The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, on Friday gave a 40-day deadline to the Nigerian troops to capture the leader of Boko Haram terrorists, Abubakar Shekau.
Nigerian military had on many occasions either declared Mr Shekau dead or injured during military operations in the Sambisa Forests.
In September last year, the then commander of the Operation Lafiya Dole, Lucky Irabor, insisted that that Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, is dead.
“I can confirm to you that the original Shekau was killed, the second Shekau was killed, and the man presenting himself as Shekau, I can also confirm to you that few days ago, he was wounded. We are yet to confirm whether he is dead or not,” Mr Irabor, a major-general, had said.
But a statement by the spokesman for the Nigerian Army, Sani Usman, on Friday said Mr Buratai wanted the terrorist leader to be captured dead or alive.
“Today, Friday 21st July 2017, the Chief of Army Staff, Nigerian Army, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai, has directed the Theatre Commander, Operation LAFIYA DOLE, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru, to capture Abubakar Shekau, the so-called and self-styled leader of Boko Haram terrorists group, dead or alive.
“The Theatre Commander has further been directed to do so within 40 days.
“He is to employ all arsenal at the disposal of the Theatre Command to smoke out Shekau wherever he is hiding in Nigeria.
“The general public is please requested to also assist and volunteer information that would lead to the accomplishment of this task,” Mr Usman, a brigadier-general, said in a terse statement.