The Defence Headquarters on Wednesday said that it would not react to the purported video clip released by the Islamic fundamentalists, Boko Haram in which it listed conditions for the release of the French family it is holding hostage.
The military is making this remark after a shocking video surfaced Monday on YouTube, showing masked gunmen in camouflage standing over their captives: four boys, their parents and the boys’ uncle.
One of the masked men in the released video, was said to have read a statement demanding that Nigeria and Cameroon free jailed members of Boko Haram, which is battling to establish Islamic rule in northern Nigeria, and their families.
“Meet all the demands we have mentioned, and if you leave out one of them, we will kill these hostages,” the masked man reportedly said.
The Director of Defence Information, Colonel Mohammed Yerima at a press conference in Abuja, however, said the members of the sect knew how to reach the Joint Task Force to make their demands.
He also announced the deployment of more officers and men to the African-led International Support Mission to Mali as part of efforts to restore peace in that country.