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22 killed in inter-community conflicts in eastern Chad – local media

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22 killed in inter-community conflicts in eastern Chad – local media

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Twenty-eight people were also injured in the clashes, which took place in the three places of Sila, namely Amkaroka, Amsabarna, and Amsiriye, between Ouaddai farmers and Arab herders, according to local media.

Last Thursday, in the neighbouring province of Ouaddai, 12 people lost their lives in an attack against the village of Katafa by “heavily armed individuals,” according to the Chadian news website Alwihda Info.

It is difficult by now to determine whether the attack of last Thursday was of the same nature of ethnic violence.

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World Bank provides $346m to strengthen resilience, livelihoods in Lake Chad region

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The World Bank has approved two operations totaling 346 million dollars in International Development Association (IDA) financing to help strengthen resilience and livelihoods in the Lake Chad region,.

The bank made this known in a statement on Wednesday, adding that the fund would be shared among Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria.

It explained that overall, the Lake Chad region suffered from poor development and economic indicators compared to the averages in the four countries.

It said there were significant gaps in infrastructure, access to basic services was poor, and natural resources and livelihoods were severely impacted by climate change and the situation was exacerbated by insecurity prevailing since 2009.

According to the bank, this is due to insurgent activities that prevented more than 49 million people from attaining their livelihoods in fishing, livestock farming and agriculture.

The bank said that the two newly approved operations focused on enhancing regional collaboration among the four countries to support communities close to the shore of Lake Chad areas.

It said the operations would also improve the living conditions of the population, including vulnerable women and youths who were being faced with the negative impacts of climate change and suffer from insecurity.

“The first project, the Lake Chad Region Recovery and Development Project (PROLAC, 170 million dollars), will support national and regional coordination platforms and local capacity building.

“It will contribute to restoring sustainable rural mobility, connectivity and strengthen the recovery of agricultural livelihoods in selected provinces of Cameroon, Chad, and Niger.

“It will also promote knowledge sharing and regional dialogue with a data platform hosted at the Lake Chad Basin Commission, while strengthening community empowerment through citizen engagement, social cohesion activities and labour-intensive public works.

PROLAC will contribute to the rehabilitation of rural roads and small transport infrastructure, and will promote productive investments by helping agricultural producers to increase productivity in the polder areas in Chad, the farming of oasis areas in Niger, and in the areas close to the shore of the Lake Chad in the Far North of Cameroon.

“The second project, the Multi-Sectoral Crisis Recovery Project for North Eastern Nigeria, Additional Financing (MCRP AF, 176 million dollars), will help the Government of Nigeria to improve access to basic services and livelihood opportunities for crisis-affected communities in the North Eastern States of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe.

“While enhancing coordination among these States and other Lake Chad countries.

“It expands the ongoing 200 million dollars MCRP project and puts an increased emphasis on support for agricultural livelihoods and investments.

“In addition, the MCRP AF will include support for labor-intensive approaches and works programs, promote rural and regional connectivity, rehabilitate market infrastructure and prioritize climate change adaptation and mitigation,” World Bank explained.

The bank, however, noted that the project would also expand its education and health activities to include a focus on service delivery.

This the bank said it would do by providing grants to schools committees and incentives to returning teachers, and by promoting quality of primary health care services in targeted public health centres and district hospitals.

It emphasised that the Lake Chad region remained a priority area of engagement given the common nature of the challenges faced by the sub-region and the huge potential for regional cooperation.

Edited By: Ese E. Ekama (NAN)

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Israeli PM says speaks with leaders of Sudan, Chad

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that he has talked with the leaders of Sudan and Chad, countries with which Israel has no bilateral ties until recently.

The remark was made at the start of the first weekly cabinet meeting of the new power-sharing government between Netanyahu and Benny Gantz, leader of the Blue and White party, a week after the unity government was sworn-in in the parliament.

The meeting was held a few hours before the opening of the first hearing of Netanyahu’s criminal trial over corruption charges at the Jerusalem District Court.

