A video clip has emerged on the internet which is believed to have been released by members of the deadly terrorist group, Boko Haram.
The video shows about 100 persons observing the Eid-El-Mubarak prayers under some trees in an undisclosed area.
Those in the footage are suspected to be members of the Abubakar Shekau-led faction of Boko Haram in Niger state.
After the prayers, three men from the group who spoke in Hausa, English, and Fulfulde sent out Sallah greetings. One of those who spoke was dressed in the Nigerian Police uniform while another was dressed in a military uniform.
“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,” one of the men said.
Bulama Bukarti, a human rights lawyer who shared the development on Twitter, said: “This video, if genuine, is further evidence that BH has expanded to the north-central.”
“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.”
“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,” he said.
See the information released on Twitter.
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. pic.twitter.com/c8pndFzceb
— Bulama Bukarti (@bulamabukarti) August 5, 2020