Boko Haram leaders have reportedly killed 300 fighters and their families for attempting to surrender in Borno State.
This was according to the Special Adviser to the Borno State Government on Security Affairs, Brig. Gen. Ishaq Abdullahi.
Abdullahi stated that the die-hard Boko Haram commanders resorted to killing any terrorist attempting to flee the Sambisa forest to surrender in order to frustrate the ongoing peace dialogue between government and the terror group.
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Abdullahi said, “Just last week, they killed three commanders and their families who were about to escape.
“The advantage we have in this peace dialogue is the death of the late Abubakar Shekau and the political will as well as the willingness of the people to forgive.”
He further revealed that in the last few years, about 95 per cent of the Boko Haram diehard commanders have been eliminated.
Abdullahi added, “This makes it easy for us to speak with them and persuade them to drop their weapons and embrace peace.”
He also disclosed that the violent clashes between the Islamic State of West African Province and Boko Haram had played a key role in the success recorded in the war against terror in Borno.
Abdullahi said, “So, any surrendered Boko Haram you see in the camp now risked his life to come out of the Sambisa forest.:
“It is so bad that the commanders are killing the children, women, and the disabled to instill fear in them to deter them from surrendering.”