The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Abubabar Sadique, has said Boko Haram insurgents have been surrendering to the military in large numbers. Abubakar made this disclosure while addressing journalists on the 52nd Anniversary of the Nigerian Air Force. In his words, Sadique said, “I am confident that we are at the tail end of the fight against insurgency in the North East. The fight will soon come to an end. Looking at where we are coming from, we have done substantially well. With the support of the government and Nigerians, the situation is different from what was happening in 2014 when the insurgents moved from place to place in convoys, killing innocent Nigerians.
“From intelligence, so many of those guys want to stop fighting. There are people among them who are trapped; there is intelligence that there is a division among the guys fighting. What we want to do is to profile those who want to stop fighting and killing. If you want to stop fighting and killing, you come out and we profile you. So many of them are surrendering. If you surrender and you are not armed or carrying explosives, then the law will take its course. So many people are surrendering in large numbers. So, we came up with the idea of ‘safe corridor’. If you want to come out, we keep you under watch before taking the next step. We have seen that they are surrendering because they know that there is no escape.”