Mon. Jun 24th, 2024

•Visits frontline troops in Monguno, Wulgo

Senator Iroegbu 

The Force Commander of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), Maj-Gen. Ibrahim Sallau Ali, has assessed the progress of Operation Lake Sanity 2 and concluded that terrorists have lost their direct combat capacity and are now relying on improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and propaganda to sustain their relevance.

This was disclosed in a statement on Thursday by the Chief Military Public Information Officer of the MNJTF, Lt-Col. Abubakar Abdullahi.

During his operational visit to the troops in Monguno and Wulgo on June 5 and 6, 2024, Ali urged commanders to intensify their efforts and demonstrate determination in achieving the objectives of the operation. He underscored the importance of understanding the enemy’s tactics and adapting to the dynamic operational environment.

The Force Commander also commended the bravery and resilience of the troops in Wulgo, located on the Nigeria-Cameroon border, and paid tribute to the soldiers who had fallen in the line of duty. He encouraged the troops to remain focused on their mission and avoid distractions.

In Monguno, Nigeria, Ali addressed commanders from both Nigeria and Chad, urging them to intensify their efforts and maintain determination in achieving the operation’s objectives. He again  stressed the need to understand the evolving tactics of the enemy, noting that terrorists, having lost their direct combat capabilities, now heavily rely on IEDs and propaganda to sustain their relevance.

“The enemy, having lost their ability to engage in direct combat, now relies on IEDs and propaganda. It’s crucial that we adapt our strategies accordingly and remain vigilant,” stated General Ali.

During his visit to Wulgo, situated on the Nigeria-Cameroon border,  Ali praised the bravery and resilience of the troops. He paid tribute to the fallen soldiers and encouraged the troops to stay focused on their mission, emphasising the importance of avoiding distractions. He also highlighted the need for commanders to exercise their initiative and make decisions that reflect the dynamic operational environment.

The Force Commander assured that the MNJTF remains steadfast in its mission to restore peace and stability in the region, with ongoing efforts to counter the evolving tactics of terrorist groups. 

Force Commander of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), Maj-Gen. Ibrahim Sallau Ali, addressing the troops in Monguno and Wulgo

Accompanying General Ali were the Deputy Force Commander, Air Vice Marshal Mahamat Yaya Mahamat, and other senior military staff officers. Their presence underscored the committed leadership actively engaged in the well-being and operational success of the troops on the ground.

Operation Lake Sanity 2, which began on April 23, 2024, has involved concerted efforts by troops from Cameroon, Chad, and Nigeria to combat terrorism in the Lake Chad region. The operation has seen significant achievements, including the surrender of numerous terrorists and the recovery of substantial weapon caches.

 The visit by Ali and his team serves as a testament to the dedication and commitment of the MNJTF leadership in ensuring the success of Operation Lake Sanity 2.

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