ISWAP appoints new leader

Terrorist group, Islamic State West Africa Province, in the Lake Chad region, has appointed 45-year-old, Sani Shuwaram as their new Leader (Wali).

Shuwaram was appointed as the new leader of the group by members of Shura (Judicial) Council of ISWAP, PRNigeria reported.

The website further disclosed that Shuwaram was sworn by an Alkali (Judge) Bukar Arge, in a brief ceremony in KURNAWA, a remote camp in the fringes of Lake Chad Basin believed to be the de-facto headquarters of ISWAP, in Abadam Local Government Area in Borno state.

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Quoting unnamed sources, PRNigeria said Sani Shuwaram replaced Aba-Ibrahim, who was appointed by Abu-Mosab Albarnawi’s Interim Committee following a directive from the Headquarters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), in August 2021.

It added that Shuwaram would be the fifth officially recognised ISWAP figure by ISIS Central, after Mamman Nur, Abu-Mosab Albarnawwy, Abbah-Gana, Abu-Dawud, also known as Abu Hafsat Al-Ansari and Aba-Ibrahim.

In his new position, Wali is expected to oversee activities of the terror group in Sambisa, Timbuktu, Tumbumma and beyond under the general supervision of the Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi, the ISIS Core Leader.

The swearing ceremony took place in presence of ISIS envoys who were on a fact findings and consultations missions on the SHURA Council to find solutions to problems of ISWAP in the axis.

One of the sources said, “The envoys were present at the event to also look at the ways of resolving problems with the ISWAP group which include internal rivalries, discriminatory actions, financial challenges, refusal of Boko Haram to pledge allegiance after Shekau’s death and clashes with Bakoura-led/Buduma JAS group.

“Apart from looking at issues of management of resources and welfare of widows and foot-soldiers, the ISIS is planning to provide logistic supports to ISWAP for special missions in Baga, Marte and Malam Fatori in Northern part of Borno State.”

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