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Chad Declares State Of Emergency In Lake Chad Region To Curtail Unlawful Assembly


By Mustapha Abdul Salaam

BALTIMORE, MD (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – As part of the measures to weaken trans-border activities of the dreaded Boko Haram insurgents, the Chadian Government has declared state of emergency in Lake Chad region.

Speaking on the latest approach, Chad’s Minister of Communications, Hassan Sylla Bakari, Monday explained that the state of emergency would empower the Governor of the region to bar the movement of people and vehicles as well as order search of homes in day and night.

Chad’s region is one of the Nigerian neighbourhood, which the insurgents have been using as an assembly base, before dispersing to various locations of their deadly attack.

The Minister indicated that the Boko Haram militants have since constituted “threat to the civilian population with suicide bombings which is difficult to prevent.”

Similarly, Bakari stated that the terrorists conspired with some residents of the Lake Chad region, adding that the Chadian government had deployed over 5,000 soldiers to Islands and lakeside villages in the region.

Suspected Boko Haram, have since 2009 killed many, including underage in the North Eastern Nigeria, Chad and Cameroon. Many have also been displaced and are currently seeking refuge, in various Internally Displaced People (IDPs) camps in the Northern part of the country.


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