Abuja - Imam Abubaka Shekau, leader of Boko Haram, hails from neighbouring Niger, it has been established.
This was disclosed in a report of the Senate joint committee investigating the deadly violence in Baga in Borno State last April.
The report that the committee submitted to governor Kashim Shettima refutes suggestions the terrorist leader is from the Shekau village in Yobe State.
“Although the Boko Haram sect members have some Chadians and Cameroonians within their midst about 80 per cent of them is of the Kanuri tribe, the leader of the sect Abubakar Shekau is a Kanuri from Niger Republic,” reads the report.
In the report, senators were told that Shekau became leader of the group in 2009 following the death of erstwhile leader Mohammed Yusuf.
He is believed to have spearheaded the regrouping of the sect, which quickly graduated from conducting targeted drive-by shootings in Maiduguri to launching massive bomb assaults in Abuja, Kano, Kaduna and other places in the north.
Although he has not been seen in public since July 2009, Shekau has released occasional internet videos in which he makes claims of responsibility of attacks and taunts the Federal Government.
- CAJ News