The Acting General Officer Commanding, GOC, 7-Division, Brigadier General Abdulwahab Eyitayo says over 8,000 Boko Haram insurgents have so far surrendered to troops from their enclaves in Sambisa Forests, as well as other hideouts.
Eyitayo, who is also the Commander, Sector-1, Operation Hadin Kai, announced this during a visit by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu and a team of Defence Correspondents form Abuja in Maiduguri, Borno state.
He added that the surrender by the repentant terrorists was a welcome development, adding that, the overwhelming fire power of the troops was responsible. According to him, one of the reasons they are surrendering in droves is the overwhelming fire power from the troops.
The GOC however warned that a time would come that the window of surrender would no longer be available, urging the sympathisers of the terrorists to encourage them to come out. He also added that whoever supported the enemies of the state would also be treated as an enemy by the state forces.
Earlier, the Director, Army Public Relations, Onyema Nwachukwu said the media tour was part of efforts to counter the wrong narratives and apprehensions generated by recent surrenders of the terrorists.