The Boko Haram commander, doctor and five others have surrendered to military for “deradicalisation and rehabilitation”under the safe corridor of the Nigerian Army.
Presenting the surrendered terrorists on Friday at a news conference in Maiduguri, the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj-Gen.Rogers said that the surrender of terrorists will fast track the deradicalisation and rehabilitation processes .
His words: “We’re calling on all the insurgents; still hiding in thebush and Sambisa Forest to come out and surrender without any hesitation and fear.
“They cannot continue to be living and hiding in bush and forest, without food and water amid this ongoing war against insurgency. It has to come to an end with this safe corridor provide by the military.”
He said that the insurgents should not entertain any fear of arrest or humiliations in the front lines of Sambisa Forest and Lake Chad region, bordering Niger, Chad and Cameroon.
“We’re not going to kill any of the terrorists that surrendered to us today,” declared Nicholas.
He said the Army had been calling on and insisting that the terrorists should surrendered without any fear.
According to him, they are to be embraced and taken care of, before registering them for the deradicalisation and rehabilitation military programme.
Speaking on surrendered terrorists, he said; “Out of the seven terrorists that surrendered Friday (yesterday) to the military, Umar Ibrahim (36), was the terrorists’ commander, while his wife, Zari Ali, served as women leader of Boko Haram before she surrendered with three other children.
“The 23-year old Boko Haram doctor, Ali Mohammed Haruna also told us that over 300 terrorists are willing to surrender to the military.
“Ibrahim and Haruna were willing to surrender to us since 2016 from Sambisa Forest and Banki axis. But today (Friday) they are here with their wife and three children for this deradicalisation programme.”
Ibrahim told The Guardian that the terrorists had been feeding on roots, herbs and termites to survive in the bush and forest.
He said the Nigerian people should forgive them for the massive destruction of lives and property, as some terrorists commenced surrendering to the military.