The Nigerian army says more members of the Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists group have come out in droves with their families to lay down their arms and surrender to their own troops at Mafa Local Government Area of Borno state on 14 August 2021.
A statement by the spokesperson Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu says 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 of 4 adult males, 11 adult females, and 18 children from Landanli, Azah, Ngaridua and Kondilla villages, who surrendered to the troops of 151 Task Force Battalion, Banki Junction in Bama.
The statement adds that following the recent unprecedented and massive surrendering of Boko Haram Terrorists in the Bama Operational area on 2 and 4 August 2021 respectively, 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, adding that the terrorists are overwhelmed with palpable fear and are making desperate efforts to halt the ongoing surrendering of their fighters from the Tumbus and Sambisa axis.
The Nigerian Military is more resolute in intensifying both kinetic and non-kinetic efforts in the fight against insurgency, banditry, and sundry crimes in the country.