DHQ Takes Shekau’s Statements From New Boko Haram Video Seriously

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) reacted to the daring Boko Haram video, in which the leader of the sect, Abubakar Shekau, promised to sell over 200 abducted schoolgirls “in the market”.


The new Shekau video was released on May 5, 2014, Monday, a few hours after President Goodluck Jonathan confirmed during the Presidential Media Chat that his administration had no idea on the whereabouts of the kidnapped GGSS Chibok girls.

In the response by DHQ, obtained by Vanguard from the Director of Defence Information Maj.Gen. Chris Olukolade, the military confirmed that Boko Haram claim would not detract them from the ongoing search and rescue operation, promised to take all the statements and information from the video seriously.

“The claim by the group will be studied seriously.

“On the so called video or message from the terrorists, let me reiterate the fact that we take every information or claims on this abduction with due seriousness.

“This claim will also be studied although it will not detract the military in its ongoing search,” the official wrote in an SMS.

Meanwhile, more Nigerians are losing trust into such statements. Some of them reacted on Twitter, blasted Olukolade for displaying incompetence:


Source: Vanguard


  1. The DHQ has been taking issues about Boko Haram with laxity instead of taking statements from the group with all seriousness. Another point of note is that these people don’t make public their strategies, all we get from them are surprises, I feel the Nigerian security personnel should learn from that, all that is required by Nigerians is results and not how the result was planned.