Islamic State West African Province said it killed the Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, on the order of ISIS.
According to ISWAP, Shekau blew himself up after refusing to surrender following the invasion of his hideout on May 19, 2021.
This was revealed in a message from Abu Mus’ab Habeeb Bin Muhammad Bin Yusuf al-Barnawi, born Habib Yusuf, leader of the terrorists.
According to HumAngle, al-Barnawi, in an address on Friday, described Shekau as “the leader of disobedience and corruption.”
He maintained that Shekau’s followers were rejoicing after his death.
Speaking in Hausa, al-Barnawi said: “This was someone who committed unimaginable terrorism. How many has he wasted? How many has he killed? How many has he terrorised? But Allah left him alone and prolonged his life. When it was time, Allah set out brave soldiers after receiving orders from Amirul Muminin [leader of the believers].”
He added that the interim leader of ISIS ordered them to take action on Shekau for deviating and killing “believers.”
Following this, the ISWAP moved to the Sahara, went into Shekau’s enclave and engaged in a gun battle with his followers.
“Shekau preferred to be humiliated in the afterlife than getting humiliated on earth. He killed himself instantly by detonating an explosive,” he explained.