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The African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) praised the operational efforts of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) and approved its renewed mandate for another 12-month period.

The Chief of Military Public Information, Colonel Muhammad Dole, in a statement on Friday in N'Djamena, Chad, said that the renewed mandate takes effect from February 1.

Dole said the AUPSC considered the report on the MNJTF and decided to renew their mandates at its 1057th virtual meeting held on January 14 in a reminder of the Force's activities against BHT/ISWAP terrorists.

He said that the council members, presidents of ECOWAS and ECCAS, the Chief of Mission, MNJTF, Amb. Mamman Nuhu, and Force Commander, MNJTF, Maj.-Gen. Abdul-Khalifa Ibrahim deliberated extensively on the force's progress and challenges at the meeting.

According to him, the council noted with appreciation and praised the significant progress made and the show of commitment in the fight against the insurgents.

“They applauded the dedication and determination of the troops to degrade the operational capacity of the BHT/ISWAP terrorists in the region.
AU hails MNJTF operational effort

The African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) praised the operational efforts of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) and approved its renewed mandate for another 12-month period.

The Chief of Military Public Information, Colonel Muhammad Dole, in a statement on Friday in N’Djamena, Chad, said that the renewed mandate takes effect from February 1.

Dole said the AUPSC considered the report on the MNJTF and decided to renew their mandates at its 1057th virtual meeting held on January 14 in a reminder of the Force’s activities against BHT/ISWAP terrorists.

He said that the council members, presidents of ECOWAS and ECCAS, the Chief of Mission, MNJTF, Amb. Mamman Nuhu, and Force Commander, MNJTF, Maj.-Gen. Abdul-Khalifa Ibrahim deliberated extensively on the force’s progress and challenges at the meeting.

According to him, the council noted with appreciation and praised the significant progress made and the show of commitment in the fight against the insurgents.

“They applauded the dedication and determination of the troops to degrade the operational capacity of the BHT/ISWAP terrorists in the region.

“The Council also paid tribute to the soldiers and civilians who have paid the highest price and expressed its deepest condolences to the families and governments of those who lost their lives in the course of fighting terrorism,” he said.

Dole said that AUPSC condemned the abhorrent activities of terrorists against civilians and troops that have exacerbated the dire humanitarian crisis in the Lake Chad region.

He said the council reiterated its determination to mobilize adequate resources and support for the MNJTF to enhance its professional capabilities in countering the insurgency threat.

The MNJTF spokesperson said that the AU reiterated its calls on member states, other strategic partners and the international community to redouble their humanitarian support to affected communities to enable them to safely resettle in their ancestral home.

He said that the call is in recognition and thanks for the tremendous support of the European Union (EU) to the MNJTF.

According to him, the AU commission assured the MNJTF of its necessary support to allow it to consolidate the operational successes recorded against BHT/ISWAP terrorists and violent extremism in the Lake Chad region.

He said the commission added that the support would increase its efforts to support the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) to deepen partnership with ECOWAS, ECCAS, relevant regional institutions and NGOs.

According to him, the MNJTF‘s transformation into a formidable force began in 2014, when Boko Haram terrorists intensified their nefarious activities that led to the wanton destruction of lives and property of communities in the Lake Chad Basin.

“This required LCBC member nations to draw on the existing security framework of the MNJTF.

“Consequently, at its 484th Meeting of Heads of State and Government held in Addis Ababa on January 29, 2015, the AUPSC decided to support the efforts of the member states of the LCBC and Benin through an authorization of the deployment of the MNJTF.

“Therefore, the MNJTF was remodeled and re-operated with a larger capacity of around 10,000 soldiers and its new headquarters located in N’Djamena, Chad.

“So, the MNJTF was mandated, among others, to ‘create a safe and secure environment in areas affected by Boko Haram and other terrorist groups, to significantly reduce violence against civilians and other abuses.’

“The Force began operations on July 30, 2015, with Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria as troop-contributing countries,” he said.

Source: NAN

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