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Boko Haram leader's death shrouded in mystery

15 August 2013, 07:47Augustine Osayande

Abuja - Mystery surrounds the killing of Momodu Bama, former Boko Haram second-in-command, with state security forces giving different versions to his demise.

Bama was second in command to Abubakar Shekau, with a bounty of N10 000 000 (US$60 000).

Different sectors of the Military Joint Task Force (JTF) laid claim to the successful elimination of one of the most dangerous terrorists in Nigeria.

Adamawa JTF Chief Beyidi Marcus Martins told reporters that Bama died during a gun battle that erupted in the terrorists' hideout.

However, the Borno JTF claimed that Bama and his father, Abatcha Flatari, a spiritual leader of the sect, were  gunned down during a counter attack in Bama, when the sect attacked the local government headquarters.

The attack is reported to have occurred on August 4.

Spokesman of the JTF in Borno, Lt. Col. Sagir Musa lamented that the Adamawa JTF might have be misled the public on the identity of the insurgent they killed, insisting that members of the sect are known to give pseudo names and titles.

The slain terrorist was a local of Bama town in the Bama local government area of Borno State and a member of the Boko Haram Shurra committee, the decision-making body of the sect.

A tall, slim and dark man, Bama spoke Kanuri, Hausa, Arabic and English languages.

Musa added that Bama was one of the most vicious and heartless killers in the group.

- CAJ News


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