Chris Steven, Abuja
A high profile Boko Haram member, Konto Fanami, and three others have surrendered to the Nigerian army on Monday, the Army Headquarters have said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quoted Army Spokesman, Sani Usman, a Brigadier General as confirming this in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday.
Usman said that the four terrorists voluntarily came out of their hideouts, to surrender to the 120 Task Force Battalion at Goniri in Borno.
He described Fanami as the Ameer (leader) of “Kafa hideout of the Boko Haram terrorist group that operates on Ajigin-Talala-Mungusum axis.’’
“During preliminary interrogation, they confirmed that they abandoned the terrorism because of incessant hardship and realising that they were misled by their terrorist group leaders.
“They further stated they were also erroneously misinformed and brainwashed about Islam and the Nigerian military and the society generally.
“The remorseful surrendered terrorists regretted their involvement in terrorism and marvelled at the courtesy and humane treatment accorded them by the military on surrendering,’’ the army spokesman said.
He called on other remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists to follow suit and renounce the “devilish creed.’’
Usman said that adequate arrangements had been made to receive all those that voluntarily renounced terrorism and surrendered themselves, assuring that they would be treated “humanely.’’