The Nigerian Army has disclosed that about 8,000 members of the Islamic terror group, Boko Haram, voluntarily surrendered to its “Operation Safe Corridor” in the Northeast.
Speaking on Tuesday at a lecture organised by state Correspondent’s Chapel in Abuja, the Director of Defence Information Brig.-Gen. Rabe Abubakar, said the surrendered insurgents were in a camp in Gombe waiting to be “de-radicalised” by the military.
The Defence spokesman also said over 10,000 Boko Haram hostages were rescued by the military, adding that some of them have been reunited with their families, while others were taken to Internally Displaced Person’s (IDP) camps.
Abubakar maintained that the insurgents had been decimated by the military, and that the Federal Government would rehabilitate victims and rebuilt affected areas.
In a related development, a Fulani leader in Zamfara State, Alhaji Ruwa, has voluntarily surrendered his ammunition to troops of the 223 Battalion, 1 Brigade Division of Nigerian Army.
A statement issued by the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, said the Fulani kingpin also promised to persuade all other known armed bandits to come out and renounce their illegal vocation.
Ruwa handed over two locally fabricated pistols and three Dane guns to the army.
“This is in continuation of ongoing efforts to rid Zamfara State of the menace of livestock rustling and armed banditry,” the army spokesman said.