Sources say over hundreds of Boko Haram militants with their families have surrendered in Chad within the last month.
“They surrendered to our troops on the front line in Lake Chad,” said Colonel Mohammad Dole, Chief Military Public Information Officer for the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) headquartered in Chad’s capital N’Djamena.
“The surrenders are taking place because of the firepower of our operations. The groups, many of them armed, have been arriving since September and their number keeps increasing,” he said, adding that “about 240 fighters, most off whom are Chadian, are now being held in detention along with their families.”
Reuters quoted analysts and security sources as implying that the fighters are probably recent recruits that Boko Haram has struggled to retain as it has ceded territory
“Their presence in Chad was more for recruitment and for resources. Its strikes in the country were punitive,” he said, referring to revenge attacks on regional military heavyweight Chad, which has supplied 3,000 troops for the MNJTF.
Chadian military officials are currently profiling the detainees currently housed at two detention centers in the remote town of Baga Solo, some of whom arrived this week.