Shekau Spotted In Gwoza

By Ikenga Chronicles December 30, 2016

Shekau Spotted In Gwoza

Boko Haram Leader, Abubakar Shekau on Friday evening was spotted in Pulka village near Gwoza on the Cameroonian border after hours of devastating battles between the extremists and Nigerian Soldiers.

According to a military source who asked not to be named, Boko Haram jihadists have been “tremendously weakened and are trying to avoid confrontation … by hiding in some obscure locations.”

Islamists routed from Sambisa have reportedly fled to areas on the edge of the forest, islets on Lake Chad as well as villages on the Cameroon border.

“They were sighted in large numbers in the Kala-Balge area,” said a vigilante helping in the fight, referring to a region near Cameroon.

The head of the fishermen’s union in Borno state–the epicentre of Boko Haram’s seven-year insurgency–said some fighters had regrouped on Lake Chad, which straddles Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Chad.

Abu Musab al-Barnawi, the leader of a Boko Haram faction recognised by the Islamic State group, has already been living on the lake since his group split from Shekau‘s leadership in August, residents and vigilantes say.

Should Shekau and his troops move there, it is unclear whether the two rival factions will end up battling each other.

Meanwhile how Shekau escaped from Sambisa remains a mystery.

An army source said: He “might have escaped in the intense battle to take over Camp Zero.”

He has since been spotted in Pulka village near Gwoza on the Cameroonian border — and is currently believed to be hiding in a forest in Kala-Balge, a security source said.

Shekau‘s fighters are believed to have taken with them scores of Chibok girls held since 2014, as well as Nigerian army hostages, to use them as human shields.

Despite the odds, Nigerian troops remain defiant;

“We are closing in on Shekau and his remaining commanders,” said a military officer speaking on condition of anonymity.

“It is just a matter of time before we get him, dead or alive”.

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