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08.08.2021 news Army Welcomes 605 Boko Haram Fighters Who Fled Hideouts over Hunger, Diseases

Published 8th Aug, 2021

By Ibrahim Adeyemi

The Nigerian Army has received 605 Boko Haram fighters who fled their hideouts over the fear of hunger, diseases and military offensives.

A top intelligence operative told PRNigeria that the terrorists were rehabilitated and branded repentants adhering to international laws relating to ‘enemies willing to surrender’.

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Some of the terrorists were afraid they could be killed if they surrendered but were persuaded by their spouses and parents, the senior officer revealed.

“The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Faruk Yahaya encourages a mixed technique of kinetic and non-kinetic operations that are humane in nature as he instructed that while we accepted those willing to surrender, we should not spare the stubborn ones by sending them to where they belonged,” he said.

“During profiling, some of the commanders who surrendered to troops admitted that their various enclaves had been bedevilled by hunger, disease, and the perpetual fear of military offensives.

“The media are key to shaping the troops’ resolve to continuing their aggressive posture while the citizens maintain their confidence on the military efforts on counter-terrorism.”

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After receiving some of the repentant terrorists from the Nigerian Army, the Borno State Government encouraged Boko Haram members to surrender so they could be rehabilitated and reintegrated into society.

Babakura Abba-Jato, the Borno State Commissioner of Information, at the end of a security meeting held on Saturday in Maiduguri, expressed satisfaction with the growing number of insurgents surrendering to the military.

Published 8th Aug, 2021

By Ibrahim Adeyemi

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