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Operation Last Hold takes Off; To Totally Cleanse Lake Chad Region of Boko Haram Camps, Restore Local Administration & Economic Activities – COAS

The Nigerian Army on Tuesday, 15 May 2018 announced the launch of “Operation Last Hold”, the Special Operation to tactically and offensively flush out remnants of Boko Haram insurgents in the Lake Chad region totally.

Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai who stated this in Maiduguri, told newsmen that Operation Last Hold began on May 1, and has a target of August 31, to accomplish its mission.  

Represented by Maj-Gen. Abba Dikko, the Commander of ‘Operation Last Hold’ explained that it is intended to ensure the destruction of Boko Haram Terrorist camps and strong points in the Lake Chad Basin general area.  

It is also 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.  

The operation will also facilitate the rescue of hundreds of hostages held captive by terrorists in the area. 

Buratai said that the Army was determined to consolidate on its recent gains in the ongoing push especially in the Northern most part of Borno.

He continued, “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.” 

“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”, the COAS said.

 

Agency Report.

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