- The Acting General Officer Commanding (GOC), Abdulwahab Eyitayo has revealed that over 8,000 Boko Haram terrorists have laid down their arms to troops
- According to Eyitayo, the extremists yielded from their territories in Sambisa forests as well as other hideouts
- The GOC who lauded the efforts of the troops noted that the joint efforts of the military so far has aided these successful operations
Again, the efforts of the Nigerian Army are really paying off as more armed men are surrendering to the troops, following intensified efforts of the force.
Just recently, Vanguard reports that the Acting General Officer Commanding (GOC), 7 Division, Brig.-Gen. Abdulwahab Eyitayo, says more than 8,000 Boko Haram terrorists have so far surrendered to troops.
Eyitayo, who is also the commander, sector 1, Operation Hadin Kai, made this disclosure during a visit by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu and a team of Defence correspondents from Abuja on Tuesday, September 20, in Maiduguri.
According to him, the terrorists surrendered from their enclaves in Sambisa forest, as well as other hideouts.
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He said the surrender by the repentant terrorists was a welcome development, adding that, the overwhelming firepower of the troops was responsible.
“Our intensified operations had blocked their logistics’ routes and supplies, bombardments all over, that is why they started surrendering and diseases have overpowered many of them."
Speaking further, the GOC warned that a time would come that the window of surrender would no longer be available, urging the sympathizers of the terrorists to encourage them to come out, a report by Premium Times also indicates.
He added that whoever supported the enemies of the state would also be treated as an enemy by the state forces.
Terrorists fleeing Sambisa forest to Kaduna, says DSS
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Boko Haram terrorists are fleeing from Sambisa forest to Rijana forest in the Chikun local government area of Kaduna state, according to a leaked memo seen by The Punch newspaper.
In the memo signed by the Acting Deputy Commandant-General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Intelligence and Investigation, B.O Bassey, civil defence officers were asked to be on the alert over the situation.
According to the document, the terrorists are planning to team up with one Adamu Yunusu aka Saddiqu, and his supporters.
Bandits reportedly convert classrooms to hideouts in Northern state
Earlier, the increased activities of bandits are mounting pressure on schools to shut down to the advantage of the criminals across the northwestern region of Nigeria, part of which is Zamfara state.
It was reported that the insurgents recently forced the headmaster of a primary school in Birnin Magaji local government area of the state to close lessons for the day so that they can sleep in the classroom.
Legit.ng gathered that residents of the area who spoke with journalists disclosed that the headmaster had no choice but to abruptly send the pupils home knowing the grave consequences of disobeying the bandits.