The recent attacks on Maduguri, Borno State and some parts of Yobe state by militants of Boko Haram have been attributed to frustration borne out of acute hunger by the insurgents who were in the mood of revenge, while many have willingly been surrendering.
Reports just emanating from Borno State are indicating that hunger is forcing hundreds of Boko Haram militants out of their cells in Sambisa, Alagarno and other forests in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States.
The insurgents are said to have run out of food, water, drugs and other basic needs, security given the accounts by security personnel.
Some of the insurgents who were willingly surrendering were being arrested in Maiduguri in the past three days, many of them confessing that their chains of command had been broken and their routes of supply blocked by Nigerian forces, their counterparts from Chad, Cameroon and Niger.
Those who strayed into towns in the north-east were said to be looking for food and water, a reason they resorted to the recent looting of shops and markets in parts of Yobe and Borno States.
A top security source said recent attacks on Maiduguri were “basically out of anger and frustration.”
According to him, the terrorists carry out aimless attacks to frighten the populace and use the opportunity to steal food, drugs and animals.
“We have arrested some of them who said they would come to town and get arrested than to remain in the bush and die of hunger.
“We have dismantled most of their camps and bases, but we still have a long way to go to completely subdue them…some of their bases and hiding places are just being identified,” he said.
Retired Major Salihu Bukhari, a security expert, said the best way to contain insurgency was by denying the enemy access to sources of livelihood.
Boko Haram fighters at the weekend launched three attacks on Maiduguri and one in Fika, Yobe State. Meanwhile, the death toll from the weekend’s suicide bombing at a mosque in Maiduguri has risen to 26 while over 30 people were injured.