The Nigerian Army has said that nine Boko Haram insurgents have surrendered themselves to troops on Saturday at Buni Yari in Gujba Local Government Area of Yobe.
According to a statement issued by Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman, and reported by NAN, the army spokesman inAbuja, the terrorists are: Usman Ali, 22, Ibrahim Matukur, 13 and Usman Hussaini 25.
Others are, Ali Baba, Modu Wakil, 15, Usman Mahamadu, 47 years, Goni Bukar, 50, Modu Konto and Isah Ali, 25.
Usman said that the repentant terrorists claimed to belong to the Mamman Nur faction of the Boko Haram terrorists group.
“They said that they deliberately surrendered because they had realised their folly and no longer wish to continue with the criminal terrorists and insurgents activities.
“Furthermore, they stated that they escaped from the terrorists’ hideout at Buk village in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno state,” the army spokesman quoted them as saying.
Usman also said that they claimed that there were many more Boko Haram fighters willing to surrender because of untold hardship they suffered.
“They pleaded for sympathy and forgiveness from members of the community, restating that they were misguided and deceived all these years to believing they were fighting a just cause.”
According to Usman, they urge the military authorities to make concerted efforts to reach out to other terrorists in the forest, as they are willing to surrender.
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