The Nigerian Army has attributed the surrender of over 8,000 Boko Haram terrorists to the overwhelming fire power of troops at the frontlines.
The Acting General Officer Commanding (GOC), 7 Division, Brig.-Gen. Abdulwahab Eyitayo, stated this on Tuesday during the visit of the Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu and a team of Defence Correspondents form Abuja to Maiduguri, adding that the terrorists surrendered from their enclaves in Sambisa Forests, as well as other hideouts.
Eyitayo, who is also the Commander, Sector 1, Operation Hadin Kai, said the surrender by the repentant terrorists was a welcome development.
According to him, one of the reasons they are surrendering in droves is the overwhelming fire power from the troops.
”It is because every man’s endeavour is motivated by his family’s wellbeing, that is why they are coming out with their families. We started seeing the signs from June.
“Our intensified operations had blocked their logistics’ routes and supplies, bombardments all over, that is why they started surrendering and diseases have overpowered many of them.
“It was better because in the end, the troops will clear all of them and their sympathisers combined,” he said.
The acting GOC however warned that a time would come that the window of surrender would no longer be available, urging the sympathisers of the terrorists to encourage them to come out.
Eyitayo also said that whoever supported the enemies of the state would be treated as an enemy by the state forces, adding that the military was more determined than ever to deal decisively with the terrorists and their supporters.
On the handling of the surrendered terrorists, Eyitayo disclosed that the Nigerian army was responsible for receiving, profiling or screening of the terrorists, adding that afterwards, they would be handed over to the Borno State government for further action.
According, to Eyitayo, a sizeable number of the surrendered, comprised wives and children of the terrorists, as well as those that were forcefully recruited into their folds.