The Defence Headquarters has insisted that Abubakar Shekau was killed in a battle between the insurgents and troops in Konduga last September.
The DHq made this known in response to a video reportedly released by the Boko Haram, showing their leader, Abubakar Shekau.
“From immediate observation and what some online news outlets claimed to have seen, the video did not indicate when it was shot neither did it show any proof of life or currency such as screen time or date,” the DHq said in a statement.
According to the statement, no reference to anything that has happened since the impostor’s reported death in the video.
“It is also noteworthy that the air plane said to be mentioned in the video had been missing before he was killed.”
“It should not surprise anybody if the terrorists decide to manipulate pictures, clone another Shekau or upload a pre-recorded video all in a bid to prove invincible,” the statement added.
The defence headquarters claimed that the individual who appeared in the video, claiming to be the leader of the terrorist group was killed in the Kondunga battle in September.
“The resemblance of the corpse and that of the eccentric character was incontrovertible.”
The statement added that people who knew Shekau confirmed that he was the one killed before his death was announced.
The DHq however noted that “justice will be served to whoever bears that name or designation.”