The Nigerian Army has came up with a new operation that would enable it completely flush out of remnants of Boko Haram from Lake Chad region.
It said that the move was intended to facilitate clearance of the Lake Chad waterways of sea weeds and other obstacles obstructing the movement of boats and people across the water channels.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, informed that the army new operation ‘Operation Last Hold’ began on May 1, and has a target of August 31, to accomplish it’s mission.
Speaking at a press conference in Maiduguri on Tuseday, Buratai, who was represented by Commander of Operation LAST HOLD, Maj.- Gen. Abba Dikko, said that the army move would also ensure the destruction of Boko Haram Terrorist camps and strong points in the Lake Chad Basin general area. The operation will also facilitate the rescue of hostages,”he said.
The army chief said that the Army was determined to consolidate on its recent gains in the ongoing push especially in the Northern most part of Borno.
“Operation LAST HOLD is expected to last for 4 months and it will entail deployment of additional manoeuvre brigades and other critical assets in Borno State.
“The end-state of Operation LAST HOLD is the total defeat of the Boko Haram Terrorist Sect in northern Borno. This will pave way for the return of local administration and people to their responsibilities and communities.”
According to him, “The operation will facilitate the restoration of fishing, farming and other economic activities in the Lake Chad Basin.
“Additionally, it will facilitate the relocation of Internally Displaced Persons from IDP camps back to their communities,”said Burutai.