Terrorists Sack Top Leaders, Appoint New Ones Over Mass Surrendering Of Fighters

Terrorists Sack Top Leaders, Appoint New Ones Over Mass Surrendering Of Fighters

By Hassan Jirgi, Maiduguri

The Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) in Nigeria has reshuffled its leadership and Shura council, following the mass surrendering of Boko Haram fighters to the Nigerian military in the North East.

The reliable source from the group said, the ISWAP leadership was sacked following a directive from the headquarters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), for failing to sustain the reunification of ISWAP and Boko Haram fighters after the death of Abubakar Shekau.

According to the source, Aba-Ibrahim who replaced Abbah-Gana was reportedly appointed as the new ISWAP leader while Malam Bako, Abdul-Kaka, a.k.a Sa’ad, Abu Ayun and Abba Kaka were appointed as the new members of the Shura Council for the ISWAP.

Other appointments, include Muhammed Mustapha who is the New Amir of Marte, Muhammed Malumma, Muhammed Maina and Abubakar Dan- Buduma who were to maintain their former positions as commanders.

The massive surrender has also thrown confusion and apprehension within the camps of the ISWAP terrorists in Kirta, Sabon Tumbu, Wulgo, Jubularam, Sigir, Kwalaram and Kurnawa, Kayowa , as many other fighters are left with the option to either surrender or flee from the Lake Chad area.

One of the commander who did not want his name mentioned, hinted that the large-scale and heavy bombardment campaign targeting infrastructure, armouries, camps and high-valued locations of the terrorists had also forced the terrorists to go into hiding, bringing untold hunger and hardship in the terrorists’ camps.

Credible source, indicated that mass surrendering of Boko Haram fighters is largely due to loss of confidence, maltreatment, and growing insurrections between the ISWAP and members of the Jamā’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jihād or JAS after the death of their leader Abubakar Shekau.

Another source lamented that many JAS fighters have been arrested and incarcerated in an ISWAP prison at Tumbum Kayowa for committing various crimes, while those that were former commanders and Amir’s were reduced to junior fighters and marabout slaves within the ISWAP enclaves.

“Some JAS commanders and fighters would prefer to renounce their participation in terrorism campaign and surrender to Nigerian troops than remained with ISWAP to continue facing humiliation in the camps.”

Our correspondent learnt that if this new appointments represent change in strategy or momentary attempt to capture the goodwill of more fighters willing to lay down their arms.

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