The Nigerian Army on Wednesday asked remnant members of the Boko Haram sect to surrender, saying the “the game is up.”
The call came just as six members of the sect were neutralised in an ambush by troops of the 22 Brigade Dikwa under 7 Division of Operation Lafiya Dole in conjunction with some Civilian Joint Task Force.
A statement issued by the Director of Army Information, Brig. Gen. Sani Kukasheka Usman, said it is imperative for the terrorists to give up because there is no hiding place for them anymore.
The statement reads: “This is to call on the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists wherever they are hiding to give up forthwith. This is because your ideology of Boko Haram is dead and no longer tenable.
“There is no reason to be suffering or fighting a lost cause. As you are aware, your leaders have abandoned you and could no longer be of any help to you. Therefore you should all surrender to avoid dying like dogs because of the ongoing concerted military clearance operations.”
On the Dikwa operation, the army said: “Troops of 22 Brigade Dikwa under 7 Division of Operation Lafiya Dole in conjunction with Civilian Joint Task Force on Monday, August 7, 2017, ambushed suspected members of Boko Haram terrorists between Bulabirin and Mongole villages of Dikwa local government area of Borno State.
“During an encounter, the troops neutralized six terrorists, while several others sustained various bullet wounds.
“Troops also recovered six bicycles, three dane guns and one machete from the terrorists. The Nigerian Army will sustain the clearance operation until unrepentant terrorists are eliminated from the shores of Nigeria.”