There is a power struggle brewing within the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram and it is playing out in public. The group which is now affiliated with the Global terror group, IS have been dislodged from most of the territory they held in Northern Nigeria by the Nigerian Army.
IS announced a new leader, Abu Musab al-Barnawi, as the new governor of its West Africa Province. Al-Barnawi immediately accused the longtime leader, Abubakar Shekau of killing his own people and living in luxury while fighters starved.
According to the new leader, Abubakar Shekau has killed fellow Muslims including his own fighters, neglected hungry women and children and failed to provide food and weapons to fighters.
Shekau has rejected Al-Barnawi’s appointment, insisting he remains in charge of Boko Haram. Shekau spoke in a video posted on YouTube on Thursday night, labeling al-Barnawi ‘unqualified’ to lead the group and insisting that “we have not reneged on our loyalty to the leadership of (Abu Bakr) al-Baghdadi,” the Islamic State leader.
The video, which was removed by YouTube for violating its standards, starts with an unidentified masked man in front of a large group of armed fighters announcing their refusal to follow al-Barnawi and calling Shekau “our leader” and ends with Shekau firing repeatedly in the air. He is flanked by two fighters hefting rocket-propelled grenade launchers.
Shekau ended by threatening to carry out more attacks saying “President (Muhammadu) Buhari, very soon you will see us inside your home, the presidential palace.”
Boko Haram was originally a Nigerian-based terror group but soon spread its tentacles to much of Western region, unleashing an unforgettable reign of terror in North Eastern Nigeria since 2012.
#EndSARS: ‘Protesters Are Not Here To Cause Chaos’ – Shehu Sani
This is coming at a time when there have been reports of the government planning to deploy troops of the Nigerian military to control the situation which has heightened the tension in the country.
Reacting to the reports, the former lawmaker from Kaduna stated that the protesters are not mischief-makers as being reported in some quarters but rather people who want the chaos in the country to end.
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The protesters are not here to cause chaos but to end it.#EndSARS
— Senator Shehu Sani (@ShehuSani) October 19, 2020
BREAKING: Abuja #EndSARS Protesters Block Kuje, Airport Road
#EndSARS protesters have blocked the Kuje road leading to the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua expressway.
The protesters also blocked the Airport road, preventing motorists from the right of way.
Although it has been reported that Soldiers have blocked the initial venue of the planned #EndSARS protest in Abuja.
The military officers were stationed at the popular Aya roundabout early Monday morning, with a roadblock and barricade.
Also, police officers are stationed in front of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) headquarters with Armoured Personnel Carrier and water cannons.
The protesters gathered at the Kuje road and the Airport road to press home their demands.
BREAKING: #EndSARS Protesters Shut Alausa Secretariat
The demand for widespread police reforms by #EndSARS protesters enters its 12th day and it doesn’t seem as if the protesting youths are backing out soon.
On Monday morning, the protesters stormed the Lagos State Secretariat, Alausa and prevented workers from gaining access to the premises.
They blocked all the entrance to the Secretariat and motorists and pedestrians were turned back from coming out and going into the premises.
The Governor’s road had remained one of the major venues where the protesters gather every day with some even sleeping overnight to continue the protest the next day.
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