Nigeria Army Insists That It Is Still Looking For Shekau
The Nigerian Army has denied knowledge of reports indicating that Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, has escaped to Cameroon. The denial was made by the Director of the Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Sani Kukasheka, in a statement issued in Maiduguri.
Kukasheka described the reports as “misleading” stating that the army was not aware of the whereabouts of the fugitive Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau.
He stated that the army is still in a search for Shekau, adding that its the reason why the sum of N3 million is been offered as a reward for any credible information that would lead to his arrest.
He said, “The attention of the Nigerian Army has been drawn to a news story on some news medium, alleging that the wanted factional terrorists’ group leader, Abubakar Shekau, is in Kolofata, Republic of Cameroun.”
“The report alleged that a top Boko Haram commander; Abdullahi Bello, alias Abu Zainab, who was captured by the Nigerian Army on February 14, disclosed that Shekau escaped to Cameroun.”
“This is not true; the Nigerian Army did not arrest such person, neither do we have such suspect in our custody.
“Contrary to the allegations; the Nigerian Army is not aware of the whereabouts of Abubakar Shekau, hence the reward of the sum of N3 million for any credible information on his whereabouts”.
Kukasheka, therefore, called on journalists to always cross-check their facts properly with the relevant military authorities before publication.