- MNJTF troops in the Lake Chad region have disclosed that forty-seven members of Boko Haram/Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) groups have surrendered
- A spokesperson for the MNJTF N’Djamena - Chad, Col Timothy Antigha, made the disclosure in a statement
- Antigha said the repentant insurgents surrendered over the failure of the group to establish a caliphate
Forty-seven members of Boko Haram/Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) insurgent groups have surrendered to troops of the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) in the Lake Chad and surrounding areas.
A spokesperson for the MNJTF N’Djamena – Chad, Col Timothy Antigha, in a statement on Friday, July 24, disclosed that the insurgents surrendered with their families recently in Sector 1 of the MNJTF, The News agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported.
Antigha said the terrorists were prompted to surrender following the power tussle in the top ranks of the insurgent groups and the failure to establish a caliphate.
The MNJTF stated that a member of the group who surrendered expressed frustration with the lack of progress in the jihad and the preoccupation of the leadership in the pursuit of material things.
“They told us that we were being lied to and cheated by apostate governments, but I have not seen any difference between Shekau and those he has been condemning. He may even be worse. I am having it a lot better here because since we came out of the bush, we have been fed and catered for," the terrorist was quoted as saying.
Antigha further disclosed another repentant Boko Haram member said there was ethnic rivalry among members of Boko Haram and ISWAP.
Meanwhile, the murder of five humanitarian workers on Wednesday, July 22, in Borno state by Boko Haram still continues to generate fury and outrage from global bodies.
The United States Mission in Nigeria has expressed sadness over the development which it said came on the "backdrop of deteriorating conditions for millions of Nigerians."
In a statement by the US Mission on its website, the death of the humanitarian workers was described as a colossal loss for Nigeria and a huge setback in the fight against terrorism.
In another report, President Muhammadu Buhari has dispatched top security chiefs to interface with stakeholders in Zamfara on the lingering security challenges in the state and the entire northwest.
The northwest has been under siege by bandits who have been attacking local communities across the region.
The president's directive was revealed by the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammad Adamu on Thursday, July 16.
The IGP made the revelation when he and other top security chiefs visited the Emir of Gusau, Ibrahim Bello.
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