Boko-haram: General Buratai extends his 40-day deadline set to capture leader Shekau

It is well known that Shekau is still in his secret place unbind, the Chief of Army Staff pleased with determination, zealousness towards the goal of pursuing his order.

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has extended his 40-day deadline to the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru, to capture the leader of the Boko Haram terrorist group, Abubakar Shekau, either dead or alive.

The deadline which was earlier ordered by Buratai to the commander on 21st of July, 2017, expired on August 30, 2017.

Army Public Relations Director, Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman, said in a statement on Friday that the commander solicited for an extension of the order to capture Shekau, which was granted by General Buratai.

The new deadline duration was not communicated in the statement made by Sani Usman. Usman added that 82 Boko-haram insurgents were killed within the duration and they almost hit the main target, which is capturing Shekau himself whether dead or alive.

He said, “The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. T.Y. Buratai, has commended the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, his sector commanders and all troops of Operation Lafiya Dole for pursuing the COAS directive of capturing the purported Boko Haram terrorists’ leader, Abubakar Shekau, dead or alive, within 40 days beginning on July 21, 2017, which elapsed on August 30, 2017.

“Although the leader has not been captured, the COAS noted with satisfaction the zeal and determination with which the directive was pursued. He congratulated the commander for eliminating five key leaders of the terrorist group that were the closest associates and right-hand men of the terrorist group leader.

“The Theatre Commander has asked for the extension of the deadline and it has been granted by the COAS.”

Usman also added that the elimination of five key commanders within the Shekau colony of bloody soldiers is enough to justify them from any consequences of breaching deadline order. He encouraged the people living in the area to continue their daily businesses, assuring them of full protection by the troops.