The Nigerian Army has repelled an attack by the Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) on surrendered Boko Haram members and their families.

This was revealed in a statement released on Sunday and signed by Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, who said the terrorists made a futile attempt to access the facility housing the surrendered Boko Haram members, but retreated when confronted with the superior firepower of Nigerian troops. 

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Nwachukwu affirmed that the latest strategy is not unconnected with the frustration of the group as top-ranking commanders and members denounce violent agitation to embrace peace in recent times.

 

"The Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP), confronted with the obvious reality of defeat embarked on a  desperate move to undermine the unprecedented depletion in its fighting force, have resorted to attacks on surrendered Boko Haram members and their families.

 

"This antic of terror within terror is being employed by ISWAP to discourage intending surrendering terrorists in their ranks. The latest strategy is not unconnected with the frustration of the group as top-ranking commanders and members denounce violent agitation to embrace peace in recent times.

 

"This palpable apprehension might have led ISWAP on Saturday, 2 October 2021 to embark on a mission to annihilate or capture BHTs, who surrendered in Damboa. The gallant troops of 25 Task Force Brigade Operation HADIN KAI whose superior firepower forced the terrorists to withdraw in disarray, ensured Damboa did not fall to their antics.  

 

"The terrorists made futile attempt to access the facility housing the surrendered BHT members, but retreated when confronted with the superior firepower of own troops."

 

He reassured the people of Damboa and its environs that the troops would proactively continue to provide security in the areas.

 

"The Nigerian Army (NA) wishes to reassure the good people of Damboa and environs to go about their normal businesses as vigilant troops would proactively continue to provide security of lives and property. 

 

"The general public are also enjoined to provide actionable and timely information on the activities of these criminal elements and their collaborators. 

 

"The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya, while commending troops for their doggedness, charged them to take the fight to the terrorists' enclaves to deny them freedom of action. He also reassured them of requisite support as they record more operational gains in Operation HADIN KAI," he stated.

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