Buratai orders troops to capture Shekau dead or alive

Boko Haram’s leader Shekau

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai has directed Maj.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Maiduguri, to capture the leader of the Boko Haram sect Abubakar Shekau, “dead or alive” within 40 days.

A statement issued by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman, on Friday night, said that Attahiru should “employ all arsenal at the disposal of the Theatre Command to smoke out Shekau wherever he is hiding in Nigeria.”

“The general public is please requested to also assist and volunteer information that would lead to the accomplishment of this task,” Usman said.

There have been several reports of his death with the last in the 2014 Battle of Kodunga which lasted from 12 to 14th of September, however, Shekau’s appearance in videos is evidence that he is still alive.

Shekau assumed leadership of Boko Haram when the founding father of sect, Mohammed Yusuf was killed in 2009.


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