Bashir Bulabuduwaye, a top Boko Haram terrorist, has turned himself in to Nigerian army soldiers.
Bulabuduwaye was Boko Haram’s main executioner who was responsible for the death of several sentenced hostages, according to Zagazola Makama, a Counter Insurgency Expert and Security Analyst in Lake Chad, West Africa.
On September 12, 2022, the terrorist and his family, including his wife and children, reportedly turned themselves in to Operation Hadin Kai forces in Banki in the Bama Local Government Area of Borno State.
When Abubakar Shekau was the leader of the sect, an intelligence officer informed Makama that Bulabuduwaye was Boko Haram’s chief executioner who executes those who have been found guilty, captured military personnel, and civilians.
According to the reports, the former terror leader has appeared in numerous graphic videos depicting militants affiliated with the Jam’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jih’d slitting the throats of inmates and shooting hostages after declaring them to be non-Muslims.
According to the sources, Bulabuduwaye and his group of executors killed at least 1,000 people who had been apprehended and given death sentences.
In May 2021, a group of warriors from the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) entered the terror group’s stronghold in the Sambisa forest area, where its leader Abubakar Shekau was killed. Bulabuduwaye was among the commanders who left, according to him.
“He broke away after refusing to pledge his allegiance to the Islamic State (ISIS), to form a camp in Kote village in the axis of Banki, where he was hiding with other fighters,” the source said.
“He surrendered due to the sustained intensified intelligence-led Air Strikes, heavy artillary bombardment and ground, offensives by the Nigerian Military troops of Operation Hadin Kai.
“It was difficult for him to access food and other logistics coupled with the flooding which already ravaged most of their settlement. He also fear battlefield elimination by ISWAP, being one of those fingered to be eliminated for refusing to pay allegiance,” the sources said.