“We beefed up border security to stop influx of Chadian into Nigeria” – Minister of Defence

The Minister of Defence, Bashir Magashi has revealed that the security at Nigeria’s borders with Chad has been strengthened to prevent influx of Chadian refugees into the country.

This is following the killing of the country’s President.

This is coming after Idriss Deby died as a result of injuries suffered on the frontline in the Sahel country’s north, where he had gone to visit soldiers battling rebels, an army spokesman said on Tuesday.

Deby, 68, “has just breathed his last defending the sovereign nation on the battlefield” over the weekend, army spokesman General Azem Bermandoa Agouna said in a statement read out on state television.

Deby’s son, Mahamat Kaka, was named interim president by a transitional council of military officers, spokesman Azem Bermendao Agouna said in a broadcast on state television.

Minister of Defence, Bashir Magashi said on Thursday April 22, that there will be a lot of trouble for all neighbouring countries if there is no security in Chad. He said;

“We are beefing up security at our borders, following the developments in Chad.

“When we heard of the death of the Chadian president, the government took action immediately. We beefed up security on our borders with Chad, not to allow the influx of Chadian refugees into Nigeria.

“If there’s no security in Chad, there will be a lot of trouble for all neighbouring countries. But thankfully, we have a lot of ongoing military cooperation, through the MNJTF, which we expect to continue. We remain mindful of our borders and developments in Chad.

“The task of ensuring security is not for the security and law enforcement agencies alone. It must be seen as a collective effort that requires credible intelligence that can best be provided by local communities.”

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