SAN FRANCISCO, April 22, (THEWILL) – Four Boko Haram terrorists have surrendered to troops of the Operation Lafiya Dole, operating around Kumshe and have been handed over to the headquarters of the Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole, in Maimalari Cantonment, Maiduguri.
The terrorists, three men, one woman and three children, claimed to be from the Abubakar Shekau faction.
A statement signed by Colonel Onyema Nwachukwu, the Deputy Director Public Relations of the Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole, explained that two of the men were Boko Haram commanders while the third man was a Boko Haram medic, who provided medical care to wounded insurgents.
The statement added that the only woman was wife to one of the commanders while the two girls and a boy are children of the surrendered terrorists.
The statement quoted the Theatre Commander Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Rogers Nicholas, as saying that foot soldiers of the Boko Haram group have been deceived and fooled by their leaders for too long, making them believe that they will be killed by the military, if they surrender to troops.
He urged all insurgents willing to surrender to do so, assuring that they will not be killed, rather, they will be de-radicalized and rehabilitated adding that the Nigerian Army will provide security to the locals in their farming areas and also assist them in their farming projects.