The Nigerian military said 8,000 Boko Haram commanders, fighters, and their family members have surrendered since June 2021.
Acting General Officer Commanding 7 Division of the Nigerian Army Brig-General Abdulwahab Eyitayo, made the disclosure in his remarks during the demonstration of Legion MRAP and Counter Ambush Drill organised by the 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Maiduguri on Tuesday.
He said there is no ambiguity concerning the intent of those surrendering as some people are insinuating.
According to him, there is still time for the recalcitrant ones to surrender but the opportunity will soon be closed after which the military will embark on a full onslaught to clear them. He attributed the massive surrendering of the terrorists to the intensive air and ground bombardment of their enclaves and blocking of food and other logistics to their camps by the troops.
The GOC maintained that what the Army is doing in accepting the surrender of the fighters is in line with extant dictates of the law of armed conflicts and Geneva Conventions, which Nigeria is a signatory to.