The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai, has ordered the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Ibrahim Attack ruling and troops fighting insurgents in the North East, to capture the leader of terrorist group, Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, dead or alive, within 40 days.
In a statement by the spokesperson of the Army, Brig-General Sani Usman, said Buratai gave the order on Friday.
According to the Chief of Army Staff, the Boko Haram leader must be captured dead or alive within 40 days.
General Buratai further directed the Theatre Commander to employ every weapon available in his arsenal “to smoke out Shekau wherever he is hiding in Nigeria”.
“The general public is pleased requested to also assist and volunteer information that would lead to the accomplishment of this task,” the Army spokesperson said in the statement.
The military had several times in the past claimed it had killed Shekau, only for the Boko Haram leader to later show up in videos mocking the military.
Meanwhile, troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE have rescued a suspected Boko Haram terrorists (BHT) Abba Mustapha, who was injured and abandoned by his colleagues.
He was abandoned in the heat of heavy fire with troops in one of the remote Forward Operating Bases in Ngala Local Government Area.
A statement from Col. Kingsley Samuel, Deputy Director, Army Public Relations said, Abba was captured during a counter attack operation launched by the troops following an attack at their location.
“As narrated by Abba, 8 of his BHT colleagues were killed. Also recovered from the BHTs were 3 AK 47 rifles, 2 AK 47 magazines, 2 FN rifle magazines and 3 PKM link belts.
“The surviving terrorist was full of joy and praises for his survival. He thanked the Nigerian Army for sparing his life and taking care of his wounds.
“He said that he and his other BHT colleagues were subdued by superior fire power of the troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE.
“He further recounted that his other fleeing BHT colleagues abandoned him to his fate after he was hit by a bullet.
“To worsen his situation, one of his legs was crushed by their own vehicle as they scampered for safety. if the troops had not taken him and administered first aid on him he would have bled to death”, the statement said.
The statement further added that he owed his life to the good treatment received from the troops.
“Abba Mustapha said though he lost a limb in the cause of the fighting owing to the heartless abandonment by his fellow terrorists, he thanked God that he is stable and recuperating in hospital,” the statement said.