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Shekau: 5 things army wants you to know about Boko Haram leader

5 things army wants you to know about Boko Haram leader

5 things army wants you to know about Abubakar Shekau who now runs around northern Nigeria in a Hijab.

Well, for all we know, Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau may be dead, alive, scavenging for food in the hills of the Sambisa or just running scared in a hijab.

The Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Sani Usman, says Shekau is a coward who is currently fleeing for his life as the army routs the insurgents and puts them to the sword.


Here are three things the army wants you to know about Shekau and the Boko Haram sect he leads:

1. Boko Haram camps are being cleared

"The concerted efforts of troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE on the ongoing clearance of the Boko Haram terrorists through Operation DEEP PUNCH II has been yielding tremendous results.

"Troops have successfully been clearing Boko Haram camps in Sambisa forest including Camp Zairo”, the army says.

2. Boko Haram fighters have been surrendering in droves

According to the army, “the terrorists are in disarray and scampering for safety while others were surrendering”.


3. Hostages are being rescued

The army says troops have “rescued civilians being held hostages by the terrorists, recovered arms, ammunition, Improvised Explosives Devices (IED) factories and making materials as well as other equipment”.

4. Shekau is now running for his dear life

"Credible information from arrested and surrendered insurgents indicated that the purported Boko Haram terrorists’ group factional leader, Abubakar Shekau could not bear the heat anymore as he has abandoned his followers, he is running for his dear life”, the army claims

5. Shekau is now a coward who runs around in a hijab

The army says Shekau has now draped himself in a hijab to disguise as a woman.


Nigerians have been asked to be on the lookout for any terrorist running around in a hijab, because it may just be Shekau.

The statement says: “Shekau is desperately trying to escape the theatre disguised as a woman dressed in hijab. We reliably gathered that to avoid detection Abubakar Shekau alternates between blue and black coloured hijabs. He was last seen in a black hijab.

"We therefore call on all those remaining Boko Haram terrorists to know that they are following a coward moving about in hijab disguised as a woman”.

Now you know

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