Shekau: Lagos Assembly urges caution


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Shekau: Lagos Assembly urges caution

The Lagos State House of Assembly has urged the military defence headquarters not to rely on the “hasty speculations” made by the Joint Task Force (JTF) in Borno States that the leader of the Boko Haram sect, Abubakar Shekau, may have died in Amitchide, a border community in Cameroon, after an encounter with troops in June this year.

Speaking with reporters in his office at the Assembly complex yesterday, the House’s spokesman and Information Committee Chairman, Mr. Segun Olulade, said given the sect’s sophistication, reliance on the JTF’s speculation can be risky unless there is concrete confirmation.

He urged the JTF to intensify its operations in Chad and Cameroon borders and Boko Haram concentration camps to curb their activities.

Olulade said there were many occasions when the death of Osama Bin Ladin was speculated and celebrated even before he allegedly masterminded the bombing of the World Trade Centre in the United States (U.S.) on September 11, 2001, adding that the fact that Shekau was injured during a crossfire with troops in Sambisa Forest was not enough reason to believe he is dead.

He hailed the JTF men for their exploits, especially the killing of Shekau’s second-in-command, Momodu Bama, and 17 members of the sect, as well as the arrest of 24 members.

Urging the JTF not to relax, the lawmaker said the war against terrorism must be fought tirelessly to ensure peace and development.

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