240 Boko Haram Terrorists Surrender to MNJTF

240 Boko Haram Terrorists Surrender to MNJTFA total of 240 Boko Haram terrorists have surrendered to the Multinational Joint Task Force, some of them with arms and ammunition.

This is according to Chief Military Public Information Officer, Colonel Muhammad Dole, in a statement made available to the media.

The recent wave of mass defection took place in Sector 2 Area of Responsibility (AOR) Bagasola in Chad.

According to the statement: “The firepower of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) ground troops and joint Air operation during the Operation GAMA AIKI forced a massive defection of remnants of the Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT).

“Sustained offensive operations and blockage of logistics supply routes made the terrorists’ locations untenable; as a result, Boko Haram terrorists and their families abandoned their locations and surrendered with their arms to the nearest locations of the ground forces in the operation areas.”

Colonel Dole stated that they are being profiled and camped in Bagasola. According to him, this brings the total number of Boko Haram terrorists who have surrendered to MNJTF troops in Sector 2 to 464.

The Commander MNJTF, Major-General Lamidi Adeosun, addressed the repentant terrorists and their families during his operational visit to Sector 2 AOR.

The Commander commended the leaders of the ex-Boko Haram terrorists for their courage and taking the right decision to abandon terrorism and insurgency for normal life.

He assured them of safety and good care as long as they remain in the camps.

He also urged them to encourage their colleagues in the bush to stop fighting and join them in the camps.

“This peaceful disarming and profiling of the ex-BHT by the MNJTF forces, clearly demonstrated extent of professionalism and adherence to International Humanitarian Laws and Laws of Armed Conflict in combat operations,” he added.

The Commander of MNJTF donated cash for purchase of two cows and food stuff for each of the two groups for the welfare and upkeep of the ex-militants and their families.

While addressing a team of International Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) operating in the camps, the Commander praised their commitment and sacrifice in discharging their humanitarian duties.

He implored them to mobilise more resources and manpower, as more terrorists are expected to defect and join their colleagues in the camps.

The ex-BHT (Boko Haram terrorists) are expected to receive training in different skills and small businesses as scheduled by government agencies and NGOs.

Nigerian Military Confirms Killing Of Man Who Poses As Abubakar Shekau

Chris-Olukolade-nigeriaThe Nigerian military has confirmed that one Mohammed Bashir, who has been acting or posing on videos as the deceased Abubakar Shekau, the eccentric character known as the leader of the Boko Haram sect, was killed in a counter-terrorism operation in the north-east.

In a statement, the spokesman for the military, Major General Chris Olukolade, said that Mr Bashir was killed after members of the terrorist group made not less than four attempts between September 12 and 17 to violate the security strategy and enter Konduga to attack citizens in the area.

“Air and land forces were subsequently deployed to handle the situation.

“The convoy of combat vehicles typical of terrorists’ mission that involves their top commanders, were fiercely engaged by the land and air forces. Several of the terrorists including some of their commanders lost their lives in the encounters which lasted an average of about four hours each, leading to the death of the man claiming to be Mr Shekau,” the statement read.

According to Mr Olukolade, the troops captured some of the terrorists and their equipment. He explained in the statement that “after normalcy was restored, inhabitants of the community, who were victims of terrorists activities corroborated information on the identity of Mr Bashir, alias Abubakar Shekau, alias Abacha Abdullahi Geidam and alias Damasack”.

He emphasised that the recent devastation on the leadership of the insurgents was as a result of the renewed commitment to the mission of eradicating terrorism in Nigeria.

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Some members of the Boko Haram sect surrendered to military troops at Mairiga.

The military warned that “since the name Shekau had become a brand name for the terrorists’ leader, it would remain resolute to serve justice to anyone who assumes that designation or title as well as all terrorists that seek to violate the freedom and territory of Nigeria”.

The Defence Headquarters also applauded the gallantry of the Nigerian troops who had remained undaunted and professional in prosecuting the campaign against terror.

It also mentioned that the keen interest exhibited by Nigeria’s neighbours and allies had been commendable, reassuring all allies in the war against terrorism of the Nigerian military’s resolve to maintain momentum in the efforts to decimate and defeat terrorists.

The military further stressed the need for all Nigerians to be alert, vigilant and cooperate with security forces in the war on terror campaign.

Meanwhile, a total of 135 terrorists on Tuesday evening surrendered along with equipment to troops around Biu Local Government Area in Borno State.

According to the military’s statement, a group of 88 submitted themselves at Mairiga/Bun-Yadi while another group of 45 terrorists were taken in around Mubi-Michika.

They are all being interrogated and processed in conformity with the dictates of standard best practices.