It is no longer a secret that the Boko-Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) fighters in the Northeast region of Nigeria, have continued to launch deadly terrorist attacks on the region. Since the insurgency began over a decade ago, there have been several reports of deadly attacks on Nigerian troops, deployed to combat terrorism in the region.
Recently, a report by Sahara Reporters, revealed that about 25 gallant soldiers lost their lives to a deadly attack by the ISWAP wing of the insurgents. Sadly, this is coming at a time when there have been numerous reports about the surrendering of insurgents in the Northeast region. Recall that not long ago, a report by the Vanguard News, quoted the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 7 Division, Brigadier General Abdulwahab Eyitayo, who alleged that over 8000 insurgents have surrendered in the region.
There is no doubt that the news about the massive surrendering of these former terrorists, is cheery news. However, the question we should be asking ourselves is why do we still witness deadly attacks on the Nigerian troops if such number of the insurgents have surrendered as alleged. When we consider the number of the insurgents that are being killed by troops on a regular basis, and how losing over 8000 of its fighters could weaken the insurgents, one may not be totally wrong to expect that the frequency and magnitude of attacks on the Nigerian troops ought to have declined.
Arguably, if the insurgents in the Northeast region should lose about 8000 of its fighters within the space of six months, it would seriously affect the capacity of the insurgents to conduct attacks on the Nigerian troops, and equally reduce their strength. However, with the recent report of attacks on the military, and the alleged surrendering of over 8000 insurgents since June, one may once again begin to wonder whether it has become that easy for the terrorists to recruit new fighters as replacements for the surrendered ones.
Arguably, it is only through replacing killed and surrendered fighters that Boko-Haram/ISWAP could survive after losing over 8000 of its fighters. As such, if it can be proved that the insurgents are not recruiting new fighters at the same time some are surrendering, then we may need an answer to the question on about why we still witness deadly attacks on the Nigerian troops despite that over 8000 insurgents have surrendered in the Northeast region.
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