There are reports Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Benin have all agreed to contribute troops to face Islamic militant group Boko Haram. The countries expect to deploy 8,750 soldiers by next month to combat the growing threat posed by the Islamic militants.
The details of the deployment of Nigeria and its four neighboring countries was disclosed at the end of a three-day meeting in Cameroon.
The plan calls for Nigeria and Chad to contribute 3,500 troops respectively. Cameroon and Niger would contribute 750 each and Benin would contribute 250. The force would be headquartered in N’Djamena, the capital of Chad.
This comes as Boko Haram attacked Niger border town of Bosso. Niger’s government said it killed more than 100 Boko Haram militants in the attack, BBC News reports. The group had also attacked Fotokol in Cameroon on Wednesday. About 70 people were killed in that attack.