On June 3rd 2013, the United States Department of State
declared “Abubakar Shekau” alias, Abu Bakr Skikwa, Imam Abu Bakr Shiku, Abu
Muhammad Abu Bakr Bin Muhammad Al Shakwi Al Muslimi Bishku, wanted. A bounty of
$7 million was put on his head for “information on his location” or leading to
his capture. Quote: “rewards for information on key leaders of terrorist
organizations in West Africa.”
In February of 2014, I on behalf of the ENDS organization
released an explicit article, “Boko Haram Leader Abubakar Shekau Is Dead!” In
the article, we proved with clear evidence that the new person appearing in all
videos released since August of 2013 were impostors of the late Shekau I. [Story]
Also read: UN blacklists Abubakar Shekau
In May of 2014 after Boko Haram abducted 234 girls from
Chibok in Noerth Nigeria, we provided side-by-side picture comparisons which
fully exposed the differences between the new Shekau II who released the videos
and the original Shekau I declared wanted. [Story]
So many media local and international rejected our position.
CNN on May 13th of 2014 denied our claims as supported by Nigerian
Government’s intelligence position; they wrote: “The man identifies himself as
Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau. Nigerian officials disputed that claim on
Monday, arguing that Shekau is dead. Other experts say the notorious terror
group leader is still alive.
In the same article, CNN went ahead to argue that: “The same
man appears in Boko Haram videos claiming to be Shekau at least as far back as
August. And at least one expert doubted Ogar's claim.” [ Story]
However shockingly erroneously, CNN compared Shekau II to an
edition of him in August of 2013, after the new impostor had taken over, and
did not responsibly compare the new person to editions of Shekau I between 2011
and July of 2013, which were clearly a different person.
Our accurate updated information on the whereabouts of
Shekau I, derived from careful analysis of all past video and picture images of
Shekau, determining authoritatively that an impostor appeared in all post
August 2013 releases by Boko Haram and their affiliates, was essential and
invaluable towards asserting the strength of the group, and phase of security
departments in the war on terror and for determining US strategies of
Today the Nigerian government is announcing the likely
killing of Boko Haram leader Shekau II. There are images of his body for
careful analysis and his physical carcass genetic studies to confirm that this
person is an impostor as we accurately proved. Several experts including
Australian negotiator, Stephen Davis have now asserted and confirmed our
asserted publications, that Shekau I died since July of 2013. [See here]
In light of the new evidence, we believe ENDS deserves the
US reward for clarifying with detailed analysis and pictorial evidence the
location of Shekau I – Dead and buried. Our press releases categorically
informing the world of the impostor taking up the deposed leader’s role, were
essential in the fight against Boko Haram who depended on portraying the real
Shekau as still alive to maintain moral, confidence and loyalty of its members.
We look forward to the initiation of the compensation
process for our invaluable role.
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