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September 1, 2016

Boko Haram: Shekau is dead, insists Army

Boko Haram: Shekau is dead, insists Army

A screengrab taken on October 2, 2014 from a video released by the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram and obtained by AFP shows the leader of the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau. Shekau dismissed Nigerian military claims of his death in a new video obtained by AFP on October 2

Major General Lucky Irabor, Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Nigeria’s military operation set up to battle Boko Haram, on Thursday insisted that Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau is dead.

Abubakar Shekau

Abubakar Shekau

He insisted that the individual originally identified as Shekau has indeed been killed.

He said this during a tour of Adamawa State as part of the formations under his command.

“I can confirm to you that the original Shekau was killed, the second Shekau was killed, and the man presenting himself as Shekau, I can also confirm to you that few days ago, he was wounded. We are yet to confirm whether he is dead or not”.

He further said that the Army does not make statements that are not based on facts.

The General, said the Nigerian troops fighting insurgency in the northeast, will continue the military operations until the last terrorist is taken out.

He also mentioned that there had been division among the Boko Haram as a result of the constant pressure put on them by the Army.

According to him, “They released videos to prove that they are still active, but that’s just a facade”