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8,000 Boko Haram terrorists surrendered in North-East – GOC

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8,000 Boko Haram terrorists surrendered in North-East – GOC

By Sumaila Ogbaje

The Acting Commanding General Officer (GDC), 7th Division, Brig.-Gen. Abdulwahab Eyitayo, said more than 8,000 Boko Haram terrorists have so far surrendered to the troops.

He said the terrorists traveled from their enclaves in the Sambisa forests, as well as other hiding places.

Eyitayo, who is also the commander of Sector 1, Operation Hadin Kai, revealed this during a visit by the army’s public relations director, Brigadier-General. Onyema Nwachukwu and a team of defense correspondents formed Abuja on Tuesday in Maiduguri.

He said the surrender of the repentant terrorists was a welcome development, adding that the overwhelming firepower of the troops was responsible.

According to him, one of the reasons they surrender in droves is the overwhelming firepower of the troops.

“It’s because every man’s effort is driven by the well-being of his family, that’s why they go out with their families. We started to see the signs from June.

“Our intensified operations had blocked the roads and their logistics supplies, bombing everywhere, so they started to surrender and diseases overwhelmed many of them.

“It was better because in the end the troops will eliminate them all and their supporters together,” he said.

The GOC has warned that a time will come when the window of surrender will no longer be available, urging supporters of terrorists to encourage them to come out.

He added that anyone who supports enemies of the state would also be treated as an enemy by state forces.

He said the military was more determined than ever to face the terrorists and their supporters decisively.

Regarding the treatment of surrendered terrorists, Eyitayo revealed that the Nigerian military was responsible for receiving, profiling or screening terrorists.

The Chinese government said they would then be turned over to the Borno government for further action.

He explained that a significant number of those who surrendered included the wives and children of the terrorists, as well as those who were forcibly recruited into their herds.

Earlier, the military’s public relations director said the media tour was part of efforts to counter the false accounts and apprehensions generated by recent terrorist surrenders.

Nwachukwu acknowledged and praised the efforts of the troops to pressure terrorists to abandon their illicit activities.

Source: NAN

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