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'Implementation of Niamey agreement will curtail terrorism'

14 October 2014, 12:47

Abuja - President Goodluck Jonathan said on Monday in Abuja that the activities of insurgents and other criminals operating along the country’s northern borders would soon be "drastically curtailed".

This is contained in a statement issued by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati.

Jonathan, according to the statement, stated this when Ministers of Defence and Foreign Affairs of Chad, Niger, Cameroon and Benin Republic visited him at the Presidential Villa.

The ministers were in Abuja to work with their Nigerian counterparts on a legal framework for approved cross-border joint military operations.

Jonathan and the heads of state of the neighbouring countries reached the agreement at a meeting on October 7 in Niamey, the capital of Niger Republic.

Some terms of the agreement include collaboration on joint patrols, military operations and intelligence sharing.

The statement quoted the president as saying that effective implementation of the Niamey Accord was essential for success in the war against terrorism.

Also read: Region meets to map way against Boko Haram

"I am quite pleased with the decisions we took in Niamey to enhance and boost joint actions against Boko Haram and other cross-border criminals.

"I am happy because we have to work together to defeat Boko Haram and other extremist groups in our sub-region.

"I believe that if we cooperate more and monitor our borders closely, the movement of criminals, terrorists and small arms and ammunition across our shared borders will also be drastically reduced.’’

According to the statement, Jonathan said that he expected the visiting ministers and their Nigerian counterparts to fashion out an effective action plan for the successful implementation of the Niamey Accord.

"I have confidence in the ability of the ministers to bring this to fruition judging by their collective experience and professionalism.’’

It said that the visiting ministers were accompanied to the Presidential Villa by Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Aminu Wali, and the Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh.

-  NAN


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