The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has disclosed that no fewer than 5,890 terrorists comprising Boko Haram foot soldiers and their commanders, alongside their wives and children have surrendered to troops in the North East region of the country.
The military highest decision making organ said that the feat was achieved following troops sustained operational engagements across the country against all criminal elements across, which it claimed, yielded significant positive results.
The DHQ Spokesperson, Brig. Gen. Benard Onyeuko, said that the surrender took place between August 12 and September 2 after troops of Operation HADIN KAI sustained offensives against terrorists in the North East theatre, noting that the development compelled the terrorists to surrender in large numbers.
According to him, 565 Boko Haram fighters including three commanders and four amirs and their family members were handed over to the Borno State government for further management after thorough profiling.
“Suffice to note that, within the last few weeks, more than 5,890 terrorists comprising foot soldiers and their commanders have surrendered with their families to own troops in the North East Zone. A total of 565 BHT’s comprising 3 Commanders, 4 Amirs, 5 Nakibs and 5 cattle rustling specialists, out of the surrendered BHTs and their family members were handed over to the Borno State Government in Maiduguri for further management after thorough profiling,” Onyeuko said while briefing journalists on Thursday during a press briefing in Abuja.
He added that no fewer than 48 of the terrorists, 20 arrested including fighters and commanders were neutralised and their logistic base and facilities including three gun trucks were destroyed on June 14.
“A total of 52 assorted arms and 1,977 rounds of 7.62mm assorted calibre ammunition including AK-47 and FN rifles with magazines, hand grenades, commando mortar guns, locally fabricated rifles, Dushka anti-aircraft guns, Dane guns and Nigerian Police rifles, among other items were recovered from surrendered terrorists and operations within the period. Also, a total of seven terrorists collaborators/informants and logistics suppliers were arrested and handed over to appropriate prosecuting agencies for necessary actions.
“In operation HADARIN DAJI, a total of 15 armed bandits, two armed robbers neutralised, 13 bandits informants arrested, 15 motorcycles recovered, two AK 47 rifles recovered, 33 kidnap victims rescued, 66 criminal elements were arrested and some vandalised railway sleepers/tracks were recovered within the period in focus.
“On 14 August 2021, security forces of Operation SAFE HAVEN arrested 20 persons involved in the attack and killing of 26 travellers at Rukuba Town in Jos North LGA of Plateau State. The arrested persons have been handed over to the appropriate prosecuting agency for further necessary action.
“In a related development, on 27 August 21, troops conducted a raid operation at Rikkos, Jos North LGA of Plateau State, also in the course of operation, troops arrested four suspected Sara Suka members. The suspects were profiled and subsequently handed over to the relevant security agency for prosecution,” he said.
Onyeuko, however, said that the military High Command appreciates the continuous sacrifices of the troops in the various theatres of operation across the country, adding that the Armed Forces remain steadfast in the fight against all forms of criminality in different parts of the Country.
“It salutes their courage, resilience and commitment towards achieving sustainable peace in the country. We appreciate the general public and the press for their continued support and further encourage all to avail the Armed Forces with credible and timely information that will facilitate proactive engagements in all the theatres of operation across the country.”