Son of the foremost founder of the deadly Islamist group, Muhammad Yusuf, Ba’a Idirisa, who is leader of the group in Nigeria, has been killed, according to sources.
Muhammad Yusuf founded the sect around 2003 but took up arms against the government around 2008/2009.
His son Ba’a was killed alongside three commanders of the group in Nigeria.
Sources claim that the ISWAP leaders were killed on February 9 for “driving an idea” which was considered too soft for the insurgents.
“Idirisa had told his fighters to stop killing captured soldiers and should be kind to villagers,” the source said.
“But elements within the ISWAP leadership were not happy about this. They accused Idirisa and two others of being too soft and that they had been compromised. They were eventually killed.”
Other reports claim the Idirisa was eavesdropped on while suing for peace and was murdered for that reason.
The source said Idirisa’s death has deepened the crisis in the Boko Haram camp as his loyalists have vowed to rebel.
A new commander, Abba Gana has been named to take over from him.