Abuja — The Islamic State of the West African Province (ISWAP) under the new leadership of Abu-Musad Albarnawy has taken over all territories under the control of late Abubakar Shekau in a major revenge onslaught against the former Boko Haram leader.
Sources knowledgeable about the terrorists' groups said the ISWAP faction has arrested 30 top commanders loyal to the late Boko Haram leader.
Some of the commanders and others arrested include:
Abdul Bash, Commander Parisu
Abu Mujaheed, Commander of Sabil Huda
Mala Ali, Commander of Farisu
Amir Hassana, Commander Garin Dambe
Malam Bako, Commander Hizba
Amir Halid, Commander Njimiya Falluja, Commander Garin Mala
Abu- Fatima, Commander, Gwashke
Kaka BK, Commander Garin Abu Asmau.
Alai Bukar, Commander Mina Ngawri
Abu-Ubaida, Commander Jungle Gabra in Pulka
Amir Abdulrahman, Commander, Gobara
Abu Muhammad, Commander Alava
Ali Shara, Commander Yuwe Hanyan Bama
Amir Huzayfa, Commander Yuwe Hanyan Welcome
Abubakar Sarki, Commander Yuwe Hanyan Konduga
Ibn Abbas, Commander Barin Bulla Yaga
Ali Ngule, Commander Madara Mountain
Ummati Mai Shayi, Commander Madara Mountain
Mala Musa Abuja, the Chief Bomb Maker
Mallam Bana Sharra, Chief Judge to Shekau faction, located at Garin Mala Hassan
Baba Dr. Konduga, Chief Medical Doctor
Alava Road, Ma'azu Dan Lokodisa, the Chief Prison Officer
Alai Abba, the Caretaker of Women, children
Mala Musa, Chief Mechanic Officer, located at Parisu
Abu Zaid, Chief Bombmaker, located at Parisu
Abu Aisha Special Clearance operations Unit, Fairs
Amir Okasha, Bomb Timer,
Farisu and Amir Awana
Among other terrorists.
It was gathered that following the death of Shekau, ISWAP fighters in over 30 gun trucks and dozens of motorcycles stormed Sambisa forest forcing the Boko Haram Commanders loyal to Shekau to surrender or face instant execution.
The source added that Abu-Musad Albarnawy, who had gone underground for a while now, was reportedly re-appointed as the new leader of ISWAP in the Northeast war theatre by the ISIS leadership which has become the major source of strength for the insurgents.
The source further said ISWAP stormed Shekau's camp's general area "following massive protests against his leadership style after he had eliminated some top Boko Haram Commanders including Abu-Fatima, his Chief of Staff who doubled as the Operation Commander within the past one month".
ISWAP then concluded that with all the mistakes, Shekau was derailing against the main cause they had charted for themselves and that it was time for him to be taken out by force of arms.
Meanwhile, Albarnawi, who claimed he had received directives from the ISIS, maintained that he had been designated by the Amir al Muminin (the IS Caliph) to take over and coordinate all activities of the insurgents under one umbrella for easy movement of funds, weapons, and materials.
"The ISWAP and Boko Haram have been engaged in several infighting for superiority among factions resulting in the elimination of dozens of Boko Haram fighters from both sides within the past five years".
Vanguard News Nigeria