The African Union (AU) announced that in a bid to curb terrorism, the body supplied military equipment to the Multinational Joint Task Force in the Lake Chad region.
This was development was revealed via a statement issued by Chief of Military Public Information, MNJTF, Lt.-Col, Kamarudeen Adegoke, from the MNJTF Headquarters in N’Djamena, Chad on Tuesday, July 19.
The donation of the equipment which was reportedly done through the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) includes Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs); troop-carrying vehicles, buses, high calibre generators, Counter Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) equipment, and office equipment.
Adegoke explained that the equipment was handed over to the recipients’ Troops Contributing Countries (TCCs) of Nigeria, Niger, and Chad after the necessary paperwork and authorisation by the AU.
“The Force Commander in company of the Theatre Commander (TC), Operation Hadin Kai, Maj.-Gen. Christopher Musa, formally handed over the equipment to Sector 3 of the MNJTF on July 13 in Maimalari Military Cantonment, Maiduguri in Borno.
“The items were received by the Commander Sector 3 Maj.-Gen. GM Mutkut at the headquarters in Monguno, North East Nigeria.”
Meanwhile, the Force Commander Maj.-Gen. Khalifah applauded the union, urging them to do more.