A total of One Thousand Seven Hundred and Fifty Five (1,755) Boko Haram Terrorists members and their families have surrendered to troops at different locations in North east, between July 28 and August 11, 2022, the Defence Headquarters has said.
According to the military high command, those who surrendered include 280 adult males, 523 adult females and 952 children.
The Director, Defence Media Operations, Major General Benard Onyeuko, while briefing journalists at the Defence Headquarters in Abuja on the operational activities of the Armed Forces of Nigeria and other Security agencies from the various operational theatres in the 6 geopolitical zones of the country, from 28 July – 11 August 2022., said all the surrendered terrorists have been profiled and handed over to relevant authority.
Furthermore, he noted that the troops in conjunction with Civilian Joint Task Force have arrested Hussain Dungus, Ali Bulama Jidda and Mallam Ali Abuna, terrorists logistics suppliers at Buni Yadi general area on August 6, 2022.
According to him, Items recovered from the suspects include the sum of One Million Seven Hundred and Ninety-Three Thousand Seven Hundred naira (1,793,700.00) only, large quantity of assorted food stuffs, 3 handsets, 2 bicycles and other sundries.
The Drector stated that the Troops ambushed Boko Haram Terrorist/Islamic State of West Africa Province terrorist along Road Uzoro-Gadamayo in Adamawa State, adding that during the encounter one terrorist was neutralized while others fled.
He also stated that they further exploited the area and recovered 1 AK49 rifle, 1 AK47 rifle, 4 AK49 magazine, 250 rounds of 5.56mm, 1 bandolier and a mobile phone.
“Also, between 27 July to 2 August 2022 troops conducted fighting patrols, ambushes, clearance and raid operations along Road Pulka-Shave axis, Gabachari, Doksa Village and Buni Yadi town in Borno and Yobe State respectively,
“Similarly, the air component of Operation HADIN KAI conducted air interdiction on 3 August 2022 at Degbawa near Mandara Mountains in Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno State. The airstrike led to the neutralization of a key Islamic State of West Africa Province Commander Alhaji Modu (aka Bem Bem) and his fighters. Information gathered from the locals revealed that 20 terrorists were confirmed dead in the strike at the location where the terrorists converged for a meeting before the strike. Accordingly, within the weeks in focus troops neutralized 29 terrorists, arrested 55 and rescued 52 civilians. Also, troops recovered 128 rounds of 7.62mm ammunitions, 5 bicycles, 12 AK47 rifles, 4 motorcycles and 5 mobile phones. Accordingly, all surrendered and items recovered have been handed over to the appropriate authorities for further action”, he said.
The Director pointed that troops of Operation HADIN KAI have continued to dominate their general area of operation as they conducted operational activities in villages, mountains, town and cities in the North East.