European Union trains Multinational Joint Task Force on drone piloting

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The European Union has donated two long-range drones and a vehicle to the Nigeria’s Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF), and additional two drones each to troops in Chad and Cameroon to help secure the environment in the areas affected by activities of Boko Haram and other terrorist groups.

The Multinational Joint Task Force with headquarters in N’Djamena situated in the Lake Chad Basin is headed by Maj.-Gen. Ibrahim Sallau Ali, who was elated by the gesture.

The donation made during the graduation ceremony of the second batch training of drone pilots for troops in Sector 1, took place in N’djamena on Friday 20 October 2023.

In his remarks, Gen. Ali, announced that the MNJTF is actively enhancing its surveillance capabilities to achieve its mandate.

He expressed gratitude for the partnerships formed with the European Union, emphasizing the importance of collaboration in advancing the objective of the MNJTF.

However, Ali reaffirms the dedication of the MNJTF to fulfill its mandate commending the collective effort of all sectors within the MNJTF to work together in enhancing regional security, he said. 

Col. Abdullahi consequently, recalled in the statement that a similar donation of two drones and a utility vehicle was presented to Sector 2 Chad in July 2023.

Our correspondent reports that the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) is a combined multinational formation, comprising units, mostly military, from Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and Nigeria. 

It is headquartered in N’Djamena and is mandated to bring an end to the Boko Haram insurgency.


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