Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau(centre) flanked by three terrorists on either side
PHOTO CREDIT: AFP
August 25, 2013
By Kingsley Omonobi
The leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar
Shekau, may have died a traumatic
death.That was the picture security
forces painted at the weekend.
From the vast forests of Sambisa, Borno State, where he was reportedly shot and sustained injuries in June during a raid on his hideout by military forces, he was
said to have been taken to Mali for
treatment by the Boko Haram top
hierarchy. In Mali, Sunday Vanguard learnt that Shekau’s situation soon grew worse.
After consultations, the leadership of the
Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal-
Jihad, which in Arabic means, “People
Committed to the Propagation of the Prophet’s Teachings and Jihad”, decided
to move their boss to Cameroun. “It was in Cameroun that the situation got out of hand. “There, all known medical support that could be provided within acceptable underground limits was mustered. But that was where he gave up the ghost”, one of the security sources said.
The source added that a recent video
recording allegedly released by the sect
showing Shekau calling the bluff of the
US, Britain and France and claiming that nobody could stop the group was a smokescreen to paint the picture that he was still alive and in control.
Indeed, the spectre of hopelessness was initially discarded as news which first filtered out of the sect’s camp suggested that Shekau could actually survive. To buttress that air of invincibility, the
publicized recording had to be released to members of the public
Sunday Vanguard was told that “if the sect members had had access to modern
medical facilities, Shekau may have
survived. But the leadership of Boko
Haram was also sure that the military
was all out to get Shekau and, therefore, could not risk even a disguised Shekau
being taken to a hospital”, a source
disclosed. “Infact as I am talking to you now, we have it on good authority that a close confidant of his (Shekau) who was
mandated to follow him and ensure he
received proper treatment has been
killed by members of the group for allowing the information of his death to get out”, the source said.
Aside killing the confidant (aide),Sunday
Vanguard was made to understand that
there was an intelligence report
indicating that his followers hurriedly
buried his remains, in an attempt to hide the death and paint a picture of invincibility around him so that they
would continue to use it to hoodwink
Sources said the death of Shekau and the likely response of Boko Haram who may be mobilizing to hit back (revenge)
through bombings, kidnapping and killing of innocent citizens played a role in the decision of the Federal Government to approve the establishment of a new army division for the North-East, 7 Division, with headquarters in Maiduguri.