The Nigerian Army said it will launch “Operation Last Hold” in Borno North and Lake Chad Region to restore socio-economic activities in the areas, as well as to fast track return of Internally Displaced Persons.

The Chief of Training and Operations, Major-General David Ahmad, announced this operation on Friday at a news conference.

Ahmadu said 'Last Hold', which would commence on May 1 and last for four months, was intended to facilitate the clearance of the Lake Chad waterways of sea weeds and other obstacles obstructing the movement of boats and people across the water channels.

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“It will also ensure the destruction of Boko Haram terrorist camps and strong points in the Lake Chad Basin. The operation will facilitate the rescue of hostages.

“The operational end-state of Operation LAST HOLD is the total defeat of the Boko Haram Terrorist Sect.

“Strategically, the conduct of Operation LAST HOLD will facilitate the restoration of fishing, farming and other economic activities in the Lake Chad Basin.

“Additionally, it will facilitate the relocation of Internally Displaced Persons from camps to their communities,” he said.

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