Thursday, May 20, 2021

Shekau killed as ISWAP topples B’Haram in supremacy battle

 There was heightened fear around the Lake Chad Basin and fringes of the Sambisa forest, Thursday, following the alleged killing of Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau by the splinter group, Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP).

The Nation

The Defence Headquarters could not confirm the killing of Shekau, Nigeria’s most wanted terrorist as at the time of filing this report.

Acting Director Defence Media Operations, Brigadier General Benard Onyeuko, said the military cannot confirm the development yet.

The DHQ had while defending repeated claims of killing of Shekau by troops, explained that ‘Shekau’ is a mere title bestowed on the leader of the group and not a name of an individual.

Former Coordinator of the Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, now retired, told journalists that ‘Shekau’ has been killed by troops on several occasions.

But The Nation gathered from intelligence sources that the Boko Haram leader was killed in a supremacy battle with ISWAP fighters, who have criticized his mode of operation, especially attacks on Mosques and killing of women and children.

ISWAP was reported to have carried out several raids on Boko Haram camps and carried away their women and children.

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