Army Closes In On Shekau As 40-day Ultimatum Expires
Buratai had on July 22, 2017 given the Operation Lafiya Dole 40 days to capture Shekau dead or alive.
“Attahiru should employ all arsenal at the disposal of the Theatre Command to smoke out Shekau wherever he is hiding in Nigeria” urging the general public to also assist and volunteer information that would lead to the accomplishment of this task”, A statement by the Director of Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman, quoted the COAS as saying.
Following the expiration of the 40-days ultimatum given the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole yesterday, there are hopes that Abubakar Shekau is not far from being captured.
“I can tell you confidentially that the Sambisa Forest which used to be the Boko Haram enclave has now been surrounded, both on the air and in the land. Surveillance is in full force. There have been serious efforts to capture Shekau and soon, Nigerians will soon see the result”, he said.
It will be recalled that there have been several reports on the Killing of the Boko Haram terrorist’s leader, Shekau.
The Nigerian military had in the past said Boko Haram was using look-alike fighters to mimic Shekau who died after sustaining injuries in the past, died.
In 2009, Shekau was reportedly killed along with 1000 other Boko Haram members. His videos later emerged.