The military Joint Task Force (JTF) has said it has launched an attack and killed a top Commander of the fundamentalist group, Boko Haram in some deadly black spots within Maiduguri and Jere local government areas of Borno state.
In a press statement made available to newsmen on Thursday, the spokesman of the JTF, Lt. Col. Sagir Musa said Ibn Saleh Ibrahim; one of the top commanders of the sect, commanding North-west and North-east of Maiduguri was killed in a fierce battle.
“It took the efforts of the combine troops of the Joint Task Force operation restore order in Borno, 333 Air Defence Regiment, The Department of State Security Services and supported by Armoured personnel carriers with Helicopters, which conducted a major offensive operation against the insurgence to get at the top commander and his foot soldiers.” The JTF statement said.
Col Musa also said the operation which was conducted in the terrorist enclaves at Nganaram, Bulabulin and Bayan Quarters areas of Maiduguri, the Borno state capital was a sustained follow up operation.
“During the offensive and in a counter attack, a major commander of the Boko Haram terrorists commanding the North-west and North-east of Maiduguri by the name: ‘Ibn Saleh Ibrahim’ with some of his foot soldiers was killed by the JTF troops,” the statement said.
The JTF spokesman also said the late Boko Haram commander was responsible for the assassination of late Nigeria’s civil war hero, late General Mamman Shuwa, who was shot dead on Friday, 2 November at his Gwange residence, opposite Customs area of Maiduguri about an hour before the Friday (Juma’at) prayers.
One Mohammed Ibn Abdulaziz, who claimed to be speaking for the Boko Haram after securing the order of their leader, Imam Shekau, however, on Sunday, November 4, denied the involvement of the sect in the killing.
“We heard that people were saying that we had a hand in the killing of Gen. Shuwa. I want the people to know that we didn’t have any problem with the man. We don’t have anything against him. He is (was) a respected person and has not offended us in any way. We have no hand in his killing.
We were even surprised when we heard about the incident,” Abdulaziz had told journalists through a telephone conference.
The JTF spokesman however said that late General Shuwa was killed by the orders of the leader of the Boko Haram sect, Abubakar Shekau.