On Saturday, 186 Boko Haram militants, commanded by their Amir, Manye Aga, surrendered to forces of Operation Hadin Kai at the Forward Operational Base (FOB) in Ajiri, according to the army high command.
Over 200 Boko Haram fighters and their families have been pardoned by the Nigerian army. In Borno State, the Nigerian Army said it received a new batch of over 200 repentant Boko Haram fighters and their families during clearance operations on Saturday and Sunday.
The military command noted that 186 terrorist organizations of Boko Haram surrendered to Operation Hadin Kai's soldiers at the Ajiri Foreign Operating Base (FOB) on Saturday led by their Amir, Manye Aga.
Meanwhile on Sunday, the military received 33 additional Boko Haram fighters, who surrendered to 151 Task Force Battalion, Banki Junction, Bama, from Landanli, Azah, Ngaridua, and Kondilla villages to their own soldiers.
In a Monday press release by SaharaReporters, the Director of Public Relations for Armed Forces, Brig Gen Onyema Nwachukwu, despite the outcry and widespread convictions that the exercise had received.
In the place of total forgiveness and rehabilitation with taxpayers' money, many Nigerians have called for duly prosecuting the former fighters.
In a release, the army spokeswoman stated, "There is confusion and severe apprehension in the camps, especially among the leading commander of West African Muslim State, of the depleting strength of its members after the recent unprecedented mass surrendering of Boko Haram terrorists in Bama Operational Area, from 2 to 4 August.
"The Terrorist Group has chosen to use propaganda via AMAQ Terrorists Media Wing against this backdrop with the aim of portraying the group as a still-powerful force in the north-east.
"The recent worrying turn of terrorist operatives in the camps who went out in a series with their family to lay down their arms and give themselves up to the local Mafa military on August 14, 2021 has further aggravated the current trend of apprehension.
"A total of 186 members of Boko Haram's Amir, Manye Aga, comprising 67 adult males, 54 adult females and 65 child soldiers, were handed over to Operation HADIN KAI troops at the FOB, Ajiri. Several AK 47 rifles and magazines, a local pistol and 8 daggers were recovered, and several items recovered from the terrorists surrendered.
"The Theater took also over additional Boko Haram fighters of 151 Task Force Battalion, Bani Junction in Bama on 15 August 2021, including 4 adult males, 11 females adult and 18 boys from Landanli, Azah, Ngaridua & Kondilla villages.
"ISWAP still has to deal with its present plight, which has had grave adverse repercussions on its prowess.
"The military is stronger in the fight against insurgency crimes, banditry and sun-drenched crimes both kinetic and non-kinetic." "
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