The Army said it was yet to verify the authenticity of the video.
The Nigerian Army on Friday said it is still investigating the video clip posted by the leader of Boko Haram sect, Abubakar Shekau, to determine whether he is alive or dead.
The Director of Army Public Relations, Brigadier General Ibrahim Attahiru, made the disclosure at a news conference in Abuja on the security situation in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, where the Federal Government had declared a state of emergency.
Mr. Attahiru said “the issue of whether Shekau is alive or dead, I want to reconfirm here that we needed to verify the video released by him.
“This verification has to be done by various sources, as there are technical sources that will look at the video to ascertain its authenticity or otherwise.
“So, we are still investigating the claim and as soon as we get the information, we will let the public know.’’
The Spokesman of the Joint Task Force (JTF) in Borno, Lt.-Col. Saghir Musa, had in a statement in August said Shekau may have died after he sustained serious gunshot wounds in an encounter with the troops on June 30.
Mr. Musa had said “intelligence report available to the JTF revealed that Abubakar Shekau, the most dreaded and wanted Boko Haram terrorist leader may have died.’’
However, in a video released on September 25, Mr. Shekau resurfaced and claimed responsibility for attacks that occurred after the military’s August statement.
Mr. Attahiru had also told PREMIUM TIMES after the video’s release that the army was investigating the authenticity of the video.
Meanwhile, the director of army public relations said military operations in the North East had continued to disrupt the terrorists’ activities and had denied them the freedom to act.
He said “several insurgent’s camps have been effectively neutralised.’’
Mr. Attahiru urged the people of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa to cooperate with the military by promptly reporting the presence of any suspected insurgents in their localities.
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