The Joint Task Force, Operation Restore Order, in Maiduguri, Borno State announced on Monday that intelligence report available to it “revealed that Abubakur Shekau, the most dreaded and wanted Boko Haram Terrorists leader may have died”.
It was contained in a statement signed by Lt Col. Sagir Musa, the spokesman of the JTF that the leader of the outlawed sect “died of gunshot wound received in an encounter with the JTF troops in one of their camps at Sambisa Forest on 30 June 2013.”
According to the statement, “Shekau was mortally wounded in the encounter and was sneaked into Amitchide – a border community in Cameroun for treatment which he never recovered. It is greatly believed that Shekau might have died between 25 July and 3 August, 2013.
He was reported to have masterminded the kidnap of the seven French citizens and that of the elder statesman Alhaji (Dr) Shettima Ali Monguno in addition to many murders of Islamic clerics in Northern Nigeria.
He was also responsible for bombings of many places of worship and public buildings including Police and United Nations Headquarters in Abuja.”
The JTF also stated that the recent video released on 13 August, 20013 by the purported sect leader was “dramatized by an imposter to hoodwink the sect members to continue with the terrorism and to deceive the undiscerning minds”.
The JTF appealed to the sect members to lay down their arms and embrace the Federal Government’s offer for dialogue.