Multinational Joint Task Forces from Chad and Cameroon have arrived in Borno State to support an ongoing offensive against insurgents in Nigerias Northeast and Lake Chad Basin.
Since 2009, Boko Haram insurgents and lately Islamic State West Africa Province have waged a bloody insurgency that has led to over 30,000 deaths and displacement of more than 2.3 million people in the region.
Dandal Kura Radio International learnt that the arrival of the transnational forces supported with heavy and light weapon systems would boost the morale of troops currently conducting an operation in the dreaded Alagarno Forest-Timbuktu triangle area.
The operation Tura Takai Bango, a subsidiary of the Counter Insurgency Operation Lafiya Dole and the first offensive in 2021 is leveraging on improved mobility associated with the dry season and injection of combat capabilities such as ST-1 fire support vehicle armed with a 105mm gun and the SH5 self-propelled artillery vehicle armed with a 155mm howitzer.
The multinational forces are expected to strengthen Nigerian troops in northern, southern and central Borno, considered as the epicentre of the insurgency.
The Governor of Borno State Babagana Umara Zulum in 2020 recommended that the Federal Government seek the support of neighbours, especially the governments of Chad, Cameroon and Niger Republic, in clearing the remnants of Boko Haram hiding in the Lake Chad region.
Chad, Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Benin Republic have deployed troops and equipment to MNJTF headquarters in NDjamena and sectional headquarters in Bagasola in Chad, Baga in Nigeria, Diffa in Niger and Mora in Cameroon.