They included some women and even children. This incident is said to have taken place in Gwoza, Borno State. The officer who pleaded to remain anonymous said the terrorists are currently being detained at a military headquarters in Maiduguri.
A civilian fighter who led the insurgents to the station in Maiduguri told reporters that the detainees claimed some other Boko Haram members want to surrender as well.
This development could confirm that the military is doing a good job blocking food supply routes to the terrorists. Also, it affirms not only President Buhari’s statement that the Islamic sect have been technically defeated but Nigeria’s minister of information, Lai Mohammed’s comment last month on the terrorists being hungry and confused. He has urged Nigerians not to demoralize the Nigerian army who are making huge sacrifices to ensure the termination of the insurgents who have even carried out cross border attacks.
He explained that the recent terror attacks does not indicate a more powerful Boko Haram.
“We want to appeal to all not to say or do anything that will demoralize our gallant men and women in uniform, who are daily fighting – and sometimes paying the supreme price – so that we can all be safe.
“Having travelled to the theatre of operations myself, I have seen the huge sacrifices of our military. They deserve nothing but our undiluted support. This is the best form of appreciation we can show them at this time. Anything else is counter-productive. Commendation, not condemnation. Support, not second guessing. That’s what we owe the gallant troops.
“Boko Haram has been dislodged from their occupied territories; thousands of their captives have been set free; their capacity to operate as a troop moving in convoy of vehicles and motor cycles to launch attacks on communities and military formations has been neutralized. In essence, the insurgents have been effectively denied territory or sanctuary and are now in disarray.
“Scattered, demoralized and hungry, they have resorted to terror tactics available to a degraded and defeated insurgent group. The fact that they operate in a few local governments does not equate to holding and controlling territories. We must make that distinction,” he said.