Ibrahim Uwais, son of former chief justice of Nigeria, Mohammed Uwais has been reportedly killed in an US airstrike targeted at members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Ibrahim’s wife, Halima who travelled with him to Iraq in February 2015, has called to inform her father-in-law of his death.
41-years old Ibrahim reportedly left Nigeria with his two wives and children in February last year to join the Islamic terror group, ISIS, because he was said to have openly condemned Boko Haram for the “damage” they were doing to Islam.
Before leaving Nigeria in 2015, Ibrahim reportedly told close family members he was going to Turkey to explore business opportunities. Taking along his two wives and five children, he slipped from Turkey into Syria and joined the burgeoning army of volunteer fighters who travel from different parts of the world to enlist with ISIS, a group whose agenda is to carve out an Islamist caliphate.
Before embarking on the trip to Iraq via Turkey, Ibrahim also reportedly told his wives that they were free to return to their parents. But both of them said they would go with him and they took all their children with them. His elder wife was the head of a private school in Abuja, the younger worked with the Debt Management Office (DMO).
The retired justice reportedly became apprehensive over the disappearance of his son and his family and reported to the security agencies, which after investigations, the Turkish embassy in Abuja disclosed the details of Ibrahim’s movement through a court injunction, and it confirmed issuing visas to Ibrahim and members of his family.
The details of his arrival in Turkey were made available, while images of CCTV recordings were also said to have been analysed by the Turkish security agencies to establish their movement.
Ibrahim was believed to be in the convoy of Abu Waheeb, a senior ISIS leader dubbed “the emir of Anbar”, at the time of the US airstrike in a town near Rutba in the Anbar desert. All in the convoy were killed in the strike, but only the identity of Waheeb had been made public by Pentagon.
Waheeb had been reported killed on several occasions, but Pentagon confirmed that the former member of Al-Qaeda in Iraq who used to appear in ISIS execution videos is now dead.