The factional members of Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) on Wednesday reportedly killed Abubakar Shekau, the leader of the dreaded Boko Haram, officially known as Jama’at Ahl as-Sunnah Lid Da’wah Wa’l- Jihad (JAS) in a supremacy battle in their Sambisa forest.
ISWAP and Boko Haram fighters controls Sambisa forest which shares local border with parts of Konduga, Bama, Gwoza Askira Uba, Hawul, Kaga, and Biu Local Government Areas in Borno State.
Some parts of Gujiba, Buni Yadi, Goniri in Yobe and Madagali in Adamawa state also share boundary with Sambisa forest.
Unconfirmed reports said ISWAP fighters invaded Sambisa with heavy gun trucks in a one week hunting for Shekau who was the factional leader of Boko Haram.
Shekau reportedly blown himself up in suicide when he was about to be captured alive by ISWAP fighters after hours of gun battle.
Nigeria Military was yet to officially confirm Abubakar Shekau’s death, but social media was on Thursday awash with celebrations upon hearing the calamity that befell the criminal gang leader.
According to a security report obtained, “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 this development, ISWAP are more equipped and funded than JAS, So their mode of operation will change, and they are 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.”
Leader of ISWAP was yet to make announcement of their taking over the control of Sambisa.