Boko Haram denies secret dialogue with govt

NATIONAL MIRROR Newspaper- Inusa Ndahi

The fundamentalist Islamist sect, Boko Haram, has denied that it was engaged in a secret negotiation with the Federal Government. The group dismissed the reported claim, last week, by Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State that it had already entered into negotiations with the government on how to address the group’s grievances.

A man claiming to be Abul- Qaqa, the suspected Boko Haram’s spokesman, who was reportedly arrested by security agents recently, disclosed this to newsmen, on telephone, in Maiduguri yesterday.
The spokesman reaffirmed the group’s earlier stand that any dialogue with the government must be preceded by the unconditional release of all its members being detained.
He also denied the claim by the spokesman for the Joint Task Force (JTF) that security agents killed eight Boko Haram members during the reported shootout between suspected members of the sect and the JTF, on Baga road, Maiduguri, on Monday.

The spokesman said, rather, it was the sect that succeeded in “killing all the targets of the operation.”
The sect also claimed responsibility for last Sunday’s bomb attack near a church, in Suleja, Niger State, which injured some people.

The spokesman further disclosed: “It is very unfortunate that after our men have succeeded in their operations, the JTF will later come to the scene to kill innocent people and claim they have killed our members. We are waxing stronger despite the recent arrest of some of our leaders by the security agencies. We are also disappointed with the State Security Service (SSS), which has been feeding the public with falsehood, claiming it was part of the revelations by two of our members, Abul Dardaa and Kabiru Sokoto, in their custody.”

He said the claim by the SSS that the sect was divided over the sharing of a N41m loot is untrue.
He added that the sect “is and will remain members of one family with a common goal, which is to Islamise Nigeria under Allah’s guidance and protection.”


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