- A total number of 4,770 Boko Haram terrorists surrendered to the troops of the Nigerian Military between June 1 and 15, 2022
- The terrorists who surrendered to the troops are said to have been a combination of male, female and children
- According to the spokesperson of the Defence Headquarters, the surrendered Boko Haram members have been profiled
With the hope to rid Nigeria of attacks from insurgents operating in various regions of the country, the Nigerian Military has announced that over 4,000 members of the Boko Haram terrorist group have surrendered to troops.
Speaking at a press briefing on Thursday, June 30, the director, of defence media operations, Major General Benard Onyeuko, said a total of 4,770 Boko Haram terrorists surrendered to the troops of the Nigerian Military between June 1 and 15, 2022.
Onyeuko added that among those who surrendered to the troops include 2,490 children; 1,415 women and 814 men.
He said that all the terrorists who surrendered to the military high command have been profiled by the Defence Headquarters.
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“Members of Boko Haram terrorists have continued to surrender to our troops at different locations in the theatre.
“Between June 1 and 15, 2022, a total of 4,770 of them, comprising 864 adult males, 1,415 women and 2,490 children surrendered.
“All surrendered Boko Haram terrorists/Islamic State West Africa Province members and families were profiled and documented while all arrested and recovered items were handed over to the appropriate authority for further actions.”
Terrorists neutralised by Nigerian Military troops
The spokesperson for the Defence Headquarters further stated that in Zamfara state, the military through its operation, neutralised 82 terrorists.
According to Onyeuko several other members of the terrorist group sustained various degrees of injuries.
He confirmed that troops were hinted about an impending attack on Kofar Danya Village by terrorists numbering 150.
He said the personnel of the Nigeria Air Force had carried out air interdiction on their enclave, leading to their death.
Onyeuko also said that over three million litres of AGO and 3.8 million litres of crude oil among others were recovered from oil thieves within the period under review.
Nigerian Military not happy over Zamfara governor's call for residents to bear arms, give reasons
The Nigerian military has assured its capability to secure the lives and property of citizens across states of the country.
This assurance by the military followed the call by the Zamfara state governor for the police chief to issue gun licenses for self-defence against bandits and terrorists' attack on residents.
However, the chief of defence state in his reaction to the governor's demand said the military and other security agencies are doing everything possible to address insecurity in Zamfara and its environs.
Zamfara state govt asks residents to arm themselves against bandits
Residents in Zamfara state had been asked to apply for gun licenses to defend themselves against bandits in the state.
The directive was given by the commissioner of information in the state, Ibrahim Dosara, on behalf of the government.
Zamfara has been the epicentre of banditry by terrorist groups who have laid siege in the state for several months.