Friday, October 3, 2014

I am alive - Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau cries out in new video | You are dead - DHQ insists

Barely two weeks after the military announced that it has killed the Boko Haram commander, who had been posing as the sect leader, Abubakar Shekau, the Islamic sect yesterday released a new video where Shekau claimed he was alive and challenged the military to produce evidence he was killed.

It is not clear when the footages in the new video were recorded but the man that appeared in the 36 minutes video had all the features of the Shekau that appeared in most of the previous videos released by the sect, including his looks, beard, pattern of dressing and speaking among others.

"I hereby put to lie the claim that I was killed," Shekau said, amidst thunderous shout of Allahu Akbar (Allah is great) from his well armed lieutenants.

He claimed that his fighters shot down the Alpha Jet (NAF 466) belonging to the Nigerian Air Force which was reported missing by the Defence Headquarters.

The aircraft, with two pilots on board, reportedly left Yola at about 10:45am on 12th September 2014 on a routine operational mission but did not return. One of the pilots was shown in the latest video stating that their aircraft was brought down by "fighters of the Jama'atu Ahlis Sunnah." The wreckage of the aircraft with the insignia of the Nigerian Air Force was also shown.

The pilot, who said he does not know the where about of his colleague was thereafter assaulted with an axe by an executioner who dressed in military fatigue.

In the video, Shekau said he had gone far in ensuring that Sharia Law was strictly observed in his "Islamic Caliphate" and showed footages in which a man "convicted of adultery" was stoned to death.

The right hand of another man accused of "stealing" was chopped off while an unmarried young man and a young lady "convicted of fornication" were given 100 lashes each.

Shekau boastfully said, "I challenge you, I challenge you. You even said I was killed. If you kill me, does that mean you kill (the) religion? You are not honest. You have no proof, you have nothing to say.

"Here I'm, alive. I will only die the day Allah takes my breath. The wish of Obama will not kill me, the wish of Francois Hollande will not kill me, the wish of Benjamin Natanyahu will not kill me, the wish of Ban-ki Moon will not kill me, the wish of Queen Elizabeth will not kill me, the wish of the infidels of the world will not kill me, not to talk of Jonathan, not to talk of Kashim (Shettima), not to talk of Bra-Bra (Yobe State governor Ibrahim Geidam). Nothing will kill me until my days are over. Do whatever you want to do. If you think what I'm doing is not the truth, even if you don't fight me I will crumble," he said.

The Defence headquarters however in a statement posted on its website, said, "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."

The statement titled 'The Purported Shekau Video in Circulation is as follows; "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.

"While still conducting thorough investigation into the new claims in the purported video, the military promised that justice will be served to whoever bears that name or designation and whoever engages in act.

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