Amid speculations that the leader of the Boko Haram Islamic militants, Abubakar Shekau was killed in a fierce battle with in Konduga, Borno State, the Defence Headquarters has disclosed that some Boko Haram terrorists have begun to surrender with their weapons voluntarily following relentless onslaught by troops.
This is contained in a tweet on Sunday.
It read: @DefenceInfoNG “FLASH: As the heat on terrorists continues, 5 terrorists yesterday surrendered with all their weapons to troops at #Konduga pleading for mercy”.
“Assorted Arms and ammunition captured from terrorists in Konduga #VictoryforNigeria”, a tweet added.
According to the statement, other captured terrorists who refused to surrender have also been giving useful information on the subsequent plans of the group in an apparent effort to cooperate.
The DHQ recalled that in the last few days there had been several attempts by desperate terrorists to gain entry into Konduga which were foiled by the troops.
The terrorists’ move, according to the statement, is aimed at recovering the bodies of their prominent fighters who died in previous encounters in the area.
The DHQ also said that its troops had recovered more weapons during mop-up operations while some of their terrorists’ vehicles had been destroyed.