Boko Haram: Army Places N3bn Bounty on Abubakar Shekau

The Nigerian Army on Thursday offered N3m reward to anyone who can provide information that will lead to the arrest of a factional leader of the Boko Haram Islamists terrorists, Abubakar Shekau.

This comes bare days after the Army declared that the elusive Shekau had fled the Sambisa Forest disguised as a woman wearing hijab, Punch writes.

Making the announcement, the Director, Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Sani Usman, said anyone with credible information should contact any military location.

“The army will give out N3m cash reward for any credible information that leads to the arrest of Abubakar Shekau, the fugitive factional Boko Haram terrorist group leader. Anybody with such credible information can either contact the Military Command and Control Centre, Operation Lafiya Dole or any military location,” the statement read.

Still on the issue of security, President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday in Kaduna State unveiled an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle produced locally by the Nigerian Air Force for surveillance purposes.

The UAV, which is capable of day and night operations, reportedly has endurance of 10 hours, a service ceiling of 15,000 feet and an electro-optic and infra-red camera system.

The NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Vice Marshal Olatokunbo Adesanya, said the inauguration of the Tsaigumi UAV would enhance the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance capabilities of the air force.

In his remarks, the President said, “This accomplishment holds promise of both military and economic benefits for the nation. From the military perspective, the added capacity for ISR provided by Tsaigumi UAV would undoubtedly boost ongoing and future security operations.”

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