Unconfirmed reports have it that the leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau is dead.
Military sources have reportedly said that they might have taken down the helmsman of the dreaded sect during a September 17 battle in Konduga, Borno state.
Vanguard reports that intelligence and military personnel said:
“It is getting more certain that the terrorists’ Commander who has been mimicking Shekau in those videos is the one killed in Konduga on September 17, 2014.”
According to PRNigeria, Shekau’s purported death is suspected to be the reason why members of the sect have scattered and sought refuge in neighbouring countries like Cameroon.
Security sources also reportedly said:
“The process of confirming that the dead body we have is the same as that character who has been posing as Shekau is ongoing” “He is definitely a prominent terrorist commander. I don’t want to say anything about this yet please.”
Reports have it that another high ranking military source said that the resemblance is too striking to be a coincidence.
“They cited his facial marks, beards and teeth apart from the recovery by the Nigerian troops of some of the Armoured Vehicles and Hilux jeeps that had featured in previous videos of the prime suspect.
The reports of the terrorist leader’s death are awaiting official confirmation from the Defence Headquarters.
Abubakar Shekau was previously believed to have been killed in August 2013 after the Joint Task Force released a statement to that effect.