*Shekau blew himself up when ISWAP terrorists invaded his hideout, say sources
By Ralph Christopher and Nwakpa O. Nwakpa
Book Haram Terrorists (BHT) and Sunna lil Da’wa Wal Jihad (JAS) leader, Abubakar Shekau, might finally have died, according to report by Eons Intelligence.
Shekau served as deputy leader to the Boko Haram terrorist group’s founder, Mohammed Yusuf, until Yusuf was killed in 2009.
Eons Intelligence, which prides itself as “your one-stop destination for intelligence and factual news coverage,” had yesterday night reported via a tweet that the terrorist leader might have been dead as the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists invaded his base at the Sambisa Forest.
According to the tweet: “Is Abubakar Shekau Dead? Eons Intelligence have been monitoring info from Sambisa Forest over d recent attack launched by #ISWAP on Shekau’s #BH faction.
“Sources in the know insist that #JAS leader, Abubakar Shekau, was killed in the attack. This info remains unverified”.
But on Thursday morning, Eons Intelligence confirmed the death.
According to it: “Intelligence sources have confirmed dt #BH #JAS Leader, Abubakar Shekau is finally dead.
“This was following d #ISWAP attack on Sambisa fortress of #shekau led by ISWAP commander, Baana DUGURI.
“Shekau was said to have blown himself to avoid being captured alive.”
This is not the first time that reports of the death of Shekau had surfaced.
In 2009, Nigerian security announced that Shekau was killed during clashes between Boko Haram and security forces.
But in July 2010, Shekau appeared in a video, claiming leadership of the terrorist group.
He has subsequently been regularly reported dead and is thought to use body doubles.
In March 2015, Shekau pledged allegiance to then ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
The latest report on his death might not yet be the last except his group say he is dead, as the most wanted terrorist appears to wear a toga of invincibility.
Neither the Nigerian defence headquarters, nor the police had issued any statement regarding Shekau or his presumed death, reaffirming that the story remains unofficially unverified.