Top Boko Haram commanders have reportedly surrendered to troops in Operation Hadin Kai.
Army Spokesperson, Onyema Nwachukwu said Chief Bomb Expert of the terrorist group known as Musa Adamu
a.k.a Mala Musa Abuja, and his second in command Usman Adamu a.k.a Abu Darda were among
those that surrendered.
They were received by Acting General Officer Commanding (GOC) 7 Division and Commander Sector 1 OPHK,
Brigadier General Abdulwahab Adelokun Eyitayo at Headquarters 21 Special Armoured Brigade Bama on Saturday,
7 August 2021.
General Eyitayo who spoke through an interpreter, further disclosed that the terrorists who surrendered will
undergo some rehabilitation process at a Government facility before reintegration into the larger society.
In photos shared by the army spokesperson, the insurgents who surrendered were seen holding up placards
that read, “Nigerians, please forgive us”.
The statement read;
“Following the recent escalation of offensive operations coupled with non-kinetic efforts by troops of operation
HADIN KAI (OPHK) which yielded massive surrendering of Boko Haram and Islamic State of West Africa Province
Terrorists in the North East, the Chief Bomb Expert of the terrorist group 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 have also finally surrendered to the troops of operation HADIN KAI in
Bama Local Government Area of Borno State.
“The acting General Officer Commanding (GOC) 7 Division and Commander Sector 1 OPHK
Brigadier General Abdulwahab Adelokun Eyitayo was at Headquarters 21 Special Armoured
Brigade Bama on Saturday, 7 August 2021 to receive the set of the surrendered Boko Haram terrorists and their families.
Still from the Statement
“During the visit, the GOC said their 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. General Eyitayo who spoke through an interpreter further
disclosed that they will undergo some rehabilitation process at a Government facility before reintegration
into the larger society.
“While distributing new cloths and assorted food items, groceries and toiletries to the surrendered terrorists
and their families totalling 335 fighters, 746 adult women and children including one of the abducted Chibok girls,
it was 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.”
By Taiyelolu A