The splinter group of Boko Haram, the Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP), has changed its leadership, the Multinational Joint Task  Force (MNJTF) says. 

Colonel Timothy Antigha, the spokesman for the MNJTF, confirmed the leadership change in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday.

He also stated that reliable sources confirmed that internal crisis led to change of Boko Haram leadership on March 3.

Antigha said ISWAP sacked the Boko Haram factional Chief, Abu Mus’ab Al Barnawi and replaced him with Abu Abdullahi Ibn Umar Al Barnawi.

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According to him, the frequent execution of Boko Haram commanders and fighters which have been observed in the past few months as well as recent replacement of its leadership are clear indications of effectiveness of past and ongoing operation 'Yancin Tafki'.

Antigha said the joint task force would sustain current operations until Boko Haram capitulates, with its leadership brought to justice.

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