Ceasefire: Boko Haram Submits List of Detained Commanders it Want Freed to FG
As part of the ongoing effort for a ceasefire deal which includes the release of the over 200 girls abducted from Chibok more than six month ago, the Boko Haram insurgents group have reportedly submitted a list of its detained commanders they want swapped for the girls to the Federal Government team.
It was also gathered that Nigeria security agencies had also started a process of verifying the status of those in the list.
The verification is meant to ascertain the state of health of the Boko Haram members.
The Federal Government Team and the Boko Haram representative has been meeting as part of the ongoing negotiation, a source said, adding that it was in one of those meetings that the list was given to the FG team.
Apart from the ongoing discussions at the Chadian Capital which the source said had witnessed “tremendous progress,” there are other meetings said to have taken place at a location in Nigeria, Saudi Arabia and Chad, which the source described as the neutral and safe ground for both parties.
The source dismissed insinuations that the insurgents might decide not to continue with the negotiation because of reported confrontations back home.
“What I can say is that the meetings are on-going. Over the weekend, meetings held at Njdamena, (Chad), Nigeria and Saudi Arabia so it would not be right to assume that because nobody is talking the meetings have been suspended.
“We have made a big progress, a very big progress on the issue of the on-going negotiations. But these are not the right time to discuss details,” the source said.
The source denied media reports about recent abductions in Yola, Madagali and other towns in Borno State.
It was stated that some of the events being reported on the on-going talks took place about three months ago.
Investigations further revealed that the security agencies had taken a decision not to talk on the on-going deliberations with the Boko Haram until the objectives for the meeting were achieved.
It was learnt that the security leadership was of the view that a detailed reportage of the deliberation was harming the talks and should be avoided at this stage of the deliberation.
However, the source would not give further details when asked about the number of insurgents on the Boko Haram list and the most likely time to expect the release of the Chibok girls, who were abducted on April 14, 2014.
“The media should show some restraint in reporting this matter; this thing is about the country; people should not report this negotiation with sensationalism. You know how sensitive it is.
“Another thing you must note is that many of the reports about this negotiation are false; they are not true.”
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