Shekau, Boko Haram leader reported dead, allegedly committed suicide to evade capture

Shekau, Boko Haram leader reported dead, allegedly committed suicide to evade capture

The war against terrorism seems to be drawing to an end, with reports emanating of the death of the feared leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau on Wednesday, May 19.

This was disclosed by an intelligence firm via its Twitter handle.

According to the tweet, Shekau was pronounced dead after his fortress in Sambisa Forest came under heavy bombardment from rival ISWAP forces led by their commander, Baana Duguri.

“Intelligence sources have confirmed that Boko Haram Leader, Abubakar Shekau is finally dead. This was following the ISWAP attack on the Sambisa fortress of Shekau led by ISWAP commander, Baana DUGURI. Shekau was said to have blown himself to avoid being captured alive.

“We await official confirmation from #ISWAP and the Nigerian Army over this news. This marks the end of an Era. Shekau finally killed by his own group that broke away after many years. While this is a big victory for Nigeria, it’s still not Uhuru yet for the military,” the tweet reads.

Meanwhile, the spate of kidnappings in the country has taken a twist; with highbrow neighbourhoods being targeted, especially the Lekki environs in Lagos State.

This was in consonance with an alarm raised by the same intelligence firm @eonsintelligenc, via a series of tweets on Wednesday, May 19.

According to the Twitter thread, “Kidnappers on the prowl on Admiralty Way, Lekki, Lagos State. Reports indicate several persons abducted at about 8 pm yesterday night by gunmen. There have been growing cases of abduction along Ozumba Mbadiwe, Falomo, and Admiralty way in recent time.

“While many were released after being disposed of their valuables & account emptied, some were not so lucky to make it back alive. One of the victims of yesternight’s abduction disclosed she was pressed to the floor of d vehicle & driven around Lekki for about three hours before finally released.”

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The post further appealed to the Police to ensure the menace is redressed in order to allay the fears of Lagosians.

“After being dispossessed of her ATM cards, PIN and accounts emptied. Tale like hers is becoming a daily thing along that axis. These abductors use unpainted taxis and in some cases, tinted SUVs.

“Police, kindly expedite actions to stem this tide.”

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