You may recall that Nigeria's Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Lucky Irabor, recently confirmed the death of Abu Musab Al-Barnawi. Before his demise, Al-Barnawi was the leader of The Islamic State's West Africa Province (ISWAP), a faction of the Boko Haram terrorist group. Babajide has since revealed the name of the man who took over from Al-Barnawi.
During his interview on TVC News, Babajide said, "After Shekau killed himself, Al-Barnawi's group moved with 30 gun trucks into the Sambisa forest to arrest Shekau's commanders and force them to pledge allegiance to the Al-Barnawi-led ISWAP. The goal was to unify the two groups. However, some die-hard supporters of the late Shekau were angry about how Al-Barnawi's attack led to Shekau's death. One of Shekau's commanders launched an attack on ISWAP, and Al-Barnawi got injured in the process. After the injury he sustained, Al-Barnawi's death seemed near."
Narrating further, Babajide said, Al-Barnawi handed over power to Mallam Bako before he passed away. Mallam Bako is the new leader of ISWAP. Al-Barnawi died from the injury he sustained during the attack by Shekau's loyalists on his base. Both terrorist groups have been attacking each other for some weeks, and both sides have sustained heavy casualties."
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