Nigeria’s National Security Adviser (NSA) says Malam Bako, another leader of the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP), has been killed.
Babagana Monguno made the disclosure while addressing State House correspondents after a security meeting with Service Chiefs at the presidential villa.
Mongunu, at the meeting which was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, said the ISWAP leader Bako was killed on Tuesday by the military.
According to the NSA, “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 by 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 in West Africa Province, Boko Haram and also the tangential group known as Islamic State in the Greatest Sahara.”
This development comes days after Lucky Irabor, Chief of Defence Staff, confirmed that Abu Musad Al-Barnawi, a leader of ISWAP and son of Mohammed Yusuf, the late founder of Boko Haram, had been killed.
Also, Abubakar Shekau, Boko Haram leader, was reported to have been killed by ISWAP fighters in a gun battle.