The Multi National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) has received 47 terrorist groups belonging to Boko Haram / Islamic States West Africa Province (ISWAP).
Benin, Cameroon, Chad , Niger and Nigeria are MNJTF member countries which were established in 2015.
The terrorists surrendered to armies in and around Lake Chad (Sector 1).
Military Public Relations Officer, MNJTF Col. Timothy Antigha, announced in a statement on Friday that the terrorists are resigning with their families.
He said their motives were recent power tussle in the top echelon of the sects, religion and inability to realise the establishment of a Sahel caliphate.
Antigha cited an insurgent who had taken part in attacks on Banki, Fotokol, Gambarou Ngala, New Marte, Chikun Gudu and others as expressing disappointment at the lack of progress in the jihad.
“They told us that we were being lied to and cheated by apostate governments, but I have not seen any difference between Shekau and those he has been condemning. I am having it a lot better here because since we came out of the bush, we have been fed and catered for,” he said.
Antigha disclosed that another ex-fighter claimed that he was misled to kill innocent people, for which he might face physical and spiritual condemnation.
The defector confirmed that there was ethnic rivalry among members of Boko Haram and ISWAP.
“If you do not speak a particular language, you can not be appointed a commander or made a guard in the bush. You can not go for tax collection. This discriminatory attitude made some of us feel we are not trusted and good enough to be given responsibilities,” he added.
Antigha further quoted a female sect member who lamented the severe abuse of women in the camps.
“Those people are ungodly, so they can not tell the world that they are doing the will of Allah,” he said.
Antigha said the Force has been vindicated by the testimonies.
He renewed the call on other fighters in the bush to come out.
“MNJTF Troop Contributing Countries have structures and programmes in place to receive all those who surrender. The MNJTF urges communities to accept repented terrorists back after their rehabilitation, even though some of them had perpetrated heinous crimes.”
The Force added that such a community gesture “will go a long way in the ongoing efforts to eradicate terrorism and build peace in the Chad Lake Basin.”