Bokom Haram leader Abubakar Shekau has reportedly killed himself Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP) revealed in an audio recording.
According to reuters, the leader killed himself around May 18 by detonating an explosive device in the battle with ISWAP fighters.
Details of the audio reveals a person purporting to be ISWAP leader Abu Musab al-Barnawi reported the incident.
Two people familiar with al-Barnawi told Reuters the voice on the recording was that of the ISWAP leader.
Neither Boko Haram nor the Nigerian government has confirmed his death.
“He killed himself instantly by detonating an explosive,” a voice believed to be that of Iswap leader Abu Musab al-Barnawi said in the recording that has gone viral.
“Shekau preferred to be humiliated in the afterlife than getting humiliated on earth,” the voice went on.
The Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP) militant group said in an audio recording heard by Reuters on Sunday that Abubakar Shekau, leader of rival Nigerian militant Islamist group Boko Haram, was dead. Gloria Tso reports. pic.twitter.com/I4YGfadneD
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Shekau became the leader of Boko Haram in 2009. This is after its founder passed away in police custody and led the militia group from an unpopular group to a rebel group that has swept North-East Nigeria, BBC reported.
Under his reign, Boko Haram has killed more than 30,000 and over two million displaced from their homes.
Boko Haram gained universal attention in 2014 when it kidnapped girls from Nigeria’s Chibok school that elicited the #BringBackOurGirls movement to trend on social media.
Most of the girls have never been found to date.
They have continued to cause discomfort in most parts of Nigeria as the government grapples to deal with them.
Recent kidnappings in schools and demands for ransoms have also been linked with Boko Haram. Most states have even been forced to negotiate with them for school-going children to be released.
Elimination of Shekau may help the ISWAP soldiers to get rid of the group completely. The group is funded by top political figures and businessmen which the world is struggling to identify.