The chief of army staff, Tukur Buratai, has given Ibrahim Attahiru, theatre commander of operation Lafiya Dole, a 40-day ultimatum to capture Abubakar Shekau, leader of the Boko Haram sect.
According to Sani Usman, army spokesman, Buratai directed Attahiru to use all arsenal at his disposal to find Shekau.
“Today, Friday 21st July, 2017, the chief of army staff, Nigerian army, lieutenant general Tukur Yusufu Buratai, has directed the theatre commander, operation lafiya dole, major general Ibrahim Attahiru, to capture Abubakar Shekau, the so-called and self-styled leader of Boko Haram terrorists group, dead or alive,” it read
“The theatre commander has further been directed to do so within 40 days.
“He is to employ all arsenal at the disposal of the theatre command to smoke out Shekau wherever he is hiding in Nigeria.
“The general public is please requested to also assist and volunteer information that would lead to the accomplishment of this task.”
The Nigeria Army has declared shekau dead severally only for him to release fresh videos to debunk the insinuations.
Shekau release a video in june detailing how insurgents overthrew a military post at the outskirts of Maiduguri, Borno state.
In the 33-minute video clip Shekau could be seen displaying ammunition and camouflage amongst other items seized from the fleeing soldiers.
“This is just the beginning,” Shekau was heard saying in the video.
While mocking the military for going after them in Sambisa forest, the leader of the insurgents claimed that they were somewhere within Maiduguri.
He said the there was no dialogue between the group and the federal government in the bid to end the attacks.
Shekau further emphasised that claims by federal goverment that the insurgents have not been defeated was false.
Source: Naija News