11 ISWAP fighters surrender to Nigerian troops as military intensifies firepower in northeast

11 ISWAP fighters surrender to Nigerian troops as military intensifies firepower in northeast

- The Nigerian military firepower seems to have left terrorist elements in a dilemma

- 11 ISWAP fighters on Monday, May 11 surrendered to troops of Operation Lafiya Dole in Adamawa

- This is as the Nigerian military intensifies its attacks on terrorist hideouts in the state and the northeast

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Eleven ISWAP fighters on Monday, May 11 surrendered to troops of Operation Lafiya Dole in Adamawa as the Nigerian military intensifies its attacks on terrorist hideouts across the northeast

This was revealed by the coordinator, defence media operations, Major-General John Enenche at a press briefing on Friday, May 15 at the Defence Headquarters, Abuja.

His words: “This number of surrendered BHT/ISWAP fighters is an indication of the heat of our operational activities on the terrorists due to the renewed impetus in the theatre to end the criminality.

11 ISWAP fighters surrender to Nigerian troops as military intensifies firepower in northeast

File photo of Major-General Enenche briefing the press as the DHQ, Abuja
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“There are indications that more terrorists are willing to surrender.

“One of such moves, was the dropping off of 72 family members of BHTs/ISWAP at the entrance of Ngala town in Ngala local government area of Borno state on 10 May 2020 around 8.30 pm, comprising 33 women and 39 children.”

He said all of them are in the custody of troops for further action which includes profiling and deradicalizing them.

Major-General Enenche also revealed that the de-radicalization, rehabilitation and reintegration programme for ex-fighters under Operation Safe Corridor has recorded tremendous success.

“So far, 280 clients have successfully undergone the programme and reintegrated into the society, 25 of this number were repatriated to Niger Republic. Presently, 603 clients are due to pass out in June 2020. Other fighters are hereby encouraged to come out of the bush/hideouts to surrender.

“The military high command is using this medium to request parents, traditional rulers, community, opinion and religious leaders to urge their wards and children not to succumb to inducements by the BHT/ISWAP for recruitment into their fold because the temporarily surviving terrorists are now in dire need of fighters,” he added.

More updates on Operation Lafiya Dole

Saturday, May 9 troops at Uvaha High Ground Area in Limankara, Gwoza local government area of Borno state neutralized 3 suicide bombers attempting to infiltrate the defence location.

Similarly, troops of 144 Battalion, 82 Division task Force Battalion, 26 Task Force Brigade and 271 Task Force Tank Battalion neutralized 18 Boko Haram Terrorists within the past one week.

These operations took place at Gamboru Ngala, Firgi Mubi -Kamale Road in Michika local government area of Adamawa state as well as Ngoshe near the Nigeria-Cameroon border. A total of 72 persons were also rescued from the Boko Haram terrorists.

Major-General Enenche also provided other updates which could be found on the website of the defence headquarters.

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Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, May 14, summoned members of the National Security Council to a security meeting at the Council Chambers, State House, Abuja.

The urgent meeting was necessitated by the latest security challenges in Katsina, Nasarawa, Kaduna, and other parts of the country.

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