The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has extended his 40-day deadline to the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru, to capture Abubakar Shekau, dead or alive.
The deadline, which was earlier given by Buratai to the commander on July the 21st, 2017, expired on August the 30th.
The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman, said in a statement on Friday, that the commander requested for an extension of the order to capture Shekau, which was granted by Buratai.
But the statement was silent on the duration of the extended deadline.
Usman said the troops eliminated 82 terrorists during the period and came close to achieving the directive issued by the Chief Of Army Staff.