The leader of Islamic extremists group, Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau has dismissed Nigerian military claims of his death in a new video released on Thursday and said the militants had implemented strict Islamic law in captured towns, in a video of about 36 minutes.
According to him, “Here I am, alive. I will only die the day Allah takes my breath,” Shekau said, adding that his group was “running our… Islamic caliphate” and administering strict sharia punishments.
Though the Nigeria’s military said last week that Shekau was dead and that a man who had been posing as the group’s leader in the videos had been killed after fighting with troops in Kondunga.
Meanwhile, the Defence Headquarters insist that Sekarau is dead, suggests that the name must have been branded for members of the group to use.
In a statement by Director, Defence Information, DHQ, Major Genneral Chris Olukolade, said, “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 invincible.
It “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
DHQ vowed that the military would serve justice to whoever bore that name or designation.
Credit: AFP, Punchonline
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