The Nigerian Army has insisted that leader of the Boko Haram sect, Imam Abubakar Shekau, as well as his alleged impostor, were killed in battles with the military.
The theatre commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Lucky Irabor, who was speaking during a tour of Army formations in Adamawa state Thursday, described recent videos of Shekau released by Boko Haram as “a façade”.
“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 a few days ago, he was wounded. We are yet to confirm whether he is dead or not”, Mr. Irabor, a Major General, said.
“They released videos to prove that they are still active, but that’s just a facade”.
It would be recalled that the spokesman of the Nigerian Army, Col. Sani Usman, last week, issued a statement saying Shekau was “fatally” injured in an air strike.
“In what one could describe as the most unprecedented and spectacular air raid, we have just confirmed that as a result of the interdiction efforts of the Nigerian air force, some key leaders of the Boko Haram terrorists have been killed while others were fatally wounded”, Usman had said.
“Those confirmed dead include Abubakar Mubi, Malam Nuhu and Malam Hamman, amongst others, while their leader, the so-called ‘Abubakar Shekau’, is believed to be fatally wounded on his shoulders. Several other terrorists were also wounded”.