After claims of Shekau’s death, Nigerian govt plots Boko Haram leader’s capture

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Abubakar Shekau in a recent video

The Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, on Tuesday said the Nigerian armed forces had successfully suppressed Boko Haram insurgency.

Mr. Dan-Ali, a retired brigadier general, who had a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja, also reassured Nigerians that the army would soon apprehend the sect’s leader, Abubakar Shekau.

“If you have had the opportunity to go to Sambisa (forest in Borno), you will know that Boko Haram has been defeated, go and see what is happening in Sambisa.

“We have dominated the whole stronghold where they used to be, there is where we call ‘camp zairo’ where their spiritual and their strong headquarters that they were using as communication base was destroyed and as at the same time occupied by our men of the armed forces.

“So, I believe it’s just a matter of time, it took America about seven to 10 years to get Bin Laden so we will get Shekau as soon as possible.

“I told you before now, the spiritual headquarters has been ransacked and vandalized. He (Shekau) is on the run, so he may be hiding in one of the enclaves of Sambisa forest that we are dominating.

“We have opened up the place; we are using it as a training area whereby the army engineers will open roads. We shall be patrolling and be ransacking that forest for the whereabouts of Shekau,’’ he said.

The Nigerian military has repeatedly claimed to have killed Shekau. Those claims were false, apparently.

On the outcome of the meeting with Mr. Buhari, the minister said the president was impressed with the operational successes of the armed force.

“Generally, we spoke about the security situation across the nation and I believe we had a fruitful discussion and he was impressed with the performance of the armed forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“Security situation is something that you cannot get 100 per cent and remember that Nigeria has been having these turbulences for a very long time.

‘’We are trying to manage it and we are trying to make it solvable whereby every Nigeria will have peace and tranquillity and do his normal business,’’ he said.

The minister said the President Buhari also directed all military establishments to redouble their efforts in consolidating the relative peace and stability achieved in the northeastern part of the country. (NAN)


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  • FreeNigeria

    Every administration since the advent of Boko Haram, has killed a Shekau, GEJ killed him several times. Time for Buhari to start killing his. Get your own share oga buhari

    • Papa Ogihwriodo [Warri]

      MY CHILDREN,

      First of all una good evening. Hope rain is not too much on your side. There was weekend rain here.
      I just want to tell you people that honesty is the best policy. You must not tell lies again. You hear me?
      Some months ago you people said Buhari has killed SHEKAU, not so, Shekahu now came out to talk.

      After that, another few months, you say you have killed Shekau again. The man still came out to talk.
      How many times are you going to kill Shekahu for God sake? You are saying you’ve killed him again.
      Stop telling lies. It is not good. Read the Acts of the Apostles you will see that lies are not good at all.
      It is even in Proverbs Chapter 14 that only righteousness can carry Nigeria up from Buhari recession.

    • dele20

      GEJ was the reason and a confirmed Culprit for the Chikbok girls abduction

      GEJ was clueless, “A bloody civilian”

    • dele20

      PMB is transparent and sacrificial for our country, did GEJ dominate sabisa forest as a training area during his regime? Absolutely No

    • dele20

      GEJ was the culprit of Chikbok girls abduction but PMB is the solution for chikbok girls rescue

      This is one of differences between GEJ and PMB

  • Otile

    Imam Abubakar Shekau, Allah ya yi zamani.

    • Haba mallam

      Ya hada da uwarka and ubanka tare da shekau a gidanku na jahannama….amin oh yeah creek money.

      • Otile

        Doki, ubanka kuma uwarka sun mutu. Dan iska kawai.

  • Hopeless Nation

    “The Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, on Tuesday said the Nigerian armed forces had successfully suppressed Boko Haram insurgency.
    Mr. Dan-Ali, a retired brigadier general, who had a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja, also reassured Nigerians that the army would soon apprehend the sect’s leader, Abubakar Shekau.” – March 28, 2017

    If Dan-Ali were not stuupid he would have known that EVERY country serious and transparent about fighting corruption names its suicide bombers and INVESTIGATES all associated with the suicide bombers. In Nigeria the reverse is the case. They (all collaborators) are protected. Not even the names or identities of the victims are collated or known. Tell Nigerian government or presidency to give you the accurate data of all casualties from Islamist attacks from May 2015 to date and they will begin to tell you stories. Perhaps the only data they keep is the number of people who went on hajj pilgrimage and who will attend the next pilgrimage to mecca.

  • mayGodpunishopressors

    Question: Why did Burutai’s soldiers refused to block all the known exits of boko haram from Sambisa forest?. The truth is that shekau is a sunni muslim just like Burutai and Buhari that were brainwashed and sponsored by Saudi Arabia. Now boko haram is going to be more deadly and dangerous to Nigerians because they have been scattered all over cities of Nigeria, Cameron and chad. May God save his children from these wicked and unreasonable men.

  • dele20

    For dominating and using sabisa forest as training area for the army, it means this administration has really gone far eventhough the previous administration was clueless, we thank God for this regime, we now surely believe that our nation is secure, we say no to terrorism, Boko Haram precisely

  • dele20

    It even took America 7to 10 years to get Bin Laden, nobody can hide for long in this world.

    All we need do and the best thing is for we Yoruba, Hausa and Igbo to be united like a broom so that we can go against any opposition, our lack of co-operation is a germane device for the enemies.

    God will continue being with us, I say one love