The leader of the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), Abu Musab al-Barnawi,
is dead, Nigeria’s Chief of Defence Staff, Lucky Irabor, has said.
Mr. Irabor, a general, stated this on Thursday at the weekly briefing organized by the
Presidential Communications Team at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
Mr. Irabor, who did not disclose details of the death, said the terrorist leader remains
“I can authoritatively confirm to you that Abu Musab is dead. As simple as that. He is
dead and remains dead,” he said.
The leadership of the late jihadist leader, al-Barnawi, made ISWAP a dominant
terrorist group after it seized power from the late Boko Haram leader, Abubakar
The group has been striking frequently at troops resulting in the death of more than
40,000 since it began in 2009.
Since splitting with Boko Haram in 2016, the group has shown its resilience and
carried out large-scale ambushes on the military in the past weeks.
Mr. Irabor said Nigeria is in collaboration with neighboring countries to tackle
various forms of insecurity.
He said the troops have successfully limited the operations of bandits to only the
areas where they are dominant.