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Region meets to map way against Boko Haram

13 October 2014, 06:53Augustine Osayande

Abuja - Foreign Ministers in the region are scheduled to meet later on Monday in Abuja to explore appropriate legal framework for cross-border military operations against Boko Haram insurgency in the region.

The ministers from Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Benin Republic and Niger are scheduled to meet.

A statement issued by the local Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the one-day meeting would be attended by the Defence Ministers of the five neighbouring countries.

It added that the meeting would agree on the adoption of a draft resolution by the African Union and the United Nation Security Council for the establishment of appropriate legal framework for military operations to fight Boko Haram.

Also Read:27 hostages freed from Boko Haram in Cameroon

The meeting, which is being held under the auspices of Lake Chad Basin Commission and Benin Republic, is a follow-up to the extra-ordinary summit held last week in Niamey, Niger.

The summit, which President Goodluck Jonathan and three heads of state attended, had announced plans to deploy coordinated military forces to fight Boko Haram terrorists.

The leaders agreed to deploy an additional battalion and a command centre to tackle the terrorists.

They agreed that the command centre for an already agreed-upon multinational force, led by a Chief of Staff, would be in place by November 20.

- CAJ News


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