By Banimore Emmanuel
The Nigerian Army has debunked the claim that Chadian forces were occupying some peripheral of Nigeria’s lake Chad waiting for handover.
Col. Sagir Musa, The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, made the refutation while briefing Newsmen at Army Special Forces Super Camp at Ngamdu in Kaga Local Government Area of Borno on Friday.
According to him, the clarification was necessary to erode the impression that Chadian troops were on Nigeria’s territory of lake Chad.
He also added that the two countries were cooperating in the fight against Boko Haram.
He also falsified the press statement allegedly released on April 9 in Baga-Sola Headquarters Sector 2 MNJTF Chad by a senior officer named Colonel Azem Aguna.
He said: “The Nigerian Army’s attention has been drawn to the said statement now circulating on social media claiming – the security and Defence forces of Chad are deeply stationed in the islands of Niger and Nigeria wanted to handover to the respective army (sic) of these friendly nations.
Col. Sagir Musa also added that he wished to express that “there are no Chadian or any other foreign country’s troops on the Nigerian side of the Lake Chad or in any other part of the Nigerian territory”.
He also said the Nigerian military is responsible and “finds it necessary to clear the wrong impression or misinformation for history and posterity as well as to avoid spreading falsehood and mischievous publications.”
The colonel as explained that activities of the Chadian military against the insurgents in the Northeast were not devoid of their knowledge and support.
He also added that he hoped for the sustainment of the Chadian army’s activities on their side of the border because “it would deny the insurgent’s rear and logistics bases in Chad from where they often plan and launched attacks into Nigeria”, and “to permanently deny Boko Haram criminals of rear bases from where they can launch operations into Nigeria.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the Chadian Operation BOMA WRATH took place only in Chadian territory and not on Nigerian territory.
“The Chadian security and Defence forces did not cross into Nigerian territory during the operation and thus there are no Chadian troops holding any Nigerian territory.
“The Nigerian Military is fully committed and in total support of the continued cooperation between Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria to finally and speedily decimate Boko Haram/ISWAP criminals and put final end to terrorism in the region.
“Members of the public are requested to disregard the claim and misleading information that – “the Chadian security and Defence forces are deeply stationed in the islands of Nigeria waiting to handover,” he added.