Police Ask Fulani Herdsmen, Farmers To Shun Fracas

Abia Police Launch Strategies For Festive SeasonThe Benue State Police Command has red a Riot Act to violent Fulani herdsmen and criminal elements among farmers in the state, urging them to desist from fermenting the yearly farmers and herdsmen clashes or risk prosecution.

The Commissioner of Police, Mr Bashir Makama, handed down the warning at the inaugural meeting convened to implement the joint security and peace agreement brokered by governors Samuel Ortom of Benue State and Mr Tanko Al-makura of Nasarawa State, between Agatu farmers and Fulani herdsmen.

Mr Makama advised the warring Agatu farmers and the herdsmen to embrace peace by reconciling their differences. He warned the Fulani herdsmen to avoid taking their animals into farm lands to avoid frictions.

At the meeting, an agreement was reached between governors Ortom and Al-makura, on the one hand and Agatu farmers and fulani herdsmen on the other hand, to ensure peace throughout the grazing season this year.

Stakeholders and parties necessary for the successful implementation of the terms of agreement witnessed the agreement signing held at the Police Officers’ Mess.

Some of the Area Commanders, who shared their experiences, recommended how well to execute the assignment.

While all hands are on deck to ensure peace reign between Fulani herdsmen and farmers during the period of dry season grazing, adequate security operations to enforce compliance on the part of offenders may just be the solution.

Herdsmen Attacks: Normalcy Returns To Southern Kaduna

herdsmen, kaduna killings, Godogodo villageRelative peace is gradually returning to southern Kaduna after weeks of serial attacks on communities by Gunmen suspected to be herdsmen.

A combined team of soldiers and policemen, who were deployed in the aftermath of the attacks, have been able to calm the situation, even as soldiers have arrested and recovered arms from herdsmen and natives of the area.

Addressing reporters in his office, the state Police Commissioner, Agyelo Abeh, said that the situation there had been brought under control.

He added that the police and other security agencies had deployed enough personnel to contain any form of lawlessness, but pointed out that “security is everyone’s business. It cannot be achieved by the police alone, but through collective efforts”.

The police boss appealed to traditional rulers, religious leaders and other citizens to help in ensuring peace in Southern Kaduna, saying that “the best way to resolve crisis is through dialogue”.

People Are Returning

On his part, the General Officer Commanding One Division Nigerian Army, Kaduna, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade, told reporters that his men recovered arms and ammunition from Fulani herdsmen and some locals in Southern Kaduna, as part of efforts to end the crisis.

“We have mopped up arms from the Fulani herdsmen and the locals. Our operations based on intelligence gathering are still ongoing and we are also working with the Department of State Services.

“As it is well known, the army has approved two battalions to be stationed in Southern Kaduna. One of them is in Kafanchan. So, we are not leaving. We will be there for as long as it is necessary.

“We have other fundamental issues in the area which the political leadership needs to resolve. The governor has engaged various stakeholders and as our operations continue, peace is returning.

“People are returning to their villages. However, it will take some time for them to calm down. They are repairing their burnt houses and they are also clearing their farmlands. We have assured them of maximum protection on their farms, and also for the Fulani herdsmen when they need to lead their cows for grazing,” Major General Oyebade told reporters.

10 People Killed In Fresh Attack In Kaduna
Several villages have been attacked with houses torched and farmlands destroyed

Already, the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), which is the umbrella body of Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria, has called for all parties involved in the crisis to sheathe the swords and sincerely embrace peace.

The association’s National Assistant Secretary Dr. Ibrahim Abdullahi, asked the people to put the past behind them and chart a new course by forgiving one another.

“The entire people of Southern Kaduna have to forgive what has happened. Both parties should learn to forgive. This crisis will never end if you think you would go and revenge what happened to you. So we’re appealing to all parties to sheathe their swords and embrace peace.

“We want to also support the steps so far taken by the government of Kaduna State and all the security agencies in order to return normalcy to the area.

“We call on leaders in particular, political, religious and otherwise to desist from making inflammatory speeches that could escalate the situation. There should be no hate speech, those speeches that point towards religious sentiment or ethnic jingoism. Let us all work for peace. We inherited a peaceful Southern Kaduna and I don’t think we are sensible, if we bequeath to our children and grandchildren a Southern Kaduna that is fighting itself.

