By Suleiman Adamu
The Nigerian Army has taken into custody, the chief bomb expert of the Boko Haram and Islamic State of West Africa Province Terrorists in the Northeast known as Musa Adamu a.k.a Mala Musa Abuja and his second in command Usman Adamu a.k.a Abu Darda along with their families and followers who finally surrendered to the troops of Operation HADIN KAI in Bama Local Government Area of Borno State.
According to a statement by the Army Public Relations Director, Brig. Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, this followed the recent escalation of offensive operations coupled with non kinetic efforts by troops of operation HADIN KAI (OPHK) which yielded massive surrendering of terrorists.
Brig. Gen. Abdulwahab Adelokun Eyitayo, the acting General Officer Commanding (GOC) 7 Division and Commander Sector 1 OPHK was at Headquarters 21 Special Armoured Brigade Bama on Saturday, 7 August to receive the set of the surrendered Boko Haram terrorists and their families.
Gen. Eyitayo who spoke through an interpreter said the decision to drop their arms and come out is highly commendable, adding that they should also try and talk to their brothers and colleagues in the forest to come out and embrace the new life of peace and rehabilitation.
He further disclosed that they will undergo some rehabilitation process at a Government facility before reintegration into the larger society.
New cloths and assorted food items, groceries and toiletries were distributed to the surrendered terrorists and their families totalling 335 fighters, 746 adult women and children including one of the abducted Chibok girls.
The GOC observed that the reasons for such massive turn was basically due to the intensified Nigerian military campaign on their enclaves and environs and also with the overwhelming famine, discontent, internal skirmishes, health challenges as well as untold hardship.
The Nigerian military has resolved to intensify its both kinetic and non-kinentic approach towards the ongoing fight against insurgency in order to leverage on the knowledge of Musa Adamu and Usman Adamu and also with the current wave of turnout by terrorists to enable her achieve both short and long term counter-insurgency gains in the North East.