BOKO HARAM LEADER SHEKAU CLAIMS RESPONSIBILITY FOR MAIDUGURI BOMBING, DENIES OWNING A FARM IN SAMBISA FOREST
Factional leader of the dreaded Boko Haram insurgents, Abubakar Shekau has released a new video claiming responsibility for Tuesday’s bomb blasts that ripped through Maiduguri town in Borno State.
Shekau, leader of the Jama’atu Ahlil Summah Lil Da’awatu Wal Jihad, on Thursday released an audio with his picture attached to the background, in Hausa said: “I am truly elated with this milestone achievement by our fighters”
During the attack, the terrorists launched multiple missiles in Gwange, Bulabulin, Adam Kolo, and Molai area of Maiduguri which led to the killing of at least 10 persons and about 60 sustained various degrees of injuries.
Sources say some of the Jihadist fighters also infiltrated the town and engaged security operatives behind the Maiduguri Teaching hospital.
Shekau also denied that his farm was taken over by the Nigerian Army, boasting that he had successfully established an Islamic caliphate.
Troops of the Nigerian Army recently claimed that they have taken over a farmland situated inside Sambisa forest which they alleged was owned by Shekau.
In a trending video on social media, the soldiers were also seen taunting the Boko Haram leader, asking him to come out to face them.
“Shekau where are you? See us on Shekau’s farm inside Sambisa. Shekau king of noise-making where are you? Come out now and see if we will not waste you.
“This is Shekau’s farm inside Sambisa. Villagers take as much of the products as you can after all it is yours.
“Shekau, see us on your farm, we are going to have our Juma’at prayers on your farm,” one of the troops said.
But, Shekau in the five-minutes and thirty-two seconds long video said he has no farm in Sambisa forest.
“Don’t count yourself a Muslim simply because you pray the salat and give in charity,no! So long as you embrace Western values you are not one of us. We will not be on the same page until you truly submit to Allah," Shekau added.
The army had on several occasions claimed that it had killed Shekau, but each time it pronounces him dead, the territorist Commander resurfaces in an audio or video messages to not only debunk such claims but taunt the military.
In 2014, the Nigerian Army claimed Shekau was killed by the Cameroonian military during a Boko Haram attempt to capture Kodunga, a small village north of Maiduguri.
The Cameroonian military backed this claim by releasing a photo of Shekau’s supposed corpse on social media.
But shortly after, he appeared in a video, mocking those who claimed responsibility for his death.
Borno State among other North-Eastern States in Nigeria has suffered a series of Boko haram attacks which has led to the death of many and displaced others.
On 9th February 2021, Boko Haram killed 5 soldiers and abducted about 10 electrical engineers working along the Maiduguri- Damaturu road in Borno State.
The attack occured few days after the insurgents ambushed Nigerian troops protecting ongoing road construction works on Goniri-Kafa road in Borno State.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian military has also killed several members of the dreaded group in different encounters in Borno State.
The recovery of New Marte in Borno State on Tuesday from the grip of Boko Haram terrorists by the Nigerian Army was a recent example of the military’s breakthrough in the insurgency war.
Recall that on Sunday, the Chief of Army Staff, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru ordered troops at the headquarters of Super Camp 9 Operation Lafiya Dole in Dikwa to reclaim the Marte town from insurgents within 48 hours.
Assessment and Advisory
Nigeria military's successive onslaught on Boko Haram has weakened the sect. Recent attacks are desperate moves to instill fear and re-establish dominance. Troops must maintain their aggressive onslaught until the insurgents are neutralized.