The Nigerian army declared that 28 members of Boko Haram and the Islamic State of West Africa (ISWAP) and their families surrendered to the 151 Battalion of the Task Force under the 21st Special Brigade in Borno state.
Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, Director of Public Relations for the Army, revealed this in a statement on Wednesday, July 21. He said that the terrorists fleeing the air and the bombings surrendered to the army, and that the terrorists and their families were captured by the battalion forces on the outskirts of the villages of Aza and Bula Daloye in the local government district of Bama del Borno state.
“Suspects arrested included 11 adult male terrorists, 5 adult women and 12 children. Troops also recovered 27 rounds of 7.62mm (special) ammunition, three AK 47 rifle magazines and a piece from the suspect,” the statement said. The army added that the suspected terrorist is under preliminary investigation. In a separate operation on July 17, 2021, the 7th Division’s garrison unit and the civilian joint task force, together with the civilian joint task force, tracked cordon and search operations in the communities of Rawati and Gongoren based on reliable intelligence. Informants and logistics providers were also arrested in Boko Haram, Jere local government area, Borno state.
“During the preliminary investigation, the suspects confessed to being terrorist informants and provided the terrorists with information on the movement, location, deployment, strength, caliber of the weapon and other activities of the terrorists. They also admitted to providing the terrorists with the basic logistical support necessary for their daily survival, including oil and lubricants (POL), medicine, mosquito nets, cola nuts, reloadable cards and food.
Nwachukwu added: “The suspects revealed that the terrorists sold them old disassembled motorcycle parts to finance their purchases as compensation.”