Terrorists surrender as troops destroy their hideouts
From Atiku Sarki, Abuja
Several bandits have pleaded to surrender their weapons amidst sustained artillery bombardments and onslaught against their enclaves by the troops of Operation Lafiya Dole.
A statement by the Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj. Gen. John Enenche, had revealed that many Boko Haram terrorists have recently surrendered in numbers to troops of 242 Battalion deployed at Charlie Six Check Point in Mongonu, Borno State.
The statement further revealed that some of the repentant Boko Haram fighters also called on their erstwhile colleagues who are currently in a state of despair and confusion in the forests to surrender to the troops of the Nigerian Army.
It added that on 24 May 2020, another Boko Haram fighter Malam Adamu Yahaya aka Saad Karami surrendered to troops of 242 Battalion in Mongonu.
In a related development, another Boko Haram/Islamic State’s West Africa Province fighter, 35-year-old Muhammadu Kabudumi aka Amir Sabat also surrendered to the troops 242 Battalion in Monguno Borno State. Kabudumi confessed to joining the Boko Haram sect in 2015 but denied participating in any of the sects’ operations. He however revealed that he has done duties at Boko Haram camps at Abadam, Malam Fatori and Duguri under the leadership of Muhammadu Lawan, a notorious Boko Haram Commander.
“On 28 May 2020, troops of Army Super Camp 11 Gamboru deployed in Ngala LGA of Borno State conducted long range clearance operations to Gulwa, Diime, Musiri, Wuri Bari, Mada, Sangaya, Jarawa, Mutu, Isari and Mudu Villages of the same LGA. At Isari Village, troops uncovered a Boko Haram criminals’ hideout with well constructed battle trenches. The troops captured 3 of the bandits and recovered one AK 47 rifle loaded with a magazine containing 2 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition, 2 swords, one cutlass, one axe, a set of arrows and charms.
Also, on 27 May 2020, troops of Operation Hadarin Daji deployed at Forward Operation Base Marafa, raided an abandoned makeshift hut in Karama village and recovered one AK 47 rifle and 25 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition. However, no arrest was made as the criminals are suspected to be deceptively using the location as armoury.
General Enenche said in another development, on 27 May 2020, troops of 17 Brigade in conjunction with elements of the Nigeria Police stormed a bandits’ hideout in Dumburun Forest and rescued 3 abducted victims. During the operation the gallant troops neutralized one bandit and recovered one FN Rifle mounted with magazine while others fled. The rescued victims have been reunited with their families.