- Four Boko Haram terrorists surrendered to the Nigerian Army
- The terrorists claimed that they had been misinformed to join the group
- They expressed regret over their action
A high-profile Boko Haram terrorist, Konto Fanami, and three other repentant terrorists have surrendered to the Nigerian Army on Monday, July 17.
The army spokesperson, Sani Usman, announced this in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday, July 18.
Mr. Usman said that the four repentant terrorists willingly deserted their hideouts and surrendered themselves to 120 Task Force Battalion at Goniri in Borno.
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"On Monday 17th July 2017, four Boko Haram terrorists willingly deserted their hideouts and surrendered themselves of 120 Task Force Battalion at Goniri. Among them was a high-profile terrorist, Konto Fanami, the Ameer of Kafa hideout of the Boko Haram terrorists group that operates along Ajigin-Talala-Mungusum axis.
"During preliminary interrogation, they confirmed that they abandoned the terrorism because of incessant hardship and realizing that they were misled by their terrorist group leaders.
"They further stated they were also erroneously misinformed and brainwashed about Islam and the Nigerian military and the society generally.
"The remorseful surrendered terrorists regretted their involvement in terrorism and marveled at the courtesy and humane treatment accorded them by the military on surrendering,’’ the army spokesman said.
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He called on other remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists to follow suit and renounce the “devilish creed.
"We call on those remnants of Boko Haram terrorists to follow suit and renounce the devilish creed as adequately arrangement has made to receive all those that voluntarily renounce terrorism and surrender themselves and will be treated humanely."
Legit.ng reported that a group of community elders in northeast Nigeria urged President Muhammadu Buhari’s government to negotiate with Boko Haram as it did with Niger Delta militant.
The group said: “If our leaders had the leeway to negotiate with the Boko Haram for the release of some of their captives, they should employ the same tactics to negotiate for the end of the insurgency.
“The Government of Nigeria had earlier negotiated with the Niger Delta militants and succeeded. Let the Government do the same with Boko Haram.”
Watch a Legit.ng TV video below of the army's operation again Boko Haram: