Insecurity: 2,016 Terrorists And Their Families Surrender To Nigerian Troops – DHQ

Channels Television  
Updated July 28, 2022


No fewer than 2,016 terrorists and their families have again surrendered to troops in the North East, even as the Nigerian military reinforce offensive against Boko Haram and ISWAP elements within the region. 

The Director of Defence Media Operations, Defence Headquarters Abuja, Major General Benard Onyeuko disclosed this at the bi-weekly briefing of journalists on the successes recorded by the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) and other security agencies in tackling insecurity in troubled zones of the country in the past two weeks.

Onyeuko revealed that the Joint Task Force Operation Hadin Kai in the North East zone between the 17 and 19 July 2022 responded to the activities of Boko Haram Terrorists/Islamic State of West Africa Province criminals who kidnapped some civilians and rustled some cattle at Balkani village in Jere Local Government Area.

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He said troops made contact with the terrorists and rescued the kidnapped civilians and recovered the rustled cattle.

The military spokesman also said that at another location troops rescued 2 civilians that were kidnapped by Boko Haram Terrorists/Islamic State of West Africa Province terrorists at Kayamade village in Kondoga Local Government Area of Borno State.

Onyeuko revealed that as a result of the intensity of the onslaught of the military against these criminals, no fewer than 2,016 surrendered to troops

“In similar operation, troops on fighting patrol repelled Boko Haram Terrorists/Islamic State of West Africa Province attacks at Gwalaram village in Magumeri Local Government Area. Own troops fire power forced the criminals to flee the location.

“Also, troops came in contact with terrorists along Kwang – Kilakasa road, Monguno, Gajiran in a fire battle engaged the terrorist and neutralized 20 of the insurgents. Troops further exploited the area and recovered 6 x AK47 rifles, 3 bicycles, 1 Toyota Landcruiser van, 3 x tyres, 490 rounds of 108mm, 274 rounds of 7.62mm NATO, metal links, 5 x magazine, 2 x Improvised Explosive Device cylinders and 100 litres of Premium Motor Spirit among others items.

“Troops on 25 July 2022 rescued 4 women with children at Aulari in Borno State, while 2 were the list confirmed to be Chibok girls named Hanatu Musa and Kauna Sarah Luka who are on serial 7 and 38 of the missing Chibok girls.

“Accordingly, within the weeks in focus, a total of 2,016 suspected Boko Haram Terrorists/Islamic State of West Africa Province terrorists and their families comprising of 360 adult males, 580 adult females and 1076 children surrendered to own troops at various locations in the North East theatre of Operation.

According to Major General Onyeuko, all rescued civilians and recovered items were handed over to relevant authority, while surrendered Boko Haram Terrorists and their families were profiled and handed over to the appropriate agencies for further action.