About 16 Boko Haram members have surrendered to Nigerian soldiers in Balazala and Ahamdaga Makaranta villages in Dure district of Borno State. According to the Army Acting Director of Public Relations, Colonel Sani Usman, those who surrendered include three ameers (leaders) in the sect hierarchy: Hamidu Buba (emeer of tailors), Musa Buba (ameer of mechanics), and Ali Idrissa, (ameer of carpenters), while others confessed to be “Rijan” (fighters) who have participated in various Boko Haram attacks on villages and towns.
Speaking on this development, Usman said, “The troops of 122 Task Force Battalion injunction with some elements of 26 Task Force Brigade on receipt of information from some escapees, embarked on a clearance patrol to Fadagwe Muni, along Yamtake-Gwoza road. On sighting the troops, the suspected Boko Haram terrorists fled and left behind an abducted 16 year old female cripple. The terrorists also abandoned a large stock of grains stored in underground pit.
“Other items recovered include a grinding machine, two tricycles and one photo printer. The troops nevertheless pursued the fleeing insurgents and killed some of them. Similarly, troops of 121 Task Force Battalion also conducted clearance operation at Kadera Dam and Anguwar Fulani, while troops of 192 Battalion that conducted similar operation to Guduf, Nagadio, Duma and Kusarha. The Boko Haram terrorists ran to the top of the mountains and they were engaged with heavy mortar fire.”