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South African Military is Not Deployed in Nigeria

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No South African Military is deployment in Nigeria

March 13, 2015
Pretoria – The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has reiterated that it does not have any military deployment in Nigeria.

This follows reports that Nigeria has brought in hundreds of mercenaries from South Africa and the former Soviet Union to give its offensive against Boko Haram a shot in the arm before the March 28 elections.

The reports allege that troops and foreigners purported to be South African military contractors are patrolling the streets of Maiduguri, the Borno state capital that was the birthplace of Boko Haram.

“These people are not members of the SANDF,” SANDF spokesperson Siphiwe Dlamini told SAnews on Friday.

Any citizens fighting Boko Haram would be regarded as mercenaries and might face prosecution for violating the nation’s laws, Dlamini said.

“If any laws of the country have been breached, the responsible institutions will take action.”

In previous statements, the Department of Defence had indicated that all military deployments are sanctioned and authorised in accordance to strict processes as guided by the Constitution and government.

Boko Haram launched its insurgency in Nigeria in 2009 aiming to create an Islamic state within the country.

At least 2 000 civilians have been killed by the group this year.

The kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls by Boko Haram in April last year from the town of Chibok in Borno sparked international outrage.

Meanwhile, Boko Haram has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) group in an audio message published online on Saturday, after three bombs wreaked havoc in northeast Nigeria, killing 58 and wounding many others.

“We announce our allegiance to the Caliph of the Muslims, Ibrahim ibn Awad ibn Ibrahim al-Husseini al-Qurashi,” Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau said, referring to IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Shekau said the pledge was made because of religious duty to Islam and as it would “enrage the enemy of Allah”.

The IS welcomed the pledge and urged foreign fighters from around the world to migrate and join Boko Haram. – SAnews.gov.za

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