The Nigerian Navy (NN) said on Monday that it would deploy troops to the Lake Chad Basin in Borno, as part of the final push to end Boko Haram insurgency.
Rear Adm. Obiora Medani, the Chief of Naval Administration, disclosed this while on a courtesy visit to Gov. Kashim Shettima in Maiduguri.
Medani added that the objective of naval contribution was to accelerate the tempo of the anti-terrorism war in the final push to stamp out the terrorists.
He said that the Navy had deployed some gunboats to the area ahead of the troops’ deployment.
“We have already sent our gunboats to the Lake Chad Basin area, very soon, you will begin to see our operations in the area,” Medani said.
He said he was in the state to launch the NN Medical Rhapsody 2016 for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
“We are in the state to launch the Medical Rhapsody for IDPs as part of the Diamond Jubilee of the Nigerian Navy.
“The action is part of our corporate social responsibilities to our host communities,” Medani said.
He commended the state government for its numerous support to the military toward ending the Boko Haram terrorism in the country.
Responding, Shettima, represented by his deputy, Alhaji Mamman Durkwa, thanked Medani for the visit.
He appealed to the naval authorities to assist in recruiting some members of the Civilian JTF into the Nigerian Navy, especially as the Boko Haram terrorism was getting to the end.