from EMEKA OKONKWO in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA – INFIGHTING is reportedly tearing apart the Boko Haram terror group.
The reports follow the execution of two commanders in as many months by some factions within the insurgent group.
One of the slain commanders, Mamman Nur, was said to have directed the release of some schoolgirls kidnapped northeast of Nigeria, without fully exploiting the financial and other opportunities which the kidnap of the girls offered the terrorist group.
Another murdered commander, Ali Gaga, was found to be plotting an escape along with over 300 Boko Haram captives and subsequent surrender to the military.
Following the execution, Mustapha Kirmimma has succeeded Nur as second in command to Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau.
“In recent weeks there has been pandemonium in the enclaves of Boko Haram, particularly, in the Lake Chad area, due to infighting in the top echelon of the terrorist command structure,” said Colonel Timothy Antigha, spokesperson of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF).
It is a combined multinational formation, comprising units, mostly
military, from Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria, mandated to bring an end to the Boko Haram insurgency.
Active since 2002, the Boko Haram has killed an estimated 100 000 civilians.
Its terror has spilled to neighbouring countries where thousands of people have been kidnapped.
Over 2 million others have been forced to flee their homes.
– CAJ News