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UK avails funds to fight Boko Haram

27 March 2015, 13:52Okoro Chinedu

Lagos - The United Kingdom has allocated £5 million of UK support for a new regional Task Force to tackle Boko Haram in northern Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin area.

Foreign Secretary, Philip Hammond, made the announcement on Friday.

"I am pleased that the UK will contribute £5million to support the new Multinational Joint Task Force to tackle Boko Haram," he said.

He said the UK fully supported the efforts of Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Benin to tackle the scourge of Boko Haram.

Also Read: Regional troops retake town from Boko Haram: Niger minister

"I hope that the international community can send an important message of support through the swift adoption of a Security Council resolution in New York to welcome the force."

He noted important gains were already being made on the ground in tackling Boko Haram by the regional partners who will contribute to the Task Force.

Hammond said the force would continue to play an important role in fighting this terrorist insurgency.

"I commend the commitment and bravery of the troops involved. The UK continues to stand strong with Nigeria and its neighbours in tackling this heinous group."

- CAJ News


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