About 240 members of Boko Haram sect have surrendered. This is as a result of the sustained ground and air operations by the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF).
The mass defection took place in Sector 2 Area of Responsibility (AOR) Bagasola in Chad.
The ex-terroroists are being profiled and camped in Bagasola and addressed by the Commander MNJTF, Major General Lamidi Adeosun.
Most of them handed over their arms to the nearest locations of the ground forces in the operation areas.
The Commander commended them for their courage in taking the right decision to abandoned terrorism for normal life. He assured them of safety and good care as long as they remain in the camps.
He also urged them to encourage their colleagues in the bush to stop fighting and join them in the camps.
Furthermore, the Commander donated token cash for purchase of two cows and 10 bags of assorted food stuff. This is for the welfare and up keep of the ex-insurgents and their families.
The defection brings to 460, the number of surrendered ex-insurgents in sector.
MNJTF-Operation Gama Aiki
Meanwhile, the Task Force have intensified on Operation Gama Aiki to flush out the insurgents from the countries. It is made up of soldiers from Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon.
The soldiers had succeeded in blocking logistics supply routes to the insurgents. This caused the Boko Haram members and their families to abandon their locations and surrendered.
Furthermore, the Commander praised their commitment and sacrifice of international NGOs in discharging their humanitarian duties.
He implored them to mobilise more resources and manpower, as more insurgents were expected to defect and join their colleagues in the camps.
The defectors, he said would be given trainings in different skills and small businesses as scheduled by government agencies and NGOs.
In another development, the Commander made presentation of cash to representatives of officers and soldiers who were killed in Action (KIA) and Wounded in Action (WIA) during Operation GAMA AIKI.
In order to encourage and alleviate the suffering the victims’ families and wounded personnel, the Headquarters, MNJTF made provisions of One Million CFA (1,000,000.00 cfa) only for each family dead soldiers and Five Hundred Thousand CFA (500,000.00 cfa) only to each of those wounded in the battle field