Regional ministers adopt plan to eradicate Boko Haram

The Council of Ministers of defence of the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) and the Republic of Benin have adopted a new plan “to completely eradicate” the Boko Haram terrorist group in the region.

The draft document prepared by military experts, chiefs of defence staff and heads of intelligence and security services of the LCBC was validated in Yaounde on Thursday, though the content was not made public.

Cameroon Defence Minister, Joseph Beti Assomo said the meeting has brought them closer to their “common strategic objective; the complete eradication of Boko Haram.”

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The Yaounde meeting also focused on assessing the security and humanitarian situation of the region and preparing for post-conflict stabilisation and rehabilitation of the areas affected by the Boko Haram militants.

An 8,700-man regional Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) comprising troops from the four countries has been fighting to bring the terrosrist group to its knees since 2015.

The outgoing commander of the MNJTF Nigerian-born Major Gen. Lamidi Adeosun said Boko Haram has been defeated militarily but it was “a little more difficult” to completely eradicate terrorism.

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General Adeosun will hand over the baton to his fellow Nigerian, Major Gen. Lucky Irabor later this month in the Chadian capital, N’Djamena.

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