Boko Haram ISIS appoints new leader for Nigerian sect

ISIS announced, via the latest issue of its magazine, that Abu Musab al-Barnawi will now serve as Boko Haram’s leader.

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The Islamic State (ISIS) has appointed a new leader for Nigerian terrorist sect, Boko Haram.

ISIS announced, via the latest issue of its magazine, that Abu Musab al-Barnawi will now serve as Boko Haram’s leader, BBC reports.

Al-Barnawi, previously a spokesperson for the group, takes over from Abubakar Shekau.

Shekau became globally notorious due to his eccentric nature which was showcased in the sect’s videos.

He however went underground in March 2015 after pledging allegiance to ISIS.

Shekau resurfaced in March 2016 in a video which showed him looking weak and frail as he called on his followers to surrender saying that the end had come for him.

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The sect however distanced itself from the video through subsequent releases.

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