By Lazarus Zakaa, Abuja
Nigeria and the Republics of Niger and Chad have launched a new joint operation to flush out the Boko Haram and Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) insurgents from the Tunbuns Island where they are currently hibernating.
The insurgents relocated to the Islands from where they have coordinated attacks on soft targets following massive bombardment by the Nigerian troops.
Troops involved in the Multi-National Joint Task Force according to a statement by the Acting Director Defence Media Operations, Brigadier General Benard Onyeuko, include the Sector 2 MNJTF (Chad Republic), Sector 3 MNJTF (Nigeria) and Sector 4 MNJTF (Niger Republic).
The statement added that “the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) have launched a coordinated joint offensive to dislodge and completely rid the Islands (Tunbuns) of Lake Chad of any Boko Haram/ Islamic State West Africa Province presence and activities”.
It continued that, “it would be recalled that following the sustained onslaught and decimation of the Boko Haram/Islamic State’s West Africa Province’ elements by the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole, the criminal insurgents retreated into the Tumbuns of the Lake Chad from where they plan and cowardly attack soft and hard targets.
“These heinous acts necessitated the contiguous nations of the Lake Chad basin to jointly launch this massive onslaught on the terrorists across the common borders extending into the Northern Tumbuns of the Lake Chad Basin in Nigeria.
“Aside from the Combined operations, troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE are equally engaged in the conduct of simultaneous blocking operations aimed at decimating those criminal insurgents who are escaping the onslaught at the Lake Chad general area.
“The general public is hereby requested to continue to provide credible information on our common enemies to the Armed Forces of Nigeria operating in Operation LAFIYA DOLE”.