240 Member Of Boko Haram Sect Have Surrendered - Nigerian ArmyAbout 240 members of the deadly Boko Haram fighters have voluntarily surrendered to the Nigerian Army after they came under intense fire from troops, authorities revealed on Monday, October 31.
“The firepower of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) ground troops and joint Air operation during the Operation GAMA AIKI forced a massive defection of remnants of the Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT),” the Chief Military Public Information Officer, Muhammad Dole, said in a statement.
“Sustained offensive operations and blockage of logistics supply routes made the terrorists’ locations untenable; as a result, BHT and their families abandoned their locations and surrendered with their arms.”
Dole said the mass defection took place in Bagasola town, in neighbouring Chad, considered by troops as Sector 2 Area of Responsibility (AOR). The statement added, “They are being profiled and camped in Bagasola. .
During his operational visit to Sector 2 AOR, the Commander MNJTF, Major General Lamidi Adeosun addressed the ex -BHT and their families. The Commander commended the leaders of the ex- BHT for their courage and taking the right decision to abandoned terrorism and insurgency for normal life.
He assured them of safety and good care as long as they remain in the camps. He also urged them to encourage their colleagues in the bush to stop fighting and join them in the camps."
The Commander MNJTF donated a token cash for purchase of two cows and 10 bags of assorted food stuff for each of the 2 groups for the welfare and up keep of the ex-BHT and their families. .
“This brings the total number of surrendered BHT to MNJTF troops in sector 2 to 464. The ex-BHT are expected to receive trainings in different skills and small businesses as scheduled by government agencies and NGOs."