Barely a week after report surfaced that the leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau had been killed during a fierce gun battle in Konduga, Borno state, succession crisis has allegedly hit the camp of the insurgents.
According to a report by Daily Sun, thirty insurgents lost their lives yesterday, September 25 in Madagali, Adamawa state as they battled over who should succeed Shekau.
Some residents in the area said trouble started when some of the sect members suggested they should cease fire and handover their weapons to the Federal Government.
Another reason for the gun battle was for the succession of Shekau.
One of the residents named Mr Musa Aui said: “From what we learnt, 30 Boko Haram fighters have been killed in Madagali town after a fight ensued between them over whether to surrender their weapons. They just kept shooting themselves freely.”
Stephen, another resident who corroborated Musa’s story said there is leadership tussle over who should emerge the new leader in Madagali.
“For almost three weeks now, Madagali, Gulak, Shuwa and Michika towns have been under the control of Boko Haram.
“They cut-off fingers, flog offenders and marry off spinsters,” he said.
The military spokesman in Yola, Capt. Jonathan Nuhu, was yet to react to the development as at press time.
Madagali is one of the local government areas occupied by the Boko Haram militants, which they have turned to their operational headquarters, in Adamawa State.
The Nigerian military has in recent times repelled several attacks, killing scores of insurgents in the course of the operations in the northern part of the country.
Officials of the Adamawa State Police Command had some days back said it arrested some suspected members of the Boko Haram terrorists group in Internally Displaced Persons Camp in Yola.