The Nigerian Military on Tuesday In Abuja said that no fewer than 8,000 Boko Haram members had voluntarily surrendered to its”operation Safe Corridor” in the North East .
The Director of Defence Information , Brigadier General Rabe Abubakar ,disclosed this at a lecture organized by the FCT Correspondents’ Chapel of National Union Of Journalists.
The lecture,with the theme : “Media-Millitary Relationship in the Fight against Insurgency,”was part of the activities marking the 2016 Press Week of the chapel.
Abubakar said the surrendered radicals were in a camp in Gombe State holding up to be "deradicalised" by the military.
The General additionally revealed that more than 10,000 Boko Haram hostages had been protected by the military.
He said some of them were brought together with their families, while others were taken to Internally Displaced Persons camps.
Abubakar said Boko Haram had been effectively obliterated by the military and government was buckling down on the restoration of the casualties and recreation of the influenced zones.
The General likewise said the military would soon dispatch "Operation Safe Corridor: to address the threat of herders the nation over.
He guaranteed that the military operation would put a conclusion to the wanton killings by the herders.
Reacting to questions on the late activity by the military proclaiming a few writers needed, the General asked the media not to permit conclusions to impact their judgment on the issue.
He said the military ought to be permitted to do its work, while guaranteeing that no individual from the media would be misled superfluously.
Abubakar said great military-media relationship was critical to winning the war against rebellion.
He said the media drove open backing for the military, which thus had helped the spirit of officers and the general population.
Prior, the Secretary of NUJ in the FCT, Hajia Rafat Salami, said there was the requirement for the military and the media to cooperate in the battle against terrorism and different wrongdoings.
Salami said the military must see the media as accomplice in advancement and not as foe.
The Chairman of the Correspondents Chapel, Raphael Ekpang, expressed gratitude toward Abubakar for discovering time out of his tight timetable to share his contemplations on the subject.