Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General TY Buratai has expressed confidence that Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, would be captured soon.
He said this while commending Major General Ibrahim Attahiru, his Sector Commanders and all troops of Operation LAFIYA DOLE for pursuing the directive to capture Shekau dead or alive within 40 days.
Army spokesman, Brigadier General Sani Usman, in a statement quoted Buratai as saying although the hunt for the sect leader was still on, he was satisfied with the zeal and determination with which the directive was pursued.
He congratulated the Commander for eliminating 5 leaders of the terrorists group that were Shekau’s right hand men.
Buratai added that during the 40-day period, 82 Boko Haram fighters were eliminated.
The statement disclosed that the Theatre Commander has asked for the extension of the deadline which has been granted by the Army Chief.
“Given deadlines and extensions are strategic means of focusing troops’ efforts in the theatre.
“Currently the main thrust of the operations is the decapitation of all the remaining terrorists factions within the Nigerian territory.
“With this feat achieved the relevance of Shekau is no longer of any consequence.
“The people of the North-East and indeed all Nigerians are enjoined to be more confident of the Nigerian troops and go about their normal activities,” it added.