The statement reads: “Today, Friday 21st July 2017, the Chief of Army Staff, Nigerian Army, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai, has directed the Theatre Commander, Operation LAFIYA DOLE, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru, to capture Abubakar Shekau, the so-called and self-styled leader of Boko Haram terrorists group, dead or alive.
As the fight against insurgency intensifies in Nigeria, the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, has charged troops to capture the Boko Haram leader.
Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai
The Nigerian Army has handed out a 40-days ultimatum to troops fighting in North East to capture and deliver to the leaders of the Boko Haram insurgents, Abubakar Shekau to the Army Headquarters dead or alive, Sun News reports.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai handed the ultimatum to the Theatre Commander of Operation LAFIA DOLE, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru, urging him to deploy every weapon in the arsenal of the command to smoke out Shekau.
A statement from Army Spokesman Brigadier General Sani Usman said the Army Chief gave a period of 40 day for the Theatre Command to accomplish the mission.
“The Theatre Commander has further been directed to do so within 40 days.
“He is to employ all arsenal at the disposal of the Theatre Command to smoke out Shekau wherever he is hiding in Nigeria.
“The general public is please requested to also assist and volunteer information that would lead to the accomplishment of this task.”