The leader of the dreaded Boko Haram sect, Abubakar Shekau has dared the Nigerian Military once again by releasing another video where he claims he is still in the Sambisa Forest and even has some wives of police officers they kidnapped with them.
Shekau, in his usual way, released the 9 minutes, 5 seconds video recorded in Hausa language, a few days after the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj. Gen. Rogers Nicholas, declared that the sect has been completely defeated and chased out of the Forest.
Maj. Gen Nicholas also added that hundreds of the insurgents had surrendered to the Army, with several others fleeing from their hideouts just as over 100 civilians were rescued in an all-out operation.
“My soldiers are in the heart of Boko Haram enclave, that is Camp Zairo; the gallant troops have taken total control of Sambisa Forest.
We have broken the heart and soul of Shekau’s group, taking over the camp and its environs. They are on the run and we are pursuing them to wherever they go. This time around there is no place for escape anywhere.
We had earlier asked those of them that want to surrender to do so and we are still asking them to come out and surrender otherwise they are going to meet it the hard way,” Maj. Gen. Nicholas had said.
However, in a new video footage, the unrepentant Shekau threatened to unleash more violence in the North-East, while insisting that his foot soldiers were still in control of the Sambisa Forest and that they still have the wives of police officers they kidnapped some time ago.
A Nigerian journalist known for his wide coverage of the Boko Haram activities, Ahmad Sakilda, also confirmed the authenticity of the video his Twitter handle with this tweet:
“Abubakar Shekau looks and sounded weary in his latest video, but is he really the trouble now? The insurgency has developed beyond his reach. No doubt, #ISWAP is the future of the insurgency that we all have to contend with in the upcoming years.”
Abubakar Shekau looks and sounded weary in his latest video, but is he really the trouble now? The insurgency has developed beyond his reach. No doubt, #ISWAP is the future of the insurgency that we all have to contend with in the upcoming years.
— Ahmad Salkida (@ContactSalkida) February 6, 2018
Watch the video here: