Nigeria: DHQ faults Boko Haram’s claim on Shekau

The Defence Headquarters has faulted a
recent video by the Boko Haram to disprove the reported
death of the leader of the sect, Abubakar Shekau.
The military asserted in a statement released on the official
website of the Nigerian military, defenceinfo.mil.ng, on
Thursday that the person ‘claiming’ to be Shekau in the
sect’s videos was killed in the battle of Konduga in
September.
It was stated that the resemblance between the insurgent
who was killed and the sect’s leader could not be
contradicted adding that his corpse was further confirmed
by people who knew him.
It was stated that the recent video did not indicate when it
was shot neither did it display any screen time and date.
The statement added that the video also did not make
reference to recent events that have taken place since the
death of the sect’s leader.
It was further stated that the aircraft mentioned in the
video as having been downed by the insurgents had been
missing even before the killing of the sects leader.
The statement added that the authorities were studying the
claims contained in the video.
The military authorities stated that the members of the sect
might have cloned a picture of Shekau to create the
impression that he was alive and invincible.
The military insisted that justice would be served on
anybody that took on the name Shekau and engages in acts
of terrorism.
The statement reads, “The Defence Headquarters is
studying the claims made in the video purportedly released
by the terrorists showing their leader Abubakar Shekau as
dismissing his death.
“From immediate observation and what some online news
outlets claimed to have seen, the video did not indicate
when it was shot neither did it show any proof of life or
currency such as screen time or date. The video also did
not make any reference to anything that has happened
since the impostor’s reported death.
“It is also noteworthy that the air plane said to be
mentioned in the video had been missing before he was
killed. It should not surprise anybody if the terrorists
decide to manipulate pictures, clone another Shekau or
upload a pre-recorded video all in a bid to prove that he is
invincible.”
“As far as we are concerned, the individual who was
appearing in video and claiming to be the leader of the
terrorist group was killed in the Kondunga battle in
September.
“The resemblance of the corpse and that of the eccentric
character was incontrovertible. His identity was equally
corroborated by people who knew him before we
announced his death.
“So, while waiting to see the new video before any further
statement, our message to them is that justice will be
served to whoever bears that name or designation and
whoever engages in act.”

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