The Defence headquarters of the Nigerian military has revealed that more 13,000 terrorists and their families have surrendered to the Nigerian army in the last 2 weeks between October 1 and 14.
Director of Defence Media Operations Benard Onyeuko revealed this during a press briefing on yesterday. According to him, the surrendered terrorists were 3,243 adult males, 3,868 women and 6,232 children.
“Cumulatively, within the period a total of 29 terrorists were neutralized and 13 terrorists, including their informants/collaborators and logistics suppliers, were arrested in the course of the operations,” he said.
“Additionally, a total of 38 assorted weapons and 968 rounds of assorted ammunition as well as 48 rustled livestock among several other items were recovered and have been handed over to appropriate prosecuting agencies for necessary action. So far, a total of 13,243 terrorists and their families comprising 3,243 adult males, 3,868 adult females and 6,234 children, have surrendered to our troops at different locations in the North-East.”
During this period, he also noted that troops killed at least 40 bandits and arrested bandits’ collaborators on the country’s wanted list of security operatives.
In addition, troops also discovered and deactivated a total of 51 illegal refining sites. The sites cumulatively had 76 ovens, 52 cooking pots/boilers, 22 cooling systems, 102 reservoirs, 16 large dugout pits and 513 storage tanks, and drums and sacks laden with illegally refined oil products.