Boko Haram factional leader Abubakar Shekau has named Abu Muhammad as the current Amirul Jaysh (Commander of War).
Shekau made the announcement after assassinating the former Commander, Abu Fatimah.
Shekau allegedly shot and killed Abu Fatimah last week for allegedly betraying the sect, according to PRNigeria.
According to an informant, Shekau also eliminated two other senior commanders.
“Following an internal dispute, Shekau killed Abu Fatima, another Commander, and Amirul Fi’ya, the son of a well-known Bama businessman, Alhaji Modu Katakauma,” according to the source.
The Shura (consultation) Council of the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) confirmed Abu Dawud’s appointment as new leader earlier this year.
Dawud rose to power after the overthrow of Amir Abba-Gana at Tumbum Kayowa.
On February 9, 2019, Abba-Gana was elevated following the execution of Ba’a Idirisa. The deceased was the successor to Abu-Mossad Albarnawee.
Abba-Gana was fired for appointing Aliyu Chakkar as “Governor of Lake Chad.” Chakkar took over for Goni Maina, an ex-ISWAP commander.
In North-Eastern Nigeria, Boko Haram and its offshoot, Islamic State West Africa Province, have killed thousands and displaced millions.
The Nigerian military has consistently asserted that the insurgency has been largely defeated, and any casualties are often exaggerated.
Insurgents have been targeting soldiers in recent months, waiting in ambush for them.
Hundreds of soldiers and officers are said to have been killed since January 2021.
In Wulgo, two explosive-laden vehicles rammed into a military convoy, killing at least 33 soldiers.
Abu Bakr al-Siddiq and Bana Jundullah were named as the suicide bombers. Four military vehicles, according to the group, were also lost.
In February, insurgents killed about 20 soldiers in Malari, Borno State.
According to Translator Nigeria News, the soldiers were on patrol to clear out some Boko Haram elements in the region after receiving credible intelligence when they were ambushed by the party.