Buratai To Theater Comdr –Capture Shekau Dead Or Alive Within 40 Days


As troops capture injured terrorist, kill others in combat
BY AMOS DUNIA, ABUJA – If the latest directive by the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai is adhered to and successfully carried out, the days of factional Leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, may have been numbered.

This followed the marching order Buratai dished out to the Theatre Commander, Operation LAFIYA DOLE, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru, to capture Shekau, dead or alive within the next 40 days.

The Nigerian military had since 2014 claimed to have killed the Boko Haram leader, Shekau about three or more times only for the deadly terrorist to appear in recorded video putting a lie to such claims.

However, the Army Chief, who is believe to be desirous of putting an end to the war against insurgency in the North-east, equally directed the Theatre Commander to employ all arsenal at his disposal to smoke out Shekau wherever he is hiding in Nigeria.

He, therefore, appealed to members of the public to assist in volunteering information that would lead to the accomplishment of the task.

Meanwhile, troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE in strict adherence to Rules of Engagement and international conventions on armed conflict especially as it relates to prisoner of war rescued a Boko Haram Terrorist – Abba Mustapha, who was injured and abandoned to his fate by his colleagues in the heat of heavy fire fight with the Nigerian Army troops in one of the remote Forward Operating Bases in Ngala Local Government Area.

A statement by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Sani Usman said Abba was captured during a counter attack operation launched by the troops following an attack at their location, adding that Abba said that eight of his Boko Haram colleagues were killed.

According to Usman; “Recovered from the BHTs were 3 AK 47 rifles, 2 AK 47 magazines, 2 FN rifle magazines and 3 PKM link belts. The surviving terrorist was full of joy and praises for his survival. He thanked the Nigerian Army for sparing his life and taking care of his wounds. He said that he and his other BHT colleagues were subdued by superior fire power of the troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE.

“He further recounted that his other fleeing BHT colleagues abandoned him to his fate after he was hit by a bullet. To worsen his situation one of his legs was crushed by their own vehicle as they scampered for safety.”

The Army spokesman also said that Abba said if the troops had not taken him and administered first aid on him, he would have bled to death, saying that he owes his life to the good treatment received from the troops.

Terrorist Abba also said though he lost a limb in the cause of the fighting and as a result of the fact that his fellow terrorists’ abandoned him, he, however, thank God that he is stable and recuperating in hospital.

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