Faces, weapons, stories of Boko Haram, ISWAP fighters surrendering

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The Nigerian Army has revealed how the mass surrenders the Boko Haram and ISWAP sects are witnessing have unsettled the terrorist groups tormenting Nigeria’s northeast.

Onyema Nwachukwu, director of public relations, in a statement on August 16, said scores of terrorists turned themselves in between 2 and 4 August, 2021.

More did with their families at Mafa Local Government Area on 14 August.

A day after, the Theatre Command took custody of another batch of fighters, including 4 adult males, 11 adult females and 18 children.

A total of 186, comprising 67 adult males, 54 adult females and 65 children surrendered to troops of Operation HADIN KAI at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Ajiri.

According to him, the withdrawal by top commanders and foot soldiers has depleted the strength and fighting efficiency of the jihadist groups.

Led by their Amir, Manye Aga, they submitted several AK 47 rifles, magazines, a locally made pistol and 8 locally fabricated daggers.

They emerged from Landanli, Azah, Ngaridua and Kondilla villages and walked to troops of 151 Task Force Battalion, Banki Junction in Bama.

The military observed ISWAP has opted for propaganda via AMAQ Terrorists Media Wing to portray itself as a potent force in the North-East.

“ISWAP is yet to come to terms with the reality of its current predicament, which has posed serious negative impact on its processing”, the statement added.