Scores of emaciated-looking Boko Haram fighters, begging for food have surrendered to Nigerian Forces in Northeast Zone, the military and a civilian self-defense fighter said on Wednesday.
A top ranking officer of the military said about seventy-six people including children and women gave themselves up to soldiers on Saturday in Gwoza, about 60 miles southeast of Maiduguri.
AP reported on Wednesday, that the detained members of the ferocious death cult were looking emaciated as they were spotted begging for food.
The officer, who craved anonymity, said that all the detainees are currently being held at military headquarters in Maiduguri, the birthplace of Boko Haram and currently the command center of the war against the Islamic extremists.
Upon interrogation, the detainees said many more fighters want to surrender, a self-defense civilian fighter who helped escort them to Maiduguri told The Associated Press.
Food shortages could indicate that Nigeria’s military is succeeding in choking supply routes of the Islamic extremists who have taken their fight across Nigeria’s borders.