The Nigerian Military insisted, on Wednesday, that it killed the leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, over a year ago. An official statement from the defence spokesman, Brigadier-General Chris Olukolade, confirmed that a Shekau look-alike killed by troops last week was an impostor, named Mohammed Bashir. The latter was reportedly killed when troops repealed the sect from invading Maiduguri. Olukolade said Bashir has several aliases and was killed alongside other commanders of the sect in a combat with the troops.
“Several of the terrorists, including some of their commanders, lost their lives in the encounters which lasted an average of about 5 hours each.
“The troops captured some of the terrorists and their equipment. In the course of those encounters, one Mohammed Bashir who has been acting or posing on videos as the deceased
The military explained that since Shekau is the sect’s brand name, it explained why another person assumed his character when he was killed last year.
“Since the name Shekau has become a brand name for the terrorists’ leader, the Nigerian military remains resolute to serve justice to anyone who assumes that designation or title as well as all terrorists that seek to violate the freedom and territory of Nigeria,” the military said.