The Nigerian Army has said that members of the terrorist group, Boko Haram, are surrendering in droves as the onslaught against them becomes fiercer.
Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, who said this in a statement yesterday, stated that new strategies being employed by the military against the terrorirts, is yielding positive results.
He said “scores of terrorists (are) surrendering to troops and many more willing to surrender”. According to him, the new strategies included sustained offensive operations, pre-emptive air strikes by the Nigerian Air Force and routes blocking by ground troops. He said the new strategies were “geared towards constricting and snuffing out the Boko Haram terrorists”.
“Many of the terrorists that willingly surrendered painted images of mass panic and hysteria among their erstwhile colleagues who are feeling the noose tightening on their necks with the relentless efforts of troops and renewed vigour in operations inspired by the personal leadership of the Chief of Army Staff.
“Terrorists also seem to have an inkling of what happens to surrendered suspects as regards screening and deredicalisation of innocent ones among them. “The Nigerian Army in conjunction with the Nigerian Air Force and other security agencies will continue to devise and implement effective strategies to bring Boko Haram terrorism to a speedy end.
“It will also continue to receive surrendering suspects and assures innocent ones among them that surrender is the only option open to them. “The Nigerian Army wishes to also appreciate the great support and information it receives from well meaning citizens. “More of these are required to help towards quicker obliteration of the Boko Haram scourge in our nation”, Colonel Usman stated.
– Charity Simon, Abuja