Normal Fortunate Irabor, a Nigeria’s Chief of Defence Workers, has confirmed that the chief of the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), Abu Musab Al-Barnawi, is lifeless.
Al-Barnawi was the son of Boko Haram founder, Mohammed Yusuf, who was additionally killed by safety forces in 2009 when he launched a battle in opposition to the Nigerian state.
Al- Barnawi was beforehand the spokesperson for the Islamists earlier than he later turned ISWAP chief following the demise of Abubakar Shekau.
He was stated to have been skilled by ISIS earlier than he turned the ISWAP chief.
Nevertheless, particulars of how and when he died are nonetheless sketchy and ISWAP has but to formally announce Al-Barnawi’s demise.
In the meantime, the Chief of Defence Workers, Normal Irabor stated to journalists on Thursday, “I can authoritatively confirm to you that Al-Barnawi is dead. As simple as that. He is dead and remains dead.”
Irabor didn’t state how he died or if the army had any hand in his demise.
It ought to be famous that the Nigerian Military goofed many occasions by saying the demise of the late Boko Haram chief, Abubakar Shekau, just for the terrorist chief to resurface shortly after, denying claims that he had been killed.
Sahara Reporters earlier reported in September that Abu Musab Al-Barnawi, was killed in Borno State.
Al-Barnawi sustained vicious assaults particularly on army amenities and troops within the Lake Chad area whereas on the identical time strategising on how you can subdue Shekau.
He managed massive swathes of territory in Northern Borno, imposed taxes on the native inhabitants and earned earnings from fishing apart from the monetary and materials help he bought from ISIS.
Al-Barnawi’s fighters had additionally destroyed many army camps in Dikwa, Monguno, Abadam and Marte in Borno; and different army amenities round Geidam in Yobe State.
He equally established many cells on the Lake Chad islands and surrounding villages from the place his fighters launched assaults on Nigeria, Niger and Chad.
His demise in August, after that of Shekau in Might 2021, was seen as a turning level within the battle in opposition to terror.
A model of the story of Al-Barnawi’s demise stated he was killed by Nigerian troops whereas one other model stated he died throughout a rival battle throughout the ISWAP camp.