The United Nations Security Council has called on Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) which comprises of troops from Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon to prevent Boko Haram from regrouping
The Security Council also condemned the attacks of Boko Haram insurgents in West Africa and worry over the humanitarian crisis left behind as a result of the activities of Boko Haram in the Lake Chad Basin region
The United Nations has through its Security Council tasked the Nigerian Army and military outfits of some other West Africa countries under the aegis of Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) to prevent Boko Haram insurgents from regrouping in the region.
Leadership reports that this assignment was conveyed in a presidential statement in which the UN Security Council reiterated that terrorism should be combated in all forms to prevent its spread.
The statement read in part:“The Council urged the Multinational Joint Task Force participating countries to further enhance regional military cooperation and coordination.
“The Force should deny safe haven to Boko Haram, and facilitate the restoration of civilian security and the rule of law in areas liberated from the militant group.
“The Council called on Governments in the region to facilitate access for humanitarian organisations, and to work with the UN and international partners to develop viable options for delivering aid.”
The Council which condemned the attacks in West Africa by the insurgents also expressed deep worry over the humanitarian crisis left behind as a result of the activities of Boko Haram in the Lake Chad Basin region.
The statement added:“In this regard, the Security Council calls upon the international community to immediately support the provision of urgent humanitarian assistance for the people most affected by the crisis.
“These people are in Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria, including by fulfilling the UN appeal for the Lake Chad Basin region.”
Meanwhile, Kalabalge local government officials in Borno state have claimed that not less than 236 people were killedduring the accidental military air strike that hit Rann, a community in the state on Tuesday January 17, 2017.
Prior to the official figure, there was confusion over the death toll from the airstrike.