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MNJTF Frees 4,690 Hostages, Arrests 566 Boko Haram

Posted: May 12, 2016 at 10:03 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)







Major Gen. L.O. Adeosun, Force Commander of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) on Thursday said the the force had between January and May this year liberated a 4,690 hostages, with 566 terrorists currently under arrest.

General Adeosun disclosed this in Abuja while giving what looked like a scorecard of the multinational force at the Second Regional Security Summit (RSS) of Lake Chad Basin Commission.

The JTF commander listed other success of the force including destruction of 32 terrorists’ camps and Improvised Explosives Device-making factories, capture and destruction of terrorists’ equipment, among them, 318 motorcycles, 84 vehicles, 137 assorted weapons, 18 boats and other logistics.

The MNJTF is drawn from the Lake Chad Basin Commission member nations and Benin Republic.

General Adeosun, however, painted a grim picture of humanitarian problems in the 11 IDPs and three refugee camps in the force area of operation, where he said over 40,000 children were currently out of school and needing food, water and medical provisions, which were in short supply.

He listed other challenges he said must be addressed urgently by member-nations and partners for sustainable troop action.

He urged action in the deployment of medical personnel as well as reconstruction of infrastructure, especially schools, destroyed by the terrorists to enable the quick return of the IDPs and refugees to their homes.

While he acknowledged support from Africa Union, United Kingdom and other partners, he reiterated urgent need for assistance in provision of IED/mine detectors, amphibious equipment and flat boats, adding that inadequate Lift and Air Capabilities were hampering operations and sustainability of the troops.

“The MNJTF has planned its future operation to replicate the successes achieved at the Nigerian/Cameroon border in areas around the Nigeria, Niger and Chad borders.

“This includes clearing the general areas of Komadougou River and surrounding villages as well as the islands of Lake Chad.

“A proposal has been made to the Council of Ministers to upgrade Sub Sector 3 with troop strength of 750 to Sector 4 with strength of 2000, ” General Adeosun stated.

The summit closes on Saturday.