Lagos - A conference of Chiefs of Defence Staff of member countries of the Lake Chad Basin Commission will commence in Abuja on Tuesday.
The meeting, which Nigeria’s Chief of Defence Staf, will host, is to work out the processes for the operationalisation of the strategic directive for the immediate take off of the combined operation of the modified version of the Multi-National Joint Task Force in the campaign against terror in the region.
The meeting is Preparatory to the Extra-Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Governments of the LCBC member countries in furtherance of the multilateral discussion on counter terrorism operations in the sub region.
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Military delegation led by the Chiefs of Defence Staff as well as intelligence and security of Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Chad are to participate in the meeting along with Benin Republic.
The meeting will later brief the Ministers of Defence of the LCBC countries towards subsequent decisions on the immediate take off of the mission.
The development is sequel to the recent parleys and contacts between Nigeria’s President and his counter-parts in the sub-region in the move to step up the fight against terror.
More than 13 000 lives have been lost in Nigeria as a result of the terror perpetrated by the Islamic militant Boko Haram sect.
The crisis has spilled to neighbouring countries in the form of Boko Haram carrying out attacks or refugees fleeing to seek refuge.
- CAJ News