Jun 12, 2020, 11:37 AM
It’s not the first time Shekau has been reported killed. But the militant leader resurfaced each time.
Army spokesman Brig Gen Mohammed Yerima told the BBC that the army was still looking into what may have happened, but will not issue a statement until it gets definite proof.
One journalist with close links to security agencies has said that Shekau died when Iswap attacked Boko Haram positions in the Sambisa forest, north-east Nigeria.
The AFP news agency quotes two sources saying that Shekau survived his attempt to kill himself when he was surrounded.
Iswap has not commented.
Shekau took over Boko Haram after its founder Muhammad Yusuf was killed by police in 2009.
Since then, more than 40,000 people have been killed and over two million displaced from their homes in the deadly insurgency in north-east Nigeria.
BANJUL, The Gambia, March 18, 2021— Following two years of strong growth, at 6.1% in 2019 and 7.2% in 2018, The Gambia’s economy has been affected by the global COVID-19 pandemic and is expected to stagnate in 2020 due to trade disruption and the fall in tourism, according to the first World Bank Economic Update for The Gambia released today. Declining incomes, rising food prices, and school closures resulting from the health crisis took a toll on the livelihoods of many households. The economy is expected to gradually rebound in 2021 if the pandemic recedes and the global economy starts to recover.
Hassan B. Jallow, the Chief Justice of The Gambia acting pursuant to the Coroner’s Act, Laws of The Gambia, has designated Her Worship Mrs. Isatou Janneh-Njie, Principal Magistrate Kanifing Magistrates’ Court, as Coroner to inquire the death of Mr. Januario Wande Beducande Findem, a Bissau Guinean national who was alleged to have committed suicide. He was reportedly arrested with cocaine by officers of the Drug Law Enforcement Agency, The Gambia (DLEAG) last month.