By Ndahi MARAMA, Maiduguri
BORNO state Police command yesterday rejected a fresh video clip purportedly showing Deputy Leader of the Boko Haram Islamic sect, Abubakar Shekau, said to have been killed during the last yearâ€™s fight in July between security forces and the sectâ€™s followers in Maiduguri.
The stateâ€™s Police Commissioner, Ibrahim Abdu, who was reacting to journalists in an interview on a publication in one of the national daily (not Vnaguard), over the purported re-emergence of Shekau in a fresh video clip, described the footage as computer manipulationâ€™â€™.
Abdu insisted that both the sectâ€™s Leader Mohammed YusufÂ and his second-in-command were killed during the mayhem and that it would amount to total falsehood for some one to claim that one of them was still alive.
â€˜â€˜At this era of computer, information and communication technology when impossible things are now made possible, I would be disappointed for one to believe the content of the purported video clipâ€™â€™, he declared. Adding that, anybody who believes that Shekau is still alive should tell the police his whereabout.
The CP argued that authentic evidence before the police proved that both leaders of the sec have been killed during shoot out with security operatives and that their corpses were later discovered.
The commissioner noted that although he was yet to watch the clip, but emphasized that as far as the command was concerned, Shekau is dead.
He challenged any individual or groups that were not convinced, to alert police on his hideout so that he could be nabbed as was wanted person.
The police chief enjoined the general public to disregard the entire issue and go about their normal businesses, assuring that government has put effective security machineries to guarantee their safety as stop and search were mounted at strategic locations.
On the two suspected Boko Haram flags which were mounted in Jere and infront the Shehuâ€™s Palace within the metropolis, CP Abdul said that already the police have uprooted the flags, even as he stated that the alleged flags were mere rags with some Arabic inscriptions which are far different from the Boko Haram flags which were recovered by the security agencies during the last yearâ€™s insurgency.
It would be recalled that the residence of Maiduguri were disturbed on hearing that some suspected Boko Haram (western education is sin) who survived the last year battle were making plans to struck again this month (July) to mark their one year anniversary.