According to reports, suspected members of the Islamic State of West Africa (ISWAP) have piloted the death of infamous Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, who was officially known as Jama.at Ahl as-Sunnah Lid Da.wah Wa-l-Jihad (JAS) amid intense confrontation in Sambisa forest.
The event was reported to have occurred on Wednesday, May 19, 2021.
According to the report, the source claimed that during the week of hunting for Shekau, hundreds of ISWAP fighters invaded Sambisa with heavy guns and trucks. Shekau, who was not actually or directly killed by the divided hostile organization ISWAP, killed himself when ISWAP tried to capture him alive in a gun duel.
Reports further stated that although there was no official statement or confirmation of the death of the most wanted terrorist leader by the Nigerian security forces, many individuals have taken to social media on Thursday, May 20, in celebration of the “good news”.
Vanguard stated: “Unconfirmed source reported that the leader of JAS Abubakar shekau was dethroned and killed by ISWAP and they have taken over the entire sambisa forest.
With these development ISWAP are more equipped and funded than JAS. So their mode of operation will change, and there is likely going to experience frequent attacks around Konduga, Bama, Gwoza, Biu LGA’S and part of Adamawa.
All humanitarians around the axis should be security conscious and be very vigilant.”