The Nigerian military on Thursday disclosed that it has not received any information on the reported death of the leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau.
There were reports that the Boko Haram leader was killed during a face-off with fighters of the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP).
A security expert, Kabiru Adamu, who spoke with Daily Trust, noted that whether he has been killed or not, ISWAP is growing in strength, making reference to the group’s operations and their activities.
“What it means for the military is that they are allowing ISWAP to increase their strength in terms of their operations and their activities, and that is sending a wrong message to the groups that are active in terrorism and that wrong message is clearly telling people who are choosing the military and those groups, with the emphasis that it is better for them to choose those groups because they are stronger than the military as it were,” Adamu said when asked Shekau’s killing meant for the military.”
The Director, Defence Media Operations, Brig.-Gen. Bernard Onyeuko, when questioned on the development said he doesn’t have information on that.
“Sorry, I don’t have information on that,” Brig.-Gen. Onyeuko said.
In a related development, Naija News had earlier reported that the leader of the Boko Haram terrorist group, Abubakar Shekau has been reportedly killed according to multiple sources.
Information gathered by Naija News on the development has it that Shekau died on the evening of Wednesday, 19th May 2021.