The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has said that the military is working with the Borno State government to resettle Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and smoke out criminal elements hibernating in the forests.
The coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, stated this yesterday during the weekly update on Armed Forces of Nigeria operations from August 27 to September 2, 2020.
Recall that the Boko Haram Terrorists/Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) elements attacked victims of insurgency recently resettled by the Borno State government.
The Coordinator said the military is ready to provide an enabling environment for the civil authorities to resettle the IDPs.
“The Borno State Government has remained resolute in its efforts to resettle the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the state back to their home communities. In spite of the Boko Haram/ISWAP criminal elements’ attempts to thwart its efforts, the State Government is determined to resettle more of the IDPs to their home communities.
The Armed Forces of Nigeria, as always, will support the state government in its effort to resettle its citizens back to their various communities and ensure they go about their businesses unperturbed. This is considerably, an evidence of gradual restoration of normalcy in some parts of the North-East zone of Nigeria,” he said.
He explained further “the issue of resettlement is not purely a military affair, it is a collective affair.
“We are working together with Borno State Government to resettle Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), we are ready to support the civil authorities inline with our constitutional mandate, We are ready to provide the enabling environment,” he reiterated.
In the week under review, Major General Enenche noted that the Armed Forces of Nigeria and other security agencies have continued to sustain the tempo and display resilience in their efforts to forestall the activities of Boko Haram/ISWAP criminal elements.