Nigeria, Chad sign MoU on war against insurgency

By Post Nigeria February 6, 2015 19:46

Nigeria, Chad sign MoU on war against insurgency

The Federal Government has deployed 5,000 soldiers to work with a total of 2,000 to 2,500 Chadian troops as part of a coordinated effort against insurgency in the North East.

The Chief of Defence Staff, Air Marshal Alex Badeh, revealed this while speaking with journalists at the end of a meeting between the leadership of the nation’s defence sector, the Chief of Defence Staff of Chad, Maj. Gen. Brahim Mahammat, and other top Chadian officers in Abuja on Friday.

He added that the 5,000 soldiers deployed specifically to work with the Chadians were in addition to all Nigerian forces available to fight the insurgents.

Badeh said the Chadian troops had commenced operation from Gambou Ngala while Nigerians troops were operating from the South with an agreement to meet somewhere at the centre.

He added that after a six hour closed door meeting of senior military and security personnel from Nigeria and Chad, they finally agreed to sign a Memorandum of Understanding MoU.

He said, “I want you to know that Chadian Forces in Nigerian territory are mostly in the border town of Fotokol and Gamboru Ngala on the basis of the bilateral agreement we signed with them.

“We have been working together since. They came here now to clear up some grey areas; that is what we have done. We have just met as an addendum to the MoU that we signed on January 18th.

“I know that Chad is bringing a force of about 2,000 to 2,500. Nigeria is taking all her forces; but specifically to work with the Chadian Forces, we have 5,000 to work with them there.

“Concerning the contribution from Cameroun, I am not very sure of that for now.

“Now as for the Nigerien Forces, the MOU we have with Niger,states that they are on their own side so that the enemy won’t have the opportunity to run into Niger to go and cause havoc there.”