Is Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau dead this time? The Nigerian military is investigating.


Nigeria's military says it's miles investigating reviews that Boko Haram chief Abubakar Shekau has died after blowing himself up to avoid seize by using a rival terrorist organization. regardless of beyond reviews claiming Shekau's death, which proved to be false, many Nigerians are hoping this time that they'll subsequently be rid of the militant Islamists.

The present-day report on Abubakar Shekau's death this week may be the maximum broadly believed claim about the dying of the Boko Haram organization leader in the final five years.

Shekau reportedly detonated a frame-strapped explosive Wednesday night after he and his men had been overpowered and surrounded with the aid of rival institution Islamic country of West Africa Province, or ISWAP, at some point of fierce gun warfare in his Sambisa wooded area hideout.

even as the Nigerian army has stated it is investigating the claim, many humans like Abuja resident Kelvin Godwin are already rejoicing.

"At this point, i am pretty happy that he's lifeless and i pray he's useless dead dead for real and, that on my own will in all likelihood lessen the insecurity we've in Nigeria because their leader is useless," said Godwin.

however some security experts are skeptical. Ebenezer Oyetakin says it's miles too early to celebrate.

"anyone, which include the Nigerian army, has all the reasons to doubt whether he has been captured or committed suicide, as a few claimed. He seems to be no longer best a cat with 9 lives, I suppose it is greater than eighteen lives, because in the beyond each army, joint navy and all of which have claimed he was killed," Oyetakin stated.

The Nigerian authorities has battled a militant Islamist insurgency started via Shekau-led Boko Haram considering that 2009.

In April 2014, the institution rose to global notoriety after the audacious kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls from a central authority secondary faculty inside the city of Chibok.

however two years later, some of Shekau’s opponents defected, pledging their allegiance to the Islamic state militant group and created the ISWAP. A strength war among the two companies has simmered ever due to the fact.

Oyetakin said if Shekau’s dying is validated, contention amongst militants can be an opportunity for the Nigerian navy to reinforce its offensive in opposition to the insurgents.

"I only wish that the regional safety forces, namely Chad, Niger, Cameroon and Nigeria, should come collectively strongly and leverage upon this weak spot this is ongoing due to the fact they're still preventing themselves. The Shekau humans are nevertheless preventing again in resistance, the opposite humans are in pursuit,” Oyetakin stated.

professionals say Shekau's dying can also permit a greater tactical terrorist pressure with overseas affiliations to flourish in Nigeria.

attacks from the Boko Haram and ISWAP factions are answerable for killing more than 30,000 humans in Nigeria and displacing tens of millions from their houses.