- Says video shows act of desperation, mere propaganda
The Nigerian Army has said it is reviewing the latest video released by Boko Haram terrorists in which it mocked military claims that it killed several of their key commanders.
But the Director of Army Public Relations (DAPR), in a statement on Wednesday, dismissed the video as a mere propaganda and acts of desperation by defeated terrorists.
Usman stated: “In their desperation, the remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists have released yet another video clip yesterday (Tuesday), in which they made all manner of spurious assertions, denying the surrender of some of the terrorists and the killing of 5 key commanders, among other lies, all aimed at instilling unnecessary fears in law abiding people.”
He said: “Although the relevant department is still analyzing the video clip, suffice to state that it is sheer desperation and clear signs of fear as our troops keep closing up with them. Moreover, two other Deputies of the purported Boko Haram terrorist group leader, Afdu Kawuri and Abubakar Banishek, were killed in a successful military operation at Alafa on Sallah day, Friday 1st September 2017.
“This is in addition to Ba’Abba Ibrahim and 2 other Boko Haram commanders that died after sustaining injuries during their last ambush at Magumeri Local Government Area of Borno state.”
To this end, the DAPR challenged the terrorist leader to produce the five key commanders earlier killed or the video of those Ameers; he claimed not dead and is still with him.
It is instructive to note, Usman said, Shekau is scared and rattled by the 40-day ultimatum issued by the Chief of Army Staff to the Theatre Commander Operation Lafiya Dole “and hiding from one hole to another, like the bush rat that he really is.”