US to supply security drones to Nigeria to combat insecurity
London, May 21 (AltAfrica)-Nigeria is to receive supply of security drones from the American government in August this year to combat insecurity.
The American ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard stated this in Sokoto State in northern Nigeria at a round table discussion with newsmen in the state, said plans to that effect were underway.
She said insecurity has short changed the development of the country in many areas of human endeavour which was a concern to America, noting that the drones would help Nigeria combat banditry, kidnapping and the Boko Haram insurgency.
The ambassador who is inspecting American programmes across Nigeria said the US has expanded $122 million (one hundred and twenty two million dollars) in the health sector of the country from 2015 till date.
Mary Beth Leonard further revealed that the United States of America is the largest single bilateral contributor to Nigeria.
Meanwhile, several reports on Thursday had it that Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, had died after surrendering to Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) fighters, a report said on Thursday.
He was said to have blown himself up on Wednesday after his base in the Sambisa forest in Borno State was raided by ISWAP insurgents.
They were reported to have tracked Shekau to his stronghold and engaged his bodyguards in a gun battle before venturing to capture the Boko Haram leader.
After his bodyguards were subdued, Shekau surrendered and was asked to step down and order his group to declare their loyalty to ISWAP, online platform Humangle reported.
Apparently opposed to the idea, the Boko Haram leader was said to have blown himself up, killing some others around him in the process.
Shekau had taken over the leadership of Boko Haram following the death of its founder, Mohammed Yusuf, after which he launched a full-scale campaign against the Nigerian state.
In 2016, a faction of the terrorist group broke away from Boko Haram to form ISWAP after pledging allegiance to the Islamic State (IS).
The military had at several times claimed to have killed Shekau, but the terrorist leader had released videos after such claims to denounce it and insisted that he was alive.
The activities of the terrorist groups – both Boko Haram and ISWAP – have led to the death and injury of thousands and rendered millions of others homeless in the restive north-eastern region of the country.
Trouble in the region, spanning over a decade, has left Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa States as the worst-hit by the insurgency.