By John Ikani
Malam Bako, the successor of Abu Musab Al-Barnawi, the leader of the Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) has been killed by Nigerian troops.
Bako’s death was announced by The National Security Adviser to the President, Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd), when he addressed State House correspondents on the outcome of the meeting of Security Chiefs, presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, at the State House, Abuja, on Thursday.
The new ISWAP leader’s death comes just days after the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Lucky Irabor had on Oct. 14 confirmed the death of his predecessor – Al-Barnawi.
Irabor said: “I can authoritatively confirm to you that Abu Musab is dead. He is dead and remains dead.’’
According to Monguno, Abu Musab’s successor, Malam Bako was neutralized along with a prominent member of the ISWAP.
What the NSA said:
“The fact again is that the armed forces, the land forces have done an excellent job because in the span of one month we have been able to take out the leadership of the Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) – that is Abu Musab Al-barnawi.
“Two days ago, the man who succeeded him, one Malam Bako, one of the prominent leaders of the Shura Council of the Islamic State of West African Province, was also taken out.
“They are also contending with leadership crisis. You know these things are also accompanied with inherent issues of trust, conflicts, mutual suspicion and other things.
“So, the operations being conducted by the armed forces in the Northern parts of the country put a lot of pressure on the Islamic State of West African Province, Boko Haram and also the tangential group known as Islamic State in the Greatest Sahara.’’