Tuesday, August 10, 2021 2:16 pm
Some former fighters of the extremist Boko Haram and the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) groups have been speaking on why they are surrendering to troops of the Nigerian military.
This is as more members of the terrorists sect and their families continue to surrender to Nigerian troops, especially in Borno State, the epicentre of the insurgency.
According to PRNigeria, 14 teenagers and 31 others, who were hitherto fighters of the extremist Boko Haram and the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) groups, on Monday surrendered to the Nigerian military troops, in the North East.
According to the website, the ‘repentant’ terrorists ‘publicly’ renounced their membership yesterday, at Konduga Local Government Area in Borno State.
They thereafter, turned in themselves to the Battalion Commanders and troops of Operation Hadin Kai.
Five of the ex-Boko Haram-ISWAP fugitives, while speaking to PRNigeria, noted that they were forcefully conscripted to join the terrorists’ groups.
Modu Malaram from Jaja Kalwa said: “Wallahi, most of us were young or weak to fight the Boko Haram Commanders who picked us from our villages.
“Even though I, my wife and my child have surrendered, I am not sure if the people in our village would trust us again.”
On what gave them the gut to come out and ‘publicly’ surrender, Malaram, said the division between the terrorists’ groups distracted their Commanders, and emboldened members like him to become ‘recalcitrant’.
Hence, summoning the courage to quit his membership of the sect.
“After the death of Shekau, there were infighting and divisions, which made some of us happy. And then, the aerial bombardments by the military were sustained which forced many of us to flee our forests’ camps. This is what made us to come out and surrender,” he added.
The website also quoted a military intelligence operative that the former members of the terror group who surrendered in Konduga did not surrender themselves together with their weapons.
“Among the 45 terrorists’ members who surrendered, 21 are from Garin Dinya and 24 from jaja kalwa villages,” he said.
Meanwhile, PRNigeria learnt from credible sources, that more ISWAP-Boko Haram fighters have concluded plans to surrender themselves and their weapons, in the coming weeks.