- Farmers in Borno state have been urged to return home by the Nigerian army
- The army said this will enable the farmers cultivate their farmlands
- Theatre commander, Operation Lafiya Dole also reiterated army’s commitment to end insurgency and restoration of peace in the northeast
Nigerian army on Friday, April 20, called on displaced farmers in Borno to return home to enable them cultivate their farmlands.
Maj.-Gen. Rogers Nicholas, the theatre commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, told newsmen in Maiduguri that the call was imperative to enable the displaced farmers participate in the upcoming cropping season.
Nicholas said the military command had adopted proactive security measures to protect farmers in the state.
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He added that: “We would launch Operation Last Hold to dominate northern Borno and Lake Chad region.
“It is designed to ensure security in liberated communities and protect farmers in their farmlands.
“We will stay with them in the farms and protect them.
“I call on Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in camps to return home and cultivate their lands.”
The theatre commander reiterated army’s commitment to end insurgency and restoration of peace in the northeast.
Borno government statistics indicated that over 1.8 million displaced persons were taking shelter in camps and host communities in the state.
NAIJ.com had earlier reported that Maj.-Gen. Rogers Nicholas, the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, said two Boko Haram commanders and the insurgents’ physician have surrendered to Nigerian Army.
He made the disclosure when he presented the surrendered insurgents in Maiduguri. Nicholas said a woman leader of the insurgents’ group and three children also surrendered to the troops at Kumshe in Bama local government area of Borno.
Nigerian Air Force operations against Boko Haram on NAIJ.com TV.