- Nigeria security heads will be having a crucial meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday, August 19
- This was revealed by the presidential media aide, Malam Garba Shehu, through a Facebook post on Tuesday, August 17
- Shehu said the meeting is to keep the president abreast with happenings in the battle against terrorism and insurgency in Nigeria
The presidency has announced that President Muhammadu Buhari will convene a crucial meeting with the current security chiefs on Thursday, August 19.
Garba Shehu, a presidential media aide, stated in a Facebook post on Tuesday, August 17, that the meeting will be an avenue in which the security heads will bring the president up to speed with their latest achievements in the fight against insurgency.
Shehu noted that recently, organised and successful operations by the military have forced terrorists to lay down their arms and surrender themselves to troops.
The brief post partly read:
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"The security forces have in the past few weeks taken the battle more robustly to insurgents, bandits, and all other criminals troubling the country, and they are now surrendering in droves.
"The President will be brought up to speed on developments at the Thursday meeting, while plans to bring a decisive end to the challenges will be formulated."
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The Army spokesperson, Brig-Gen Onyema Nwachukwu, made this known in an interview.
He reiterated that troops deployed for “Operation Hadin Kai” accept surrendered Boko Haram/ ISWAP terrorists in conformity with the international laws and treaties of armed conflict.
Legit.ng noted that the explanation was offered amid the calls in some quarters on the military to kill the surrendered terrorists instead of reintegrating them into the society.
It is gathered that over 3,000 Boko Haram /Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists had either been captured or surrendered to troops in the northeast in the last three months.
Nwachukwu also said the gale of surrendering being witnessed was due to a combination of kinetic and non-kinetic approaches to tackle the situation that was yielding results.