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Army commences final onslaught to ‘totally defeat’ Boko Haram insurgents

April 21
12:08 2018

The Nigerian army has disclosed plans to launch a new operation tagged ‘Operation Last Hold’ to restore as a final onslaught on Boko Haram insurgents. 

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The operation, which will be coordinated in Borno and Lake Chad region is also to “totally destroy” Boko Haram locations in the north-east and Lake Chad region.

Speaking at a news conference on Friday, David Ahmad, army chief of training and operations, said the new operation follows the need for the army to change operating tactics, techniques and procedure in the war against insurgency.

“The design is to deploy personnel and equipment to showcase the combat efficiency of the Nigerian army and thereafter conduct operations to totally destroy Boko Haram locations in the Lake Chad Basin,” he said.

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Ahmad added that the operation which is expected to last for four months will fast track the return Of internally displaced persons (IDPs) to their communities.

He said six additional manoeuvre brigades and other critical assets will be deployed in Borno state in the course of the operation

He also said: “The operation is intended to facilitate the clearance of the Lake Chad waterways of sea weeds and other obstacles obstructing the movement of boats and people across the water channels.

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“The operation will also facilitate the rescue of hostages. The operational end-state of Operation Last Hold is the total defeat of the Boko Haram terrorist Sect.

“Strategically, the conduct of Operation Last Hold will facilitate the restoration of fishing, farming and other economic activities in the Lake Chad Basin.”

Ahmad said the new operation is also targeted at improving civil-military relations in the north-east.

“It (the operation) is set to record remarkable achievements that would make the nation proud of the Nigerian army’s determination at sustaining its constitutional role of defending the territorial integrity of the nation as well as its commitment to aid the civil authority to bring about peace and security,” he added.

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