Details of how Abubakar Shekau, the impostor and
leader of the Boko Haram terrorist group lost his left
in a shootout with Nigerian troops in Konduga on
Wednesday Sept. 17 emerged yesterday with military
sources disclosing that he met his waterloo in an
ambush reminiscent of the type the sect had been
using to hack down Nigerian troops.
Vanguard gathered that when the first attack on
Konduga whereby hundreds of insurgents were
taken unawares and killed after over seven hours of
fighting and several of their colleagues, arms and
ammunition captured, the military commanders
strategically urged his captured members to send a
message to Shekau that they (insurgents) have
routed the troops.
Before the captured insurgents were urged to make
the contact and deliver the message, the military
commanders had promised them that their
cooperation would play a role in the level of
punishment to be meted to them after the battle
hence they felt reassured.
Also, the captured insurgents had disclosed that
Shekau usually moved in a convoy of cars painted in
military colours while he sits in a MOWAG Armoured
tank with Boko Haram inscription on its front.
When Shekau was contacted, his captured men
spoke to him in Arabic, assuring him that they had
taken over Konduga, thereby giving him the all clear
to proceed from Sambisa Forest. To convince him
further, a set of his men captured were told to sing
the victory song in Kanuri language they normally
sing at the background.
Having convinced himself that the messenger was
his chief courier in such situation and the message
is authentic, he and his followers made for Konduga,
heavily armed with Anti-Aircraft weapons, General
Purpose Machine Guns, several AK 47 rifles and
However, on entering Konduga town, he and his
followers were encircled by strategically placed and
heavily armed Nigerian soldiers. Immediately he
contacted the messenger and discovered that
something was amiss, he ordered his followers to
start shooting in all direction.
This spurred the Army Commanders to give the
directive to open fire. When he discovered that the
fire power of the Nigerian Army who used both
Infantry and Artillery weaponry was overpowering
that of his men, he jumped out of the MOWAG and
made to escape.
But eagle-eyed Nigerian Soldiers spotted him and
opened fire in him, shattering his legs in the
process. It was learnt that he also received bullet
wounds in other parts of his body leading to his
bleeding to death.
Recall that Military sources had on Sunday night
disclosed that Nigerian troops scored a strategic
victory in the current battle against terrorists
operating in the North East on September 17.
The sources noted that during a desperate attempt
to capture Konduga in their delusion to eventually
marching on and capturing Maiduguri, the man who
had been mimicking Late Abubakar Shekau in recent
videos was feared to have been finally killed.
The sources said, “It is getting more certain that the
terrorists’ Commander who has been mimicking
Shekau in those videos is the one killed in Konduga
on September 17, 2014.”
Affirming the development, PRNigeria sources said
the suspected demise of the Boko Haram leader is
responsible for the scattering of the sect members in
different independent locations in the neighbouring
countries, especially in Cameroon noticed in recent
The security sources noted further that “the process
of confirming that the dead body we have is the
same as that character who has been posing as
Shekau is ongoing” adding “He is definitely a
prominent terrorist commander. I don’t want to say
anything about this yet please.”
Another high ranking military source insisted that
the resemblance is too striking to be a coincidence.
“They cited his facial marks, beards and teeth apart
from the recovery by the Nigerian troops of some of
the Armoured Vehicles and Hilux jeeps that had
featured in previous videos of the prime suspect.
“The officers assured that the Defence Headquarters
will soon address the nation after full investigation of
their latest discovery”.
Meanwhile, the Defence headquarters yesterday
dismissed insinuation that Cameroonian military
personnel carried out raids on Boko Haram terrorists
into border communities in Nigeria.
According to a report posted on its twitter handle,
DHQ said “There was no raid whatsoever in any part
of Nigeria’s territory in pursuit of terrorists as
claimed in some reports allegedly quoting Cameroon
“All operations ongoing in the environs of Konduga
and all associated border location within the country
are completely being undertaken by Nigerian troops”
Tuesday, 30 September 2014
Details of the death of bokoharam leader Abubakar Shekau released.