Another 1,081 Boko Haram terrorists along with some senior commanders and their families have surrendered to troops of ‘Operation Hadin Kai‘ after sustained military land and air bombardments of their enclaves and hideouts in the North-East region.
Confirming this in a statement yesterday, the Director, Army Public Relations, Brig-Gen Onyema Nwachukwu said more arms and ammunition were also recovered from the surrendering terrorists.
It emerged that discontent as a result of internal skirmishes, coupled with overwhelming famine, internal and health challenges as well as untold hardship has made life unbearable for the terrorists.
Brig-Gen. Nwachukwu said, “Following the recent escalation of offensive operations coupled with non-kinetic efforts by troops of operation Hadin Kai (OPHK) which yielded massive surrendering of Boko Haram and Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP), terrorists in the North-East, the Chief bomb expert of the terrorist group, known as Musa Adamu, a.k.a Mala Musa Abuja, and his second-in-command Usman Adamu, a.k.a Abu Darda, along with their families and followers have also finally surrendered to the troops of ‘Operation Hadin Kai‘ in Bama local government area of Borno State.
“While distributing new clothes and assorted food items, groceries and toiletries to the surrendered terrorists and their families totalling 335 fighters, 746 adult women and children including one of the abducted Chibok girls, it was observed that the reasons for such massive turn was basically due to the intensified Nigerian military campaign on their enclaves and environs and also with the overwhelming famine, discontent, internal skirmishes, health challenges as well as untold hardship”.
“The Nigerian military has resolved to intensify its both kinetic and non-kinetic approach towards the ongoing fight against insurgency in order to leverage on the knowledge of Musa Adamu and Usman Adamu and also with the current wave of turnout by terrorists to enable her to achieve both short and long term counter-insurgency gains in the North East”, he further stated.