Shekau’s Impersonator: Chibok Community Calls for Proper Interrogation

Shekau’s Impersonator: Chibok Community Calls for Proper Interrogation


The Chibok Community in Abuja has called on the federal government to properly interrogate the impersonator of Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau.

While reacting on the reported arrest of Bashir Sarkin Yanka, who has been impersonating Shekau, the chairman of Chibok Community, in Abuja, Tsambido Hosea-Abana said proper interrogation of Bashir would help in stopping Boko Haram and rescuing the Chibok girls.

He condemned the quietness and lack of proper profiling that follow the arrests of Boko Haram kingpins and urged the military and other security agents to prioritse information gathering and dissemination whenever any Boko Haram suspect is arrested.

The local security volunteer group, known as Civilian JTF, in Konduga local government area of Borno State, claimed it had arrested a notorious Boko Haram kingpin, named Bashir.

The Civilian JTF noted that the Boko Haram kingpin, popularly called Bashir Sarkin Yanka, which in Hausa means “Bashir the King of Slaughter,” has been the terrorist acting as Abubakar Shekau in some videos on social media.

The arrested suspect was reported to have confessed to the Civilian JTF that he had acted as Boko Haram leader, “Shekau” in some videos and was responsible for the death of his (Bashir’s) mother, two sisters and brother, apart from engaging in mass slaughtering.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian military said it was yet to confirm the speculation over the arrest of the Boko Haram kingpin.

The spokesperson of “Operation Lafiya Dole” in the North-east, Air Commodore Dele Alonge, said the military cannot confirm the arrest of Shekau’s clone even as the military has sustained its counter-insurgency operations where some terrorists have been eliminated and others apprehended in the North-east.

Alonge, also disclosed that two suspected Boko Haram members, who infiltrated an IDPs camp, have been arrested. The statement reads: “The Nigerian military has arrested two suspects, Audu Umar and Hassan Umar, for smuggling themselves among the internally displaced people (IDPs) brought from Pulka to Gwoza IDPs Camp in Borno State. The male suspects, who gave their names as Audu Umar and Hassan Umar are undergoing interrogation by the military and intelligence operatives.


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