A top Boko Haram commander who co-led the operation that resulted in the abduction of about 276 girls in the town of Chibok on April 14, 2014, has surrendered to the Nigerian army.
The commander, Auwal Ismaeela, is currently helping the Nigerian Military with useful information on locations and hideouts of other top commanders of the sect.
Ismaeela, who also led several Boko Haram operations in the northeast which resulted in the killings of innocent people and destruction of properties said he regretted his actions.
Speaking in an interview with PR Nigeria at a military facility for the repentant and surrendered Boko Haram members in the north-east, the terrorist narrated how he and other terrorists carried out the Chibok girls abduction.
He said: “My self and Abu Hafsat a Boko Haram commander led other squads to abduct the Chibok girls. “We led the operations to invade Gwoza, Bama, Limankara mobile barrack, Bita, Bosso, Madagali, Chibok, Pulka, Firgi, and Mubi.
“In Madagali which was my home town, myself, Adam Vitiri, Abu Adam and Habu Kudama, some high ranking Boko Haram Commander led an operation in 2014 where we killed some students and youths at the Central Secondary School in Sabon Garin Madagali.
“In one of the operations, I abducted my wife named Maryam who had two kids for me in Sambisa Forest.” The ex-terrorist said it was unfortunate that he was brainwashed and misled to carryout abductions and killing of his own people.
“During a battle in Konduga where myself and other Boko Haram commanders led the operations, I lost my right leg and was almost got burnt. Even at that, I did not stop fighting for the course.
Sheikh Shekau ordered that I should be given a tricycle which I continued to use for various operations before I eventually surrendered,” he said.
Ismaeela said he voluntarily surrender to the Nigerian troops after realising that the activities of Boko Haram was contrary to the teachings and practices of Islam.
He said: “I willingly surrendered to the military because I was tired of the senseless killing and fight. I realised that our people have resort to stealing and all sort of atrocity contrary to the teaching and practice of Islam.
The ex-terrorist promised to cooperate with the security agencies in providing useful information on the operations of the sect and to disclose top-secret hideouts of other Boko Haram commanders.