The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen Tukur Buratai had in August issued a 40-day ultimatum to the Operation Lafiya Dole Theatre Command to capture Shekau, but he failed to do so when the deadline expired. -Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru and replaced him with a new commander, Maj.
Maj Gen Attahiru Ibrahim was appointed to lead the offensive against Boko Haram in the north-east in May this year. The former occupant of that position was Lucky Irabor who was redeployed to coordinate the Multi-National Joint Task Force, MNJTF.
That plan and the spate of deadly attacks have raised questions about assertions by the government and military that Boko Haram has been wiped out, as well as doubts about Nigeria's ability to retain its sovereign integrity in the Northeast.
The insurgents continued to stage daring attacks including on military formations. The month after, a group of geologists and technologists from the University of Maiduguri were ambushed by Boko Haram insurgents at Magumeri area of Borno state.
On November 21, another suicide bomber blew himself up killing at least 50 worshippers at a mosque in Mubi, a town in Adamawa state, northeast Nigeria.
Another suicide bombing was witnessed on December 2 when two teenage suicide bombers attacked Biu market killing at least 18 persons and injuring 52 others. Mr. Ibrahim had a closed door session with the defence chief. Gen. Rogers Nicholas has been named as his replacement.
Earlier, he served as the Commander of the Special Security Task Force (STF) in Jos as well as Chief of Civil Military Affairs at Army headquarters.
However, the official announcement of the new appontment is yet to be made by the Army.