Although the fight against terrorism in Nigeria is far from over, there have been some positive developments in the current year.
At least 12 terrorists / bandit leaders have lost their lives in 2021, although the security forces continue to intensify the war against the criminal elements that plague the nation.
Here is the list of terrorist leaders who have died so far in 2021. The play is based on a statement by the Nigerian military and reports from various news media.
1. Abubakar Shekau
After being pronounced dead for several years while later showing up, it was reported that Abubakar Shekau, the leader of the Boko Haram group, finally arrested in May was killed.
According to The Cable , a police intelligence report quoted top commanders of the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP), a breakaway faction of Boko Haram , with the words Shekau killed himself with a bomb, “when he saw that the ISWAP fighters tried to arrest him alive”.
2. Abu Mus’ab Albarnawi
On Thursday October 14th, CDS Chief of Defense, General Lucky Irabor, confirmed the assassination of ISWAP leader Abu Musab Al- Barnawi.
Al-Barnawi was the son of the founder of Boko Haram, Mohammed Yusuf, who was also killed by the police in 2009 when the sect was founded.
< h2> 3. Yaya Ebraheem
PR Nigeria reported that Yaya Ebraheem was one of the ISWAP commanders who attempted to attack a military convoy on the Ngamdu axis in Borno on Wednesday October 13th . However, he was reportedly eliminated by the soldiers.
4. Baba Chattimari
Baba Chattimari, also an ISWAP commander, was reportedly killed with Ebraheem.
5. Abu Adam Oubaida
Abu Adam Oubaida was the third ISWAP commander reportedly eliminated by the Ngamdu Axis soldiers.
6. Auwalun Daudawa
Auwalun Daudawa was a notorious bandit leader who led the kidnapping of over 300 students at the Government Science Secondary School Kankara, Katsina State, in December 2020.
Daudawa laid down his arms in February 2021 and accepted the peace initiative of Zamfara Governor Bello Matawalle.
However, a few days after the peace offer was accepted, Daudawa returned to the forest to continue his criminal activities.
Zamfara State Security and Interior Commissioner Abubakar Dauran said Daudawa reportedly told some people that that he would go to attend a wedding of his relatives.
However, he rustled over 100 cows and killed the responsible shepherd, said the commissioner. In retaliation, some people in the area organized and killed him, reported Channels TV .
Another account from Daily Trust said Daudawa was shot dead during a gun battle with a rival gang in Dumburum Forest, located between Zurmi Local Government, Zamfara State and Batsari Local Government, Katsina State.
7. Jauro Daji
Jauro Daji was another notorious bandit leader who terrorized the population of Niger State.
Police officers, killed on Monday, August 30th, with the support of local vigilante groups Daji and several other loyal bandits in the state’s Kontagora axis.
8. Habu Nabayye
9. Isuhu Sadi
10. Murtala Danmaje
The trio Nabayye, Sadi and Danmaje were also the leaders of the bandits in the state of Zamfara. According to PR Nigeria they were killed in the air strikes of the Nigerian Air Force in the Kuyanbana forest.
11. Alhaji Karki Buzu
12. Yalo Nagoshi
PR Nigeria reported that Buzu and Nagoshi were killed in Niger state in October. They are said to be among the 32 bandits who fled the state of Zamfara before being hired by the Nigerian Joint Security Forces.
The Nigerian Army is cooperating with Russia in the fight against terrorism
Meanwhile, in the midst of the fight against insurrections in the north, the Nigerian army is working with the Russian government to procure military equipment.
This was announced on Friday, October 15th, announced by Lieutenant General Yahaya Faruk, Chief of Staff of the Army (COAS), on Thursday October 14th at the Army Headquarters in Abuja during a courtesy visit by the Russian Ambassador to Nigeria, Alexey Shebarshin.
In a Facebook post shared by Nigerian Army spokesman Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, COAS Faruk asked the foreign government for assistance in providing sophisticated equipment Support the fight against all forms of terrorism in the country.