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Confusion, As The Nigerian Army Cannot Tell If Shekau Is Dead Or Alive?

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Fresh claims have emerged in Nigeria that Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau, or at least someone impersonating him, may be dead, but how sure are we, as this is not for the first time he will be declared dead by the Nigerian military, only for him to show off in a new video.
Rumours have been flying since last Thursday when the military tweeted that “a seriously wounded high ranking terrorist leader” had been captured during clashes in Konduga, Borno state, in the country’s strife-torn northeast.

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The unnamed militant was wounded and said to have been treated at a military medical facility, top brass said, as they trumpeted their apparent success over the insurgents.
Speculation moved into overdrive at the weekend when a photograph began circulating of a heavily bearded man said to have been killed in Konduga and talk of an imminent government announcement.
“At this point, I will not be able to confirm or deny the information,” army spokesman General Olajide Olaleye told AFP on Monday. “Investigation is ongoing.
“(Defence spokesman) Major General Chris Olukolade will be able to throw more light on the issue very, very soon. Be on the watchout,” he added.
But with two previous public statements about Shekau’s death, the military has some potentially tricky explaining to do.
Police in the city of Maiduguri said on July 30, 2009 that Shekau — then deputy to Boko Haram founder Mohammed Yusuf — was one of about 200 members of the group killed during clashes.
But he then appeared less than a year later in video clips.
The security taskforce in northeast Nigeria on August 19 last year issued a statement saying Shekau “may have died” from a gunshot wound after a clash with soldiers on June 30.
Several weeks later, another video emerged.

There have been 10 Boko Haram videos since last September, the latest of them on August 24, when “Shekau” proclaimed the captured Borno town of Gwoza as part of an Islamic caliphate.“Here is Shekau, Shekau, Shekau, Shekau, original… I want the whole world to know that I’m alive by the grace of Allah,” a bearded man in combat fatigues and sporting a military assault rifle says.
The military high command in Abuja has never confirmed the claims about Shekau’s death.
Some claim that he actually died in 2003 and his name has been used since by at least two others.
But with no concrete proof of Shekau’s demise provided by the authorities, rumours have persisted.
The military’s Olukolade has previously dismissed talks about whether Shekau is alive or dead as immaterial.
“That’s not the issue in this matter. They’re all terrorists,” he told AFP in an interview earlier this year.
Marilyn Ogar, spokeswoman for Nigeria’s secret police the Department of State Services, told reporters on May 13 this year: “What I know is that the original Abubakar Shekau is dead.
“The person claiming to be the national leader (of Boko Haram) is not the original Abubakar Shekau.”
Unsurprisingly given the precedents, analysts were sceptical about the latest claims.
Ryan Cummings, chief Africa analyst at Red24 risk consultants in South Africa, said it was unlikely that as Boko Haram commander, Shekau would be in the thick of battle in Konduga or anywhere else.
“A more likely scenario is that Shekau remains stationed at one of Boko Haram’s central operational and logistical bases which are claimed to either be located within Sambisa Forest or the Mandara Mountain range which straddles the Nigerian and Cameroonian border,” he added.
But Jacob Zenn, from the Jamestown Foundation think-tank in the United States, said the death of a body-double in Konduga was plausible.
“It’s important to note, however, that Shekau may have had ‘doubles’ who appeared in some videos. And the army has a record of being incorrect about claims of Shekau’s death,” he said.
“So it may be important to wait until the video from Shekau — or someone who purports to be Shekau.”

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Deploying Soldiers Not The Answer, Buhari Should Address Nigerians – Afe Babalola

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Deploying Soldiers Not The Answer, Buhari Should Address Nigerians – Afe Babalola
Deploying Soldiers Not The Answer, Buhari Should Address Nigerians – Afe Babalola

Afe Babalola

Legal luminary and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Afe Babalola, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to address Nigerians over the violence that has erupted in the country following the #EndSARS protests.

He made the call on Wednesday in reaction to the recent happenings across the country following the shooting of #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos.

“Protests against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, otherwise known as SARS or FSARS, have spread to all parts of Nigeria and beyond.

“The deployment of soldiers to the streets is not the answer. The imposition of curfews is certainly not the answer,” Babalola said in a statement.

Also Read: SERAP Drags Buhari Government, Military To ICC Over Shooting Of #EndSARS Protesters

He said that he had before now appealed to President Buhari to please address the issue at that time.

“I now again plead with him to address the root causes of the pain which the youths are complaining about,” he said.

“The use of live bullets and other lethal weapons against protesting youths is not the answer. The killing of protesting youths is also not the answer.

“A protest both in fact and in law is analogous to a message which an injured toe sends to the brain complaining about unbearable pain,” said Babalola in his reaction to the shooting of the protesters.

He added, “The response by the brain and the head is normally to take steps to treat the pain to the toe.

“Any injured person who refuses to take steps to treat pains to any part of the body does so at his own peril.”

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You’re a total idiot – 2Face and Blackface clash again

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You’re a total idiot – 2Face and Blackface clash again

Nigerian music star, Innocent Idibia a.k.a 2face has slammed his former bandmate, Blackface for saying he never spoke up during the PDP administration.

This came after 2Face called for a total shutdown of activities in Nigeria iin support of the widespread #EndSARS protest.

However reacting to this, Blackface took a swipe at 2Face who according to him never spoke up during the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) administration even though things were allegedly worse then.

Firing back at him, 2Face described his former bandmate as an “idiot”.

See the exchange that ensued below;

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Oke Wasn’t Killed By Stray Bullet -Deceased’s Brother

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Oke Wasn’t Killed By Stray Bullet -Deceased's Brother

Younger brother to the promising lad who died barely 3 hours after he tweeted, Daniel Obi-Enadhuze has broken silence to share how his brother was killed by thugs and not stray bullet from the Police.

AKpraise gathered that the deceased, Okechukwu Obi-Enadhuze tweeted around 1:54pm saying ‘Nigeria will not end me’ was allegedly shot by the Nigerian Police.

According to Daniel, his brother was neither hit by a stray bullet nor a deliberate bullet.

He mentioned that his brother was stabbed by thugs who came to invade their home at the Makinde police barracks, Mafoluku, Oshodi, where he lives with his brother, Oke and their mother.

Sharing the sad ordeal on Twitter, Daniel wrote;

“Good day, My name is Obi-Enadhuze Daniel younger brother of the now deceased Okechukwu Obi-Enadhuze
@O_Okee.

I, my brother and mother lived at makinde police barracks, mafoluku, Oshodi, Lagos State. Today at about 11 o’clock in the morning.”

The police station at makinde was attacked by thugs who wanted to destroy the station, I my mom and brother were holed up in our house, The attack went on for hours before the thugs eventually breached the police and proceeded to set the station on fire, after accomplishing.”

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