EU avails funds to fight Boko Haram

LAGOS, (CAJ News) – THE European Union (EU) has committed €50 million (N773, 58 million) support to support the Joint Task Force (MNJTF) in its  fight against the Boko Haram.

This agreement comes at a time of renewed efforts by the member countries of the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) and Benin to eliminate the threat  posed by the Boko Haram terrorist group and create conditions for the  rehabilitation of the affected areas and people.

The scope is to prevent Boko Haram’s ability to move across borders when  fighting uncoordinated bilateral operations.

The EU support will allow for the construction and maintenance of MNJTF  headquarters in Ndjamena (Chad) as well as of sector Headquarters in Cameroon and Niger.

EU reiterated its strong mutual engagement to contribute to restore a safe and secure environment to the civilian population in the areas affected by  Boko Haram and other terrorist groups.

Boko Haram attacks against the population have severely affected the  North-east of Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon and Niger.

More than 13 000 have been killed, 2,5 million internally displaced and an  estimated 250 000 fled to neighboring countries.

The escalation of violence has disrupted regional agricultural production and unsettled local markets, causing increasing malnutrition. – CAJ News

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