A faction of the deadly Boko Haram group led by Abubakar Shekau has released a video showing members claiming to be from Niger State.
The footage captures about 100 persons praying Eid in the heart of a bush before showing three fighters sending Eid greetings in Hausa, English and Fulfulde. A terrorist dressed in the Nigerian Police uniform said;
“It is we the Jamahatu Ali Sunna li Dawatul Jihad in the location of Niger State. We want to send our sallah salutation, first of all to our imam, Abu Muhammad Ibn Muhammad Abubakar Shekau,”
An analyst at the Tony Blair Institute for global Change in London, Bulama Bukarti said in reaction to the video that
“The dense forest there is a perfect haven for terrorists and if the group is able to consolidate its presence in Niger, it can easily target Abuja as well as to other states like Kwara and Kogi,”
Reports from the South African based Institute for Security Studies recently shows that the Boko Haram is extending its reach from north-east Nigeria into the country’s north-west, adding that the terrorists are taking advantage of both the old and new local conflicts and insecurities to further embed themselves in the area through violent attacks.