Wife of Boko Haram’s factional leader, Mamman Nur, killed — Army

FILE PHOTO: Nigerian Soldiers

The Nigerian military on Saturday said the wife of Mamman Nur, the factional leader of Boko Haram, was among those killed when troops attacked the group’s location in the Lake Chad region.

The announcement came hours after the military declared Mr. Nur had been “fatally injured” during an operation.

The military did not explain how Mr. Nur was identified.

The State Security Services, SSS, had in September 2011 placed a N25 million bounty on Mr. Nur, blaming him for a car suicide bombing at the UN building in Abuja that year.

Since then, Mr. Nur has continued to evade the Nigerian security while still being active in the command hierarchy of the Boko Haram.

In 2014, Mr. Nur broke away from the Abubakar Shekau command and midwifed the formation of AbuMussab Albarnawi faction of the Boko Haram group.

Mr. Albarnawi is said to be the surviving son of Boko Haram’s spiritual founder, Muhammed Yusuf, who was extra-judicially killed by the security forces after he was arrested for leading his group to wage a bloody war against the Nigerian security forces in August 2009.

The spokesman of the Operation Lafiya Dole Theatre Command in Maiduguri, Onyema Nwachukwu, said about 250 Boko Haram fighters on the side of Mamman Nur (Albarnawi camp) surrendered.

The statement also warned residents of Kano, Yobe and Jigawa states to be vigilant as some of the dislodged Boko Haram fighters are currently fleeing towards their border villages with an attempt to, “diffuse into the local communities.”

Mr. Onyema said the new feat of victory was achieved following the sustained “onslaught on Boko Haram terrorists’ enclaves in the Lake Chad region where a factional leader of the group Mamman Nur has suffered grave injury, while one of his wives has been killed in the battle”.

“Moreso about 250 foot soldiers from the Albarnawy camp have surrendered to Nigerien Authorities due to the devastating artillery and aerial bombardments by Operation Lafiya Dole troops.

“Many of the insurgents who fled the onslaught are now taking advantage of the “AMNESTY” offered by the Nigerien government by surrendering to Nigerien Forces,” he said.

The military also said among the insurgents “fleeing from the ongoing offensive are senior and junior commanders in the Albarnawy faction who are now attempting to melt into other communities in and around Kano, Geidam and Gashua axis unnoticed.”

The statement indicated that one of the identified junior commanders was known as Bana Bafur.

“Members of the general public, particularly in Kano, Geidam, Gashua, Hadeja and the northern part of Jigawa are therefore enjoined to be vigilant and watch out for strange faces suddenly appearing in their communities and promptly report same to security agencies”, the statement warned.

Mr. Onyema added that about 700 insurgents have also surrendered to troops in the general area of Monguno following troops’ clearance operations.

He said the ongoing onslaught will be “tenaciously sustained”.

The statement recalled that the Federal Government of Nigeria has since provided a window of opportunity through the Operation SAFE CORRIDOR program to insurgents who surrender willingly to be deradicalised and rehabilitated.

“About 300 insurgents who willingly surrendered are currently benefiting from this programme”, he said.

“We call on all Boko Haram insurgents to abandon the futile struggle and take advantage of the Safe Corridor program by surrendering willingly to troops in any location nearest to them. We guarantee their safety and incorporation into the programme for deradicalisation and rehabilitation,” Mr. Nwachukwu, who is also Deputy Director Army Public Relations at Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole.


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  • Otile

    Until they steal that $100,000,000,000.00 from the Excess Crude Account fraudulent Buratai and other parasites will continue to tell tales of bravery over Boko Haram Muslims. Barayi banza.

    • ray

      Did you read the headlines before commenting or you just woke up from sleep?

      • Bassey Frank

        What is ambiguous about the headlines; or are you about going to sleep?

  • thusspokez

    The Nigerian military on Saturday said the wife of Mamman Nur, the factional leader of Boko Haram, was among those killed when troops attacked the group’s location in the Lake Chad region.

    Wives, girlfriends, children, and indeed families of terrorists, particularly those living with them should be legitimate targets.


      The US special forces who killed Ben-Laden avoided killing his wife even when she used her body to shield him ,they shot her in the leg.

      That is a civilised and well trained military . They cannot bragg about killing women and children under any circumstance.

      • thusspokez

        The US special forces

        This discussion is about Nigeria; I am not interested in the US special force activities in Pakistan. Besides, when did the US became the determiner of global moral values which every nation must adhere to?

        …avoided killing his wife

        Lucky for her that she wasn’t carrying a gun. Maybe you are not aware of the various shootings and killings of even children in the US by their law enforcement officers simply on account of a mistaken assumption ( often fabricated) that the their victim was carrying a gun.

        They cannot bragg about killing women and children under any circumstance.

        But boko haram can use women and children to massacre innocent Nigerians?

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    With the way APC was posturing before brain-dead, illiterate certificate forger and perjurer Muhammadu Buhari took the reins of power, I thought Boko Haram would have become history by now? It is a shame that nearly 3 years after, only 12 or so Chibok girls have been released (not rescued) and the insurgents remain very strong and lethal. And the Nigerian army is hitting Boko Haram “soft targets” like wives and children! All that talk of a “technical defeat” is bunkum. Yeye dey smell.

    • Liberty

      Try go join the BH or IPOB or better still create one and let see whether as you insinuates, the Nigerian military is indeed lame duck and hitting only ‘soft targets’.

      • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

        Take (or change) your medication.

  • Bassey Frank

    She will resurrect soon.

  • man

    an army that knows only to kill women.

    • Liberty

      Are u sure?
      Have you dare the army before and get away?