The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) yesterday said it was not in possession of nor seen any new video on the abducted Chibok schoolgirls purportedly released by the Boko Harm sect.
The Director of Defence Information, Maj.-Gen. Chris Olukolade, who made this known at the National Information Centre in Abuja on Monday, said the authorities could not comment on what it had not received, seen or watch.
He said: “The video is not feasible for Nigerians to see yet. Nobody has seen the video. We will try and see if we can get a copy of the video, after which we will be able to respond to it”.
The new video reportedly shows the abducted girls speaking about their ordeal in the camp of their captors for the first time.
The new video said to have been received by a British newspaper, Mail on Sunday, reports that the girls said they were suffering and not getting enough food.
The purported release of the video to a British media house marks a new dimension in the media strategy of the sect, which usually drops any new video at the French news agency, AFP.
It was gathered that the footage, which has not been released publicly but seen by the newspaper, was shot in a jungle.
It shows the girls, who were abducted by Boko Haram gunmen on April 14 from their hostels in Chibok, Borno State, “bravely speaking out about their ordeal”, the report by Mail on Sunday said.
The newspaper report also stated that the girls in the footage look healthy, but several others have fallen ill, including one, who appeared to have a broken wrist.