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After the Nigerian national security adviser Babagana Monguno announced that Malam Bako, who recently succeeded Abu Musab al-Barnawi as leader of the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP), was “taken out” by troops, the terrorist group late last month in a swift move announced his replacement

In August Bako was appointed a member of the Shura Council, ISWAP’s consultative assembly, as the group consolidated its position in the Lake Chad basin following the death of rival leader Abubakar Shekau of the Boko Haram group

Meanwhile, members of Shura (Judicial) Council of the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) terrorists’ groups has appointed Sani Shuwaram, a 45-year-old as a new Leader (Wali) in the Lake Chad.

The little-known Sani Shuwaram replaced Aba-Ibrahim, who was appointed by Abu-Mosab Albarnawi’s Interim Committee following a directive from the Headquarters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), in August 2021.

Shuwaram was sworn in by an Alkali (Judge) Bukar Arge, in a brief ceremony in KURNAWA, a remote camp in the Lake Chad Basin axis considered as the de-facto headquarters of ISWAP, in Abadam Local Government Area in Borno state.

Sani would be the fifth officially recognised ISWAP figure after Mamman Nur, Abu-Mosab Albarnawwy, Abbah-Gana, Abu-Dawud, also known as Abu Hafsat Al-Ansari and Aba-Ibrahim.

With the appointment, Shuwaram is expected to coordinate activities of the terror group in Sambisa, Timbuktu, Tumbumma and beyond under the general supervision of the Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi, the ISIS Core Leader.

The swearing ceremony took place in presence of ISIS envoys who were on a fact findings and consultations missions on the SHURA Council to find solutions to problems of ISWAP in the axis.

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