A young Boko Haram fighter has reportedly surrendered to troops again after running back to rejoin other members of the terrorists group in Sambisa Forest following his initial surrender.
According to ZagazolaMakama, a counterinsurgency expert and security analyst in the Lake Chad region, the 15-year-old Boko Haram fighter was considered a minor when he initially surrendered to troops and was therefore returned to his home in Bama local government area of Borno State.
However, after sometime, he allegedly ran away from home to rejoin the group in Sambisa Forest again.
Now, being the second time, he’s being forced to surrender again following the heavy bombardment of the Sambisa Forest by Gallant troops of the Nigerian Army.
In a tweet, ZagazolaMakama wrote;
“This young fighter surrendered was brought from Maiduguri to Bama, his home after he was discovered to be a 15 year-old Minor.
“He later ran back to the Insurgents enclaves in Sambisa forest.
“He ran out again after the recent Intensified troops Offensive in the BHT enclaves.”
Thousands of Boko Haram/ISWAP militants, including combatants, non-combatants, and foot soldiers, as well as their families, have continued to lay down their arms and accept peace in some sections of the North East where the war is fiercest.
Before they are rehabilitated, the Nigerian army and other stakeholders are expected to profile the surrendering fighters and their families. Boko Haram has been fighting in northeast Nigeria since 2009. Its attacks have spread to Niger, Chad, and Cameroon, eliciting a military response.
The group has also become splintered, with one faction pledging allegiance to ISIL (ISIS). According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Nigeria, more than 350,000 people have been killed and three million civilians have been displaced in the country’s more than a decade of fighting.