Boko Haram commander declared wanted has surrendered to military – Emir

Mohammed Timta, the Emir of Gwoza in Borno State, stated on Friday that Mallam Yathabalwe, the most wanted commander of Boko Haram insurgents who had been terrorizing Gwoza and the adjacent Mandara Mountain communities, had surrendered to Operation Hadin Kai forces.

Competent sources indicated that Mallam Yathabalwe, before surrendering, was responsible for a series of attacks and massacres, including the slaughter of farmers on their farmlands in Gwoza LGA and surroundings.

The monarch told journalists that, “We are happy to confirm and inform you that the most wanted top Commander of Boko Haram who had been terrorising Gwoza and other surrounding Mandara Mountain communities in my domain, Mallam Yathabalwe, has surrendered to troops of ‘Operation Hadin Kai’ in the North-East.

“He willingly came out from his enclave on Friday morning with two AK47 rifles and some ammunition. He was then handed over to the troops of the Nigerian military in Gwoza, after which he may be taken to Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, for further questioning or action.

“Yathabalwe, before surrendering, has been terrorising my people for many years, especially making it very difficult for farmers to access their farmlands. With this new development, we are hopeful that total peace will return to Gwoza and its environs.”

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