The Nigerian government has claimed killing Malam Bako, the successor to the leader of the Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP), Abu Musab Al-Barnawi.
Babagana Munguno, the national security adviser, announced this at the presidential villa, on Thursday. According Munguno, a retired major general, Malam Bako is “dead and remains dead.’’
“I can authoritatively confirm to you,” said the NSA, who was flanked by the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Lucky Irabor at the briefing.
However, Mr Monguno disclosed that Abu Musab’s successor, Malam Bako, was also killed along with a prominent member of the ISWAP.
“The fact again is that the armed forces, the land forces have done an excellent job because in the span of one month we have been able to take out the leadership of the Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) – that is Abu Musab Al-barnawi.
“They are also contending with a leadership crisis. You know these things are also accompanied with inherent issues of trust, conflicts, mutual suspicion and other things.
“So, the operations being conducted by the armed forces in the Northern parts of the country put a lot of pressure on the Islamic State of West African Province, Boko Haram and also the tangential group known as Islamic State in the Greatest Sahara,’ he said.