The Nigerian military, on Thursday, confirmed that leader of the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), Abu Musab al-Barnawi, is dead.
General Lucky Irabor, Chief of Defence Staff, made the confirmation.
This comes more than a month after media reports in the country quoted sources as saying that al-Barnawi, who was the son of Boko Haram founder, Mohammed Yusuf, was killed during a clash with another faction within the terrorist group in the last week of August.
“I can authoritatively confirm to you that al-Barnawi is dead. As simple as that. He is dead and remains dead,” CDS Irabor told reporters.
He, however, did not give details on when or how al-Barnawi died.
The late ISWAP commander rose to prominence after splitting with Boko Haram in 2016, over differences with its commander Abubakar Shekau, who died earlier this year during infighting between the two factions.
Since Shekau’s death, al-Barnawi consolidated ISWAP’s control in the north-east and the Lake Chad region.
But he was confronted by pockets of Boko Haram loyalists.