Richard Ginika Izuora
Scores of insurgents fighting on the side of Boko Haram as well as their families have laid down their arms in the North East.
Troops of Operation Hadin Kai (OPHK) have received the surrendered 91 Boko Haram and Islamic States West Africa Province (ISWAP) fighters and their families.
Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, who disclosed this on Friday in Abuja, said the troops of 202 Battalion took custody of eight Boko Haram insurgents and their families; comprising 10 adult females and 22 children, who surrendered at Ruwaza village in Bama Local Government Area of Borno.
He said the troops of Forward Operational Base (FOB), along BoCobs-Bama road also arrested 20 terrorists and their families; who surrendered to troops at Nbewa village also in Bama Local Government Area.
According to him, the surrendered families of the Boko Haram insurgents comprised 15 adult females and 26 children.
According to Nwachukwu, “The suspects all surrendered to the troops during clearance operations in the areas on July 29; following ongoing intense clearance operations by troops in the general areas.
“The children among the surrendering suspects have been vaccinated with polio vaccines; while the adult and female suspects, who have been documented and screened are currently undergoing preliminary investigations,”.
The troops of 73 Battalion, in conjunction with combined team of Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) and Hunters, intercepted a terrorists’ logistics supplier during a fighting patrol along Molai-Damboa road, according to him, adding that the team swiftly mobilised and stormed the location, where they arrested the suspect; while he was perfecting plans to deliver logistics to the insurgents in the forest.
He said the items recovered from the suspect include a vehicle, four jerry cans of 30 litres of PMS; one 4-litre gallon of engine oil, one motorcycle pump, one oil treatment and one torch light.
According to him, other items recovered are one mosquito net, two praying mats, two blankets, four spanners; as well as 10 packets of 1.5v battery and three dozens of diamond rubber solution.
“Others are five packets of candies, five packets of seasoning and measures of other food stuff,” he said.