Some members of the Boko Haram and elements of Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) and their families have laid down their arms and surrendered to troops of the Nigerian military.
A Security Analyst and Counter-Insurgency Expert in the North East, Zagazola Makama disclosed this on Twitter where he shared photos of some of the repentant terrorists and their relatives.
According to Makama, the insurgents, comprising 10 male adults and 5 children, came out from their enclaves around Jango village and Mandara Mountain in Gwoza and surrendered to troops of 151 Battalion in Banki, Bama Local Government Area on Sunday, April 3.
“The sect members were those loyal to the Boko Haram faction Jama’tu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad (JAS), Malam Bakura Salaba, who was recently killed by Bakura Buduma, a leader of Boko Haram, who replaced Abubakar Shekau.
“An intelligence source said that the insurgents dropped their arms due to sustained aerial bombardment and aggressive intensive clearance operation by troops of Operation Hadin Kai.
“He said that 2 AK-47 rifles, 1 G3 rifle, 1 X FN rifle, 1 X PKT gun, 120 Rounds of 7.62MM Nato, 31 RDS X 7.62MM special, 3 AK-47 extra Magazines, 3 X G3 Extra Magazines, 1, 36 HG, 2, knives and the sum of N600,000 were handed over to the troops by the insurgents.
“He noted that the suspects and their family members would receive medical attention at a military medical facility, after which they would undergo thorough profiling and investigation in line with global best practices in handling such cases.”
More than 50,000 Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists and their families have surrendered to the troops of Operation Hadin Kai in the North-East between September 2021 and April 2022.