Nigerian Government strikes fresh deal with Boko Haram

Buhari denies paying $21 million rasnome for released Chibok girls

The Buhari led administration successfully secured the release of 21 Chibok school girls forcefully taken by Boko Haram in 2014.

The freed 21 school girls were released by a faction of the Boko Haram sect. The same faction has agreed to release 83 more girls in their custody.

The Red Cross and the Swiss government brokered the deal.

They were brought from the northeastern city of Maiduguri to the capital Abuja to meet state officials.

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According to President Buhari’s official spokesperson, Garba Shehu, “These 21 released girls are supposed to be tale bearers.

“They are to be the ones to tell the Nigerian government that this faction of Boko Haram has 83 more Chibok girls.

“The faction said it is ready to negotiate if the government is willing to sit down with them.

“The Boko Haram which freed the girls are allied to ISIS.

“The splinter group said the rest of the Chibok girls are under the control Abubakar Shekau” Shehu said.

Boko Haram had split some months ago.

A sizeable number of the insurgents deserted Shekau over his failure to adhere to ISIS’ declaration of Musab al-Barnawi as its new leader for West Africa.

Shekau dismissed that appointment in a 10-minute audio clip on social media by a man purporting to be Shekau.

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Meanwhile, minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed denied reports that Nigeria had a swap deal with the insurgents.

Lai Mohammed also said he is not aware if any ransom had been paid.

He said a Nigerian army operation against the dreaded terror group would continue as normal.

In recent days, the Nigerian army has been carrying out an offensive in the Sambisa forest, a stronghold of Boko Haram.