Reports and comments from military sources suggest that Abubakar Shekau, the leader of the militant Islamist sect Boko Haram has been killed in battle
( September 22, 2014, New Delhi, Sri Lanka Guardian) Shekau, famous for his rambling speeches in videos he posts to taunt the Nigerian government and military is said to have been killed when the Nigerian army defeated the insurgents in a battle in the North Eastern Nigerian town of Konduga. The speculation about the assumed killing of Shekau began when the corpse of a man with Shekau-esque features was discovered among the Boko Haram dead.
This is not the first time the Nigerian Military is declaring Shekau dead. Intelligence sources say Shekau was either killed in 2013 or early 2014 and point to the distinctively different features of the Shekau in the early Boko Haram videos and the man who is now presumed dead.
According to a press release by PRNigeria, the death of Shekau may be responsible for the scattering of the terror group and the successes recorded by the Nigeria army in recent days.
There is also some controversy as to who was responsible for the alleged killing of the Boko Haram leader, with the Cameroonian army also staking claim to the feat.
It remains to be seen how the ‘death’ of Shekau will affect his blood-thirsty sect, or if he will ‘resurrect’ again.