Indications emerged yesterday that Boko Haram’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, may have been captured in Borno State.
Unconfirmed reports said Shekau was nabbed by the ‘king of hunters’ around Gafa Mountain in Borno State.
Efforts to get official confirmation from the military failed.
A key source told Vanguard Nigeria that speculation about Shakau’s capture had been on for over a week.
He, however, revealed that troops of the Nigerian Army fighting in the area had surrounded the Gafa Mountain last week.
The source said that with the cordon thrown around the area, there was no way Shekau would leave the area alive or without being captured.
Severally, the Nigerian military had pronounced that the Boko Haram leader had either been arrested or [neutralized].
Shekau has also mysteriously resurfaced alive. To prove his aliveness, the terror kingpin releases videos.
The Nigerian military had in September 2014 said that it had subdued Boko Haram leader.
Shortly after that statement, he appeared in a new video denouncing moves by the Nigerian Army to eliminate him.
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On May 12, 2014, the DSS, through its former spokesperson, Marilyn Ogar, insisted that the man in the videos released by the sect was not the real Shekau.
She had stated: “Boko Haram has become a franchise.
“Anybody can assume and lay claim to any name.
“What I know is that the original Abubakar has been effectively [neutralized].
“The person claiming to be the national leader now is not the original Abubakar Shekau,” Ogar said.
Earlier this year, the Nigerian Army had announced the [neutralization] of three key commanders of Boko Haram.
The army said the terrorists were [neutralized] in a major air strike on their location in the dreaded Sambisa Forest.