176 terrorists surrender to MNJTF troops, 57 arrested

The Force Commander, Multi Joint Task Force (MNJTF) Operation Lake Sanity II, Major General Ibrahim Sallau Ali, has said it commenced major operation to cleanse the Lake Chad area of remnants of terrorists.

General Ali, who stated this Tuesday at a press conference with journalists held at Officers Mess of the Theater Command, JTF Operation Hadin Kai, Maimalari Cantonment, Maiduguri, added that within the period, the MNJTF recorded the surrender of 176 Boko Haram terrorists and the arrest of 57 individuals involved in terrorist activities in the Lake Chad area.

He also said the operation involved troops from Cameroon, Chad, and Niger Republics which has cleared key terrorist strongholds in the Lake Chad area, including Doron Naira, Zanari, and Bagadaza.

“In a major breakthrough in the fight against terrorism, the MNJTF has achieved significant success in the Lake Chad region, dealing decisively with the terrorist groups operating in the areas of responsibility including Cameroon, Chad and Nigeria in the past one month.

“Additionally, a significant cache of armaments, including 796 rounds of ammunition, one PKM machine gun, five AK-47 rifles, two motorcycles, and eight magazines, has been recovered.

“In the past month, our dedicated troops have been relentless in their efforts, recently clearing some locations such as Doron Naira, Zanari, Bagadaza, and other key terrorist strongholds in Lake Chad area.

“It is essential to acknowledge the sacrifices made during this phase; although, regrettably, we have recorded 6 x casualties among the multinational troops since the operation began,” General Ali said.