Nigerian military said it is examining a purported new video from acclaimed leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau in order to ascertain its authenticity.
The forensic examination, according to the military authorities, is sequel to calls being made by Abubakar Shekau in the said video on his followers to embrace peace and stop the fighting by sheathing their swords and surrendering arms.
This is even as Operation Lafiya Dole, troops of 7 Division Garrison and 112 Battalion, assisted by some Civilian JTF, killed 5 terrorists during clearing operation that took place at Menari, Bulamari, Zangebe, Maafa, Mijigine, Baale and Kaltaram villages in Mafa Local Government Area of Borno State.
During the exercise, which is in continuation of the ongoing clearance operations of remnants of Boko Haram terrorists at the various sectors, the troops also rescued 180 persons and their cattle that have been held hostage by the terrorists at Giltimari and Baale.
A top military officer revealed that: “The ongoing campaign against insurgency and indeed Boko Haram is being intensified most especially in the Sambisa forest and its environs in order to further degrade and demystify the sect and bring them to their knees.
“We are aware of the video but we are subjecting it to thorough forensic investigation. We won’t take any action that can stop the ongoing offensives against the terrorists in all fronts. Every terrorist is free to surrender.
“While the military is conscious of sustaining the tempo on its war against terrorism, the military intelligence will subject the undated and unverified video to forensic analyses,” the officer concluded.
Shekau was last heard in March 2015, when an audio message attributed to him was released, pledging Boko Haram’s allegiance to the Islamic State militant group, ISIS, after which it rebranded itself as the Islamic State West Africa Province, ISWAP.
The Boko Haram leader also issued a threat to disrupt 2015’s general elections in Nigeria.

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