A top member of Boko Haram identified as Bashir Bulabuduwaye has reportedly surrendered to troops of the Nigerian army.
Zagazola Makama, a publication focused on the Lake Chad region revealed that Bulabuduwaye surrendered alongside his family members on Monday in Banki, Bama LGA of Borno state.
The publication noted that Bulabuduwaye was Boko Haram’s chief executioner who has “killed at least 1,000 people who were captured and sentenced to death by the terrorist group”.
A source that spoke with the publication said Bulabuduwaye was “known to be an official who carried out the sentence of death on condemned persons, captured military men and civilians when Abubakar Shekau was the leader of the group.”
A further report revealed that Bulabuduwaye had a camp in Kote village of Banki, where he was hiding with other fighters.
Naija News learnt that Bulabuduwaye surrendered due to the sustained offensives launched by troops of operation Hadin Kai.
The source said, “It was difficult for him to access food and other logistics, coupled with the flooding which already ravaged most of their settlements. He also feared battlefield elimination by ISWAP.”
Scores Killed As ISWAP, Boko Haram Clash In Borno
The late Abubakar Shekau’s Boko Haram faction and Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) clashed on Thursday leading to the death of a commander simply identified as “Kundu” and other fighters.
A security source said that Kundu and his team were on a robbery mission when the ISWAP intercepted them on six motorcycles between Dikwa and Bama local government areas.
Confirming the attack, Zagazola Makama, a security analyst and a counter-insurgency in Lake Chad, said, “A heavy fight ensued between the terrorists resulting in dozens of casualties on the side of the Boko Haram terrorists, while few ISWAP terrorists were wounded.
“The Boko Haram terrorists took to their heels leaving their motorcycles to the ISWAP terrorists.”