According to a statement by army spokesman Sani Usman, Buratai directed Attahiru to use all arsenal at his disposal to find Shekau.
The Chief of Army Staff, Nigerian Army, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai, on Friday ordered the Theatre Commander, Operation LAFIYA DOLE, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru, to capture Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau in 40 days, dead or alive.
Below is the full statement:
“Today, Friday 21st July, 2017, the chief of army staff, Nigerian army, lieutenant general Tukur Yusufu Buratai, has directed the theatre commander, operation lafiya dole, major general Ibrahim Attahiru, to capture Abubakar Shekau, the so-called and self-styled leader of Boko Haram terrorists group, dead or alive,” it read
“The theatre commander has further been directed to do so within 40 days.
“He is to employ all arsenal at the disposal of the theatre command to smoke out Shekau wherever he is hiding in Nigeria.
“The general public is please requested to also assist and volunteer information that would lead to the accomplishment of this task.”
Nigerian Army has declared Mr. Shekau dead at least four times. Despite the military declaring him killed, a man purporting to be Shekau reappeared in videos posted on the Internet ridiculing suggestions of his death.