Over 200 Boko Haram insurgents in Banki, Borno state, have surrendered to its troops., says the Nigerian Army.
Army Spokesman, Col. Sani Usman, disclosed this to newsmen on Friday.
“We have over 200 Boko Haram terrorists that have surrendered; the information came about 30 minutes ago,” he said.
“This is largely due to the gallant efforts of our troops. I am happy to inform you that last Thursday by 5 pm. Banki fell to our troops. As am talking to you now, they are right inside the Banki town’.”
He said the military had also apprehended a suspected insurgent trying to plant an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) at a mosque in Maiduguri.
“A day before Sallah, at exactly 11pm, we were able to apprehend somebody who went on a surveillance to the Madinnatu Mosque in Maiduguri; he was trying to survey the place with a view to planting an IED,” he said.
“Luckily for us, he was caught and he is leading us to those who planted the unfortunate IEDs that killed scores of people last Sunday at Ajilari Cross in Maiduguri.”
He explained that the suspect was apprehended after some persons had alerted security agents.
“This is the kind of information that we require from the public,” he said.
“I want to assure you that we are trying all what it takes to end the insurgency in no distant future.”
However, The Nigerian Army has cried out over what it describes as the use of “the services of marabouts and other unethical means in order to frustrate our efforts” in the fight against Boko Haram in Borno State and North East. Click here to read more on that.