A top Boko Haram commander, Saleh Mustapha, has surrendered to troops of Operation Hadin Kai in Borno state, the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has confirmed.
Bernard Onyeuko, director of defense media operations told journalists on Thursday, April 7 that Mustapha’s surrender to the troops in Bama was significant.
Onyeuko who also gave an update on military operations between March 25 and April 7, said a total of 51,114 insurgents and families comprising of 11,398 men, 15,381 women, and 24,335 children had so far surrendered to troops as of April 5.
Troops also neutralized scores of insurgents while 22 spies, 11 bandits, and three logistics suppliers were arrested with 30 civilians rescued during the period.
All surrendered insurgents have been documented, while arrested ones, rescued civilians, and recovered items have been handed over to the appropriate authorities for further action.
Also in the last two weeks, troops recovered one battle tank, five artillery guns, two GTS, and three AA guns from the insurgents.
The air component also conducted air interdictions which took out a heavy stockpile of ISWAP weapons in their depots between March 28 and March 31 at Bukar Meiram and 2km south of Kollaram.
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“Others are one mine resistance ambush protected (MRAP) vehicle, three gun trucks, One MOWAG armored personnel carrier and two RPG tubes.
“Three RPG rockets, three RPG bombs, one NSVT gun, two GPMG, one light MG, one PKM, three GPMG belts and four belts of PKT rounds.
“Also recovered are 600 7.62mm NATO rounds, 16 AK 47 rifles, one dane gun, 270 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, one Toyota Buffalo vehicle, one Golf saloon car, four motorcycles, six magazines, two pairs of camouflage, two terrorists flags, one tricycle and one active drone.
“The land component with the support of the air component conducted offensive operations at different locations of the theatre such as Ukuba/Camp Zairo, Sabil Huda, Ba Masaa, Wulgo, Marta,fulatari village, Uraha Crossing Point, Mbalala, Gamboru town all in Borno.
“Notably, among the exploits of our troops was the capture of the terrorists’ stronghold by Ukba/Camp Zairo in the Sambisa forest where some artillery guns, armored personnel carriers, trailers and large cache of arms and ammunition were captured.
“Troops also destroyed terrorist enclaves, captured some terrorists, destroyed terrorists improvised explosive making factory.”