The Lagos State House of Assembly had cautioned the nation’s military defence headquarters not to rely on the hasty speculation being made by the Joint Task Force (JTF) in Borno State which claimed that the leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau may have died in Amitchide, a border community in Cameroon after an encounter with troops in July this year.
Reacting to news reports over the issue in his office on Tuesday, the spokesman of the Assembly and its Chairman of Committee on Information, Strategy, Security and Publicity, Hon. Segun Olulade, stressed that given the sophistication of the character and violent activities of Boko Haram members, reliance on JTF speculation can be too risky for the nation’s security until concrete confirmation is made on the fate of the terror gang leader.
Olulade maintained that the defence headquarters should not rule out the possibility of a diversionary tactics by Boko Haram members, with a view to going underground to re-surface again after a while, thereby catching the security forces and innocent citizens unaware.
The lawmaker implored the JTF to intensify their military operations in the border lines, like Chad and Cameroon, major concentration camps of the terrorist group, as well as their hit spots to effectively stem the ravaging menace of Boko Haram activities in the Northern part of the country.
Olulade recalled that there were many occasions in which the death of Osama Bin Ladin was speculated and celebrated even before he allegedly masterminded the bombing of the World Trade Centre in the United States of America on September 11, 2001, adding that the fact that Shekau sustained some injuries during a crossfire with troops in Sambisa Forest is not enough reason to believe that he has died.
However, Olulade applauded the men of the Joint Task Force for their exploits so far especially the killing of Momodu Bama, second in command to the Boko Haram leader, the killing of 17 other members of the sect as well as the arrest of 24 other members recently and several other achievements of the security operatives in the past but added that it is not time to rest on their oars yet.
The lawmaker emphasized that the war against terrorism in Nigeria and other parts of the world must be fought with unrelenting tenacity, Spartan discipline and consummate fervour in order to ensure that peace and tranquillity which are most essential for sustainable growth and development are realized locally and globally.