The Military High Command on Tuesday called on the leader of the dreaded Islamist sect, Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, alongside his top commanders to surrender to the Nigerian security forces.

In a statement issued by the Acting Director, Defence Information, Col. Rabe Abubakar, the Nigerian Army said the time had come for Shekau or his impersonators to surrender since there was no longer any hiding place for them.

According to the Army spokesman, “The Armed Forces wish to reiterate that it is a well-known fact that the terrorists have been seriously decimated and the tremendous achievements recorded in recent time by combined forces of the Nigerian Army and the Air Force are commendable.

“The Armed Forces did not lie about the successes recorded so far in its counter-insurgency operations. For avoidance of doubt, the liberated communities in the North-East, which were hitherto under Boko Haram terrorists, are free for interested person or body to explore.

“The military does restate that in recent time, a number of Boko Haram members have been surrendering and denouncing radicalisation. Our candid advice to Shekau or his ghost, cohorts or impersonators is to toll the line of their fellow comrades and surrender now as there is no more hiding place for him or his criminal gang to operate freely.”

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