Over 200 B’ Haram Terrorists Surrender To Nigerian Army
• Army Destroys Seven Terrorists’ Camps
• Gives Final Warning To Saboteurs
AS the war against the Boko Haram insurgents rages on, over 200 members of the sect yesterday surrendered to the troops of the Nigerian Army, even as the soldiers overran Banki town and captured the group’s Islamiyya school.
Spokesperson of the Nigerian Army, Col. Sani Usman confirmed this to The Guardian via text message yesterday in Abuja that “over 200 Boko Haram terrorists have just surrendered to our troops in Banki”.
He said this happened when the hitherto stronghold of Banki was retaken from the insurgents by the troops. “The economically important and strategic town of Banki in Borno State which is equally noted for fishing and other major economic and trading activities between Nigeria, Cameroon and Central African countrie, was retaken by the gallant soldiers in close collaboration with the Cameroonian army.
The recapture of the strategic town was facilitated by concerted efforts of the Nigerian Air Force and close liaison with the Cameroon’s Army. During the previous encounter, Nigerian troops not only recaptured the town, but several Boko Haram terrorists were captured alive while the stubborn armed militants who refused to surrender were killed in the military offensive. The recapture of this town, apart restoring Nigeria’s territory, would improve the economic activities in that area, Col. Usman said.
Meanwhile, in a release late on Thursday, Usman said while mopping up the town, the troops brought down the “terrorists’ famous Boko Haram Islamiyah (an Islamic school) building, destroyed seven Boko Haram camps and successfully detonated seven Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).
“The troops discovered and detonated 13 IEDs between Darel Jamal and Banki. During the encounter to recapture the town, several Boko Haram terrorists were killed and several others were captured alive between Banki junction and Ngorosoye. The Chief of Army Staff’s goodwill message delivered through Major General Yusuf Abubakar, the Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, has gone a long way to boost troops’ morale and prod them into action, Usman added.
The statement also said a renowned terrorist trying to escape with his family was intercepted by troops between Pulka and Gwoza and has surrendered himself to the troops.
In a related development, the Nigerian Army has sent a very strong and serious final warning to some prominent individuals and political groups who from Borno State in particular, and North East generally, which it says plan to undermine and scuttle the fight against terrorism and insurgency.
Usman in a statement said: “The unscrupulous individuals and their cohorts are determined to reverse the gains made and scuttle our efforts of achieving the Presidential directive to defeat Boko Haram terrorists within three months. They are enlisting the services of some Non-Governmental Organizations in this grand design.
It has come to our knowledge that they are employing every means to see that our operation does not succeed in order for them to continue to enjoy certain benefits. It has been revealed that they are employing the services of marabouts and other unethical means in order to frustrate our efforts and the operations in addition to campaign of calumny.
“We are aware of their clandestine meetings and other diabolical efforts to achieve their nefarious aims. This would not be tolerated”.