Army reveals reason for mass surrender of Boko Haram insurgents

Army reveals reason for mass surrender of Boko Haram insurgents

The Nigerian Army has said that the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) and Boko Haram insurgents causing havoc in the North-East part of the country are overwhelmed with palpable fear.

Army Spokesperson Onyema Nwachukwu stated this when he announced the gale of surrender by the insurgents in a statement on Monday, August 16.

Nwachukwu said that the 186 terrorists consisted of their wives; and other family members surrendered to the Nigerian troops of Operation HADIN KAI at Forward Operational Base (FOB) Ajiri.

He also noted that the terrorist organisations had resorted to media propaganda; to douse the tension caused by the recent surrender by most of their members.

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“Following the recent unprecedented and massive surrendering of Boko Haram Terrorists in Bama Operational area on 2 and 4 August 2021 respectively, there has been confusion and severe apprehension in the camps of the Islamic State of West Africa Province especially amongst its top-ranking commanders over the depleting strength of its members, which has drastically dwindled their overall fighting efficiency,” he said.

“It is against this backdrop that the terrorist group opted for the use of propaganda via AMAQ Terrorists Media Wing with the aim to portray the group as if it is still a potent force in the North East.

“The current trend of apprehension in their camps was further aggravated by the recent alarming turn out of members of the terrorist group, who came out in droves with their families to lay down their arms and surrender to own troops at Mafa Local Government Area on 14 August, 2021.

“A total of 186 Boko Haram Terrorists members led by their Amir, Manye Aga; comprising 67 adult males, 54 adult females, and 65 children surrendered to troops of Operation HADIN KAI; at Forward Operational Base (FOB) Ajiri. Items recovered from the surrendered terrorists include several AK 47 rifles; and magazines, a locally made pistol and 8 locally fabricated daggers.

“Similarly, on 15 August, 2021, the Theatre took custody of additional Boko Haram fighters; comprising 4 adult males, 11 adult females and 18 children from Landanli, Azah, Ngaridua and Kondilla villages; who surrendered to own troops of 151 Task Force Battalion, Banki Junction in Bama.

“It is also worthy of note that the terrorists are overwhelmed with palpable fear; and are making desperate efforts to halt the ongoing surrendering of their fighters from the Tumbus as well as Sambisa axis.”

He noted that ISWAP was yet to come to terms with the reality of its current predicament; which had had a serious negative impact on its prowess.

The statement added that the Nigerian Army was more resolute; in the ongoing fight against insurgency, banditry and sundry crimes in the country.


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