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Shekau: I’m not dead


Shekau: I’m not dead

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Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau has shown up again in a video, boasting and yelling as usual.
He said he was not killed, contrary to what the military said.
But the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) yesterday said it was all lies and propaganda.
It insisted that the impostor claiming to be Shekau had been killed in the battle of Konduga in Borno State.
The DHQ,  in a statement issued in Abuja, said it was still studying the video.
It said: “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 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
While still conducting thorough
investigation into the new claims in the purprted video, the military
promised that justice will be served to whoever bears that name or
designation and whoever engages in act.”
In the 36-minute video, a man claiming to be Shekau appeared, contradicting the military’s reports that he was killed.
Screen grabs of the video, seen by Reuters, show a figure in boots and combat fatigues who looks similar to the man claiming to be Shekau in previous videos.
“Here I am, alive. I will only die the
day Allah takes my breath,” he says in Hausa language, reported the
French News Agency (AFP), which normally receives Boko Haram tapes
first, before they are distributed online.
The military said last week that the man
who had been posing as Shekau in the group’s growing number of videos
had been killed in clashes over the town of Konduga.
The military announced the death of Shekau himself a year ago, saying he had died in battle.
After that, the man appearing in videos
as Shekau did look different from before, with a wider nose, less
defined bridge and a rounder face.
In the most recent video, Shekau says
“nothing will kill me until my days are over … Some people asked you if
Shekau has two souls. No, I have one soul, by Allah,” AFP said.
Boko Haram, whose violent five-year
campaign for an Islamic state has killed thousands, has in the past two
months progressed from bombings, raids and kidnappings to trying to
seize territory.
In the video, the Shekau figure declared
the remote areas they control near Cameroon as “Muslim territory”,
echoing the declaration of a caliphate by militants in Iraq and Syria.
Bellicose as ever, Shekau stands on the
back of a pick-up truck, firing an anti-aircraft gun into the air. The
video also shows people being stoned to death and being given lashes,
both traditional Islamic punishments.

The video also shows Boko Haram fighters
picking through the wreckage of an aircraft they claim to have shot
down. The DHQ is still looking for a an Air Force jet that went missing
more than two weeks ago.

“Standing in front of three camouflaged
vans and flanked by four heavily armed, masked fighters, he then speaks
for 16 minutes in Arabic and the Hausa language widely spoken in
Northern Nigeria.
“There was no indication of where or when the video was shot. Shekau appears in separate images from the violence.
“The heavily bearded Shekau, who
appeared to be the same man as those in previous clips, said the
military’s claim that he was dead was propaganda.
AFP said: “Boko Haram has shown images
of extreme violence before but the latest video shows at length graphic
scenes of an amputation and a stoning to death as well as a beheading.
“It also purports to show the wreckage
of a Nigerian Air Force jet that went missing in the northeast on
September 11. Boko Haram said its fighters shot it down but the military
denied the claim.
“Elsewhere in the new video, the
militant leader said the group had implemented strict Islamic law in the
towns that it had captured in the northeast in recent weeks.
“We are running our caliphate, our
Islamic caliphate. We follow the Koran… We now practise the injunctions
of the Koran in the land of Allah,” he said.
“The video showed footage of a man being
stoned to death for adultery, another having his right hand cut off at
the wrist for theft and a man and a woman receiving 100 lashes for sex
out of wedlock.
“Crowds of men, women and children are seen watching the punishments.
There was again no indication of when or
where the images were shot but on August 21, residents who fled the
Borno town of Buni Yadi reported that the group had carried out summary
“The scenes of graphic violence are not
unprecedented but come as other groups in the wider jihadi network,
particularly Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq, have issued
similar footage.
“In a Boko Haram video obtained on
August 24, footage showed the apparent execution of about 20 men
captured in the Borno town of Gwoza and two others beaten to death with
rocks and pick-axes.
“On the Air Force jet, Boko Haram
fighters are seen apparently picking through the wreckage of the downed
Alpha aircraft and the military’s green and white logo is clearly
But Air Force spokesman,  air Commodore
Dele Alonge told AFP: “Our plane went missing some weeks back and we are
still looking for it.
“For any group to claim they shot it down is mere propaganda and rubbish.”
It was gathered yesterday that President Goodluck Jonathan convened a meeting of the Security Council.
It was learnt that the session was to
“re-appraise the security situation in the country, including the
North-East, Nasarawa, Plateau and Ekiti states”.
An hour before the meeting started, Shekau’s video was released.
A top source said: “With the release of
the video by Boko Haram, there was no way the council will not discuss
the latest development.
“All I know is that immediately the
video was released, intelligence and military experts started analysing
it vis-a-vis the information at the disposal of the military about two
weeks ago when Shekau was declared killed in encounters with troops.
“We are studying the clip, we will not
rush into judgment. At the appropriate time, the military will react to
Shekau’s latest claim through our usual channels.”

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pls and pls let them stop killing innocent people and look for those idiots that call themselves boko haram


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