The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) Thursday said six top terrorists commanders surrendered to troops of HADIN KAI in Gwoza, Borno state.
Director Defence Media Operations Maj.-Gen Benard Onyeuko who stated this in Abuja while briefing journalists on the successes of military operations across the between 30 June to 14 July 2022, said the surrendered are; Mallam Mala Hassan (Wali), Ali Madagali (Munzur), Musa Bashir (Chief anur), Buba Dahiru (Munzur), Jafar Hamma (Kaid) and Abbali Nakib (Polisawa).
According to him about 3,858 Boko Haram terrorists and their families comprising 505 male, 1,042 female and 2,311 children surrendered between 1 – 14 July 2022.
He said: “The troops of HADIN KAI have continued to take the battle to Boko Haram Terrorists/Islamic State of West Africa Province enclaves with more coordinated operations. On 13 July 2022, Six top terrorists Commanders surrendered to own troops in Gwoza. It is pertinent to note that since the surrendering of terrorists to own troops the high calibre of Commanders surrendered at this time is unprecedented among them a WALI (Governor) and KAID (a 3 star Commander).
“Furthermore, in the theatre, troops neutralized several Boko Haram/Islamic State of West African Province terrorists with in the period under review at different encounters at Gamage village in Dikwa Local Government Area, Dikwa – Gambora Ngala road, Pulka – Gwale road in Borno State among others. Several terrorists logistics suppliers/collaborators were arrested with various items at various logistics towns within the theatre. Among them were two women namely; Hauwa Gambo and Khadija Dirsa.”
Speaking further, General Onyeuko a total of 42 terrorists were killed, 10 suspected terrorists were arrested and assorted weapons including 17 AK47 rifles, 1 QTC rifle, 1 RPG Bomb, 1 RPG tube, 5 hand grenades were captured.
“In a related development, on 11 July 2022, the Air Component of Operation HADIN KAI conducted air interdiction operation at Tumbum Jaki and Tumbum Murhu near Lake Chad in Borno state on the receipt of intelligence reports on the activities of the insurgents in the general area.
“The successful airstrike neutralized several Boko Haram Terrorists and destroyed their hideout. Accordingly, information received from locals indicate that over 21 terrorists were neutralized in the airstrike. Consequently, between 1 – 14 July 2022 troops neutralized 42 terrorists,” he said.