“We want to assure residents of the area that we will continue to work with people of goodwill. In Southern Kaduna, there are good people that are out for peace. And I want to make it clear that there are chiefdoms where you never, ever experience any clash because the traditional rulers there are out to promote peace. Kagoro, Marwa is one of them even though some people mischievously leave from other places and come to Marwa and attack.

“We are going to work with people of like minds to ensure total reconciliation,” Dr. Abdullahi said.

There have been several attacks on communities in the area, leading to loss of lives and property.

Governor Nasir El-Rufai had said that the attackers were foreigners avenging deaths of their kins and not residents of the state.

DSS Arrests Men With Cash For Terrorists’ Activities Coordination

dssThe Department of State Services (DSS) says it arrested two men with cash worth two million Naira meant for the coordination of a terrorist operation in Yobe and Bauchi States.

A statement by the spokesman for the DSS, Mr Tony Opuiyo, said Sani Digaru and Mohammed Ali were arrested on December 25 at about 1:15 p.m. along Gombe-Dukku road in Gombe.

Mr Digaru was, however, fatally shot when he attempted to escape from arrest, Mr Opuiyo stated.

He said the arrest was sequel to earlier intelligence that the suspects were in possession of cash worth two million Naira meant for the coordination of a terrorist operation in Yobe and Bauchi States.

Giving a breakdown of other arrests made in the last quarter of 2016, the DSS said they were part of ongoing tactical operations to degrade the capabilities and hideouts of criminal gangs/syndicates across Nigeria.

Victim’s Mother Culpable

The Service said it had on December 28 at about 9:00 a.m., at Ben Kalio Housing Estate, Damaturu, rescued a 10-year-old boy, Moh’d Yusuf Daya, who was kidnapped by a gang.

“The kidnappers demanded for a ransom of five million Naira. However, at about 19:20 hours same day, the Service rescued Muh’d Yusuf Daya, at Potiskum town, Potiskum LGA.

“Meanwhile, the victim’s mother Barakat Daya and her friend, Rukaiya Danladi, have been arrested for culpability in the incident,” the statement read.

Following offensive against kidnappers and other criminals, the Service also apprehended the trio of Abubakar Musa, Ismail Musa and Suleiman Mainasara, on November 29 at Aduwawa in Benin City, Edo State.

The Service explained that prior to their arrest, they were members of a kidnap gang that terrorised commuters and residents of communities along the major highways between Edo and Kogi States.

Similarly, on November 30, one Ibrahim Adamu and three of his associates – Umar Abubakar, Ibrahim Salisu and Abdullahi Abubakar – were arrested at Ibilio village in Edo State.

They were part of a larger gang that specialised in the kidnap of people along the Edo-Kogi corridor, the Service stated.

“On December 20, at Katsina-Ala town in Benue State, another gang of suspected kidnappers comprising one Ernest Benze, Terkura Tyokishir alias Mpoto, and Anun Aondona, identified as members of the Terwase Akwaza kidnap syndicate, were arrested for their complicity in kidnap incidents in the State. The Terwase gang is known for its notoriety and credited with various dastardly and violent acts in the State.

“Furthermore, one Usman Sanusi MUSA also referred to as Keke, a notorious kidnap kingpin was intercepted by the Service on December 15, at Sabuwar-Kaura village in Doguwa LGA, Kano State.

“MUSA is a high-profile criminal who, in conjunction with other criminal associates of his gang has been terrorizing residents and communities in Bauchi, Kaduna, Kano and Plateau States,” the statement read.

The Service also pledged to consolidate on its successes and reaffirmed its commitment to the safety of all citizens including members of the international community.

It, therefore, called on the public to remain vigilant and conscious of their immediate environs and report suspicious persons, parcels, vehicles to the nearest security formations.

Niger-Delta Region: New Army Division Established To Improve Security

Nigerian army in Niger delta region A new division of the Nigerian Army, Six Division, has been established in Port Harcourt to take care of the security issues in the Niger Delta region.

The division is headed by Major General Kasimu Abdulkarim.

The development was made known to reporters in Delta State after a meeting between the Governor of the State, Mr Ifeanyi Okowa and the General Officer Commanding (GOC) the division, Major General Abdulkarim.

Major General Abdulkarim said that they were in Asaba to brief Governor Okowa on the establishment of the new 6 Division with Headquarter in Port Harcourt and the new brigade in Asaba and to seek his support in meeting the challenges of the establishment.

