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Wanted Boko Haram Leader, Abubakar Shekau Found In Mali

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Wanted Boko Haram Leader, Abubakar Shekau Found In Mali

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Jan 19, 2013 – Wanted Boko Haram Leader, Abubakar Shekau Found Wounded In Mali, Receiving Treatment In Gao

Security agencies have discovered that the spiritual leader of the Boko Haram Islamic sect, Abubakar Shekau, who was wounded in a gun duel between soldiers of the Joint Task Force and members of his sect early this year, is hiding in Gao, a city in Northern Mali, receiving treatment from the Tuareg rebels.

Military Intelligence sources told Saturday Tribune on Friday that Shekau was ferried to Mali through porous routes in the vast Nigerian border with a neighbouring country in the north.

The source cited the discovery of Shekau’s hideout and the training base for Boko Haram sect members to unleash terror on Nigerians as a further justification of the action of the Federal Government to deploy 1,200 troops as well as Airforce fighter and transport aircraft to Mali to help flush out the Tuareg militants and their sponsors.

Shekau was said to have been shot at a checkpoint while he attempted to deceive operatives of the JTF by posing as a nomadic Fulani man who was returning from a journey.

A gunfight ensued when the vehicle carrying him and members of the sect approached a checkpoint and they discovered that the soldiers were waiting for him.

During the exchange of fire, Shekau and two other sect members with him escaped with gunshot wounds, while two other members of the sect were killed on the spot. About six AK-47 rifles were recovered from the vehicle.

The source noted that most of the weapons, including IEDS (Improvised Explosive Devices) recovered from Boko Haram members have been linked to those used during the Libyan uprising against the late Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi.

Addressing troops shortly before being airlifted to Mali on Thursday in Kaduna, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-General Azubuike Ihejirika, spoke of the need for officers and soldiers of the Nigerian army to be extra-vigilant, as there are indications that some terrorists may have sneaked into the country.

Two Alpha jets, led by newly decorated Air Vice Marshal Tayo Oguntoyinbo, departed the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport at about 4:25pm on Friday to Niamey, Niger Republic, from where they will launch the attack on the stronghold of the Malian Islamists Tuaregs.

Saturday Tribune gathered that part of the mission of the Nigerian troops deployed to Mali is also to fish out Shekau from his hideout in Gao, where he is currently receiving treatment, and bring him back to Nigeria to face trial for crimes against humanity.




  1. victor Akhigbe

    January 19, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    God let ur will b done.

  2. georgejoyifeoma

    January 19, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    The I AM THAT I AM ur will always be done bcos You are the God of impossiblity

  3. tony

    January 20, 2013 at 7:04 AM

    He must be caught……animal

  4. Glory

    January 20, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    God will continue 2 do it. All of them most fall.

  5. Obora kinchibi

    January 20, 2013 at 12:31 PM


  6. fagbile oluseun

    January 20, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    how i wish our leader is united the perpetrator will have been caught 4 long, bt insted you have kept silence & wasting the soul of innocent people, i believe in God &
    i know is the only God dat can brings injustice 2 justice. I luv Nigeria.

  7. amaechi

    January 20, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    hell is waiting repent

  8. Bali

    January 20, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    I think nigeria border with mali should be extra carefull and take note of those snicking into nigeria……

  9. bello.ibrahim

    January 20, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    i love wahat nigeria amry did because dere best amry for nation

  10. Deborah

    January 21, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    Lord! Let ur will b done


      January 21, 2013 at 7:05 PM

      Naija army we 2mch, we r going c bring u pple out 1 afta anoda. Boko haram we army we r mre dan conquerous. Killin mode activated 4 una. ANIMALS.

  11. Abba

    February 11, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Wish u quick recovery sheikh

  12. malcom

    June 6, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    the battle has just to anywhere you like you will surely be caught one day.

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