Boko Haram released a 10-mins video on Youtube recently. Leader of the sect, Abubakar Shekau is believed to be absent from the video.
The spokesperson in the video claimed they were still in authority over Dikwa, Gamboru, Damasak and other areas which the Nigerian military claimed they had liberated in recent times.
The spokesperson swore in Allah’s name that they were filming from Sambisa forest.
“I swear by Allah that I am talking right now from Sambisa. Here in Sambisa you can travel more than four to five hours under the black flag of Islam by car or by motorbike,” the spokesperson said
The video had on it the logo “Islamic State in West Africa”, suggesting that the sect members have indeed formed a coalition with the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. The video ends with a footage of a downed jet as well as plain cloth and uniformed service men that have been killed.