Mansur Dan-Ali, minister of defence, says Abubakar Shekau, leader of the Boko Haram sect, is still alive and could be hiding in Sambisa forest, a stronghold of the sect in Borno state.
Dan-Ali said this on Tuesday after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa in Abuja.
He maintained that the military had overpowered the sect, expressing the belief that Shekau will be arrested “as soon as possible”.
“The spiritual headquarters has been ransacked and vandalised, and Shekau is on the run. H may be hiding in one of the enclaves of Sambisa forest which we are dominating, we have opened up the place we are using the place as a training area whereby the army engineers will open roads. We shall be patrolling and be ransacking that forest for the whereabouts of Shekau,” he said.
“If you have been opportune to go to Sambisa forest, you will know we have dominated the whole stronghold of the sect, their spiritual headquarters has been destroyed, and is now occupied being by our armed forces.
“I believe it’s just a matter of time, it took America about seven to 10 years to get Bin Laden, so we will get Shekau as soon as possible.”