The Nigerian Army has announced the surrender of at least 204 fighters; who once had allegiance to the Boko Haram terrorist group.
In a post made on its social media account, the army disclosed the relinquishment following the ongoing Operation Hadin Kai in Borno State. Information provided suggest these terrorists resolved to lay down their weapons after continued bombardment of the group’s hideouts. Their commanders have also been killed in recent gunshot exchanges.
Family members were also pictured together with the surrendered fighters at a military facility in the state. The Nigerian Army are currently profiling these fighters with their families, to ensure they are being accounted for.
They further confirmed this development in an official statement.
‘The ongoing offensive onslaught against terrorism in the North-East region recorded another feat today, 15 June, 2022, as 204 Boko Haram fighters including their family members surrendered to troops of Operation Hadin Kai in Bama LGA of Borno State. Profiling of the surrendered terrorists is ongoing,’ the statement read.
The news is seen as a measured victory in the fight against terrorism in north-east Nigeria. Since the start of Operation Hadin Kai, several insurgents have ended their allegiances to the Boko Haram group. Recall that the Defence Headquarters reported in March that 47,975 terrorists and their families had so far surrendered since September 2021.