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Multinational taskforce to patrol Gulf of Guinea – PMB


A multinational taskforce will soon be established to patrol the waters of the Gulf of Guinea, says President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday in Abuja, reports ITRealms.


Speaking at an audience with the French Minister of Defence, Mr. Jean-Yves Le Drian, President Buhari said that patrols by the multinational taskforce will augment and boost ongoing efforts to improve security in the Gulf, and curb crude oil theft and piracy.

President Buhari and Mr. Le Drian also discussed ongoing French support for the Federal Government's efforts to end the Boko Haram insurgency, according to Femi Adesina, the
Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity.

The President also appreciated the assistance and support of France and other G7 countries, which he said, has helped Nigeria achieve significant successes against Boko Haram.

"When we got into office in May, last year, Boko Haram was effectively controlling at least 14 local government areas. But now, it is no longer so, and they have resorted to attacking soft targets with Improvised Explosive Devices.

"We are determined to secure all of our territory effectively. We are doing our best and our troops are now operating in the Sambisa Forest," President Buhari told the French Defence Minister.

The Minister assured President Buhari that France will continue to assist Nigeria to overcome Boko Haram, saying that all terrorists must be seen as common enemies of the free world.

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Pix: PMB and French Minister of defence, Mr. Jean-Yves Le Drian and his team.

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