Buratai Tells IDPs In Northern Borno To Return Home 

Buratai Tells IDPs In Northern Borno To Return Home 

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen Tukur Buratai has called on displaced people in Northern Borno to return home to restart their lives as their communities are now safe and secured.

Buratai made the call at the inauguration of nine gunboats for the Amphibious Task Force Detachment at Baga, for patrol and clearing the remaining Boko Haram terrorists from the Lake Chad waterways.

“Let me use this opportunity to call on the good people of Northern Borno to please, leverage on the deployment of Operation Last Hold to return to their communities which have long been liberated by our gallant troops.

“All roads linking communities within these areas have been cleared of improvise explosive devices (IEDs) as well as insurgent activities as they can no longer pose any credible threats to your daily routine,’’ he said

Earlier, the army chief, represented by Maj.-Gen. David Ahmadu, the Chief of Operation and Training, formally launched the on-going “Operation Last Hold’’ at Gudumbali in Guzamala Local Government Area of Borno State.

The four-month long operation began on May 1 and was designed to flush out remnant of terrorists in Borno North and Lake Chad region as well as facilitate the return of IDPs to their communities.

“These are clearance operations to further decimate remnant of the Boko Haram terrorists, ensure return of IDPs to their communities and provide safe and secured environment for the resumption of farming, fishing and other economic activities in Northern Borno,’’ he said.

“The amphibious task force detachment is expected to work in conjunction with the on-going naval operations to have increased number of gunboats and capabilities.

“This is to ensure adequate patrols and force projection for clearance operations to provide security and safety for fishing as well as free use of the Lake Chad by our people,’’ he said.

“I want to also reaffirm the commitment of the Nigerian Army not to lose any ground in the fight against terrorism and insurgency in our country,” he added.

During the operation, the following communities in nine local government areas in Borno-North are expected to be cleared of terrorists: Malam Fatori, Gashigar and Damask.

Others are Gili, Zari, Gudu, Malumshi, Gudumbali, Gerere, Arege, Melete, Cuskawa, Kukawa, Kekeno, Ngole, Marte and Keremoa. (NAN)

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