Nigeria: Speculations Mount Over Whereabouts of Boko Haram Leader Shekau

ICC Note: Outspoken Boko Haram lead Abubakar Shekau has remained silent since his video threats ahead of the March 28 Nigerian presidential election that the poll would not proceed, "even if we are dead." The notorious head of the Islamist terror group based in northern Nigeria has commanded a years-long campaign targeting Christians in the region and subjecting them to murder, kidnapping, forced conversion to Islam, and has coerced young girls into marrying Boko Haram fighters. Experts are beginning to wonder if this mastermind of many persecutions against the Church has either retreated into the forest, been rendered ineffective to carry out his terrorist agenda, or if he even remains alive. 

4/23/15 Nigeria (AllAfrica) With peace and quiet from the usually vociferous Abubakar Shekau, supreme head of the Boko Haram in recent times, there are speculations within the security circles that the group may have been so disarrayed that it no longer has the luxury of issuing threats.

A screengrab taken on October 2, 2014 from a video released by the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram and obtained by AFP shows the leader of the Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau. Shekau dismissed Nigerian military claims of his death in a new video obtained by AFP on October 2

A military source disclosed Thursday that since the declaration of the final push against the insurgents in the middle of February, and directive to clear all terrorists' camps before May 29 handover date, the Nigerian troops have been on the lookout for Shekau and other commanders of Boko Haram.

"The guy simply disappeared from the radar and suddenly vanished. We wish we can catch him alive," the source added. The last that was heard of Shekau was the unverified broadcast pledging allegiance to Islamic State (IS), early in March which was posted on Boko Haram's Twitter account.

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