About 146 suspected Boko Haram insurgents have surrendered their arms at various military formations in the north-east.
The commander of operation Lafiya Dole, Roger Nicholas, stated this when he spoke with newsmen while parading 17 suspects who recently renounced their membership at the military command in Maiduguri, Borno state capital.
“Seventy of them had surrendered in Munguno, 60 in Bama, while this set of 17 just willingly surrendered to our troops,” the commander said.
Nicholas further disclosed that the amnesty opportunity provided in operation Safe Corridor was already yielding a positive result.
According to him, the army had established designated centres at various commands and formation where the insurgents can come out and surrender.
He further disclosed that the 17 insurgents had testified that they were no longer interested in the fight, hence, renouncing their membership to accept meaningful reintegration.
Some of the paraded Boko Haram who spoke to newsmen said they were tired of the crimes they have committed fighting as Boko Haram insurgents.
One of the suspect, Mustapha Umar, said; “I m a commander at the lake area. My operation was mainly on the water. My regret was the number of persons I have killed and took their money. I have killed many people but I am asking for forgiveness.”