Netanyahu told the cabinet he had spoken with the leaders of Sudan and Chad over the past two days, and wished them happy Eid al-Fitr, a holiday marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

He said he wishes the ties between the countries would “strengthen further,” noting new diplomatic ties with “more Muslim countries” are “on the way.”

Netanyahu and Sudan’s leader Abdel Fattah al-Burhan met in Uganda in February and agreed to move toward the normalization of their relations.

In January 2019, during Netanyahu’s visit to Chad, he and Chadian President Idriss Deby announced the resumption of diplomatic ties for the first time since 1972.

Forming new relations with Muslim countries is a key part of Netanyahu’s foreign policy, according to which the Israelis can normalize ties with their Arab neighbors and the Muslim world without inking a peace deal with the Palestinians.

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Chad abolishes the death penalty

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Chad passed a new anti-terrorism law on Tuesday that abolishes the death penalty for terrorism-related crimes in the country, parliament announced.

The new law replaces legislation that was introduced on July 30, 2015, which made acts of terrorism punishable by death.

The death penalty was reinstated for terror crimes – after the government said in 2014 it would be abolished – because of attacks by the militia group Boko Haram in the capital of N’Djamena, which left 67 dead, including 10 suicide bombers, and 182 injured.

The move now abolishes the death penalty in Chad overall.

At the time, civil and human rights groups were opposed to the move, concerned that it could be used to curb rights.

In 2018, after four prisoners were sentenced to death in Chad, the European Union called on the government to join the majority of African Union states that had abolished the death penalty.

Boko Haram, meanwhile, continues to pose a threat to communities in Chad, Nigeria, Niger and Cameroon.

Since 2009, tens of thousands of people have died at the hands of the Sunni fundamentalists in the region and an estimated 2.5 million people have fled their homes.

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Edited By: Isaac Aregbesola (NAN)

 

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Chadian Forces not in any part of Nigerian territory -Army

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The Nigerian Army has refuted the claim by a Chadian Army Officer that the Chadian forces were in some parts of Nigerian territory in the fringes of the Lake Chad region.

The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sagir Musa, made the clarification while briefing Newsmen at Army Special Forces Super Camp at Ngamdu in Kaga Local Government Area of Borno on Friday.

Musa said that the clarification was necessary to correct the impression that the Nigerian forces were not on ground in some areas around the Lake Chad region.

He added that the Nigerian military and the Chadian forces had been working together under the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) which has its Headquarters in N’Djamena, Chad.

According to him, the press statement allegedly made in Baga-Sola Headquarters Sector 2 MNJTF Chad by the Chadian senior officer, one Col. Azem Aguna on April 9 in this regard was not correct.

“The Nigerian Army’s attention has been drawn to the said statement now circulating on social media claiming – “the security and Defence forces of Chad are deeply stationed in the islands of Niger and Nigeria wanted to handover to the respective army (sic) of these friendly nations.

“Nigerian Army wishes to state that there is no Chadian or any other foreign country’s troops on Nigerian side of the Lake Chad or in any other part of the Nigerian territory.

“As a responsible organisation, the Nigerian Army finds it necessary to clear the wrong impression or misinformation for history and posterity as well as to avoid spreading falsehood and mischievous publications,” he said.

Musa stated that the Chadian operation at the Chadian side of the Lake Chad area was with the knowledge and support of Nigeria in line with the existing multilateral co-operation between the countries.

He added that the support was in honouring and furtherance of the existing multi-lateral cooperation between the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) countries under the MNJTF.

“The operation was especially welcomed and supported by the Nigerian Army because it would deny the insurgent’s rear and logistics bases in Chad from where they often plan and launched attacks into Nigeria.

“It is hoped that the Chadian forces will sustain operations on their side of the border to permanently deny Boko Haram criminals of rear bases from where they can launch operations into Nigeria.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the Chadian Operation BOMA WRATH took place only in Chadian territory and not on Nigerian territory.

