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Split in Boko Haram threatens swap deal

16 August 2016, 08:40

Abuja - Reports surfacing on Monday have revealed that the Federal Government is currently caught in a dilemma over which faction of Boko Haram they should hold talks with.

According to a Punch report, the Federal Government has been holding talks with the Islamist sect for several months, but had its plans halted when the camp was split into two factions two weeks ago.

A top level Government official has revealed that although there have been offers to release the girls, kidnapped over two years ago from a school in Chibok, FG need to be cautious in order to ensure the safe return of the girls.

“We do not want to make the mistake the past administration made when its negotiation with the sect did not lead to the release of the girls. We are still in a dilemma on which of the two factions should we negotiate with. We must confirm that the offers are genuine.”

Also read: PHOTOS: Army kills 16 Boko Haram fighters in Borno

The development follows on from the declaration of Abu Musab al-Barnawi as the new leader of the insurgent group.

al-Barnawi accused previous leader Abubakar Shekau of  violating Islamic tenets by killing fellow Muslims, including members of the terrorist Islamist group, while claiming that he lives a life of luxury with his wives and fails to provide food and weapons to Boko Haram fighters.

Shekau then lashed back, stating that he would fight on, despite the split that had occurred.

Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information, has since claimed that a workshop had been organized for top security chiefs in order to ensure that they are equipped to deal with emergency situations.

Mohammed stated that it is imperative that officials know the authenticity of the person they are talking to before negotiations of any sort are entered into.

Read more at Punch

- News24


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