Boko Haram Leader, Shekau Death and Iswap Controversy
Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, is reported dead, HumAngle is reporting.
Going by the media platform, the incident happened on Wednesday evening when the invasion of the boko haram organisation stronghold in the Sambisa forest was attacked by Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) fighters.
Islamic State West Africa Province, some time ago broke away from the Boko Haram organization in 2016 after linking to the Islamic State (ISIS). ISWAP invaded the boko haram hideout using multiple gun trucks.
Abubakar Shekau’s stronghold was tracked down by ISWAP, they achieved this by using their forces based in the Timbuktu Triangle. Many Shekau fighters were killed in the process.
According to HumAngle, ISWAP got Shekau after his bodyguards were subdued, which made him to surrender and engaged in an hours-long meeting with the ISWAP fighters.
During the meeting, ISWAP asked Shekau to voluntarily relinquish power and command his fighters in other parts to declare bai’a (allegiance) to ISWAP’s authority.
Instead of Mr Shekau to issue a statement, he committed suicide with the aid of secret suicide vest he wore and eventually blew himself up together with everyone present during the negotiations.
Abubakar Shekau had been the head of Boko Haram since 2009 after the death of the Boko Haram founder, Mohammed Yusuf.