- According to the Nigerian army, some members of the terrorist Boko Haram sect have surrendered
- A statement released in Maiduguri by the army spokesman put the number of those that did at 68
- The army credited their relentless effort in keeping up the onslaught for the surrender
On Thursday, August 24, the Nigerian army announced that 68 Boko Haram insurgents surrendered to troops in Borno in the last three weeks.
The deputy director of public relations, theatre command, Operation LAFIYA DOLE, Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, said that the military had intensified campaign through coordinated air and land offensive against the insurgents.
According to The Sun, the statement released in Maiduguri says in part:
“Air and artillery bombardments were backed by long range patrols and ambushes targeted at preventing fleeing Boko Haram insurgents from escaping and also denying them access to logistics supply.
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“In their testimonies, the insurgents revealed that most of their enclaves are untenable which made life unbearable for them. The relentless offensive forced many of them to surrender to the troops.
“Those who surrendered are currently undergoing rehabilitation and deradicalisation process under the Federal Government’s Safe Corridor operation.
“Undoubtedly, the ongoing operations by troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE are yielding results by putting enormous pressure on the insurgents.
“Evidently, this led to the recent plea by one of the factional group leaders calling for international support."
Nwachukwu emphasized that sustained operations had brought the insurgents to the brink of defeat thereby forcing many of them to surrender.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that the Nigerian army in furtherance of its operation against Boko Haram terrorists launched an ambush that resulted in the death of 10 terrorists.
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In a statement by Col Timothy Antigha who is the deputy director of public relations of 8 Task Force Division on Wednesday, August 16, he said the attack took place in Maza village in Marte, Borno state.
Watch this video of the military operations carried out against Boko Haram: