Chiefs of Defence Staff from Lake Chad Basin Commission meet in Abuja

Federal Capital Territory, Abuja

Federal Capital Territory, Abuja

A conference of Chiefs of Defence Staff of member countries of the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) will hold on Tuesday in Abuja, according to a statement.

The statement was issued on Monday by the Director of Defence Information, Maj-.Gen. Chris Olukolade.

In the statement, Olukolade said that the meeting would be hosted by Nigeria’s Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh.

Olukolade said that the meeting was aimed at working out the processes for the implementation of the strategic directive for the immediate take off of the combined operation of the modified version of the Multi-National Joint Task Force in the campaign against terror in the region.

He said the meeting is Preparatory to the Extra-Ordinary Summit of the Heads of State and Governments of the LCBC member countries, in furtherance of the multilateral discussion on counter terrorism operations in the sub region.

He added that “military delegations, led by the Chiefs of Defence Staff, as well as intelligence and security delegations of Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Chad are to participate in the meeting, along with Benin Republic.

“Delegates to the meeting will later brief the Ministers of Defence of the LCBC countries prior to subsequent decisions on the immediate take off of the mission.

“The development is sequel to the recent parleys and contacts between Nigeria’s President and his counterparts in the sub-region in the move to step-up the fight against terror.’’

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