“The Chadian security and Defence forces did not cross into Nigerian territory during the operation and thus there are no Chadian troops holding any Nigerian territory.

“The Nigerian Military is fully committed and in total support of the continued cooperation between Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria to finally and speedily decimate Boko Haram/ISWAP Criminals and put final end to terrorism in the region.

“Members of the public are requested to disregard the claim and misleading information that – “the Chadian security and Defence forces are deeply stationed in the islands of Nigeria waiting to handover,” he added.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the statement credited to the Chadian Defence authorities had been in circulation in different platforms since Thursday.

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Chadian forces not in any part of Nigerian territory –Army

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The Nigerian Army has refuted the claim by a Chadian Army Officer that the Chadian forces are in some parts of Nigerian territories in the fringes of Lake Chad region.

The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sagir Musa, made the clarification while briefing Newsmen at Army Special Forces Super Camp at Ngamdu in Kaga Local Government Area of Borno on Friday.

Musa said that the clarification was necessary to correct the impression that the Nigerian forces were not on ground in some areas around the Lake Chad region.

He added that the Nigerian military and the Chadian forces had been working together under the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) which has its Headquarters in N’Djamena, Chad.

According to him, the press statement allegedly made in Baga-Sola Headquarters Sector 2 MNJTF Chad by the Chadian senior officer, one Col. Azem Aguna on April 9 in this regard was not correct.

“The Nigerian Army’s attention has been drawn to the said statement now circulating on social media claiming – “the security and Defence forces of Chad are deeply stationed in the islands of Niger and Nigeria wanted to handover to the respective army (sic) of these friendly nations.

“Nigerian Army wishes to state that there is no Chadian or any other foreign country’s troops on Nigerian side of the Lake Chad or in any other part of the Nigerian territory.

“As a responsible organisation, the Nigerian Army finds it necessary to clear the wrong impression or misinformation for history and posterity as well as to avoid spreading falsehood and mischievous publications,” he said.

Musa stated that the Chadian operation at the Chadian side of the Lake Chad area was with the knowledge and support of Nigeria in line with the existing multilateral co-operation between the countries.

He added that the support was in honouring and furtherance of the existing multi-lateral cooperation between the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) countries under the MNJTF.

“The operation was especially welcomed and supported by the Nigerian Army because it would deny the insurgent’s rear and logistics bases in Chad from where they often plan and launched attacks into Nigeria.

“It is hoped that the Chadian forces will sustain operations on their side of the border to permanently deny Boko Haram criminals of rear bases from where they can launch operations into Nigeria.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the Chadian Operation BOMA WRATH took place only in Chadian territory and not on Nigerian territory.

“The Chadian security and Defence forces did not cross into Nigerian territory during the operation and thus there are no Chadian troops holding any Nigerian territory.

“The Nigerian Military is fully committed and in total support of the continued cooperation between Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria to finally and speedily decimate Boko Haram/ISWAP Criminals and put final end to terrorism in the region.

“Members of the public are requested to disregard the claim and misleading information that – “the Chadian security and Defence forces are deeply stationed in the islands of Nigeria waiting to handover,” he added.

News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the statement credited to the Chadian Defence authorities had been in circulation in different platforms since Thursday.

Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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Chadian forces not occupying Nigerian territory in Lake Chad region –Army

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The Nigerian Army has refuted the claim by a Chadian Army Officer that the Chadian forces were occupying some Nigerian territories in the fringes of Lake Chad region waiting to handover.

The Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sagir Musa, made the clarification while briefing Newsmen at Army Special Forces Super Camp at Ngamdu in Kaga Local Government Area of Borno on Friday.

Musa said that the clarification was necessary to correct the impression that the Nigerian forces were not on ground in some areas around the Lake Chad region.

He added that the Nigerian military and the Chadian forces had been working together under the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) which has its Headquarters in N’Djamena, Chad.

