Boko Haram factions are still at war with each other over ISIS pronouncement of a new leader, Abu Musab al-Barnawi to replace Abubakar Shekau.
Nigerian military believe that this could be the opportunity they need to permanently tear down the group. Nevertheless, it could also be dangerous to have Boko Haram factions independently wreaking havoc on the people.
A reliable source and resident of Nigeria’s northeast region, Borno, confirms that the group has been split into Shekau faction and the replacement, Abu Musab al-Barnawi’s faction.
“The Barnawi faction launched an offensive against the Shekau faction who were camped in the villages of Yele and Arafa.”
“In Yele, the assailants killed three people from the Shekau camp, injured one and took one with them, while several were killed in Arafa.”- Mele Kaka.
According to Kaka, the two Boko Haram factions had a deadly showdown at Zuwa village in nearby Marte district. Locals in the involved area were forced to flee for their lives.
The Abu Musab al-Barnawi’s faction reportedly accused Shekau and his team for contravening the teachings of Islam and true jihad.
“The Barnawi fighters told villagers after each attack that they were fighting the other camp because they had derailed from the true jihad and were killing innocent people, looting their property and burning their homes.”
Upon his appointment by ISIS, Abu Musab al-Barnawi condemned Shekau’s indiscriminate murder of thousands of innocent people including Muslims. In other words he refuted Shekau’s Islamic ideology.
Shekau’s faction has recklessly killed, kidnapped, destroyed properties; and molested women and children. On some occasions these captives were killed and buried in mass graves.
Shekau defended these acts in his video, claiming that anyone who does not share his radical Islamic views is clearly an “infidel” and must be treated as such.
Another source has testified to the in-fighting of the Boko Haram sect.
“I don’t have news of the clashes but it is not surprising if they did occur because there has been similar in-fighting among the two Boko Haram camps.”– Babakura kolo, Civilian Vigilante.
Kolo says that 2 weeks ago the two deadly groups had a clash in the Abadam area of Borno state, near the border with Niger.
“It was a deadly fight and Shekau’s fighters were forced to flee,” he said.