Two days after some Boko Haram and ISWAP fighters and their families were reported by the Nigerian Army to have surrendered to the troops, another 56 members of the terrorist groups made a similar move.
The terrorists laid down their weapons and surrendered after suffering casualties as a result of bombardments of their camp by the troops.
Unlike the first group consisting of 19 males, 19 females and 49 children who were forced to surrender due to unpleasant ground conditions in the forest.
According to a statement issued on Thursday by Onyema Nwachukwu, the army spokesperson, arms and ammunition were recovered from the terrorists.
” More Boko Haram (BHT)/ Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP) terrorists are surrendering as troops of Operations HADIN KAI (OPHK), conducting Counterterrorism and Counter Insurgency operations in northeast Nigeria escalate ground and air offensive operations against the terrorists.
‘Sustained air and artillery bombardments on the enclaves of the terrorists in Sambisa Forest and its environs have continued to yield positive results as 56 terrorists and their families laid down their arms abandoning the groups and their illicit course. Recently, the terrorist groups have suffered enormous setbacks and recorded several casualties as a result of ferocious offensives by gallant troops of OPHK.
“Eighteen male fighters of the terrorist groups on Wednesday 4 August 2021, came out to surrender to own troops with their arms and ammunition, along with their families including 18 adult females and 19 children from Chingori and other surrounding villages around the Sambisa Forest.
“The arms recovered from the surrendered terrorists include, 5 AK 47 rifles, 1 foreign AK 47 rifle with telescopic sight, 1 Fabrique Nationale rifle, 8 AK 47 rifle magazines, 1 FN rifle magazine, 1 Bandolier, 3 rounds of 7.62mm (special) ammunition and the sum of Seven Thousand, Seven Hundred naira (N7,700.00) only,” the statement said.
Faruk Yahaya, Chief of Army Staff, applauded the troops for their effort, urging them to remain dedicated and committed to the fight against terrorism.