More prominent Boko Haram/ISWAP fighters have surrendered as the troops of Nigerian Army’s Operation Lafiya Dole (OPLD) sustained offensive action against the terrorists and other criminal elements in the country.
Major Gen. John Enenche, the Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, stated this in a statement on Sunday night.
Enenche explained that a prominent Boko Haram/ ISWAP fighter by name, Muhammadu Abubakar AKA Babagana, surrendered to troops of 242 Battalion deployed at Charlie Six CheckPoint in Mongonu, Borno State.
Recall that on May 24 another prominent Boko Haram fighter, Malam Adamu Yahaya AKA Saad Karami, surrendered to troops of 242 Battalion in Mongonu.
The statement read in part: “As the military inches closer to the final defeat of the insurgency in the North East region, more Boko Haram/ISWAP elements are either being arrested or neutralized and their equipment captured or destroyed by the gallant troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE.
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“On May 29, another Boko Haram/Islamic State’s West Africa Province fighter by name, Muhammadu Abubakar AKA Babagana surrendered to troops of 242 Battalion deployed at Charlie Six CheckPoint in Mongonu, Borno State.
“Preliminary interrogation revealed that the 19-year-old repentant Boko Haram fighter joined the group about a year ago at Shaharam and participated in the attack on Tumbun Shaje. Regretting his past actions, Babagana called on his erstwhile colleagues. They are currently in a state of despair and confusion in the forests to surrender to the troops of the Nigerian Army.
“The Chief of Army Staff congratulates the gallant troops for their resilience, courage and dedication to the noble cause of defending our fatherland against the terrorists.”