The Nigerian Army on Monday said it had inducted a unit of Cameroon Defence Forces into Operation Lafiya Dole to fast track campaign against Boko Haram insurgents.
Onyema Nwachukwu, the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, Operation Lafiya Dole, disclosed this in a statement issued in Maiduguri.
Mr Nwachukwu, a colonel, said the Cameroonian forces were inducted on Sunday at Gwoza, by Rogers Nicholas, the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole.
He explained that the Cameroonian troops would join the ongoing counter-insurgency operations in the northeast and the borders between Nigeria and Cameroon.
“The Cameroonian troops and their equipment were subsequently handed over to the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 7 Division, who is also the Commander, Sector 1, of Operation LAFIYA DOLE”.
Mr Nicholas, a major-general, was quoted as calling on the troops to be disciplined and demonstrate high sense of professionalism in the discharge of their duties.
He also tasked the troops to comply with instructions by their commanding officers, noting that such attitude would hasten defeat of the insurgents.
The induction exercise was attended by the leader of the Cameroonian Defence Forces delegation, Brig.-Gen. Djonkeb Frederick, the GOC 7 Division, Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Yusuf, and Brig.-Gen. IL Akinlawon, the Chief of Staff, Headquarters, Theatre Command.
It will be recalled that the Nigerian military authorities on Saturday declared victory over the Boko Haram terrorists after its troops overrun the insurgents’ tactical ground deep in Sambisa Forest.
The troops destroyed several insurgents’ hideouts, equipment, and ammunition and rescued hundreds of civilians while hundreds of the insurgents surrendered.