Nigeria’s Defence Headquarters has said some fleeing Boko Haram and Islamic State West African Province terrorists abandoned 72 of their family members in the heat of military onslaughts in Ngala town in the Gamboru-Ngala Local Government Area of Borno State in northeastern Nigeria.
The DHQ’s Defence Media Operations, which stated this at a press conference on Friday in Abuja, noted that the insurgents’ family members, comprising 33 women and 39 children, were being profiled by the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole for further possible action.
The DMO coordinator, Maj Gen John Enenche, who spoke on behalf of the DHQ, said the abandonment indicated that more terrorists were willing to surrender to the military.
He said, “One of such moves was the dropping off of 72 family members of the Boko Haram and ISWAP, comprising 33 women and 39 children, at the entrance of Ngala town in Ngala LGA on May 10 at about 8.30pm.
“A total of these 72 persons were also rescued from the Boko Haram terrorists. All of them are in custody of troops for further action. In another operation at Mainok–Jakana in the Kaga Local Government Area of Borno State, 61 Boko Haram criminals were neutralised in the theatre.”
Enenche added that 603 former Boko Haram fighters “are due to be reintegrated to their communities by June 2020 after undergoing Operation Safe Corridor’s de-radicalisation, rehabilitation and reintegration.”
He noted that 11 ISWAP fighters also surrendered to the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole in Adamawa State on Monday and that the insurgents were being profiled.
He called on other terrorist fighters to surrender to the armed forces or be destroyed in the ongoing artillery and air bombardments of the Lake Chad islands.
Meanwhile, airstrikes by the Nigerian military through Operation Hadarin Daji have killed no fewer than 27 bandits and destroyed their hideouts in Nahuta and Doumborou border communities between Katsina and Zamfara states.
Enenche, said, “Overhead the target area, several of the bandits were seen along with a large number of rustled cattle. The attack aircraft took turns in engaging the area, neutralising some of the bandits while few escaped with injuries.
“Human intelligence sources later confirmed that no fewer than 27 bandits were neutralised as a result of the attack.