Abubakar Shekau’s Boko Haram party assumed responsibility for the killing last weekend of over 43 farmers in the Zabarmari region of Borno state.
In a recent 37-second video released online for three minutes, the sect members said they carried out the attack because one of its members was arrested by the farmers and handed over to the Nigerian military.
“You think you can nab our brother and hand him over to the soldiers and live in peace,” asked the group’s masked leader in the film.
You hope that Allah would forgive what you have done to our brother, a masked group commander.
The commander also swore that the same punishment would be offered to those who had captured or spied on Boko Haram terrorists and did not apologize.
The third message has to do with those who notoriously nab our brothers and hand them over to the army or give them a hint about us. “You should know that what happened to your people is waiting for you unless you repent,” he warned.
The founders of the sect raided the rice farmland on Saturday 28 November and killed over 43 farmers. Before decapitating them one after the other, they bound their wrists.