Military sources have disclosed that intelligence gathered indicate that Boko Haram was plotting deadly attacks across Nigeria’s north, raising doubts among military ranks about the ceasefire the federal government said it agreed with the sect.
“We are in receipt of intelligence reports heralding simultaneous attacks across the north with the aim of bringing the region down at a go. They intend to make it wide and to stretch us beyond capacity with deadly attacks across the north. We are in receipt of other details about their fortified capacity and movement across Mali, Niger, Libya, Somalia, Cameroon and Chadian axes to get us on all angles,” Vanguard quoted the source as saying.
“Many confessions of those we arrested at different battle zones and entry points into the country corresponded with the intelligence reports at hand,” the sources added.
The Federal Government had last Friday announced it had agreed a ceasefire with the Boko Haram and that negotiations were on to secure the release of the abducted Chibok girls, but the announcement has been followed by series of attacks suspected to have been perpetrated by the sect, including the alleged abduction of about 60 women and girls.
Self-acclaimed Secretary General of Boko Haram, Mallam Danladi Ahmadu, who has been representing the sect in talks with the FG has however blamed the recent attacks on armed robbers and hired assassins among other criminals, saying they have infiltrated the terrorist group, and they were the ones breaching its cease fire agreement with the government. He assured Nigerians that the agreement is still on course. He made this known on an Hausa Service programme of the Voice of America, VOA, monitored in Yola, Adamawa State.
Ahmadu stressed that the final meeting between the group and the Federal Government to finalize the ceasefire agreement has been scheduled for Monday in Ndjamena, Chad. The meeting will be supervised by the Chadian leader, Idriss Derby.
He said that the Chibok girls would surely be released on Monday to the Chadian President, Idriss Derby for onward presentation to the Nigerian government.
Ahead of the Monday meeting, Ahmadu said an enlarged meeting of the Boko Haram group will hold this weekend, stressing that the final ceasefire and the release of the Chibok girls will definitely happen.