The Defence Chiefs of Nigeria, Chad and Niger have agreed to set up a Joint Operations Headquarters (JOH) to fine tune coordination of collaborative operations to fight terrorism in the north eastern region of Nigeria.
A statement by Nigeria’s Defence spokesman Major General Chris Olukolade stated that the Defence Chiefs with delegations from the countries met in Abuja to review the progress so far made in the operations conducted by their respective troops.
Olukolade said the meeting which was coordinated by Nigeria’s Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh maintained the need to fine tune the coordination of the activities of the collaborative efforts of the operations.
“The meeting eventually resolved to establish a structure for joint planning to enhance the operations and consolidate on the successes so far achieved in the mission with a view to accelerating the tempo of operations,” the Defence spokesman added.
“Accordingly, a Joint Operations Headquarters (JOH) is to be established and activated immediately, pending any other structure being put in place at regional and international organizations level with regards to the counter terrorism efforts,” he noted.
General Olukolade explained that the three countries actively involved in the ongoing operation namely, Nigeria, Chad and Niger are expected to utilize the structure to beef up their Liaison Teams already operating in the mission area.
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