A BATCH of 80 Boko Haram insurgents on Thursday, October 1, surrendered to the military in Bama, Borno State. The latest surrender was the second in a week because six days earlier, the Army announced that 200 terrorists had surrendered and turned in their weapons.
A statement signed by Sani Usman, a colonel and Army spokesman, said among those who surrendered on Thursday were commanders, suppliers and foot soldiers.
According to Usman, the terrorists surrendered en mass to troops of Operation Lafiya Dole in Bama, following “the intense heat and continuous offensive action embarked by troops,”
The statement said in part: “It would be recalled that we have repeatedly stated that surrender is the only option available to insurgents as the Nigerian Army and Nigerian Air Force in conjunction with other security agencies are totally committed to the achievement of the three months presidential deadline for the eradication of terrorism in Nigeria.
“Other terrorists are encouraged to also surrender or face total annihilation. As the new name of the operation states ‘achievement of total peace is a must’.”
The Army spokesman appealed to Nigerians to continue to provide useful information to security agencies that would lead to apprehension of all known terrorists.
— Oct 12, 2015 @ 01:00 GMT