It will be recalled that at the summit of the Heads of State and Government of countries of the Lake Chad Basin Commission held in N’Djamena, Chad, last November, multilateral agreements were fine – tuned and the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) was repositioned to deliver on its mandate, which is to:
Create a safe and secure environment in the areas affected by the activities of Boko Haram and other terrorists groups, in order to significantly reduce violence against civilians and other abuses, including sexual and gender based violence, in full compliance with international law, including international humanitarian law and the United Nations Human Rights Due Diligence Policy, among others.
A statement issued Monday by Colonel Timothy Antigha, Chief of Military Public Information, MNJTF, N’Djamena – Chad stated:
In pursuance of this mandate, the MNJTF launched Operation YANCIN TAFKI on January 22, 2019. Accordingly, varying degrees of successes continues to be recorded since the operation started. Over the weekend, troops of the MNJTF again inflicted heavy human and equipment casualties on Boko Haram Terrorists in an engagement along Bukar Mariam, Saada and Tumbum Babba axis in Northern Borno. Details of Boko Haram Terrorists killed and equipment captured or destroyed are as stated below:
1. Terrorists neutralized – 27
2. AK 47 Riffles – 5
3. AR Galil Riffles – 1
4. G3 Riffles – 3
5. General Purpose Machine Gun – 2
6. Anti Aircraft Gun – 2
7. Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG 7) Tubes – 4
8. M21 Riffles – 1
9. RPG 7 Bombs.
10. Assorted Ammunition – over 1000 Rounds.
11. Toyota L/C – 1 (Destroyed)
12. Nissan Gun Truck – 1
13. Toyota Gun Truck – 1
14. Motor Cycle – 1
In the light of the forgoing, MNJTF wishes to emphasize that Boko Haram represents evil and an existential threat to everyone in the Lake Chad Area, irrespective of religion or creed.
The statement further appealed to the general public and the media in particular are enjoined to remain in solidarity with the military, as the ongoing Operation YANCIN TAFKI is intensified.
It said the MNJTF and national forces are fighting a just war and will certainly conquer what is left of Boko Haram establishment.