The Nigerian Army on Saturday revealed that over 1,000 Boko Haram terrorist had surrendered to troops in Lake Chad and Monguno general area of operations, as it also warned that many of them were on the run.
The army urged bordering communities to watch out for the fleeing Boko Haram insurgents as their enclaves in Lake Chad region came under intense onslaught. Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, the Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, Operation Lafiya Dole, made the disclosure in a statement in Maiduguri.
Nwachukwu said 250 fighters of the Al Barnawi-led faction of the insurgents had surrendered to Nigerian Army, sequel to artillery and aerial bombardments by troops of Operation Lafiya Dole of their enclaves in Lake Chad basin. He added that 700 insurgents also surrendered to troops at Monguno in an ongoing clearance operation.
Nwachukwu explained that Mamman Nur, another factional leader of the insurgents sustained fatal injuries and one of his wives killed in the operation, while many of the insurgents who escaped, surrendered to Niger Defence Forces. The army spokesman noted that some of the insurgents fleeing from the ongoing offensive were senior and junior commanders of the Al Barnawi faction.