- A top commander of the ISWAP terrorist group, Okocha, has reportedly been killed in error
- Four other members of Okocha's squad were killed by an ISWAP sniper after they were mistaken as rivals from the Shekau-led Boko Haram faction
- ISWAP and the Shekau-led Boko Haram faction have reportedly been attacking each other as the crisis between the two deepens
A report by Sahara Reporters citing Intelligence sources indicates the Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP) fighters have erroneously eliminated one of their top commanders named Ba’ana Okocha.
According to the newspaper, Okocha and four others were mistakenly shot dead at their location called Arinna Sorro.
Legit.ng gathers that the heavily protected location serves as an armoury and hideout for top ISWAP commanders.
It was gathered that Okocha and his guards were wrongly identified by the ISWAP snipers as aggressors from the Boko Haram faction led by Abubakar Shekau.
The crisis between the terrorist groups has continued to deepen as the stage coordinated attacks against each other.
The dead ISWAP commander was reportedly the one who led a recent attack on the military base in Marte and some settlements within the local government area.
ISWAP kidnaps dozens of Boko Haram women
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that following the kidnap of their women, Boko Haram fighters launched a deadly attack on ISWAP members, killing some of them.
The incident reportedly happened in Sunawa village, a border area with the Niger Republic.
Speaking on the incident, the director, Army public relations, Brig-Gen. Mohammed Yerima, said the internal fight has continued to expose the terrorists.
In another report, Nigeria's immediate past chief of defence staff, Abayomi Olonisakin (rtd), has revealed that the country’s next warfare and crisis will be in the forests.
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Olonisakin made the disclosure on Thursday, February 18, during his screening for an ambassadorial position at the National Assembly.
The retired military general who resigned as the chief of defence staff was nominated as a non-career Ambassador-Designate by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Nurudeen Lawal is a Legit.ng journalist passionate about fact-checking/verification journalism. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature-in-English from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State. As Politics Editor, Nurudeen mostly writes on Nigeria’s political and socio-economic developments. He has attended different workshops, conferences and training on fact-checking and digital reporting, among others. Learn more about him on Twitter, @Nurudeen Lawal_