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Nigeria: Military Aid

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN HL6059, tabled on 23 June 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the statement by the government of Nigeria that “in concert with our American and British allies, Nigeria’s military have pushed back the terrorists” on 19 June, what is the mandate of the British Armed Forces operating in north-east Nigeria.

Answered on

7 July 2020

British Armed Forces activity in North East Nigeria is covered under an Memorandum of Understanding between the UK and Nigeria that was signed in 2019, and is called Operation TURUS. The mission statement for TURUS is: Influence and train the operational capability and capacity of the Armed Forces of Nigeria and Multi-National Joint Task Force, in order to counter Violent Extremist Organisation activity in the North East of Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin area and contribute to Her Majesty's Government's policy goals and objectives.