Following the Nigerian Military’s renewed onslaught against insurgency in the North-East, Boko Haram and Islamic State of West African Province, ISWAP, fighters have started abandoning their families and fleeing for their lives.
Briefing newsmen, the Coordinator Defence Media Operations, John Enenche, disclosed that about 72 family members of the insurgents, including 33 women and 39 children, were abandoned at the entrance of Ngala Town in Ngala Local Government Area of Borno State.
According to him, the women and children are currently in the custody of troops.
Mr Eneche also revealed that another batch of 11 ISWAP fighters have surrendered to the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole in Adamawa State.
He said: “On 11 May 2020, eleven ISWAP fighters surrendered to troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE in Adamawa State.
“The repentant insurgents are being profiled for further action. This number of surrendered BHT/ISWAP fighters is an indication of the heat of our operational activities on the terrorists due to the renewed impetus in the theatre to end the criminality.
“There are indications that more terrorists are willing to surrender. One of such moves was the dropping off of 72 family members of BHTs/ISWAP at the entrance of Ngala town in Ngala Local Government Area of Borno State on 10 May 2020 around 8.30pm, comprising 33 women and 39 children.
“All of them are in custody of troops for further action. It would be recalled that the De-radicalization, Rehabilitation and Reintegration programme for ex-fighters under Operation SAFE CORRIDOR has recorded tremendous success”.
He continued that, “so far, 280 clients have successfully undergone the programme and reintegrated into the society, 25 of this number were repatriated to Niger Republic.
“Presently, 603 clients are due to pass out in June 2020. Other fighters are hereby encouraged to come out of the bush/hideouts to surrender.
“The military High Command is using this medium to request parents, traditional rulers, community, opinion and religious leaders to urge their wards and children not to succumb to inducements by the BHT/ISWAP for recruitment into their fold because the temporarily surviving terrorists are now in dire need of fighters.