Boko Haram: Shekau’s wife may have been killed in air strike – Official

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Abubakar Shekau in a recent video

The wife of the Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, may have been killed in air raids carried out by the Nigerian Air Force, NAF, an official has said.

The NAF spokesperson, Olatokunbo Adesanya, said in a statement on Wednesday that “Human Intelligence indicates that the wife of the leader of the Boko Haram Terrorists (BHT) Organization, Mallama Fitdasi, appeared to have been killed in recent successful airstrikes on Durwawa settlement on the outskirts of Urga, near Konduga.”

According to the air commodore, “Mallama Fitdasi was reported to have been representing her husband in a coordinating meeting with other terrorists at the location of the airstrikes.”

“It is recalled that the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) had reported the successful aerial attack of a large number of BHTs at DURWAWA on 19 October 2017.

“Battle Damage Assessment had indeed revealed that the aerial attack set off a fire, causing damage to the BHT structures within the settlement and neutralized most of the BHTs with a few of them fleeing the location.”

Mr. Adesanya, however, explained that “efforts are ongoing to confirm the reported killing of Shekau’s wife, alongside other BHTs.”

Mr. Shekau, the fugitive leader of a Boko Haram faction has remained elusive for several years despite being wanted by Nigerian and American authorities.

His group, which wants an Islamic caliphate in Northern Nigeria, has caused the death of about 100,000 people since 2009 when the insurgency began.

Despite efforts of the Nigerian military and its partners in degrading the sect, the insurgents still carry out attacks mostly on civilian population in Borno and Yobe states.


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  • Charles

    According to the air commodore, “Mallama Fitdasi was reported to have been representing her husband in a coordinating meeting with other terrorists at the location of the airstrikes.” I don’t understand the same Abubakar Shekau, you told has been killed, you folks should play this game while it last.

  • Otile

    The Presidency is trying desperately to distract attention from Alhaji Maina shameful scandal. Hajiya Fitdasi Shekau is alive and kicking, no shaking.

  • Jon

    Ok. You killed a woman and you guys are rejoicing?

  • Kelly

    Please, we are talking about mainagate now, forget this Shekau matter for now!! After all Boko Haram is still killing people everyday, shekau or no shekau

    • The facts

      Don’t mind them. They wanted to use Shekau to distract the public. Funny people.

  • Rommel

    Wife or one the wives of Shekau,which is which? sorry for her though if it is true but she got herself entangled with a bad dude, so this is what having that guy around you brings only ‘death’

  • The facts

    I thought it is Shekau is their target? By the way, na only one wife him get.

  • thusspokez

    The wife of the Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, may have been killed in air raids carried out by the Nigerian Air Force, NAF, an official has said.

    I have been calling for the war against boko haram to be extended to family members of the top leaders of boko haram. Let them too, feel the loss and pain their sons, brothers and fathers are inflicting on other families.

    • 0tile

      You have been calling for war… why not join the Fulani army, put on your camouflage, and distinguish yourself at the war front, whom do you want to fight and die for you? You warmongers will always hide in your abodes, talk people into killing one another, sometimes compel youths to carry out ugly suicide bombings. You don’t have conscience. Do you?