- The Nigerian Airforce has reportedly killed the the notorious leader of the Islamic State of West African Province, Sani Shuwaram
- Sani Shuwaram was reported to have been killed when Super Tucano jets and other aircraft of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) executed multiple bombardments on his hideout
- Meanwhile, NAF Spokesperson, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet declined to confirm the death of Shuwaram
In what will gladden the heart of many Nigerians, the notorious leader of the Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) Sani Shuwaram, has been killed.
Shuwaram was said to have died from gunshot wounds he had sustained when military fighter jets raided ISWAP camp at the Sabon Tumbuns general area of Lake Chad.
A source was quoted to have said:
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“Shuwaram was among terrorists injured by NAF air interdiction missions conducted at Sabon Tumbuns near Kirta Wulgo in February 2022. Subsequent airstrikes in the following days might have led to his death alongside other ISWAP fighters where they were receiving treatment including Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi."
Meanwhile, it was gathered that one Mallam Bako Gorgore has been nominated as the new Wali of ISWAP to replace Shuwaram.
When contacted, NAF Spokesperson, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet declined to confirm the death of Shuwaram.
“I cannot confirm the death of any leaders of terrorists. We don’t want to be dragged into making any statement or confirmation based on rumours or hearsay. Nevertheless, our troops at the frontline alongside other agencies have sustained massive strike at the hearts of terrorist leaders and their enclaves until we get this job done”.
New report shows over 100 communities deserted in north central state
The report said that the attacks were majorly due to the state's multi-layered ethnoreligious and farmer/herder conflicts that have lasted for decades.
In the research which sampled about 143 villages in seven different local government areas of the state, it was gathered that Zangon Kataf, Kauru, Birnin Gwari, Chikun, Giwa, Igabi and Kajuru as of December 2020.
Tension hits Kaduna as gunmen launch heavy attacks in 3 different communities
People of the Chikun local government area of Kaduna state had been thrown into fear following an attack by some gunmen in the locality.
The gunmen were said to have attacked three different communities in the local government area in the early hours of Tuesday, March 8.
Two people were killed in the attack while four others including a Catholic priest were abducted during the incident.
Buhari's govt uncovers 96 Boko Haram, ISWAP sponsors
In another development, the minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed on Thursday, February 3, said the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) had uncovered 96 financiers of Boko Haram and ISWAP.
Mohammed at a briefing on the anti-corruption fight of President Muhammadu Buhari also revealed that the NFIU has exposed 424 associates/supporters of the financiers, 123 firms, and 33 bureaux de change linked with the insurgency.
The minister disclosed that the agency had identified 26 suspected bandits/kidnappers and seven accomplices, adding that 45 of the suspects will soon be prosecuted.