BreakingNews 28/3/17 - Boko Haram leader, Shekau is alive -FG

 

[ Masterweb Reports: Isiaka Wakili reports ] - The Federal Government of Nigeria has admitted that the leader of the Boko Haram terrorist group, Abubakar Shekau, has not been killed. The Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, disclosed this to State House reporters on Tuesday after briefing President Muhammadu Buhari on the security situation in the country.



The minister said it had been difficult to arrest Shekau because the insurgents usually put on masks to conceal their identities.



He, however, stated that the government would not relent in pursuing the Boko Haram leader, assuring that he would be arrested as soon as possible.


 
"Let me tell you categorically, these insurgents, have a way of putting on mask. There could be so many, but we're looking for the real one, he [Shekau] has been using mask to portray Shekau in one incident or the other to give an impression that he has been killed so that we'll relax, but we'll not relax, we're on him," he said.



Dan-Ali said those who had been to Sambisa forest would know that the sect had been defeated.



"We've dominated the whole stronghold where they used to be, that is where we call camp zero where their spiritual and their strong headquarters that they were using as communication base was destroyed and as at the same time occupied by our men the armed forces.



"I believe it is just a matter of time. It took America about seven to 10 years to get Osama Bin Laden. So, we will get Shekau as soon as possible," the minister assured.
 


"The spiritual headquarters has been ransacked and vandalised. He [Shekau] is on the run. So, he may be hiding in one of the enclaves of Sambisa forest which we're dominating. We've opened up the place, we're using the place as a training area whereby the army engineers will open roads, we shall be patrolling and be ransacking that forest for the whereabouts of Shekau," he said.



The minister said President Buhari was impressed with the performance of the armed forces.



"Security situation is something that you cannot get 100 percent, and remember that Nigeria has been having these turbulences for a very long time . We are trying to manage it and we are trying to make it solvable whereby every Nigeria will have peace and tranquillity to do his normal business," he said.



The minister, who said Buhari directed the security agencies to do more, noted that "the more we put our efforts, the more Nigeria gets safer. We're doing our best and we've also requested for more in terms of equipment, and I can categorically tell you that the armed forces have turned to professional armed forces.



"The training we had, the small arms competition, was done last almost 11 years ago, so also the sports, so you can see we are joining the professionalism with the security challenges happening in the country."



Dan-Ali said he also briefed Buhari on the issue of the Internally Displaced Persons, stressing that the government wanted them return to their homes for their normal economic activities.

 

*Photo Caption - Abubakar Shekau

 
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