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Army denies media report that it confirms escape of Shekau to Kolofata

By Joseph Erunke
ABUJA-THE Nigerian Army has denied media report that it confirmed the escape of the factional leader of Boko Haram terrorists, Abubakar Shekau to Kolofata, in the neighbouring Republic of Cameroon.

Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai looks on at the headquaters of Operation Lafiya Dole in Maiduguri, Borno State in northcentral Nigeria, on October 4, 2017.
The United Kingdom is providing expert training to the Nigerian military in helping to develop the skills necessary to tackle the terror threat of Boko Haram in North East Nigeria. Boko Haram’s Islamist insurgency began in 2009 and has killed at least 20,000 and forced more than 2.6 million from their homes. / AFP

An online medium, SaharaReporters had reported that a “top Boko Haram commander, Abdullahi Bello alias Abu Zainab, who was captured by the Nigerian Army on February 14, disclosed to the Army interrogators that the wanted factional leader of the sect, Abubakar Shekau, escaped to Kolofata in neighbouring Cameroon.

Responding to the report after Vanguard’s enquiry, the Army through its spokesman,Brigadier General Sani Usman, insisted that the report was baseless, saying the such information never emanated from it.

The Army statement read:”The attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to a news story on Sahara Reporters alleging that the wanted purported factional Boko Haram terrorists group leader, Abubakar Shekau, is in Kolofata, Republic of Cameroon.

“Sahara Reporters is credited the source of such information to the Nigerian Army. According to the medium, it was alleged that “A top Boko Haram commander, Abdullahi Bello alias Abu Zainab, who was captured by the Nigerian Army on February 14, has disclosed that the wanted factional leader of the sect, Abubakar Shekau, has escaped to Kolofata in neighbouring Cameroon.”

“This is not true. The Nigerian Army did not arrest such person, neither do we have such suspect in our custody.

” Contrary to the allegation on the medium, the Nigerian Army is not aware of the whereabouts of Abubakar Shekau hence the reward of the sum of N3 million Naira for any credible information on his whereabouts.

“We would like to implore all persons particularly journalists to always authenticate or cross check their facts and information from the Nigerian Army before publication or circulating.”


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