Boko Haram intensifying efforts to prevent continuous surrender of members


BY YUNUSA BUNU, MAY 10, 2022 | 03:53 PM

Leaders of Boko Haram have continued to intensify effort to stop the ongoing defection and surrender of their members to Nigerian authorities.

It is the group’s longstanding policy to prevent its members from defection, often with very extreme punishments that ultimately includes execution, for those who make an attempt

This policy preceded the group’s split into Jama'atu Ahlil Sunnah Lidda’wati wal Jihad and Islamic States of West African Province, ISWAP.

Untill his death, Abubakar Shekau, the leader of JAS was known for publicly executing his members who tried to surrender.

However, his death, along with many of his top commanders last year provided the members the opportunity for mass surrender.

The escalation of the clashes among the parties and several other factors further spurred the spate of defections.

See report (JUST-IN: ISWAP fighters surrender to troops, seek protection against BH threats

According to the Nigerian Army, about 60, 000 Boko Haram members from both factions have so far surrendered.

But the surviving commanders are still not ‘letting it go easy.’

Last month, YERWA EXPRESS NEWS had reported how a commander who surrendered in Bama Town was shot by his colleagues for attempting to surrender.

He only barely survived the gunshots, after he pretended to have died.

On Saturday also, at least three top commanders with the rank of munzirs were executed by their qa'id named Ikrimah.

Qa’id and munzir are the third and fourth ranking officials of the terrorists’ group, respectively.

Qa'id Ikrima is in control of the territories around Sambisa, Konduga, Bama and Jere local governments of Borno.

Brief on Boko Haram’s leadership structure

Qa'id is the third in command of Boko Haram, after the wali who is the supreme leader followed by amirul-fia.

The wali has five amirul-fia under him; and each amirul-fia has five qa'ids under his control.

The qa'ids equally has five munzirs, while the munzir has several amirs answerable to him.

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