Boko Haram leader, Shekau is alive | Military finally admits

by Azeez Adeniyi

The Nigerian military on Thursday admitted that Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau was still alive, contrary to reports that he has been killed.

Director of Information, Defence headquarters, Maj. General John Enenche said this at a media forum in Abuja.

Enenche however said the military was in desperate search of him.

He said many Boko Haram insurgents were parading themselves as Shekau to deceive the military.


“The search for Shekau is still on. It (statement) was qualified with the truth that there were so many faces of Shekau, so we get the real Shekau,” he said.

”But we are aware, and have come to know that the real Shekau is yet to be apprehended. If you remember, when Osama bin Ladin was killed, they went further to do a DNA test.

“It is because there so many faces of Shekau, that brought the mix up, but the real Shekau is yet to be caught, and we will get him.”

On military operations in the South East and South South, he said, “the current operation in the South South and South East of the country by the Nigerian military is Operation Delta Safe is to stem the activities of oil thieves and other criminalities in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria.


“In this regard, several illegal refineries, and other illegal bunkering activities have been curtailed. The operation is on-going. 

“It is hoped that with the proposal of the Federal Government to encourage the illegal refiners to regularize and legalise their ventures, there would be a reduction if not eradication of this economic crime among the other criminalities in the Niger Delta region.

“It will therefore bear positively on Operation Delta Safe.”

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