Boko Haram insurgents have asserted control over a supposedly captured town in a new video they released to a French News Agency, AFP. The terrorists’ group leader, Abubakar Shekau, was shown sermonising to the locals, while an armoured tank paraded the street between two columns of heavily armed insurgents lining both sides. Three pick-up trucks painted in military fatigue colours, bearing black flags with Arabic inscriptions, standing aside. The 44-minute video also showed residents of the community cheering the insurgents.
Shekau expressed support for ISIS activities in Iraq and Syria, including the declared caliphates by them. He also restated a claim to establishing a similar caliphate in the captured territories. Although visual of Shekau was hardly clear, his messages were echoed to the locals through loudspeakers. Shekau also dismissed ceasefire deal was reached between him and the Federal Government, which he described as tyrants.
“There is no truce between me and Nigerian tyrants…This person Danladi… if he thinks he can, let him show his face. By Allah, we will kill him,” Shekau said, denouncing the purported rebel negotiator with the government.