In a statement by its spokesman, Col. Sani Usman, the army said the mass surrender of the terrorists was because the new strategies being employed by the military have started yielding positive results.
”The new strategies employed included sustained offensive operations, pre-emptive air strikes by the Nigerian Air Force and routes blocking by ground troops all geared towards constricting and snuffing out the Boko Haram terrorists.
”Many of the terrorists that willingly surrendered painted images of mass panic and hysteria among their erstwhile colleagues who are feeling the noose tightening on their necks with the relentless efforts of troops and renewed vigour in operations inspired by the personal leadership of the Chief of Army Staff,” the statement said.
It vowed that the army, in conjunction with the Air Force and other security agencies, would continue to devise and implement effective strategies to bring Boko Haram terrorism to a speedy end.
”It will also continue to receive surrendering suspects and assures innocent ones among them that surrender is the only option open to them,” the statement said.