Panafrican News Agency

Security situation In Lake Chad region improving, says military Commander

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Force Commander of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), Major General Abdul-Khalifah Ibrahim, has called for a focused and proactive partnership between the MNJTF and UK forces to defeat the menace of terrorism.

Ibrahim said this at the medal presentation ceremony in honour of 12 military staff officers from Chad, Nigeria and Niger, who completed their tour of duty in N’djamena, Chad.

According to a statement on Sunday by the Chief of Military Public Information for MNJTF, Colonel Muhammad Dole, General Ibrahim said the officers’ performance had enabled MNJTF to execute various offensive and humanitarian operations in the course of achieving its mandates.

He added that Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) had been returning to their communities and engaging in different socio-economic activities, due to the improved situation in the region.

According to him, in spite of the ongoing surrender of the terrorists to the troops, the force would continue to launch offensive attacks until the remnants of the criminals were totally forced out of their enclaves.

The force commander appreciated what he described as the unrelenting support of the MNJTF troops contributing countries to accomplish its mandates and restoring the much-needed peace and security in the region.

He also paid tribute to the fallen heroes, who paid the supreme sacrifice, and prayed for the eternal repose of their souls, as well as wished speedy recovery to the injured.

-0- PANA MON/MA 21Feb2022