A week after soldiers stopped the Boko Haram insurgents from taking over Konduga, a town 35 kilometres from the Borno State capital, Maiduguri, the military has said five members of the insurgent group have surrendered in the town.
In a tweet on Sunday, the Defence Headquarters, DHQ, said five members of the Boko Haram on Saturday surrendered their weapons to soldiers
The military said the insurgents surrendered because they could not endure the massive onslaught by troops. It said the insurgents also pleaded for mercy.
The DHQ also said other captured insurgents are giving useful information on the group’s subsequent attack plans.
Several battles between the military and the Boko Haram in the past week in different Borno towns have left scores of people dead.
The latest of such occurred on Friday in Mainok, a village about 56 kilometres from Maiduguri.
The insurgents had attacked the village on Friday afternoon killing about 20 people.
A senior security official in Maiduguri, who spoke to PREMIUM TIMES on condition of anonymity, said at least 48 insurgents were killed by soldiers who chased them while the former returned to their base in Damboa Town.
The official blamed poor service by telecom networks for the late arrival of soldiers to prevent the Mainok attack.
“Due to the poor telecom network around Mainok town, troops (from 7 Division in Maiduguri) could not get the alert on time, until they (Boko Haram) had attacked and killed some of the traders – about 20 or so – and even stole money and food items from the poor traders”, the official told PREMIUM TIMES.
“But as soon as the message got to us, troops arrived Mainok and tracked them towards the direction and were able to intercept them as they were taking some rest or attending to a broken down vehicle.
“It was another tough battle but within hours, our gallant soldiers subdued them, as we counted 48 corpses and recovered several weapons and vehicle abandoned by some few others who fled.”