According to reports from BBC Africa, the group is said to have released new photos of its members and announced its new name.
The militant Islamist group Boko Haram has caused havoc in different parts of Nigeria through a wave of bombings, assassinations and abductions. They have been fighting to overthrow the government and create an Islamic state.
The group’s official name is Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad, which in Arabic means “People Committed to the Propagation of the Prophet’s Teachings and Jihad”. It was founded in the year 2002.
But residents in the north-eastern city of Maiduguri, where the group had its headquarters, dubbed it Boko Haram, loosely translated from Hausa language, which means “Western education is forbidden”.
Boko originally meant fake but came to signify Western education, while haram means forbidden.
Its followers are said to be influenced by the Koranic phrase, which says:
“Anyone who is not governed by what Allah has revealed is among the transgressors.”
Boko Haram promotes a version of Islam, which makes it “haram”, or forbidden, for Muslims to take part in any political or social activity associated with Western society.
This includes voting in elections, wearing shirts and trousers or receiving a secular education. Boko Haram regards Nigeria as being run by non-believers, even when the country had a Muslim president.
Boko Haram pledged its allegiance to fellow terrorist group, Islamic State (ISIS) in March 2015.
ISIS accepted the pledge and encouraged members to extend operations to West Africa.
Boko Haram Runs Out of Arms, Ammunition.
Nigerian military has said that the terrorists within the country have run out of arms and ammunition.
This is even as the Director Defence Information, Major General Chris Olukolade confirmed to newsmen in Abuja that ground troops with support from airstrikes have stormed sambisa forest combing terrorists from their hideouts.
Although, Olukolade did not disclosed whether military troops have succeeded in killing or destroying terrorists camps in the ongoing raid which began on Wednesday, an escapee from Tabe village of Damboa local government area who narrowly escaped from the area said,
“The Boko Haram terrorists have run out of arms and ammunitions as the military intensify attacks on Sambiza Forest”.
“You can find more than 500 members of the insurgents with only few of them having rifles and even when one or two of them have rifles, it is like a stick, as they have run out of ammunitions, because the usual supplies they get are not forthcoming.
“I am optimistic that the military will succeed by killing many of these sect who have been terrorising residents in the past three years in the shores of Sambisa forest”
Another resident of nearby Yamtake village who does not want his name in print told reporters that
“As a result of the recent aerial bombardment on the Sambiza forest, many of the sect members including their commanders have fled into the nearby bushes of Yamtake, Tabe and Jangoro villages of Damboa local government area of the state.”
He called on the military authorities to come to their aid by mopping up the remnant of the insurgents who fled to these areas before they regroup to unleash terror on innocent villagers.
“The Boko Haram terrorists have only bow and arrows, matchets, daggers and other local weapons, as they have run out of arms and ammunitions and were roaming about in the bushes of the villages along the fringes of the Sambiza forest”.
Meanwhile, a security source from Bama, one of the recaptured local government area in Borno said the Boko Haram has caused a lot of destruction in Bama town, as corpses were scattered all over the streets, some were dumped in destroyed buildings and wells.
“Only few structures still standing, as the terrorists have virtually destroyed all structures in the town. Very soon we are also going to the Sambiza forest for mop up operations, as we have been directed to clear the Sambiza before the May 29handing over dateline”. The security source also revealed” He said.