Security chiefs from member states of the Lake Chad Basin Commission (CBLT) that include Cameroon, Niger, Chad and Nigeria as well as Benin are holding a one-day meeting here to deliberate on security concerns affecting the region.

 Boko Haram
Boko Haram
Prominent on their agenda is the threat posed by Boko Haram insurgency affecting member states.
Major General Chris Olukolade, Nigeria’s defense spokesperson, said in a statement reaching Xinhua on Tuesday that the meeting was aimed at reinforcing the operational capacity of a multinational force within the Lake Chad Basin.

Olukolade said the development is sequel to the recent parleys and contacts between Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari and his counterparts in the sub-region in the move to step-up the fight against terror.
President Buhari, who recently returned from trips to Chad and Niger urged closer regional cooperation to defeat Boko Haram.

Boko Haram has grown from a small but lethal insurgency in northeastern Nigeria to an out-of-control force that is slaughtering thousands and threatening the region’s stability in its battle to establish an Islamic state.
The group is still holding many women, girls and children captive, including 219 schools girls it kidnapped from a school in Chibok in April 2014.

Despite losing territory and retreating to the Sambisa forest, the militants are still active ? most recently in Maiduguri which has come under attack over several days. Enditem

-Xinhua

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