A factional Boko Haram leader loyal to Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA) Mamman Nur, has been reportedly killed.
According to Daily Trust, Nur was killed by his fighters who rebelled against him on August 21.
The deceased had rebelled against Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau in 2014, leading a breakaway faction that was later known as Al-Baghdadi.
“Mamman Nur, who was killed on August 21, is the actual leader of the Boko Haram faction after they parted ways with Shekau,” a source was quoted as saying.
“He was meant to lead so that followers would remain committed to the cause championed by his late father but he (Nur) is the major link of the faction with the Islamic State; the chief strategist around Lake Chad, including their cells in Nigeria, Niger and Chad.”
The report said Nur was killed by his close lieutenants following a prolonged disagreement with them.
Nur was said to be “not as rough as Shekau”.
“The commanders became disenchanted with Nur’s style of leadership; they saw him not as rough as Shekau,” another source reportedly said.
“They followed him in staging the revolt because the argument back in 2014 was that Shekau was a hardliner who killed almost everyone, both Muslims and Christians who disagreed with his brand of Islam.
“But according to some of the fighters, after establishing his base in Lake Chad, Mamman Nur too ‘deviated from the real course’ and compromised on so many occasions.”