The factional leader of the Boko Haram sect, Abubakar Shekau, now dresses as a woman to escape from soldiers of the Nigeria Army.
“He is running for his dear life. He is desperately trying to escape the theatre, disguised as a woman and dressed in Hijab.”
“We reliably gathered that to avoid detection, Abubakar Shekau alternates between blue and black coloured hijabs. He was last seen in a black hijab.”
Sani Usman, the Army spokesman, confirmed this in a statement on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, saying Shekau could no longer bear the heat and had abandoned his followers.
“We, therefore, call on all those remaining Boko Haram terrorists to know that they are following a coward moving about in hijab and disguising as a woman.
“We also request all the remaining Boko Haram members to come out from hiding and lay down their arms and be treated humanely,’’ Usman said.
He added that the Army was doing everything possible to arrest the wanted terrorist leader, he further appealed to members of the public, especially the residents of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe to be more vigilant and security conscious.
He also asked them to be on the lookout for Shekau and other terrorists who might disguise as women to escape.
Shekau was reported killed in 2009 but reappeared as the group leader less than a year later.
The Nigerian army in mid-August 2013 stated that he was fatally wounded when soldiers raided a base of Boko Haram in Sambisa forest and had died between 25 July and 3 August.
However, a video in September 2013 was released in which a man purported to be Shekau claimed he had not been killed.
The Nigerian army also stated to have killed him during the 2014 Battle of Kodunga.
The Cameroonian military posted a photo and also claimed that their forces killed Shekau in September 2014.
In response to these reports, security analyst Ryan Cummings commented, “Is this his fourth or fifth death? He dies more often than an iPhone battery.”
In early October 2014, a video was obtained by AFP news agency that showed Shekau alive, in which he mocked the Nigerian military’s allegations that he had been killed