For the umpteenth time, the leader of the dreaded Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau has been reportedly killed during a fierce battle in their Sambisa Forest.
He was said to have been felled by another armed group suspected to be members of Islamic State of West Africa Province, ISWAP.
Sambisa forest shares local border with parts of Konduga, Bama, Gwoza Askira Uba, Hawul, Kaga and Biu Local Government Areas in Borno, with some parts of Gujiba, Buni Yadi, Goniri in Yobe and Madagali in Adamawa state.
Unconfirmed sources said hundreds of ISWAP fighters invaded Sambisa with heavy gun trucks during the week hunting for Shekau who was the factional leader of Boko Haram. Another source revealed that Shekau was not actually or directly killed by ISWAP, the splinter rival group, but blew himself up and committed suicide when ISWAP attempted to capture him alive, during a gun duel.
Although there was no official statement or confirmation on the death of Shekau by Nigerian security forces, a lot of people in Borno took to their social media platforms celebrating Shekau’s death on Thursday morning.
“Unconfirmed source reported that the leader of JAS Abubakar Shekau was dethroned and killed by ISWAP and they have taken over the entire Sambisa forest.
“With these development ISWAP are more equipped and funded than JAS. So their mode of operation will change, and there is likely going to experience frequent attacks around Konduga, Bama, Gwoza, Biu LGA’S and part of Adamawa.
“All humanitarians around the axis should be security conscious and be very vigilant,” a security report said.