The Nigerian Army on Thursday announced that another batch of 80 Boko Haram fighters surrendered to its troops in Bama, Borno state, in what has now been described as a landmark event.
The announcement came six days after the Army said another 200 terrorists surrendered to it and turned in their weapons.
The spokesperson for the Army, Sani Usman, said among those who surrendered Thursday were commanders, suppliers and foot soldiers who participated in past battles by the terrorist group.
“In a landmark event today, 80 Boko Haram terrorists have surrendered en mass to troops of Operation Lafiya Dole in Bama, Borno State,” Mr. Usman, a colonel, said.
“The terrorists among whom were commanders, suppliers and foot soldiers confirmed to have partook in several terrorists attacks especially on Bama town, Borno State, surrendered as a result of the intense heat and continuous offensive action embarked by troops.
“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’.
“Citizens are please requested to continue providing useful information to security agencies that will lead to apprehension of all known terrorists.”