The Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) member states are set to deploy 8,700 additional troops to combat the Boko Haram insurgency that is currently ravaging the sub-region.
The Street Journal reports that member states of the commission comprise: Cameroon, Chad, Niger, Nigeria and Benin Republic.
A statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday by Col. Rabe Abubakar, Director of Defence Information, said that the decision was taken at a meeting of LCBC Chiefs of Defence Staff in Ndjamena, the Chadian capital.
The meeting which had in attendance the Chiefs of Defence Staff from the LCBC member countries, MNJTF Commander and other senior military delegates, discussed modalities for the deployment of joint force to two command posts in Nigeria and Cameroon.
It said the resolutions stemmed from the meeting which was presided by Nigeria’s Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin, which was held to finalise arrangements for troop deployment.
The resolutions, it said, also reinforced President Muhammadu Buhari’s earlier directive to his security chiefs to end the insurgency within three months.
It said Olonisakin visited Chad Republic, where he joined other regional military chiefs to deliberate on agreement to accelerate the deployment of the 8,700 strong force.
“The Chiefs of Defence Staff from the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) member countries met in N’Djamena, the capital of Chad Republic and finalised details of deployment of the joint force.
“General Olonisakin has been working round the clock towards actualising the presidential directive to end Boko Haram terrorist activities within three months.
“Officers seconded to the MNJTF in N’Djamena were ordered to report immediately to their post, as operation at the Force Headquarters has commenced,’’ the statement said.