Nigeria

Abubakar Shakau Is Alive – Defence Minister, Dan-Alli

Defence Minister, Mansur Dan-Ali, on Tuesday, conceded that the leader of the Boko Haram group, Shekau, has not been killed, in spite of many cases of his passing by the previous administration.

He likewise said it had been troublesome capturing the group’s leader in light of the fact that the radicals typically wear veils to hide their personalities and occupy consideration.

Dan-Ali stated this when he spoke with State House correspondents soon after briefing President Muhammadu Buhari of his service’s exercises at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He said anyone who had the chance of going by the Sambisa Forest would realize that Boko Haram had been vanquished.

Dan-Ali said the country’s security strengths had overwhelmed the organization’s fortification, including Camp Zero that filled in as their otherworldly central command and correspondence base.

The minister stated, “I believe it is just a matter of time. It took America about seven to 10 years to get Bin Laden. So, we will get Shekau as soon as possible.

“The sect’s spiritual headquarters has been ransacked and vandalised. He (Shekau) is on the run.

“He may be hiding in one of the enclaves of the Sambisa Forest which we are dominating.

“We have opened up the place. We are using the place as a training area. The Army engineers will open up roads and we shall be patrolling and be ransacking that forest for the whereabouts of Shekau.”

When confronted with the fact that the government had at various circumstances in the past guaranteed that Shekau had been executed, Dan-Ali stated, “These insurgents have a way of putting on masks. There could be so many but we are looking for the real one. They have been using masks to portray Shekau in one incident or the other to give an impression that he has been killed so that we will relax. But we will not relax, we are on him.”

The minister said he informed the President in regards to the security circumstance the nation over and that the President was awed with the execution of the armed forces.

Dan-Ali
He said despite the fact that it could be hard to accomplish 100 per cent (success), the government was striving to guarantee that there was peace in all the parts of the nation.

Dan-Ali said while Buhari had guided the security forces to accomplish more, they (security forces) had additionally asked for greater equipment.

He said the issue of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) the nation also came up during the briefing.

He said the government was keen on observing the IDPs come back to their homes so that monetary exercises could get in the deserted villages.

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