Lake Chad region: MNJTF explores areas of support from UK in fight against terrorism


The Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) has exploring areas of possible support from the United Kingdom (UK) Government the fight against terrorism the Lake Chad region.



This was disclosed a statement Saturday by Colonel Muhammad Dole, of Military Public Information Office, HQ MNJTF N’Djamena, Chad.


According to Colonel Dole, the Force Commander (FC), MNJTF, Major Ibrahim Manu Yusuf accompanied by some staff officers held a meeting at Maiduguri on 21 January 2021 with Dr Katharine Brooks – First Secretary Political (Lake Chad Basin) and Lieutenant Colonel Bobby Gillespie – Deputy Defence Advisor at the British High Commission Nigeria.


He said the meeting was geared towards exploring possible areas of interventions furtherance of MNJTF efforts at degrading the terrorists and creating enabling environment for peace and development the Lake Chad Region.



Dole said that the meeting afforded the Force Commander the opportunity to provide insight on MNJTF operational capabilities, successes and challenges.



“Critical areas which were scoped for possible UK Government support to the MNJTF included Civil Military Cooperation (CIMIC), Information Operations as well as Counter Improvised Explosive Device (IED) capabilities,” the statement said.


The MNJTF spokesperson also disclosed that a follow-up meeting was held ’Djamena on 22 January 2021, the FC and Colonel Nick Abram, Commander Operation TURUS and British Military Assistance Training Team West Africa, accompanied by Lieutenant Colonel Nick Thom, the UK representative the Centre for Coordination and Liaison. The meeting was a build-up on earlier discussions Maiduguri with emphasis on areas for direct operational support.


The meeting presented an ample opportunity for direct interactions operational staff of MNJTF and Operation TURUS, which was mutually rewarding and beneficial as it enhanced common understanding of the operational environment, Dole said.



his remarks, the FC commended the UK Government for its support to MNJTF and the renewed efforts at enhancing the non-kinetic operations of the Force. He assured them of the commitment of the Force to remain resolute discharging its mandate.

It would be recalled that the UK Government had supported the MNJTF 2015 through the provision of vehicles, rough terrain motorcycles, power generating set of different capacities, dental equipment and communication equipment amongst other items.