The Abubakar Shekau-led faction of Boko Haram has released a video showing members observing Eid prayer in Niger State.
The Guardian reports that a footage it saw showed about 100 persons observing the Eid prayer in an undisclosed bushy area in the state, before showing three fighters sending sallah greetings in Hausa, English and Fulfude.
“It is we the Jamahatu Ali Sunna li Dawatul Jihad in the location of Niger State. We want to send our Sallah salutation, first of all to our imam, Abu Muhammad Ibn Muhammad Abubakar Shekau,” the publication quotes a terrorist dressed in a Nigeria police uniform as saying.
Bulama Bukarti, an analyst and human rights lawyer, who also confirmed the video on Twitter, expressed concern that the insurgents may have killed some security agents and taken possession of their uniforms.
“The Shekau-led faction of BH has released its first video exclusively featuring members claiming to be from Niger State. It shows about one hundred persons praying Eid in the heart of a bush before showing three fighters sending Eid greetings in Hausa, English and Fulfulde,” he wrote.
“It’s interesting that two of the fighters were respectively wearing Nigerian military & police uniforms. This indicates that they might’ve recently killed security forces and got their uniforms. This is because in their past video, the only speaker from Niger was in mufti.
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“This video, if genuine, is further evidence that BH has expanded to the northcentral. The dense forest there is a perfect haven for terrorists and if the group is able to consolidate its presence in Niger, it can easily target Abuja as well as to other states like Kwara and Kogi.
“I won’t get tired of urging the FG and the Niger State Govt to take this threat seriously. We shouldn’t wait until the situation gets out of control before we start running helter-skelter. We better nip this challenge from the bud before it grows too gigantic to be uprooted.”
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A South Africa-based Institute for Security Studies, recently reported that Boko Haram is extending its reach from the North-east into Nigeria’s North-west.
It added that the terrorists are taking advantage of old and new local conflicts, as well as insecurities to further embed themselves in the area through violent extremism.