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Counter insurgency: Navy to set up operational base in Lake Chad

AHMED MARI, Maiduguri

In its effort to stop fleeing  Boko Haram insurgents in the ongoing military crackdown in Sambisa Forest and other parts of the north-east, the Nigerian Navy is setting up ‘Operational Base’ along the shores of Lake Chad Basin area.
The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas  stated this on Monday when he led other members of his team on a courtesy call on Governor Kashim Shettima at the Government House Maiduguri.
“We also want to inform you that the Nigerian Navy has concluded arrangement for establishment of its Operational Base in Lake Chad Basin area purposely to address issue of boko Haram in our territories”. He stated.
The Naval boss who was represented by the Chief of Naval Administration, Rear Admiral Obiara Medini said, they were in Borno to officially launch and inaugurate its 2016 Medical Rhapsody at Dalori Camp II where over 5,000 orphans and widows are hosted as a result of Bboko Haram insurgency.
He said, the Chief Naval Staff, Officers and men of the Command sympathize with Government and people of the state for the untold hardship they went through in the last six years of insurgency,  and assured that with sustained commitment by military and other security agencies, lasting peace will be restored for millions of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) return back to their liberated communities.
“In continuation with the preparation for the Nigerian Navy Diamond Jubilee Celebration Medical Rhapsody, the Chief of Naval Staff has chose Dalori Camp II in Maiduguri as venue for the event this year”, he stated.
“ We have had such event in the past in states of Lagos, Adamawa and Abuja FCT, but in view of the untold hardship on the faces of victims of Boko Haram insurgency, we deemed it fit for the people Borno state to benefit from this gesture, more especially the IDPs,” the Chief of Naval staff added.
He said “We are giving IDPs free medical services in camps, drugs, food items, clothing Materials and other Relief Materials as part of our corporate social responsibility and civil relations”.
Responding, Governor Kashim Shettima who was represented by his Deputy, Alhaji Usman Mamman Durkwa thanked Navy for identifying with victims of insurgency in the state, particularly now that most IDPs are warming up to return back to their liberated communities, and promised that the state Government will continue to support the military to end until they wipe out the Boko Haram insurgents in the north-east.
The Deputy Governor thereafter accompanied the Naval Team to Dalori Camp along Maiduguri- Bama road and officially flagged of the programme.

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