An Amir (commander) of the Mamman Nur faction of Boko Haram insurgents, Ibrahim Dala (alias Abu Ali), formerly of Kawar Mela ward in Maiduguri, has confessed that many terrorists fighters were first abducted from their villages and later conscripted into fighting forces.
Ibrahim Dala who voluntarily surrendered himself to the police in Borno state along with nine others, said that they have decided to repent and embrace peace.
Others who surrendered are 20 years old Audu Mustapha Bukar; 25 years old Laminu Mustapha Modu from Talala insurgents camp in sambisa forest, surrendered themselves unconditionally to Borno state police command. Audu Mustapha Bukar and Laminu Mustapha Modu are from Ngallamari village in Borno state.
Others include 25 year old Alhaji Ali of Alagarno village; 30 year old Abubakar Mele of Yasko village; 20 years old Modu Umar of Bursum village; 15 years old Modu Maina of Bursum village; 20 years old Ali Kolo of Alagarno village; 14 years old female, Bintu Abukar of Yasko village; 15 years old female, Falmata Abukar of Yasko village and another 15 years old female, Hauwa Ali of Alagarno village.
There were also 14 years old female, Husam Ali of Alagarno village and 16 years old female, Mallama Modu of Bursum village.
Confirming the surrender by the insurgents and their leader, the Borno State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Dsp Isuku Victor, said there were also five children five of between the ages of one and eight years old who have since made useful statements that will assist in the counter Insurgency campaign of the military.
He said that the insurgents have made confessional statements and revealed the location where the abducted children were kept, even as he said that the surrendered insurgents are presently undergoing preliminary profiling preparatory to their transfer to the military..
This was even as a combined forces of the regular military personnel and local hunters as well as vigilante members had led to the rescue of some captives of the insurgents and recovery of weapons, after about an hour gun battle with the hoodlums in the sambosa forest, near Kumaya village in Buni Yadi general area of Yobe state.
The army said that apart from killing 2 hoodlums following injuries sustained in the gun battle, 2 AK47 rifles used by the hoodlums were recovered while six abducted victims were rescued even as seven other abducted persons were rescued, bringing the total number of persons rescued to thirteen 13.
The army said that two members of the search party were injured in the course of the exchange of fire, and they were said to be responding to treatment and are in stable condition.
“The 13 rescued victims were formally handed over to His Excellency, Alhaji Mamman Durkwa, Deputy Governor of Borno state, today at the Government house.” [myad]