The Nigerian Army on Wednesday claimed that over 300 BokoHaram/ISWAP militants “surrendered” in the restive north eastern state of Borno.
An official statement from the from the Army, said that 314 fighters associated with the Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorist group had laid down their guns.
It said; “the ongoing offensive onslaught against terrorism in the North East recorded another success today, 29 June 2022 as 314 BokoHaram/ISWAP fighters surrendered to troops in Bama LGA of Borno State.”
Additionally, the Army said 12 farmers were also rescued by the troops while the surrendered terrorists are being profiled.
About 2 days ago, Gallant Military Info reported that a young Boko Haram fighter surrendered to the military following heavy bombardment of the Sambisa Forest (a popular hideout of the terrorists), by Gallant troops of the Nigerian Army.
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.
Source: The Nigerian Army.