Surrender and get free passage – Army to Boko Haram

by ‘Jola Sotubo

In a bid to ensure quick resolution of the war against Boko Haram, the army has extended an offer to the sect’s members: “surrender and get safe passage”

This offer was extended by the army through Col. Ibrahim Yusuf, the acting brigade commander of the 21 Armoured Brigade in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

He said:

“I want to assure you that we will give a safe passage to members of the sect, including foot soldiers, ready to surrender.

“Those involved can either surrender themselves at any military outpost or go to their ward or district head.

“Let me say again that all those who surrender will not be killed, but will be given safe passage,” he said

Nigerian Eye reports:

Yusuf added that new measures to counter Boko Haram attacks on civilians had been introduced but he did not state the measures.

“I want to assure you that the army is doing everything possible to ensure that no civilian is attacked by Boko Haram in the state because we are here to ensure the safety of all Nigerians,” Col. Yusuf said.

He linked the recent attacks on travellers and villagers by suspected Boko Haram militants on highways to frustration.

The acting commander said “most times, the Boko Haram members go to remote villages to kill innocent civilians in cold blood because they have been frustrated by the army”.

“They cannot operate in the open, so they vent their anger on innocent civilians.’’

Col.Yusuf, who said the military was equal to the task, noted that “we cannot be taken by surprise by the Boko Haram; the recent attacks are nothing but signs of weakness.

“We are also evolving strategies to make sure that we prevent future attacks, no matter how small.’’


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