Despite Shekau’s Latest Video, DHQ Insists Ceasefire Still On
Leader of the Boko Haram sect, Abubakar Shekau on Friday released a video denying the claims by the Federal Government that a ceasefire deal has been reached with the sect and also that there are no negotiations whatsoever to release the 219 Chibok girls in their captivity.
Shekau’s statement notwithstanding, the Defence Headquarters, DHQ, insists there is an “ongoing mediatory efforts”, particularly to free the abducted girls.
The DHQ said in a statement by its Spokesman, Major General Chris Olukolade, said “the military will continue to accord due recognition to any ongoing mediatory efforts towards bringing our girls home and terminating the insecurity in parts of the country.
Olukolade however added that “the content of the video purportedly released by terrorist on Friday is being studied.
He said on Saturday, “Necessary deployment of troops and equipment is ongoing to reverse all recent violation and breach of security by terrorists and criminals operating in parts of the country.
According to the DHQ spokesman, “The highly coordinated air bombardment is already yielding required results in the mission to repel the unwarranted attacks on citizens especially in Adamawa and Borno States as land forces are also conducting mopping up operations to apprehend retreating terrorists and facilitate restoration of normalcy in some of the affected communities.
He assured Nigerians “that the military and security agencies remain committed and optimistic for positive outcome ofongoing operations.
He said further information on subsequent position on the issues involved will be released as appropriate in due course.
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