According to him, the press statement allegedly made in Baga-Sola Headquarters Sector 2 MNJTF Chad by the Chadian senior officer, one Col. Azem Aguna on April 9 in this regard was not correct.

“The Nigerian Army’s attention has been drawn to the said statement now circulating on social media claiming – “the security and Defence forces of Chad are deeply stationed in the islands of Niger and Nigeria wanted to handover to the respective army (sic) of these friendly nations.

“Nigerian Army wishes to state that there is no Chadian or any other foreign country’s troops on Nigerian side of the Lake Chad or in any other part of the Nigerian territory.

“As a responsible organisation, the Nigerian Army finds it necessary to clear the wrong impression or misinformation for history and posterity as well as to avoid spreading falsehood and mischievous publications,” he said.

Musa stated that the Chadian operation at the Chadian side of the Lake Chad area was with the knowledge and support of Nigeria in line with the existing multilateral co-operation between the countries.

He added that the support was in honouring and furtherance of the existing multi-lateral cooperation between the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) countries under the MNJTF.

“The operation was especially welcomed and supported by the Nigerian Army because it would deny the insurgent’s rear and logistics bases in Chad from where they often plan and launched attacks into Nigeria.

“It is hoped that the Chadian forces will sustain operations on their side of the border to permanently deny Boko Haram criminals of rear bases from where they can launch operations into Nigeria.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the Chadian Operation BOMA WRATH took place only in Chadian territory and not on Nigerian territory.

“The Chadian security and Defence forces did not cross into Nigerian territory during the operation and thus there are no Chadian troops holding any Nigerian territory.

“The Nigerian Military is fully committed and in total support of the continued cooperation between Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria to finally and speedily decimate Boko Haram/ISWAP Criminals and put final end to terrorism in the region.

“Members of the public are requested to disregard the claim and misleading information that – “the Chadian security and Defence forces are deeply stationed in the islands of Nigeria waiting to handover,” he added.

Nigeria News Agency recalls that the statement credited to the Chadian Defence authorities had been in circulation in different platforms since Thursday.

Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz
(NAN)

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Nigeria, Chad to sustain MNJTF operations in Lake Chad region

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The Federal Government and its Chadian counterpart have agreed to sustain the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) operations against Boko Haram/Islamic States for West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists in the Lake Chad region.

The Director, Press and Public Affairs, Ministry of Defence, Mr Charles Nwoko, disclosed this in a communique issued at the of the bilateral meeting between the Nigerian and Chadian Ministers of Defence held in Abuja on Thursday.

According to the communique, a bilateral meeting was held in Abuja to discuss issues of bilateral importance between both countries in the Lake Chad Basin.

It stated that the meeting was necessitated in order to sustain existing bilateral agreements on security between Nigeria and Chad particularly around the Lake Chad Basin.

The meeting, it said, was attended by other top dignitaries from Chad and Nigeria which include, the Chief of Staff to the Chadian President, Chadian Ambassador to Nigeria as well as the Chadian Director of Military Cooperation.

“Also, other dignitaries from Nigeria present at the meeting were the Chief of Defence Staff, Chief of Defence Intelligence, Chief of Defence Training and Operations (Defence Headquarters), Force Commander of MNJTF, and Theatre Commander Operation Lafiya Dole.

“At the end, both countries agreed to continue with the conduct of combined operations under the auspices of the MNJTF.

The Minister of Defence of Chad, Mahamat Aba-Ali Salah, appreciated Nigeria for hosting the meeting (while) reiterating the existing cordial relations between both countries.

“He also thanked Nigeria on behalf of the Chadian Government for its support to the MNJTF and other Bilateral actions through moral, logistics and technical support in the fight against insurgency in the Lake Chad Region.

The Minister of Defence of Nigeria, Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi (rtd) disclosed that the successful recent offensive by the Chadian Armed Forces was conducted with the knowledge of Nigeria through the MNJTF.

“He further stated that the Concept of Operations and all other requirements for the forces of the two countries has been agreed upon for them to continue with the conduct of the combined operations against the common enemy within the Lake Chad Basin.

