How Boko Haram Commander, Shekau Slipped Through Our Hands- Army

By Ikenga Chronicles January 16, 2017

Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Tukur Buratai, has explained why Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, has not been captured despite the recent onslaught on Sambisa forest.

In an interview with Daily Trust on Sunday Buratai said Shekau and other top Boko Haram commanders fled the forest as they could not withstand the superior firepower of the Nigerian Army.

Recall that the Nigerian army recently invaded Sambisa Forest and captured Camp zero leading to the death and arrest of many Boko Haram field commanders.

While speaking, Burutai emphasized that Camp zero was really the abode of Shekau where he ate and dined with his foot soldiers.

When asked about Shekau’s whereabouts, Buratai said: “Your guess is as good as mine because as we are planning, he too was planning. He could not withstand the advancing troops into that location so he moved and we are still going after him.”

“As for the items that were recovered in Camp Zero which we strongly believe belong to the terrorists, these were evidence to show that our troops have been there. These criminals that have been staying in that place are no more in that location.”

Buratai also stated that they hoped to apprehend some key leaders of the insurgent group, but they also escaped.

“It was the expectation when Camp Zero was captured. We even expected to see the Boko Haram terrorists’ key leaders.”

“They were able to slip out of that place and move to another location. The forest is very large but we are still searching for them.”

“The troops are continuously carrying out clearance operations in other suspected locations.”

“But the most important thing is that Camp Zero was the stronghold of the Boko Haram terrorists; it was their main headquarters where we suspected the key leaders were hiding”, he added.

An army source who confirmed Burutai narration added that ” Shekau and his men vanished like ghosts on sighting the Nigerian soldiers taking over Sambisa forest”

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