The faction of the rogue Boko Haram militant group led by Abubakar Shekau released a video on Tuesday denying that fighters are dying of hunger in its strongholds in the northeast.

Boko Haram
Boko Haram
“There is no food that we lack in this forest of Sambisa. It is not true that we have run out of food supply and that we are being killed by hunger,” said an unidentified man with a rifle, flanked by others carrying guns, in the five-minute video.

The Military last week revealed it was ransacking territory captured from the sect in the hunt for Shekau.

Large parts of northeast Nigeria, particularly in Borno state, remain under threat from Boko Haram as suicide bombings and gun attacks have increased in the region since the end of the rainy season late last year.

Boko Haram split last year, with one faction led by Shekau operating from the forest and the other, allied to Daesh and led by Abu Musab Al Barnawi, based in the Lake Chad region.

“We urge all members to be one hundred per cent loyal to him,” said the man in the video. “It is not true that you killed Shekau,” he said, referring to previous claims by the Nigerian military that he had been fatally wounded.

Shekau did not appear in the video, which was circulated on social media.