Updated: March 1, 2021
A prominent Boko Haram commander, Ali Gaga, has been assassinated by other commanders of the terrorist group as he planned to surrender to the Nigerian army with at least 300 captives.
Gaga was killed by other commanders loyal to Mamman Nur’s faction after the faction got hint of his plans to surrender to the enemy, newswire, PRNigeria reported on Sunday quoting prominent sources.
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The newswire said it exclusively obtained a video that showed that Gaga had already perfected his plans to surrender to Nigerian military authorities in a negotiation brokered by a prominent non- governmental organization (NGO) conversant with the issues, when his plans were leaked to other Boko haram commanders who executed him.
The Sources said Gaga was a Fulani man from Taraba state and was forced to join the Mamman Nur’s faction of the group three years ago after his cows were seized from him by Boko Haram on the fringe of the Lake Chad.
“Gaga was trained on how to fight wars and engage in combat operations. He also possessed an extraordinary ability to know the terrain because he was a herdsman. This elevated him to a level of a Commanding Officer by the Mamman Nur’s Faction,” the sources said.
“Gaga was not interested in holding captives for ransom like others. What is paramount to him is getting his livestock and continue what he was doing as a herdsman and reunite with his family”.
The Sources also revealed that Gaga was already in touch with foreign influencers who would have rescued him and others before he was killed.
In one of the videos obtained by PRNigeria, Gaga spoke in Hausa language and introduced other leaders working towards rescuing and escaping with the captives to surrender to the military authority.
He also expressed gratitude to prominent leaders of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) persuading them to surrender and assured them of adequate safety and protection once they surrendered voluntarily.
“We are tired of this senseless act of terrorism. We are ready to surrender with my people and other captive and live a normal away from this unfortunate terrain of needless suffering,” he said in about 3-minute video recording in a forest.