The Multinational Joint Task Force ( MNJTF ) in its bid to curb the menace of terrorism in the Lake Chad Region, have continued to make impressive gains in the ongoing Operation LAKE SANITY.
MNJTF troops from Nigeria and Chad alongside Operation HADIN KAI stormed the general area of Tumbun Rago, Tumbun Dilla and Jamina settlement deep inside the Lake Chad Islands.
The troops alongside the follow up air strikes by the MNJTF/Operation HADIN KAI led to the neutralization of over twenty five (25) terrorists as well as the recovery of 1 AK-47 Rifle,1 Anti Aircraft gun, hundreds of assorted ammunition.
Also, 1 Gun truck bearing Cameroon Gendarmes Logo loaded with fuel was captured and destroyed, household items including uniforms and eleven (11) BH/ ISWAP motorcycles were captured and burnt while two (2) water-pumping machine were also recovered and the entire camp thoroughly burnt.
In their haste to escape, the criminals left their 5 year old child named Babagana, the child who is in good condition will be handed over to the relevant authority.
In a related development, troops of MNJTF captured a high ranking BH/ ISWAP member named Musa Mani aged 43 years at Damasak who confessed to be running away due to the intensity of the operation. He is currently being profiled in line with International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law.
Similarly, troops of MNJTF (Cameroon) launched a simultaneous Amphibious and Land offensive in the BH/ ISWAP infested riverine community of Kirta Wulgo. 5 BHTs/ISWAP terrorists were neutralized while others fled. Troops also cleared Gurmuchi Abuja, and recovered 2 AK 47 Magazines, BHTs Flags, ammunition links, 1 Anti Aircraft Gun, Assorted ammunition and Grenades while BHTs uniforms found were burnt.
Operation LAKE SANITY also saw troops of MNJTF (Niger Republic) dealing a decisive blow to the BH/ISWAP who attacked their location at Baroua. The gallant troops successfully repelled the attack, neutralized 8 BH/ISWAP terrorists and recovered 6 AK rifles, assorted ammunition 2 RPG Bombs and 5 mobile phones among other items.
Sadly, in the course of these operations, a member of the Civillian Joint Task Force (CJTF) supporting MNJTF operations in the Tumbuns paid the supreme sacrifice, his remains have been airlifted to his community. 7 troops from Chad and Niger suffered minor degrees of injuries and are being attended to at different military facilities. The Force Commander MNJTF, Major General Abdul Khalifah Ibrahim has paid tribute to the fallen hero, describing the CJTF as courageous young men and women who have contributed immensely to the Counter Insurgency operations.
He also commended and praised the gallantry and commitment of all the MNJTF Forces and urged them to maintain the momentum until the criminals are totally destroyed or surrender.
( See Attached Pictures from the Operations)
KAMARUDEEN ADEGOKELieutenant ColonelChief of Military Public Information Officer N’Djamena29 May 2022