By Umar Salam.
The Nigerian Army on Tuesday revealed that two Boko Haram fighters of Chadian nationality have surrendered to the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole (OPLD) in the North East.
This was contained in a statement issued in Abuja by the Operations Media Coordinator of the Army, Col. Aminu Iliyasu.
According to Iliyasu, the repentant terrorists identified as Abu Abor (61) and Abubakar Hassan (51) surrendered to the military in Gamboru-Ngala after sneaking out of Bagadaza in the Lake Chad.
He stated that they were in the Shekau faction and opted to escape as a result of “overwhelming troops’ artillery bombardments and ground assaults.”
The top Army official added, “They said the assaults have fractured their command structure forcing many among their leadership to desert thus leaving them to their fate.
“They further expressed their regret for the heinous crimes they committed against security agents as well as civilians and begged for forgiveness.
“However, it is worthy to note that, the surrendered terrorists of Chadian nationality have further given credence to the presence of foreign mercenaries among the insurgents.”
Speaking further on the gallantry of Nigerian troops and some of the successes recorded in February 2020, Col. Iliyasu said:
“On Feb. 27, troops of 271 Tank Battalion deployed at Kopa Village in Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa State pursued fleeing insurgents and rescued three victims successfully and reunited them with their families.
“On the same day, troops conducted a massive clearance operation to Baga and Doron Baga in Kukawa Local Government Area.
“During the operation, troops engaged some plundering Boko Haram criminals who evidently could not match the troops’ superior fire power but rather fled in disarray with possible gunshot wounds.
“Nevertheless, troops recovered 111 rounds of 7.62mm NATO ammunition at the location.
“Furthermore, an IED planted by the criminals along Mile 4 – Baga-Doron Road was discovered and safely detonated by the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team.
“Troops also cleared Baga Town, Fish Dam and Doron Baga general area of any Boko Haram/Islamic State’s West Africa Province criminals’ presence.
“Additionally, in continuation of the clearance operation, same troops rescued a septuagenarian and a mentally-ill woman along their axis of advance.
“Troops also recovered one burnt G3 Rifle, four rounds of 7.62mm NATO ammunition, one cutlass, some pairs of military and Boko Haram criminals’ uniforms, one pair of desert boot, and two pairs of black military boots.
“Other items recovered include: one mobile phone, one bandolier, one water bladder, two damaged camp beds, 269 rounds of 7.62mm NATO ammunition, two Rocket Propelled Gun bombs, one 122mm Unexploded Ordnance, three Pressure Plates (vehicle borne IED) and a Boko Haram criminals’ flag.”