18.08.2021 Social Justice ISIS Sacks Boko Haram Leaders over Repeated Surrenders to Army

Published 18th Aug, 2021

By Ibrahim Adeyemi

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has sacked some leaders of Boko Haram and its factions in Nigeria, following the recent massive surrenders to the Nigerian Army.

The terrorist leaders were also sacked for failing to sustain the reunification of the Islamic State of Western African Province (ISWAP) and the Boko Haram fighters, after the demise of Abubakar Shekau.

Following directives from ISIS, the ISWAP and Boko Haram leaders have formed a decision-making committee to probe the matter and reshuffle the leadership of the insurgent groups. 

The massive surrenders of the Boko Haram terrorists has caused confusion and concerns to the ISWAP fighters, especially in areas such as Kirta, Wulgo, Sabon Tumbu, Jubularam, Kwalaram, Sigir, Kayowa and Kurnawa and the Lake Chad.

FIJ had reported how the terrorist groups experienced a shake-up in July, after losing some of their prominent leaders to military offensives.

READ ALSO: Major Shake-Up as ISWAP, Boko Haram Join Forces to Fight Military, Impose Taxes on Farmers

A certain Abbah Gana was initially reappointed as the new leader of ISWAP. Gana had been expelled six months ago by the ISWAP council for allegedly betraying the confidence of his loyalists and top commanders. However, the al-Barnawiy-led committee reinstated Gana to lead what they termed the ISIS Caliphate of Africa or Wilaya of Africa in Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon. Malam Bako, a Boko Haram commander, was appointed his deputy (Na’ib) in that capacity

This time, Gana has now been sacked, following directives from ISIS. Aba Ibrahim, one of the commanders, is now the new ISWAP leader, while Malam Bako, Abdul-Kaka Sa’ad, Abu Ayun and Abba Kaka were appointed as the new members of the decision-making committee.

“The massive surrenders of Boko Haram fighters is largely due to loss of confidence, maltreatment, and growing of insurrections between the ISWAP and Member of the Jamā’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah Wa’l-Jihād (JAS) after the death of their leader Abubakar Shekau,” a source with the knowledge of the insurgents’ activities told PRNigeria.

“Many JAS fighters have been arrested and incarcerated in an ISWAP prison at Tumbum Kayowa for committing various crimes while those that were former Commanders and Amir’s were reduced as Junior fighters and marabout slaves within the ISWAP enclaves.

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Published 18th Aug, 2021

By Ibrahim Adeyemi


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