No fewer than 17 Boko Haram fighters including their family members have surrendered amid a pitched battle by the Nigerian forces to retake the last Boko Haram strongholds in Northeast Nigeria.
The Nigerian Army in a statement on Tuesday claimed that no fewer that 17 Boko Haram members had laid down arms by surrendering to the Nigerian Army troops of 151 Task Force Battalion deployed at Banki-Junction in Bama LGA of Borno State.
The surrender comes amid Renewed Military Onslaughts by gallant troops of Operation Hadin Kai in the Borno town of Bama, one of the last bit of territory in the Northeast Nigeria.
In a scanty statement, the Nigerian Army said;
“Due to the Renewed Military Onslaughts by gallant troops of Operation Hadin Kai, 17 BokoHaram terrorists including their family members surrendered with their weapons earlier today to troops of 151 Task Force Battalion deployed at Banki-Junction in Bama LGA of Borno State. Profiling of the surrendered terrorists is ongoing.”
Earlier in the week, the Theatre Commander Joint Task Force (JTF) North East (NE) Operation HADIN KAI (OPHK), Major General CG Musa had charged troops of OPHK to stand up to their responsibility as defenders of the Nigeria’s Territorial Integrity by neutralising every terrorist in the NE without mercy.
At its height, Boko Haram controlled huge swaths of territory in Northeast Nigeria. The Nigerian security forces has been working for years to oust the group from cities and towns.
Between 2011 and 2022, Boko Haram was responsible for thousands of deaths in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, and Niger. Nigeria is the country most affected by the terrorist group’s attacks. States in the North-East register the highest number of deaths. Borno is by far the most threatened state, in that, Boko Haram has caused over 35 thousand deaths in this area.