The Islamic State West Africa(ISWAP) Province has confirmed that Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau is dead.
Recall that ISWAP was previously part of Boko Haram before its split five years ago, pledging allegiance to Islamic State.
The split was caused by religious ideological disagreements over the killing of civilians by Boko Haram, to which ISWAP objected.
In an audio recording obtained by news agencies, a voice said to be that of ISWAP leader Abu Musab al-Barnaw, was heard stating that Shekau is dead.
According to him, the Boko Haram leader killed himself instantly by detonating an explosive after being hunted down and offered a chance to repent and join the ISIS-linked group.
He added that Shekau, who is their arch-rival in the Lake Chad region, preferred to be humiliated in the afterlife than getting humiliated on earth.
It is also speculated to be an end of a violent rivalry between the two groups, enabling Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) to absorb Boko Haram fighters and consolidate its hold on territory in northeastern Nigeria.