General Lucky Irabor, Nigeria’s Chief of Defence Staff, has verified that Abu Musab Al-Barnawi, the ruthless head of the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), has been slain.
According to the Metro Times, General Irabor made the discovery during a ministerial briefing organized by the presidential communications team at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Thursday.
“I can certify to you that Abu Musab is no longer alive. It’s that simple. Irabor stated, “He is dead and will remain dead.”
Mohammed Yusuf, the founder of Boko Haram, was also slain by security forces in 2009, when he led an attack against the Nigerian government that resulted in the deaths of over a thousand people.
In 2016, Al-Barnawi was named commander of the group’s West African affiliate, Boko Haram, which had previously been led by Abubakar Shekau.
Shekau’s departure in 2016 signaled the ascent of Al-Barnawi, a relatively youthful ISWAP leader, and the fragmentation of the terrorist group into two sections.