The Nigerian Air Force have been executing aerial operations against Abubakar Shekau and his group in the dreaded Sambissa forest.
In a statement released by the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sani Usman, the Army recorded success in the air raid.
The Nigerian Airforce happened on Boko Haram insurgents when they were performing a Friday rituals at Taye village, Gombale general area within Sambisa forest, Borno State.
“This can be described as one of our most unprecedented and spectacular air raids.
“we have just confirmed that as a result of the interdiction efforts of the Nigerian Air Force, some key leaders of the Boko Haram terrorists have been [neutralized] while others were fatally wounded.
“The air interdiction took place on Friday 19th August 2016, while the terrorists were performing Friday rituals at Taye village.
“Those Boko Haram terrorists commanders confirmed [neutralized] include Abubakar Mubi, Malam Nuhu and Malam Hamman, amongst others.
“While their leader, so called “Abubakar Shekau”, is believed to be fatally wounded on his shoulders.
“Several other terrorists were also wounded,” Usman said.
We commend the Nigerian Army in the relative success it has achieved in the fight against Boko Haram in the North East.
They have asked us and other sister media houses to widely disseminate the information.
However, we tacitly condemn the statement as released by the Army spokesperson.
Why is this so?
Their statement is yet be verified. Nigerians have been told times without Number that Abubakar Shekau has been [neutralized].
We advise the Nigerian army to exercise restraint in rushing to the press till an irredeemable damage can be ascertained to have been inflicted on the enemies.
We don’t want see another Abubakar Shekau coming on air to debunk claims of his [neutralization].