“Shekau had 83 concubines”

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By Aminu Kutama

A special adviser on security to Babagana Zulum, governor of Borno state, Brig Gen. Abdullahi Ishaq (rtd),, has claimed that Abubakar Shekau, the ex-Boko Haram leader, had 83 concubines.

Ishaq stated this on Sunday in Maiduguri, the state capital, adding that some terrorists who surrendered to the military disclosed the information on Shekau.

Shekau committed suicide in 2021 when he realised that ISWAP fighters wanted to capture him alive”.

“We started this non-kinetic approach 16 months ago. The model started shortly after the death of Abubakar Shekau and the state government didn’t want the Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) to continue using Shekau’s fighters; we know it would be deadly,” Ishaq said.

“So, the first fighters that I received in Bama told me that Shekau had 83 concubines; just imagine that.

“They said he is now in hell because he committed suicide during his clash with the other faction. He always told them to go out and fight, if they die in the process, several virgins are waiting for them.

He further added that many fighters regretted their actions, saying Shekau misled them. Adding that many of the fighters did not know how to perform  ablution.

“Let me say this, many of his commanders were bitter after he committed suicide because that act contradicts what he preached. I can tell you that many of these fighters don’t know how to perform simple ablution not to talk of how to do prayers. We had to start teaching them after we brought them to Maiduguri.”

The Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Abdulkarim Lawan, had said that two LGAs are still being controlled by the terrorists.

He identified the LGAs as Guzamala and Kukawa in Borno North Senatorial District.

Consequently, Lawan appealed to  Federal Government and the military to dislodge the terrorists.

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