Mr. Nicholas, a Major General, stated this during the inauguration of the Nigeria-Cameroun Military Joint Mission in Maiduguri.
The News Agecny of Nigeria (NAN) quoted him as saying that his troops under the operation DEEP PUNCH II, on Friday, dislodged and occupied the insurgents’ tactical ground “Camp Zairo”.
He disclosed that hundreds of insurgents surrendered and several others fled their enclave while over 100 civilians were rescued.
“My soldiers are in the heart of Boko Haram enclave that is ‘Camp Zairo”, the gallant troops have taken total control of Sambisa Forest.
“We have broken the heart and soul of Shekau’s group, taking over the camp and its environs.
“They are on the run and we are pursuing them to wherever they go. This time around there is no place for escape anywhere.
“We had earlier asked those of them that want to surrender to do so and we are still asking them to come out and surrender otherwise they are going to meet it the hard way”.
Mr. Nicholas called on the insurgents and abducted persons in the bush to come out and surrender to the troops, stressing that they woukd not be harmed or killed.
The news comes barely a few days after the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai, wrote a strong worded poem to Shekau, its elusive leader, requesting him to either surrender his arms and embrace peace or face perdition.