No fewer than 16 suspected Boko Haram members yesterday surrendered to troops in Balazala and Ahamdaga Makaranta villages in continuation of its cleanup of the Sambisa forest.
This was disclosed by the Army spokesman, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, who explained that, “out of 16 male adults that came along with their families to troop’s from Balazala and Ahamdaga Makaranta villages in the Dure district, 7 of them confessed to be Boko Haram terrorist members.
“Upon proper interrogation, the suspects confirmed to be Boko Haram terrorists with some of them having specialized trade and status.
“Three of them were Ameers (leaders) in the Boko Haram terrorist group’s hierarchy; for instance, Hamidu Buba was found to be the Ameer (leader) of tailors, while Musa Buba is Ameer of mechanics and Ali Idrissa, an Ameer of carpenters.
“The others confessed to be “Rijan” (fighters) adding that they have participated in various Boko Haram attacks on so many villages and towns. They further stated that the ongoing crackdown operation is really taking its toll on them as they can barely survive.
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