The Nigerian Army has provided details of Boko Haram and Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP) members who surrendered this month.
Onyema Nwachukwu, Director of Public Relations, in a statement on Monday, said scores of terrorists turned themselves in between 2 and 4 August, 2021.
The spokesman noted that the development has caused apprehension in the sects’ camps.
The army said the withdrawal of top commanders and foot soldiers has depleted the strength and fighting efficiency of jihad groups.
Nwachukwu confirmed more fighters surrendered with their families at Mafa Local Government Area on 14 August.
A total of 186, comprising 67 adult males, 54 adult females and 65 children surrendered to troops of Operation HADIN KAI at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Ajiri.
Led by their Amir, Manye Aga, they submitted several AK 47 rifles, magazines, a locally made pistol and 8 locally fabricated daggers.
On 15 August, the Theatre Command took custody of another batch of fighters, including 4 adult males, 11 adult females and 18 children.
They emerged from Landanli, Azah, Ngaridua and Kondilla villages and walked to troops of 151 Task Force Battalion, Banki Junction in Bama.
The military observed ISWAP has opted for propaganda via AMAQ Terrorists Media Wing to portray itself as a potent force in the North-East.
“ISWAP is yet to come to terms with the reality of its current predicament, which has posed serious negative impact on its processing”, the statement added.
DAILY POST had reported that about 1,500 terrorists and their families surrendered in the last four months.