It’s really sad news that has touch millions of hearts around the globe, which is about the abduction of over 275 girls by the bloodthirsty and diabolical bunch of criminals, called Boko Haram, which has gripped the Nigerian public and the world at large for the past couple of weeks.
From Nigerians in the country and all over the world to global heads of states, celebrities, citizens of every nation and every station, there has been one collective echo and that echo screams a demand to #BringBackOurGirls from where ever they were keep.
This post is coming directly from a trusted source, which says that the terrorist group that abducted over 200 schoolgirls in Chibok, Borno State, may have abandoned its prisoner swap for Chibok girls position, as it plans to begin the release of the girls from next week.
According to Telegraph, a United Kingdom (UK) newspaper, it was claimed that the sect was willing to conduct a “gradual” release of its hostages, in return for the release of Boko Haram prisoners in Nigerian jails.
In a significant concession, the group, it was learnt, had abandoned demands for its top commanders to be released, seemingly aware that this would be politically impossible for the Nigerian government and they are now asking for something/someone different from their previous requirement.
The reported details of Boko Haram’s offer of an imminent prisoner exchange was published last week, when sources close to some of the militants’ families said a senior Islamic cleric from northern Nigeria would be appointed to mediate on its behalf with the federal government.
The cleric has since been joined by a former aide to one of the group’s founders, but neither of them had been named, possibly for their safety.
While the Nigerian government had insisted that it was not willing to enter into prisoner swap negotiations, the source claimed that dialogue had already been ongoing in secret for several days between the federal government and the insurgency.
“Contrary to the public rejection of any swap deal by the Nigerian government, there are some on-the-ground talks taking place,” the source said, adding that “an agreement was reached about two or three days ago in principle to start releasing some prisoners.”
He said among the prisoners that the group wanted released would be wives and families of Boko Haram fighters, some of whom had been taken into custody by the Nigerian government in order to exert emotional pressure on the fighters.
“The group also has a list of lower-level fighters that it wants released as well, but they are not high-profile ones which the world knows, these fighters are bloodthirsty and are the brain behind these attacks.
He said in exchange, Boko Haram was willing to start a “gradual” release of around 100 of the girls – possibly beginning as early as the coming week.
“Depending on how the other side responds, the girls will be released in small groups. They will be left at a certain safe location and the authorities will then be told as to where they can pick them up from,” he said.
The Telegraph source said Boko Haram leaders had been upset by the declaration of “war” at the Paris summit, adding that this could encourage it to withdraw its offer.
When asked if the Borno State government was aware of the development, the state acting Commissioner for Information, Mohammed Bulama, said only security agencies could give the government information on the development.
When the UK telegram asked Sherman to describe the assets the US was deploying to Nigeria to aid finding the girls, Sherman said a multidisciplinary inter-agency team had been deployed as well as flying an Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR).
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