Nigeria now detains over 15,000 surrendered Boko Haram members


Military authorities have announced that at least 15,628 members of Boko Haram and some members of their families had surrendered themselves to the Nigerian military as of Thursday.

Defence Media Operations Acting Director Brigadier General Benard Onyeuko announced the news while briefing journalists on military operations between October 29 and November 11.

He claimed that the 1,186 Boko Haram members and families, comprising 226 adult males, 406 adult females, and 555 children, surrendered to troops at different locations in Borno State in the last two weeks.

“This brings the total number of surrendered terrorists to 15,628,” said Brig Gen Onyeuko.

He said the Armed Forces of Nigeria had rescued at least 154 victims in different operations across the country in the past two weeks.

“The troops of Operation Hadin Kai conducted a series of land and air operations across the North East theatre that yielded commendable results,” said the brigadier general.

“Also, nine bandits were arrested and three kidnapped civilians rescued; two bandits were killed in the course of the operations by Operation Whirl Stroke.”

“Additionally, troops of Operation Delta Safe rescued 15 kidnapped civilians within the period. All recovered items have been handed appropriately and rescued victims reunited with their families.”

The acting director added that the military had deployed an aircraft to the Abuja-Kaduna railway to prevent the facility from being attacked.

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