Musa Mani, a senior commander of the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP), has surrendered to the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) in response to heightened joint operations on the outskirts of Lake Chad.
Zagazola Makama, a Counter Insurgency Expert and Security Analyst in Lake Chad, revealed this via Twitter on Saturday, May 28.
According to Makama, the suspect, aged 43, surrendered to task force forces in Damasak and Malam Fatori.
According to Makama’s sources, the surrendering Commander of Hisbah Militant (civil police) was in charge of regulating the insurgents’ actions to ensure proper behaviour, as well as controlling logistics supplies, taxes, and levies paid by Lake Chad fishermen and farmers.
Mani, a native of Diffa in the Niger Republic, admitted that the continuous offensives of Operation Hadin Kai and Operation Lake Sani compelled him to flee and surrender.
“The suspects told the military that dozens of fighters had been murdered and that many others had fled in fear of death,” Makama said.
“However, an initial inquiry found that he is a prominent member of the terrorist organisation. In the custody of the troops, the suspect is currently undergoing profiling,” he continued.