Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau is like a cat with 9 lives.

The federal government has finally admitted that the leader of the terrorist group, Abubakar Shekau is not dead contrary to several claims of his demise by the military.

This was disclosed by the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali on Tuesday shortly after briefing President Muhammadu Buhari of his ministry’s activities at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He said it has been difficult arresting the sect leader because the insurgents normally wear masks to conceal their identities and divert attention.

He however assured that Shekau will be arrested soon.

The minister said, “I believe it is just a matter of time. It took America about seven to ten years to get Bin Laden. So. we will get Shekau as soon as possible.

“The sect’s spiritual headquarters has been ransacked and vandalised. He (Shekau) is on the run.

“He may be hiding in one of the enclaves of Sambisa Forest which we are dominating.

“We have opened up the place. We are using the place as a training area. The Army engineers will open up roads and we shall be patrolling and be ransacking that forest for the whereabouts of Shekau.”