The National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Babagana Mongonu (retd) has confirmed the killing of Malam Bako, the successor of Abu Musab Al-Barnawi, the leader of the Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP).
Mongonu disclosed this while addressing State House correspondents on the outcome of the meeting of security chiefs, presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, at the State House, Abuja, on Thursday.
The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Lucky Irabor had on October 14 confirmed the death of Al-Barnawi.
“The land forces have done an excellent job within the last one month because with their effort, we have been able to take out the leaders of Islamic State West Africa Province, Abu Mussab Al-Barnawi.
“Two days ago, the man who succeeded him, one Malam Bako, who is also one of the prominent leaders of Shira Council of ISWAP was also taken out, which means the insurgents are now contending with leadership,” Monguno said.
The NSA said Nigeria was working to settle 15,852 repentant terrorists following the successes recorded by the military in the North East.
“We have had a steady increase in the number of returnees; both combatants and non-combatants form the Islamic State West Africa Province and Boko Haram enclaves. We now have to contend with 15,852 returnees,” he said.
He said that various operations put in place by the military in some troubled parts of the country were yielding the desired results, adding that the DSS had also arrested the notorious gangster in Benue State known as Ghana and that his successor, Chekere Kefas Aondofa, had also been arrested.