Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Chadian troops enter Nigeria to battle Boko Haram

03 February 2015, 19:04

Fotokol - Chad sent ground troops into Nigeria for the first time on Tuesday to fight Boko Haram as the Islamist militants escalate their bloody insurgency.

For almost an hour, Chadian warplanes struck Boko Haram positions, then armoured vehicles rolled across the bridge linking Fotokol town in Cameroon with Gamboru in Nigeria, clearing the way for the infantry.

Up until now, Chad's military had conducted air strikes against the armed extremists, while waiting for authorisation to operate on the ground in Nigeria via Cameroon, which has recently endured Boko Haram raids.

Also read: UN condemns continued attacks by Boko Haram

The entire Chadian contingent of about 2,000 troops had crossed the frontier by midday without a shot being fired, an AFP correspondent saw.

Chad's President Idriss Deby Itno sent soldiers to Cameroon in mid-January to help take on Boko Haram, whose raids, massacres and abductions are estimated to have claimed 13,000 lives since the movement emerged in northern Nigeria in 2009.

Nigerian authorities said late Monday that Gamboru had been reclaimed after three days of air strikes by Chadian warplanes against Boko Haram positions in the region.

The Nigerian army, which has been criticised for its inadequacy in failing to crush the insurgency, also announced the recapture of Mafa, Mallam Fatori, Abadam and Marte towns.

The military spokesman said that previous operations in the northeast of the country had brought about the liberation of 11 towns in Adamawa state, to the east of Borno state, and of Gujba and Gulani, in Yobe state.

The Islamist fighters, who bitterly oppose Western education and seek to establish a broad caliphate under strict Sharia law, still control six regions in Adamawa state.

Boko Haram took control of several towns on the northeastern border in a major offensive launched early this year and stepped up attacks against neighbouring countries, mainly Cameroon.

Chadian soldiers have also been deployed at Daboa in the Lake Chad area where the borders of Nigeria, Chad and Niger converge.

A multinational force intended to strike jointly at the radical sect has withdrawn from its base at Baga on the southern shore of Lake Chad because of disagreements between the Nigerian government and its neighbours.

In the meantime, Boko Haram stands accused of many atrocities constituting crimes against humanity in the eyes of the international community.



Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...