Malam Bako, a leader of the Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP), was killed, according to the Nigerian government.
The National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, told media at the State House on Thursday that Bako and an ISWAP commander were killed by Nigerian forces.
Bako took over from Abu Musab Al-Barnawi, the late Boko Haram leader and son of the group’s founder, Mohammed Yusuf.
The statement came a few days after General Lucky Irabor, the Chief of Defence Staff, confirmed the death of ISWAP leader Abu Musab Al-Barnawi.
Al-Barnawi was the son of Mohammed Yusuf, the founder of Boko Haram, who was assassinated by security forces in 2009 after launching a war against the Nigerian government.
He was originally the Islamists’ spokesperson before becoming the ISWAP leader after Abubakar Shekau’s death.
“In one month, we have been able to take out the leadership of ISWAP, that is Abu Musab Al-Barnawi.
“Two days ago, the man who succeeded him, Malam Bako, one of ISWAP Shura Council, was also taken out.”