At least 12 wives of Boko Haram insurgents have surrendered to vigilantes in Askira-Uba LGA of Borno state.
According to Sahara Reporters, a Civilian JTF member in the area Apagu Istifanus disclosed that there had been two pregnant women among the women who had surrendered themselves between August 31 and September 1. The women told how their husbands had abandoned them because of lack of food and fuel.
Istifanus was quoted as saying:
“On Monday four of them came to Askira. After thorough investigation they told us that their husbands could no longer feed them that they are many in the bush but more were still coming, they have been taken to Biu town for more information.
”Yesterday at about four pm another eight surfaced again, two of them several months pregnant, their husbands had left them and their children at Ngude village in Damboa local government area. But we have handed over to the military, they have moved them to Mubi.”
The vigilante attributed the development to the army successfully stopping supplies reaching the sect and to the generally brilliant performance of the troops in recent months.
A military source, who asked for anonymity, confirmed the incident adding, however:
“You see we don’t disclose how we operate to journalists, but the truth is this, they (Boko Haram) are feeling the heat because most of their camps is either destroyed or taken over by our troops.”
It is known that the Nigerian military has stepped up operations against the dreaded sect, making it harder for the terrorists to get vital supplies.
On Wednesday, September 2, the Nigerian Air Force destroyed Boko Haram’s power-generating solar panels in Sambisa forest. This comes shortly after troops retook Gamboru-Ngala town in Borno state.