Tukur Buratai, Chief of Army Staff, has called on displaced people in Borno North to return home to restart their lives as their communities are now safe and secured.
Buratai made the call at the inauguration of nine gunboats for the Amphibious Task Force Detachment at Baga, for patrol and clearing the remaining Boko Haram terrorists from the Lake Chad waterways.
“Let me use this opportunity to call on the good people of Northern Borno to please, leverage on the deployment of ‘Operation Last Hold’ to return to their communities which have long been liberated by our gallant troops.
Buratai said: “All roads linking communities within these areas have been cleared of improvised explosive devices as well as insurgent activities as they can no longer pose any credible threats to your daily routine,’’ he said
Earlier, the army chief, represented by Maj.-Gen. David Ahmadu, the Chief of Operation and Training, Army formally launched the ongoing “Operation Last Hold’’ at Gudumbali in Guzamala Local Government Area of Borno State.
The four-month long operation began on May 1 and was designed to flush out remnants of terrorists in Borno North and the Lake Chad region as well as facilitate the return of IDPs to their communities.
Buratai said that the operation was meant to achieve three objectives.
“These are clearance operations to further decimate remnant of the Boko Haram terrorists, ensure return of IDPs to their communities and provide safe and secured environment for the resumption of farming, fishing and other economic activities in Northern Borno.’’