NIGERIA – The Nigerian Army has again declared that Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau is dead. However, Major General Lucky Irabor, Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, is the one announcing Shekau’s death this time.
Speaking during a tour of Adamawa state on Thursday, September 1, Major General Irabor insisted that Shekau is dead, Vanguard reports. He said that the individual originally identified as Shekau has indeed been killed. His words: “I can confirm to you that the original Shekau was killed, the second Shekau was killed, and the man presenting himself as Shekau, I can also confirm to you that few days ago, he was wounded. We are yet to confirm whether he is dead or not.”
According to Major General Irabor, the Army does not make statements that are not based on facts. He said the Nigerian troops fighting insurgency in the northeast, will continue the military operations until the last terrorist is taken out, as there is division among the Boko Haram members. He added: “They released videos to prove that they are still active, but that’s just a facade.” Since his emergence in 2009, Shekau has been declared dead by the Nigerian Army on several occasions, though it has never been solidly confirmed.