No fewer than ten suspected Boko Haram members have surrendered to troops of the Nigerian Army in Borno, according to sources in the area.
Apart from the 10 male insurgents who surrendered, five children were also said to have surrendered to the troops.
The insurgents were said to have surrendered to troops of the army’s 151 battalion in Banki, Bama LGA on Sunday.
It was gathered that the insurgents who surrendered were part of those loyal to Bakura Salaba, a factional leader of Boko Haram who was recently killed.
Sources said the insurgents dropped their arms owing to sustained aerial bombardment and aggressive intensive clearance operation by troops of Operation Hadin Kai.
“Two AK 47 riffles, one G3 riffle 1 X FN riffle, 1 X PKT gun, 120 Rounds of 7.62MM Nato, 31 RDS X 7.62MM special, 3 AK 47 extra magazines, 3 X G3 extra magazines, 1, 36 HG, 2, knives and the sum of N600,000 was handed over to the troops by the insurgents,” one of the sources was quoted by TheCable as saying.
Quest Times learned that the suspects and their family members would receive medical care at a military medical facility, after which they would undergo profiling and investigation.
So far, 11,349 Boko Haram fighters, 15,289 women, and 24,163 children have surrendered to the troops, according to Christopher Musa, theatre commander of Operation Hadin Kai.