Following ongoing onslaught by troops of Operation Lafiya Dole conducting Operations DEEP PUNCH 2 in the Sambisa forest, additional 26 insurgents have surrendered to troops of Operation Lafiya Dole.
The insurgents who surrendered from the Damboa general area of southern Borno also submitted their weapons to the troops.
The Theatre Commander, Maj-Gen. Rogers Nicholas, in a statement on Monday by the Deputy Director Public Relations, Col. Onyema Nwachukwu, said that “all Nigerians were delighted to witness their penitence and abandonment of Boko Haram’s hypocritical ideology and futile struggle.
He parades the surrendered insurgents before international and local press correspondents.
The Theatre Commander also assured them of adequate safety and subsequent participation in the Federal Government’s deradicalisation and rehabilitation program under the auspices of Operation SAFE CORRIDOR adding that no surrendered insurgents will be harmed by troops of Operation Lafiya Dole.
He further urged them to call on their contemporaries who are still putting up resistance and fleeing, to reject Boko Haram hypocritical leaders and surrender to troops nearest to their locations.
Some of the surrendered insurgents who interacted with members of the press disclosed that the ranks of the Boko Haram insurgents have been severely depleted and fatigued, hence the resort to abandoning the struggle and surrendering.
They also called on their comrades to turn in themselves to troops of Operation Lafiya Dole assuring that no harm will be done to them if they surrender voluntarily.
The Theatre Commander enjoined members of the press to as a matter of necessity use their various media to counter Boko Haram ideological narratives and indoctrination.