Additionally, the Honourable Minister of Defence of Nigeria pledged the nation’s continuous support for the operations in the Lake Chad Basin and reiterated Nigeria’s backing and acceptance of the MNJTF Concept of Operations.

“He finally encouraged citizens of both countries to support the ongoing operations so as to end the insurgency in the Lake Chad Basin and in both countries in general,” it added.

Edited By: Mustapha Lamidi/Ismail Abdulaziz
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Nigeria, Chad agree on MNJTF operations against Boko Haram/ISWAP

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The Federal Government and its Chadian counterpart have agreed to sustain the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) operations against Boko Haram/Islamic States for West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists in the Lake Chad region.

The Director, Press and Public Affairs, Ministry of Defence, Mr Charles Nwoko, disclosed this in a Communique issued at the of the bilateral meeting between the Nigerian and Chadian Ministers of Defence held in Abuja on Thursday.

According to the communique, a bilateral meeting was held in Abuja to discuss issues of bilateral importance between both countries in the Lake Chad Basin.

It stated that the meeting was necessitated in order to sustain existing bilateral agreements on security between Nigeria and Chad particularly around the Lake Chad Basin.

The meeting, it said, was attended by other top dignitaries from Chad and Nigeria which include, the Chief of Staff to the Chadian President, Chadian Ambassador to Nigeria as well as the Chadian Director of Military Cooperation.

“Also, other dignitaries from Nigeria present at the meeting were the Chief of Defence Staff, Chief of Defence Intelligence, Chief of Defence Training and Operations (Defence Headquarters), Force Commander of MNJTF, and Theatre Commander Operation Lafiya Dole.

“At the end, both countries agreed to continue with the conduct of combined operations under the auspices of the MNJTF.

“The Minister of Defence of Chad, Mahamat Aba-Ali Salah, appreciated Nigeria for hosting the meeting (while) reiterating the existing cordial relations between both countries.

“He also thanked Nigeria on behalf of the Chadian Government for its support to the MNJTF and other Bilateral actions through moral, logistics and technical support in the fight against insurgency in the Lake Chad Region.

“The Minister of Defence of Nigeria, Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi (rtd) disclosed that the successful recent offensive by the Chadian Armed Forces was conducted with the knowledge of Nigeria through the MNJTF.

“He further stated that the Concept of Operations and all other requirements for the forces of the two countries has been agreed upon for them to continue with the conduct of the combined operations against the common enemy within the Lake Chad Basin.

“Additionally, the Honourable Minister of Defence of Nigeria pledged the nation’s continuous support for the operations in the Lake Chad Basin and reiterated Nigeria’s backing and acceptance of the MNJTF Concept of Operations.

“He finally encouraged citizens of both countries to support the ongoing operations so as to end the insurgency in the Lake Chad Basin and in both countries in general,” it added.

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Boko Haram: Zulum meets Buhari over Chadian military operation along Lake Chad

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday met with Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno at the State House, Abuja.

Zulum, who spoke to State House Correspondents after the meeting, said he was in the state House to brief the President on the recent military action against Boko Haram by Chadian soldiers on the shores of Lake Chad and its implications on Nigeria’s National Security.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the attacks by the Chadian soldiers was in retaliation over the killing of about 91 Chadian security personnel by the Boko Haram insurgents recently.

Zulum quoted the President to have promised to take more decisive and proactive measures towards ensuring that the Boko Haram menace in parts of the country is totally eliminated for sustainable peace and development.

”After critically analysing the situation, we both expressed the belief that time has come to once and for all put to an end the senseless acts of terror by Boko Haram and other criminal elements operating in the region,” he said

The Governor said he also briefed President Buhari on his administration’s efforts at containing the ravaging Coronavirus in Borno.

NAN reports that Borno has so far not recorded a single case of Coronavirus in the state.

Edited By: Rabiu Sani Ali
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