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Boko Haram infighting could speed Chibok girls release

08 September 2016, 07:38Emeka Okonkwo

Abuja - The Centre for Crisis Communication (CCC) believes government must take advantage of the infighting in the Boko Haram terror group to facilitate the release of more than 200 young women the sect kidnapped in Chibok over two years ago.

CCC said in the event of any negotiations, Boko Haram’s position was weakened, with the recent emergence of the Abu Musab Al- Barnawi group.

Abubakar Shekau, who still claims leadership of the terror sect, has made recent overtures by for release of the abducted Chibok girls in exchange of some jailed members of his group.

Yusuf Anas, Executive Secretary of Centre for Crisis Communication, argued this provided another basis for dialogue.

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“We view the recent overtures by the Shekau led BH (Boko Haram) faction for release of our abducted Chibok girls in exchange of some members of his group as providing another good basis for dialogue.”

Anas maintained confidence the terror group was subdued and no longer posed much threat to the country.

“Indeed, a clear sign of the weakened position of the BH is the recent emergence of the Al- Barnawi group.”

However, he said while the military and security agencies had continued to intensify counter- terrorism efforts to end the insurgency the recent recognition of the splinter group had increased the complexity of their threat even if from a weakened position.

- CAJ News


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