WorldStage Newsonline– Nigerian Army has announced plans to hold Operation LAST HOLD in Lake Chad Basin of Northern Borno in order to destroy the remaining Boko Haram activities.
Confirming the operation of Operation LAST HOLD, Chief of Training and Operations (Army) Major General David Ahmadu said it will last for 4 months beginning from 1 May to 31 August 2018 and it will entail deployment of six additional manoeuvre brigades and other critical assets in Borno State.
He said the operation would also facilitate the clearance of the Lake Chad waterways of sea weeds and other obstacles obstructing the movement of boats and people across the water channels
Major General Ahmadu explained that it will facilitate the destruction of Boko Haram Terrorist camps and strong points in the Lake Chad Basin.
He said, “The operation will also facilitate the rescue of hostages. The operational end-state of Operation LAST HOLD is the total defeat of the Boko Haram Terrorist Sect.
“The Nigerian Army has been engaged in the conduct of counter insurgency operation tagged Operation LAFIYA DOLE in the North East region for some years with considerable successes.
“However, the complex and adaptive nature of the Boko Haram insurgency has resulted in the dissident group still sometimes being engaged in abductions, attack on soft targets, Improvised Explosive Device attacks and suicide bombings.”
He said it had become expedient for the Nigerian Army to change operating tactics, techniques and procedure in the North East region.
In his remark, Chief Civil and Military Affairs, Major General Nuhu Angbazo, noted that the conduct of Operation LAST HOLD will facilitate the restoration of fishing, farming and other economic activities in the Lake Chad Basin. adding that it will facilitate the relocation of Internally Displaced Persons from IDP camps to their communities.
Major General Angbazo explained that the Operation LAST HOLD was conceptualized to involve the conduct of population influence activities targeted to improve Civil-Military relations in the North East region.
He said, “It is pertinent to note that Operation LAST HOLD is set to record remarkable achievements that would make the nation proud of the Nigerian Army’s determination at sustaining its constitutional role of defending the territorial integrity of the nation as well as its commitment to aid the civil authority to bring about peace and security.”
He advised law abiding members of the public in Northern Borno State not to panic as their safety and well-being had been deliberately factored in the operation.
“The general public is requested to remain vigilant and be security conscious, as suspected insurgents may be fleeing from military operations in the North East and finding safe haven amidst our communities,” he said.
“The public is also reminded to report any suspicious activity or movement to the nearest military formation or other security agencies for prompt action.”