The Military authorities have debunked the claim by the leader of the Boko Haram insurgents that it had declared Gwoza the seat of a newly declared caliphate in the North East.
The leader of the Boko Haram, Sheik Abubakar Shekau, had said in a recent video that the Boko Haram insurgents would not leave the town of Gwoza which they captured but had made it the seat of an Islamic caliphate.
But the Director of Defence Information, Maj. Gen Chris Olukolade, said in the Defence Headquarters twitter handle twitter.com/DefenceInfoNG, that the military would not allow any part of the country to be ceded to the insurgents.
Olukolade described the declaration by Shekau as empty insisting that the territorial integrity of Nigeria was intact.
He said that a military operation to retake the Gwoza was underway.
He said, “The claim is empty. The sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Nigerian state is still intact.
“Any group of terrorists laying claim to any portion of the country will not be allowed to get away with the expression of delusion and crime.