The Nigerian Army has disclosed that Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, has abandoned his followers and taken to dressing as a woman in hijab covering to escape detection of troops.
In a statement signed by the Director Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Sani Usman, on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, the army's operation through Operation DEEP PUNCH II has put a strain on Boko Haram's operations.
Brig-Gen Usman said that credible information from insurgents in custody indicate that Shekau is on the run disguised as a woman dressed in Hijab.
The army used the development as an opportunity to urge all Boko Haram militants to lay down their arms and surrender to troops because they're following a "coward".The statement read, "The concerted efforts of troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE on the ongoing clearance of the Boko Haram terrorists through Operation DEEP PUNCH II has been yielding tremendous results.
"Troops have successfully been clearing Boko Haram camps in Sambisa forest including Camp Zairo.
"They have also rescued civilians being held hostages by the terrorists, recovered arms, ammunition, Improvised Explosives Devices (IED) factories and making materials as well as other equipment.
"Consequently, the terrorists are in disarray and scampering for safety while others were surrendering.
"Credible information from arrested and surrendered insurgents indicated that the purported Boko Haram terrorists group factional leader, Abubakar Shekau could not bear the heat anymore as he has abandoned his followers, he is running for his dear life.
"He is desperately trying to escape the theatre disguised as a woman dressed in Hijab. We reliably gathered that to avoid detection Abubakar Shekau alternates between blue and black coloured hijabs. He was last seen in a black hijab.
"We therefore call on all those remaining Boko Haram terrorists to know that they are following a coward moving about in hijab disguised as a woman.
"We also request all the remaining Boko Haram members to come out from hiding and lay down their arms and be treated humanely.
"While concerted efforts are ongoing to track and apprehend the fugitive terrorist leader, we implore also members of the public, especially the residents of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States to be more vigilant, security conscious and be on the look out of Abubakar Shekau and other terrorists that might disguise as women to escape."