I’d have to say it sounds like they are being beat. Good, also at linked page, pictures of people of Cameroon marching in the street in support of the Military against BH. There is a bit of a regional effort and the supporters are carrying flags of their home countries.
Boko Haram members, begging for food, surrender in Nigeria
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria – Dozens of emaciated-looking Boko Haram members begging for food have surrendered in northeast Nigeria, the military and a civilian self-defense fighter said Wednesday.
Seventy-six people including children and women gave themselves up to soldiers last Saturday in Gwoza, about 100 kilometers (60 miles) southeast of Maiduguri, according to a senior officer.
All are being detained at military headquarters in Maiduguri, the birthplace of Boko Haram and currently the command center of the war against the Islamic extremists, according to the officer. He insisted on anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to journalists.
The detainees said many more fighters want to surrender, a self-defense civilian fighter who helped escort them to Maiduguri told The Associated Press.
Maybe they figured they could try to starve them out?