Usman Ali, 22, Ibrahim Matukur, 13, Usman Hussaini 25, Ali Baba, Modu Wakil, 15, Usman Mahamadu, 47 years, Goni Bukar, 50, Modu Konto and Isah Ali, 25 all have one thing in common.

They used to be terrorists but have deicded to turn a new leaf.

According to a statement issued by Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman, the army spokesman in Abuja, the repentant terrorists claimed to belong to the Mamman Nur faction of the Boko Haram terrorists group. 

“They said that they deliberately surrendered because they had realised their folly and no longer wish to continue with the criminal terrorists and insurgents activities. 

“Furthermore, they stated that they escaped from the terrorists’ hideout at Buk village in Damboa Local Government Area of Borno state,” the army spokesman quoted them as saying. 

Usman also said that they claimed that there were many more Boko Haram fighters willing to surrender because of untold hardship they suffered. 

“They pleaded for sympathy and forgiveness from members of the community, restating that they were misguided and deceived all these years to believing they were fighting a just cause.” 

Many terrorists in recent time have been surrendering, including 700 who gave themselves up to troops in June.