Shekau's lieutenant surrenders to Army in Borno
The 47-year-old gave up his personal AK-47 rifle, four empty magazines, and one motorcycle.
According to a statement signed by Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Texas Chukwu, the terrorist, Ramat Alamin, surrendered to troops on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 after he was intercepted.
The 47-year-old also gave up his personal AK-47 rifle, four AK-47 empty magazines and one motorcycle after he surrendered.
According to the suspect, the military's assault on the terrorist group has depleted its forces and he revealed more terrorists are willing to surrender due to hunger and lack of basic logistics.
The statement read, "It is obvious that the fight against the insurgents is a decisive engagement as the Nigerian military is fully committed to the battle. This is paying great dividends as the insurgents could no longer take the heat.
"Operation Deep Punch 2 and other Operations have decimated and uprooted Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) from their stronghold in Sambisa forest.
"One of the Shekau's Amirs in Malumri village under Bama Local Government Area of Borno State, who realized how badly they have lost in their fight has surrendered to the troops.
"At the early hours of Tuesday 20 March 2018 Mallam Ramat Alamin aged 47 and Shuwa by tribe was intercepted by troops of 22 Brigade Garrison deployed along road Dikwa - Gulumba Gana.
"Mallam Ramat said he came to Dikwa to surrender himself to the troops due to the fact that Boko Haram Terrorists group could no longer hold itself and they are presently in disarray with little or no logistics to carry out their nefarious attacks.
"He disclosed that his personal weapon AK 47 rifle with Registration No: H3 2538, four AK 47 empty magazines and one motorcycle were hidden behind Government Teachers College Dikwa while trying to enter the town to surrender.
"He also said that, many of the terrorists are willing to surrender due to hunger and lack of basic logistics but are scared of the consequences.
"It is good and courageous for him to surrendered and would be recommended for Government de-radicalization programme.
"He gave out some information and encouraged other terrorists to take a cue from him and surrender in order to ensure lasting peace and stability in the North Eastern part of Nigeria."
Boko Haram menace
Since the insurgency of the terrorist group escalated after a 2009 crackdown by the military, Boko Haram, chiefly under Shekau'sleadership, has been responsible for the death of over 20,000 people and the displacement of more than 2.5 million scattered across Internally Displaced Person (IDP) camps across the country and its neighbours.
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