Borno: Boko Haram Terrorist Commander, Five Others Surrender To Troops

Nigerian Army

Six members of Boko Haram, including a notable terrorist commander, surrendered to the forces of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) on Thursday, May 23.

This surrender marks a critical point in ongoing efforts to quell terrorist activities in the region.

The MNJTF’s Chief Military Public Information Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Abubakar Abdullahi, disclosed this in a statement released on Friday.

He identified the commander as Adamu Mohammed and highlighted the surrender of five other insurgents, detailing their names and ages.

These include Isah Ali and Hassan Modu, both 18 years old; Nasir Idris, a 23-year-old known as the escort for the Commander of Jubillaram Usman Rash; Abba Aji, 21 years old; and Abubakar Isah, 20 years old.

The surrender took place amid ongoing military actions aimed at dismantling Boko Haram’s operations within the region.

The MNJTF, which comprises troops from several nations, including Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, and Niger, has intensified its operations against the group, leading to significant disruptions of their activities.

This event is part of a broader strategy encouraging insurgents to abandon terrorism and reintegrate into society, a crucial step towards achieving lasting peace in the affected areas.

The statement reads, “The terrorists escaped from the ISWAP faction hideout in Jubillaram, situated in Southern Lake Chad. Adamu, 22 years old, had participated in numerous terrorist attacks and roamed around Kangarwa, Alagarno, Doro Naira, and Dogon Chikwu in Kukawa Local Government Area, Borno State, Nigeria.

“During their surrender, they handed over 11 rounds of 7.62mm special ammunition and one warhead of anti-aircraft rounds. The surrendered fighters are currently undergoing investigation.”

According to the MNJTF spokesman, over 100 terrorists have renounced terrorism since the commencement of Operation Lake Sanity II, aimed at flushing out insurgents in the region.

He specifically said since April 23 this year, 119 insurgents have surrendered, calling on other insurgents to embrace peace and lay down their arms.

“This brings the total number of terrorists who have surrendered since the commencement of Operation Lake Sanity ll on 23 April 2024 to 119.

“The MNJTF appeals to other terrorists to follow suit, lay down their arms, and embrace peace. We reaffirm our commitment to ensuring a secure environment in the Lake Chad Basin region,” Abdullahi said.