Richard Ginika Izuora
The Nigerian Army has confirmed more surrenders from insurgents in the North East.
According to Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu in a statement on Thursday in Abuja, more Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province, ISWAP, terrorists have continued to surrender in as troops of Operations Hadin Kai (OPHK) escalate ground and air offensive operations against them.
Nwachukwu said the sustained air and artillery bombardments on the enclaves of the terrorists in Sambisa forest; as well as its environs had continued to yield positive results.
Fifty six terrorists surrendered with their families on Thursday as the terrorist groups suffers enormous set back and recorded several casualties due to the ferocious offensive by troops.
Nwachukwu stated that 18 male fighters of the terrorist groups on Wednesday came out to surrender to troopsmwith their arms and ammunition.
The Boko Haram terrorists came out with their families; comprising 18 adult females and 19 children from Chingori and other surrounding villages around the Sambisa forest.
“The arms recovered from the surrendered terrorists include five AK47 rifles, one foreign AK47 rifle with telescopic sight; one Fabrique Nationale rifle and eight AK47 rifle magazines.
“Other items include one FN rifle magazine, one bandolier, three rounds of 7.62mm (special) ammunition and the sum of N7,700.
“Similarly, a Boko Haram fighter from Abuja Asamau Village in Sambisa Forest also surrendered to troops with his AK 47 rifle; two magazines, one magazine holder, one round of 7.62mm special and the sum of N5,000,” he said.
Nwachukwu said that over 100 terrorists and their families had succumbed to troops’ offensive in less than two weeks by laying down their arms and giving up the fight.
He disclosed that the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya, lauded the troops for their effort; charging them to remain dedicated and committed to the fight, until the terrorists are completely decimated.