On Tuesday, the Nigerian Army, once again, claimed that it has fatally wounded the factional leader of the the Boko Haram sect, Abubakar Shekau.
Spokesman for the Army, Colonel Sani Usman in a statement, claimed that the militant leader was wounded in an ‘unprecedented and spectacular air raid’.
BREAKING NEWS: NIGERIAN AIR FORCE RAID KILLS BOKO HARAM TERRORISTS COMMANDERS… “ABUBAKAR SHEKAU” FATALLY WOUNDED!
— Nigerian Army (@HQNigerianArmy) August 23, 2016
The air interdiction took place on August 19, 2016, while the terrorists were performing Friday rituals at Taye village, Gombale general area within Sambisa forest, Borno State, Usman said.
“Those Boko Haram terrorists commanders confirmed dead include Abubakar Mubi, Malam Nuhu and Malam Hamman, among others,” he added. “While their leader, so called “Abubakar Shekau”, is believed to be fatally wounded on his shoulders.”
Though it took days for the story to get attention, Nigerians seem to be taking in the story with a pinch of salt. They are calling to mind several times the Army has claimed to have killed the terrorist leader. At least the Army authorities have announced the death of Shekau about three times.
Here are reactions by Nigerians to the new claim of Shekau’s death.
Dear Nigerians “Fatally Wounded” simply means DEAD! Remember this will be the 4th time D military have killed Abubakar Shekau so wait & see
— Kemi O-Olunloyo (@HNNAfrica) August 23, 2016
Does Abubakar Shekau possess more than 1 sou? he’s been linked to death several times but his appearance in BH videos persist
— Khaleel Ahmad Bappah (@KhalilAhmadKumo) August 23, 2016
— Jim Clancy (@ClancyReports) August 23, 2016
Abubakar Shekau – the man with 7 lives.
He has been killed about 4 times, now fatally wounded! https://t.co/4rPbj0rHHa
— #ShareHumanity (@fodeh2001) August 23, 2016