A total of 14,609 Boko Haram combatants have surrendered to the Nigerian armed forces, it was revealed.
This was disclosed by the Theatre Commander, Joint Task Force of Operation Hadin kai, Maj-Gen. Christopher Musa in Maiduguri on Friday.
He said a total of 70,593 insurgents have surrendered to troops.
The general said, “Currently, a total of 70,593 persons consisting of BHT (JAS/ISWAP) fighters and their families have surrendered to troops.
“Out of this number, 14,609 were active male fighters, 20,955 are women while 35,029 are children.”
Speaking on the successes recorded by the command under “Operation Desert Sanity” and “Operation Lake Sanity, Mr Musa said the Theatre’s kinetic and non-kinetic activities have partly compelled some insurgents to seek alternatives to terrorism thereby taking advantage of other avenues to surrender.
“The Theatre in conjunction with the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation, has commenced reviews of cases of detainees at the Joint Investigation Centre (JIC),” he said.
He said “Some of the detainees have been cleared and handed over to the Borno Government and UNICEF.”