The Nigerian army in a statement by its spokesperson, Onyema Nwachukwu, on Wednesday, said some members of the Boko Haram and elements of Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) and their families have laid down their arms and surrendered to troops of the Nigerian military.
According to the army spokesman, the terrorists that surrendered were those who hitherto hibernated around the fringes of Sambisa forest, their stronghold.
It is, however, not clear if the Chibok girl’s family was part of those who surrendered as the army did not identify them.
Nwachukwu said the fighters and their families which consist of 19 male fighters, 19 adult females and 49 children had to surrender due to unbearable conditions in their trenches.
The statement also added that many assorted rifles and ammunition were recovered.