By Chuks Oyema-Aziken
The Nigeria Army has disclosed that Boko Haram terrorists group factional leader, Abubakar Shekau, has in a bid to avoid arrest now disguise as a woman dressed in Hijab.
The Army on Tuesday in Abuja explained that the development is a fall-out of successful efforts of troops of Operation Lafiya Dole on the ongoing clearance of the Boko Haram terrorists through Operation Deep Punch II.
The statement signed by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brigadier General S. K. Usman said that troops are successfully clearing Boko Haram camps in Sambisa forest including Camp Zero.
“They have also rescued civilians being held hostages by the terrorists, recovered arms, ammunition, Improvised Explosives Devices (IED) factories making materials as well as other equipment.
“Consequently, the terrorists are in disarray and scampering for safety while others were surrendering.
It stated further that “credible information from arrested and surrendered insurgents indicated that the purported Boko Haram terrorists group factional leader, Abubakar Shekau could not bear the heat anymore as he has abandoned his followers. He is running for his dear life.
“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.
The army added that efforts are ongoing to track and apprehend Shekau while cautioning members of the public, especially the residents of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States to be vigilant, security conscious and be on the lookout for Abubakar Shekau and other terrorists that might disguise as women to escape.