Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, told the Borno Governor, Babagana Zulum, that ‘the war was just starting.’
Shekau according to Ahmad Salkida on his Twitter handle vowed that his group was not ready to give up arms, chiding the governor for ‘misinterpreting’ a….
Just in: Abubakar Shekau takes on Prof. Zulum, governor of Borno state following the governor's call on the Boko Haram sect members and leaders to turn away from their violent ways, embrace peace and return to normal life. 1/3 pic.twitter.com/lpsYDff8wh— Ahmad Salkida (@A_Salkida) October 13, 2019
According to Shekau: His members that want to leave, "know that is about Allah, it is not about any human being." Informed analysts consider the exchange a good sign and have urged the governor not to relent in engaging the insurgents at all necessary levels. 3/3— Ahmad Salkida (@A_Salkida) October 13, 2019
@A_Salkida : “Shekau, in a recorded audio in Kanuri and Hausa declined the governor’s olive branch.
“In a calm tone, uncharacteristic of Shekau, he said the war was just starting. He vowed that his group was not ready to give up arms, chiding the governor for ‘misinterpreting’ a verse.
“According to Shekau: His members that want to leave, “know that is about Allah, it is not about any human being.”
“Informed analysts consider the exchange a good sign and have urged the governor not to relent in engaging the insurgents at all necessary levels.”
On Friday the Nigerian Army Troops of 242 Battalion in conjunction with elements of Sector 2 Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) and Chadian Defence Forces (CDF) have overran Boko Haram terrorists and killed 15 of them in Borno.
The Nigerian Army Operations Media Coordinator, Col. Aminu Iliyasu, disclosed this in a statement on Friday in Abuja.
Iliyasu said that the troops encountered the terrorists in an ambush at Jigalta Village on Thursday around Marari, 27 Kilometers from Monguno in Borno while on a joint clearance operation.
He said that the criminals laid an ambush with five gun trucks and unconfirmed number of insurgents.
According to him, 15 of the Boko Haram insurgents were neutralised while few of them escaped with gunshot wounds.
“In addition, two gun trucks were destroyed while another two were captured.
“Also, four Dutshka anti-aircraft guns, 9 AK 47 Rifles and a sizeable cache of ammunition were captured by the gallant troops.
“Unfortunately, one soldier paid the supreme sacrifice during the cross fire that ensued while a Chadian soldier was also wounded in action,” he said.
Iliyasu said that the Commander of Sector 3 Operation LAFIYA DOLE/MNJTF, Maj.-Gen. Abdulmalik Biu, in company of other sector commanders visited the troops at the location of the encounter.
According to him, Biu commended the efforts of the troops and conveyed the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai’s appreciation and commendation as well as the Force Commander MNJTF Maj.-Gen. Chikezie Ude’s words of encouragement to the troops.
“Additionally, the Commander Sector 2 MNJTF (CDF) Col. Bokhit Ali, expressed his satisfaction with the collaborative effort and renewed his commitment to fighting the menace of the ISWAP/Boko Haram criminals’ insurgency together,” he said.