A captured Boko Haram fighter has revealed that an attack by the Nigerian military has crippled the leader of the insurgence, Abubakar Shekau.
Bibian Anekwe News reports that the leader of the faction of Boko Haram has not been seen on his feet lately as he has released video where he is seen sitting or in some cases, using audio to pass across his message.
According to The Cable, Mohammed Adam, a teenage fighter, who is currently in the custody of troops of 195 battalion of the Nigerian army, says Shekau can no longer walk effectively.
In a video, Adam said Shekau got injured during an aerial bombardment on an insurgents’ camp in Tumbuktu, Sambisa forest and can no longer lead any operation physically.
The teenage fighter said he was abducted by Boko Haram at the age of 10 while working on the farm in Firgi, Gwoza local government area of Borno.
According to Adam, he knows Shekau personally and participated in several operations under the command of the factional Boko Haram leader.
He also claimed to be among the Boko Haram fighters who escorted the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls to a camp in Tumbuktu.
Adam, who spent five years in captivity, claimed he participated in several Boko Haram operations, including the elimination of some army engineers in the south of Borno.
He said he escaped from one of the camps in Sambisa forest due to hardship and hunger, resulting from a cholera outbreak, which left over 500 militants and their families in critical condition.