|Shekau says in a new video that reports of Sambisa's fall were totally untrue.|
Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau says in the latest video that reports of the group being crushed by the Nigerian Army during the capture of its Sambisa forest stronghold Camp Zero were untrue, NAIJ.com reports.
Shekau also claims that the group is safe and far away from any location where the Nigerian military can capture its members or defeat it
The authenticity of the video is not yet confirmed and the video could have been shot several days or weeks before the capture of Camp Zero and besides, the Shekau in the video appears slightly different from the former one
In answer to NAIJ.com's call to comment on the matter, the spokesman of the Nigerian Army Brigadier-General Sani Kukasheka Usman said the security outfit has yet to see the video and to confirm its authenticity
The Boko Haram leader, who was flanked in his usual style by armed fighters, denied defeat of the insurgent group.
Commanding officer of Operation Lafiya Dole Lucky Irabor said at the conference that Shekau's personal qu'ran and a flag were found at the camp, left behind as he made haste to abandon the camp which was besieged by Nigerian armed forces from all directions.
Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari announced the fall of Sambisa in a goodwill message to the military on Saturday, December 24. In the statement, the president said the fall of Sambisa's Camp Zero was achieved at around 1.35pm a day earlier.
Journalist Salkida, who is usually privy to such videos, reacted in a rather unusual manner on his Twitter handle to reports of the new video by Shekau. He tweeted a sealed lip:
The authenticity of the video cannot be immediately verified by Naij.com and may have been shot long before the destruction of Camp Zero by the Nigerian armed forces.
On its part, the Nigerian Army has said it is not aware of the existence of such a video. Nigerian Army's spokesperson Brigadier-General S.K. Usman, when called by NAIJ.com for comments on the development on Thursday, December 29, said the military is yet to see the video of Shekau's denial.