A high profile Boko Haram commander has surrendered to the Nigerian troops following various clearance operations in the country’s northeast region, a military spokesperson said on Thursday.
The unnamed commander surrendered with his four wives, said John Enenche, the country’s defense spokesperson in a statement reaching Xinhua.
He said the operations took place between Sept. 17 and Sept. 23.
According to him, the success was as a result of a sustained offensive by troops of Operation Lafiya Dole through air and ground operations on terrorists’ enclaves at different locations in Borno, Yobe, Taraba, and Adamawa states.
The operations, Enenche added, also led to the arrest of one Boko Haram fighter at Kamuya in the Biu area of Borno, while nine other criminals were arrested in Wukari, Taraba State.
In another operation, the Nigerian military also reported on Thursday that some senior commanders of the extremist group were killed during recent military operations in Borno.
Enenche said the troops of Army Super Camp Malamfatori have recently conducted massive clearance operations around the Lake Chad Basin, destroying several identified terrorists’ camps and hideouts at five different locations in the Kukawa local government area of Borno.
He said the military working together with other security agencies are highly committed to ending the insurgency and other security challenges in the country.
He urged residents in the northeast region to continue to avail the troops with timely and credible information that will assist them in the conduct of their operations.
Boko Haram has been trying to establish an Islamist state in northeastern Nigeria since 2009, extending its attacks to countries in the Lake Chad Basin, posing enormous security, humanitarian, and governance challenges to countries including Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Benin, and Niger.