Boko Haram appoints new leader

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Abubakar Shekau, the leader of the Boko Haram sect, made a radio broadcast last year.

That broadcast was in August and is generally accepted as the last public appearance he’s made.

Nothing has been heard of him again.

It does not say what has become of the group’s former leader Abubakar Shekau.

He was last heard from in an audio message last August, saying he was alive and had not been replaced – an IS video released in April said the same.

Boko Haram has lost most of the territory it controlled 18 months ago. Thanks to our gallant Army.

Since its inception, Boko Haram have slain more than 20,000 people; mainly in the country’s north-east.

The Islamic announced that Abu Musab al-Barnawi as the new leader of Boko Haram.

Little is known about Abu Musab al-Barnawi.

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He only appeared in a Boko Haram video in January 2015 as the group’s spokesman.

He wore a turban and his face was blurred out and it was filmed as a sit-down studio interview

Unlike Abubakar Shekau his delivery in the Hausa language was considered and softly spoken.

Mr Shekau was often filmed in the open, surrounded by fighters, loudly proclaiming his threats, victories.

However, Mr Barnawi maintained a calm demeanor in his brief appearance.

He also spoke of being against democracy and foreign education

He maintained IS was still strong in the region and promised to continue fighting West African governments.

Mr Shekau took over as the group’s leader after its founder, Muhammad Yusuf, died in Nigerian police custody in July 2009.

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Under his leadership Boko Haram became more radical, carried out more killings and swore allegiance to IS in March 2015.

In numerous videos, Mr Shekau taunted the Nigerian authorities, celebrating the group’s violent acts including the abduction of the more than 200 Chibok schoolgirls in April 2014.

Nigeria’s army has claimed to have killed him on several occasions, and he has not appeared in a video since joining IS.

Abubakar Shekau used to identify himself as “governor” of the West Africa Province of the Islamic State group.

Recall that DSS had announced in April she had arrested one Khalid Al Banawi.

It is uncertain whether the arrested Al Banawi is the same Al Banawi that has emerged as the new leader of Boko Haram.