The Boko Haram factional leader, Abubakar Shekau, is reportedly considering a ceasefire with the Nigerian government.
Specifically, this piece of information was gathered from top intelligence sources in the Theatre of Operations in North-East Nigeria.
According to a source who pleaded anonymity, he stated that Shekau is desperately looking for an avenue to surrender.
“I think the end of Boko Haram is coming close as Shekau has been making overtures; through proxies for a soft landing for him to surrender to the Nigerian authorities.
“He has been desperate about it, and the intensity is occasioned with the avalanche of coordinated operations launched in recent times against the group, especially in the Timbuktu triangle.”
According to the source, this decision by the Boko Haram leader may be connected to the fact that; the terrorist group had suffered mass casualties recently.
“The gap is closing in on Shekau as it stands. The series of coordinated attacks on their hideouts has made it impossible for any escape as the military has been attacking from several flanks; any attempt to escape now is virtually impossible.
“The Chief of Army Staff has given an order that Shekau is captured alive.
“He has also been in the trenches with some commanders holding meetings and analyzing Intel. I can tell you that everyone is on top of their game as the strategy is clear for all to understand.”
It was also gathered that the past weeks had witnessed a renewed onslaught against Shekau and his group; which was led by the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai.
A top source was quoted as saying that Buratai is virtually visible in all locations within the theatre of operations.
“I can confirm that the Chief of Army Staff is personally coordinating the renewed onslaught against the Boko Haram group. He has been visiting troops in areas where the terrorists’ kingpin is said to be hiding.
“This act by the Chief of Army Staff has seen a massive boost to the morale of the fighting troops. The results coming in have been tremendous, and it is a source of joy at the Army headquarters.”
Further, it was gathered that there had been active cooperation from countries like Chad, Cameroon, and Niger, and this has made any form of escape for Shekau and his group to neighboring countries impossible.
Also, and in a similar vein, it was gathered that the Boko Haram group has also reached out to some International Non-Governmental Organizations to seek a deal with the Nigerian government towards granting amnesty to it.
Equally important, a top staffer of one of the NGOs confirmed that on several occasions; Shekau had sent emissaries to their organization to help secure an amnesty deal with the government of Nigeria.
“We were shocked in the initial stages, thinking it was a hoax. But this continued, and we were left with no choice than to inform the security agencies in a bid to protect ourselves.”