By Augustine Osayande PhD
About 8 Boko Haram fighters, along with 14 of their family members, comprising 6 women and 8 children have surrendered to troops of 152 Task Force Battalion deployed in Banki Town in Bama Local Government Area of Borno State
Confirming the report, Nigerian Army Operations Media Coordinator, Col Aminu Iliyasu, said the surrendered Boko Haram Terrorists included Tija Bo Isa, Ba Amodu Aba Kaka, Modu Zantalami, Malam Zantalami, Bulama Modu Zantalami, Abukar Izahi, Bana Katum and Bakura Aba Kaka who is a logistics supplier to the terrorists group,
He said during preliminary interrogation, the surrendered terrorists regretted their involvement in the dastardly acts of killing and abduction of innocent people as well as attacks on security agencies.
“They equally disclosed that their leadership has been in disarray for the past 4 months since the renewed offensive actions by the troops against their enclaves leading to high casualties on their foot soldiers amid serious dislocation of their command structures.
“They further disclosed that many of their erstwhile colleagues are wandering in the forest and willing to give up their unholy adventure but are afraid of being killed by the security agencies,” Iliyasu said.
The Army Operations Media Coordinator added that the surrendered terrorists called on their erstwhile colleagues to take the bold decision and surrender to any Nigerian Army unit closest to them as the safety of their lives were guaranteed.
Meanwhile combined troops of 19 Brigade, 127 and 130 Battalions in conjunction with Army Headquarters Strike Group conducted a massive clearance operation along Mile 4 – Cross Kauwa – Tukul Village – Daban Shata all in Kukawa Local Government Area of Borno State.
Iliyasu said the troops made contact with some marauding Boko Haram criminals along a River Bank at Daban Shata.
“After a brief encounter, one Boko Haram criminal was neutralized while 2 others were captured alive by the gallant troops. Additionally, 7 AK 47 Rifle magazines, 2 bandoliers, one camel bag, one military waist belt and a sample of receipt were recovered,” he said.
The Army Operations Media Coordinator added that preliminary investigation revealed that one of the captured insurgents was the Amir (a high ranking member of Boko Haram) of Daban Shata.
Also the combined troops of 29 Task Force Brigade, 273 Tank Battalion, 156 Task Force Battalion, Army Super Camp 4 and elements of 7 Division Garrison also conducted a robust clearance operation to Lambuwa, Abbusuri, Bamti, Malumti, Goni-Kanuburi and Sheworam all in Konduga LGA of Borno State.
Iliyasu said at Lambuwa, the troops conducted a snap Cordon and Search Operation and arrested 3 suspected Boko Haram criminals with one of them bearing the name of Modu Solum a high profile Boko Haram member and Logistics Supplier,p and “further profiling is ongoing to ascertain the suspects’ real identities.”
He said In a similar vein, troops of 231 Battalion and 331 Artillery Regiment in conjunction with elements of Borno State vigilantes arrested 7 notorious Boko Haram and Islamic State’s West Africa Province logistics suppliers at Maina Hari Check Point in Biu LGA of Borno State.
“The arrested suspects include: Mohammed Abba, Bukar Usman, Chulum Adam, Adam Alhaji Jidda, Ahmed Abba, Jidda Abdullahi and Modu Amadu. The suspects are currently in troops’ custody giving useful information,” Iliyasu said.