Nigerian Army parades 57 ‘ex-Boko Haram fighters’ who surrendered to troops

Some of the surrendered Boko Haram fighters
Some of the surrendered Boko Haram fighters

The Nigeria military on Wednesday paraded 57 ex-Boko Haram fighters who recently surrendered to troops in Borno state.

The army had earlier announced that about 700 Boko Haram fighters gave up their struggle and gave themselves up to troops around Gwoza Local Government Area of the state.

The military command and control centre in Maiduguri on Wednesday told journalists at a press briefing that the 57 paraded Boko Haram members were part of the 70 insurgents who surrendered to troops.

The head of the army’s counterinsurgency operation, Ibrahim Attahiru, said the 57 paraded persons are those that have been screened by the military, while 13 others are still in the process of being profiled.

Mr. Attahiru, a major general, did not explain if the 70 Boko Haram members are part of the 700 the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, said on Tuesday had surrendered.

Journalists at the press briefing were not allowed to have detail interviews with the paraded suspects as Mr. Attahiru and his officers said doing so would jeopardise the safety of the surrendered suspects as well as put their families in danger.

One of the paraded fighters told journalists that they could only speak on strict condition of anonymity because they fear attacks by Boko Haram should they be identified.

“We plead that our photos and video images as well as our names should not be publicised in the media because our former members have the capacity of trailing us or our family members”, said one of the suspects.

“We have been with the Boko Haram for about three years since they attacked our community and forced us to join them. We know how dangerous they are and we decided to escape and leave them because we found out that they have been deceiving us all the while.

“They were not practicing any true religion and that was why we decided to part ways with them,” he said.

About 100,000 people have been killed since the Boko Haram insurgency started in 2009. The group is still able to carry out attacks despite losing most of the territory they once controlled to the Nigerian military.


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  • tonny

    all boko haram leaders, all his followers, and their sponsorer just allow satan to mislead them, they will end up their life in hell fire because islam forbid killing of inocent and anyone does it is going to hell fire . in islam almighty GOD told prophet muhamad that “Fight in the cause of God those who fight you, but do not transgress limits; for God loveth not transgressors. (The Noble Quran, 2:190)”.
    let boko haram come and explain where is their proof to kill inocent people

    in quran “God does not forbid you from showing kindness and dealing justly with those who have not fought you about religion and have not driven you out of your homes. God loves just dealers. (The Noble Quran, 60:8)”
    let boko haram comes out and tell us why they killing inocent people

    in quran “Let there be no compulsion in religion: Truth stands out clear from error: whoever rejects evil and believes in Allah hath grasped the most trustworthy handhold, that never breaks. And Allah heareth and knoweth all things. (The Noble Quran, 2:256)”
    let boko haram come and tell us why are they forcing people to worship GOD .

    in quran “Say: ‘Obey Allah, and obey the Messenger: but if ye turn away, he is only responsible for the duty placed on him and ye for that placed on you. If ye obey him, ye shall be on right guidance. The Messenger’s duty is only to preach the clear (Message). (The Noble Quran, 24:54)”
    let boko haram come out and tell us why they ignore the dutu of messanger to preach word of GOD alone

    in quran “Say : O ye that reject Faith! I worship not that which ye worship, Nor will ye worship that which I worship. And I will not worship that which ye have been wont to worship, Nor will ye worship that which I worship. To you be your Way, and to me mine. (The Noble Quran, 109:1-6)”
    let boko haram comes out why they dont want to follow quran .

    in quran Let us look at Noble Verse 45:14 “Tell those who believe, to forgive those who do not look forward to the days of Allah: It is for Him to recompense (for good or ill) each people according to what they have earned.”
    in quran
    let boko haram comes out and tell us why they are killing people any how

    Allah Almighty orders Muslims in the Noble Quran to allow total freedom of choice to people and to never try to force them into Islam; “Let there be no compulsion (forcing others) in religion: Truth stands out clear from error: whoever rejects evil and believes in Allah hath grasped the most trustworthy handhold, that never breaks. And Allah heareth and knoweth all things. (The Noble Quran, 2:256)” The Noble Quran prohibits Muslims to force any person into Islam. Muslims must not let people resent Islam and Muslims. They must leave people decide for themselves because the “Truth stands out clear from error…(2:256)”

    The practice of suicide bombing is seen in many parts of the world and attempts have been made to legitimise such conduct. A careful study of the sources of Islam shows that there is no basis for such action and that these tactics are absolutely out of the question for true followers of Islam. Almighty GOD says in the Holy Quran

    And kill not your own selves. Surely Allah is Merciful to you. (Ch. 4.- v. 30)
    and cast not yourselves into ruin with your own hands… (Ch. 2.- v.196)
    Islam strictly forbids the killing of innocent, non-aggressive people: no hostility is allowed except against the aggressors. (Ch. 2.- v.194)

    These three verses alone should have been sufficient to prevent Muslims from sending suicide bombers to blow up innocent civilians. So why do they do it? Unfortunately, the Muslims are encouraged to do these unIslamic acts through the promise that if they do it; then they will be regarded by Allah as being martyrs and will go straight to Heaven. But this is a false promise and such acts will only lead a person to Hell.because that promised is from satan . We see an example of this in the Ahadith.

    Abu Hurairah has narrated that the Holy Prophet, may peace and blessings of Allah be on him, said: “Whoever strangles himself strangles himself into fire, and whoever stabs himself with, a spear stabs himself into fire.” (Bukhari)

    Furthermore, when such acts are committed, innocent people are killed. The Holy Quran teaches us in Chapter 5, Verse 33

    “Whosoever killed a person – unless it be for killing a person or for creating disorder in the land – it shall be as if he had killed all mankind“
    almighty GOD order only his prophet to go to war with pagan because pagan dont have anything in mind than destruction of law of GOD and always want everybody on earth to reject almighty GOD as lord , thats why almighty declare war on them but this war is limited to the prophet of GOD alone . if anybody declare war on pagan that person is going to hell fire , i will advice all supporter of boko haram to go and repent because they are not fighting for GOD ,they are fighting for satan .and hell fire is awaiting them .because almighty GOD says {But
    whoever deliberately slays another believer, his requital shall be
    Hell, therein to abide; and God will condemn him, and will reject him,
    and will prepare for him awesome suffering.} (An-Nisaa’ 4:93)

    quran is 100% word of GOD and who ever fail to abide with what is in the quran is going to hell fire , is better for all muslims to go and learn than to allow satanic people like boko haram to brainwash them and lead them astray .Islam is not a religion of ignorant thats why holy prophet muhamad says that we should go and seek knowledge fom cradle to the grave. so that no body we deceive us in the name of religion .
    holy prophet mahamad also says O People, NO PROPHET OR APOSTLE WILL COME AFTER ME AND NO NEW FAITH WILL BE BORN. Reason well, therefore, O People, and understand words which I convey to you. I leave behind me two things, the QURAN and my example, the SUNNAH and if you follow these you will never go astray.

    all these useless agent of devil called boko haram will perish in the name of almighty Allah and who ever think of destruction of ISLAM will surely follow them perish and they will never see the mercy of GOD