Indications are emerging that the Nigerian Military may be closing in on the leader of the Boko haram sect, Abubakar Shekau, as the 40-day ultimatum given the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj. Gen Ibahim Attahiru, by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, expires.
According to reports: “Following the expiration of the 40-days ultimatum given the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole yesterday, there are hopes that Abubakar Shekau is not far from being captured.”
The Nigerian military had in the past said Boko Haram was using look-alike fighters to mimic Shekau who died after sustaining injuries in the past, died.
In 2009, Shekau was reportedly killed along with 1000 other Boko Haram members. His videos later emerged.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army testerday said it has killed 82 Boko Haram terrorists and arrested 313 others as well as rescued 630 civilians and cleared 630 settlements in Borno and other insurgency-affected areas of the Northeast in the past one month .
Theatre Commander, Command and Control Centre of Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj Gen Ibrahim Attahiru, disclosed to journalists at an update on counter insurgency operations in the Northeast sub-region.
Gen Attahiru who said that several ammunitions were recovered from the operations added that the effort was not without a price, as six soldiers were killed, while five others were wounded in action.