Defence headquarters Abuja has denied the claim by Chadian military that their troops conducted air strikes against six Boko Haram camps in Nigeria.
Director of Defence Information, Maj-Gen. Chris Olukolade, in a statement he issued yesterday, said the claim is not correct.
The defence spokesman said the fact is that the Nigerian Air Force surveillance mission identified targets tagged as Camp 6 around Bosso town which is not within Nigeria’s territory and alerted the partners accordingly.
General Olukolade said the places reported to have been struck by the Chadian are therefore most likely to be in Niger Republic and not Nigeria as widely reported in the international media.
The statement said further that, “Although the terms of the multilateral and bilateral understanding with partners in the war against terror allow some degree of hot pursuit against the terrorists, the territory of Nigeria has not been violated as insinuated in the reports circulated in some foreign media.
“The Nigerian military will continue to cooperate with partners in the mission to exterminate or contain terrorists strictly in conformity with existing terms of the Concept of Operation at strategic, operational or tactical levels.
“It is however important that issues are accurately reported while avoiding misleading or unnecessary sensationalism from any quarter.
Chadian authorities yesterday said its warplanes bombed Boko Haram positions in neighbouring Nigeria to avenge twin suicide bombings in the capital this week blamed on the jihadists, AFP reported.
The government also on Wednesday announced it was banning the burqa nationwide in a security clampdown following Monday’s attacks in N’Djamena that left 33 people dead and more than 100 wounded.

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