Emerging reports are indicating that the Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau is now on the run having escaped being nabbed by troops said to have pounced on Camp Zairo, his stronghold in the Sambisa Forest.
He was said to have disguised as a woman in hijab to avoid being detected as he fled.
According to a statement by the Nigerian Army, many of the immediate followers of Shekau were arrested, while others also surrendered.
The Nigerian army in a statement signed by its spokesman, Sani Usman Kukasheka said the Boko Haram factional leader, Shekau could not bear the heat on him by troops anymore, causing him to abandoned his followers to run for dear life.
The statement read, “Shekau is desperately trying to escape the theatre disguised as a woman dressed in Hijab.
“We reliably gathered that to avoid detection Abubakar Shekau alternates between blue and black coloured hijabs. He was last seen in a black hijab”
The Army said it attained the feat through concerted efforts of troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE on the ongoing clearance of the Boko Haram terrorists through Operation Deep Punch II has been yielding tremendous results.
Shekau added, “Troops have successfully been clearing Boko Haram camps in Sambisa forest including Camp Zairo. They have also rescued civilians being held hostages by the terrorists, recovered arms, ammunition, Improvised Explosives Devices (IED) factories and making materials as well as other equipment. Consequently, the terrorists are in disarray and scampering for safety while others were surrendering.
“We therefore call on all those remaining Boko Haram terrorists to know that they are following a coward moving about in hijab disguised as a woman. We also request all the remaining Boko Haram members to come out from hiding and lay down their arms and be treated humanely.
“While concerted efforts are ongoing to track and apprehend the fugitive terrorist leader, we implore also members of the public, especially the residents of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States to be more vigilant, security conscious and be on the look out of Abubakar Shekau and other terrorists that might disguise as women to escape”