The death of Boko Haram’s strongman, Abubakar Shekau is still an element of doubt to some Nigerians and other national bodies. This is because there is no solid evidence (like his corpse) to show the reality of the matter. However, the commander of the Islamic Western African Province (ISWAP) had confirmed that the embattled Boko Haram leader is no more.
The information and Confirmation of the incident was passed out by The Jama’atu Ahlussunnah Lidda’awati Wal Jihad (JAS) faction of Boko Haram on the 14th of June and it was fine through a video. Bakura Sahalaba, one of the members of the terrorist sect admitted the death of the leader while speaking with Arabic in the video.
In addition, Audu Bulama Bukarti, who is a researcher on extremist groups in Sub-Saharan Africa and a senior analyst has revealed that Shekau is dead.
He said that the speaker of Boko Haram “Bakura Sahalaba” prayed for God to have mercy on Shekau and also urged his brothers-in-arms not to give up because of what happened recently.
Source: Facebook page of Bulama Bukarti.
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#ShekauFinallyDead: Intelligence sources have confirmed dt #BH #JAS Leader, Abubakar Shekau is finally dead. This was following d #ISWAP attack on Sambisa fortress of #shekau led by ISWAP commander, Baana DUGURI. Shekau was said to have blew himself to avoid being captured alive.
We await official confirmation from #ISWAP and @DefenceInfoNG & @HQNigerianArmy over this news. This mark the end of an Era. Shekau finally killed by his own group that broke away after many years. While this is a big victory for Nigeria, it’s still not uhuru yet for the military
A captured Boko Haram fighter says Abubakar Shekau, leader of the sect, can no longer walk effectively.
In a video seen by TheCable, Adam was heard saying Shekau can no longer lead any operation physically.
Shekau, known for taunting the military in videos, has not been seen on his feet lately as he has released video where he is seen sitting or in some cases, using audio to pass across his message.
Adam was abducted by Boko Harma at the age of 10. He was working on the farm in Firgi, Gwoza local government area of Borno, when Boko Haram fighters took him away forcefully.
The teenage fighter, who spent five years in captivity, claimed he knows Shekau personally and participated in several operations under the command of the factional Boko Haram leader.
He also claimed to be among the Boko Haram fighters who escorted the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls to a camp in Tumbuktu.
In a bid to confirm his claims of being a fighter, Adam demonstrated combat skills he acquired during training on weapons handling, marksmanship and improvised explosive device (IED) planting.
“I am a well-trained insurgents war front soldier who specialised in weapons handling including AK-47 riffles and GPMG as well as planting IED’s along troops patrol route,” he said in Hausa.
“We are also given training on other unconventional techniques to inflict heavy casualties on troops.”
Adam claimed he participated in several Boko Haram operations, including elimination of some army engineers in the south of Borno.
He said he escaped from one of the camps in Sambisa forest due to hardship and hunger, resulting from cholera outbreak, which left over 500 militants and their families in critical condition.
“I escaped with the intention of being rescued by the troops of the Nigerian army which will in turn afford me the opportunity of fulfilling my dreams of going to school to acquire knowledge,” he said.
He said that other escapees, mostly minors, were in Banki in Bama local government area of the state.
The militant group has continued to recruit children who are trained to become field soldiers.