reassured the troops that MNJTF HQ will reinforce their operational capacities with equipment and other essential materials, which will improve surveillance and tactical manoeuvre in the fields.
“The force commander cautioned troops on the misuse of social media which does more harm than good and can also be a source of intelligence on the activities and movements of the troops to terrorists.”
The statement added, “The commander said he was impressed with the conduct of discipline and display of determination by the troops to fight Boko Haram terrorists.
“He however, urged them to remain on high alert and cautious so that they can swiftly end BHT/ISWAP terrorists madness and return safely home.
“He advocated collective efforts in mitigating regional security challenges citing Liberia and Sierra Leon as case studies, in which Nigeria mobilised resources and member states of West African region to combat rebellions and ultimately facilitated the installation of democratic governments in those countries.
“He added that, good neighbourliness is a prerequisite for peace and stability, thus Nigeria will continue to cooperate with her neighbours to defeat insurgency and restore normalcy in Lake Chad region.”