One of the World most-wanted terrorist Abubakar Shekau, the leader of Boko Haram terrorist group, was earlier this year sighted in the Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, according toNews Express.

The terrorist leader was neither pursued nor apprehended due to what the news website described as “orders from above” in one of the country’s security services.

The report which quoted an unnamed DSS source stated that the incident took place before the change of guards that followed the assumption of office by the new regime in the country.

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The source said: “There was a time we were tracking Shekau, the Boko Haram leader, and we noticed he was with a former VP of Nigeria. Immediately we contacted our boss. The next thing we noticed was, the operation was called off, and we went back to our office.”

The source did not state the month the incident took place but said it was “earlier this year” during the tenure of Ita Ekpenyong as Director General of DSS. News Express could not reach Mr. Ekpenyong for comments.

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The Nigerian military repeatedly claimed to have killed Shekau in the past and the Camerounian Army once made a similar claim.

However, the Nigerian Army included Shekau among the over 100 top Boko Haram chiefs on the poster of wanted terrorists which it released last week.

President Muhammadu Buhari has given the country’s military next month as deadline to defeat the evil sect.

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