- Some Boko Haram terrorists surrendered to the Nigerian Army
- They claimed they were misinformed into joining the terrorists
- The asked for forgiveness from the community
Some Boko Haram terrorists have surrendered to the Nigerian army claiming they were misguided into joining the group and asked for forgiveness from members of the community.
In a statement by Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman who is the spokesperson of the army, he revealed that they were apprehended on Saturday, July 22, in Yobe state.
Among them was a 13-year-old boy and they revealed that there were many more terrorists who were willing to surrender due to the hardship they were facing.
Read the statement below:
"At the early hours today, Saturday 22nd July 2017, 3 acclaimed suspected Boko Haram terrorists, Usman Ali, aged 22, Ibrahim Matukur, aged 13 and Usman Hussaini aged 25, willingly surrendered themselves to troops of 27 Task Force Brigade of Operation LAFIYA DOLE at Buni Yari, Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe State.
"Those that surrendered include Usman Ali, aged 22, Ibrahim Matukur, aged 13 and Usman Hussaini aged 25. Others are, Ali Baba, 25 years, Modu Wakil, 15 years, Usman Mahamadu, 47 years, Goni Bukar, 50 years, Modu Konto, 20 years and Isah Ali, 25 years old.
"During preliminary investigation, the surrendering Boko Haram terrorists revealed that they belong to Mamman Nur faction of the Boko Haram terrorists group. The said that they deliberately surrendered because they had realized their folly and no longer wish to continue with the criminal terrorists and insurgents activities.
"Furthermore, they stated that they escaped from the terrorists hideout at Buk village in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno state, adding that there were many more Boko Haram fighters willing to surrender because of untold hardship they suffer.
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"They pleaded for sympathy and forgiveness from members of the community restating that they were misguided and deceived all these years to believing they were fighting a just cause.
"They urged that the military authorities make concerted efforts to reach out to other terrorists in the forest since they were willing to surrender."
Legit.ng earlier three female Boko Haram terrorists trying to gain access into a military location were neutralised just as the army ambushed some terrorists in a separate operation.
This is coming following a 40-day ultimatum issued by the chief of army staff, Tukur Buratai that Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau should be apprehended dead or alive.
Watch a Legit.ng TV video below of the operation of the Air Force against Boko Haram