The United Nations has indicated readiness to partner with the governments of countries in the Lake Chad Basin region with the aim of bringing peace to the area which has been plagued by the Boko Haram crisis.
As a result of the insurgency, a Multinational Joint Task Force, MNJTF, comprising of soldiers from Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger Republic and Chad, was formed in order to ward off the threat.
During a visit to the headquarters of the MNJTF in N’Djamena, Chad, on Saturday, the head of delegation of the United Nations Security Council, Mathew Rycroft, assured that the UN will partner with the Force on ways to ensure lasting peace in the Lake Chad basin.
A statement issued by the Public Information Officer of the MNJTF, Mustapha Anka, quoted the UN envoy as commending the commander of the Force, Lamidi Adeosun for the impressive role being played by the Force.
He urged the taskforce to keep up the impressive record and work harder at achieving its mandate.
Adeosun in his response expressed delight on behalf of the Head of Mission to host the members of the UN Security Council.
“We thanked the members of the Security Council for the honour accorded to MNJTF and interest in the activities of the force to bring Boko Haram Terrorist to their knees in conjunction with the national operations of the member countries of LCBC and Benin.”
According to the statement, the event witnessed a detail brief on the activities of the MNJTF and interactive session.
Also In attendance at the event were the Deputy Force Commander, Moussa Mahamat Djoui, the Chief of Staff, Sayed Badje, some staff of the Lake Chad Basin Commission and Chief of Cells MNJTF.
The visit of the UN envoy coincided with the day that troops of 8 Task Force Division of the Nigerian Army, cleared Boko Haram terrorists at Chikun Gudu, in the northern part of Borno State.
Army spokesman, Sani Usman, a Brigadier General, said in a statement that “the gallant troops neutralized quite a number of the terrorists, while others escaped with gun shot wounds. They also captured gun trucks, arms and ammunition as well as 14 terrorists.”
Sani stated that the troops recovered “2 Toyota Gun trucks stolen from Niger Republic Defence Forces.”
In addition, “2 Toyota Hilux Gun trucks, one of which was taken by the Boko Haram terrorists from 153 Task Force Battalion location sometime back” was also recovered, as well as “a 25 HP Yamaha Outboard Engine, 2 Solar panels and 5 empty Belts of Anti-Aircraft Guns ammunition links.”
“Others include 1 Gun bipod, 12 pairs of Boko Haram terrorists fighters uniform, 5 flags, 37 rounds of 7.62mm (NATO) ammunition, 84 copies of Holy Quran and 270 books on Islamic Literature,” the statement added.
Also, “over 70 motorcycles used by the terrorists to launch attacks, 3 shops stocked with medical supplies, 3 other shops with provisions and 3 wooden boats” were destroyed by the troops.
Usman further stated that “4 of our soldiers were wounded in action and they have evacuated to a medical facility where they are receiving treatment.”