– Reports have emerged about a fight between insurgents groups in Borno state
– The reported clash between the two groups was said to have occurred in the Sambisa forest
– The security services have not yet reacted to the alleged death of Abubakar Shekau
Nigerians have been reacting to unverified reports which claimed that Boko Haram factional leader, Abubakar Shekau, has been killed.
The reports which emanated on Thursday morning, May 20, alleged that a rival terrorist group, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), invaded Shekau’s stronghold in Sambisa Forest and killed him.
Another account claims that after a gun battle, Shekau surrendered to the ISWAP fighters and was asked to pledge allegiance to ISWAP’s authority.
The account stated that while the ISWAP delegation expected Shekau to issue a statement, the factional Boko Haram leader who secretly had a suicide vest on eventually blew himself up alongside everyone present during the negotiations.
However, both unverified reports about the incident alleged that Abubakar Shekau has died, sparking massive reactions on Twitter.
While some Nigerians expressed surprise about the reports, others said they would not believe the report until it is verified. Read some reactions below:
Cinderella Man said:
”Omo Be like say shekau Don collect o. But we now have a fierce enemy in Iswap.”
Daddy D said:
”If shekau was truly killed, it is great news but you know what would be more satisfying though, him being captured and dragged through every village, city and town him and his terrorist underlings have destroyed in the course of this insurgency then shot on live TV.”
Shekau has been “killed” too many times for me to just believe an unconfirmed report. When it is confirmed, I’d celebrate to the high heavens until then I’d hold on to the hope that he is mortal and would die someday.”
S_Deen IBN Idris stated:
”Breaking news: Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau was killed for the 44th times yesterday.”
UNCLE DEJI said:
”The End of Era. He who lives by the sword dies by the sword. May His wicked soul rot in the deepest part of hell. Meanwhile the fierce battle has just begun… #SheKau”
Meanwhile, suspected kidnappers have reportedly abducted 13 passengers along Shafa-Abakpa -Umaisha road in Toto local government area of Nasarawa state.
Daily Trust reported that the kidnappers killed the driver of the vehicle identified as Adamu Usman.