Buratai charges troop to capture Shekau dead or alive


Following refusal to surrender to troops after declaring his unwillingness to continue with the act of terrorism, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai has ordered soldiers to capture the factional leader of the Boko Haram terrorist group, Abubakar Shekau, alive or dead.

Buratai gave the charge at Camp Zairo, the former Command and Control Centre of the terrorist’s group in the Sambisa forest during an operational visit to troops.

In 2017, the army chief gave troops a 40-day ultimatum to capture Shekau and the army recently offered a N3 million reward for information on him.

The troops finally destroyed the camp in January in an operation tagged “Deep Punch II’’ and are now dominating the general area of the forest.

The military sacked Shekau from the camp in December 2016 but the terrorists later re-group to launch pockets of attacks.

Other locations visited by Buratai are Bita and Tukumbere, all settlements within the forest but almost deserted due to the insurgency.

According to Buratai “This is the time to consolidate and ensure that Sambisa forest, is safe from all kinds of terrorists attack,’’

The chief of army staff said he was in Camp Zairo, Sambisa to confirm the capture, destruction, and domination by the gallant troops.


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