Twenty-six members of Boko Haram who surrendered on Friday to Nigerian military authorities in the Damboa local government area in Borno State were presented Friday in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, after They were reported last week and reportedly surrendered their weapons and ammunition, including RPGs, after which they were taken to Maiduguri for de-radicalization.
More than 2,300 fighters have surrendered in the past 13 months as a result of intensive military action and capture of Sambisa Forest, the main insurgent base.
More than 25,000 people have been killed in the insurgency since 2009 and at least 2.4 million Nigerians have been displaced in Adamawa, Yobe and Borno states (north-east).
Meanwhile, the military has confirmed that it will conduct more operations in 2018 to help civilian authorities deal with domestic security challenges in some parts of the country.
The army chief of staff, General Tukur Buratai, who spoke Friday after leading a march of troops on a 15-km road, said that exercises called ‘Harbin Kunama III, Crocodile Smile III and Egwu Eke Dance III ‘would also be conducted in 2018.
The ‘Harbin Kunama I and II’ exercises were conducted in 2016 and 2017, respectively, to address the threat of livestock theft and clashes between pastoralists and farmers in parts of the north-west and north-central parts of the country.
Exercises ‘Crocodile Smile and Egwu Eke Dance’ were conducted respectively in the Niger Delta and the South East in 2017 to combat pipeline vandalism, oil theft and piracy, violent unrest and abductions.
Asked that there would be a special exercise to deal with recurrent clashes between shepherds and farmers in Benue, Taraba and part of Nasawara state, Buratai said the army was not thinking of a particular situation .
“Well, we do not think about a particular situation, we will train on general areas that could include this aspect as well (murders in Benue).
“However, we will focus on security across the country.
Earlier, Buratai asked the troops to be ready because some of them could be deployed in any part of the country in the short term for operations to help civil authorities meet the challenges of internal security.