Nigeria deploys troops to border

AFP-JIJI

Nigeria’s military on Wednesday announced a “massive” deployment of troops to its restive northeast, after the president declared a state of emergency in areas where Islamist insurgents have seized territory.

A separate military source said fighter jets would also be deployed to the region, raising the possibility that Nigeria could carry out airstrikes within its own territory.

President Goodluck Jonathan issued the emergency decree in a broadcast late Tuesday, acknowledging for the first time that Boko Haram Islamists had “taken over” parts of Borno state.

The emergency measures were applied to three states, including Yobe and Adamawa, but the offensive is expected to be concentrated in Borno, which shares borders with Cameroon, Chad and Niger.