Maiduguri — The Joint Task Force (JTF) in Borno state yesterday said its men have killed Ibn Saleh Ibrahim the alleged commander of the Boko Haram who killed retired General Mamman Shuwa two weeks ago.
JTF spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Sagir Musa said in a statement that until his death, Ibn Saleh was the commander of the Boko Haram in charge of the north-west and north-eastern parts of Nigeria.
He said the combined troops of the JTF Operation Restore Order used helicopters and armoured personnel carriers and launched attacks on the hideouts of suspected gunmen.
He said the offensive was carried out at Ngarnam, Bulabulin and Bayan Quarters areas of Maiduguri metropolis.
"During the offensive and in a counter attack, Ibn Saleh Ibrahim with some of his commanders and foot soldiers were killed by our operation troops. The operation is still ongoing.
"The late Ibn Saleh was confirmed to be responsible for the recent assassination of civil war hero, the late General Shuwa through the orders of the leader of the Boko Haram terrorists, Abubakar Shekau," the statement said.
Residents of Maiduguri said there was disquiet in the metropolis throughout yesterday as helicopters hover in the skies.
"The clash was indeed disturbing and traumatizing. As I am talking to you, over ninety percent of the people in Bayan Quarters and Ngarnam have vacated their houses," a resident said.