Unconfirmed reports indicates that the leader of the Boko Haram insurgents, Abubakar Shekau, may have been captured in Borno State.
Reports indicates that Shekau might have been captured by the ‘king of hunters’ around Gafa Mountain in Borno State.
Nigerian Army fighting in the area had surround the Gafa Mountain area last week over intelligence report that top Boko Haram leaders were hiding there.
A source stated that with the cordon thrown around the area, there was no way Shekau and others would leave the place alive or without being captured.
Shekau has been nicknamed ‘the terrorist with lives‘ as he had either been arrested or killed in the past by the military and like the proverbial cat with nine lives, the Boko Haram leader had bounced back alive, with YouTube video releases.
The Nigerian military had in September 2014 said that it had subdued Boko Haram leader, but shortly after that statement he appeared in a new video denouncing moves by the Nigerian Army to eliminate him.
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.
“Boko Haram has become a franchise; anybody can assume and lay claim to any name. What I know is that the original Abubakar Shekau is dead; the person claiming to be the national leader now is not the original Abubakar Shekau.”