He explained that the new Division, which would cover Akwa Ibom, Rivers and Delta States, would handle the security challenges in the region and help improve security.

The head of the division also told the Delta State governor that a new brigade would be established in Asaba, the capital of Delta State.

On his part, Governor Okowa called for synergy among stakeholders in the Niger Delta region to tackle myriad of security issues.

He told the army that it was imperative for the stakeholders including the security agencies, traditional rulers, opinion leaders, elders and youths to partner together to improve peace and security in the region.

“I am glad that a new division has been established to take care of the security issues in the region.

“Also, that a new brigade will be established in Asaba, Delta State, this will help improve security in the state. I want to commended the synergy among the security agencies in the state which has led to improved security and ensure peace,” he said.

Governor Okowa commended Major General Abdulkarim on his appointment as the GOC of the new Division and assured him of the government’s support in the provision of the necessary infrastructure for the takeoff of the Division and the brigade in Asaba.

The army has increased military presence in the Niger Delta region to quell resurging militancy which has forced the oil output of the nation to drop below two million barrels per day.


Sweden Gives $56mln Facilities To Humanitarian Workers In Borno State

UNICEF, Boko HaramThe Swedish Government has donated facilities worth $56 million to humanitarian workers in northern Nigeria’s Borno State.

A cargo containing the items, which was the first batch of the facilities, arrived in Maiduguri on Monday and was received by Ambassador Inger Ultvedt at the Airport.

The cargo contains items for construction of movable hubs for humanitarian workers operating in camps around Maiduguri and liberated towns across the state.

The hubs are meant for UN affiliated humanitarian organisations operating in Borno State.

Swedish Ambassador Ultvedt believes that situating offices, clinics and accommodation facilities for humanitarians within areas of operations would equip staff to perform more efficiently.

The facilities are costing the Sweden government a whopping $56 million, according to the ambassador.

“This consignment has come from Sweden and it is actually for working with Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) because this consignment consists of housing unit for a hundred people, a small health clinic, kitchen and restaurants and it also comes with some generators and it’s actually for both Nigerians as well as international aid workers for them to be able to work more outside Maiduguri,” he told reporters.

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM), recently recognised by he UN General Assembly as a related organisation to the UN is one of the beneficiaries of the Swedish government’s intervention.

The Head of IOM Sub Office in Maiduguri, Emma Khakula, believes that the facilities would offer space for coordination among the humanitarian groups and government officials.

“Office and accommodation in this newly accessible areas or rather centres for operation for humanitarian staff have really been lacking so the cargo that we see here today is the first of many shipments that would come in to ensure that we have good operational centres set up.

“Our first pilot project is going to be in Dikwa after Maiduguri and we will see the same rolled out into Bama,Gwoza and all these areas where we have pockets of displaced persons,” Khakula told reporters.

The Borno State government recently bemoaned the influx of questionable humanitarian organisations in Maiduguri making little or no impacts.

The Governor of the State, Kashim Shettima, had said i was unfortunately hat a lot of people were smiling their way to the bank on the agonies of the displaced persons.

“We have over two hundred NGOs in Maiduguri alone. In fact because of the presence of these NGO that operate largely from hotels and parts of the GRA they have jerked up the prices of houses in Maiduguri.

“Hitherto a three bedroom flat in Maiduguri used to go for 250,000 Naira but now you have to cough out two to three million Naira all because of the presence of the so called NGOS,” Governor Shettima stated.

A Nigerian Senate committee on the northeast humanitarian crisis is already investigating the worrisome trend.

With the latest donation for UN recognised humanitarian organisations, IDPs in liberated areas are expected to have access to more humanitarian assistance.

It will also serve as a wake up call to redundant organisations.

Different UN agencies have called for more aid for displaced persons in Nigeria’s northeast, raising concerns over severe malnutrition in the region triggered by the activities of the Boko Haram terrorist group.

Aid in form of nutritious food, UNICEF said, was needed in the region, where it said over 70,000 children, nursing mothers and pregnant women risk death before the end of the year if nothing was done.

Southern Kaduna Attacks: El-Rufai Orders Arrest Of Suspected Masterminds

Southern Kaduna Attacks: El-Rufai Orders Arrest Of Suspected MastermindsKaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai has ordered the arrest and prosecution of the suspected masterminds of the November 14 attack on some Southern Kaduna villages by suspected herdsmen.

