The Multinational Joint Taskforce (MNJTF), led by Force Commander, Major General Abdul Khalifah Ibrahim, on Thursday, confirmed that some key leaders of Boko Haram and ISWAP have been eliminated.
Speaking at the MNJTF Headquarters in Camp Farcha, N`Djamena, Republic of Chad during the medal parade ceremony for the outgoing Military Staff Officer (MSOs) who have completed one year tour of duty, he commended the troops’ professional competence especially their way of handling ongoing mass surrendering of Boko Haram/ISWAP insurgents.
He therefore, urged other bandits to lay down their arms and embrace peace
Colonel Muhammad Dole, Chief Military Public Information, HQ MNJTF, in a statement, noted that the taskforce would go after any leader successor and members who fail to surrender.
“He confirmed the killing of key BHT/ISWAP leaders; Abu Musab Al-Barnawi and Mallam Bako, with assurance that the Force surely go after any successor as well as the terrorists` groups as a whole,” the statement said
General Ibrahim, while thanking the brotherly Republic of Chad for being a good host to the HQ MNJTF, further called on the remaining BHT/ISWAP criminals to embrace the path of peace, by surrendering their arms to the security forces.
Some positive success recorded by the troops, according to him, included; the liberation of communities previously held by the terrorists, rescue of thousands of captives, neutralization of countless insurgents and resettlement of thousands of refugees and internally displaced persons back to Banki town, Baga and Doron Baga in Nigeria; Amchide and Kolofata in Cameroon; and Baroua in Niger Republic among others.
He said 24 MSOs from Republics of Benin, Nigeria and Chad were decorated with MNJTF medals and the Operation YANCIN TAFKI medals on Wednesday in recognition of their meritorious service for peace and security in the Lake Chad region.
Concerning the awards, the Force Commander said, “Award of medals remains one of the most cherished and sacred traditions of the military and military medals are awarded in recognition of bravery or gallantry, heroism, or meritorious service.”
In his remarks, the Special Guest of Honour (SGOH), the Chadian Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Lieutenant General Abakar Abdelkarim Daoud, represented by Major General G Mandjita congratulated the recipients for the excellent performance to merit the award of MNJTF Medals.
He commended the FC for the great work of ensuring return of normalcy in the region, thus creating necessary conditions for relocation and resettlement of affected communities.
He assured the FC of continued safety, security and a conducive working environment for the MNJTF.
Apart from the decoration of outgoing MSOs with MNJTF Medals, there were also presentations of Souvenir and Medal to SGOH, presentation of plaques to MSOs, and group photograph.
Recalling that the MNJTF was re-operationalized in 2015 to tackle the insurgency in the Lake Chad Basin region and restore normalcy to the affected communities, he said the Force since inception had conducted operations and undertaken other non-kinetic activities towards meeting its mandate.
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