Nigerian troops in Sambisa Forest appear to be under pressure to capture the factional leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau.

The dreaded terrorist group has been chased out of their base as the military has now taken over Camp Zairo in Sambisa Forest, Borno State.

Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai was in Sambisa Forest on Saturday to appreciate the troops for a job well-done, and to charge them further.

He told the troops to get Shakau, who was reported to be on the run and disguised like a woman, dead or alive.

“Let me say congratulations. But, we must move across to wherever this criminal – Shekau is and catch him red handed. I want you to get him.

“Mr President, Command-In-Chief of the Armed Forces says congratulations to all of you for recovering the Sambisa Forest.

“As far as we are concerned, we have come to the end of this operation (clearing the forest of remnants of terrorists).

“What is remaining now is the Lake Chad waters only and we hope to do that (clear terrorists from it) also very soon.

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“Meanwhile, you all know these criminals are still on the run; these guys are on the run, you must make sure that you get them wherever they are around this area.

“You must not allow them to escape. Every day, you must go on patrol, lay ambush for them and you go on raids.

“This is the time we have to consolidate and ensure that this place – Sambisa forest, is safe and never for these criminals to come back to it,’’ Buratai charged the troops.

In 2017, the army chief gave troops a 40-day ultimatum to capture Shekau and the army recently offered a N3 million reward for any information that will lead to his capture.

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