Two hundred and forty ex-Boko Haram terrorists and their families have surrendered to the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) ground troops in Sector 2 Area of Responsibility (AoR), Bagasola, Chad.
Their surrender followed intense ground and air assaults by troops of Operation Gama Aiki, which blocked terrorists’ logistics and supply routes.
From the latest surrender, the number has risen to 464. The former terrorists are being profiled and camped in Bagasola.
MNJTF Commander Major General Lamidi Adeosun, who received the ex-ighters at Sector 2, lauded them for their courage to abandon terrorism.
General Adeosun was accompanied by Coordinator/Chief of Staff of the Chadian Ground Forces and Red Barrettes Major General Ismael Hour; MNJTF’s Deputy Commander Brig-Gen. Musa Muhammad Djour; and Senior Prefect of Bagasola.
Gen. Adeosun assured the repentant terrorists of their safety and care in the camp.
He urged them to encourage their colleagues to stop fighting and surrender.
Adeosun said: “This peaceful disarming and profiling of former terrorists by MNJTF forces demonstrates the extent of professionalism and adherence to International Humanitarian Laws and Laws of Armed Conflict in combat operations.”
According to Chief Military Public Information Officer Col. Muhammadu Dole, Gen. Adeosun donated cash and 10 bags of foodstuffs for their welfare.
The ex-terrorists are expected to receive training in skills and small businesses from government agencies and Non-Governmental Organisations.
Gen. Adeosun also gave cash to representatives of officers and soldiers killed in Action (KIA) and Wounded in Action (WIA) during Operation Gama Aiki.
The MNJTF headquarters gave one million CFA to each KIA family, and 500,000 CFA to each WIA officer.
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