Following persistent pounding, many Boko Haram suspects have been surrendering to troops in the frontline, the military declared yesterday.
The Air Force has been consistently bombing the terrorists’ positions while the ground troops are moving in.
Acting Army Director of Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, in a statement yesterday, said more terrorists had also indicated willingness to lay down their arms.
He said the ground troops had also adopted routes blocking strategy in a bid to ‘constrict and snuff out” the Boko Haram terrorists from their hideouts.
“Many of the terrorists that willingly surrendered painted images of mass panic and hysteria among their erstwhile colleagues.
“They said their colleagues are feeling the noose tightening on their necks with the relentless efforts of troops and renewed vigour in the operations inspired by the personal leadership of the Chief of Army Staff.
“Terrorists also seem to have an inkling of what happens to surrendered suspects as regards screening and de-radicalisation of innocent ones among them,’’ it said.
The statement said the Nigerian Army, in conjunction with the Nigerian Air Force and other security agencies, would continue to employ effective strategies to bring the insurgency to a speedy end.
It said the military would continue to receive surrendering suspects and assured innocent ones among them that “to surrender is the only option open to them”.