No fewer that 16 Boko Haram and Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) fighters and their wives have surrendered as troops intensify operations towards insurgents.
A number of others had been reportedly killed in the course of the raid of the bandits’ hideout.
In line with a press release by Nigerian Military Operations Media Coordinator, Colonel Aminu Iliyasu, the insurgents surrendered after they may now not bear the warmth of the artillery bombardment of their hideout.
In line with him: “The incremental raids, clearance patrols, sting operations, cordon & search operations in addition to mortar and artillery bombardment of recognized legal insurgents and bandits’ hideouts throughout the previous one week has yielded great constructive outcomes as among the terrorists surrendered to our gallant troops whereas a number of others had been neutralised.
“The period equally witnessed the interception and arrest of several Boko Haram Logistics Suppliers and informants by the troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE as well as the arrest or neutralisation of some bandits and other criminal elements in the North West and other parts of the nation”.
Iliyasu added: “On 1st November 2019 as an illustration, 16 insurgents together with eight of their spouses who may now not bear the warmth from the onslaught towards them surrendered to the relentless troops of Sector 1, Multinational Joint Job Pressure at Fotokol. Subsequently, the surrendered insurgents had been later handed over to troops of three Battalion (Primary) at Gamboru Ngala, a border city NE of Borno State. Throughout preliminary interrogation and profiling, they confessed to have actively participated in assaults carried out towards each army and civilian targets at numerous occasions.
“It was additional revealed that 14 of them whose names are Ibrahim Bunu, Abba Sale, Baba Lamba Alhaji, Bukar Isa, Bukar Ali, Rawa Abba Gana, Mustapha Abatcha, Umar Abubakar, Hassan Bukar, Malam Abatcha Ali, Abba Umar Abatcha, Hussaini Babagana, Idris Mohammed and Umar Abba Bayoma all belonged to the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) led by Al – Barnawi whereas the remaining 2, Hassan Kawu and Babagana Bukar Adijabe belonged to Boko Haram (Abubakar Shekau Faction).
“The repentant insurgents however, regretted their participation in the heinous crimes they committed against humanity and are now calling on their former colleagues to retrace their steps and also surrender to troops before it is too late”.