Army authorities have said that Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau is running for his dear life after the combined air and land assault on the terrorists’ hideouts and caves in and around the Sambisa Forest dressed in a woman’s attire.
Consequently troops of operation Lafiya Dole are urging remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists to surrender before it is too late noting that Shekau is abandoning them and scampering for his life under the guise of blue and black hijab to escape arrest.
The Army said, “The concerted efforts of troops of Operation Lafiya Dole in the ongoing clearance of the Boko Haram terrorists through Operation Deep Punch II have been yielding tremendous results.
“Troops have successfully been clearing Boko Haram camps in Sambisa forest including Camp Zairo.
“They have also rescued civilians being held hostages by the terrorists, recovered arms, ammunition, Improvised Explosives Devices (IED) factories and making materials as well as other equipment.
“Consequently, the terrorists are in disarray and scampering for safety while others were surrendering.
“Credible information from arrested and surrendered insurgents indicated that the purported Boko Haram terrorist’s group factional leader, Abubakar Shekau could not bear the heat anymore as he has abandoned his followers; he is running for his dear life.
The statement signed by Brigadier General Sani Usman, Director Army Public Relations said, “He is desperately trying to escape the theatre disguised as a woman dressed in Hijab”.
“We reliably gathered that to avoid detection Abubakar Shekau alternates between blue and black coloured hijabs. He was last seen in a black hijab.
“We therefore call on all those remaining Boko Haram terrorists to know that they are following a coward moving about in hijab disguised as a woman.
“We also request all the remaining Boko Haram members to come out from hiding and lay down their arms and be treated humanely.
“While concerted efforts are ongoing to track and apprehend the fugitive terrorist leader, we implore also members of the public, especially the residents of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States to be more vigilant, security conscious and be on the lookout of Abubakar Shekau and other terrorists that might disguise as women to escape.”