Chad has declared a state of emergency in the Lake Chad region that has been a major target for the Nigerian based Jihadis- Boko Haram.
In a statement released on Monday 9th November by the Communications Minister Hassan Sylla Bakari, the order would take effect immediately giving the authorities more power to conduct more thorough searches and closer monitoring of the residents of the region.
Chadian government on Monday 9th November, declared a state of emergency in the Lake Chad region that is set to take effect immediately.
The Lake Chad region over the past months has become a target for the Boko Haram Militants who have self-declared as an Islamic State Caliphate. Additionally, Chad has intensified the fight against Boko Haram forcing them to cede most of the territory they had control over after they invaded their strongholds in the North Eastern region of Nigeria.
The state of emergency order will give the Chadian authorities more power to closely monitor and even conduct search on residents of the region. The searches will be in a bid to flush out any and all militants masquerading as residents and using those cover to spy and or conduct attacks for the Jihadis.
Chad which has on of the strongest African militaries has not declared any state of emergency since the 2000s following a series of rebellions. This goes to show the graveness of the Boko Haram menace I the region as Niger too has declared a state of emergency in the Diffa region that borders Nigeria.
Despite the United States sending troops to consult on intelligence and other strategic tactic support to the joint task force, the rainy season has inhibited the joint raids against Boko Haram and is expected to resume upon the end of the rainy season.
Boko Haram has suffered great losses and has lost most of the advantages that they enjoyed especially with a list of photographs of their most wanted leaders being released by the Nigerian Army. The anonymity advantage they previously enjoyed has been blown making their leaders flee and go into hiding and such inhibiting their attack plans. These doubled with other counter-measures set up will ensure the degradation of the militants within six months.