More details have been released by the Nigerian Army on members of Boko Haram and the Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP) who surrendered this month.
In a statement to newsmen on Monday, Onyema Nwachukwu, Director of Public Relations, said scores of terrorists surrendered to troops between 2 and 4 August, 2021.
According to the army spokesperson, the withdrawal of top commanders and fighters has depleted the strength and fighting efficiency of jihad groups.
Nwachukwu confirmed that a total of 186, comprising 67 adult males, 54 adult females and 65 children surrendered to troops of Operation HADIN KAI at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Ajiri.
Led by their Amir, Manye Aga, they submitted several AK 47 rifles, magazines, a locally made pistol and 8 locally fabricated daggers.
On 15 August, the Theatre Command took custody of another batch of fighters, including 4 adult males, 11 adult females and 18 children.
They emerged from Landanli, Azah, Ngaridua and Kondilla villages and walked to troops of 151 Task Force Battalion, Banki Junction in Bama.
The military observed ISWAP has opted for propaganda via AMAQ Terrorists Media Wing to portray itself as a potent force in the North-East.
“ISWAP is yet to come to terms with the reality of its current predicament, which has posed serious negative impact on its processing”, the statement added.