Abubakar Shekau, the leader of the Boko Haram terrorist group, has once again escaped from being captured by men of the Nigerian Army, according to BBC.
In a recent operation by the Army, Shekau escaped his hideout in Sambisa forest, leaving behind some of his clothing, chewing stick and a pistol.
A source from the vigilante force working with the Army told the BBC that the troops were very close to the hideout of the factional leader of Boko Haram in Sambisa when an order to retreat forced them to halt operation.
The Nigerian Army has recently ordered that the sect leader be arrested either dead or alive, with a bounty of $8,000 place on him.
“They ran away I saw them with my naked eyes,” the source said, adding that the militants are still armed.
Around 200 to 300 Boko Haram fighters are in operation, according to a commander who defected just after the attack.
The army repeatedly claim they have caught, killed or injured Shekau.
President Muhammadu Buhari also claimed a year ago that Boko Haram had been technically defeated.