Shekau is on the run, but we will get him soon — Nigerian Army

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[Abuja] The Nigerian Army has said that the leader of Boko Haram, Ibrahim Shekau, has been hiding to avoid his capture by the army, as he is now on the run.

He said that although he is hiding at several enclaves, he added that the Nigerian Army will soon lay their hands on him.

The Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, said this at Abuja, yesterday after a closed door meeting with President Buhari.

“If you have had the opportunity to go to Sambisa (forest in Borno), you will know that Boko Haram has been defeated, go and see what is happening in Sambisa.

“We have dominated the whole stronghold where they used to be, there is where we call ‘camp zairo’ where their spiritual and their strong headquarters that they were using as communication base was destroyed and as at the same time occupied by our men of the armed forces.

“So, I believe it’s just a matter of time, it took America about seven to 10 years to get Bin Laden so we will get Shekau as soon as possible.

“I told you before now, the spiritual headquarters has been ransacked and vandalized. He (Shekau) is on the run, so he may be hiding in one of the enclaves of Sambisa forest that we are dominating.

“We have opened up the place; we are using it as a training area whereby the army engineers will open roads. We shall be patrolling and be ransacking that forest for the whereabouts of Shekau,’’ he said.

It should be remembered that the Nigerian Army has claimed on several occasions that the sect leader, Shekau, has been killed.

Talking about his discussion with President Buhari, he said that “generally, we spoke about the security situation across the nation and I believe we had a fruitful discussion and he was impressed with the performance of the armed forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“Security situation is something that you cannot get 100 per cent and remember that Nigeria has been having these turbulences for a very long time.

‘’We are trying to manage it and we are trying to make it solvable whereby every Nigeria will have peace and tranquillity and do his normal business,’’ he said

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