Eight boko haram fighters along with 14 of their family members have surrendered to troops of 152 Task Force Battalion deployed at Banki Town in Bama LGA of Borno State during clearance operations.
A statement by the Nigerian Army Operations Media Coordinator, Colonel Aminu Iliyasu, said the surrendered terrorists regretted their involvement in the dastardly acts of killing and abduction of innocent people as well as attacks on security agencies.
They equally said that their leadership has been in disarray for the past four months since the renewed offensive actions by the troops against their enclaves leading to high casualties on their foot soldiers amidst serious dislocation of their command structures.
The surrendered boko haram members further disclosed that many of their colleagues are wandering in the forest and willing to give themselves up but are afraid of being killed by the security agencies.
They called on them to take the bold decision and surrender to any Nigerian Army unit closest to them as the safety of their lives are guaranteed.
Also, the combined troops of 19 Brigade, 127 and 130 Battalions in conjunction with Army Headquarters Strike Group conducted a massive clearance operation along Mile 4 – Cross Kauwa – Tukul Village – Daban Shata all in Kukawa LGA of Borno State and made contact with some boko haram criminals along a River Bank at Daban Shata.
After the incident, one boko haram criminal was neutralised while 2 others were captured alive by the gallant troops. Additionally, 7 AK 47 Rifle magazines, 2 bandoliers, one camel bag, one military waist belt and a sample of receipt were recovered and one of the captured insurgents is the Amir (a high ranking member of Boko Haram) of Daban Shata.
The combined troops of 29 Task Force Brigade, 273 Tank Battalion, 156 Task Force Battalion, Army Super Camp 4 and elements of 7 Division Garrison also conducted a robust clearance operation to Lambuwa, Abbusuri, Bamti, Malumti, Goni-Kanuburi and Sheworam all in Konduga LGA of Borno State.
At Lambuwa, troops conducted a snap Cordon and Search Operation and arrested 3 suspected boko haram criminals with one of them bearing the name of Modu Solum (a high profile boko haram member and Logistics Supplier). The statement however said further profiling is ongoing to ascertain the suspects’ real identities.
The troops of 5 Brigade Mobile Strike Team in conjunction with Chief of Army Staff Intervention Battalion II and elements of 145 Battalion (Main) rescued 126 boko haram captives while conducting clearance operations within the Gudumbali general area in Guzamala LGA of Borno State.
The rescued victims comprised of 36 adult males, 36 adult females and 54 children. Relatedly, troops of 707 Special Forces Brigade rescued 17 boko haram captives comprising 6 adult males, 6 adult females and 5 children on the same date.
All rescued victims were evacuated and handed over to Internally Displaced Persons Camp officials.