The Nigerian army says troops of Operation Hadin Kai (OPHK) have taken into custody 28 Boko Haram/Islamic States West Africa Province (ISWAP) fighters who surrendered recently in Borno State.
Onyema Nwachukwu, army spokesperson, disclosed this in a statement on Friday.
He said the insurgents surrendered to troops of OPHK, who were on a clearance patrol.
Nwachukwu noted that troops of 202 Battalion took custody of eight insurgents and their families, comprising 10 adult females and 22 children, who surrendered at Ruwaza village in Bama Local Government Area of the state.
The Nigerian army spokesperson added that troops of Forward Operational Base (FOB) operating along BoCobs-Bama road also arrested 20 terrorists and their families, who surrendered to troops at Nbewa village also in Bama local government.
According to him, the surrendered families of the insurgents comprised 15 adult females and 26 children.
“The suspects all surrendered to the troops, during clearance operations in the areas on July 29, following ongoing intense clearance operations by troops in the general areas”, he said.
“The children among the surrendering suspects have been vaccinated with polio vaccines, while the adult and female suspects, who have been documented and screened are currently undergoing preliminary investigations”.
Nwachukwu also disclosed that troops of 73 Battalion, in conjunction with combined team of Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) and Hunters, intercepted a terrorists’ logisitics supplier during a fighting patrol along Molai-Damboa road.
He said the team swiftly mobilised and stormed the location, where they arrested the suspect, while he was perfecting plans to deliver logistics to the insurgents in the forest.
He stated that the items recovered from the suspect include a vehicle, four jerry cans of 30 litres of PMS, one 4-litre gallon of engine oil, one motorcycle pump, one oil treatment and one torch light.
According to him, other items recovered are one mosquito net, two praying mats, two blankets, four spanners, 10 packets of 1.5v battery and three dozens of diamond rubber solution.
“Others are five packets of candies, five packets of seasoning and measures of other foodstuff,” he said.