Nigeria’s army chief Tukur Buratai on Sunday ordered troops to capture the leader of terror group Boko Haram, alive or dead.
Buratai said it has come to the end of the military operation aimed at clearing remnants of Boko Haram from their stronghold in the northeast region, except the capturing of Abubakar Shekau, who is both the spiritual head and supreme commander of the terror group.
“We must move across to wherever this criminal, Shekau, is and catch him red-handed. I want you to get him,” the army chief charged the troops in Camp Zairo, previously the largest camp of Boko Haram in the northern state of Borno.
Last year, Buratai gave troops a 40-day ultimatum to capture Shekau but they failed in the bid.
Last Thursday, the army offered a bounty of 8,310 US dollars on Shekau’s head.
The military said it had chased the terrorist leader out of Camp Zairo since December 2016.