The Nigerian Army said Boko Haram insurgents should shun violence.

The advice was given by Brig- Gen Eyitayo, the general officer commanding (GOC) 7 Division, at an event organised for journalists by the army in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, The Cable reported.

The military commander stated that the Boko Haram terrorists are now in disarray after suffering several blows from the military.

Eyitayo says insurgents should leverage on the amnesty

He said surrendering would avail the insurgents the opportunity to enjoy rehabilitation and acquire skills to enable them to live a useful life in society, PM News reported.

The general said:

“We are not here for bloodletting, nobody is happy that people are dying.

“Some of them (Boko Haram insurgents) are listening to the media so it is good for us to appeal to them through the media to shun violence, turn up to seek forgiveness and reconciliation.’’

President Buhari explains why he appointed Major-General Yahaya as COAS

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has justified the appointment of Major-General Farouk Yahaya as the Chief of Army Staff (COAS).

According to The Nation, the Nigerian president told Arise TV during an interview on Thursday, June 10, that one of the reasons for selecting Yahaya ahead of other superiors was because of his experience in fighting Boko Haram in the northeast.

The president stated that an additional factor was that the general had the support and understanding of the troops.

Bandits attack a town in Zamfara state

In another report, suspected bandits have killed at least two policemen during a gun battle on Saturday night, May 23, in Magami town, Gusau local government area of Zamfara state.

The sad incident has been confirmed by the spokesman of the Zamfara state police command, Muhammad Shehu, The Nation reported.

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