This came as the displaced people of Rimi, Kitakum, Ungwan Magaji and Kigam in Kauru Local Government Area of state appealed to the state government to help them get over the shock from the attack.

The attack has displaced over 2,000 indigenes of the communities from their homes, and also claimed the lives of 39 persons while several others were injured.

The State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai was at the community to broker peace between the natives and the herdsmen, and ordered the arrest and prosecution of the suspected masterminds of the attack.

The Governor, while sympathizing with the people, promised to work closely with the security agencies in the state to stop the attacks.

He also urged the communities to embrace peace and cease from taking the law into their hands, promising to address the complaints raised by the communities.

On their part, the leadership of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria promised to call their members to order and to stop further attacks.

The association’s Assistant National Secretary, Ibrahim Abdullahi, spoke on behalf of the cattle breeders: “What the Governor has said is a fact. As an association, we are ready to live in peace. Some of us have been living is this part of the community for so many years.

It is unfortunate what happened has happened. But we will ensure how we can live in peace.

The Governor said it is our responsibility to live in peace with one another, our people are ready to return to their communities”.

Although government has promised to do everything possible to stop further attacks in southern part of Kaduna state, the people demanded that an urgent arrangement be made for their immediate return to their homes so as to resumes normal lives.

Many residents of the communities were yet to return to their homes a week after the attack.

While many fled to neigbouring communities in Nasarawa, Plateau and Abuja pending when normalcy would return, others who have nowhere to go have become homeless.

Some of them were being camped by the State Emergency Management Agency at a primary school in Chawaii Chiefdom.

Principal Challenges

The President General of Chawaii Development Association, Rueben Turbi, condmened the attack and the condition it has led the people into.

He told Channels TV that members of the communities have lived in peace with one another until Fulani herdsmen attacked them in a bid to forcefully take over their farmlands.

“From nowhere, we received a letter from the Fulani men that they were coming to attack the entire community and the day that the notice was given, precisely, on the 12th, we warned the entire community that we received a security alert that the Fulani people are coming to attack us.

“And of course they were all alert, but suddenly when they came, they were shooting from all over the community, burning down houses, killing people. Infact they almost wiped the entire community.

“Now the question is this, do we have a government in place? If there is a government in place, why are these people going about perpetrating evil not brought to justice?

“We want the state and federal governments to build a police post in our community, and not only that, we need a full functional divisional headquarters here in Daman Kasuwa.

“And in each of the districts, there should be an outpost for security consciousness. Just in case if anything happen, they will control the situation and try to protect lives and property.

“One of the principal challenges we are facing is the fact that we don’t have road, if not before the attack would have escalated, security agencies could have rushed in to control the situation, but because the road is bad, the Fulani men did the damage and left.”

Southern Kaduna Attack: Residents Still In Fear Of Fresh Attacks

Herdsmen, Kaduna, Gunmen, Southern Kaduna Attack: Residents In Fear of Fresh AttacksTension has continued to mount in southern Kaduna communities of Rimi, Kitakum, Ungwan Magaji and Kigam communities all in Kauru LGA of Kaduna state.

It is one week after gunmen suspected to be herdsmen carried out a coordinated attack that left over 32 people dead.

The gunmen invaded the four communities on Sunday, November 14, killing at least 31 persons, and burnt down over 100 houses and farmlands.

A visit by Channels Television to the area today, reveals that residents fled their homes to neigbouring communities in Nasarawa, Plateau and Abuja pending when normalcy will return.

Security agencies have also responded by deploying their operatives to the affected areas, but the people are scared of returning to their communities due to fear of fresh attacks.

The gunmen are said to have attacked the communities simultaneously when the residents were asleep.

All the four communities have been deserted, schools, shops and other economic activities have been paralysed while the few residents who have nowhere to go are being camped by the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) at a primary school in Chawai chiefdom.

Kaduna Killings: Senate Summons Inspector General Of Police

senate-in-nigeria-chamberThe Senate has summoned the Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, to appear before its Security Committees to explain the reason for the failure of the Nigeria Police Force to curb the incessant and mindless killings in the Southern part of Kaduna State.

The Senate made this decision after a Federal Lawmaker, Senator Danjuma La’ah, raised a motion ‎calling for the declaration of a state of emergency in the area as a result of protracted killings of residents.

