Boko Haram: Jonathan Sends 8,000 Fresh Troops to Borno
Barely 48 hours after the United States (US) said security efforts were necessary to protect innocent Nigerians, prevent Boko Haram’s acts of violence, capture and prosecute its leaders, President Goodluck Jonathan appears set to boost the strength of the military in the insurgency infested North-east after indications emerged that about 8,000 troops are being sent there.
The troops, according to security sources, will form the nucleus of a new army division to be established in Maiduguri, Borno State capital.
The need to establish the new army division in the stronghold of the Boko Haram Islamist group it was gathered is to firm up the successes recorded by special forces of the Joint Task Force (JTF) which have reportedly dislodged the insurgents from the forests and mountains of the North-east.
The 8,000 troops to be deployed there, according to sources, are made up of 7,000 troops from army headquarters brigade in Yola, Adamawa State, the army headquarters brigade (Mongonu) in Maiduguri, the battalion in Yobe and the army headquarters brigade in Sokoto as well as the about 1,000 troops recalled from operations in Mali.
The new army division will take over operations of securing the entire North-east and seal off the border axis between Nigeria and Niger, Chad and Cameroon where intelligence has shown that terrorists get their training and launch bombing attacks on Nigeria.
Asked about the fate of the Major General Ewansiha led JTF in Maiduguri, with the establishment of the new division, a source said the JTF will work hand in hand with the new division, adding, however, that it (JTF) is an interim force which most likely will be scaled down after the first phase (6 months) of the state of emergency had achieved its objectives.
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