Impeccable sources familiar with the internal leadership and politics of Boko Haram JAS faction have revealed an atmosphere of suspicion and tension in the Abubakar Shekau sambisa Forest camp after the infamous and well respected Abu Fatimah ´commander of all wars’ was cornered and shot dead on the direct orders of Shekau. 

The leader of Boko Haram JAS faction Abubakar Shekau immediately replaced Abu Fatimah with the appointment of one Abu- Muhammad as the new Amirul Jaysh "Commander of all Wars". Sources say the feared Abu Fatimah was eliminated by Shekau due to insubordination and allegations of operational betrayal. 

Abubakar Shekau has been accused by several of his former loyalists commanders for ordering the elimination of powerful unit commanders on false allegations whenever his position in JAS is threatened. 

His personality cult and frequent erratic behaviour as the veteran JAS leader has been cited as a major trigger to factional splits and the formation of the ISIS linked ISWAP splinter faction championed by then Mamman Nur ( former number 2 under Mohammed Yusuf ) Abu Musab Al Barnawi ( one of the surviving sons of Mohammed Yusuf ) and other top shura commanders. 

The appointment of the new JAS ´war commander’ comes at a strategic time when Niger state governor officially acknowledged the presence of Boko Haram factions in several villages and the sighting of hoisted flags by same. There is still no clear evidence whether the new group in Niger state ( central region of Nigeria) is linked to either the Shekau JAS or ISWAP faction or neither. 

However the proximity of any Boko Haram unit close to the Federal Capital Territory of Abuja is a major national security threat that must be addressed and countered using all necessary measures with immediate affect. 

If you see somethings say something !! 

David Otto

David Otto is the Director for Stepped In – Step Out UK Ltd and a Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Expert. He is a Certified Anti -Terrorism Specialist (CAS), a Certified Master Anti -Terrorism Specialist (CMAS) and a programme trainer with the Anti -Terrorism Accreditation Board (ATAB). Twitter @ottotgs Email:


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