Islamic extremists released a video on Wednesday showing the executions of five Nigerian men in Borno state as a warning to "all those being used by infidels to convert Muslims to Christianity," Morning Star News reported.
A Borno resident said that three of the men murdered were Christians. The other two victims were reportedly Muslims.
The 35-second video, which was posted by Eons Intelligence before being removed, shows a group of Islamic militants armed with AK-47 rifles standing behind five captives who were blindfolded and kneeling on the ground.
Before proceeding with the execution, one of the armed militants gave a brief warning message to those Christians who were watching.
"We want you out there to understand that those of you being used to convert Muslims to Christianity are only being used for selfish purposes," the executioner said. "And that is the reason whenever we capture you, they don't care to rescue you or work towards securing your release from us; and this is because they don't need you or value your lives. We therefore, call on you to return to Allah by becoming Muslims. We shall continue to block all routes you travel. If you don't heed our warning, the fate of these five individuals will be your fate."
The name of the Christian men who were murdered:
- Ishaku Yakubu, an aid worker from Chibok with Action Against Hunger was a member of the Church of the Brethren.
- Luka Filibus, an aid worker from Monguno with the International Rescue Committee was a member of the Church of the Brethren.
- Joseph Prince, a private security firm worker, was a member of the Redeemed Christian Church in Maiduguri.
The Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said that the two other men executed worked with Nigeria's State Emergency Management Agency and a company named Rich International.