Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai has given troops a 40-day ultimatum to capture Abubakar Shekau, leader of terrorist group, Boko Haram.
According to a statement by Army Spokesman, Sani Usman, Buratai gave the order to theatre commander of operation Lafiya Dole, Ibrahim Attahiru.
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“Today, Friday 21st July, 2017, the chief of army staff, Nigerian army, lieutenant general Tukur Yusufu Buratai, has directed the theatre commander, operation lafiya dole, major general Ibrahim Attahiru, to capture Abubakar Shekau, the so-called and self-styled leader of Boko Haram terrorists group, dead or alive,” it read
“The theatre commander has further been directed to do so within 40 days.
“He is to employ all arsenal at the disposal of the theatre command to smoke out Shekau wherever he is hiding in Nigeria.
“The general public is please requested to also assist and volunteer information that would lead to the accomplishment of this task.”
Shekau at different times had debunked claims by the army that he has been killed.
In a video in June, Shekau showed how insurgents sacked a military post at the outskirts of Maiduguri, Borno state.
He mocked the army, when stating that they would never be able to find the terrorists.