When news broke on Thursday 20 May that the irascible Shekau is (finally?) dead, many media outlets waited for some hours, some until the next day, to report the development which was the fourth time the Boko Haram leader has been reported dead.
Nigeria: Shekau, the dreaded warlord who chose Jihad over family
Abubakar Shekau, leader of the militant Islamist group Boko Haram, once the world's deadliest terrorist organisation and which is known to have killed at least 30,000 people in Nigeria and the Lake Chad region, has been reported dead. Far from fixing things, this may well strengthen ISWAP, a more 'effective' terrorist outfit which split from Boko Haram. Experts say this spells danger for Nigeria and the region, where the war on terror has raged ineffectually for over a decade.