MISSING MILITARY JET ‘SEEN IN NEW SHEKAU VIDEO’
What appears to be the wreckage of a fighter jet declared missing by the Nigerian military has been seen in the new video released by a man claiming to be Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau.
According to a Reuters report,Boko Haram fighters were seen picking through the wreckage of an aircraft they claim to have shot down.
An Alpha Jet (NAF 466) belonging to the Nigerian Air Force went missing around Adamawa state mid-September.
Defence headquarters announced then; “The aircraft, with two pilots onboard, left Yola at about 10:45am on 12 September 2014 on a routine operational mission and was expected back by 12:00 noon. Since then all efforts to establish contact with the aircraft have not yielded any positive result. Meanwhile, search and rescue effort is ongoing to establish contact with the crew.
The new video released to AFP and seen by Reuters shows Shekau standing on the back of a pick-up truck, firing an anti-aircraft gun into the air.
The video also shows people being stoned to death and being given lashes, both traditional Islamic punishments, AFP said.
Shekau is seen in the video declaring in Hausa: “Here am, alive. I will only die the day Allah takes my breath. Nothing will kill me until my days are over …….Some people asked you if Shekau has two souls. No, I have one soul, by Allah.
The military announced last week that it had killed Bashir Mohammed aka Isa Damasaka aka Abacha Giedam who used to pose as Shekau in the propaganda videos.
The authorities are yet to comment on the latest developments.