SaharaReporters reports that as many as four top Commanders of the Jamā’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jihād Boko Haram terrorists group have surrendered.
They surrendered to the Nigerian Army in Borno State.
A counter-insurgency expert, in the Lake Chad region, Zagazola Makama, disclosed this in a series of tweets.
The commanders are identified as Mala’ana (Khaid), titled a governor, Abu Dauda (Munzir), Modu Yalee (Commander), and Bin Diska (Nakif).
They reportedly laid down their arms on December 12, 2022 to troops of Operation Hadin Kai (OPHK) patrolling Gwoza Local Government Area of the state.
The insurgents were said to have come out from Sambisa where they had been hiding and waging campaigns of terror from the forest.
He tweeted, “The sources said that they were former Commanders of Abubakar Shekau at Njimiya camp but laid down their arms and moved to join ISWAP in the Lake Chad after the invasion of Sambisa Forest in May 2021, which led to the death of Shekau.
“However, the four commanders later denounced ISWAP, and fled to Sambisa where they pitched their tent and operated on their own.
“They surrendered for fear of battle field elimination due to the sustained intensified onslaught on the terrorists’ hideouts as well as rivalry attacks.”