According to Senator La’ah, the incessant attacks by armed herdsmen on the people of Southern Kaduna has led to the destruction of scores of lives and property worth billions of Naira.

The summon is coming on the same day that 31 persons were killed and several others injured in an attack by gunmen on four communities in Kauru Local Government Area of Kaduna state.

The fresh attacks came just a day after the launching of public apology billboard by the State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, signaling the return of peace and an end to the frequent conflicts between Fulani Herdsmen and natives of Southern part of the state.

Eyewitness reports that the gunmen invaded the four communities, Ungwan Rimi, Kitakum, Ungwan Magaji and Kigam all in Kauru LGA, on Sunday night, shooting people and burning down houses And farmlands.

An indigene of the area told Channels Television on telephone that the entire communities have been deserted as people flee from their homes for fear of being caught up in the attack.

Interior Minister Recommends Ways Of Stopping Attacks On Soft Targets

Bomb-blastThe Minister of Interior, Lieutenant General Abdulrahman Danbazau, has recommended an effective collaboration and information management strategy among security agents to reduce internal security threats in Nigeria to its barest minimum.

Speaking at the graduation ceremony of the Executive Intelligence Management Course of the Institute of Security Studies, General Danbazau says the attack on soft targets such as markets, motor parks and public places has made the centrality of information management and inter agency synergy a necessity.

He urged officials of the various security agencies to establish and develop means of coordination that would be efficient and difficult for agents of mischief to penetrate.

“Primarily, it is my opinion that we must centralise information management and increase the level of collaboration between aspects of the Nigeria security infrastructure.

“Without a doubt, we are faced with the threat of terrorism and insurgency.

“The major characteristic of these threats to our national security, a major challenge to the intelligence services, is that these threats always come unexpectedly and are generally highly unpredictable,” he told the officials.

‎Participants at the course were drawn from various security agencies and the Director General of the Department of State Services, Lawal Daura, asked the graduating students to be change agents in their various agencies.

“I urge you very strongly to sustain your learning in order to ensure effective and sustained application of your newly acquired knowledge in managing the menace of security and strategic challenges you will be confronted with in the years ahead. This is the only way to justify the huge investment the nation has made on you,” he told them.

The Executive Intelligence Management Course, which is the ninth in the series organised by the Institute of Security Service, attracted participants from the Nigeria Police Force, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp, Defence Intelligence Agency, Nigeria Custom Service, Nigerian Navy, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, Corporate Affairs Commission‎ and the Department of State Services among others.

Chibok Girls Release: Abubakar Highlights Role Of Dialogue In Crisis Situation

 abdulsalami-abubakarA former Head of State in Nigeria, Mr Abdulsalami Abubakar, has highlighted the role of dialogue in crisis situation, saying it could be used to resolve Niger Delta militants’ crisis.

The former leader’s statement is coming a day after 21 of the over 200 girls abducted from Chibok community in Borno State in northeast Nigeria were released amidst dialogue between the government and the Boko Haram terrorist group.

He commended the government’s effort to secure the release of the girls that have been in the custody of the terrorists  since April 14, 2014.

General Abubakar was speaking on Friday in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State in south-west Nigeria after a courtesy call by him and his wife, Justice Fati Abubakar, on the Alake and paramount ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo.

“The release of the girls is a testimony to the need for dialogue in crisis situation, even in the Niger Delta where militants have continued to attack critical infrastructure in the region,” the former leader stressed.

Chibok Girls
Some of the released Chibok girls in tears during a reception with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

He further acknowledged God’s intervention in the release of the girls.

“We give glory to God for saving those children and we congratulate everyone who is involved in bringing these girls back.

“We pray that the rest will come back.

“I congratulate the parents who have been organised for the one year plus or so.

“We pray that never will such occurrence happen in our lives,” Mr Abubakar said.

‘A Show Of Faith’

After the release of the girls was announced, many feared it must have been secured through a prisoner swap.

The Boko Haram terrorists had in a video of the girls released few months ago, requested for a swap with some of the group members held at different detention centres in Nigeria.

Muhammadu Buhari says he will continue to push for the release of other girls

A government official, however, said that the girls were not released in swap deal.

The spokesman for President Muhammadu Buhari, Mr Femi Adesina, described the release of 21 the Chibok girls as ‘a show of faith’ on the part of the insurgents.

He told Channels Television on Friday that the development was a confidence building step that would lead to bigger things.

“I have heard and read so much about what we gave and what we didn’t give.

