Boko Haram: Army clears Borno farmlands

Troops of Operation Last Hold in Borno state have rid-off farmlands and Lake Chad Islands of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) for displaced persons to resume farming and fishing in liberated communities.

The cleared farmlands, are located in eight Local Government Areas of Gudumbali, Mobbar, Marte, Gubio, Kala/Balge, Ngala, Gubio and Abadam.

The eight councils were attacked and destroyed by Boko Haram insurgency between 2012 and 2016, with the loss of many lives and property.

This was disclosed by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen Tukur Buratai, while launching Operation Last Hold on Thursday at Gudumbali, the council headquarters of Guzamala in Borno state.

He said clearing of farmlands of explosives in liberated council, was to fast track the movements of IDPs from camps to communities.

The operation, which has the theme: “Rebuilding Our Livelihoods For a Prosperous Tomorrow,” was to last for four months in farmland clearances of bushes, shrubs and weeds.

Buratai, who was represented by Chief Operations and Training, Maj-Gen. David Ahmadu, also said: “This operation is to move IDPs from camps to liberated communities resume their farming and other economic activities in eight councils and Lake Chad Islands.”

He said with the clearance of farmlands of planted explosives by insurgents, farmers can now return to their communities, as peace has returned.

He said the operation also include the launching of house cleaning and rebuilding the destroyed houses in 2014.

“This twin Army operation will ensure the protection of houses and farmlands that have been cleared of explosives and other weapons planted by insurgents,” said Ahmadu.

He added that all the roads and other desert tracks leading to the liberated communities were also cleared of landmines to guarantee safety of lives and property.

He urged the people to give all the necessary support to the military by providing credible information to completely clear remnants of insurgents in Borno and Northeast.

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