Boko Haram: Nigeria, Cameroon Military Renew Partnership
Porous borders have been blamed for Nigeria's insurgency issue and other killings.
Even President Buhari said cross border criminals from Libya and Middle East, have infiltrated Nigeria, killing and maiming.
For over 8 years, soldiers have battled members of Boko Haram, but free movement across the border with Cameroon has ensure they attack and run.
Counter-terrorism operations have continued in the region, but recently the members of Boko Haram are pushing hard to take hold of some communities.
To end their activities, the Nigerian Army and its Cameroonian counterpart on Friday agreed to increase their activities in the border of the two countries.
The Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Texas Chukwu, said in a statement in Maiduguri that the two armies had agreed to collaborate and sustain joint military operations to end insurgency in their borders.
Chukwu said the Acting General Officer Commanding (GOC), 7 Division, Brigadier General Abdulmalik Biu, stated this during a visit to Wulgo border community of Borno, where Cameroonian Defence Forces (CDF) Battalion was deployed.
He explained that the visit was a routine exercise to the division’s units sharing common flank with the CDF Battalion.
Chukwu quoted Biu as reminding the troops to be decisive and not to relent in denying Boko Haram insurgents freedom of action, as the dry season approaches.
“Biu enjoined the CDF troops to collaborate and work assiduously with their Nigerian counterparts, engage and neutralise Boko Haram terrorists and other criminal activities, to protect lives and property as well as to restore peace in their common borders,” Chukwu said in the statement.
Chukwu also stated that the commander lauded the CDF on their professionalism and valor demonstrated in joint operations conducted with their Nigerian counterpart to defeat the insurgents.
He further quoted Biu as extending the appreciation of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, to the CDF, over the existing cordial relationships between them.
Also, the statement quoted Robert Bokwe, the Commander of the CDF Battalion, as commending Biu over the visit.
Bokwe noted that the two armies had successfully conducted Operation DEEP PUNCH and ALMINIFACAT, to rout Boko Haram insurgents in Sambisa Forest and the Lake Chad region.
He reiterated the commitment of the CDF to support the Nigerian Army in the counter insurgency campaign.
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