443 more Boko Haram surrender as death toll rises to 300 after clash with ISWAP 


By: Zagazola Makama


At least 443 more Boko Haram terrorists and family members who escaped the week-long sustained massive attacks by the Islamic State of West Africa fighters in Borno State, North East Nigeria have surrendered to troops. This is as death toll on Boko Haram members following the ISWAP attack has risen to 300.


A total of 223 of the Boko Haram elements surrendered to the troops  of Sector Multi National Joint Task Force(MNJTF) in Diffa and Gueskerou in the  Republic of Niger between 7 to 10th March 2023.


Another 220 members  Boko Haram surrendered to the troops of Operations Hadin Kai on March 10. They revealed that the ongoing rivalry between both factions had forced the need for them to escape to safer areas. 


Since February  27, 2023,  Boko Haram had been fleeing their enclaves amidst deadly attacks targeted at the groups in Gaizuwa, otherwise known as Mantari, Gabchari, Kashimiri, Maimusari in Bama, Yale in Konduga and Magumeri, by their former allies now turned bitter adversary.


In one of the attacks led by three notorious ISWAP Commanders, comprising Mallam  Abubakar Maina, Qaed Malam Dahiru, Qaed Abu Amir in Guzamala, over 200 Boko Haram militant jihadists, including their women and children were eliminated.


The onslaught against the group continued on the 8th March  2023, when more than 100 of them were killed in the fringes of Baga, Marte and Dikwa. This time, the terrorists targeted only  the men, sparing their families.


Zagazola understands that the Government of the Republic of Niger through its Public Relations Information Directorate, said that the week was marked by  displacement of several groups of families of terrorists leaving the SAMBISSA forest for Lake Chad on the Niger side. 


The Director, Defence Media Operations of Nigeria's Defence Headquarters, Maj.-Gen. Musa Danmadami, placed the number of surrendered Boko Haram members within the last two weeks at 1,332. This figures has increased in following days.


It is left to be seen how the deadly rivalry between Boko Haram and their erstwhile partners in battle, ISWAP, will shape the dynamics of the more than a decade-long bloody insurgency in the Lake Chad region.

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