At least 443 additional Boko Haram terrorists and their families who managed to flee the week-long, intense assaults in Borno State by ISWAP militants have turned themselves in to the authorities.
This is because 300 people have died on the side of Boko Haram as a result of the ISWAP strike.
On March 7 and March 10, 2023, 223 Boko Haram members surrendered to the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) soldiers in the Republic of Niger’s Diffa and Gueskerou.
On March 10, 220 more Boko Haram militants turned themselves in to the Operation Hadin Kai forces. They admitted that they had had to flee to safer regions due to the continuous conflict between the two groups.
As a result of violent assaults directed against the organization in Gaizuwa, also known as Mantari, Gabchari, Kashimiri, Maimusari in Bama, Yale in Konduga, and Magumeri, by its once friends who have now become enmities, Boko Haram has been forced to evacuate its strongholds since February 27, 2023.
Around 200 Boko Haram terrorist jihadists, including their women and children, were killed in one of the assaults commanded by the three infamous ISWAP Commanders Mallam Abubakar Maina, Qaed Malam Dahiru, and Qaed Mallam Dahiru at Guzamala.
On March 8, 2023, the gang was still under attack when more than 100 of them were slain near Baga, Marte, and Dikwa. This time, the terrorists spared the family members and simply attacked the males.
The week saw many groups of families of terrorists fleeing the Sambisa forest for Lake Chad on the Niger side, according to Zagazola Makama, a Counter-Insurgency Specialist and Security Analyst with the Government of the Republic of Niger via its Public Relations Information Directorate.
Maj.-Gen. Musa Danmadami, the Director of Defence Media Operations at Nigeria’s Defense Headquarters, estimated that 1,332 Boko Haram militants had surrendered in the previous two weeks. The following days saw a rise in this number.
It remains to be seen how the murderous insurgency that has been raging in the Nigerian Lake Chad area for more than ten years will change as a result of the lethal rivalry between Boko Haram and their former combat allies, ISWAP.