Captured Terrorists Make Confessions, Plead For Mercy
Scores of wounded terrorists, who escaped from various camps under the fire of security forces in north east Nigeria, have been captured in the fringes of Lake Chad.
In a statement, the spokesman for the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MJTF), Major General Chris Olukolade, said the captured terrorists, some of whom were fatally wounded, were already making useful statements to interrogators of the task force.
He said that others were captured by troops in locations around Dikwa, Cross Kauwa, Kukawa and Alargarmo.
Full Of Apologies In their confessions, it was revealed that some of the camps had been disbanded following the directive of their clerics who declared that the operation of the sect had come to an end as the mission could no longer be sustained.
'The terrorists, who are giving useful information as to the locations of their remnant forces, are full of apologies and pleas for their lives to be spared promising to cooperate.
'They confirmed that starvation was a major problem in addition to ceaseless bombardments on the camp locations even when they kept relocating,' the statement read.
Major General Olukolade also stated that the captured terrorists confirmed that several members of the group had been wounded and that no treatment was forth coming.
The troops have continued their assault on other locations across the three northeast states covered by the state of emergency.
Dislodged camps and fringes of forests, such as Sambisa and others, have become a tourist attraction for people in the region, who have started visiting the camps for sight-seeing.
The task force has warned them to desist from doing so, as the 'tendency will no more be condoned where operations are still ongoing'.
There is strict restriction of movements in the area, as the environment has to be cleared for safety of citizens.
The public will be informed when the locations are safe enough, the statement read.