NIGERIA. Abuja: To date, 5,890 terrorists and their families have surrendered to Operation Hadin Kai troops in the northeast due to the intensity of military strength.
The Acting Director, Defense Media Operations, Brigadier General, Bernard Onyeuko revealed this while providing an update on the activity of the armed forces in the country in Abuja on Thursday, 2nd September.
Onyeuko stated that the military had maintained operations against terrorists, adding that “kinetic and non-kinetic” efforts had forced terrorists to surrender in large numbers.
Among the 565 terrorists who surrendered include; three commanders, four Amirs, five Nakibs and five cattle rustlers were delivered to the Borno State Government for further handling.
Onyeuko said that the military repelled the terrorists’ attack on August 14 with the support of Air Components through air interception missions and inflicted heavy losses on the terrorists and their equipment.
“No less than 48 of the terrorists were neutralized, 20 were arrested including fighters and commanders. Their logistics base and facilities, including three trucks full of weapons, were destroyed in the process”, Onyeuko noted.
52 weapons of all kinds and 1,977 rounds of 7.62mm calibre bullets, including AK47 and FN rifles with magazine, hand grenades, commando mortars, homemade rifles and anti-aircraft weapons, Dane guns and Nigerian Police rifles, among other items were recovered from the terrorist within the period.
Also, a total of seven informants and logistics providers of the terrorists were arrested and assigned to the competent prosecution authorities to conduct the investigations, Onyeuko added.