by Tutu Akinlabi
The controversial video of an alive and well Abubakar Shekau, released by terrorist sect Boko Haram to dispel rumours of his death, has been dismissed as fake by security forces.
Security forces after investigating the video have reportedly found that it is a poorly made fake citing inconsistencies in Shekau’s mien and behaviour.
According to them, the video, purporting to be one of the Boko Haram leader released after news of his highly publicized probable death was received, showed scenes that were different from those in Shekau’s usual broadcasts.
Nigerian Eye reports:
The holes they claimed to have found in the video are that: “Shekau in previous video appearances would start with a recitation of a full verse of the Quran that sometimes could last up to five minutes. The stand-in Shekau did not observe this sequence.
“Besides, on previous occasions when Shekau spoke, he had always never been interrupted by any background hail, quite unlike what happened in the recent video.
“Watching the recent video, one would notice that the movement of the ‘Shekau’s lips’ did not synchronise with the words as pronounced, apparently betraying a recorded message inefficiently manipulated to sustain a non-existent continuum in leadership, now in disarray.
Even at that, his attempt to mimick Shekau’s voice during the opening stanza soon gave in, and the impostor reverted to his real voice. The intonation was different as well as the fact that Abubakar Shekau does not drag his voice.
“This “Shekau” even said that a dead woman -Margaret Thatcher, and Oladipo Diya rejoiced over his (“Shekau’s”) death. How did these add up to strengthen his case? One is dead and the other had left government long before the advent of Boko Haram.
“Fact is Abubakar Shekau was shot, critically injured and evacuated by his lieutenants to a conventional hospital outside Nigeria (see picture attached). If he survived …time will tell.”
Neither security agents’ claims nor Shekau’s could be independently verified last night.