- Reactions have trailed the reports claiming that the leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau is dead
- Director, Defence Media Operations, Brig.-Gen. Bernard Onyeuko said the military doesn't have any information concerning Shejau's demise
- One of the reports alleged that a rival terrorist group invaded Shekau’s stronghold in Sambisa Forest and killed him
Following the reported death of Abubakar Shekau, the Nigerian military has reacted to claims that the Boko Haram factional leader was killed.
Daily Trust reports that the military on Thursday, May 20, said it is yet to receive information on the reported death of the Boko Haram sect leader.
Recall that reports emanated on Thursday morning, May 20, alleging Shekau was reportedly killed during a face-off with fighters of the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP).
Brig.-Gen. Bernard Onyeuko, the acting director, Defence Media Operations (DMO) stated that he didn’t have information concerning the incident, The Nation reports.
This development is coming after Nigerian security agencies are reportedly on high alert over news that Shekau is finally dead.
Both the Department of State Services (DSS) and the army authorities are making efforts to verify the claim.
The report also has it that despite the fact that ISWAP and Boko Haram commanders have been killing one another, this is the first time that Shekau will be reported to have been killed in a battle with terrorists.
As expected Nigerians have reacted to the unverified reports which claimed that the Boko Haram factional leader was killed.
While some Nigerians expressed surprise about the reports, others said they would not believe the report until it is verified.
Cinderella Man said:
"Omo Be like say shekau Don collect o. But we now have a fierce enemy in Iswap.''
Daddy D said:
''If shekau was truly killed, it is great news but you know what would be more satisfying though, him being captured and dragged through every village, city and town him and his terrorist underlings have destroyed in the course of this insurgency then shot on live TV.''