The Nigerian Army has warned its citizens of a new tactic used by Boko Haram insurgent to evade the security forces.
A statement from the spokesman of the Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Sani Usman said the factional leader of the sect, Abubakar Shekau has resorted to disguising as a woman to evade the Nigerian Army.
“Credible information from arrested and surrendered insurgents indicated that the purported Boko Haram terrorists group factional leader, Abubakar Shekau could not bear the heat anymore as he has abandoned his followers, he is running for his dear life.
“He is desperately trying to escape the theatre disguised as a woman dressed in Hijab. We reliably gathered that to avoid detection Abubakar Shekau alternates between blue and black colored hijabs. He was last seen in a black hijab.
“ We therefore call on all those remaining Boko Haram terrorists to know that they are following a coward moving about in hijab disguised as a woman. We also request all the remaining Boko Haram members to come out from hiding and lay down their arms and be treated humanely. “ the statement read
The Nigerian Army is asking the general public to be vigilant and report any suspected activity to the Military.
“While concerted efforts are ongoing to track and apprehend the fugitive terrorist leader, we implore also members of the public, especially the residents of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States to be more vigilant, security conscious and be on the look out of Abubakar Shekau and other terrorists that might disguise as women to escape. “