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Boko Haram: Regional Task Force In Disarray

Posted: Dec 9, 2015 at 11:12 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

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The regional taskforce dedicated to fighting Boko Haram terrorist in Nigeria and neighbouring countries has stalled for logistical reasons, Reuters has quoted security sources as saying.

According to the report, regional armies are instead seeking to counter the group alone Reuters.

This comes as report say Niger has agreed to transfer about 500 Boko Haram prisoners to Nigeria to reduce pressure on its overcrowded prisons.

Niger and Nigeria are both members of an 8,700-strong group that has killed thousands of people and displaced millions in its push to create an Islamic caliphate in the region.

Boko Haram militants mostly operate in northeastern Nigeria but have also stepped up their insurgency within Niger’s southern region of Diffa in recent months, carrying out dozens of attacks.

Niger has declared a state of emergency there in an effort to improve security and has made hundreds of arrests.

“Nigeria sent a working group here (to Niger) last week and the two sides have established an initial list of 500 detainees who will soon be transferred to Nigeria,” said a magistrate working on the case who asked not to be named.

He did not give the exact timing of the transfer or say how the potentially dangerous prisoners would be transported.

The prisoners are currently being held in the detention centers of Kollo, Diffa and Koutoukale, all of which are overpopulated due to arrests of Boko Haram militants, a justice ministry source said.