Nigerian Army recovers Shekau’s Qur’an and flag in Sambisa Forest

By Adenike Lucas, Denisaurus News

A Qur’an and flag belonging to the leader of the islamic militant group known as Boko Haram has been recovered by the Nigerian Army in Camp Zairo, Sambisa.

Major General Leo Irabor, the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, who was giving an update on activities of the Army to journalist in Maiduguri, said Abubakar Shekau, Boko Haram’s leader had “abandoned the Holy Book and the flag while he escaped.

“The book will be taken to the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Burutai, for onward presentation to Mr President,” Maj-General Irabo said.

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On Thursday 22 December, 2016, at about 0800hrs, the Nigerian Army concluded the final crack down that led to the successful fall of Camp Zairo, which is located deep in the heart of Sambisa in Borno, north-east Nigeria.

During the operation, the Army killed many insurgents, including their leaders. But, it is not certain if Shekau is still alive.

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According to news report, up to 40 foreigners have been arrested since the successful recapture of Sambisa, a 1,300 square-kilometer forest seen as a stronghold of the Islamic sect.

Maj-General Irabor confirmed that lot of arrests had been made. “Our troops in Damboa arrested about 15 Boko Haram members. We also arrested one Musa Abdullahi from Potiskum on Christmas Day .

“On Dec. 26 our troops also intercepted two Boko Haram suspects in Maiduguri.

“We, therefore, warn residents of the state to be wary of people coming to hide in and around their houses.

“We are also warning residents to report any suspected Boko Haram members hiding in their houses to the relevant security agencies and any failure to do that would tantamount to supporting and sympathising with the sect’s activities,” he added

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