The federal government has deployed drones to the nation’s borders in the north-east to boost the fight against Boko Haram terrorists.
This was revealed in a country report presented by Sani Rano, a representative of the Nigerian delegation to the ECOWAS parliament in Abuja on Friday.
Rano said the deployment of the drones was as a result of the recent multiple attacks on military formations in the terror-ravaged north-east.
“It is worth mentioning that Nigeria has constituted the Multi-National Joint Taskforce (MNTF) made up of Chad, Benin, Niger, Cameroon and Nigeria, in fighting Boko Haram,” the report stated.
“It is a multinational formation comprising of equipped units, mostly the military aimed at containing the ravages of terrorism and armed insurgency.
“Presently, drones are patrolling Nigeria’s borders with Chad, Niger and Cameroon as instruments for intelligence collection.
“The Nigerian government is working closely with the Cameroonian government with the aim of negotiating efforts in enabling more Cameroon Boko Haram members to surrender.”
This comes days after Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, chief of army staff, said Boko Haram insurgents have also advanced in technology and now use drones and foreign fighters to attack the army.
He said the use of high technology by the insurgents poses threats and requires review of military operations in the region.