The Nigerian Army has debunked a claim by a spokesperson of Chadian Army that Chadian troops were in some parts of Nigerian territory in the fringes of the Lake Chad region.
The spokesperson of the Nigerian Army, Colonel Sagir Musa who described the Chadian claim as misleading said that the clarification was necessary to correct the impression that the Nigerian forces were not on ground in some areas around the Lake Chad region.
He added that the Nigerian military and the Chadian forces had been working together under the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) which has its Headquarters in N’Djamena, Chad.
According to him, the press statement allegedly made in Baga-Sola Headquarters Sector 2 MNJTF Chad by the Chadian senior officer, one Col. Azem Aguna, on April 9 in this regard was not correct.
Sagir made the clarification at a media briefing at Army Special Forces Super Camp at Ngamdu in Kaga Local Government Area of Borno on Friday.
He said: “Following the completion of Operation BOMA WRATH by the Chadian Security and Defence Forces on the 8th of April 2020 and the reported press statement allegedly made in Baga – Sola HQ Sector 2 MNJTF Chad by the Chadian senior officer one Colonel Azem Banadua Aguna on the 9th of April 2020.
“Arising from the said statement, 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.
“Nigerian Army wishes to state that there is no Chadian or any other foreign country’s troops on Nigerian side of the Lake Chad or in any other part of the Nigerian territory. “As a responsible organization, the Nigerian Army finds it necessary to clear the wrong impression or misinformation for history and posterity as well as to avoid spreading falsehood and mischievous publications. “Members of the public are hereby informed that the Chadian operation at the Chadian side of the Lake Chad area is with the knowledge and support of Nigeria in honouring and furtherance of the existing multi-lateral cooperation between the LCBC countries under the Multi National Joint Task Force.
“The operation was especially welcomed and supported by the Nigerian Army because it would deny the insurgents rear and logistics bases in Chad from where they often plan and launched attacks into Nigeria. It is hoped that the Chadian forces will sustain operations on their side of the border 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, and that 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 to the army,” he concluded.