The Nigerian Army has said 28 fleeing members of Boko Haram and the Islamic State for West African Province, (ISWAP), as well as their families, had surrendered to troops of 151 Task Force Battalion, under 21 Special Brigade, in Borno State.
The development comes as the Theatre Commander (TC) Joint Task Force North-East ‘Operation Hadin Kai‘, Major-General Christopher Musa, charged troops in the theatre of operations to dominate their areas of responsibility against Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province, (ISWAP), terrorists, in order to ensure the total return of normalcy and peace to the North-East region.
An army statement said the terrorists, who were fleeing intense aerial and artillery bombardment, surrendered to troops after sustained interdiction. It added that the terrorists and their families were taken in at the outskirts of Aza and Bula Daloye villages, in Bama LGA, of Borno State, by troops of the battalion on fighting patrol at Miyanti and Darajamel.
In a separate operation on July 17, 2021, troops of 7 Division Garrison, in conjunction with Civilian Joint Task Force, acting on credible intelligence, tracked and arrested Boko Haram informants and logistics suppliers during a cordon-and-search operation in Lawanti and Gongolun Communities, of Jere LGA.
During preliminary investigations, the suspects confessed to have been working as informants for the terrorists, whom they provide with information on troops’ movements, locations, deployments, strength, calibre of weapons and other activities.
They also admitted to supplying terrorists with basic logistics for their daily survival, ranging from petroleum oil and lubricants, drugs, mosquito nets, kolanuts, recharge cards and foodstuff.
According to the statement, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Faruk Yahaya, commended the pro-activeness of the troops in the on-going clearance operations. and charged them to maintain the tempo and ensure that the terrorists were smoked out of their enclaves.