No fewer than 16 suspected Boko Haram fighters, who were reported to have been fed up with their heinous activities, have surrendered to troops in Balazala and Ahamdaga Makaranta villages.
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This is just as troops have continued to ransack every nook and cranny of Sambisa Forest in search of any element of the ferocious Islamic death cult.
Conveying this revelation in a statement, the Army spokesman, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, stated that “out of 16 male adults that came along with their families to troop’s from Balazala and Ahamdaga Makaranta villages in the Dure district, 7 of them confessed to be Boko Haram terrorist members.
“Upon proper interrogation, the suspects confirmed to be Boko Haram terrorists with some of them having specialized trade and status.
“Three of them were Ameers (leaders) in the Boko Haram terrorist group’s hierarchy; for instance, Hamidu Buba was found to be the Ameer (leader) of tailors, while Musa Buba is Ameer of mechanics and Ali Idrissa, an Ameer of carpenters.
“The others confessed to be “Rijan” (fighters) adding that they have participated in various Boko Haram attacks on so many villages and towns. They further stated that the ongoing crackdown operation is really taking its toll on them as they can barely survive.
“They also stated that the Boko Haram terrorists have ran out of food and they now survive on roots and unripe mangoes.
“They also said 2 of their members sent for food were killed at Frigi crossing point some days earlier by troops.”
In a related development, vigilant 7 Division Garrison, have arrested 2 suspected Boko Haram terrorists fuel suppliers with 2 Golf Volkswagen vehicles with registration numbers Borno MAG-112XA and Borno AA739-KBG.
They were arrested at NNPC Mega Filling Station, along Damboa Road, Maiduguri at 2.00pm today, Friday, 5th May 2016.
The two suspected Boko Haram terrorists modified the booth of their cars with constructed tanks to take in more fuel for their accomplices hiding in the forests. One of the reconstructed tanks contained 150 litres of petrol, while the other was empty.
Both suspects have been handed over to the Joint Intelligent Centre for further interrogation.
Similarly, troops of the 121 Task Force Battalion, intercepted 35 civilians comprising 6 men, 7 women, 7 males minors and 15 minor females who claimed to be coming from Balaganje village.
The Army spokesman said, “Preliminary investigation reveals that they had been living in Balaganje as captives by Boko Haram terrorists who threatened to kill them if they attempt to escape.
“They are being investigated further,” he stated.