The Nigerian Army has said that about 16 Boko Haram terrorists alongside their wives have surrendered to the troops amid intensified operation against the insurgents.
In a statement issued by the Army Operations Media Coordinator, Colonel Aminu Iliyasu, several other insurgents were killed.
The statement noted that the terrorists surrendered when they could no longer bear the heat of the artillery bombardment of their hideouts in the past one week.
It stressed that in the period, troops of Operation Lafiya Dole arrested several Boko Haram Logistics Suppliers and informants, adding that many bandits were also killed while some were arrested in the North West zone and other parts of the country.
“On 1st November 2019 for instance, 16 insurgents along with 8 of their spouses who could no longer bear the heat from the onslaught against them surrendered to the relentless troops of Sector 1, Multinational Joint Task Force at Fotokol. Subsequently, the surrendered insurgents were later handed over to troops of 3 Battalion (Main) at Gamboru Ngala, a border town NE of Borno State. During preliminary interrogation and profiling, they confessed to have actively participated in attacks conducted against both military and civilian targets at various times.
“It was further 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 while 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,” the statement read.