9 October 2013

Nigeria: Boko Haram - Shekau's Video Fake - SSS

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Abubakar Shekau

The State Security Service (SSS), has described the recent video purportedly released by the supposed Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau as fake.

The defunct Joint Task Force (JTF) claimed Shekau had been killed during a clash between the insurgents and the JTF, while another security source fingered the Cameroonian Gendarmes as his killer when he escaped to one of their villages sharing border with Nigeria.

But few weeks after the military claimed Shekau had been killed, the insurgents released a video where they claimed he was alive and to prove this, a picture of Shekau was presented where he was claiming responsiblity for attacks in Borno and states.

The spokesman of the Army, Brigadier Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru told the defence correspondents that the military and security operatives had begun investigating the authenticity, or otherwise, of the video.

But a top SSS official who pleaded anonymity had reportedly disclosed that the Department had concluded a thorough analysis of the video and disclosed that the video recently released was fake.

The source explained that the SSS based its conclusion on some vital points, including the fact that Shekau's previous appearances in previous videos were different from the last one.

The SSS official also disclosed that the movement of the purported Shekau's lips did not synchronise with the words as pronounced, apparently betraying the recorded message, and making it un-professionally manipulated.

The security operative also explained that Shekau, in previous video appearances, usually started with a recitation of a full verse of the Quran that sometimes could last up to five minutes, a sequence the stand-in Shekau did not observe.

Continuing, the source said, "The video was just to create unnecessary panic in the public.

"The fact is that Abubakar Shekau was truly shot, critically injured and evacuated by his lieutenants to a conventional hospital outside Nigeria. It is only time that will tell if he survived, but what we know now is that, the video is as fake as it is."

All efforts made to speak with the Army spokesman did not yield fruitful result, as his lines were not available while filing this report.

However, a security source, who corroborated the report, said the SSS would issue a position statement on the verification and investigation of the video.

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