Nigeria and Cameroon unite against Boko Haram

The Nigerian Army has inducted a unit of the Cameroon Defence Forces into the Operation Lafiya Dole against the Boko Haram insurgents.

Chad and Niger had joined Nigerian troops to form a multinational force to tackle the Boko Haram fighters.

Nigeria's deputy Army Director Onyema Nwachukwu said the Cameroonians were inducted on Sunday at Gwoza, by Maj.-Gen. Rogers Nicholas, the Theatre Commander of the Operation Lafiya Dole.

Their equipment

He explained that the Cameroonians would join the counter-insurgency operations in Nigeria’s northeast and their common border.

“The Cameroonian troops and their equipment were subsequently handed over to the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 7 Division, who is also the Commander, Sector 1, of Operation LAFIYA DOLE,” Maj

Nicholas said.

He asked the troops to obey their commanders, noting that such attitude would hasten defeat of the insurgents.

The induction was attended by the leader of the Cameroonian Defence Forces delegation, Brig.-Gen. Djonkeb Frederick, the GOC 7 Division, Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Yusuf, and Brig.-Gen. IL Akinlawon, the Chief of Staff, Headquarters, Theatre Command.

The Nigerian military on Saturday declared victory over the Boko Haram terrorists after its troops overran the insurgents’ ground deep in the Sambisa Forest.

The remnants

The troops destroyed several insurgents’ hideouts, equipment and ammunition and rescued hundreds of civilians, while hundreds of the insurgents surrendered.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army on Monday killed six suspected terrorists in Dikwa Local Government Area of Borno during an operation to dislodge the remnants of the Boko Haram.

The insurgents were killed in an ambush between Bulabirin and Mongole villages.

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