The leader of the deadly Boko Haram terrorist group Abubakar Shekau may have been captured by ‘king of hunters’ around Gafa Mountain in Borno state.
According to reports by Daily Sun, there has been speculation about Shakau’s capture for over a week.
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An highly placed source quoted in the report revealed that troops of the 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.
Recall that severally, the Nigerian military had pronounced Shekau either arrested or killed only for the Boko Haram leader to bounce back alive, with YouTube video releases.
The Nigerian army, earlier this year had announced the death of three key commanders of the extremist Boko Haram sect. The army said the terrorists were killed in a major air strike on their location in the dreaded Sambisa Forest.
Also, 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.
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"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,” she had stated.
Efforts to reach Army spokesperson, Col.S.K Usman proved abortive as calls placed to his telephone line were left unanswered. Text message was also not responded to.
The Nigerian Army has since denied knowledge of Shekau's capture. Operation Lafiya Dole commander Lucky Irabor said the Army does not have the insurgent leader in its possession.