The President’s National Security Advisor Babagana Monguno announced the assassination of Malam Bako, the successor of Abu Musab Al-Barnawi, the head of the Islamic State of the West Africa Province, ISWAP .
Mr Monguno, a retired major-general, revealed this when he addressed State House correspondents on the outcome of the meeting of security chiefs, chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari, at the State House, Abuja, Thursday.
The Nigerian News Agency reports that the Chief of the Defense Staff, CDS, General Lucky Irabor confirmed the death of Mr. Al-Barnawi on October 14.
Mr Irabor said: “I can confirm with authority that Abu Musab is dead. He is dead and remains dead.
On Thursday, the NSA revealed that Mr Al-Barnawi’s successor, Malam Bako, was killed along with a prominent ISWAP member.
He said: “The fact is still that the armed forces, the ground forces have done a great job because within a month we were able to take over the leadership of the Islamic State in the province of. West Africa (ISWAP) – this is Abu Musab Al-barnawi.
“Two days ago, the man who succeeded him, a certain Malam Bako, one of the main leaders of the Shura Council of the Islamic State of the West African province, was also took of.
“They are also grappling with a leadership crisis. You know that these things also come with inherent issues of trust, conflict, mutual suspicion and other things.
“Thus, the operations carried out by the armed forces in the north of the country put a lot of pressure on the Islamic State of the West Africa province, Boko Haram and also the tangential group known as the State Islamic in the greater Sahara.
In the upcoming Anambra gubernatorial election on November 6, the NSA said Buhari had called on the security agencies to show their authority and ensure a successful election.
Monguno said the president was responding to heightened security concerns in Anambra, orchestrated by the outlawed indigenous people of Biafra, IPOB.
“The president has ordered that in no case should anything be allowed to prevent the proper conduct of the elections. The people have the right to vote and to choose their leader.
“No group or individual will be allowed to stimulate lawlessness and chaos, leading to murderous activity.
“The president made it clear that the armed forces and all law enforcement agencies must ensure that elections take place, even if that means overwhelming the entire environment with the presence of security personnel.
“There are so many implications for elections to be sabotaged by non-state actors.
“First, we are in a democracy, second, it is important to note that if these non-state actors succeeded in destroying the potentials for orderly elections, then it is natural that other parts of the country would want to copy that same as well. situation.
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