Top Boko Haram Commander, Saleh Mustapha, 51,000 Other Terrorists Surrender To Army |

Top Boko Haram Commander, Saleh Mustapha, 51,000 Other Terrorists Surrender To Army

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The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) on Thursday said a Qaid (commander) of the Boko Haram terrorist organization, Saleh Mustapha, also known as Ibn Kathir, has surrendered.

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In a statement by Major-General Benard Onyeuko, the Director, Defence Media Operations, obtained by POLITICS NIGERIA, Nigerian security forces said the recent submission of Ibn Kathir was a significant achievement for its ‘Operation Hadin Kai’.

Ibn Kathir was the Commander of outlaws in Garin Abba area of Taraba State.


“Cumulatively, in the last two weeks troops recovered 1 Battle Tank, 5 artillery guns, 2 GTS, 3 AA guns, 1 Mine Resistance Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle, 3 gun trucks, 1 MOWAG Armored Personnel Carrier, 2 RPG tubes, 3 RPG rockets, 3 RPG bombs, 1 NSVT gun, 2 GPMG, 1 light MG, 1 PKM, 3 GPMG belts, 4 belts of PKT rounds, 600 7.62mm NATO rounds, 16 AK 47 rifles, 1 dane gun, 270 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, 1 Toyota Buffalo vehicle, 1 Golf saloon car, 4 motorcycles, 6 magazines, 2 pairs of camouflage, 2 terrorists flags, 1 tricycle and 1 active drone.

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“Also, troops neutralized scores of terrorist arrests, 22 terrorist spies, 11 terrorists, 3 logistics suppliers and rescued 30 civilians. Of significant is the surrender of a high-profile terrorist Commander Sale Mustapha (Ibin Kathir) to own troops in Bama. He was the Qaid of Garin Ba-Abba. A total of 51,114 Boko Haram terrorists and families surrendered to troops, comprising of 11,398 men, 15,381 women, 24,335 children as at 5 April 2022.

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“Accordingly, all surrendered terrorists have been documented, while arrested, rescued civilians and recovered items have been handed over to the appropriate authorities for further action,” the statement by Major-General Onyeuko reads in part.

The Boko Haram group launched an uprising in northeastern Nigeria in 2009. Since that time, their violence has not ceased. 

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