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‘Repentant’ Boko Haram Commander, Rugurugu Discloses Reason For Surredering To Nigerian Army


A Boko Haram Commander, Mallam Adamu Rugurugu, has disclosed the reason for surrendering to the Nigerian Army.

Naija News reports that Rugurugu and many other Boko Haram /Islamic State in West African Province (ISWAP) terrorists surrendered to troops of Operation Hadin Kai following air and ground attacks on their locations.

Speaking to reporters in Maiduguri, Rugurugu said him and many of his fighters decided to surrender  following the entreaties and personal intervention of Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State.

He claimed that the governor heard about him and persuaded him and his followers to come out, adding that Zulum said many fighters will follow him if surrender to the military.


The ‘repentant’ terrorist said he got his name from his ferrocious fight againsnt military forces, adding that his activities were brutal.

He said he has now realized that what he was doing was not right and government was sincere in receiving them.

Rugurugu added that he has decided to assist in convincing many fighters to come out of the bush and surrender.


He said: “Yes I am one of the commanders. I got the name Rugurugu which means no mercy from the battlefield.  In the battlefield I was very dangerous because I usually destroyed everything in my way. I was fearless. These scars and marks you are seeing all over me is due to the fact that I was fearless. The governor heard about me and knew that if I am persuaded to come out, many fighters will follow me and that is how we came out and surrendered.

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