Boko Haram faction insists on ceasefire, vows to hunt those continuing violence

Boko Haram members

The group says its overall leader, Abubakar Shekau, was in support of a ceasefire

A splinter group of the Islamist extremist group, Boko Haram, has, again assured it was prepared for talks with the Nigerian government to end more than three years of its bloody campaign.

The group, led by Abdulaziz Ibn Adam, said on Saturday it had realized its goals were not achievable through violence.

Mr. Ibn Adam said his group will go after those who continued to engage in violent campaign since they had been warned severally.

He said that the leader of the sect, Abubabak Shekau, was behind the cease fire agreement and hence all members must abide or face sanctions.

“You will recall that we announced a cease fire last month as a precondition for talks with government. But sadly after a few days of respite, violent began again in the country,” Mr. Ibn Adam was quoted by the News Agency of Nigeria as saying.

He said the group was not responsible for the renewed violence in some parts of Borno state.

“Those currently engaged in this violence are not our people because our people are obedient to their leaders. Since the leadership has asked them to cease fire, they won’t continue with violence,” he said.

Mr. Ibn Adam made the declaration at a news conference in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, and the hotbed of the deadly insurgency launched by the group in 2009.

Since the violence started, more than 1000 people have been killed in gun and bomb attacks claimed by Boko Haram, Human Right groups say.

The Ibn Adam-led group’s earlier ceasefire announcement in January, a call cautiously welcomed by the government, was soon denounced by another faction of Boko Haram which distributed leaflets rejecting dialogue.

Violence have continued, although on a relatively lower scale in Borno and Yobe states, residents say, an indication the supposed ceasefire may have been a fluke afterall.

In the past two weeks, gunmen suspected of being members of the group have killed 12 health workers in Kano and Yobe states.

(NAN)


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  • Easy

    Isn’t it peculiar that Abubakar Shekau, who has no difficulty making videos about their course, has not found time to confirm his conversion to dialogue and negotiation? And what use is the word of a splinter group, when its foot-soldiers could so easily carry out attacks as usual under any name that tickle their fancy? The government of GEJ must ensure that they are not being taken for a ride. Otherwise, it would reflect very badly o him. Do not negotiate with killers who are continuing in their murderous way!

    • It looks non of your brothers was affected by these three years of violence, think twice.

    • Ogagun

      Easy is right..no stupid dialogue with a faceless murderous group. Except u, Abdulkareem, is a member. Why are they crying now? i Even heard Abubakar Shekau has been secretly capturd or killed. TIME WILL TELL

  • Dan maikoko

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    A bunch of dudes in bed
    sheets and flip-flops.”
    I dont know how a corrupt, inept government headed by a mentally disabled president can match up to Boko Haram or the new terrorists in the block, Ansaru. I see the investment in road blocks, guards in every police station and army barracks, the amount set aside for security in the budget, the recent report by the opposition parties and I wonder how long a Country like Nigeria can survive.