Boko Haram: The death of Shekau, muted jubilations and the want of proof

This article was originally published by The City Reporters under the same headline


As muted jubilations trail the killing of Boko Haram leader, Abukakar Shekau, the Cameroonian and Nigerian Army are locked in a war of claims over which side carried out the “heroic” act.

However, while the Armee Camerounaise, as the Cameroonian military is called, has released a photo of the slain terrorist to show for their claims, the Nigerian Army has produced no photographic evidence.

The Cameroonians also claimed they slew Shekau during the aerial bombardment of his hideout deep inside Nigeria; a claim the Nigerians have debunked saying its soldiers might have killed Shekau in Konduga, a town not very far away from Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

“There was no raid whatsoever in any part of Nigeria’s territory in pursuit of terrorists as claimed in some reports allegedly quoting Cameroon military authorities,” the Nigerian Defence Headquarters (DHQ), said via hits twitter handle.

“All operations on-going in the environs of Konduga and all associated border locations within the country are completely being undertaken by Nigerian troops.”

The Nigerian military had earlier claimed its troops killed a top Boko Haram leader believed to be Shekau on September 17 during an attempt by the sect to capture Konduga as part of their plot to eventually seize Maiduguri, and declare an Islamic Caliphate.

Meanwhile, Australian negotiator, Dr. Stephen Davis, who claims to have helped initiated failed negotiations, between the Nigerian government and Boko Haram, has said on Monday the real Shekau was killed way back in June 2013 by Nigerian security agencies.

It is, however, not only the time Shekau was believed to have been killed that seems controversial as the identity of the “Shekau” that was killed remains a puzzle.

“It is a good development but we are still skeptical,” Lagos based journalist, Friday Nwosu, told The City Reporters on Tuesday.

“This is not the first time they have killed Shekau only for him to later come back to life.”

“I think we all will appreciate it if the Nigerian government can provide us concrete proof that Shekau is dead in deed.”

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