The man orchestrating the deadly Boko Haram massacres in Nigeria is a
boastful lunatic who revels in slaughter and chaos and is a ‘master of disguise’.Bloodthirsty Abubakar Shekau is one of the world’s most wanted men, with
American authorities putting a $7million bounty on his head.
Shekau – said to be to fluent in four languages – also operates under a
variety of different names which has only increased the mystery
surrounding his true identity.
The elusive Islamist fanatic has led his brutal Boko Haram militants
since 2009 into war in Africa, killing more than an estimated 16,225
people in that time.
Experts claim psychotic Shekau rarely communicates directly with members
of the terror group and instead deals only with a handful of
confidantes – much like former Al Qaeda terror chief Osama bin Laden.
Files on the US State Department of Justice claim he variously operates
under identities that include Darul Tawheed, Abu Bakr Skikwa, Imam Abu
Bakr Shiku, Abu Muhammad Abu Bakr Bin Muhammad Al Shakwi Al Muslimi
Bishku and Abubakar Shakkau.
Kanuri. Even his age remains unknown, with predictions between 38 and 49
believed to be most accurate.
fanatic – only for him to appear in new videos proving he is still
alive.After one recent claim, he appeared in video to taunt the
military’s claims and laughed:
‘Here I am, alive. I will only die the day Allah takes my breath.’
have shocked the world with their merciless slaughter of innocent men,
woman and children across the north of Nigeria.
week in a video praising the jihadists who murdered 17 people in the
‘religious intellectual, yet also a gangster and vigilante as well as a
“He was an easy-going fellow who would exchange banter with people in
the neighbourhood. He was popular… as a local theology student,” said
Grema Kawudima, from the Mafoni area of the city, in a September 2012
interview.Another local, Butari Gwoni said Shekau married the daughter
of a teacher, but his wife died in childbirth, triggering what some said
was latent mental illness. He began “exhibiting signs of mental
imbalance” after his wife’s death, said Gwoni.
Neuropsychiatric Hospital in the Nigerian city of Maiduguri during the
2012, the insurgent leader boasted of his bloodlust and said:
‘I enjoy killing…the way I enjoy slaughtering chickens and rams.’
Niger to poor farmer parents. They are then thought to have migrated
south into northeast Nigeria.
focusing on more hardline Sunni ideology and becoming a preacher.
After his religious studies, he is then understood to have attended
Borno State College of Legal and Islamic Studies for higher studies on
after founder Mohammed Yusuf was killed in a security crackdown on the
terror group in 2009.