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Terrorism: Nigerian Army Consults Neighbors

Delegations of senior military officers from Nigeria have been touring neighbouring countries to consult with their colleagues on the appropriate measures to take collectively in the fight against terrorism in the West/Central African region.

One of such delegations on Wednesday, October 21, 2020, held talks with senior military officers at the Cameroon International War College at the periphery of the national capital, Yaounde.

In remarks during a meeting at the War College, the leader of the delegation, Gen. Olufemi Odeyinde, said cooperation between the armed forces of Cameroon and Nigeria was developing steadily in a healthy and reliable manner.

“We cooperate at all levels. We are neighbours. We are brothers, we cooperate even at the Multinational Joint Task Force, the other frameworks that bind us together,” Odeyinde said.

“Our visit is based on a theme which is part of our curriculum at the Air Force War College to study the Cameroonian security architecture and look at approaches and methods that they are using for regular warfare that we can adopt, ” he said.

Meanwhile, another of such delegations was in Niamey, the capital of Niger, on Monday, October 19, 2020 and according to the Defence Attache at the Nigerian Embassy in Niger, Col. Oumar Idriss, the delegation was in Niger “particularly to share experiences with the armed forces of Niger, and to see how the army of Niger has continued to fight against terrorism”.

The delegation which will be in Niger until Saturday,  October 24, 2020, held its first working session with senior officers of the Nigerien Army in the presence of the Chief of Staff of the army of Niger, Gen. Salifou Modi. 

It is expected to visit several units of the Nigerien armed forces in order to be briefed on the strategies the army of Niger uses in the fight against terrorism.

“This kind of meeting is an opportunity for the armies of Niger and Nigeria to together, move towards a higher level in the fight against terrorism,” the military attache said.

Nigeria and Niger are two neighbouring countries which have since 2009 witnessed increasing insecurity following deadly attacks by the Boko Haram terrorist group.

The terrorist group has been wrecking havoc causing the deaths of thousands of people, with thousands displaced internally and externally.

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Chief Bisong Etahoben is a Cameroonian investigative journalist and traditional ruler. He writes for international media and has participated in several transnational investigations. Etahoben won the first-ever Cameroon Investigative Journalist Award in 1992. He serves as a member of a number of international investigative journalism professional bodies including the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). He is HumAngle's Francophone and Central Africa editor.

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