Over 8,000 Boko Haram terrorists have surrendered – Army


The Acting General Officer Commanding (GOC), 7 Division, Brigadier General Abdulwahab Eyitayo, says more than 8,000 Boko Haram terrorists have so far surrendered to troops.

He said the terrorists surrendered from their enclaves in Sambisa Forest, as well as other hideouts.

General Eyitayo, who is also the Commander, Sector 1, Operation Hadin Kai, said during a visit by a team led by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu on Tuesday in Maiduguri, epicentre of Boko Haram/Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorism, that the surrender by the repentant terrorists was a welcome development.

Eyitayo said that “one of the reasons they are surrendering in droves is the overwhelming firepower from the troops.

It is because every man’s endeavour is motivated by his family’s wellbeing, that is why they are coming out with their families. We started seeing the signs from June.

Our intensified operations had blocked their logistics’ routes and supplies, bombardments all over, that is why they started surrendering and diseases have overpowered many of them.

It was better because in the end, the troops will clear all of them and their sympathisers combined.”

The GOC warned that a time would come that the window of surrender would no longer be available, urging the sympathisers of the terrorists to encourage them to come out.

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He added that whoever supported the enemies of the State would also be treated as an enemy by State forces, adding that the military was more determined than ever to deal decisively with the terrorists and their supporters.

On the handling of the surrendered terrorists, Mr Eyitayo disclosed that the Nigerian Army was responsible for receiving, profiling or screening of the terrorists.

The GOC stated that afterwards, they would be handed over to the Borno overnment for further action.

He explained that a sizeable number of the surrendered, comprised wives and children of the terrorists, as well as those that were forcefully recruited into their folds.

Earlier, General Nwachukwu said the visit by his team was part of efforts to counter the wrong narratives and apprehensions generated by recent surrenders of the terrorists.

Nwachukwu acknowledged and commended efforts of the troops in putting pressure on the terrorists to abandon their illicit activities.

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