Speculations are becoming rife as to the whereabouts of the Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau following a long silence from him.
In a statement, PR-Nigeria, a media consultant for security agencies in Nigeria, pointed out that with no vociferous comments from Shekau, speculation within security circles is that the group is in disarray that it no longer has the luxury of issuing threats.
PR-Nigeria said a military source confided that since the declaration of the final push against the insurgents in the middle of February, and directive to clear all terrorists’ camps before May 29 handover date, the Nigerian troops have been on the lookout for Shekau and other commanders of Boko Haram.
“The guy simply disappeared from the radar. Even his communications through Thuraya satellite phones that are usually monitored have disappeared and it is like the guy suddenly vanished. We wish we can catch him alive,” the source added.
The last that was heard of Shekau was the unverified broadcast pledging allegiance to Islamic State (IS), early in March which was posted on Boko Haram’s Twitter account. In that broadcast he also vowed to disrupt the rescheduled elections, the statement added.