Boko Haram: Nigerian Military approach Cameroon for support
By Our reporter
Oct. 4, 2020 – As part of efforts to effective combat Boko Haram insurgents and other terrorist groups, the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) has approached Cameroonian military structures for support.
Col. Muhammad Dole, Chief of Military Public Information, MNJTF, made this known in a statement on Saturday.
Dole revealed that the Force Commander of the MNJTF, Maj.- Gen. Ibrahim Manu Yusuf was on three day operational visit to Cameroonian formations/units in Maroua in the Far North Region of Republic of Cameroon.
According to Dole, the purpose of the visit was to enhance synergy between the MNJTF and the adjoining national operations of the Cameroonian Defence Forces
He said that it is pertinent to note that the operations of Sector 1 MNJTF (Cameroon) are closely linked with the operations other formations of the Cameroonian Defence Forces.
Dole said these include Operation EMERGENCE by the 4th Joint Military Region and the 4th Gendarmerie Region as well as Operation ALPHA by the Rapid Intervention Battalion (BIR) all located in Maroua.
He said on arrival, Maj.-Gen. Yusuf paid a courtesy visit to the Governor of the Far North Region, Midjiyawa Bakari According to him, Gov. Bakari commended the MNJTF for stabilising and restoring relative peace to the Lake Chad Basin.
Bakari also appreciated the sacrifices of all the soldiers from the MNJTF Troops Contributing Countries and assured that the ongoing military operations will ultimately bring peace and security for sustainable development of the region. Dole said Maj.-Gen. Yusuf also appreciated the political support and public goodwill extended to Sector 1 of MNJTF. He said, the support had facilitated the smooth execution of non-kinetic operations, leading to the surrender of several insurgents in Sector 1 Area of Operation.
He added that the Force Commander was emphatic on the unalloyed commitment of the MNJTF to creating conducive environment for return of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and refugees to their homes of origin to pursue their legitimate economic activities. According to Dole, Maj. Gen. Bakari also visited headquarters and Commander of the Fourth Joint Military Region, Maj. Gen. Saly Mohamadou.
He said that Mohamadou extolled the existing seamless synergy and collaboration among Operations EMERGENCE, ALFA and troops of Sector 1 of MNJTF.
Mohamadou urged Maj.-Gen. Bakari to explore additional areas in which the two operations can further consolidate on the operational successes recorded as he expressed willingness to continue with joint operations between the national and MNJTF forces in the region.