MNJTF Commander Assures Of Securing Lake Chad Basin


*lauds troops doggedness, successes recorded

By; SADIQ ABUBAKAR, MaiduguriThe Force Commander (FC) Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), Maj Gen Abdul Khalifah Ibrahim accompanied by the Deputy Force Commander (DFC), Brig Gen Assoualai Blama and other senior officers  of MNJTF  have paid an operational visit to Headquarters MNJTF Sector 1 Mora, Cameroon Republic  on Tuesday.

The Commander Sector 1 thanked the FC for providing a conducive environment for the sector to function effectively to achieve the mandate of the MNJTF. 
He assured the FC of the total commitment of the Sector to take the war to the insurgents even much more than before, as plans were already underway to end their menace. 
The FC  was briefed on detailed  activities of the Sector  including operations, achievements and challenges. 
Responding,  the Force  Commander, Maj. Gen. Khalifah Ibrahim Abdul  thanked the Sector 1 Commander,  MNJTF and  said  that his visit was  to formally introduce the newly posted officers  in DFC,  MNJTF to the sector.
He praised   the successes recorded in recent times by the sector,  while commending them for their professionalism and doggedness. 
General Khalifah expressed satisfaction with the level of troops dedication to duty, while  urging them to do more.
The MNJTF  Commander added  that his leadership reflects in the overall troops performance and aggressive posture, while thanking the Republic of Cameroon for their support towards the fight against terrorists activities. 
Medals  and  souvenirs were   presented  to the  officers who participated in the last Operation Lake Sanity. 
In another development,  as part of the operational visit to MNJTF Sector 1, the Force Commander accompanied by the Commander Sector 1, his Chief of Staff and other senior officers  paid an operational visit to the MNJTF Stabilization Forward Operation Base (FOB) in Kirawa, where he was received by the Commander 26 Task Force Brigade, Brig Gen DR Dantani alongside the MNJTF FOB Commander, Capt Lyon.
The FC was  briefed on the operations, successes recorded as well as the challenges of the brigade command,  including  achievements recorded  on the return of about 10,000 refugees  who were formerly in Cameroon Republic  from internally displaced  persons (IDPs) camps  in Maiduguri city and other places back  to their ancestral  community/home in Kirawa.
The Brigade Task Force Commander further explained to the MNJTF Commander that some items were  captured  which  include over 500 bicycles belonging to Boko Haram, 15 X AK 47 rifles, hundreds of assorted ammunition including  7.62mm special rounds, as well as the recovery of hundreds of cattle rustled by the Boko Haram criminals which were returned to their various owners in Cameroon and Nigeria.

Responding, the Force  Commander appreciated the efforts of the FOB Stabilization Force on the achievements recorded which has enabled the refugees to return to their various homes and allowed economic activities to thrive in his area of responsibilities.
According to the FC, the deployment of the MNJTF FOB Stabilization Force to the area and the  remarkable synergy and cooperation with troops of Operation Hadin Kai has denied the Boko Haram /ISWAP terrorists the use of the areas as a mobility corridor to ferry supplies to  their men.
 He promised to address the challenges presented to him as quickly as possible to improve their combat efficiency and urged them to work closely with troops of Operation Hadin Kai before addressing  the Kirawa community that were  led by the District Head, Mallam Abdulraham  Abubakar.
 Hon Lawal who spoke on behalf of the community  appreciated  the efforts put in place by the MNJTF  and Operation Hadin Kai troops to ensure total eradication of the terrorists activities in the area while revealing  that normalcy is gradually returning to the community as economic activities had picked up and farming activities had flourished.
 He  also said farmers had cultivated their lands spanning over 14km of land which was hitherto not possible and they are expecting a bumper harvest this year, the first time in over 9 years. 
Lawal  thanked  the government of Borno State for  its support to the community while soliciting  for more support to the community and to the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) complementing the efforts of  the military. 
The FC  appreciated the members of the Kirawa community for their cooperation with the troops and  enjoined them to provide timely information to troops in order to keep them secured and protect their community effectively while  assuring  them of continuous commitment of the MNJTF to bring lasting peace to the community and the entire Lake Chad Basin region. 


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