ISWAP and Boko Haram terrorist leader who has been on the wanted list of the Nigerian military for a very long time has finally been executed.
Modu Kime, a prominent commander of the ISWAP and Boko haram terrorist group, is said to have been executed by Nigerian armed forces.
Kime, also known as Abou Maryam (father of Maryam), was murdered in airstrikes organized along the borders of Lake Chad in Borno State, according to PR Nigeria, an online news site with close ties to the military.
The airstrikes were said to have taken place near the river banks of Bisko and Tumbum Tawaye in Borno’s Abadam Local Government Area.
Abou Maryam’s execution came just a few months after the military confirmed the death of Abubakar Shekau, a notorious terrorist leader, whose name sparks fear in the hearts of Nigerians.
In 2016, ISWAP, a breakaway branch of the Boko Haram commanded by Shekau, swore allegiance to the Islamic State (ISIS).
Terrorist actions in the north-east and the Lake Chad region have been blamed on them.
Boko Haram has been at the forefront of Nigerian terrorism prior to the formation of ISWAP. It began as a religious organization and a critic of the government’s actions.
Its tentacles have reached Niger, Cameroon, and Chad.
Since the conflict began in 2009, the organization has claimed the lives of over 35,000 people in the continuing conflicts in Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe states, as well as other parts of Nigeria, according to the United Nations.
During the early stages of Boko Haram activities in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, a clash between Muhammed Yusuf’s (The founder of Boko haram) supporters and security personnel erupted, prompting Yusuf to demand for the establishment of the Islamic Caliphate by force.
Yusuf was arrested and killed in police custody. As a result, his followers fled to the Sambisa Forest, and his lieutenants, including Abu-Bakr Sehaku, Khalid Al-Barnawi, Kaka Allai, Mustapha Chad, Abou Maryam, and Mamman Nur, began vying for control.
The race was eventually reduced down to two of Yusuf’s closest followers: Mamman Nur and Abu-Bakr Shekau, with the latter becoming victorious.
Ever since then we didn’t hear much about Abou Maryam until late 2020 when the Nigerian Army released a list of 86 persons wanted in connection with act of terrorism.
Alongside Abou Maryam are other deadly Boko Haram commanders like; Abubakar Shekau, Abu Musa Al Barnawi, Modu Sulum, Malkam Umar, Bello Husba, Yan Kolo, Ibrahim Abu Maryam, Baka Kwasari, Bana Gonna, Abu Imma, and Abu Dardda are among those on the list.
According to PR Nigeria, a source revealed to them that, the operation was carried out after intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions identified the terror kingpin’s position.
It was determined after an examination of the air bombardment sites that scores of terrorists and the leader were killed in the process, according to the report.
Abou Maryam had also been on intelligence services’ radar, according to the source.
“We had been intercepting his communication and coordination of assaults by his terror outfit, especially in Borno State, for quite some time.”
“He has been active in the Tumbum Tawaye, Bisko, Garere, Arkumma, Dumbawa, Zari, and Gundumbali LGAs.
“Abou Maryam orchestrated attacks on military forces and soft targets mostly in the Damasak, Nganzai, and Gajiram areas, as well as on the outskirts of Maiduguri…”