- The Nigerian Army has said that Abubakar Shekau is worried about sustained military attacks on the dreaded Boko Haram sect
- The army spokesperson also said that claims by Shekau that none of his commanders were killed by the military is false
- The army also dared the Boko Haram leader to produce five commanders killed by the military
The Nigerian Army has said that the leader of the dreaded Boko Haram terrorist group Abubakar Shekau is scared of being apprehended.
The army's director of public relations, Sani Usman, on Wednesday, September 6, said Shekau is already worried of the sustained military attacks on locations used by the group.
Usman, a brigadier general, while reacting to a recent video released by the sect's leader said the claims made by Shekau are fake and false.
He said Shekau's denial of the killing of five of the group's commanders and surrenders made by Boko Haram members is aimed at instilling fear among people.
Usman added that while the Nigerian Army is analyzing the newly released video, the recent moves by the terrorists group are signs that the military is closing up on them.
He said: "Although the relevant department is still analyzing the video clip, suffice to state that it is sheer desperation and clear signs of fear as our troops keep closing up on them."
“Moreover, two other Deputies of the purported Boko Haram terrorists group leader, Afdu Kawuri and Abubakar Banishek, were killed in a successful military operation at Alafa on Sallah day, Friday 1st September 2017."
The army spokesperson further challenged the Boko Haram leader to produce the five key commanders earlier killed by the Nigerian military.
“This is in addition to Ba’Abba Ibrahim and 2 other Boko Haram commanders that died after sustaining injuries during their last ambush at Magumeri Local Government Area of Borno state.
“We wish to challenge the so-called terrorist leader to produce the 5 key commanders earlier killed or the video of those Ameers he claimed not dead and are still with him.
“It is also instructive to note that Shekau is scared and rattled by the 40-day ultimatum issued by the Chief of Army Staff to the Theatre Commander Operation LAFIYA DOLE and hiding from one hole to another,” Usman said.
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Legit.ng earlier reported that one of the Boko Haram commander Shuaibu Moni had slammed the Nigerian military and the federal government for its failure to capture its leader Shekau.
Moni, who was one of the terrorists commanders swapped for the released 82 Chibok schoolgirls also daunted the army on the expiration of the 40 days deadline given to troops by the army chief.
He said members of the group including Shekau were celebrating Sallah in Sambisa forest.
You can watch this video of Boko Haram survivors recounting their ordeals: