By: Kingsley Omonobi – Abuja.
Air Strikes of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) have eliminated the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) Militant Chief of Defence (Ameeru-l-Fiha), Bako Gorgore and Aba-Ibrahim, a prominent leader, in the Nigerian North East of the Lake Chad.
Consequently, Sources said the ongoing combined regional Counter Insurgency Operation between troops of Desert Sanity and the Lake Sanity in identified Boko Haram/ ISWAP strongholds in the Chad has also resulted in the elimination of over scores of terrorists.
This was confirmed by Zagazola Makama, Counter Insurgency Expert in the Lake Chad, Zagazole Makama, who disclosed that Bako Gorgore and Abu-Ibrahim, were eliminated in a week-long coordinated intelligence-led ground and aerial bombardments by the Air Task Force in Tumbum Jaki in Abadam Local Government area of Borno state.
The source said Gorgore who was also a member of the Shura Council was the leader of the ISWAP Militant forces, comprising of four Fiye (service Chiefs), four Governors (Khaids), 16 Commanding Officers (Nakib), and Special Forces (alquwwat alkhasa), among others.
Aba Ibrahim was a former Leader (Khalifa) of ISWAP who took over the Mantle of Leadership from Abu-Dawud also known as Abu-Hafsat Alansari, where he presided over the four caliphate (states) of the ISIS wylayat in the West African Lake Chad of Tumbumma and Timbuktu General Area.
Aba-Ibrahim was later replaced by Sani Shuwaram, a 45 year-old who became the fifth officially recognised ISWAP figure in the West African ISIS Command structure, after Mamman Nur, Abu-Mosab Albarnawwy, Abbah-Gana, Abu-Dawud, also known as Abu Hafsat Al-Ansari.
The source said, “He was a former chief of staff to Mamman Nur, and was said to have played a significant role in the internal split of Boko Haram to part ways with– Abubakar Shekau to form ISWAP.
“He later collaborated with Abu Mossab Albarnawi and key 10 Commanders to eliminate Mamman Nur over power struggle and leadership dispute”.
In May 2021, Both Aba-Ibrahim and Bako Gorgore, led over 1,500 members in a major onslought against the faction of Boko Haram known as the Jamā’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jihād (JAS), which resulted in the killing of Abubakar Shekau while 17 of his Commanders were forced to surrender and paid alliegence to the ISWAP supremacy.
“Both terror kingpings had held key leadership positions in the Wylayat of the Timbuktu Triangle, before one Abu Aseeya was appointed as Ameerul Fiya in charge of Sambisa forest.
“Because of his ruthlessness, Gorgore was given additional appointment as Ameerul Jaysh following the death of one Sayinna Mallam Baba, a top Commander at Tumbun Odoji in Lake Chad”.
According to the sources, the killing of the two Commanders was considered a giant blow to ISWAP.
However, despite recent battlefield defeats, sleeper cells have continued to launch attacks across many part of the country including Taraba, Adamawa, Kaduna and Kogi which were inspired by ISIS and its ideology.