“This is just a confidence building step that will lead to bigger things.

“In the past, there have been many of such meetings that would have led to releases but along the line, discussions broke down.

“Maybe they (the terrorists) trust the (new) process and they believe that they do this as a show of their trust and faith and believe.

“For now, what we have been told is that there was no swap and the girls were released just as a show of faith, a confidence building measure and I think it is good enough for us to believe,” he said.

Announcing the release of the girls on Thursday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, stated categorically that the release was not a swap, but was achieved through the collaborative efforts of the security agencies, a friendly European country and a renowned International Humanitarian Organisation.

President Buhari has also promised to keep pressing for the release of other girls in Boko Haram’s captivity.

Olonisakin Tasks Army On Contemporary Counter-terrorism Strategies

 counter terrorism, Olonisakin, ArmyThe Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, has asked participants at the ongoing Chief of Army Staff (COAS) conference to evolve new and contemporary counter terrorism strategies to combat insecurity in Nigeria.

General Olonisakin gave the directive on Tuesday at the opening ceremony of the COAS conference holding in Makurdi, Benue State’s capital.

The conference was organised to review military counter terrorism approach and the operational competence of the Nigerian Army.

The Defence Chief also set new intelligence and operational targets for the army to meet before the next conference.

The COAS, Lieutenant General Tukur Burutai, consequently ordered a new phase of military training.

He said the training would enhance the capacity and operations of troops engaged in the fight against Boko Haram terrorists, militants in the Niger Delta and armed herdsmen.

On his part, the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, who was represented by his deputy, Benson Abounu, thanked the Service Chiefs for defending the state.

He expressed delight that residents could now go about their lawful activities after they had suffered many security breaches by armed herdsmen.

Besides the review of military intelligence and counter-terrorism operations, the Service Chiefs also commissioned the NASME/ Host Community Link Bridge, the NASME Water Works and a free medical outreach for the public to ascertain their health status.

Nigerian Government Launches Fresh Bid To Free Chibok Girls

Boko Haram video on chibok girlsA fresh bid has been launched by the Nigerian government to rescue the missing Chibok schoolgirls two years after they were taken from their school’s dormitory.

The Minister of Information, Mr Lai Mohammed, gave a hint about the fresh bid to rescue the Chibok girls abducted by members of the Boko Haram terrorists group on April 14, 2014.

Infighting Among Boko Haram

Mr Mohammed said that previous efforts to rescue the girls were frustrated by infighting among Boko Haram terrorists and middle men, who according to the minister exploited the process for pecuniary gains.

Over 200 female students were kidnapped from the Government Secondary School in the town of Chibok in Borno State, in northeast Nigeria, a strong hold of the terrorist group in the heat of the over six-year insurgency.

Since the abduction of the girls, pressure has been mounted on the Federal Government to rescue them, including demands for a swap with members of Boko Haram in detention.

Their abduction at that time triggered protests in different countries, making popular a slogan #BringBackOurGirls.

Prisoners Swap Request

Recently, the terrorist group released a video of the girls still in their custody and requested for prisoners swap.

After that video was released, some parents of the girls asked the government to swap the girls with the members of the sect in detention as requested.

Weeks after they made the request, President Muhammadu Buhari said the government was willing to swap the girls.

But he said the swap would be on a condition that the terrorist group would list those they wanted released and then come out to discuss with the Federal Government.

He stressed that the Federal Government would want the girls out safe without any harm done to them.

For over six years, Boko Haram has pushed for the establishment of Islamic State in the northeast and an end to Western education.

Recent military onslaught against the group has sacked them from most communities they had taken hold of within Nigeria’s territory and border towns between Cameroon, Chad and Niger Republic.

Rescued Girl

Members of the Bring Back Our Girls group, have continued to push for the rescue of the Chibok girls and increase military counter-terrorism operations in the region to rescue the girls that have been missing since two years.

Amina Ali rescued from Boko Haram with a child recently said she was missing her husband

One of the girls, Amina Ali, who was rescued some months back, had been married off to one of the terrorists, that had settled at a haven – Sambisa Forest. She had a baby for him.

Her husband had told the military that they had been forced out of the forest by hunger.

While the government is launching a new bid for the rescue of the military is heightening operations to clear the remnants of terrorists in the northeast and ensure safety of residents that have started to return to their communities from their Internally Displaced Persons camps.