* Rescues 72 persons
Eleven fighters of the Islamic State in West Africa (ISWAP) have surrendered to troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE in Adamawa State.
Confirming the report, Coordinator Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, said the repentant insurgents were being profiled for further action.
He said this number of surrendered BHT/ISWAP fighters was an indication of the heat of military operational activities on the terrorists due to the renewed impetus in the theatre to end the criminality.
Enenche added that there were indications that more terrorists were willing to surrender.
“One of such moves was the dropping off of 72 family members of BHTs/ISWAP at the entrance of Ngala town in Ngala Local Government Area of Borno State on 10 May 2020 around 8.30pm, comprising 33 women and 39 children. All of them are in custody of troops for further action,” he said.
The Coordinator Defence Media Operations recalled that the De-radicalization, Rehabilitation and Reintegration programme for ex-fighters under Operation SAFE CORRIDOR had recorded tremendous success.
“So far, 280 clients have successfully undergone the programme and reintegrated into the society, 25 of this number were repatriated to Niger Republic.
“Presently, 603 clients are due to pass out in June 2020. Other fighters are hereby encouraged to come out of the bush/hideouts to surrender,” Enenche said.
He further stated that the military High Command was using the medium to request parents, traditional rulers, community, opinion and religious leaders to urge their wards and children not to succumb to inducements by the BHT/ISWAP for recruitment into their fold because the temporarily surviving terrorists are now in dire need of fighters.
Enenche also disclosed that troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE at Uvaha High Ground Area in Limankara, Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno State neutralized 3 suicide bombers attempting to infiltrate the defence location.
He said troops of 144 Battalion, 82 Division task Force Battalion, 26 Task Force Brigade and 271 Task Force Tank Battalion neutralized 18 Boko Haram Terrorists within the past one week.
“These operations took place at Gamboru Ngala, Firgi Mubi – Kamale Road in Michika Local Government Area of Adamawa State as well as Ngoshe near the Nigeria – Cameroon border and a total of 72 persons were also rescued from the Boko Haram Terrorists,” Enenche said.
He added that troops of 121 Task Force Battalion, at Pulka – Ngurosoye, near Bama town repelled BHT ambush and killed 20 terrorists, while on escort duty. Enenche also disclosed that Operation LAFIYA DOLE troops killed 9 BHTs in an ambush at Mainok – Jakana axis in Kaga Local Government Area of Borno State.
He said two gun trucks mounted with anti aircraft gun were captured.
Enenche said the High Command of the Armed Forces congratulated the gallant troops for successes recorded and called on parents, traditional, opinion, community and religious leaders to advise their wards and subjects not to succumb to inducements by the terrorists, as the Armed Forces of Nigeria remained decisive to end the insurgency and other security challenges in the Country.
He also thanked the general public for their support and solicited their cooperation towards providing credible and timely information that would facilitate proactive engagements in our operations.