No less than 700 repentant fighters of the dreaded terror group, Boko haram, have surrendered to the military in the North-East, the Director of Defence Information, Rabe Abubakar, has said.
Brigadier General Abubakar, made this disclosure known during a courtesy chat with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Abuja on Thursday.
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The spokesman of the Army explained that a camp will be opened where the repentant insurgents will be kept “before the government decides on what to do with them”.
He, therefore, called for cooperation between the media and the military in mobilising and informing the citizenry about the crisis.
He said: “We have come to understand that the military cannot do it all alone.
“It must enter into collaborative efforts and synergy in certain operations with the media, which we believe will go a long way to not just project our activities or operations, but at the same time play a role which nobody can do apart from you.
“Mobilising the citizens, informing them about what is happening and equally sensitizing them.
“The media has a very important role in mitigating the crisis that is befalling our nation.
“We have many of the Boko Haram members, who surrendered as a result of our operations in Sambisa.
“We have over 700 now and very soon we will open the camp in the North-East where we will be keeping them before the government decides on what to do with them.’’