400 Boko Haram fighters surrender

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About 400 Boko Haram fighters of Cameroon nationality at the weekend have handed themselves to local vigilante group in Mozogo town on Nigeria’s border in Northern Cameroon.

Head of the vigilante group, Ousmane Kouila, who was in Maiduguri yesterday told reporters that they were out on a patrol in the border area when they met the fleeing Boko Haram fighters along with their families.

According to Kouila, the former Boko Haram fighters confessed that they were taken hostage by Boko Haram fighters during attacks on their villages and taken to Nigeria, where they were forced to join the jihadist group.

He said: “Among the people we handed over to the Cameroonian authorities today are 70 men, 86 women and 244 children.

“They confessed that after spending two years with Boko Haram, they decided to flee their families and hand over themselves. They said they had fought for Boko Haram and chose to lay down their arms on their own will.”

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