WEST AFRICA –– As Nigerian military and security forces aims at Boko Haram’s major sanctuary in airstrike, six Boko Haram dangerous and leading fighters have surrendered to military and security forces in the northeastern state of Borno.
According to Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), the fighters turned themselves in on Monday.
The NSCDC confirmed that the contrite Boko Haram fighters surrendered their arms after weeks of surgical security undertakings in the country’s northeast region.
James Bulus, a spokesman of the NSCDC confirmed to media group that the former rebels would undergo de-radicalization, rehabilitation, and reintegration– an initiative designed by the Nigerian government to motivate more Boko Haram fighters to surrender and become productive citizens.
Several local security strategists and political analysts say this incident, meanwhile, authenticates the current advancement in Nigeria’s counter-terrorism strategy in concluding years of terrorism by Boko Haram, which is a serious security threat in Nigeria and throughout West Africa.
“The remorsefully surrendered terrorists regretted their involvement in terrorism and marveled at the courtesy and humane treatment accorded them by the military on surrendering,” one security analyst announced to media groups. With the addition of the six, analysts say more than 100 Boko Haram members and some commanders have so far surrendered to the military in recent period.
Other security and political analysts disagreed as appeasement being the central reasons for the surrender. They argued that recent surgical airstrike by the Nigerian military targeting buildings and other hideouts which housed members of the terror group Boko Haram fighters in the northeastern state of Borno is the main reason for these surrenders.
Statements by Tokunbo Adesanya, a spokesman for the Nigerian Air Force, that an unknown figure of the Boko Haram’s terrorists are believed to have been killed in several airstrikes last Thursday, appeared to support the assertion that the surrenders are largely due to sustained military pressure.
“Of late, the Nigerian military and security forces have been operating to degrade the capability of the terror group, thus averting them from regrouping to set off more havoc,” Adesanya said.