Boko Haram: we’ll invade Lagos to free our members

Boko Haram yesterday restated its conditions for releasing the Chibok
girls and threatened to
bomb Lagos, Abuja and Borno in a fresh video.
In a swift reaction, the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) said it was
investigating the video which showed some of the Chibok girls in the
background.

The government also said it was in touch with the people purportedly
behind the video, adding that it will do everything possible to rescue
the girls.
The video showed some girls in Hijab behind an armed Boko
Haram militant wearing a desert camouflage combat uniform, a bullet
proof vest and covering his face with a turban.
The girls stood behind a black backdrop – 13 of them standing and the
rest sitting –  while the armed spokesperson demanded the release of
some of the captured militants in return for the girls.
The insurgent also claimed that some of the girls died in air strikes
by the Nigerian Air Force, while some others have been married off.
He threatened to rescue the captured Boko Haram members held in
Lagos, Abuja and Maiduguri (Borno).  ”I specially inform our people in
captivity in Lagos that they should be patient and continue with their
prayers, God will take us to where no one expects and we will rescue
them.
“All those in Lagos, Maiduguri and other southern parts of the country; keep praying, very soon, we will rescue you,” he said.
The 11-minute footage came amid the decimation of the terrorist
group’s capability to further cause large scale destruction. The
military through its counter insurgency OperationLafiya Dole has also arrested many members of the group.
The sect member also said in the video: ”They should know that their
children are still in our hands; there is a number of the girls, about
40 of them, they have been married, some of them have died as a result
of aerial bombardment,”
The insurgent also interviewed one of the girls who gave her name as
Maida Yakubu, who claimed that she was abducted from the Government
Secondary School (GSS) in Chibok, Borno state.  The girl who appeared
defiant speaks in her native language in what appears to be an appeal to
the government to rescue them.
Director of Defence Information Brig. Gen. Rabe Abubakar said the
military was examining the video clip to verify its authenticity.
In a telephone conversation with our correspondent, he described the video as “media war and technology in action’
”We are studying and analysing the clip. We are studying the video
clips to verify the authenticity and analysing the comments of the
speakers in the video especially the terrorist member and the girl that
spoke in mother tongue,” Gen. Abubakar said.
The Defence spokesperson also debunked allegations in the video that
some of the kidnapped girls were hit by an airstrike.  According to him,
the air operations were done through precision attack on identified
targets. and locations.
“However, the issue of air raid on the location of Chibok girls is
just mere propaganda trying to insinuate the citizens against their
professional military. We are using precision airstrike equipment which
has the capacity of picking only the targets and engage them.
Moreso, they said the location of the girls is only known to
them. ”It is extremely difficult and rare to hit innocent people during
airstrike because the operation is done through precision attack on
identified and registered targets and locations. The Precision Airstrike
is very effective at taking out targeted enemies because it is not a
random operation. We are nevertheless studying the video clips to
examine if the victims died from other causes rather from the allegation
of airstrike.
Spokesperson for the Air Force Group Captain Ayodele Famuyiwa said:
“We are not talking now on the allegations, we will address the issues
later.”

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