Boko Haram terrorists in Borno State have reportedly taken into custody of 60 fighters from the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), including three of their commanders.
This information emerged from a post by Zagazola Makama, a counter-insurgency expert and security analyst in Lake Chad.
The clash between the two extremist groups occurred on Monday in Borno’s Kukawa-Madayi-Kwatan/Mota region.
The captured ISWAP commanders are Abubakar Saddiq, Abou Maimuna, and Malam Idris.
Following these events, Boko Haram factions celebrated their victory.
Furthermore, over 78 Boko Haram terrorists and their families have surrendered to troops in Monguno Local Council of Borno after their camps in the Sambisa Forest were decimated.
The recent events in Borno State highlight the ongoing power struggle between two of the most notorious terrorist groups in the region: Boko Haram and ISWAP.
The capture of 60 ISWAP fighters, including their commanders, by Boko Haram, is a significant development that could shift the balance of power in the region.
While viewing this as a positive turn of events is tempting, it’s essential to remember that these groups share a common goal: destabilising the region and imposing their extremist ideologies.
The ongoing conflict between these groups can lead to more civilian casualties, as they often get caught in the crossfire.
The government and security forces must remain vigilant and capitalise on the divisions between these groups.
By doing so, they can weaken their operational capabilities and restore peace and stability to the region.
Furthermore, the surrender of over 78 Boko Haram terrorists and their families is a promising sign.
It indicates that the sustained efforts of the Nigerian military are bearing fruit.
However, ensuring these individuals are appropriately rehabilitated and reintegrated into society is crucial to prevent them from returning to extremist activities.
Did You Know?
- Boko Haram and ISWAP are distinct extremist groups but originated from the same jihadist movement in Nigeria.
- The Sambisa Forest, where Boko Haram’s camps were recently destroyed, has been a significant stronghold for the group for many years.
- The ongoing conflict between Boko Haram and ISWAP has displaced thousands of civilians in the Lake Chad region.
- Borno State, where these recent events occurred, has been one of Nigeria’s hardest-hit regions by extremist violence.
- The Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) is a combined multinational formation comprising units from Niger, Nigeria, Chad, and Cameroon to counter extremist groups in the Lake Chad region.