Abba Kaka, an insurgent “killed” by the Nigerian Army back in April, has been named by Boko Haram as the ‘Governor of Borno State’, FIJ can report.
The Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP) and Boko Haram sect had recently formed an alliance to fight against the Nigerian military. The alliance, necessitating a major restructuring to form a strong force, produced new commanders, leaders, and foot soldiers, including Abba Kaka, who was appointed as the Governor of Borno, ruling over territories under the control of the terror gangs.
His emergence as the Boko Haram Governor in a state that has a democratic government and an existing Governor has been followed by an outburst of controversy, especially on social media.
The same Kaka of ISWAP had however been recently declared ‘killed’ by the Nigerian soldiers.
On April 16, the military claimed to have perished some top ISWAP commanders, including Kaka, who went on a revenge mission in Damask.
A press statement by the Army had claimed that the ISWAP fighters met their waterloo when they came back to fight against the military offensive in Mobbar Local Government Area of Borno State.
The army also claimed that “well-coordinated ground bombardments and aerial strikes” had consumed the terrorists who were denied sanctuaries during a failed attack on Gajiram and Damasak.
“The deadly air strikes conducted on Tudun Wulgo, Zari and Tumbun Alhaji, Kusuma, Sigir in Ngala and Arijallamari, in Abadam, Marte, and Ngala Local government Areas, led to the killing of top ISWAP Leaders,” the statement read in part.
“The Commanders that perished in the airstrikes included; Mohammad Fulloja, Ameer Mallam Bello, Ba’a kaka Tunkushe, Abu Muktar Al -Ansari, Ameer Abba Kaka, Abu Huzaifa, Ameer Modu Kwayem, while Goni Mustapha who was the Chief Imam of the ISWAP escaped with bullet wounds.”
But three months after, Kaka, who had been supposedly wasted by the Army, is now announced as the Boko Haram Governor of Borno, currently ruling over areas such as Tumbumma, Marte, Abadam, Kukawa, Magumeri, and other parts of Lake Chad that are controlled by the insurgents.
When contacted, Muhammed Yerima, former army spokesman, who signed the press statement announcing the death of Kaka and others, said he had no business talking about the terrorist governor because he is no longer in office.
“I don’t have any business with that,” he told our reporter in a telephone conversation. “I’m no more there. Talk to people that are there, please.”
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