Benin deploys troops to fight Boko Haram
From EMEKA OKONKWO in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA, (CAJ News) -THE Benin Republic has announced it would deploy 150 military troops to the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) to fight the Boko Haram insurgents in Nigeria.
They will be deployed next month to join other forces from Cameroon, Chad and Nigeria and Niger Republic.
A statement signed by the Deputy Director Army Public Relations of the Multinational Joint Task Force, Col. Mohammed Dole, confirmed the plans.
The Benin contingent are expected to perform garrison duties, provision of escort and security to humanitarian operations, protection of Very Important Personalities (VIP) and serve as reserve force for quick intervention when necessary.
The first batch of 150 military personnel will be deployed in Ndjamena, the headquarters of the MNJTF before the end of April 2016, he added.
While the remaining batches will be airlifted subsequently to meet up with 750 troops expected from Benin Republic. The Minister commended the effort of the member states of MNJTF for pulling resources to fight the menace of Boko Haram in the Lake Chad region.
– CAJ News
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