At least 82,237 terrorists and their families had so far surrendered to troops in various locations in the North-East since July 2021.
No fewer than 886 suspects linked to the terrorists’ group, Boko Haram, have been prepared for prosecution, the Nigerian government has said.
This was made known by the Theatre Commander, North East Joint Operation, Hadin Kai, Major General Christopher Musa, adding that over 323 terrorists and ex-combatants who willingly gave up their arms to embrace peace are currently undergoing the Federal government program on De-radicalisation, De-mobilisation and Rehabilitation, (DDR), in Gombe State.
He explained that at least 82,237 terrorists and their families had so far surrendered to troops in various locations in the North-East since July 2021, Daily Sun reports.
Gen. Musa, who described the 886 detained Boko Haram terrorists as “hardened”, said arrangements had been concluded to transfer them to Giwa Project at Kainji, in Niger State, for prosecution.
He also said total 180 out of the 276, kidnapped Chibok school girls in 2014, had been rescued while 96 of the girls were still unaccounted for, adding that soldiers had so far rescued 2,018 abducted persons, comprising 339 adult males, 660 adult females and 1,019 children in last one year.
Theater Commander spoke through the Acting Theater Intelligence Coordinator, Colonel Obinna Azuike, while briefing journalists on the successes so far recorded in the ongoing counter insurgency operations.
He said said a total of 1,893, terrorists are currently being detained at the the Giwa Centre.
According to him , “Out of the surrendered persons, 16,577 were active male fighters, 24,499 are women, while 41,161 are children.”
He said so far over 2,018 abducted persons, comprising 339 adult males, 660 adult females and 1,019 children were rescued by troops in last one the year.